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Trade Me Watch: Tessa T-8 Sofa in Beige Leather

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 | 0 comments

Trade Me Watch: Tessa T-8 Sofa in Beige Leather

I’ve been trying to get inspiration for a new sofa and I love this one I found on Trade Me here.

Tessa T-8 sofa designed by Fred Lowen

I guess it is Junk & Disorderly listing, looking at their Trade Me profile.  I have always wanted one of these low-slung 70s-style leather couches, and this is a cool Australian version.  Designed by Fred Lowen, a German Jew who immigrated to Australia in 1940.  Lowen started two important furniture companies in Australia – FLER and Tessa.  This sofa is a Tessa but some of his earlier designs remind me of the Don sofa.

FLER lounge suite designed by Fred Lowen

This is the second time this T-8 has been listed and it sold for $600 last time, so you’ve got a chance to grab a classic!

 

 

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Trade Me: Amazing What Sells

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Trade Me: Amazing What Sells

We are selling our lives on Trade Me in preparation for the big move later this month, and it always surprises me what ends up having all the attention.  I have had these two wrought iron gates stored under the house for so long.  They used to be part of an outdoor wall that I had to remove.  I love them and always intended to use them in the garden again, but that time has come and gone so I put a crappy photo up on Trade Me and listed for $20.  I had thought about just selling them at the garage sale next week, but I had time, so why not?

The gates from my Spanish Mission house.

It was worth putting them on.  There are still 4 days to go, I have 54 watchers, 7 bids and they are up to $51!  I didn’t expect it.  I guess vintage gates are hard to come by, and if I love them, maybe other people have similar taste to me.  You can see the listing here.

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Trade Me Watch: Blackamoor Chalkware Genie Bookends

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Trade Me Watch: Blackamoor Chalkware Genie Bookends

I would love to add these bookends to my small chalkware collection.  How wonderful are these plaster genie bookends?  It looks like they are in great condition for their age, although with some small touch ups – not surprising as chalkware scratches so easily.  I searched to see if I could see prices for anything similar and I spied another couple (although not as great as they have dishes between their knees) on Etsy that are going for $US95 (and shipping is $80 on top of that!).  So perhaps that is an indication of what these might go for.

The Blackamoor tradition was popular in the 1600-1700s enameled or carved from ivory, but also became popular mid- century decorations now chalkware (plaster).  These bookends have a lot of the blackamoor signatures – they are a pair, are wearing turbans, wearing jewels and are black with bright colours.  These would be great pieces to own!

Vintage Chalkware Genie Bookends: bidding at $2

Check out the full Trade Me listing here.

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Trade Me Watch: Mid-Century Gazelle Lamps

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 | 0 comments

Trade Me Watch: Mid-Century Gazelle Lamps

I haven’t had much time to post as we’re hectic at home renovating and doing the garden, I should have some good photos soon though!

I’ve still been coveting things on Trade Me and I found these great pair of Mid-Century lamps.  Aren’t they amazing?  They are gazelle lamps, all carved out of one piece of wood.  They are not small – 56 cm high and have brown brushed velvet lampshades.  The gazelle is a classic mid-century shape, you see quite a few carved gazelle ornaments and statues, but these lamps don’t come up often.

They started at $10 but are already at $96 so they are probably outside of my budget!

Mid-century gazelle lamps

Two gorgeous wooden gazelle lamps

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Trade Me Watch: 1970s Space-Age Clock

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 | 0 comments

Trade Me Watch: 1970s Space-Age Clock

I have trouble going past a great retro clock – my father collects clocks so maybe it’s in the genes.  Not sure how many he has, but I love the way his eyes light up when he sees and vintage clock.  He volunteers at a Hospice shop so he must have a hard time not bringing their inventory of clocks home with him.  I digress…I found this funky space-age pedestal clock on Trade Me that would look amazing on my home-office nook, or in the kitchen.

It is made by ‘Rhythm’, a Japanese clock company established in 1950.  In the 60 years they have been in business, they have sold over 20 million clocks – they are a typical Japanese company in the pride they take in their quality control.

This clock has a chrome finish with a silver face, and the best part: orange highlights on the numbers.  It is wind up and lasts about 2 days on one wind.  It does have an audible tick, so maybe not best for beside your bed.  In fab condition.

Bidding is at $11 but I expect it will go for a bit more – I found some on eBay that sold for about $40 or another on a design site selling for $150!  You can see the listing here.

Japanese ‘Rhythm’ pedestal clock

 

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Retro Living: Converted Ferry Liveaboard

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 | 0 comments

Retro Living: Converted Ferry Liveaboard

I love being out on the ocean, but I’m not a hugely into boats.  This Trade Me listing caught my eye though as it is so unusual to see.  This 1914 kauri carvel designed ferry has been completely re-done inside so you can live aboard.  It looks amazingly done, what a lifestyle!  I knew a few people in Seattle that lived on their boats, but I don’t know anyone here.  This is your chance!  Personally I’m not sure that I could limit myself to the little amount of stuff needed to fit on board…and of course the stress of having a toddler by the water all the time would be huge… but if you don’t have those kinds of worries, take a look at this baby!

This converted ferry is selling for $98500, or near offer.  You can read about it here.

The converted ferry ‘Olive Rose’

Living the dream (well, in summer…)

It even comes with a king-size bed!

 

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