Monday, March 21, 2011

vintage stainless steel medical cabinets







Bear with me a minute folks - I'm gonna get all quirky on you. I've just discovered two vintage stainless steel medical cabinets set to go up for a local charity auction this weekend. 
I HAVE TO HAVE THEM.
They look pretty much like the pieces in the first and second images. And they are in perfect condition. I'm thinking the second piece would make one heck of a cool bar...

People, how much do I pay for them...?

I am so excited thinking I might actually get them...

And speaking of quirky, I'd like to thank Artie Vanderpool  for my cool new blog header.   Oh, wait...it's my header that's quirky, not Artie. He totally 'got' me right away, is very reasonably priced,  and was so much fun to work with.  I'd totally recommend him if you are looking for something new. Thanks, Artie.


48 comments:

Design Blooms said...

Oh wow, how unique! I wouldnt even know where to begin when guessing a price! I'm just here for support! That header is so great!

First House on the Right said...

They sound beautiful. I couldn't begin to know what to pain for them though so no help there! Nicolex

The Decorator said...

Donna the cabinets you show here are fantastic, and if anything like the ones at auction, you must have them!

I would have no idea what you would pay for these 'stateside', but one things for sure...

They are the perfect shade of grey!!
Good luck with procuring them!

Blue Fruit said...

Oh yes, it would make a fabulous bar cabinet! Or a fabulous curio cabinet, or handbag cabinet, need I convince you further?

Jane Schott said...

These are so fantastic! Yes, you must have them...sounds like you will give them a good home. Since it's for a charity you can go higher and claim as a deduction on your taxes, but I would think $400 each if you can get away with that.
I hope you are the winner!
Yes, Artie did get you perfectly...nice.

bluehydrangea said...

Love your new blog header!! And the metal cabinets, a friend of mine has one in her office and it is fabulous!! Price? I have no stinking idea..but good luck!!

Savor Home said...

I'm loving the new header! I have no clue what the medicine cabinets would go for, but I can't wait to see what you do with them! Happy Monday.

things that sparkle said...

Love your new blog headet, so much fun! And these metal cabinets are amazing!!

Anonymous said...

When and where is the auction taking place? I'll come and bid against you! Kidding. Have always coveted these cabinets. Good luck and please please please post pictures of them if you wind up taking them home, ok?

My Interior Life said...

Love your quirky new header and the quirky cabinets. Have you looked on eBay? I think they can be pretty pricey sometimes, but if no one else is interested you could get them for a song. My husband is a dentist and the old timer he bought his practice from had an old dental cabinet in his office (the only decent thing in that office) that I wish was ours. It resembles the two-door cabinet in your first photo. They're very unique! Good luck!

erin@designcrisis said...

They're usually VERY expensive -- in the high hundreds, if not over a thousand (depending on the piece).

With that in mind, hope you snag a deal!

for the love of a house said...

Absolutely positively L.O.V.E. the new header! Isn't Artie fun, and doesn't he have the best laugh in the world?!

The cabinets are fabulous! Just saw a steel table in Vermont yesterday, but it was already sold. Best of luck with your auction... let us know how it goes!

happy week to you!
joan

An Urban Cottage said...

I noticed your new header a few days ago and I love it. Very fresh. That Artie is very talented.

I've always been attracted to those cabinets. I would guess with the recent popularity in industrial that they could go for a pretty penny. I recently saw a metal chest at an antique store and it was $2400 but that was at the design center so the price was inflated. I would still guess over $1000 for the pair.

I Dream Of said...

Love quirky! The cabinets look great -- I bought one years and years ago, but don't even remember what I paid. It was a towel cabinet in my condo, and then a glass wear cabinet in my dining room in my first home -- sadly, its in the garage now. Doesn't really fit anywhere in the new house, but I can't let it go! Hope that you get yours!

Splendid Willow said...

Oh no, I wish I had stopped by this weekend! Did you get them???

Love to you and happy new week!

Mon

lisaroyhandbags said...

I love the metal cabinets! It reminds me of some great ones I saw years ago at UpCountry that I wish I had purchased. Hmm... I really don't know what you should pay - I guess it depends on your budget and how much you love them! Loving your header btw :)

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

What a find! You must have them and I saw a pic this week with one of these used as a shoe cabinet. Totally taken with that idea. Good luck! XO

Jil Casey said...

These type of cabinets are usually pretty expensive-
but you never know. I love metal furniture (industrial) and lusted after steel barrister bookcases that are not common in Wisconsin where I live. I would look for them on eBay, but the prices were steep especially when adding shipping costs. After looking for a couple years there was an auction on eBay where the University of Missouri Surplus had a pair for sale. Not being dealers, Surplus's look to move items. I was able to get a matching pair for $735.00. I had to drive to Missouri to get them, it was a 16+ hour drive and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Many Universities have a surplus store, they can be a great resource for industrial and office decor. Good luck with the auction!

Acquired Objects said...

