Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A 1940's style kitchen unit for less than £1!

Now this has to be one of the best bargains we've spotted so far. A 1940's style kitchen unit in apparently good condition, and a nice colour-scheme which could slot straight into most places.
And it's currently 99p, with just over a day to run!

It's collection only, but for the current price you'd be able to buy someone a couple of beers to borrow their van or estate car, and you'd still have change from £10.
More proof that despite the rise in online auctions and shopping, it's still possible to find bargains if you spend the time and effort looking!

Retro cupboard with built-in extending table...

Another day, another great bit of space-saving retro furniture. Yesterday I discovered a kitchen cupboard with space for food and shoes - it turns out the same seller also has this great 1950s/1960s cupboard with a handy extending table.
Handy if you're in a bedsit, useful if you want to eat in the kitchen away from the rest of the family (Oh for some peace and quiet), or even as somewhere to put a laptop or iPad so you can check recipes while you're cooking without risking covering your electronics in batter!

The original glass appears to be fine, which is probably increasingly unusual, and like yesterday's example, it's starting off at £75. There's the usual wear and tear, and a load more photos on the auction page.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Cool vintage kitchen cupboard has everything but the kitchen sink...

If you fancy retro storage, but you're also short on space, this could be just the cupboard for you. Not only do you get kitchen cupboards, but the top drawer has an enamelled cutting shelf, the top cupboard has an egg holder, and the bottom features a handy shoe box and a rack, which could also be used for a variety of other things - vegetables or sauce packets for instance?
 OK, so it's a little on the shabby side, but given the yellow, green and pink colour scheme, a bit of repainting might have been needed anyway! And how else could you store all your food and footwear in one place?

The fact it needs a bit of paint probably explains why it's still at a reasonable £75 with two days left on Ebay. And you could fit in a quick bit of refurbishment in time for Christmas.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Heston Blumenthal Orb Electronic Scales

Whether or not you're a fan of Heston Blumenthal's food, his scientific approach means that you can probably trust him when it comes to accurate measuring devices. The fact that they also look pretty cool is a bonus.

They're obviously proving popular at £40,as John Lewis is currently out of stock online - but you do have the option to sign up for an email alert as soon as a new batch arrive. And there's still time for stock to turn up, and be sent out, to make it to you before Christmas...

Thursday, 25 November 2010

70's retro kitchen units going for £10!

The 1970s is an era which seems to divide people when you're looking at retro and vintage furniture. But these units not only look pretty stylish for something from the 70s, but they're also going for a bargain £10 at the moment with under 2 days left.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Glasswear bargains at Habitat of all places...

As much as I love finding things second-hand either online on places like Ebay, or offline in obscure little junk shops, I'm not immune to buying new. And I quite often find myself browsing and occasionally buying from places you might not assume I'd look, like Habitat, for example. We've still got a cool round purple light we bought in a sale years ago - even if we don't have anywhere to put it that's safe from a toddler's grabbing hands.
And a bit of online browsing found these wine glasses reduced for Christmas:

They're 'Twink' wine glasses, and although I could spend the next few months looking for something similar in charity shops, the fact they're down to £2.80 each means that actually it might be more efficient to buy them and spend my time looking for things which get me a bigger saving or are more unusual...
Here's the link for the Blue Twink wine glasses, and for the Red Twink wine glasses. They've also got champagne glasses in blue, assuming you're drinking champagne more regularly than we do!

And here's two personal insights - I'm not a big wine drinker, but I do drink a healthy amount of water, and it always feels a lot nicer to drink from a nice glass than from the bottle/water filter.

And most importantly - Christmas is coming up, and although some of my family and friends might look for obscure gifts, most are busy people and will want something they can grab from the high street. So having a little list of cool things they can pick up without much hassle means we can get stuff we want and need...

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Everything including the retro kitchen sink...

It takes a while to wade through the amount of stuff on Ebay, but eventually it comes up trumps. Or at least it would if I lived a little closer to the location of this sale...
That's right - if you've got everything but the kitchen sink, this auction running on eBay over the next couple of days could sort you out. And at the moment it's listed for the grand price of 99p. And that's for the 1950s kitchen sink unit, complete with taps, waste and large sink. 
It's tempting enough for me to be trying to work out if I can borrow a van!