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Friday, December 28, 2012

Sold Digest

As 2012 gets closer to its final curtain call, I find myself pondering the shop and how far it's come in the past 4 months. Yep, it's true. I only opened "shop" on August 22nd, 2012. So, we've been in business for just over 4 months now. I've done two "sold digests" thus far and I think a 3rd one is way overdue.

So, let's start recapping, shall we?

First up, my Nordmende "Transita Deluxe" transistor radio, made in Western Germany, circa 1962/3. It was a bit hard parting with this radio. Still, I take comfort in knowing that she's still in the country... This cheery red radio went to live in neighbouring Montréal. Sometimes I think about selling my blue Nordmende Stradella transistor radio, a close cousin to this one. But I don't think I can part with it...

This radio sold quite quickly, which didn't surprise me.

Next up, one Glo-Hill by Gourmates, cherry red bakelite and chrome serving tray. Very "Mad Men." This tray moved on up to NYC. This tray took quite awhile to sell - which also surprised me.

Next up, a consignment piece that went quite quickly. Line Mar toys, "Deluxe Auto Transport" truck in red and white. This large piece went to live in Nova Scotia. FYI, vintage toys, especially the larger pieces, are pretty hot sellers. There was a lot of interest in this piece and the other one that I noted in my last "sold digest."

Next we have a Ronson Cadet lighter which advertised Canada's old school brewery, O'Keefe. I was pretty sure this lighter wasn't going to sell (and I was happy to keep it as it had belonged to my grandfather) but a gal with the last name of O'Keefe (go figure) snatched it up fairly quickly. Grandpa, if you're listening, your old Ronson is now living in Montana. FYI!

Next sold, one Voigtlander Brilliant camera circa the 1930's. I am not sure what the big deal is with this camera but the amount of views and attention it generated was staggering. I priced it low, as I figured it was for parts/repair and it sold very quickly. This camera was a consignment piece and went to live with a princess in Québec. Don't ask. I'll say this though: Vintage camera lovers appear to be as passionate vintage radio lovers.

Up next, a pair of Noritake porcelain salt and pepper shakers. These very Eames-y shakers were actually put out in 1984. So, not the vintage one would suspect. These shakers continue to dwell here in Toronto. These took a long time to sell!

Next up, a really cute vintage apron that also took a dog's age to sell. This cute apron continues to dwell in the Toronto area, which is comforting because I was happy to hang onto this butter yellow hand sewn bunny number. This took a long time to sell as well.

Next we have another radio, this one a Farnsworth tube radio, model ET-061 from 1946. This radio was cosmetically in mint condition. Had some internal issues though which made for a bit of a wait time, in terms of a sale. In the end, it was scooped up by a local radio enthusiast and it continues to dwell in the Toronto area.

Next we have my General Electric "Pot Belly" coffee percolator, circa the 1950's. This chrome and bakelite beauty headed south and is living with a nice woman in Michigan. This coffee maker continues to generate views in my shop because someone on "Business Insider" recommended that people buy it instead of some new fancy shmancy Starbucks coffee maker. The article is here. And note to me and  you, if you want to drum up business, comment on related things like these. It sure generates traffic!

Last but not least, one very Eames, Starburst, Atomic sugar bowl with lid. This sugar bowl has gone to live in New Hampshire. This piece sold very quickly. I was actually almost a bit disappointed when it sold since I think part of me wanted to keep it...

To note, this sugar bowl didn't always look so good. It was a Sally Ann find and it was filthy inside and out when I bought it. Inside was crusted-on sugar, on the outside it was smeared in grease and grime. It looked like it had been living in a mental health outpatient rooming house for a couple of decades. But beneath its rough exterior lived a chip, crack and repair-free piece that cleaned up really nicely. Just one of those sweet finds! This piece sold in less than a week.

And that concludes issue #3 of "Sold Digest." I leave you with a show I've been watching this week on Netflix, that touts itself as the "darker cousin to the Twilight Zone." The very weird and very interesting series, "One Step Beyond." Here's the unintentionally funny and captivating episode entitled "The Captain's Guest." And I would so be that unlucky guy...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holiday surprise picks...

