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Code: 15191

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$40.00

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Airbed, "Comfort Quest" by Bestway.

Queen size: 2030 x 1520 x 220 mm

Code: 15109

$10.00

Plastic 20 litre pail, with handle

(3 available)

15109

Code: 15164

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$10.00

245mm Frypan, by Inox Rostfrei,

Stainless steel

Code: 15220

$10.00

Fireside stand, brass and cast iron.

3 hooks to hang fireside tools.

700mm tall

Code: 15230

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$20.00

Coffee Maker, Cascade CE107CM, Filter type, makes 4 mugs or 6 large cups

Code: 15231

$35.00

Vege and Citrus Juicer, ZIP Supreme, Brand new!

Code: 15235

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$10.00

Electric Kettle, Cascade cordless,

1.8 Litre

Code: 15236

$25.00

Name Plate, "W. ARMSTRONG".  Non-ferrous diecast,

                                              360 x 60mm plate, with 30mm high letters.

Code: 15247

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$25.00

1960s Sewing Class project work, mostly good condition, repairable hole in one piece.

Code: 15323

$5.00

Retro camp kettle, 1.8 Litre, aluminium with wooden handle.  Boil it up on your pot-belly stove!

Code: 15324

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$8.00

Electronic fly-swat.  Zaps insects in mid air as they hit the grid.  No more messy squashed flies to clean up!

Code: 15383

$20.00

TV Wall-mount bracket, Adjustable support for TVs and monitors up to 23" and 60Kg, Ideal for schools, hotels, rumpus rooms.

Code: 15391

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$55.00

Basin, Red enamel

Code: 15408

$8.00

Ashdene biscuit / Sandwich tray

Horses, 170mm x 120mm

Code: 15425

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$35.00

Briefcase / Laptop case, RipCurl.

400 x 300 x 170mm.  Main and side compartments with multiple pockets

Code: 15429

$40.00

Ice Bucket, insulated, featuring Medieval Chivalry designs.  Internal dim: 110mm diameter x 110mm deep.

Code: 15431

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$8.00

Corkscrew, with yellow wooden bar-maid handle.

Code: 15461

$25.00

Brass Bucket and Shovel.  130mm diameter, 220mm high.  All brass construction.

Code: 15474

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$65.00

Bucket, Stainless Steel,

10 litres capacity

Perfect to hand-milk the house cow!

Code: 15483

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$10.00

Pencil Sharpener, 1960s desk-mounted, still works fine!  A relic of old schooldays.  

Code: 15504

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$10.00

Bamboo Screens (2), complete with pull cords for raising and lowering.  1,800 mm high, 910mm wide.

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WHITE ELEPHANTS

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The Story of the

WHITE ELEPHANT

 

White elephants have historically been considered sacred in Thailand (formerly Siam).   All white elephants were therefore the property of the King of Siam.

 

Since they were sacred, white elephants were not allowed to do any work.  They had to be well-cared for, and they re-quired a tremendous amount of resources to maintain.  All white elephants were given great honour by the people.

 

If the King of Siam was well pleased with one of his courtiers, he would give him a white elephant, along with money, land and servants to take care of it.

 

However, if the King was displeased with one of his courtiers, he would still give him a white elephant, but with no land or money to help take care of it.  The courtier would then be required to care for the sacred white elephant out of his own resources.  Since the elephant was sacred, the unfortunate courtier could not even put it to work in order to help earn money for its care. Because of the large amount of money required to care for the elephant, the courtier would soon be financially ruined and dishonoured.

 

That is how the phrase "white elephant" came to mean "an unwanted gift."

 

Today, white elephants are still considered sacred in Thailand, and they still belong to the King of Thailand, who is also revered by the Thai people.  However, the King of Thailand no longer gives the white elephants to people in order to show disfavour!

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