HB News 34

Edition 34

A belated welcome to 2017 to our patient newsletter subscribers!

Summer has been a busy time - plenty of holidaying customers calling in.  It's wonderful when people say goodbye with a "see you next year".  Many of them take the time to tell us how good the shop is, which is always gratifying.

Whilst giving some thought to this newsletter, it occurred to us that (as well as highlighting new, unique and special items) there may well things you want included in the newsletter.

It's always easier for us to promote the items that we know are popular, particularly automobilia.  Let us know if you would like more diversity in the newsletter.

Or you might like us to focus on stories, as well as products.  The popularity of the various pickers/pawn shows is as much about the stories as it is what they find and trade.  A reminder that we also have our YouTube Channel that has a range of videos where we talk about the shop, go on road trips and try to have a bit of fun.  We'll keep adding to these as opportunities arise.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions, send us an email (just reply to this newsletter and that will get to us).

We've been working over the summer on putting together some new Sideshow Clown Machines.  Built in-house from scratch, they have a fibreglass head and torso, new (speed adjustable) mechanism to turn the head and have been painted in a range of vibrant colours!

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Why make new Sideshow Clown machines?  These items are always popular - so popular that original ones are getting almost impossible to source.  For some people, having an original is a vital part of their collecting, which is completely understandable.  Others, though, are purely interested in having the look and functionality as part of their decor.  These are for you.  $2450 each, but newsletter subscribers are always welcome to ask for a discount!

For similar reasons we also stock some Reproduction Golden Fleece Quart Oil Bottles.  Currently $85, but newsletter subscribers can have them for $75 each. 

Repro _GF_Bottles _IMG_4527We've received some harsh comments from collectors for selling these.  Again, this is very understandable.  But, they are clearly reproductions and the originals are almost impossible to get and prohibitively expensive when they are available.  For those people seeking to achieve a look in their man cave/shed, these serve a purpose.

A reminder that you can subscribe via the website to Categories and receive email notifications when we add something new to that Category.  This is very handy for keeping an eye out for that special item that's hard to find.  Instructions on subscribing are at the bottom of the home page.

A case in point is this Vintage Cast Iron Hand Water Pump.

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We've had several requests over the past months for one of these.  One finally arrived via a trip to have a look at various bits and pieces.  $395.

By the way, Kevin's back!

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Till next time, cheers,

Peter & Andrea

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HB News 33

Edition 33

Hello and welcome to How Bazaar at:


Yes, Andrea and I are making our annual trip to the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton for Motorclassica.  It opens Friday!

We have set up an extensive range of items for the three days of Motorclassica.  It's a great chance for those of you in Melbourne to come in, meet Andrea and I and have a look at some of the fantatsic stock we have.  Oh, and you can also have a squizz at a huge number of extraordinary cars!

Here's a pic of last years set up.

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Just a few highlights of what we're bring up this year to whet your appetite!

Callum from Junked has been working on restoring this old carnival ride car body into a fantastic motorised race car!


Click on the pic to have a look at it in action!

Yes, the Shell Garage Office Cabinet pictured has sold, but we have a similar one at Motorclassica!

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This Bibendum Michelin Man in Resin is very unusual.  We haven't seen one anywhere before!

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Jarrod been working away at restoring this old airplane.  It came in as a rust heap and has come back to life!  Though when I say "life", no, it doesn't fly!

Ford _Plane

It does have a wingspan of approx 2m!

We're bringing up thousands of items - even some that aren't automobilia related.  So, if you come in and want a break from looking at fantastic cars, come upstairs to Stall 258 and have a browse.  And say hello!

Hope to see you at Motorclassica.  Till next time, cheers,

Peter & Andrea

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HB News 32

HB News 32

We don't make public offers to have a space at How Bazaar very often. That said, we've had a couple of stallholders recently depart (not this mortal coil) and we thought we'd widen our search and seek out some new people who might be looking at having a stall in Geelong's best store for collectables!

The first picture is for a floor area of 5m x 4.5m.  It is $198/week.

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The second is a smaller floor area of 3.9m x 3.6m.  It is $125/week.

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The rent includes all outgoings (marketing, power, building insurance, etc).  Stallholders are not required to work in the store (apart from stocking & maintaining your own stall).  The only commission is 5% on card transactions of your items.  The initial commitment is for 3 months!

Contact us if you're interested.  Or pass it on to someone you think might be.


Pete & Andrea

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A Wintery Hello to all our newsletter subscribers!

Andrea & I have just returned from a trip to Vietnam (thanks to our daughters!) where the temperature was in the high 30s!  We've returned to a shop that barely gets above 10º.  Yes, GoT fans, winter is coming.

We know many of you haven't had the opportunity to come into the store or to meet us personally to say g'day.  That got us thinking we should us the ways to come to you and have a chat that are abundant via the interweb thingy.

So, How Bazaar now has a YouTube Channel where we do tours around the store, answer many of the common questions we get about how our business works and we'll be introducing you to some of our stallholders.  If you follow us on Facebook or keep an eye on our website, you may have already had a look at some of the clips we've put up.  We try to keep them short and (hopefully) a bit of fun!

Here's the link to the How Bazaar YouTube Channel.

We hope to see you soon!

Peter & Andrea

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HB News 30


Hi there,

Andrea & I we're roaming round the shop this week, thinking that it's time to make some space. 

Being the adventurous types, I thought "why not do something we haven't done for years".  Andrea looked at me suspiciously.  I said" Let's have a SALE!".

And you, dear subscriber, can be the first to see the massive discounts we've put on some items.  I know - massive discounts is something you hear every day.  All those other phrases come to mind as well - Below Cost!, Over 50% Off!, Once in a Lifetime, etc.

Well some of those things apply to some of the items we have for sale, some don't.  That said, I can't cut these prices any lower, so if you're interested in anything, please don't ask for a further discount.

To see what's on offer, click the link below:


Call or call in.  Hope to see you here!

Peter & Andrea

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