Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mid-Century RCA Victor Vibra Radio



I saw one of these exact radios last week. Something about it caught my attention. The grill cover design, I think. Sort of vaguely reminds me of the old Disneyland ride "Adventure Thru Inner Space" or something like that. Futuristic snowflake. Well, like I said, it's vague.

I did a quick check, and there was another auction for the same radio, THIS radio, also selling. This one was in far better condition. I let the first one slide. It sold for around $10-$12. Good sign. I was able to snag this for about $20 US. Yay!! I assume it's a tube radio? Does anyone know? I can't seem to find info on the internet.

Will go in the Pink room, my old bedroom, since that one is trending more towards early 60's and 70's stuff.




Ahhhhhh I see the seller of that black Breyer Black Stallion horse now has 6 negatives for non-communication and not sending the auction items. It used to be Paypal only reimbursed for items over $25. I think that's changed, right? Don't they reimburse the whole amount if the seller never responds to a Case, or sends anything? Looks like another bum deal. :(

No big loss, really. $11.05 total, item + s/h. But I *think* Paypal will refund 100%.

I hope your deals are going better than mine seem to go!

Happy Saturday!
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23 comments:

  1. The radio was a steal. Don't know much about paypal, sorry. Your house must be fun to live in!

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  2. That is one cool radio! I would assume tube, but I don't know for sure.

    Sorry about the Breyer horse. Yes, PayPal is good about refunding. We've only had to file a claim with them once, but we were fully reimbursed for a purchase that never arrived.

    With that much negative feedback I think it will definitely be 'buyer beware' from here on in.

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  3. That's just too darn cute! What a steal at that price.

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  4. Thanks, Carole. You know, the seller was selling nothing but cheap items, so maybe something happened to their health? I mean, if they had a lot of expensive items, yeah, ok, intentional rip off. But $1-$10 items? Doesn't make sense.

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  5. Seriously I am JELOUS of your radio!!
    I need to find myself one. The price you paid is great!

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  6. I LOVE your blog!

    Very interesting radio - the orange and yellow on the dials look great with the pink under that "snowflake" pattern. Good price too! =)

    Sorry to go OT:

    I'm starting to decorate in the 1950s look. The atomic style is very cool, but I'd like to decorate more like the old Dennis the Menace show house, mixed with the atomic style/kitschy 1950s. Does this mean I should be looking for a lot of the colonial revival items? I seem to find more of the kitsch items, which I love, than anything else. I have the tiered end tables with the skinny legs, poodle figurines, votive holders with the starburst design, etc. so far. Maybe it's not very cohesive? Any advice would be great - I admire your collection and decorating so much! I just don't know where to start. Thank you =)

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  7. The pattern on the speaker is so funky, I love it!

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  8. Cute radio! But what a shame about the horse, boo :(

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  9. VC, check ebay... Two in one week, great prices, I know you'll find one too!!


    Hi anon:

    Funny, I've been watching reruns of Dennis the Menace. As I recall, yes, Colonial Revival, which is all over the place, for cheap, since everyone had it in the 50's, and no one wants it now. Most sellers advertise what's popular, and Colonial Revival is not (only 117 hits on ebay using that term), so look in Mid Century or vintage. It's dirt cheap too.

    As for cohesion, what I find is stick to a set color pattern in each room, and a style. Maybe get some mid century decorating books (the real kind, not remakes) for inspiration. :)

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  10. Btw, if the radio glows orange from the back when it's on, you've got yourself a tube style radio (hubby mentioned that). :-)

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  11. ^ Thank you!

    I've just started watching the show but I've seen the movies and read the comics. It is one of my favorites now - glad to know you're enjoying it too.

    So you're saying that if I were to stick with Colonial Revival in one room, I should stay with just that style in there, instead of adding a few elements of atomic/kitschy in there as well? As for the books, do you mean look for the original editions from the 1950s, and not current books about how to decorate in that style?

    Thank you again. =)

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  12. Thanks Carole, I know transistor radios became popular in the 50's-60's, but there was a lot of cross-over, with both styles still being made during about a 10 year period. I'll check when I get it, or simply remove that back and look, but I suspect it's tube.

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  13. Anon

    I think you should decorate your house in the way that makes you happy!!

    What I do, is have a "theme" for every room: The pink girly room, the vintage boys "space" room, the mid-mod art room, the traditional pink kitchen. With each room, I also stick to particular colors, that helps keep each room cohesive, it helps (me) from buying too much vintage "stuff" and makes each room look, in MY opinion, really well put together. That's what decorating books from the 50's seem to show.

    But I've seen so many vintage interiors, everything from mix and match to very strictly one style. What matters is what makes YOU happy.

    So it all depends on whether you are going for a slick look, a lived in look, a collectors look... Or a combo of any of those.

    It took me a while to decide exactly how I wanted to decorate mine, and I looked for months through ebay to see what was out there. Then I decided on pieces I wanted. :) (I only shop ebay at the moment out of convenience, but you could buy from anywhere).

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  14. I haven't seen a radio like that before, very cool grill. The orange and harvest gold make me think this is late 1960s or 1970s, so it may be transistor. When you turn it on, does it take at least a few seconds to "warm up" before you hear anything?

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  15. When I get it, I'll find out! I hope it's transistor, it'll last a lot longer than tube, and I want to use it a lot.

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  16. Oooooh, that's one cool radio. And that grill cover. Congratulations on this great steal!

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  17. I use my Amex as a back-up to Paypal. When I had an issue Paypal didn't cover, they took care of it no problem.

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  18. Thanks lo-tech...

    And thanks for the tip about Amex!

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  19. Wow, one of the coolest radios I've seen. Now I want one! ;)

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  20. Wow that is amazing so retro futuristic / space age / pop art looking, just perfect, I want one!!

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  21. What a fab radio-those splashes of colour make it! Great blog.

    Chrissy

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