43090-17. True story, when I was a kid my latch-key friends and I would strap on our roller skates and play Ice Capades (kids, ask your folks). If we had known how to get our hands on a snazzy bright blue metal spotlight like this beauty, we probably could have been the next Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner of Mission, Kansas. Marked “Transmatic.”
42980-9. Each side opens out like an old Malibu Barbie Dreamhouse. It looks really cool, and it measures Very Tiny Amounts of Stuff, but the best thing is probably that it all seals up in a case with a handle so you can take your balancing act on the road. Marked FPE 500 milligrams.
43149-8. If your first reaction to this is “Tera-wha—?” then you may have grown up with Atari. Or Lincoln Logs. This little gem is a beast of a computer data storage device, the Buffalo TeraStation Pro, features two USB 2.0 ports, and can accommodate extra external USB hard drives for expanded networked storage. If all of that has left you even more confused, think of it this way: your basement full of vertical file cabinets? This puppy holds more data, plus all your vacation photos from the Golden Nugget back in 1978.
Not only do these funky-awesome bright red metal things with handles look completely rad sitting on a desk or shelf, they also light up! It’s as if Green Lantern had a cooler sister who could replicate herself. She & her sisters also come in their original boxes.
SOLD! 43062-48. Another freak phenomenon these days in the Surplus warehouse is metal that looks like wood—let’s call it mwoodal (no? Wootal? Certainly not). This particularly lovely example takes the form of a stackable, 5-tiered, glass-front cabinet + cornice piece. Altogether, it measures 38 x 19 x 6’H.
SOLD! L-R: 43096-21 and -20. When it rains retro-industrial wood & metal chairs it fairly well pours in our warehouse. Yes, these chairs are a rarity, but we’ve got an embarrassment of riches at this particular time (well, like, 4 or 5, but given that these chairs don’t appear much at all, this is a great time for collectors to snag a set). You’ll note that the chair at left in the photo seems to have a crooked back, but this is an adjustable back that needs only some elbow grease and a wrench to be ship shape.
43174-2. Here’s a metal & glass TV & TV equipment stand that sports guitar-pick shaped tiers reminiscent of atomic-age Formica patterns. Set it all up, grab Astro, and start your TV bingeing! Measures approximately 40 x 26 x 56 ½”H. By Peerless.
43146-72. Standard issue in nicer 1970s and ‘80s offices just before the cubicle boom, this very well-preserved desk has all its necessary bits and features a surface that, from afar, looks like wood but, from a-near, is actually that easy-to-clean laminate stuff. Just on the cusp of collectible, you might as well snag it early! Measures 3’ x 70” x 29”H.
43090-31. Max Fischer, Steve Zissou, Gustav H., and Jeff Goldblum enter a room with one old world travel trunk that has brass fittings and leather side handles. No one’s name is on the trunk, and no one seems to be coming for it. Who gets it? Measures 17 x 31 x 20”H
43100-2. I’ve often wondered if the person who invented the upright piano made a fortune. I hope so, and I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall the day that idea struck—“Hey, what if we just turned all this stuff downward?” If nothing else, I hope she or he got free hootch in every old west saloon from here to the Mississippi. Serial # 221029.
Update: While there is some disagreement on the Interwebs, it appears the winner is one John Isaac Hawkins of Philadelphia at the beginning of the 19th century. Bravo!
43120-2. This is the perfect desk to plop into the middle of an office full of same-y-same matching desks in a sea of cubicle jockeys just to see who claims it. Kind of like when you realize your mild-mannered insurance agent rolls up in a Harley. This desk comes with electrical connections and measures 6’ x 35” x 52”H.
As pictured: 43052-15, 43110-8, -6, and -7. While none of these chairs bears any stamping to indicate genuine leather, some of the surfaces seem awfully former-cow to us. But because we aren’t certain, you’ll save a lot of money. And the great thing about these cushy executive napping chairs is that they’re on wheels, so you can easily roll Mr. Burns from one meeting to the next without disturbing his dreams.
43096-22. Back in the day, “adjustable” didn’t necessarily mean 100 different knobs and switches for a bespoke fit; it meant “you can raise or lower the seat by spinning it,” and such is the case with this sturdy war horse. Ah, the simplicity of the ages.