1950s: Telstar's Predicta Corona TV $2,699
|1950s: TEAC's Nostalgia Music System (SL-D80S) $150
Serve up this top-loading cd player for instant deco-diner appeal. You can program it to play a single disc's tracks in any order, and a digital alarm clock lets you wake to your favorite tune—"Rock n' Robin," anyone? The grille looks like chrome but is easy-to-clean plastic, as is the casing, which comes in pink, white, silver, black, and red, shown. 7" high x 12" wide x 7" deep. 323-726-0303
1970s: Sangean America's WR-1 radio $119
1950s: Crosley Radio's Traveler turntable (CR-49-TW) $129
Dust off those elvis lps and take them for a spin. This three-speed record player holds 33s, 45s, and 78s, and its diamond-head needle will groove through some 1,000 hours of music before it needs to be replaced (two needles cost $30). Plus, the top of the modest 12-pound unit, complete with built-in speakers, latches closed so you can safely stow it away when you've had enough of the King—or whichever crooner makes you swoon. In tan, black leatherette, and tweed, shown. 7" high x 17" wide x 11" deep. 866-276-7539, .
1940s Crosley Radio's Metro radio (CR-19) $100
Aren't you glad you saved the tape your ex-beau mixed? This old-fashioned cassette player and AM/FM radio scores points for its lacquered cherry cabinet, light-up dial, and inconspicuous side-mounted cassette slot—so you can keep your reminiscing under wraps. 8 1/2" high x 13 1/2" wide x 7" deep. 866-276-7539, .
1970s Zenith's 25-inch console TV (B27A74R) $600
With a whopping 8 square feet of surface area on top, this oak-veneer console TV is the perfect place to show off family photographs and collectibles. You'll also be pleased to know that the set has SEQ technology, which mimics surround sound with only two built-in speakers. And don't worry about the bass rattling the brass-hardware-finished drawers loose—they don't open. 32" high x 46" wide x 23" deep. 877-993-6484, .
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When evaluating an online find, Terry Williams, co-owner of , recommends avoiding items that have:
- Extensive rust, a sign that the internal mechanisms may be corroded.
- Loose or missing parts, which may be difficult to repair or replace.
- A damaged chassis (or housing), often an indication of rough handling.
- Frayed or cracked power cords, which present a risk of electric shock or fire.