Loving your new header! And I love your idea of turning a cabinet into a bar great idea! Expect to pay upwards of a $1000 for really good cabinets like the ones you’re showing above. Good luck!

Ms. Givens said...

I saw something similar at Urban Outfitters without the glass.

Tricia Rose said...

Go for it Donna!

niartist said...

Thank you Donna! You're were the perfect client! :)

NumberMonkey said...

This one is simple.. How much can you afford? How much do you want them? Anything cherished around the house brings joy every time you look at it!

24 Corners said...

Hope you got them Donna!!! It's been my dream to have at least *one* metal cabinet (hopefully an old dental one with a glass door and curvy legs) let alone two! the ones I've seen have always been so spendy...really spendy...crazy spendy!!
Let us know how you did...and thank you so much for your wonderful comment...I found it...you're the best!
xo J~

PS - Love the new look...it's the 'perfect' header!!

Kathryn said...

pay as much as you need to! (or can possibly afford)
one of my biggest (interior related) regrets is not bidding higher for a lamp at an auction...the price had gone higher then expected, so i let it go....but i still think about that lamp...

pretty pink tulips said...

Love your cool new look!!! As far as what to pay...just go with your heart and pay what you can! Enjoy!!!

xo elizabeth

Splendid Market said...

To find a pair of anything is so amazing -- Imagine what you could flank with those beauties. So hard to put a price on them... go a little higher than you think..no regrets..

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

No idea on price, but I am crossing my fingers for you!

Loving the new header too. I like this direction, Donna! Want to see those lockers in your house :)

Charlotta Ward said...

They look amazing and YES YES YES, get them!!

Perfect edgy addition to your beautiful home and such a cool 'mixologist' station..!

Love your style!

xx Charlotta

Charlotta Ward said...

Oh my goodness I forgot to mention that I absolutely LOVE your new banner!
It's perfect!!

x C

SHERRY HART said...

Donna....I have seen them at Scott's. If they are the single ones like in the 1st or last picture then $150-250. It just depends on the shape they are in. LOVE the new header....he really did GET you......

Kathy said...

I love the new header, and your over all new look! It looks as though you have been cleaning for spring. You can occasionally get a deal on those types of cabinets...the problem is when you go up against someone that is bidding for charity...they may not be as excited about the piece as they are about the charity and bidding high because of that....take note of the winner if you do not get them...you can always approach them for a deal. I watched it happen once....the winner told the loser to write a check to the charity for the price that they were willing to pay, and the loser could then have the item! Everyone wins....especially the charity....GOOD LUCK...k

LiveLikeYou said...

Very cool header and LOVE those medical cabinets. I once bought old heads from an English doctor's office showing skin diseases. They're great conversation pieces and so beautiful despite their illness!!

jettstream said...

Martha Stewart sold one that was fab, back when she was selling goods online directly. (The quality of everything was exquisite so, alas, it probably proved too expensive for her niche market.) My mother bought one like the smaller cabinet, in white. I don't recall exactly what she paid for it, but I think you'd have to expect around $500 for the smaller and much higher for the large piece. Good luck, though. They're pieces you can use anywhere for anything. Classic.

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Love these cabinets! AND yolur header looks cool, artistic, perfect!!!!! Maryanne xo

Amy Stewart said...

I hope you get them!!! :)

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Tades said...

Just go for it! How often does something like this come up after all! Good luck!

Prize Antiques said...

Okay Donna - saw one comment in the $150 range, but that is pretty low...especially if they are stripped and ready for service. These typically go for $900-$1200 in that condition, as little as $500 if they need elbow grease. Good luck - I have some in my shop for display only and it's the very thing I could sell over and again if only the inventory on these were plentiful.

under spanish moss said...

Donna...love the new header.

*Chic Provence* said...

Hi Donna, hoping this finds you the happy owner, they are gorgeous cabinets!

Kit

quintessence said...

Love both the fabulous new header and the beautiful stainless cabinets. I'll keep my fingers crossed you get them!!

kaey @ shes.no.martha said...

YES, YES, YES! Get them! I love them. No clue on the price, but Free would be awesome.

Sarah (La Maison Boheme) said...

Please tell me that these are yours now! And yes - I like the new header VERY much!

Giovanna said...

i love the stainless steel medical cabinets. if they're paired with warmer cozy furniture like in the last room, they'll look especially cool.

Ruth Rackley said...

Um, if I wasn't so nice and like you like I do, I'd be there bidding against you. Cause I want one for my studio!

Divine Theatre said...

I have a beautiful dental cabinet with cabriole legs that I bought on Craislist for the low, low price of $150!
That being said, perhaps you should check 1st Dibs to see what the items sell for and make a comparative offer?
You have excellent taste, my friend.

~Andie

My Notting Hill said...

Wishing you great luck w/the auction this weekend. Put on your poker face and keep bidding!!

corner curio cabinet said...

They sound beautiful, love it!