Oh Hey, Have We Done This Vintage Time Capsule Thing Before?

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Oh, just you wait.

Sometimes, you buy a house and it’s older — nay, vintage — but someone has lovingly and thoughtfully updated it. Sometimes, you buy that house and someone has wiped all semblance of its past out and you might not even know what it year it was born in if you didn’t look at the listing.

And sometimes, like last week’s Wednesday WTF, it’s a complete time capsule, seemingly kept hermetically sealed in pristine condition from whatever era it happened until the family it belongs to decided to list it.

Guess what?


This week’s is also a time capsule, but instead of being a time capsule in Oklahoma, it’s a time capsule in West Springfield, Mass., virtually untouched since the day the family who built it put up that Pucci-like wallpaper and avocado-hued carpet.


And it’s huge — 5,000 square feet, a mother-in-law suite, a pool, five bedrooms, four bathrooms.

And uh, it’s something else. I mean, really something else. Bedrooms with themes, for instance.


When you really need your bed to blend in with the wall.

Lots of shag carpeting.

Lots of floral slipcovers.

And uh, camo? Is that camo on the walls?


The home was built in 1971, and I am almost certain it hasn’t been redecorated since.

What should you do when you have a big brick column? Wrap it in floral fabric-covered batting.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that — as we saw last week in the comments across all our social media channels, people love the kitsch.  

Not that kitsch. This kitsch.

So what do you think of this week’s vintage WTF? Is it a keep-it-as-is, or a complete rehab? Sound off in the comments! Want to see more pictures? Click here!

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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