After a happy year and a half, we're leaving the lovely Old Electric Shop and moving on. Thanks to Hannah and everyone else for a wonderful experience. And don't let this stop you spending time in the place where everyone says "what a fascinating shop" - it still is!
Not the political situation (though that of course is sad too) but news that one of my favourite shops is to close down. It was only nine months or so ago that I discovered El Ingenio. Sadly for afficionados of theatrical history, Catalonian giant parades and for Barcelona's old town. El Ingenio, the shop and workshop responsible for so many amazing artefacts for the parades of giants and very much more, is to close. Rescue attempts by friends and supporters and by Barcelona's El Rey de la Magia (the King of Magic) have failed to make El Ingenio viable in today's modern world. I will be gutted to wander down the narrow Carrer d'e...
What a busy weekend we had in Hay during the weekend! Hay town lights were switched on by Matt Lucas, then we had the Hay Food Fair and Hay Does Vintage, as well as some excellent sessions at the Swan and the new Auditorium venue for the Literary Festival's Winter Weekend. Plus, loads of items sold in the shop, including a number of nice vintage magic tricks and props, a rare 1950's poster, some 1930's theatre programmes and the lovely large piece of fairground art shown here - also from the thirties. Quite sad to part with this stunning "sport" board, but as it says in the shop "everything is for sale"!
A friend is reducing his collection and is selling two important vintage juvenile fairground rides.
1: Pullens 1906 Dobby set. The photo is with fibreglass peacock cars which it is tested with. Price £32,000 or by substituting 2 mules and 2 pigs for 2 good fiberglass horses and 2 cockerels £23,000. The genuine horses and cockerels were carved by C.J Spooner and the ride was owned by the Pullen family for 100 years. The rounding boards, shields and shutters are painted by Katie Morgan of Winchcombe. He would also like to sell one or two of the genuine chariots again carved by Spooner for £5,000 each.
"Loft find" is an expression you often see on Ebay. So here's my most recent loft find of old penny machines. All now restored (or nearly!) to working condition, and in my collection. They include a 1920s "Domino", Bryan's "Double Top" and "Clock" and an S&L Fireworks from 1949. And yes, I did pay a fair price for them!
I've been working at Sidmouth Folk Week for ten days (folk week? ten days? it's because I worked in the Festival Centre for several days leading up to the festival). Then I helped manage one of the venues. So not that much free time, but I managed to get to the Volunteer pub every lunchtime for my favourite part of the festival - a traditional singaround.
However, all this enjoyment also means that I've been neglecting the Goddards Traditional Amusements online shop for a while, so watch for new developments over the next few weeks as I get back into the swing of things. Plus I made some interesting new contacts at Sidmouth so I'm...
I put these five vintage conjuring books on display, hardly expecting them to get much interest. Within a few days, they'd all been sold! I wasn't in the shop for those days, so I don't know who bought them - probably one person bought the lot.
There's always a doubt when this sort of thing happens... the question is whether to acquire lots more similar books and add them into stock, and whether that same person will never visit again and the books will sit there for ever.... dilemma!
The smaller is a Rockola Jigsaw from 1933. It was a major advance in pinballs, as it included a playfield animation to add "playability". The player has ten balls to fire into a selection of holes, each of which completes one or more pieces of the jigsaw. Great fun to play, and a machine I've wanted for a long time, so very pleased to have this lovely example in excellent condition, complete with its original backflash. This is a totally mechanical machine, and an example of brilliant design.
The second larger machine (about 4' x 2') is a Stoner Turf Champ pinball from 1936. This was one of...
Loads of stock sold in the last couple of weeks, so major changes in the layout at the shop. And a chance to add our new display case with the first four vintage conjuring items. They're all in the online shop too.
I've updated the shop image to the front page of this website too, so that's what it looks like at the moment. But not for long, probably, as there's more stock coming soon....