A House is not a home…

Mr_JC rightly asks why we haven’t featured Tony Sadler before. How worst is that guy? That voice that droned like a dying dog in Perth heads for how long? 35 years? “A house is not a home without Tony Sadler.” A phrase that is a mixture of menace and insanity.

Tony used to be teh man, but I always wonder if he suffered too much from competition from The Textile Trader. Or The Toilet Trader as we call him at home. Mr_JC’s pic has the perfect level of oversaturation to suit Sadler. Thanks Mr_JC. On the other hand, Tony is still going long after yer Vox Adeons et al have departed the scene.

Speaking of interiors and furniture, here’s a custom kitchen interior, not from the Sadler Superstore. Burnt orange never went away. Nor should it have. Curtin University.

burnt orange

burnt orange

And here’s custom furniture to the max, ie amateur. Now these guys should have seen Tony.

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67 Responses to A House is not a home…

  1. Téa B says:

    OMG how questionable is my taste that I LOOOOVE that orange cabinet and actually want one for my office…….

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  2. Lazy Aussie says:

    I can put you in touch. It’s probably someone like Davro.I think one of those companies does Curtin interiors.

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  3. Bento says:

    Aargh, my eyes! The goggles do nothing!

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  4. Snuff says:

    Tony Sadler. Vox Adeon. Burnt orange. Thanks TLA, my repressed memories just took a hit.

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  5. Lazy Aussie says:

    The Sadler voice…like a brainwasher from The Manchurian Candidate. perhaps some Youtube can be found of him.

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  6. beno says:

    “If i’m the best thing in your living room, you need help”

    Sadler’s statement is creepy on a number of levels:

    - it implies that even on a metaphysical level, we would ‘have’ him in our homes

    - on some sort of sliding scale, he requires us to rank his attractiveness, even against inaminate objects like couches and drapes

    - after doing all of this, he has the audacity to then accuse us of needing ‘help’

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  7. Groucho says:

    I know a guy that used to work at Vox Adeons most of his life…he now is a capable television repair person who lives in South Perth. Life after Vox.

    I bet some real hot spicy food would come out of that kitchen,….can just feel it.

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  8. Lazy Aussie says:

    But TV’s aren’t repaired anymore.

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  9. Beno, with phrases like

    “on some sort of sliding scale, he requires us to rank his attractiveness, even against inaminate objects like couches and drapes…”

    I hope you will be a regular commenter.

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  10. Bonnie says:

    Ouch. Pretty sure that last one would have been created by a Better Homes & Gardens fan. Quite possibly a drunk and/or colour blind BH&G fan.

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  11. Bill O'Slatter says:

    You’re reading too much into amateur advertising Beno. Sadler’s not a bad bloke , but with a memory like a sieve. Sources his cane stuff out of central Java and deserves a medal for that.

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  12. beno says:

    Bill,

    Imaging Tony Sadler in your living room obviously sits better with you than it does with me. And while importing wicker home wares out of Indo is truly a noble cause, may I remind you that his so-called ‘amateur advertising’ was savvy enough to introduce us all to the concept of the 3-foot wide neck tie.

    Wicker footstool or gargantuan Windsor knot…? Where does the genius truly lie I ask.

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  13. Orbea says:

    [quote] concept of the 3-foot wide neck tie [/quote]

    how about the 13 coil slip knot tie?

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  14. Lazy Aussie says:

    Amateur like a fox.

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  15. B.T. says:

    Is that orange kitchen a psychology department experiment to encourage shorter coffee breaks?

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  16. Frank Calabrese says:

    Re Tony Sadler’s ads, you can blame Ch 7 who back in the early days introduced the concept of selling advertising space direct to clients by offering to film the ads themselves and bypassing the advertising agencies.

    That’s why our screens were blessed with Tony, Benny Ruben and Warren Martin from Archie Martin & Sons.

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  17. David Cohen says:

    What was Benny’s surname – he spruiked his own carpets or something.

    He, Tony and Rick Hart might all have been separated at birth.

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  18. Bento says:

    DFOC – I think it was quints. You’re forgetting Brian Gardiner and John Hughes.

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  19. Frank Calabrese says:

    He, Tony and Rick Hart might all have been separated at birth.

    I forgot to add a few other self advertisers.

    the late Naughty Don Rogers, John Hughes, Brian Gardiner (but now his son, ex radio DJ John does the ads) and several others.

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  20. Golden1 says:

    Who were those dreadful tile guys who always did their own ads.

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  21. Golden1 says:

    Who were those dreadful tile guys who always did their own ads?

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  22. Golden1 says:

    Sorry didn’t mean to ask that twice! Once was probably enough!

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  23. Bento says:

    You meant Undie and Major Rort from Craft Decor?

    Personally, I thought their ‘Great Savings on Tiles’ protest ad, aired during the 1993 election, was close to genius.

