Here we go again - welcome to "Sporadic", the new title for the How Bazaar newsletter!
Spring has sprung, there's a wonderful fling to be flung, etc. (Frank Sinatra, "You Make Me Feel So Young". I'm sure we have it on vinyl here somewhere.)
So, apart from wishing we were hibernating for winter, we have been keeping warm with hot broth, hearty stews and sheer hard work. The hard work has entailed sourcing some antique and vintage railway signals and bells, making them presentable and getting them to work. Here's some highlights (railway signals/high lights!, a great dad joke for the upcoming fathers' day. Indeed, why not get dad one of these beauties for fathers' day?!):
First up is this Vintage Cast Iron Railway Signal Light, manufactured by Metropolitan Vickers GRS Ltd, Manchester England. Circa late 19th/early 20th century, it has a green lens and comes with the stand.
It's $850, but Newsletter Subscribers can have it for $750.
Manufactured in the 1920s, this Railway Crossing Warning Bell was manufactured by Mackenzie & Holland Aus Pty Ltd, based in Melbourne & Brisbane. What a great door chime! Guaranteed to shock visitors and annoy neighbours within a radius of 200m!
It's $495, but Newsletter Subscribers can have it for $420!
Speaking of the website, with so many new newsletter subscribers, it is timely to remind you all of the best way to be the first to know when something you might be interested in is added to the website. It's called Subscribe to a Category and, as far as we can tell, we are the only secondhand dealer offering such a fabulous service!
"Ooooh, exciting!" we can hear you squeal with delight! "But how does it work?", you are now thinking. "And why would you take the time and expense to establish such a wonderful thing?" is, no doubt, passing through your mind. One question at a time, goodly subscribers! All will be revealed.
So, next to the list of Categories on the website is an "S". S is for Subscribe. Click on the "S" next to a category you are interested in, a dialogue box comes up (you may have to unblock pop-up windows on your browser), fill in your details and submit. You will get a confirmation email with a link that you must click to confirm your subscription. When we add something new in that category, you will get an email with all the details of that item. If it's not what you're looking for, that's where the Delete button works well. Every email has an "Unsubscribe" link in it, so if you get sick of us you can (coldly and impersonally) stop receiving them. We won't even know!
Why have set this up? Because every day we are asked "Can you keep my details and when (whatever it is I want) comes in, give me a call?" No we can't. If we did, we'd have to employ someone just to administer that system. Additionally, we have no idea when whatever it is you want will come in. But when things do come into the shop, and we think you'd be interested in them, they go on the website - every week! And if you're subscribed to the Category (and we always use more than one category for each item), you will be the first to know! How good is that?
If you have been into the shop recently, you've probably seen our newest stallholder working the till, slaving away in the workshop, or sitting on his arse with his phone. This is how to recognise Jarrod (or Gerard, as everyone else calls him):
He does have a great range of eclectic collectables, specialising in telephones, radios and other quirky bits from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Our annual trip up the Melbourne Freeway to Motorclassica is coming up in October at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton. Come in and have a look at the great cars and, if you rarely get to Geelong, we'll be there with a great range of stuff to have a look at and buy. More details at:
Till next time, cheers,
Peter & Andrea