HB News 9

Edition 9

Hi subscribers - here's something very rare!

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Yes, it's me!  Now you know why there's a caricature on the website.

Importantly, it is me standing in our revised, redesigned, reviewed and reworked Automobilia and Garagenalia area.  You will note the numbers of oil bottles in crates.  I'm just contemplating the aesthetic affect I'm looking to achieve.

If you've been looking at the website and browsing the Automobilia and Garagenalia section, you may have noted that there is not an oil bottle, can, tin, or associated item listed.  Of course, you will assume that we have sold it all.  You would be wrong!  (Although we have sold quite a bit so we are taking this opportunity to update the website.)

What opportunity is that?  Happily, I've managed to get hold of an enormous range of new stock.  All of it came from the one collection and includes a conical Plume Bowser, a magnificent Dunlop sign and over 1,000 new items, ranging from rare oil bottles, racks, cans, tins, ashtrays, diecast cars - the list goes on!  Here's a few pics:

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The Plume Bowser

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Part of the new Automobilia area

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A bit more of the display

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There'll be some Golden Fleece fans wanting to get at this

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The superb and very rare Dunlop enamel sign in fantastic condition with a curved border.

It is going to take a few weeks to get it all cleaned, priced and displayed - but I've begun!  It will take a few weeks more to get as much of this as we can on our website.  So if you are keen to get hold of something before it goes, call in to the shop and have a look around.  There are some real gems.

Until next time...


Pete and Andrea

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HB News 8

Edition 8

Welcome to 2013 from How Bazaar!  We trust your festive season was enjoyable and that you have been able to have a bit of a break from whatever takes up most of your time.

Things have been very busy around the shop over the holiday period - lots of visitors with many wonderful comments from people about the range of items we have and the layout of the shop.

Following up from our stall at Motorclassica in 2012 (Edition 7), we will be coming back to the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton for the 48th Victorian Hot Rod Show from January 25 to 28, 2013.  We will be upstairs with Retro & Rare, one of our stallholders here at How Bazaar.  Come in for a look (there'll be some "hot" cars to look at as well!).

One of the interesting components of trading in oldwares, collectables and secondhand goods are the stories that we collect along with the goods.  Some of them are not printable (I'm always happy to spend a moment telling a good story), but many certainly add to the interest of a particular item.

A case in point is the large range of apothecary - old Chemist's bottles and paraphenalia from the early 20th century - that we purchased last year.  Sourced from Central Victoria, they are from a multi-generational family of pharmicists.  He rang (out of the blue) to see if we were interested in coming for a look.  Once he gave his name (let's call him Dave), I recognised him immediately as the pharmacist who gave my sister in law her first job and who continued to work for him for many years.  Having made that connection, it also turns out that his son went to college in Melbourne with another of my sisters in law.  As dad always says, coincidence occurs more than non coincidence!

Here's a pic and link to what we purchased:

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There's old large bottles with stoppers, some very unusual bottles that look like they came from a lab and some magnificent mortar and pestles.  Come in for a look.

But it doesn't end there.  When I got there, we got talking about How Bazaar, what we do and what I buy.  Through that chat he mentioned that he had an old bowser he'd be willing to part with.  Here it is, the Larkin Aircraft Supply Co Ltd Bowser, made in Australia:

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Based at Coode Island in Melbourne, the Company was formed in 1919 and stopped manufacture in 1930 and mostly produced airplanes. I had never heard of them before and certainly hadn't seen one of these.

But, don't get excited - I got it back to shop and it barely lasted 3 hours before it was sold and gone the next day!  Chances and opportunities like this don't happen everyday, but when they do it is both exciting and worthwhile.

We recently received six Royal Doulton Figurines, two of which are pictured here. (Click on the photo for the description & price).

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Admittedly, not everyone's cup of tea, but quite highly prized by collectors.  If you're a collector and you read this newsletter, you can have 20% off the marked price for any one (or two, or all) of the six figures.  Offer stands until the next newsletter.

Until next time...


Pete and Andrea

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HB News 7

Edition 7

Firstly, apologies for taking so long to get a newsletter out!  It has been a very busy period since we last communicated and a lot has changed.

