July 10th, 2008

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retirement

We knew that it wouldn't last forever.  We had a nice long run, but now it's time to say goodbye.  Sometime next week, I will be retiring my red barber chair and replacing it with a 1920's Emil J. Paidar barber chair.  I bought it last night and started repairing it then.  The cool thing about it is that it has a head rest with sanitary "butcher" paper, and comes with a matching child's seat. 

There's also a spot for the razor strop and a bar for the cape.

If I have time this weekend, I'll sand a part of it down and begin painting some of the chrome.  If I had the time (and money!), I would prefer to strip the whole thing down, have it painted with white enamel and chrome, and have the green vinyl replaced with black leather.

For those curious about the mechanics these Paidar barber chairs, there is no foot pump.  Everything is done through the handle on the side.  Pumping the handle forward, moves the chair up.  Pushing the handle all the way forward, brings the chair all the way down.  Pulling the handle out, while also pulling the chair's back down, brings the back down and the foot rest up.  Push in the handle to lock the reclined chair in place.  

(A big Thank You to Clippers for answering my call to help me figure that out!)

To add hydraulic fluid, remove the seat cushion.  You'll find the a screw-on cap there.  The foot rest can swivel a bit, so that you're customer can either rest his/her feet on the cushion, or keep their feet on the metal foot rest to get a shoe shine.

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more, more, more!

I love garage sales!  There's this one house that has a garage sale every couple of years, and when they do, you better go!  I picked up a couple of 1950's comb-out capes - one yellow nylon and the other baby blue vinyl, a pink 1950's shampoo cape that uses metal hook closures, and several packages of brush rollers.  All of these, all in the original packaging.  

I also picked up some Zoto and Hess end paper wraps, both vintage as well.  There is a ton more hair stuff at this garage sale, so I told her that whatever is left, just make me an offer.  :)

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As soon as I finish the family videos, I'll start working on the Pauline's long to pixie video.  She arrived with waist long hair, and left with a pixie.  She was a knock-out in a sexy red Poleci dress.

Well, back to work for me.  I'm in the year 1991 right now and need to finish with 1997.