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.
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.
These small, conical glass vases—some of them be-ribboned—won’t take up much space on a desk or table, but will allow you to brighten your space with a nice spring bloom or two. And hey, that would be a nice gift for the gal whose lunch you stole out of the communal fridge. We know it was you. Just saying.
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.
Our long-suffering warehouse supervisor, Mike, puts up with our continued re-use of his photo in so many ways that we knew he’d make an excellent leprechaun. So when we went to ask him if it would be okay, we found him already decked out in green beside the Surplus bins outside our warehouse, right underneath a rainbow! However, Mike doesn’t seem to have read the leprechaun manual that says he has to give us the pot of gold. Said Mike, “If you hadn’t made me into a Cupid last month I might have felt differently.” Since he also had a shillelagh with him, we weren’t going to argue. Happily, you’ll feel like you found the pot of gold on Tuesday since St. Patrick’s Day is the 17th, and we’ll have deals all over the warehouse. ON TUESDAY, 3/17: FIND 1 of 3 NUMBERED MIKE-LEPRECHAUNS HIDDEN IN THE STORE & BRING IT TO THE CASHIER’S OFFICE FOR SOME FREE SWAG! They’ve all been found!
The thing is, it’s just about too lifelike. We have enough customers coming through here with their own real creatures that each time I see this stuffed pooch—and our humor-stricken student staffers keep moving it around the warehouse—I think it’s real, so I bend down to greet it and let it sniff my hand, but it just sits there. Because it’s not real. Then again, it’s also not drooling on things, not eating us out of house & home, and not chewing up mom’s shoes. It’s the ideal pet, really. All the same, it would be great if you came and bought it so I stop trying to communicate with it or ask it if it’s lost.
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 put clay over this skull the way forensics experts do, you’d likely end up with a cartoon character, as the features & proportions are not quite biologically astute, but we’ll apologize if you knew him, Horatio. 6”-high.