Cheap vintage clocks on eBay!

10 May

I’ve been staring at clocks on eBay that are cheap as heck and available “Buy it now.” Here are some of my faves for you guys to stare over.

$14.95 Vintage 1950- 60’s open-work “brass” finish electric shelf/mantle clock.

$19.50 Turquoise blue wall clock.

$8.00 television radio clock.

$30.00 USSR Space Clock

$20.00 Mod Cube Clock

$50.00 Japanese mod clock

$10.00 Wire Clock

$20.00 Gold Maple Leaf Wall Clock

$12.00 retro clock

Helpful Tip For Ugly Old Cords

Many vintage clocks come with those pesky electrical cords that hang down your wall and are an eyesore. We had purchased a tasty Lux starburst clock that came with a brown ugly cord dangling out of it. Some of the time the cords are shot and don’t even work anymore! For instance this $12 clock on ebay that says it’s “just for decoration.” Chances are there’s something wrong with the clock innards, also known as “the movement.”

You can buy battery powered clock movement and swap out that old electric junky stuff. This is what it looks like:

Our starburst clock only came with an hour and minute hand, so my main squeeze Alan noted that we can only replace the clock movement with one that has a matching number of hands. (The one in the photo above has the hour, minute, and seconds hands.)

We bought a cheap Ikea clock for $4.00 that used AA batteries, and had the correct number of hands we needed. We swapped the guts and replaced the hands with our original ones. They fit well enough. The problem we ran into though was that the new clock movement casing didn’t fit into the backside of our Lux starburst clock. Eventually we found a smaller similar clock movement that worked perfectly. So be aware of the size of your clock’s insides, as well as how many hands the clock originally came with.

Read up more on this article about changing your clock guts.

As for that Ikea clock, well we spent $4.00 on it and I really liked the wooden frame it came in so I reused the glass and frame for some artsy farsty wall hangings!

7 Responses to “Cheap vintage clocks on eBay!”

  1. Rose May 11, 2011 at 7:50 am #


  2. Benjamin Della Rosa May 11, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    Serene is finding good homes for my lil cult squid :D

    – Ben

  3. Gretchen May 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Cool tip on changing out the cords!

  4. sudha May 19, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    chanced on ur blog via a regular search for inspirations…beautiful and very inspiring :)…i wish my blgo was this exhaustive :), but im getting there ..thanks for sharing such pretty clocks…i intend to buy a flip one some day :)

  5. toniiii May 25, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Sudha – Thanks for the kind words. Can you send over the link to your blog? :)

  6. Mary Eplett March 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Great ideas that don’t hurt the pocket book. From a clock lover. Have you concidered getting a key wound device for the clock?

    • Serene March 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

      Mary – I’ve actually never come across a key-wound clock! I don’t know if the guts and insides are easy to convert?

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