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  24. Frank Calabrese says:

    You meant Undie and Major Rort from Craft Decor?

    I believe the public face of said store spent some time in one of Her Majesty’s Correctional Facilities over some criminal matter.

    But check out the online video on the website.

    http://www.craftdecor.com.au/

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  25. beno says:

    ok this is a random one –

    does anyone remember the Rose Porteous-esque figure who used to front the ‘Happy Hockers” ads?

    big pink building, lots of jewels, gawdy fake nails…

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  26. Bento says:

    @25 – Hell yeah. And her name will come to me any minute now…

    I seem to recall that company was also embroiled in some sort of nefarious dealings. I ask you, if you can’t trust pawnbrokers, who can you trust??

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  27. Jack says:

    Happy Hockers – almost universally referred to as Happy Hookers.

    Well it was in a pink building in Victoria Park.

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  28. Orbea says:

    Amateur like a fox

    really does sum up Tony Sadler, Benny Reuben and
    Happy Esterlita Steinberg Hocker

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  29. Bento says:

    Esterlita! Thank you, Orbea. I’ve been googling flouncy names all afternoon, without success.

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  30. Scurrilous says:

    Peter Farrel and son are are flogging beds on the telly as we type.

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  31. Frank Calabrese says:

    And from an Italian Persepective.

    the Late Peter Borrello and Buccaneer Pools, and from WA Salvage,”Luigi Savadamoni”, played by Opera Singer Claudio Versaico .

    And we have to mention Max Kay & the Civic Theatre, and of course his son Gary, who went on to write several jingles with Paul Redman.

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  32. My mother complained to TV stations about the “Where’s your bucaneers?” ad in the early 80′s.

    (Because the answer is “On the side of your Bucken head.”)

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  33. Bento says:

    Not only did ooer Max do ads for Civic Theatre, but he then went on to do his own ads for the mercifully short-lived ‘Pack It, Post It, Free’ empire.

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  34. Snuff says:

    Luigi. Thanks, Frank. Another repressed memory unearthed. This blog’ll be the death of me. Bugger. Now I’ve gone and recalled Hans Merks.

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  35. Bento says:

    It went completely over my young head at the time, but the concept of a middle-aged man calling himself ‘Naughty’ strikes me as exceedingly pervy, for an car sales gambit.

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  36. I have had a safari down to Big Rock Toyota planned for a while. I have been informed that the rock not that fucken big.

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  37. Bento says:

    Wave Rock is the only WA rock more guaranteed to disappoint, LA.

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  38. Snuff says:

    Was Don the one “Going mad with money” ? I know he championed the “no such thing as bad publicity” maxim because whenever anyone complained about him whipping skirts off buxom bimbos he claimed that he sold more bombs, and it was probably true.

    Bugger. Now I’ve recalled Luigi … “We no fancy, bud we cheap !”

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  39. Frank Calabrese says:

    Was Don the one “Going mad with money” ? I know he championed the “no such thing as bad publicity” maxim because whenever anyone complained about him whipping skirts off buxom bimbos he claimed that he sold more bombs, and it was probably true.

    Yep, one and the same, he must have inspired Troy Buswell with his on screen antics :-)

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  40. Snuff says:

    Thanks, Frank. Just on rocks, TLA. This was a favourite of mine from school holidays. I still can’t believe that Albany built the first skate park in Australia, although I should; I broke my arm on it.

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  41. Frank Calabrese says:

    I also seem to recall that Naughty Don’s ads were judged the worst local TV ad on ABC for several years running in the 80′s as well.

    Speaking of Mr Rogers, his boat the “Nordon” that he once owned is now being hired out for

    Ecotours, whale-shark watching, idyllic Rottnest trips, lunch, sunset, or dinner Swan River cruises, Progressive Dinners, Buck’s nights, Hens Parties, birthday outings, visitor’s tours, corporate functions, Surfing Safari’s, snorkelling…and anything else you care to imagine!

    Do you want a charter boat that isn’t the usual aluminium nothing-special, but IS a real, stylish piece of Western Australian history – the most well-recognised and distinguished charter boat in WA waters?

    And it’s history:

    Originally built in Perth by Commercial Hulls, the Nordon was originally named and commissioned by ‘naughty’ Don Rogers as a luxury charter boat. In the 80’s the boat was purchased by George King and taken to Exmouth for whale shark tourism. The Nordon was later extended by 5 ft to become a spacious 53 ft boat.

    http://www.boat-hire-wa.com/

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  42. Orbea says:

    This classy bit of webspace is the Happy Hocker’s new gig

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  43. beno says:

    “This classy bit of webspace is the Happy Hocker’s new gig”

    Best skill ever –
    KNOWS WHEN TO CALL AN AMBULANCE

    i hope a skill not acquiried by trial and error…

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  44. You dump ‘em we pimp em.

