We know it's said all the time, but isn't the year just flying by? We're also surprised to see that it's been five years since we launched the new website! Well, it's not "new" anymore, is it?
Much has changed over those 5 years. Both the methods of buying and selling and the items we stock for sale have seen marked changes. Even within the 5 years since we set up this website, some might argue that it is now out of date! Facebook, eBay and the like have become popular selling mediums. We've certainly found that, with a quick photo, some things sell on Facebook within minutes!
With that in mind, if you are on Facebook, we would encourage you to follow us at How Bazaar PS. We post stuff there all the time - not just items for sale. Our videos go up there as well.
When we started How Bazaar, antiques, furniture and collectable smalls (china, pottery, glassware, books, etc) were still the lifeblood of the business. Those of you with a nostalgic bent might think "sadly" when hearing that this isn't the case any longer. But business survival and growth are very much about not being resistant to change.
A trend that has become apparent to us is the decline in collecting by women and the growth in collecting by men. Obviously, there are differences between the genders in what is of interest. The rise of the "man cave" has seen the growth in automobilia and garagenalia collecting. And the rise in value of these items, be they oil bottles, tins, signs, petrol bowsers, etc, has been phenomenal. Hardly surprisingly, men's collecting has become rather competitive - almost a sport in some instances!
Of course, whether we are buying or selling, some things are still tried and true. We value face to face contact. We enjoy meeting our customers, we travel far and wide looking for new items and many of our customers have built long term relationships with us.
Here's a few items that might be of interest.
This Wayne 605 Bowser is on sale at the moment. Nicely refurbished, it features distinctive Golden Fleece livery. Only $2750!
We recently made a trip up to Melbourne and picked up a truckload (literally) of African decorative items - statues, carvings, animals, humans, busts, torsos, lifelike and abstract. The most intriguing of these is, without doubt, Kevin.
Following the departure of Kevin, we had to find another Kevin and look who turned up! Kevin is currently $1550, but newsletter readers can have him for $1350.
Finally, here's something not named Kevin.
Or if he was, it would be Sir Kevin! This Suit of Armour came in yesterday and is only $695 (not including the mannequin). A few people have tried on the helmet, some with quite large heads. Just in case you're thinking of putting it on, you can!
Till next time, cheers,
Peter & Andrea