If you've been in the shop recently, you will have noticed that some very severe re-arranging has taken place.  There are now two aisles in the downstairs area, making things a bit easier to navigate around and see - the upshot has been we've rediscovered stuff that's been hidden away.  Come in and you'll notice the difference.

We also had a stall at Motorclassica 2012 in the Melbourne Exhibition Building at the end of October.  It looked this this:


We had a really successful time there, but it was hectic!  I don't think it's a boast to say that, apart from the beautiful old cars on display, ours was the busiest area for the weekend.  There were always people milling around, browsing and buying!  Our favourite activity.

We managed to get hold of an original red telephone box a while ago.  It was from the Geelong area and was about 50 years old.  Of course it didn't last here very long - they never do.  We were pleased to deliver it a nursing centre where they specialise in creating an environment for people with alzheimer's and related illnesses.  Little did we know how they planned to move it when we delivered it- it made a great photo!


The happiest time of the year will soon be upon us.  No doubt you are all under immense pressure to find and purchase the perfect gift.  We don't have the perfect gift, but we have many imperfect gifts. Come in and have a look - or browse on-line!

See you soon, either on-line or in person.


Pete and Andrea

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HB News 6

Edition 6

A teeth chattering g'day to all our newsletter readers.

Andrea and I are back from the warm and humid climes of Asia!  Called into the shop on the way back from the airport still wearing our shorts and thongs - just a little optimistic!

You may recall from the previous newsletter we had a Lambretta 150 Id motor scooter from the 1950's for a very short time.  If you want to have a look at it in person, it now resides at Cafe Cavallino in Lygon St, Carlton.  The cafe has a Formula 1 theme, so there is plenty to look at, as well as a traditional, family based Italian menu to peruse and enjoy!

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The other Motor Scooter is being worked on.  I can reveal that is a Triumph.  We are planning to have it on display at Motorclassica 2012 at the Melbourne Exhibition Building, Carlton, in October.  We have been taking a stall there for several years and bring up an eclectic selection of items for display and sale - mostly automobile related, but we do sneak in some other items that may also be of interest, or just look good!  Of course, there is a display of over 100 classic automobiles and motorcycles to look at as well.

Given we're on a a bit of an automobilia theme this newsletter, some of you may have been waiting for a subscriber special that is garagenalia related.  Here's a real rarity that has just come in - an Atlantic Union Embossed Oil Bottle with Castrol Top

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This is in the shop for $375.  Ask for the subscriber special price of $310.  That price stops when the next newsletter comes out.

See you soon, either on-line or in person.


Pete and Andrea

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HB News 5

Edition 5

Hi again from team Bazaar.  It's been a while since the last newsletter which goes to show that the year is flying by - again!

Haven't been in to the shop for a while?  We've been busy re-arranging things, added some new showcases and consolidated a few of the areas so things are gathered together, like tools, toys, automobilia, etc.  It's looking good, so call by.

As always, we're on the lookout for the unusual, kooky and eye catching.  In the latter department, only this week we got hold of a beautiful Lambretta 150 Id motor scooter from the 1950's.  We were about to put it on the web when it sold!  Here's a photo just so you can see what it was like.

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With a bit of work we will have another motor scooter in a few weeks!

In case you didn't know (and you probably did) How Bazaar has a number of stallholders within the shop.  Many have been with us for a while and you will have seen them if you are a regular visitor.  One of our hard working stallholders is Michael O'Brien - stall 20 if you're ever looking for what is his.  Michael has extensive knowledge on pottery, glass, figurines, dinner settings, jewellery and collectables.  He is always happy to have a chat.  He also does the round of antique fairs, so keep an eye out for Michael.  Amongst his many items, he currently has a display of Australian Pottery so come in and have a look.

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Andrea and I are about to take a little trip to escape the cold (isn't it like winters we used to get? - freezing and wet!).  But here's a special to warm you up while we're away.

We've had a number of good quality, Lead Light Crystal Display Cabinets come in recently.  This one  -     is in good condition and is listed at $495.  Ask for the newsletter special price and it's yours for $440.

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Till next time, stay warm - rug up if you come into the shop - it gets a tad chilly in here!

Pete and Andrea

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