Saturday, April 14, 2012

Help! I Just Bought Something BECAUSE It's Broken

Do you think buying broken items is the first step to becoming a hoarder? Eek. I'm not talking about buying something and then finding out it's broken. I'm talking about searching Google, Etsy, Craigslist, Ebay, and every vintage shop in town for a broken clock. A broken clock! I don't know the first thing about clock repair! I have no clock-repairing tools... heck, I don't even know if clock-repairing tools are a real thing. Maybe you just need a screwdriver? I seem to remember seeing clocks with really tiny gears and delicate hands. Where would I find those if I needed them? Does Lowe's have an aisle for tiny gears? Can I ask the sales associate for delicate hands?

I have a lot to learn, but I'm doing this because it's part of my Junkmaster Curriculum: Tech 101. If I ever want to become a junkmaster, I must repair something.

I've been searching every salvage, antique, and consignment shop for the perfect broken clock. It's taken me a while, but I finally found one online that I think fits the bill. Besides being broken, I wanted it to also be an antique, have style, and have an alarm. Here's the one I found:

It's a New Haven art deco alarm clock. I think it's pretty stylish and I love its rusty shine. I haven't researched the company very much, but it looks like they have been making clocks since 1853. I also don't know how much this one is actually worth, but I've found New Haven clocks ranging from almost $25 to $3000. Don't worry, I didn't even pay $25.

But the sad fact is that I paid for a broken clock. Yep, there's a sucker born every minute and I'm one of them. Maybe I shouldn't fix this thing so suckers will stop being born. But I've already paid for it and posted about it, so it has to happen.

Has anyone else ever repaired a clock? Is there any advice you could give me?