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Old 06-17-2011, 02:43 PM
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the posting about refrigerators got me thinking as I was making toast today. My toaster is at least as old as me (54) and I believe it was a wedding present when my folks got married in 1950. It is still going strong - a Sunbeam. I also have a Sunbeam waffle iron that I believe has the same history.

Anyone else got a well-loved old appliance that you wouldn't trade in for love or money? I don't think they make them the same quality nowadays.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:45 PM
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they don't make appliances like they used to

I still have some appliances when we got married in 1975
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:52 PM
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My son still has and uses my old old GE refrigerator that I bought second-hand in 1973 and used as an extra for summer things like pop, watermellon, etc. When I moved out of my house I donated it to my son and like I said, it is still going. When I bought it used, it was already about 15 yrs. old then. You won't find one that'll last that long now.
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1950! wow....thats as old as me!

The only "old" appliance I had was a microwave we purchased when I was pregnant with 2nd child. They had just came out and that was 1982. The 2nd child has it now and she called the other day to tell me its shot! We got our use of that old oven.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:55 PM
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I have an old rotary telephone that still works. When I'm hostessing my woman's club, I plug it in and make a call to it on my cell, just to see the looks on the ladies' faces!! I yell from another room and ask one of them to answer the phone!!
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I buy old non-steam irons at flea markets and yard sales. I think they are way better than modern machines. Steam irons typically end up spitting or leaking for me. You can usually get them for a dollar or less, so if they don't work, you're not out that much. I think I have an adequate supply to last me the rest of my natural life.
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:55 PM
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My Grandmothers Pizzelle maker. Gran died in early 70's and she had it a good 30 years or so. Then Mom got it, and now it's mine. It's not used nearly as often as a toaster, or most other appliances - but it works like a charm when I do have occasion to dust it off.

Some of my other cherished items from Mom and Gran that I use regularly ... mom's "salad" bowl, her chefs knife, and grandma's wooden rolling pin which is still covered in the leg of grandpa's long john. I've warned my husband that if he DARES to wash that long john he faces stiff consequences - it's well seasoned with decades of butter and flour and still has a hint of anise scent!!
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I have a toaster I use on top of the stove and a coffee grinder that I use dating from 1790. I even adjusted the grind for my drip coffee maker. Oh and a KitchenAid dishwasher that is t least 35 years old. The repairman said to keep it as long as he can still find parts for it. His is a year or two younger.
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I have a GE hand mixer that still works after 48 yrs.
I have a brand new one, that I have never used.
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My electric knife is over 40 years old and still works like new.
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