43214-5, -6, -7, and -8. The undulating-macaroni-style metal bike racks seen so often throughout Seattle probably also make for interesting artwork when taken out of their original contexts. You can find out with any or all of these four examples. Or, sink them into some bases and Just Add Bikes.
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.
True story: when I was a teacher in Ankara, Turkey in the mid-90s, the song “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio featuring L.V. had just hit MTV Europe and all my students were obsessed with it, but the funny thing is that on Turkish cable TV, the artist’s name always got cut off of the beginning & end of the video, so all my students wanted me to tell them about some rapper named “Coolio Featuring.” Every time I see the phrase “X featuring Y,” I laugh and think of “Coolio Featuring” as a major rapper in Turkey. Also, we have this faux peace lily featuring totally random other foliage at the base of its basket. So there you go. It’s probably a plant called L.V. Measures approximately 3’ x 3’.
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”
4391-16 and -17. We’re a veritable fauxrest of fine (and semi-fine, and fine-aspirational) faux fauxliage for all your Looks-Alive-But-I-Can’t-Kill-It needs. Our newest additions are these two potted trees that each stand about 6 ½’ tall! Faux real!
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.