Welcome to 2013 from How Bazaar! We trust your festive season was enjoyable and that you have been able to have a bit of a break from whatever takes up most of your time.
Things have been very busy around the shop over the holiday period - lots of visitors with many wonderful comments from people about the range of items we have and the layout of the shop.
Following up from our stall at Motorclassica in 2012 (Edition 7), we will be coming back to the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton for the 48th Victorian Hot Rod Show from January 25 to 28, 2013. We will be upstairs with Retro & Rare, one of our stallholders here at How Bazaar. Come in for a look (there'll be some "hot" cars to look at as well!).
One of the interesting components of trading in oldwares, collectables and secondhand goods are the stories that we collect along with the goods. Some of them are not printable (I'm always happy to spend a moment telling a good story), but many certainly add to the interest of a particular item.
A case in point is the large range of apothecary - old Chemist's bottles and paraphenalia from the early 20th century - that we purchased last year. Sourced from Central Victoria, they are from a multi-generational family of pharmicists. He rang (out of the blue) to see if we were interested in coming for a look. Once he gave his name (let's call him Dave), I recognised him immediately as the pharmacist who gave my sister in law her first job and who continued to work for him for many years. Having made that connection, it also turns out that his son went to college in Melbourne with another of my sisters in law. As dad always says, coincidence occurs more than non coincidence!
Here's a pic and link to what we purchased:
But it doesn't end there. When I got there, we got talking about How Bazaar, what we do and what I buy. Through that chat he mentioned that he had an old bowser he'd be willing to part with. Here it is, the Larkin Aircraft Supply Co Ltd Bowser, made in Australia:
Based at Coode Island in Melbourne, the Company was formed in 1919 and stopped manufacture in 1930 and mostly produced airplanes. I had never heard of them before and certainly hadn't seen one of these.
But, don't get excited - I got it back to shop and it barely lasted 3 hours before it was sold and gone the next day! Chances and opportunities like this don't happen everyday, but when they do it is both exciting and worthwhile.
We recently received six Royal Doulton Figurines, two of which are pictured here. (Click on the photo for the description & price).
Admittedly, not everyone's cup of tea, but quite highly prized by collectors. If you're a collector and you read this newsletter, you can have 20% off the marked price for any one (or two, or all) of the six figures. Offer stands until the next newsletter.
Until next time...
Pete and Andrea