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  45. Téa B says:

    hmmmm Esterlita’s Aged Care Agency seems like a choice way to get yourself some dodgy jewellery. They are, after all, the “dementia specialists”.

    And ahhhhh the Happy Hockers building in Vic Park. Is it still there?

    And thank you, WOP Bastards, for reminding of bad 80′s/90s commercials. I am going to spend my day saying “Big Rock Toyota, are CHEAPER”. Pricks.

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  46. Del Quant says:

    Spare a thought for Nick, the Devilish Dealer from Phoenix Holden Wanneroo. He was run out of town – on horseback, for some reason, via St Georges Terrace – by a posse consisting of Naughty Don, Brian Gardner and the Chief from Big Rock. Not sure what he’d done to piss ‘em off. Must’ve been serious to warrant exile to Wanneroo, though.

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  47. Orbea says:

    Balcatta actually.

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  48. Del Quant says:

    Oh, in that case it can’t have been at all serious. Balcatta, Wanneroo – chalk and cheese.

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  49. Definitely Wanneroo.
    “They ran me out of town! I’m Nick, the devlish dealer from Phoenix Holden Wanneroo…”

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  50. Orbea says:

    I stand corrected (in an annoyingly nasal Hans Merks voice)

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  51. Del Quant says:

    Perhaps he’d asked Naughty Don for that little bit extra once too often…

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  52. Bento says:

    Back when Wanneroo was ‘out of town’. It’s now virtually an inner-suburb (although I will still deny Wanneroonians the vote, come the revolution).

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  53. Devlish Nick used to be a guy in a suit. They went animated, and it all went down hill. Downhill to hell.

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  54. Rolly says:

    @ 50 Orbea

    “I stand corrected”
    Better be seated if you have a rosebud on your arse and the LA is about.

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  55. Del Quant says:

    Funnily enough, when the animated Nick said “If my deals don’t tempt you, nothing will,” it just sounded like an observation; but when the bearded guy in the suit said the same thing in a whining, high-pitched voice, it definitely sounded like a threat.

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  56. Cookster says:

    “Goin’ down to City Subaru, that’s City Subaru…”

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  57. Rolly says:

    @ 56 Cookster

    “Goin’ down to City Subaru, that’s City Subaru…”

    That has to be the most painful of all ads.
    Definitely one for the lyrically and melodically challenged.
    Nice couple of chicks tho’.

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  58. Snuff says:

    Speaking of nice chicks, Rolly, whilst perusing this list it occurred to me that I’ve never heard of a female car dealer. Surely there must be, or have been, one somewhere. Anybody ?

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  59. Frank Calabrese says:

    Speaking of nice chicks, Rolly, whilst perusing this list it occurred to me that I’ve never heard of a female car dealer. Surely there must be, or have been, one somewhere. Anybody ?

    THere was a Ford Dealership run by a woman which had ads featuring Denise Drysdale, whose name escapes me at present.

    Also Brian Gardner’s Daughter was in the ads for one of the offshoots flogging some brand other than the main brand.

    Though I see they only now have the one dealership in Cannington, I think the daughter was involved in the Morley dealership.

    http://www.briangardnermotors.com.au/company.htm

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  60. Snuff says:

    Thanks, Frank. You are indeed the searchmeister. I guess daughters and Ding Dong are a start. This site also provided the following information …

    “Traditionally, this is a male dominated industry, with approximately 87% of the workforce being male. But women are certainly a valuable asset to any sales team. Mr Coman says female car sales representatives tend to work in the new, rather than used, car industry.

    ”Women are influential in making the decisions to buy a car, so their involvement in the industry has been great.”

    I’m not sure what he means by “great”. Perhaps more tellingly …

    “There are no educational requirements needed to become a car sales representative, however … It is compulsory to complete the two-day Salesperson Licensing course through the Motor Trade Association to work as a car sales representative in Western Australia.”

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  61. Bento says:

    Didn’t Megan Hevron help out her father Gerry with his home-made ads for Motorways in Morley?

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  62. David Cohen says:

    That’s two days longer than anything journalists must complete :-)

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  63. Frank Calabrese says:

    Didn’t Megan Hevron help out her father Gerry with his home-made ads for Motorways in Morley?

    Yep, that’s correct and got mixed up with the Gardiner Family, son john helped Brian and his sister wasn’t in the family business after all.

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  64. Bento says:

    I seem to recall she had rather prominent … ears.

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  65. The Legend 101 says:

    Anyone know the ikea shelfs you have 4 men and a engineering degree to put one up.

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  66. How low can Joe go? Remember that ad where he’s wandering around Hay St Mall[?] wearing a sandwich board?

    Was Joe Sarich bought out by Vox Adeon? Or was that farking Archie Martin and his dodgy brother? Or did all three devour each other? Or did Doug & Barry devour them all they looked hungry in their ads. ps: Peter Treen for GG!

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