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Get a retro Bluetooth speaker for $29.99 shipped

The Wolverine evokes the golden age of radio, but with decidedly modern innards.

This old-school AM/FM radio is also a Bluetooth speaker. Far out! ShopTronics

Everyone knows Bluetooth speakers are "da bomb," but most of them have a modern, some would say generic, look. Whatever happened to the good old days, when a radio looked like a radio and people said things like "da bomb"?

I'm mixing my nostalgia, but there's no denying the era that bore today's deal. For a limited time, ShopTronics has the Wolverine Retro Bluetooth Speaker for $29.99 shipped when you apply coupon code SPK640 at checkout. Regular price: $49.99 plus shipping.

Update: Grrrr...the speaker is currently showing "not available." Not sure what happened, as I was assured the company had decent inventory. (Whenever possible, I do check that kind of thing.) I've reached out to ShopTronics and will try to get an update ASAP.

As you can see, the Wolverine looks like it came straight out of the Waltons' house. (Oops, sorry, kids: "The Waltons" was a popular '70s TV show based on life in the '30s and '40s.) Technically, the size puts it a little closer to the '50s, but who cares? It has that cool, old-fashioned design that's a good match for any cool, old-fashioned room.

Because it's a Bluetooth speaker, it can pair with pretty much any smartphone or tablet for streaming audio goodness. You can also connect just about any other music source via the Wolverine's line-in jack.

Perhaps best of all (for those of us who enjoy tuning in, say, NPR or the local classical station), the manufacturer remembered to include a radio in this radio: The Wolverine features an AM/FM tuner and eight station presets. There's also an LCD so you can see your digital dial. All this resides in a wood cabinet I'd say looks pretty handsome.

Obviously this won't appeal to everyone, but if you're feeling nostalgic or looking for some cool retro gear, this strikes me as a pretty sweet option at $29.99 out the door.


Bonus deal: Ladies and gentlemen, get your click-finger ready. Starting at 9 a.m. PT (that's noon for my fellow Eastern-timers), the Microsoft Store will be clearing out the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Signature Edition tablet for $99. Regular price: $379. No joke.

This loaded Windows 8.1 tablet features an 8.3-inch IPS display (1,920 x 1,200!), 64GB of expandable storage, dual cameras, Microsoft Office 2013, and an 8-hour battery. CNET rated it four stars , and that was based on its original $399 price tag! These will not last long.