Friday, 3 June 2011

HMV - old style


I think, in purchasing the below item, I succeeded in taking my eBay lurking to a whole new level. It involved sitting up for a long time. And waiting. And then bidding, squealing and thinking "eeek -  that's a lot of money". But -  what else are work bonuses for? Saving? Pah! 

 

I watched this item for over a week. I cancelled a night out because I had to be home when the auction ended. It sat at £28.37 for the majority of that week. It rose by a pittance in the last 10 minutes.


And then I struck. I have mentioned my eBay lurking before. It rarely fails me. But sometimes I shock myself with the numbers I type in. I felt a bit sick. It was a lot of money. However, eBay fever had taken hold and there was no going back. There were only 3 seconds to go.



This is why I like lurking. I know that there are various programmes out there that you can install to your desktop to sniper things you want. But I quite like the kick. And this was a £130 kick. Including over 100 records. And needles. And in perfect working order.



Yes, my friends. This is a 1930's (possibly earlier) His Masters Voice, free standing, windup gramophone. Minus trumpet thingy. Which is good for the limited space I have in my already over-cluttered-with-other-peoples-old-person-toot abode. It is a glorious example and I know that, with a little restoration, it is worth a lot more than I paid for it. Which to me, makes it an investment, not a flagrant cash splurge.

I have been playing records on it now and then, convincing The Beard to flail around the the front room with me on occasion. And when I look at it, I think -  where have you been all this time? What have you seen? Who did you belong to?

Questions I cannot ever hope to answer. So I shall just have to make up it's history. It's a tough life.

Over and oooooot!


24 comments:

  1. WOW!!!!!!!!!! omg. (That's all I can say right now)

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  2. LOOOOVE. And you got records with it too? That is the bargain of the century xx

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  3. How utterly beautifully amazing! I say.. if you really really want something enough that you're watching it constantly on eBay and even cancelling a night out then it is worth spending the money on! You can always make more money but something like that doesn't come along very often!

    I have been really really hankering for an old gramophone including trumpet! I've told Pyf that it's one of the main things I want to keep my eyes peeled for after we've decorated the living room.. they look amazing and give any room a touch of classic elegance! xxx

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  4. Swoon. Oh my tis a thing of beauty! Worth cancelling several nights out for. I bet it's seen a party or 2 in it's lifetime.

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  5. Incredible, what a find!

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  6. Oh definitely worth it. It's fantastic.

    I'm a bit of an ebay pouncer but notoriously tight with it! Ha ha!

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  7. That deserves to have a party just based around it! Congrats x

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  8. FAB-U-LOUS and well worth every penny.

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  9. I totally agree with the idea of a party, cocktails and all! Fab buy! X

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  10. yes yes to a party, tea dresses and dancing. it is super super gorgeous and a thing a real bargain. just so beautiful. Are the records good.? xx

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  11. Charly....This. Is. Incredible.
    Well worth the price tag. Even Mr Mike concurred when I showed him it. And he doesn't like spending money on "frivolous" things! (not that I think it's frivolous, because of course every girl in her right mind NEEDS one of these!)
    Well done, now you must have a party with lots of dancing to your new 100 records! xx

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  12. What a stunner! Antiques are a proper investment - probably safer than sticking your money in a savings account nowadays. Bonuses aren't meant to be spent on practical things anyway. Money well spent says I.

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  13. oh la la! Its a thing of beauty, worth every single penny and many more!!!

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  14. Wow it's lovely..... happy dancing :) x

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  15. Oh my goodness. i think my heart may have just stopped with jealousy! It's utterly beautiful!! And I'm sure it couldn't have gone to a better home :)

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  16. That is a beautiful gramophone. X

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  17. How wonderful! Good on you, hope you get in plenty of jitterbugging!
    Hen x

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  18. Sqeeeeeeek amaze balls! And that is all l have to day about your fabbylous find! xx

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  19. oh my, what a treasure you found amor, totally worth cancelling anything. love your cute expression of delight.

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  20. i love your floral dress and t-strap shoes! =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  21. I had to start using Lotsniper because my heart would pound so much doing the bidding myself. I'd probably have had a coronary if I'd been trying to win that - it's an absolute beauty! Congratulations on your purchase - definitely well worth it x

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  22. HI, I have just seen your photo in Penny´s blog, and I loved it, so I had to come over to your blog and see it.
    I love the 40s, my favourite fashion time for wearing pretty dresses.
    I love your blog.
    Besos.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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