Saturday, November 1, 2008

Vintage Cosco Stools

I love the vintage stepstools, stools, carts, and highchairs made by Cosco. I have the red stepstool - LOVE it (I'm short). I also have a similar yellow cart, and the smaller pink stool. There's a story behind that one. I saw it when I was shopping with my sister at an antiques street fair in Auburn. I really wanted it, but I just knew my husband would have a fit if I brought it home! I loved it, though- it's the same pink color as our tile and walls in our 1940 bathroom - that has chrome fixtures, as well. Problem was, there was no place for it to sit in the bathroom (hence the presumed fit!). Well, Sis liked it, too - so she said if I wasn't getting it, she would. Um, OK - so home it went with her. A number of years later, I was still pining away for it. When I brought it up, she said - "Take it- consider it an early birthday present!" My husband didn't get mad - and it has a home in the bathtub now. We don't use the tub - and I actually do use the stool sometimes. And I still love it. It belonged in there. (Ad below from 1951)
I found my red stepstool at another antiques street fair, this one in Placerville. I use it all the time. (The ad below is from 1955)
I really thought the TV Guide cover for the week starting Sept. 29th was cute! It featured the lovely cast of ABC's Desperate Housewives - and Eva Longoria Parker is sitting on one of the Cosco stools! I'm virtually positive it's a vintage one - just like my pink one. Cute!
And I like this taller stool that Teri Hatcher is sitting on, too. Not positive whether this is a Cosco - looks like a newer version, maybe a different company? I really enjoyed this special fold-out cover and the additional photos inside. I thought the whole layout by Andrew Eccles for TV Guide was very cleverly styled and shot.
Anytime somebody uses vintage props, it's going to catch my eye!
Cute shoes, too.

9 comments:

Magnolia Street Style said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Step stools, I only have 2, and of course one is vintage that stays in my pantry so I can reach the top shelf. I'm only 5 ft. tall and I can't reach anything. I need to buy more, one for each floor of the house. Your blog is so cute, I will read on.

Connie

Heidi Ann said...

Thanks for stopping by, Connie! Same here: Five feet tall - thank goodness for those step stools, huh?

Kim G. said...

These step stools are great! 5"2" over here, love a good stepstool!

Nanette said...

I love these images! And step stools, what would I do without them, 5"3" on tiptoes with a stiletto on!

Melony at Whimsy Daisy! said...

I love my red stool, although it has lots of paint splotches on it now. It sits against a yellow wall and the red just pops!

Annette said...

My step stool is old but wooden, with the drop down steps. It is painted many times, the last time a sky blue. I love it, it was given to me by a dear neighbor who has passed away. I am almost 5'7" but I still need a step stool too! Love T

Monica said...

I have one that is not castoc but looks just like it, it was free in the trash and it was yellow and I painted it red, it was an all metal one and NOT vinyl covered

BUt recently at a sale I got RED HIGHCHAIR !! for $2!!!! I am going to recover it in some vintage rec cracked ice vinyl I have and repaint the scratched part!

David said...

Stool experts please contact me DavidWLeBlanc@aol.com
I want to restore a stool which I believe is a vintatge Cosco Stoll, but have not seen pictures of it and not sure the age and original color.
Thanks, David

pax said...

Great step stool story!! I have one here I am ready to repaint in areas-- great thing is you can take apart and refurb-- mine was pale yellow-- sporting a rusted ook--lol-- found during curbsiding treasure hunting!!