Charity Vintage: Pifco fan

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Vintage Pifco fan (ends 25 May, 2015 20:37:00 BST)

We know warm weather feels like a distant memory at the moment – but it’s the bank holiday weekend – summer must be on its way!

This gorgeous vintage 1950s Pifco fan would look the business on your office desk or craft room worktop. Keeping you cool while you work during those sweltering summer days! 🙂 It’s in full working order and is currently up for sale by Isabel Hospice*. It’s a mere £6.50 at the moment, with just over 2 days left to get a bid in if you fancy it.

*Isabel Hospice is a charity needing to raise nearly £4 million per annum to provide their free services to the people of eastern Hertfordshire. Their ethos is that they treat the whole person, not simply the illness. They offer a complete hospice service through their team of Community Nurse Specialists, a 16-bed, in-patient hospice, a day hospice, outreach day hospices, hospice at home and a family support and bereavement service.


Gimme Five! Electric fans

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selection of 5 electric fans

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but with so many weeks of bright sunshine and lovely weather our house has become really hot and stuffy – especially on the top floor where the rising air has hit a cul-de-sac.

The vast majority of buildings in the UK don’t need air con for more than a couple of days – maybe weeks – per year. So installing expensive cooling systems aren’t even an option. An electric fan to get the warm air circulating will suffice. Just because it’s only going to be used occasionally doesn’t mean that you should settle for one of those ugly, flimsy-looking, white metal & plastic models.

There are lots of well-made, beautifully designed electric fans on the market from which to choose. Their price range varies a lot though – if money’s no object, the future design classic from Dyson will set you back almost £300. At the other end of the scale, the cute pink number from Clas Ohlson is a mere snip at less than £20. Our top pick though, is the bamboo floor fan from Stadler with its mid century modern style good looks!

  1. NSA’UK DF-102CM white desk fan, 10 inch: £39.95, John Lewis
  2. Stadler Form Otto Bamboo: £145.76, Amazon
  3. BIONAIRE BASF1516-IUK 2-in-1 desk & pedestal fan – chrome: £39, Currys
  4. AM08 pedestal fan: £299.99, Dyson
  5. Table fan: £19.99, Clas Ohlson