Retro Starburst Clock

I’ve been looking for an authentic mid-century modern starburst clock for the dining room since we moved into our house 2 and a half years ago. Oh, I can find ’em … on eBay for $70-200. But I’m looking for the ≤$20 version— the kind you find at yard sales or thrift stores or in your grandma’s basement. Speaking of yard sales, we got this modern, plastic, imitation retro clock for $3 (talked down from $5 … we’re such cheapskates).


Jase surprised me the other day (I LOVE surprises!) by spray painting the clock face and spokes, installing new hands (the originals looked really cheap) and putting the whole thing back together. I really love how it looks now.


But, of course, this is just temporary until we find an authentic “atomic” clock. (Like that alliteration?) And in typical Jason-and-Martina-fashion, we’ll most likely find a steal on the antique real deal and sell the modern imitation for 3-4x more money on craigslist or eBay. Cuz that’s how we roll.


We decided to go with the white chairs in the dining room rather than the blue ones.

2 Responses to Retro Starburst Clock

  1. Susan says:

    Ahh! If I could get my parents to part with it, I would *SO* get the one hanging on their living room wall and send it your way. Too bad my parents are “like that” and would never let it go until they’re dead and have no say…

    And by then, God willing, you’ll have already found one.

    • mahlbrandt says:

      My grandparents used to have one but sadly, I decided I liked 1950’s-70’s decor about a year after their estate sale. Ah well. What can you do. … We’re going up to Erie next month to visit Jason’s family and we plan to hunt around his grandma’s house. He thinks he can remember seeing one somewhere.

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