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National Panasonic Radio – SOLD

9 Nov

Vintage National Panasonic radio

Vintage National Panasonic radio

I can’t tell you how much this National Panasonic radio reminds me of my grandfather! I’m fairly certain that he had a radio almost identical to this one, or perhaps it’s just that his radio was also encased in black leather? It was a good many years ago so I can’t be certain, but knowing my grandad it would have been a good quality radio just like this one. Despite the fact that the aerial’s been repaired (see pics under ‘more’) the radio still works perfectly well – I did record a few sounds bites, but now can’t locate the files (and my clever hubby’s away at the moment!). There’s also a bit of wear to the metal casing, and a crack in the plastic along the top of the radio, but I don’t think it’s doing too badly for its years – it’s still a very handsome radio, and as I mentioned, in perfect working order!

Dimensions: 27cm long x 7cm wide x 15cm tall

Price: R270

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National Coffee Percolator – SOLD

13 Jan

National electric coffee percolator

National electric coffee percolator

I’ve had this National coffee percolator for sometime now, but haven’t been able to find the right cord for it. Take it from me – never buy a vintage kitchen appliance without its power cord, no matter what the seller tells you, they really are not easy to find! But I’m really glad that I never gave up on this coffee percolator – it’s a very handsome machine, and despite being in the region of forty years old, I think it will look great in a modern kitchen. I love the flatness of the lid, and the overall simplicity of the design (have I mentioned before what a massive fan I am on the National brand? They really knew what they were doing when it came to kitchen appliances!).

A simple, but super attractive coffee percolator in pretty good nick for its years.

Note: The lid has a few scratches, as does the pot, but overall the condition of the machine is good.

Dimensions: 23cm tall x 11.5cm in diameter

Price: R160

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Retro National Biolight – SOLD

18 Jul

Retro National Biolight

Retro National Biolight

When I bought this lamp it was missing its bulb, but going on the name of the light, ‘Biolight’, and the fact that it was made by National, who don’t normally make desk or bedside lamps, I think it’s likely that it was originally a heat lamp. Luckily though, it takes a normal bulb so can be used as a standard desk lamp. It’s super attractive, with a great design that allows you to adjust the angle of the lamp to point any which way – it even has a hook on the underside of the base which means that if you’re short on space you can always hang it on the wall.

A simple, but rather fetching design that would make a great desk lamp for your home office.

Note: This light is much smaller than most heat lamps – please attention to the dimensions below.

Dimensions: Approx. 12cm in diameter x 14cm tall

Price: R130 (excl. light bulb)

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National Portable Radio – SOLD

10 Mar

Portable National Panasonic radio

Portable National Panasonic radio

I have a great love for vintage radios – actually truth be told any vintage electrical goods tend to get me going – and when you combine that passion with my appreciation for the brand, National, it’s a force to be reckoned with! So there was no stopping me from buying this neat little portable National Panasonic radio! It’s not quite as old as some of the other radios that we’ve featured, but I’d guess that it’s going on for at least 30 years. There is some wear and tear – the handle is a bit scratched and it looks like someone’s burnt the plastic casing at some point, which is a real pity because the rest of the body seems to be in reasonable condition. The buttons are also a bit worn, but after years of use that’s to be expected.

A handsome radio, with decent sound, that won’t take up much space on your kitchen counter or office desk.

Click here to have a listen to how the radio sounds

Dimensions: 20.5cm tall x 19cm wide x 6cm deep

Price: R220

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National Electric Juicer – SOLD

14 Feb

National electric juicer

National electric juicer

I really like the design of this vintage National juicer – although truth be told, if you put a National sticker on any old appliance I’d probably fall a little bit in love (I’m a big fan of the brand!). But really it is very good looking – the roundness of the shape makes it very appealing and then you have that orangey-red plastic cover which just makes it pop! And it seems to work perfectly well. I don’t think vintage juicers are quite as impressive as some of the juicers that you can buy today, but their motors will probably go for a lot longer, and they’re way better looking!

The perfect accessory to kick start the new healthy you!

Dimensions: 28cm tall x 24cm in diameter

Price: R260

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National Meat Grinder – SOLD

18 Dec

National meat grinder

National meat grinder

This is definitely the first electric meat grinder that I’ve had for sale on Mint, in fact it’s probably the first electric grinder that I’ve come across for sale – or at least the first one attractive enough to buy! While it’s not beautiful in the traditional sense of the word, there’s something very appealing about this simple industrial look. And while I wouldn’t have looked twice at a meat grinder a couple of years back, the idea of home-made anything, from bread to cured meats, is definitely on the rise. We even have a new artisan butchery around the corner from us, and going on the amount of people hanging out at Chuck & Bobs, it seems that there’s no shortage of people out there hankering after good quality meat. So why not join the revolution and go out and buy yourself a nice bit of pork and start making your own sausies at home – now wouldn’t that be impressive!

Dimensions: 38cm tall x 17cm wide x 15cm deep

Price: R270

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