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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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HB News 23

Edition 23

An autumnal hello to you all!

Things are rarely at a standstill here at How Bazaar and the last couple of months have proved no exception.

We have a very loyal clientele whose main interest is vinyl records.  If you haven't called by in the past couple of weeks, then we are pleased to let you know that we recently received a large and fantastic collection of vinyl.  So large that it has taken over a week to inspect and price them all.  So fantastic that we've built a new display unit to show them all!

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There were at least 1500 vinyl records and a very eclectic collection of (mostly) rock 'n' roll.  The collector was Peter Duffy (we can be certain of this as he stamped his name on many of them and often with the date he acquired them).  We're led to believe he was one of the founders of 3RRR FM radio station.  Clearly, his interest is the vinyl and the music, as the vinyl is mostly in very good to near mint condition, but the covers are often quite worn.

We cannot go through all the titles here, but there are very few that we have previously had.  There are bootleg rarities, some Australian rarities and some artists who haven't previously come through our doors.  A great collection of Bob Dylan, David Bowie and quite a lot of The Beatles, but others like Captain Beefheart, Doctor John, Donovan, The Kinks, Daddy Cool, etc.  There's also some very rare compilation albums and quite a few 12" singles.  The genres cover classic rock, through pop, funk, jazz and fusion, disco and folk.

If you're interested in rare vinyl, now is the time to pay a visit and it's well worth a trip from Melbourne as the good ones won't be here for very long.  The prices range from $4 up, with many around the $10 - $20 and some of the rarities are a bit more.  We know you will find that our prices are very competitive.

We are also very pleased to announce that we have a new Stallholder in How Bazaar.  Jarrod Carney has quite a range of interesting items and they are well priced.  Here's some pics of Jarrod's area.

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Come in and have look at Jarrod's stall - No 6.

Finally, following our last, sad, newsletter, we were privileged to attend Michael O'Brien's funeral in Mount Gambier.  A great celebration of Michael's life with a large of number of his family and friends in attendance.  And without being too macabre, Mick went out in style - definitely the coolest hearse we've ever seen!

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Till next time, cheers,

Peter & Andrea

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HB News 22

Edition 22

Today's newsletter is short and not the sort of news we like to post.

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We've just received some very sad news.  Many of you who have visited the shop over the years may have met Michael O'Brien (seated) who was a long term stallholder and employee here at How Bazaar.  Sadly, Michael passed away yesterday after a short illness.

Michael had a passion for antiques and collectables and was very skilled and knowledgeable when it came to pottery, porcelain, ceramics and glass.  After many years with us, Michael left to establish his own business, Charlicks Bazaar, in Mount Gambier.  Michael had worked very hard and was enjoying success with his business when he became ill.

Everyone at How Bazaar sends our sympathy to all his family and many friends.  We share your loss.

Vale Michael O'Brien.

Peter & Andrea

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HB News 21

Edition 21

Hi all and a (belated) welcome to the New Year.

It was a very busy Christmas and holiday period for us and there have been a few changes around the store.

The first is that we have a new stall holder (a very rare occurrence) - Junked.

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They have a range of collectables including toys, furniture, automobilia, signs, etc.  They also specialise in restorations, and would be willing to discuss any restorations you may be considering.  Call in and have a look at what they've got - they will be adding stock on a regular basis.

A little reminder why it's worth Subscribing to the Categories on our website.  We have been waiting for some time to get our hands on the reproduction Peters Ice Cream Cone lights. 

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We finally received seven of them last week, listed them on the website and they have now all sold!  A lot of people had subscribed to the "Signs" and/or "Lighting" categories on our website and received an email alert when the Peters' cones were listed.  Several people snapped them up via the website!

So, here's how it works:

  • Go to our website (or if you're reading this newsletter on the website, they are listed to the left of the screen)
  • Down the left hand side are all the Categories we use.  Items are often listed in more than one Category.
  • Click on the "S" next to the Category you would like to receive information about.
  • Fill in your details (name and email address) and click Submit.
  • You will receive an email from us with a link to confirm your subscription - you must click on that link or it just won't work!
  • Whenever we add something to the website in that Category, you will automatically receive an email with photos, description, dimensions and price.

If you don't receive the confirmation email, go back and try it again - sometimes a simple typo means it won't get to you.

Yes, you will receive emails about things you don't want - delete them!  Every email we send has an Unsubscribe link on it so you always have that option.

We got our hands on a Gilbert & Barker (Gilbarco) Glass Top Manual Pump/bowser last week.  It is in good nick and the top is glass (not plastic).

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It is a very reasonable $4,950 at the moment.  Get in quick if you're interested.

Till next time - cheers!

Pete and Andrea

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HB News 20

Edition 20

Where did the year go!  Here we are at the happiest time of the year again (unless you're my oldest brother who makes Scrooge look like Santa Claus).

It's been a big year - our appearance on The Block & our stall at Motorclassica have been a major focus (outside of the shop) and both have been very successful.  We caught up with quite a few people at Motorclassica last October and we'll be back there again in 2015.  If you weren't there here's a pic or three. 

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It occured to Andrea and I the other day that we have been here at How Bazaar for 10 years now - well done to us!  More importantly, thank you for your interest and patronage over the years.  Things have changed markedly over that time.  Much of what was in fashion ten years ago is worth a fraction of what it was.  Antique furniture springs to mind.  And old petrol bowsers that you could pick up for a couple of hundred bucks are now like the proverbial hen's teeth and what is available isn't cheap.  So, again, thanks for keeping us going.

You may be interested in a few bargains in this the gift buying season.  Here's a few "specials" and if you come into the shop, or give me a call, I'll make sure you're looked after.

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We have two of these Industrial Lockers.  We have them at $450, but we'll let a subscriber have them at $400 each!

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Here's a great vintage Drop Down Desk/Writing Bureau.  Currently $350, yours for $295.

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Very collectable c1950s Australian made Boomaroo Toy Cash Register.  $145 but I'll let it go for $120.

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Finally, here's the old petrol bowser you buy when you don't really have the space for a petrol bowser.  This Repro Bowser in Golden Fleece Livery is $1,250.  Pre Xmas, I'll let it go for $1,100.

Till next time - cheers and have great Festive Season!

Pete and Andrea

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