Rare Pair of ‘Apple Computer Sneakers’ Are Hitting the Auction Block in March

Apple's Adidas sneakers from the 1990s.
Apple's Adidas sneakers from the 1990s.
Heritage Auction

In the early 1990s, Apple partnered with Adidas to design a pair of chunky white sneakers that featured the word Apple alongside a rainbow-colored Apple logo. According to JustCollecting News, the shoes never reached the market, and it’s believed that the prototypes were sold to Apple employees.

As far as we know, only two pairs exist. One was unearthed in 2016 at a garage sale in Palo Alto, California, and later sold at an auction—and the other one is hitting the auction block next month. iMore reports that the auction will be hosted by Heritage Auctions in Dallas on March 24, but you can submit your bids online starting March 3.

The Adidas sneakers feature a rainbow-colored Apple logo.Heritage Auctions

Though these size-9.5 sneakers aren’t quite as gleaming as brand-new kicks, their slightly worn appearance gives them a classic ’90s charm that many contemporary shoe designers are trying to mimic. It’s not always the look for less—a pair of pre-distressed Golden Goose sneakers, for example, could cost you almost $500.

It remains to be seen just how much money bidders are willing to shell out for these ultra-rare Apple ones, but the popularity of vintage Apple products in general suggests that it could be a considerable sum. Back in 2014, the Henry Ford Museum paid a staggering $905,000 for an Apple Computer 1, though the fact that it was hand-built by Steve Wozniak, one of Apple's founders, no doubt heavily contributed to its appeal.

Adidas sneakers weren’t Apple’s first foray into the world of wearable merchandise. In 1986, just a year after Steve Jobs’s tense exit, the company launched The Apple Collection, featuring popped-collar polos, T-shirts and sweaters emblazoned with Apple in funky, multi-colored lettering, and even the first Apple watch (which cost $35 and only told time). See the catalog in all its retro glory here.

[h/t iMore]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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These “Wonder Women” Bingo Cards Feature Amelia Earhart, Greta Thunberg, and 46 Other Inspiring Icons

You could even shout "Wonder Women!" instead of "Bingo!" if you want.
You could even shout "Wonder Women!" instead of "Bingo!" if you want.
Laurence King Publishing/Amazon

The original numbered version of bingo dates back to 16th-century Italy, but gamemakers have recently begun to realize that there’s no reason the classic game has to be quite so classic. Now, instead of numbers, you can find cards with pretty much any set of images or words you can think of (or you can simply make your own online).

This edition from Laurence King Publishing features illustrations of 48 incredible women who all, in some way, embody the name of the set: Wonder Women. There are sports champions like gymnast Simone Biles and tennis player Serena Williams alongside young living legends like climate change activist Greta Thunberg and education activist Malala Yousafzai. While you might recognize many of the names from history classes—Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks, for example—or your own iTunes library (yes, Beyoncé is part of this game), others may be unfamiliar. Did you know about Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space?

In other words, Wonder Women Bingo is a great way to celebrate your favorite trailblazers and get introduced to some new ones, too. And since the rules are simple—just pick a chip and see if your card has an image to match—it can also double as a learning opportunity for kids.

The illustrations were created by artist Laura Bernard.Laurence King Publishing/Amazon

The game is available for $35 on Amazon and $20 on Laurence King Publishing's website (though it's currently unavailable on Laurence King's site). And if bingo isn’t really your thing (or even if it is), there’s a Fantastic Women card game available for $13 on Amazon, where players try to top each other’s highest-scored cards using ones from their own hand.

While you’re waiting for your games to arrive, learn about 100 women who changed the world.

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