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I have an odd fascination with newer stuff?
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Post# 428450   7/10/2020 at 22:05 (818 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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So I like pretty much any small appliances, from the 90s on back. Especially the old chrome toasters, and avocado colored stuff with woodgrain.

But for some reason I also have a real fixation on newer stuff. I know it's made in China, but for some reason, I like these newer black and stainless steel small appliances.

I'm a sucker for anything with the KitchenAid name on it, be the classic stand mixers, or blenders, toasters, etc. I've found a few things at Goodwill. A few weeks ago I brought this iced coffee brewer. It's basically a glass dispenser tap that has a basket inside so you can make coffee. They wanted $6, and online it sells for over $100. I even found the manual to it sitting a few feet away. So I bought it, even though I don't drink coffee. I just liked the looks of the glass and stainless steel.

Another thing that attracts me are the stainless steel "GE" branded appliances Walmart sold. I love the blue and green lights, I've found a deep fryer, a hot plate, and years ago I got my mom to buy me the waffle iron when they sold them.

A few years ago I found a 2007 Kenmore Elite 4 slice toaster at another thrift. The thing was filthy, full of crumbs, toaster strudel crusts, even had burned on residue around the slots on top. Well I took it home, took it apart, vacuumed it out and polished the residue off and shined it up. Looks and works brand new All that work for a made in China toaster. I don't know why, I just remember seeing they were like $89 at Sears back then and I wanted it. But isn't it still just junk compared to a 50s Sunbeam? I mean I agree it is, but for some reason I see value in it.

But I don't know why I collect this stuff, since it's made in China, has circuit boards and is what most people call junk. It will never have collectible value, I don't think.

Somehow lately I have a fixation on the late 2000s, it's like life seems simpler then, even though I'm sure for a lot of you there's no discernible difference between then and now.

Anyone know why I have this? If I'm collecting anything it should be just vintage stuff, right?

Post# 428452 , Reply# 1   7/10/2020 at 22:27 (818 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I love Kitchenaid things too.

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A drawer of KA gadgets, mixers, mandolins,immersion blenders, etc.
And, I find that they are good. I even have KA nesting bowls.

Post# 428460 , Reply# 2   7/11/2020 at 09:34 (818 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

I would say, the things to collect are the things that you enjoy. If newer stuff appeals to you, go for it!
I'm guessing it's probably more plentiful and less expensive than a lot of older stuff.
With regard to the early 2000s; I'm guessing you're probably considerably younger than I am.
I tend to think of that period as "just a few years ago".
But, the 2000s have been around for twenty years now! And, with how fast things have changed, and in my humble opinion, mostly not for the better, I can see how you could feel nostalgic for the "simpler" early 2000s.


Sorry. I just noticed that you specified "late 2000s".
See? It does all blur together for me! Lol

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Post# 428516 , Reply# 3   7/12/2020 at 12:55 (817 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        
Put your money where your passion is...

Own, enjoy, and collect whatever YOU like, as long as you are not going into financial ruin by doing so. Do not let other people try to shape you.
Everyone likes different things and they do not have to have big monetary value to be worth desiring and collecting.

Be yourself and be unique - it is what makes us all who we are. :o)

Post# 428539 , Reply# 4   7/12/2020 at 19:52 (816 days old) by Louvac (A)        
Amen, Texaskirbyguy!

You said a mouthful!

Now, I am SURE I am NOT alone here! How many of you also collect kitchen gadgets? Recently (like just a few years ago--LOL) I also realized [though I didn't really want to admit it], that I had a fascination and love for anything kitchen, from nice dish towels, serving utensils, food prep devices, anything stainless steel like dippers (big into dippers-don't know why!) nice premium grade pans and cookware, and you name it!

So guys, what kitchen gadgets do you all collect?

Post# 428540 , Reply# 5   7/12/2020 at 21:04 (816 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Hmm, I have a couple of late Mixmasters from the late 70s early 80s, but I wouldn't call it a collection. I have one of most 80s appliances but the most I have are about 4 or so pre war toasters, and the same for irons but for postwar.

Post# 428584 , Reply# 6   7/13/2020 at 21:52 (815 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I really do like kitchen stuff in general as well, be it new or vintage. Probably growing up around two grandmothers that liked to cook.

I also like commercial stuff as well, and have a few commercial pans and a steam table. Probably won't ever get to use it though. :(

Surely most people collect vintage appliances, because they were better made, last longer and are repairable. I would be interested to know if people do end up collecting newer appliances made in the last 20 years to now. I'm leaning toward yes, since even 1980s and some 1990s items are considered collectible. But they were still better built than newer stuff. Though it still goes toward what we grew up with I think. You hear many saying they never thought Hoover Elites would be collectible but now they are. Now even bagless Bissells were/are being collected. I'm fine with that, whatever you like!

Most of the newer things I collect are things that I either especially like the styling of or initially sold for a high price tag. It amazes me that you can find something in a thrift store that's only a few years old for a few dollars, when whoever donated it may have spent anywhere from $80 to hundreds of dollars for it new! What a depreciation because something isn't brand new and in the box. Makes you really second guess buying things new.

Even if it needs cleanup, like that toaster I mentioned. It's fun to me to take something very dirty and restore it to like new condition, with just some tools, cleaning supplies/polish and a little elbow grease and time.

I've only ever bought one brand new vacuum and no brand new appliances myself. Too many deals on used/vintage things out there.

