Friday, June 17, 2011

Clock On!

I like the design of many clocks from the 50's, 60's and 70's. I know I'm not alone in this, just google vintage clocks. There are more clocks than a person has time. (See how I worked that in?) Garage sales, thrift sales and estate sales can be good sources. But if you are looking for a specific clock or style, eBay or etsy is a better source. Let's take a look at a some great clocks from this era. 

Braun Clocks
These cute little Braun clocks would fit almost anywhere. I like their modern style and cute little legs!

This owner has a nice collection of flip clocks - very retro. Keep hoping I'll come across one of these on a thrifting trip, I know they're out there!

Kimberly Roberts
How great is this Coral Clock? It's owner purchased it on eBay. It's very space age and in 60's lingo, I dig it!

Sweet GE turquoise clock, this little number would look great on 
a nightstand or dresser.

This United Starburst clock was found in the trash and rescued. The new owner took it to a clock repair shop as it was not working. The electric housing was taken out and a battery operated motor was put in for about $20. No cords and a great idea!


This teak starburst clock is simply gorgeous!

Starburst Clocks are kind of like the movie stars of Mid Century clocks, aren't they? This one is a Metamec clock.

Love the design of this Nelson Ball Clock

Thrift Store Addict
This yellow Spartus clock is fresh and retro at the same time. (What, what!) It's owner found it dumped in the trash - score!

The design of this Seth Thomas Clock is timeless (no pun intended, hee hee, oh I slay myself, oh I must stop staying up too late at night) It was purchased at a Goodwill for $3!

Dee Adams
Very nice design on this Seth Thomas clock, the Japanese pottery looks great next to it. This just furthers my love of mid century and Japanese design.

Lastly, thought I would share with you an illustration I did as one of my final projects before I graduated last year and got my degree in Graphic Design. Yes, I'm a late bloomer, but I'm here to tell you that you're never too old to go back to school. When I graduated I was 52, best thing I ever did.

As you can see my obsession with vintage clocks is not new. Please ignore the sucky name, I was a little burnt out from working on multiple projects that were due and my brain couldn't handle any more creativity. Let me know if you think of a better one, I would love to hear it!


  1. I love all vintage clocks. But I really like the turquoise clock with the gold. I wish I could find one like that.

  2. Good segue Jil and I love all of the tick-tocks in your post...especially the Seth Thomas.
    We have a teak starburst clock which we paid two bucks for(!) identical to the one in that pic...I know bargain city! and it's not even up on the wall yet: waiting to finish renos.
    Have a great weekend x

  3. Hey Jil, thanks for passing by my blog. LOVE those clocks! Isn't there something amazing about old clocks and the type the numbers are set in? So great, thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow great clocks! I love clocks too! Following ya now!

  5. I love your final project piece. Very colorful! I have a weakness for clocks as well every room in the house has one...or two... Yet I'm always late! Go figure. Welbys are my favorite.

  6. I have the same problem. Now I'm going to have to look Welby up....:>)

  7. Awesome, informative posts. I love your final project, too. Beautiful! I'm a sucker for old clocks, but don't encounter them for a fair price very often.