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Vintage Bar Heater – SOLD

16 Jul

Vintage bar heater

Vintage bar heater

I know that they can’t compete with big gas heaters when it comes to heating a room, but there’s nothing better than warming your toes in front of an old-school bar heater when you’re really icy! I grew up in Hillcrest, which compared to Jozi and CPT is still pretty tropical, but for us Durbanites it’s about as cold as it gets, and one of my very favourite things to do was to heat my feet (to the point of burning!) when I came home from school. And even now, as an adult, I can’t stop myself from falling asleep curled up on the floor in front of our bar heater at home – it’s just delicious! So while it’s definitely not going to heat the whole house, it will do a great job of heating just you when you really, really need it!

Note: There is some wear to the metal (see pics under more).

Dimensions: 30cm wide x 27cm deep x25cm tall

Price: R190

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Small Retro Floor Heater – SOLD

22 Aug

Cozy-Glo heater

Cozy-Glo heater

You’ve got to love the name of this vintage fan heater – isn’t Cozy-Glo a great name?! Makes me feel all warm just to hear it said out loud. The body of the heater’s taken a bit of a beating over the years, and someone’s engraved their name into the paintwork at some point, but luckily they were smart enough to do it on the back of the heater, so it’s not that offensive. It also doesn’t work on the low setting, but really who ever uses the lowest setting on their heater – we want to get warm, and get warm quickly! These heaters are perfect for keeping your feet warm while you work – I have one warming my feet right now as I write (I really do!), and it makes a massive difference. Aside from the name, and the fact that it works so well, it’s also a really attractive machine. It’s a bit of an odd description for a heater, but it really is quite cute isn’t it? Something about its rounded corners and suitcase-style handle.  A very sweet little heater that will look good while keeping the cold at bay at the same time.

Dimensions: 25cm tall x 24cm wide x 14cm deep

Price: R220

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Hoover Fan Heater – SOLD

13 Aug

Hoover 2000 fan heater

Hoover 2000 fan heater

This Hoover heater isn’t exactly going to heat up your whole house, but it’ll do a great job of keeping your toetsies warm while you sit at your desk, or lounge in front of the telly. I love its boxy shape, and the orange enamel finish is just fantastic! For some peculiar reason someone had attached two metal plates to either side of the heater, which I’ve removed, but obviously the holes where the plates were attached remain (see pics under ‘more’). There’re also some small patches of rust and areas where the paint is bubbling, but the overall look is still pretty clean. A big thank you to my boyfriend, justin, who gave this little heater a service! Such a clever lad!

Dimensions: 12cm high x 35cm long x 19cm wide

Price: R240

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GEC Fanball Heater – SOLD

1 Aug

GEC Fanball heater

GEC Fanball heater

It’s a peculiar thing, I really thought that there would be loads of information out there on this retro General Electric Fanball heater, but I can’t seem to find anything! There’re only about three different images online, and they’re all for SA sites and only one of them was actually selling the heater. So despite having been made by an American company, I think that this heater may actually be a South African design. But if that’s the case, it’s such an attractive design that I wonder why it wasn’t made available elsewhere? And it’s a smart little heater too – it’s designed to self-level if it falls over. I tried it out on my carpet and it really does work – you can topple it over any which way and it rolls back into the upright position. I also tested it (an easy job with these chilly days!) and it seems to work a-ok! There’s a thermostat that kicks in and out quite regularly, which is a little disconcerting because you can hear it clicking on and off, but my electrical wizard of a boyfriend tells me that that’s what it’s meant to be doing. There are one or two marks on the plastic, but all in all it’s in pretty good nick for its age. A super cool design that promises to keep your toes nice and toasty on these icy winter mornings!

Dimensions: 28cm in diameter

Price: R350

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Vintage Hotpoint Copper Heater – SOLD

12 Jun

Vintage Hotpoint copper heater

Vintage Hotpoint copper heater

You very seldom see this style of heater in working order, so I was delighted when I flipped the switch and saw the copper bowl light up orange! I should have taken a photograph of it at night because it really does look great with the light from the element reflecting against the copper bowl. There’s something quite mesmerising about staring into it, kind of how you can sit and stare at a fire for ages without shifting your gaze. The copper’s lost a lot of its sheen, but I think that’s to be expected with a heater of this age, and all in all I don’t think it’s in bad nick at all. The heater works well, but it’s not overly powerful, so would be better suited for a smaller room – although it is the perfect heater for warming your feet (much better than the modern gas heaters you buty today)!

Note: This isn’t the largest heater so please pay attention to the dimensions below

Dimensions: 44cm high x 36cm in diameter

Price: R495

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1930s ECKO Bakelite Heater – SOLD

15 May

Bakelite Thermovent heater

Bakelite Thermovent heater

I think that this is probably the most serious heater that I’ve ever sold – it’s much larger than most of the heaters I find, and it’s a fair bit older – most of the sites I’ve read say that it dates to the 1930s, which makes sense given that it looks like the cover is made from bakelite. I haven’t turned it on for some time now (I bought it in the heat of summer so it didn’t make sense to sell it then), but from what I remember it has this great orange glow when it heats up, which offsets its rather sombre appearance. I love the great retro shape – the way it kind of leans backwards, and the bakelite cover has an almost faux wood look to it. The brass control dial is also a really nice feature. There are some scratches on the cover and the back enamel case is a bit corroded, but it’s not in bad nick given that it’s close to 80 years old!

Dimensions: 65cm wide x 59cm tall x 24cm deep

Price: R550

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