HB News 28

Edition 28

Welcome to the New Year!

Here we are again, wondering what the year will bring.  Hopefully success and prosperity for you all, sprinkled with a little joy. 

We had a vast number of visitors and customers over the holiday period - thanks to you all.  We are always pleased to hear your positive comments about the shop.  We do take some care in arranging and managing the in-store presentation.  With 12,000 different items, it's always a challenge to keep things navigable.  We do try to theme some areas and keep like with like.

So, what's new?  We've had some carnival and sideshow come in over the Christmas period.  There's some wonderful old banners, carousel ride figures and games! 

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This pig carousel ride is c1920s and in excellent condition for its age!

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We're looking forward to more coming in - there may even be some circus items and memorabilia (if we're lucky!). 

Keep an eye on the website, or better still, subscribe to the Carnival/Sideshow category and be the first to know!

We occasionally get enquiries as to whether we have any letters - ie: alphabet letters.  We've always has a few, but last week we came upon a truck full!  What's the collective noun for alphabet letters?  Maybe a "soup" of letters.  Here's a sample of what we have:

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Sizes range from the small to the very large.  Some are plastic, some metal, some light up. We've put a couple of them together into 'SUPER" (as in Super Petrol) light up signs.

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Here's a couple of other thoughts we've had with the letters:

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Prices range from $25 for an individual letter.  Buy a few and we can talk bulk price!

Till next time, cheers,

Peter & Andrea

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HB News 27

Edition 27

Season's greetings to you all!

Another year passes all too quickly.  We trust that yours has been fruitful and that you have a peaceful and safe holiday season!

The year at How Bazaar has been busy, interesting and sometimes surprising.  Thanks to all our patrons, be they online or visitors to the shop.  We've received many compliments from customers throughout the year about our little enterprise, many having noticed the care we take to layout the shop and many commenting to us that we are the best store of it's kind that they have seen.  We do take note of your comments and are grateful that people appreciate what we are trying to achieve.

Of course, year's end means Christmas and we would be remiss if we didn't remind you that we have thousands of unique gifts available!

We've recently received a range of original Carnival and Sideshow paraphernalia.  Travelling sideshow items are always popular, particularly as they often remind us of the fun (and naughty) times we may have had in our youth!

There's plenty of vintage Carousel Ride figures some that were part of Suspension Carousels

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and others that bolted on to the base of a carousel. 

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There are sideshow games like Rolling the Ball for a Prize,

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throw the ball into the milk can and great banners

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and signage

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Have a look online or come in.

We've also discounted some of our most popular items such as the reproduction Peter's light up Ice Cream Cones

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and the Michelin Man lightbox cover/sign.

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Of course, newsletter subscribers will be well looked after.  So let us know that you receive the newsletter when you contact us!

We've also updated our Facebook page.  If you don't already like or follow us on Facebook or Instagram, it's always worth joining.  We often put the newest and latest items there and have had people lining up at the door the next morning to snap up the rare and unusual!

Again, have a wonderful festive season and we look forward to having a great 2016 with you all.

Till next time, cheers,

Peter & Andrea

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HB News 26

Edition 26

Hello and welcome to How Bazaar at:

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

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!

Plus, we received a large amount of automobilia and garagenalia last weekend.  We haven't had a chance to put it on the website or in the store, so Motorclassica is the first place to see it all and snap something up.  We sourced the items from a collector, so there's quite a lot of rare tins, cans and signs!

Here's some pics of our set up.

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Hope to see you here.  Till next time, cheers,

Peter & Andrea

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HB News 25

Edition 25

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.

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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!

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It's $495, but Newsletter Subscribers can have it for $420!

There are other Railway items listed on the website and we'll be adding more over the coming weeks as we bring them up to scratch.

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. 

Don't forget, we are also on Facebook and Instagram.  Both media have the freshest of the fresh items as they come in.

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:

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Till next time, cheers,

Peter & Andrea

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HB News 24

Edition 24

Hello there and welcome to the latest irregular newsletter!  A particularly warm welcome to our new subscribers.

The winter chill has set in which keeps the shop at a steady temperature.  So much so that we regularly open the fridge up to try and warm things up a bit!

An update on the last newsletter re our vinyl albums.  There has been a lot of interest and business has been brisk.  There are still some very good and rare records left, but I'd get in quick.  We also have a large range of 12" singles at very good prices with most starting at $5.

A regular question from customers visiting the shop is "Where does all this come from?" Well, as you'd expect, we buy the items we have sale. There are no wholesalers for second-hand goods, hence we have well over 10,000 different things.  Many people bring their stuff in, others call and ask if we would be interested and can we come and have a look - which we do!  The most efficient way is to send us some photos, tell us where you are and give us an idea how much you want for them.

Generally, when we get things in we give them a quick clean and put them out on the floor.  There are some things we do a bit of work on to make them more appealing.  A case in point is this Cash Register.

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It came in as an old mechanical National Cash Register that needed a fair bit of work to get it going.  It is a late '60s to '70s model that had jammed up and was a bit clunky.  Then, to give it a unique look, it has been painted and now sports Coca-Cola advertising.  Ta-da! An old piece of junk becomes an appealing collectable!

As most of you would know, the market for antique furniture has dropped significantly.  That means we aren't buying as much furniture as we did ten years ago and, when we do, we aren't paying anywhere near what you might think they would be worth.  This does mean that if you're looking for a nice piece of antique/vintage furniture then there are bargains to be had!

This Antique Victorian Round Tilt Table is a great example of what we're talking about.

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Made of mahogany timber, c1840s, it is a beautiful piece in great nick.  We've got it priced at $950, which is cheap.  And yes, we'd drop the price a bit further if you asked nicely!  Think $650!

If you call into the shop and you're a newsletter subscriber, let us know.  We're always happy to have a chat and look after you on price.  And if you have stuff to move on, we're very pleased to have a look at what you've got - bring in some pics!

Till next time, cheers,

Peter & Andrea

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