42939-1. There’s something very Miss Havisham about this piano—with lovely wood that must have been dazzling when new, and with its classical lyre-styled pedal mount, the grand old era from which it came remains visible despite the nicks and scratches of time. The story of the Erard company is as fascinating as its creations (really, Google it when you can), and if we’re reading the internal numeral correctly, this piece may be from between 1840 – 1875. Serial#: 14833. We also know that the German Schimmel company bought the Erard name in the 20th century.
Okay, so before you shout, “Wrong holiday,” notice we didn’t say which holiday. Call it a Northwestern Crown and wear it for the 4th of July. Or invent your own special occasion—perhaps Green Headgear Day—you just might start a new trend like you did when you had that party called Spatulas, Spatulas, Spatulas about which everybody’s still talking. Measures approximately 19”-diameter.
42097-2. Shiny as the patent leather shoes on your nightmare childhood piano teacher, this sleek black Horugel upright piano delivers big sound in a relatively small package. Measures 59” x 2’ x 46”H. Bench (ID# 42068-15) sold separately.
43391-10. Many of you might recognize this player (number 11) being hoisted up by his teammates. It’s Marques Tuiososopo! The real trivia question here is, what football game is this? Some of our staff members here at UW Surplus have a few ideas. Feel free to chime in with your answer on your social media platform of choice. Not like we can tell you whether your answer is right or wrong, but it might be fun to hear your thoughts all the same. Measures 53W x 94H”
43759-205. It may not hold your brontosaurus steaks, but this little gem of a grill—it stands about 3’-high—can still support several hamburgers & hot dogs … or beef/elk/alpaca/shark/ostrich steaks. Or Portobellos! Plus, it won’t take up your entire balcony or patio!
Who doesn’t have fond memories of Nerf balls? Even if you got beaned in the head with one, nobody lost an eye or incurred a concussion. And frankly, not losing an eye or incurring a concussion are probably good measuring sticks for the relative worth of lots of things. Be the life of the party, or the bane of your office, with one of these great, squishy footballs!
Regardless of where you fall on the great pop vs. soda terminology divide (sodapop, anyone?), we’ve now got you covered and then some. Customers have been asking for some type of drinks machine in the Surplus Store—we’ve heard you, and we are now happy to offer a vending machine that offers soda, pop, water, juice, and energy drinks. The vending machine accepts both cash and debit/credit cards. Automatic for the people, yo.
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!
House set: $20.00; Party Ware set: $30.00; Dolls: $10.00 each
Little Tykes Toddle Toy Family House set, Little Tykes Party Ware set, 14” Love Me Baby dolls by Lovee Doll. Okay, I have to admit, I had to look up the Lovee Doll & Toy Company because I couldn’t believe it was real. Not only was it a real company, it STILL is, somewhere in NYC and somehow without its own website, which: interesting. These boxed gems appear to be from the 1970s or ‘80s, and we know some adults who would get a kick out of owning these, which: also interesting.
If you shop at the Surplus Store, we really are your greatest fans because you help us keep things out of the landfills while supporting the UW’s commitment to sustainability. And if your place of work and/or leisure felt a bit stuffy from the unusually warm weather this past week, you just might be in the market for a fan of the plug-in variety. From clamp-ons to oscillators, we’ve got something sure to cool you off.