As for Mixmasters I really like them. I have a 70s harvest gold Mixmaster, and a few little avocado hand mixers. Even have a new metallic red one, that looks to have never been used. Nice looking mixer, definitely not as heavy as the 70s ones, but neat looking.

Post# 428591 , Reply# 7   7/14/2020 at 01:32 (815 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have an interest in new cordless power tools.ESP metal cutting circular saws!These can cut metal as easily as you cut wood!No sparks or abrasive blade dust and mess.Just metal "sawdust".

Post# 428606 , Reply# 8   7/14/2020 at 14:03 (814 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        
I ADORE vintage kitchen items!

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And lately, I’ve built up quite a decent collection of toasters, coffee makers, mixers, and blenders.  I also have an electric fry pan and a couple of waffle irons, as well as a 3-speed commercial Hamilton Beach milk shake mixer and one of their bar blenders.  You just can’t beat ‘em!

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Post# 428630 , Reply# 9   7/14/2020 at 22:53 (814 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Cool stuff!

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I have the Sunbeam percolator on the far right.
There's only ONE thing missing...................... a certain label.

Post# 429093 , Reply# 10   7/27/2020 at 00:07 (802 days old) by myles_v (Fredericksburg, VA)        

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Perhaps in twenty years someone will buy toasters and microwaves that were made in the year 2020 because they will serve as a reminder of a simpler time. Life will keep getting more complicated, and people will continue to comment on how simple the past was. The world 10-20 years ago was significantly different, and in many ways it was simpler.

The year 1900 was much simpler than 1920, 2000 was simpler than 2020, and 2020 will likely be looked back on as being simpler than 2040. It's easy to talk about the simplicity of the past and how crazy the new generation of people are so it will continue, just as it always has. We are a small group of people who collect utilitarian household objects which many people either overlook or look down upon. This hobby is inherently unusual, if anything collecting 10 year old kitchen products is probably one of the most normal ideas that has been mentioned on this site.

"A few years ago I found a 2007 Kenmore Elite 4 slice toaster at another thrift. The thing was filthy, full of crumbs, toaster strudel crusts, even had burned on residue around the slots on top. Well I took it home, took it apart, vacuumed it out and polished the residue off and shined it up. Looks and works brand new All that work for a made in China toaster. I don't know why, I just remember seeing they were like $89 at Sears back then and I wanted it. But isn't it still just junk compared to a 50s Sunbeam? I mean I agree it is, but for some reason I see value in it."

A 1950s Sunbeam held no collectible value in 1950. Things aren't "junk" just because of the country of origin or the age, if collecting it brings you joy then by all means collect it. I think this is important to consider, we all collect different things for different reasons and I see no reason for any one of us to look down on any others for it. I am reminded of a time a few years ago when I posted here asking for advice on restoring a Eureka Victory. I was hoping to source some new parts for it but I was shut down and told that I should just wrap the damaged cord up in electrical tape or throw the machine away as it wasn't worth the effort. I wanted to restore it because I grew up with one and it had sentimental value, but it shouldn't have been talked down for being junk regardless of my reason for wanting to restore it.

Post# 429100 , Reply# 11   7/27/2020 at 09:20 (802 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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well put!

Post# 445270 , Reply# 12   8/28/2021 at 11:23 (405 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Yesterday, at Goodwill I found a KitchenAid 5 speed hand mixer in Tempest Gray. It didn't have the beaters, which is sometimes, the case but I saw some further down the shelf, and they fit perfectly, and appear to be correct.

It was only $5 and I'd wanted a KitchenAid hand mixer for a while, so I couldn't pass it up.

Ironically, after I left there I went across the street to Walmart to look for something, and happened to look at the mixers. They had the same one, same color for $31. So maybe I didn't get as good a deal as I thought, but still not too bad.

They also have a KitchenAid mini chopper for $59 that I got a year or two ago at Goodwill for $8, so that to me, WAS a good deal.

Post# 445323 , Reply# 13   8/29/2021 at 10:08 (404 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I definitely gravitate more toward the vintage stuff when it comes to kitchen appliances, mainly from the late '50s to the early '80s, preferably made of metal and made in the USA. Some interesting acquisitions include:

-GE 10-inch round electric skillet (1960ish)
-Sears square electric frying pan (early '80s)
-KitchenAid immersion blender with whisk attachment
-Toastmaster combination toaster oven and pop-up toaster (so weird)
-Early '70s vintage GE Toast-R-Oven
-Early '80s vintage GE Toast-R-Oven (woodgrain)
-Yellow Rival Crock Pot, late '70s vintage with removable crock
-Sunbeam Mixmaster Vista mixer (chrome w/brown base)
-Sunbeam Mixmaster (chrome w/chrome metal base)

Stuff from that era is just made so much better.

Post# 445486 , Reply# 14   9/1/2021 at 22:02 (400 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
other appliances

If you like to collect newer appliances, go for it. Sounds like you got that Kenmore toaster cleaned up really well. It does seem that a lot of us also collect other appliances besides vacuums. My other interests happen to be humidifiers and within the last year, I've really developed an interest in water distillers. Homemade distilled water tastes so much better, I don't think I could ever drink tap water again, it just tastes nasty compared to pure distilled water.

Post# 445492 , Reply# 15   9/1/2021 at 23:59 (400 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I am the exact opposite, because besides all my favorite old vacuum cleaners, I am also into other such older things as lawn mowers and other outdoor power equipment, TVs, video games, and older musical instruments such as Moog synthesizers and the Fender-Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos.


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