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Christmas – Last Posting Date & Opening Hours

Our last posting date for Christmas will be Wednesday 19th December. Any orders processed after this date will NOT be guaranteed for delivery in time for Christmas.

If your order is urgent we may be able to order an express delivery after this date, however there will be a minimum cost of £15.

If you have placed an order after the 19th or you have ordered a large item requiring collection we will be open for collections until 5pm on Friday 21st Dec. Please call 01908 310020 to arrange pick-up.

  • Last order date for Christmas Delivery – Wed 19th Dec
  • Opening Hours over Christmas – 10am – 4.30pm Mon – Fri
  • Last Date for order collection from Milton Keynes – 5pm Friday 21st Dec
  • Closed – 22nd December to 2nd January 2019

Using your Retro Bazaar Bluetooth Speaker

We are often asked about our Bluetooth speakers and how difficult are they to use – especially if you are a bit of a technophobe. In all honesty they are quick to connect to your devices – whether it’s a smartphone, tablet or even an Amazon Echo. Below are some helpful tips and hints for getting started and some of the most asked questions.

Getting Started

Due to the differences in today’s Smartphones & tablets, these are general instructions, intended to assist in the connection (or pairing) of your device to your speaker. This normally only needs to be done once per device, as the information is retained once the process has been completed.

Activating your Speaker
  • Ensure the power lead is connected to your speaker. The power lead plugs into a small circular connector on the back. Ensure you push it in fully, sometimes giving the plug a twist as you connect it can help it go in all the way.
  • Turn on your speaker using the volume control, or ‘On/Off’ button, and wait for around 20 seconds to allow the Bluetooth device to initialise.
Connecting your Phone or Tablet
  • Check that you have activated Bluetooth on your phone or tablet.
  • Open the settings screen and select the Bluetooth page. You should see a device called “KRC-XXB” where XX is a number. Select this to pair your phone or tablet with your speaker.
  • Once your device has connected turn the volume up to its loudest
  • Open your favourite music app and start playing; the music should now come through your speaker.
Turning your speaker off
  • To turn the speaker off, turn the volume control fully anti-clockwise, you will hear a click.
Reconnecting your Phone or Tablet
  • When you turn the speaker on again, (after you have paired it with your phone), the speaker will automatically connect to the last device used.
Auxiliary Input
  • If your Bluetooth Speaker has an aux in option please ensure Bluetooth is turned OFF on your Smartphone or tablet before you use speaker.

Frequently Asked Questions

My speaker is too quiet

Turn up the volume on your phone. The volume can be adjusted either by using the volume control on the speaker or on the phone.

I can’t connect to my speaker

Only one device can connect at a time, make sure a different device hasn’t connected. The last used device will be the first to be connected the next time it’s switched on.

The AUX in isn’t working

Make sure you have turned off Bluetooth on your phone, the AUX in will only work if no Bluetooth devices are connected.

Can I adjust the Bass/treble?

Most devices and streaming software allow you to set this in the App i.e. Spotify, iTunes

Can I connect my speaker to an Amazon Echo or a Google Home device?

Yes, the output from the Echo or Home will be sent to your speaker when it is on. Refer to your device’s instructions for pairing instructions.

The cable you have supplied is too short. Can I get an extension?

The cable is kept short for safety reasons, however we are able to make extensions to your exact length requirement, contact us for details.


Getting Ready for the Season….of Shopping!

The summer break is over and the shows are ramping up. We will be attending a furniture and homewares show every weekend for the next 8 weeks around the country. We will be visiting London, Bristol, Leeds and Cambridge (Details on the Events Page )

We’re looking forward to bringing our great stock to lots of new and existing customers. We love the vintage fairs, although setting up in time is always a bit of a trial! Naturally we’ll be bringing our great range of Speakers, Radiograms, Lighting, Furniture and much, much more.


Midcentury Modern at The Hepworth

Hepworth_flyer_2017_jpg_PosterReally looking forward to the first weekend fair by Modern Shows at the fabulous venue -The Hepworth, Wakefield on the 3rd & 4th February.

 

This fair will be held in ‘The Calder’ a converted mill on the museums site. The traders coming will bring an eclectic and fabulous mix of Midcentury gorgeousness and stunning design, from Furniture to film posters, lighting to ceramics and more.

 

We will be bringing a selection of our vintage technology including our Bluetooth & MP3 speakers, record players, vintage telephones and lights plus some cool Midcentury pieces of furniture, glass and ceramics.

Our speciality – the Bluetooth and MP3 devices are vintage speakers and radios which have been rescued from the scrapheap and brought back to live to sing again once more. Where possible we retain as much of the original piece as possible, just add to their life.