As promised, a couple of newbies coming to the shop this evening. First up, one "Shanghai Diamond" red alarm clock, circa the '50's/early '60's. This features a bass playing duck and a back up chick (get it?!) in the background. Duck's wing moves when it ticks. Thing is, it is not currently functioning. It was functioning for a good long while though and the alarm bells on this piece are terrifiying. Will wake the deepest of sleepers, guaranteed. I'm pricing it a little on the higher end just because I've never seen another one like it (and you know I've been Googling). I've had this alarm clock since around 1993 and am happy to keep holding onto it as well if there are no interested takers.

Anyway, without further ado, here are lots of shots of this super cute alarm clock:

Next up, an RS Prussia "chocolate pot" from the late 1800's, early 1900's. This piece has seen better days and is priced to sell due to the fact that it's missing its lid and has a nickel-sized slice off it.

Hope everyone's having a happy and restful holiday season. If not, here's a little swing to make it - er - swingier! (this is probably the swinging-est set yet, folks. Enjoy!):

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Nothing new to the shop this weekend, though there may be a surprise or two coming up in the next week, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, wanted to wish everyone a vintage-inspired holiday season.

In the spirit of vintage, thought I'd share some vintage-inspired, holiday-themed "best of" picks from YouTube. First off, this one, which makes me feel very sorry for the young 'uns of 1948. I have to say, as a child of the '70's, I feel downright privileged to have had the much superior A Charlie Brown Xmas and The Grinch Who Stole Xmas.

For now, here's 1948's "Santa in Animal Land." Watch, if you dare!

Then there's this sad little black and white number, likely made during the Great Depression... (I jest - sort of):

Finally, some classic Jimmy Stewart, speaking passionately for the unwashed masses, in 1946's "It's a Wonderful Life."

Have a safe and happy holiday season, everyone. And of course, a swingin' one to boot.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Extend-a mix sneak peek!

Up for your vintage radio pleasure, one Philco 1940-41 radio, model 32A. I bought this radio from an antique mall in northern Ontario several moons ago and it was touted as having been restored internally and externally. Radio plays (see link below to video) but needs an external antennae to really pull in stations. Nice airplane dial and some sweet art deco styling evident in the zig zag grille. Cabinet is in good shape, a veneer slice off the back left (see pictures) that was lacquered over when the cabinet was refinished but not very noticeable since it's toward the back of the radio. A few other imperfections that were also "finished over" by the restoration. See all pictures and be sure to zoom in to get a good sense of its condition. Dial lights up when the radio is on, which is always nice.

The last patents on the radio were between 1933 through to 1939 inclusive thus the 1940-41 birth date guesstimate. This Philco was made right here in Toronto, Canada!

Here are some pictures of it, along with a video of it in action, below!


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Saturday Night Sneak Peek

Coming to the shop this weekend, a few tasty-looking collectibles (this will make sense a bit further down the post). First up, one vintage Lehmann daschund dog toy, made in Western Germany, apparently goes by the name of "Bibi." Without further ado, here are some pictures of our collectible canine:

Little guy seems to be made of tin or molded plastic, I can't quite tell. Wheels spin and move and up and down. Not sure what he's supposed to do exactly. IMO, he can just sit there and look adorable. Measures 5.5 inches from tip of nose to tip of tail.

Next up, one super cute atomic, mid-century modern, starburst, Eames sugar bowl with lid. This sugar bowl has an "Alladin's lamp" design to it and is in excellent vintage condition with zero chips, fleabites, cracks or repairs. It is unmarked on the bottom though there do appear to be some scratches to the bottom, almost as if someone was trying to scratch out the name of the maker? Bowl is nice and clean inside, as you can sort of tell by the last picture at the bottom. Features starbursts and green and blue leaves.

Finally, the "tasty" reference at the top of this post, explained... Six, count 'em six (6) Anchor Hocking "peach swirl" cups and saucers in stunning orange carnival glass. This is the "shell" pattern. Pictures do not do this half a dozen justice. They shine and shimmer and they will definitely make you crave an orange Creamsicle, guaranteed. They really do look like they're made out of candy! Perfect for your vintage diner or vintage kitchen. Marked on the bottom of each cup and saucer, is: Oven Proof Dinnerware by Anchor Hocking, 24, Made in U.S.A. These cups and saucers are in excellent vintage condition with just the odd spot, bump, and light scratch here and there but no cracks, chips, repairs or fleabites. These stunners are breathtaking in person and dazzle the senses!


That's all for now! Thanks for tuning in and wishing you all a swingin' Saturday night, as always.