HB News 19

Edition 19

Hi all,

Welcome back to another (intermittent) episode in goings on at How Bazaar.

Anyone who has a passing interest in The Block may have caught us in the last season - The Glasshouse!  The Block filmed their "Love Thy Neighbour" Challenge at How Bazaar and it screened on August 6 (here's a clip).  The Shop and the Challenge results kept popping up throughout the season and we have received some fantastic recognition, feedback and increased visitors through The Block.

Here's some pics of the filming day:


The Contestants are briefed by Shelley on the day's requirements.


The crew - we had to close the shop for the day.  Over 40 people!


Shelley offers some advice - they didn't take it!


Works are underway.


Dee lends a guiding opinion.


Challenge Judges.


The Winner!


The product we liked!

Without boring you with details, our website went ballistic on the night of the screening.  We had anticipated this and had our IT suppliers get ready for this (thanks GravIT).  They told us it peaked at 4 million bits of data a second!

The Block returns in 2015 and our association with the production continues.  Keep an eye out for us next year.

We are now in the throes of getting ready for Motorclassica this weekend at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton.  If you've never had a chance to call in and see us in North Geelong and you're in the Melbourne area, it's a great opportunity to come in, meet us (Andrea and I will be there all weekend) and have a look at some of the stuff we have.  Our exhibition won't be only Automobile items - we always bring along a variety of stuff.  Plus, Motorclassica has a vast range of classic cars on display!  They put on a great show and it's well worth coming in.  Yes, there are entry fees!

If you haven't called into the shop lately, things have changed (again).  We have a new section with some fantastic items with an Asian flavour.  Here's a couple of items (click on the pics for the details):

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There's a whole more from small items, crockery, furniture and odd bits!

We've had lots of peeks into the workshop where we've been working on three Laughing Clown Sideshow games.  Good news - they're ready and out on the shop floor!  Click on the pic for details:

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Finally, for those who have a leaning towards the Automobilia side of things, here is an absolute beauty of a Golden Fleece 1 Quart Oil Bottle and Pourer.  It features the rare Hex Logo on the Bottle.  We will have it at Motorclassica, so come and have a look at it!

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Hope to see you at Motorclassica, or in Geelong.


Pete and Andrea

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HB News 18

Edition 18

Hi there and welcome to the new financial year!

As usual, we've been on the look-out for the different, rare and unusual.  Well, we've just come into possession of hundreds of pairs of Levis Red Tag Jeans!

Of course that means we are very keen to sell some, so we thought we'd let you know.

A few things to be aware of:

  • They are all Women's Jeans
  • They are all Bell Bottoms (the size of the bell may vary, but we are talking a big flare)
  • The sizes range from a width of 25 to 30 (size 7 to 12, we believe), though there are not many 25s and very few 30s, with leg length of either 32 or 33.  There are heaps of the middle sizes.
  • Denim style varies - some black, quite a bit of faded, acid wash, regular and darker blue denim.  Some have the stressed look (fake repairs, etc).
  • There are some with 685 leather tags, but most don't have a leather tag, many don't have rear pockets, but all have the Red Tag.
  • They are all new and all shop tagged - they came from a shop liquidation and have marked prices of $79 reduced to $39 each.
  • Age is difficult to determine, but probably late '90s into the 2000s.  They have a barcode, so to say they a genuine vintage may be stretching things.  They are definitely a vintage style.
  • Some have been cut down into shorts and, if you're not a flare/bell bottom type of gal, this is probably a good idea.  We're cutting a few down ourselves.

Here's a few pics:

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So - what's the deal? 

We're selling

1 pair of jeans for $10 - that's right $10! 

Or (wait for it)

3 pairs for $20.

Genuine Levis Jeans - 3 for $20! 

But wait - there's more!

No there isn't.

Till next time - cheers!

Pete and Andrea

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HB News 17

Edition 17

Hello again!

It seems like only a week ago when last we spoke and here we are, having another chat.

Why?  Because we like you.  We like you so much we thought we'd give you a heads up and a very special offer!