 


Art, Antiques & Interiors Fair

This month we will be attending the Antiques for Everyone Interiors Fair again. Taking place at Excel, London the fair is an eclectic mix of Antiques, Art Deco, Vintage and Midcentury Modern and Interior Design plus talks by a host of antiques experts including Mark Hill and Judith Miller. AFE 2018

As an exhibitor we are allocated a number of complimentary passes to the show. If you would like to attend please contact us at enquiries@retro-bazaar.co.uk and we will email you a ticket.

This ticket must be printed out, one per person, and brought to the fair to allow entry.


New Year Sale Now On!

General StockWelcome to 2018! Visit our shop and grab a bargain as our New Year sale is now on. Discounts across the board – on vintage & retro homewares, furniture, bar accessories, lighting, clocks, art and phones. You can also make us an offer as we are always open to reasonable discounts so you can get the perfect piece of vintage that you really want.

Sale is on until 14th January – so don’t delay pop to the shop now https://retro-bazaar.co.uk/shop/

 


Leeds Winter Market

We are gearing up for our last show of the year.

We are taking part in the pop up Winter Market at the magnificent Leeds Town Hall on Sunday 10th Dec. The fair is one day only from 11am until 7pm. We will be located on the stage with our usual array of vintage items from record players, amplified speakers, homewares, lighting and phones. There will be something in every price range from stocking fillers to mega presents. So if you want your gift to stand out from the crowd, come and buy vintage for friends and family.

However the show is not only selling vintage items, it also features independent designers & makers, artisan food producers plus Father Christmas will be in his grotto

Tickets are available here

Early bird tickets £4 (limited)

General tickets £5 (OAP £2.50) available online and on the door

Under 12’s free!

Santa’s Grotto Tickets are £10 per child


London Calling

Over the next 3 weekends we will be attending shows in the capital where we will be bringing our speakers, record players, phones & furniture – plus a lot more. Try and catch us at one of the following events for some shopping in the sunshine (hopefully)

Sun 18th June

We will be helping to round off the Crouch End Festival taking part in the Vintage Furniture Flea at the Hornsey Town Hall. We were last there in January and it was a great show – lots of amazing vintage goodies from all the traders so can’t wait to go back

North London Furniture Flea Info

 Sun 25th June

We will be coming to ‘The Big London Flea’ for the first time – held in Dalston’s former ABC cinema, The Big London Flea is North London’s largest indoor vintage market. We will join over 50 hand-picked vintage traders selling an amazing mix of salvaged, one-of-a–kind, lost and found objects, and handmade items, that include, 20th Century furniture, vintage clothes, curiosities & collectables, kitchenware, reclaimed industrial fixtures / electrical, and unexpected oddities.

Info on their Facebook page

Sun 2nd July

We are back at the longest established furniture flea and our favourite fair – The North London Furniture Flea, York Hall, Bethnal Green. We will be in our usual spot (the noisy ones in the corner) Door open at 10.30 for this fabulous furniture event.

Details here


Fun Festival Time!

Next week we are off to the first Great Estate Festival Scorrier House, Cornwall billed as the most rambunctious garden féte – we can’t wait…especially if the weather stays this glorious.

Held within the prestigious and mystical grounds of Scorrier House and minutes away from the beautiful Cornish coastline, you can be sure to expect the unexpected…

The major headline acts include Echo And The Bunnymen, Craig Charles, The Electric Swing Circus plus dozens Great Estate Logomore. We’ll be making a point of going to see the camel racing, and we might have to be rescued from the secret Gin gardens and the woodland silent discos and so much more…

But we are there to work and we will be part of Judy’s Vintage Marketplace trading Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June. Come and see us if you are going to the festival – we will be the noisy ones with the funky music. Hope to see you there.

Festival Website

Judy’s Vintage Marketplace

Tickets


Dial ‘B’ for Britain

Timeshift IntroTimeshift – Dial ‘B’ for Britain is a really cool and fascinating insight into the history of the telephone.

First shown on BBC4 on 20th April 2017 this programme tells the history of the British telephone line over 100 years and the telephone on the High Street and in British households over this period. If you think the problems we have today getting a phone line installed are something new – think again, the infrastructure has always been expanding and demand always seems to exceed the supply. From being a plaything of the wealthy the telephone became a necessity of the 20th century and though mainly used for connectivity today it is still very much part of our lives.

Timeshift Series 200The program takes us into the exchanges, talks to engineers, switchboard operators and experts and contains a fantastic array of vintage clips of the telephone in all its glory. Included in the program are a number of phones which we lent the BBC in making the program. Timeshift Trimphone2

If you want to watch; it is still available on the BBC iplayer for a few days – Timeshift – Dial B for Britain