We are so excited to be back out on the road 17th – 19th July. We will be selling at Decorative Home & Salvage Show, Loseley Park estate near Guildford, Surrey. Its a new show and venue for us – outside. We don’t usually do outside shows – but needs must in the current climate.
We are praying for good weather but we are in the shopping arcade; so undercover if it rains. We will bring our usual array of vintage Bluetooth radios, speakers, lighting and homewares. Hopefully you will come and say hello – tickets can be bought on the day. Full details are on our events page.
Our summer sale is now on and runs for two weeks from 21st June to the 5th July. Pop over to our shop and get 20% off selected items including barware, ceramics, clocks, homewares, art furniture and lighting. If you are interested in any of the large items contact us for a delivery quote.
It seems a very long time since 24th November 2019. The world has changed beyond all recognition, but for us that date sticks in the memory as our beloved Transit, Boris Van Bleu, was stolen while we were at a show in Leeds.
For months there was no news and we miserably cancelled his tax, made the insurance claim and started to replace our lost stock, show tables and much, much more which had been lost. We limped on hiring vans and putting off the inevitable day we would have to buy a replacement. Then one humdrum day in February we had a call from Northampton police – not only had they found him but he had contraband on board. He’d been used for nefarious means & dodgy dealings and was rescued after a police chase the wrong way on a dual carriageway.
As expected time moved slowly; after numerous engineers reports, bartering with the insurance & wringing of hands we decided to take the plunge and buy him back.
He eventually was trailered back from Bristol last month in the middle of lockdown. It was very emotional seeing him appear up the drive with his battle scars, knackered locks and missing number plates.
We slowly started the big task to bring him back to life. Bought tax & plates, took him to our trusty mechanic and we are now waiting patiently for him to return. Hopefully with the lifting of lockdown and the return of shows he will be back on the road after 6 long months. We will post a photo once he’s back on the road better than ever.
So I suppose the moral of this story is never give up hope and sometimes your prayers will be answered, even in lockdown!
In these unusual and extraordinary times we are doing our best to continue as normal. Though all our shows are cancelled for the foreseeable future we are still selling online. Now we know when the first things on your shopping lists are loo rolls and pasta we understand you might not want or need vintage gorgeousness. But if you do want to lift the mood and buy yourself a present we are trying to get as much of our show stock online as possible. This includes our Bluetooth speakers which usually sell too fast to hit the website.
For those customers who have left us commissions to convert their own radios & speakers we will be doing these ASAP. Where possible we will post these back to you once completed. For the larger pieces we will have to make some delivery arrangements. If you have a beloved family radio you want to sing again contact us regarding conversions.
To help, we are doing free domestic postage on all of our smaller items. For furniture and larger pieces please ask us for a quote and we will find the cheapest delivery option for you. Pop over to the shop and take a look https://retro-bazaar.co.uk/shop/
We are so happy to be returning to Scotland at the end of the month. It is over two years since we have been north of the border and are excited to be coming back. We will be bringing our wares to Vintage Nation – a one day extravaganza of vintage Fashion, Furniture & Food at Leith Theatre curated by Judy’s Affordable Vintage.
The marketplace will feature amazing vintage fashion & accessories, midcentury/vintage homewares and furniture, local artists and artisans plus delicious local street food.
We will be bringing a selection of our renowned Bluetooth speakers
and radios, vintage lighting, small furniture and vintage homewares.
So make a note of the date 29th February, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. The perfect day out for any vintage lover or foodie! Find full details on our events page
As we come to the end of the year we have finished all our shows and events for the decade! how time flies. Retro Bazaar celebrates its 10th birthday in January and overall its been a fab ride. Some ups and downs with 2019 being a particularly difficult year.
The shows will start back up in January and as usual we will be touring round the country and looking forward to visiting our usual haunts. First off is the Vintage Furniture Flea returning to Cecil Sharp House, Camden. We usually do two shows a month, with the rest of the time spent buying and listing our stock on ebay & Vinterior.
Please check back early in January for a list of the events we will be attending in the New Year.
Rare WWII glass mantle/alarm clock by Gilbert Clocks, Connecticut, USA
Great example of this rare clock in fabulous condition – no chips or nicks to the glass. It comes with its box, original instructions and information about its production and can be dated between 1942 – 45.
Unlike other clockmakers who stopped production and were drafted into the war effort Gilbert carried on making clocks as alarm clocks were deemed essential to wake up the workers. To avoid the use of restricted materials such as metal and wood, they made their clocks out of papier maché and moulded glass. Buying one of these clocks was also seen as helping the war effort.
The clock has a mechanical wind up movement with separate winder for the alarm. Both the clock and the alarm are in full working order.
So a couple of weeks ago we got a phone call out of the blue from BBC Radio Northampton. They needed an ‘expert’ to talk about the new Bluetooth Cassette Tape players which have just been launched after crowdfunding.
Research done and notes made I was ready for my big interview…….then with an hour to go before the broadcast I was pulled for another guest, but they did reschedule for the next day. Cue an evening and morning of nerves and impromptu dieting as I couldn’t eat anything.
Eventually the researcher phoned back and said we were a go. Had a lovely chat with the DJ about these new cassette players and he was great at giving the business a plug – more than I was! Fortunately he were also interested in what we are doing; rescuing all these beautiful old radios, speakers & telephones from landfill and converting them for use today.
So it all went swimmingly and luckily they didn’t ask too many difficult questions. If you would like to have listen to the interview follow the link below:
Lazarus our latest transformation from wrecked radio to Bluetooth Speaker. Found in a house clearance at the back of a garage
where it had probably lived for many years this old radio has been rescued, repaired
When we bought it we thought
it might be beyond economical repair but the knobs were worth rescuing!
We did some investigation and we identified it as a GEC BC4040 valve radio made by General Electric Co, London in 1939. It is a big beastie measuring 18.5 inches long (45cm) and very heavy
Once we got it back to the workshop we realised that the Bakelite was in OK condition, a few wounds and scars but no breaks or bits missing. The speaker had had it and the dial was illegible – both had suffered over the years and were covered with mould. The base & back were the same and the internals were all rusty, but on the plus side it did have all its knobs!
As we had a bit of a break in our busy schedule we decided to bite the bullet and tackle the renovation. The radio was taken apart, the innards were scrubbed down, Bakelite was washed, dried and polished. The material was replaced and we upgraded it to stereo adding a speaker each side – it would have been mono originally. We sprayed the original glass to hide the gap from the missing dial and installed bulbs behind so it still lights up. The Bluetooth technology was added with new wiring and the result is the pretty beastie below.
We love it and have obviously named him Lazarus. It sounds fab and is another gorgeous Art Deco, pre WWII radio saved from landfill.