We've just cleaned out an old Geelong church of its old timber pews.  They are baltic pine and oregon and are big!  Early 20th century.  We have 16 at the moment, but the two front pieces as pictured have sold.  They are 12' 6" long. 

Maybe you are looking at opening up your own church?  Or you have a really long table that needs to seat people on both sides?  Or a cafe/restaurant looking for a unique look?

Click in the picture to go to our listing.

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So, what's the deal?  We have them listed at $650 each.  For a very short time (let's say until the end of May), newsletter subscribers can have one for $450.  Or two for...  Or ten for...

Contact us if you want to have a chat about them!

Till next time - cheers!

Pete and Andrea

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HB News 16

Edition 16

Hi all and welcome to another update!

Last edition we told you about Scott Cam's workshop on the The Block.  Since then, the season wrapped up and Scotty picked up the Gold Logie - congratulations!  This is so momentous we decided to show the photo of us with Scotty again!

Fam And Cam

It's no secret that The Block are making a new season for broadcast in the middle of 2014.  We wish them every success and look forward to seeing whether any How Bazaar-ness makes it on to the show!

We've just listed a new table on our website  - this fantastic industrial style table is made from an old ship's hull.  Click on the pic to have a closer look and go the website listing.

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The hulls were part of old couta boats that their owner decided to cut up.  We thought it's better to put them to some use than have them tossed out or burned.  The hull is jarrah and the curved structure supporting them is celery top pine.  We have some more pieces, pictured here:

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They are really heavy, but wonderful pieces of maritime history that will be preserved in another form.  "Re-purposing" is the fashionable term for this activity. Next year it may well be "inventalisation".  Remember, you heard it here first.

Come in and see us soon.  We've had a major revamp of the store with new display areas and quite a lot of new items.  Moving stuff around always reveals things that have been hidden away for a while.  We've also re-grouped themed items together so that if you're looking for something particular it may well be located with similar things. A bit hard to do when everything we have is different, but hopefully it helps you find what it is you want!

Don't forget - follow us on Facebook at How Bazaar Geelong Have a look and give us some feedback.  We always update our Facebook with a photo of new and interesting stuff as often as possible!  It's not a sales pitch - just a photo of something we like.

Till next time - cheers!

Pete and Andrea

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HB News 15

Edition 15

Welcome to the next sporadic edition of HB News!

Happy to say we survived the summer (it did get a bit hot in here)!  Looking back at the last Edition where we featured New Records, unfortunately they were the major victims of the summer.  It wasn't the heat that got them, but the 2" of rain in 20 minutes!  The box gutter couldn't cope and dumped its contents into the record display.  As you can see in the pic below, the display was perfect for catching water.  Many were lost, but we look forward to new arrivals throughout the year.

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Anyone out there watching The Block on Nine?  If so, and you've paid attention to Scott Cam's workshop, you may have noticed how much it looks like How Bazaar.  That would be because almost all of the decor in there - bowsers, tins, signs, the flight simulator, plus heaps more - is ours!  If you see anything there you fancy, let us know as it will be coming back.

We can't give anything away about the show, but we did have a visit late last year and had a beer with Scotty!

Fam And Cam

As you probably know, How Bazaar has had a Facebook Timeline for some time - I'm sure many of you are Friends! (thanks).  We have restarted our Business Facebook Page - How Bazaar Geelong.  So, if you have the time and inclination, we would really appreciate you Liking our Business Page, Sharing it with your Friends and Following us on Facebook.  If we can do the same for you, please let us know!

Here's a couple of special items that have come in recently:

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A pair of Furphy Water Cart Wheels and Axle!  Very hard to come by and extremely popular!  Advertised at $750, but contact us for a Newsletter price!

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This ripper AWA "Empire State" Building Radio is a real rarity.  In working order and fantastic condition, given its age, it won't last long!

Finally, thanks for supporting us!  The new website has been going for just over two years and it is growing in popularity.  If you have any comments or ideas about the website, please let us know!  We have managed to speed it up over the past couple of months - hope you noticed!  Tell your friends about us - and let them know that we buy and sell.  We're always looking for new and unusual stuff!

Till next time - cheers!

Pete and Andrea

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