Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thrifted Thursday!

Who doesn't like to shop thrift stores? OK, I can answer that one- my mother-in-law. It's hilarious dragging her into all the seedy places I like to shop. She never met a brand name she didn't like. Me, I'm just the opposite. If it has a logo, a designer name (unless it's vintage!) or for that matter a price tag of much over $10, it ain't going home with me! I've even converted my husband.

I know most of you are thrift store devotees. You simply have to be, or you couldn't live a vintage lifestyle. (I know, there's eBay & etsy, but the thrill is in the hunt, for me.) So I thought I'd take a day to share some thrift store treasures. And because I'll pinch a penny until it squeaks, I'll even tell you how much I paid.

First up, my 1940s Sunbeam Mixmaster. This is really a four-for-one Thrifted Thursday since it took me four separate purchases to complete the set. And there are still tons of attachments I'm on the lookout for- this was the KitchenAid of its day, with juicers and meat grinders, etc. If you want to read more, there's a great site here

And it's funcitonal- it's a great mixer. 10 speeds, endless attachments, American made and built to last (obviously). I use it about twice a week. First I found the mixer- that was $9. Then I found the stand and bowl platform- that was $8- and it came with another mixer, so I have a backup in case this one goes.

Then I found the two milkglass bowls- $2. The bowls are unique because they have a little hump in the center bottom, much like a wine bottle. (There are also jadeite bowls out there, but I haven't been so lucky.) This hump, when matched up with the correct beaters, automatically causes the bowl to spin. I have a propensity to break the beaters (usually by getting a knife or spatula caught in them while it's running, which I know is dumb...) so I picked up four pairs for 50cents each. I knew they would be correct because of the shape and the fact that they have a little plastic "button" on the bottom which touches the bowl & makes it spin. So over the course of a few years I've gotten myself a good little vintage mixer that works great, didn't cost a fortune and has tons of style. And there's still so much out there I can get for it.

I understand that some may wonder why I went to the trouble of searching for various parts & pieces over the years to make a vintage mixer, when I could run over to Wal-Mart and get a brand new one for $20. The answer is that I did do just that- about three times- and every time the mixer broke within a year. That's why I buy vintage; it looks better, it lasts and it's good old American craftsmanship.

1 comment:

  1. Amen to all your comments. (Except the MiL comment...mine adores thrifting, bless her.)

    Not only do we have a 20s toaster (the kind where you need to flip the bread) we have a back-up, same model, in case this one ever dies. It probably won't!

    The "honeymoon" waffle maker is 1930s, as are the stove and fridge. And they are going strong!

    Three cheers for vintage and for thrifting!