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post #51 of 64 Old 05-14-2019, 06:43 AM
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The thing about modern stuff is that it is not built to last,

I was given a Burko Boiler, a free standing boiler that heated water, many homes had them for boiling nappies (diapers)
This had been in a garage for many years before coming to me. I used it for heating water approx 10 gallons, when we had several horses out hunting to bath them when they came back.

There was a bakerlite handle on the tap and this shattered. I called the company to see if it could be replaced. The elderly man called me back asking of I had the correct model number. When I affirmed it was he told me the machine was over fifty years old,

A freezer I was given was thirty years old and lasted another ten before we decided to get a new one. That lasted about five years.

Oh, I was given an old fashioned meat mincer, the type you fix to a table. That was pre WW1 and finally the thread went on the fitment. Bought a new one, that lasted very few uses. Bought another of the same type as the first and that is still going strong, I also inherited my mother's which is certainly 60+ years old and works well.
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Built-in obsolescence, @Foxhunter . We loathe it, and try to avoid it as much as possible. Often you're going to get more residual life out of a good-quality second-hand item than buying new, designed-to-break stuff. We love auction houses etc - and DIY...
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post #53 of 64 Old 05-15-2019, 02:09 AM
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SueC, I agree with you. I love getting a bargain from a thrift shop.

My nephew and his g/friend dress themselves very smartly from charity/thrift shops, most of the furniture in their flat is used or given to them.

I had been left a dinner service, lovely set but I will never use it so I gave it to them for Christmas, I was uncertain they would like it but they love it and have had friends around for a meal and used it which I love.
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I tried to post yesterday but the forum ate it! @SueC I love Lord of the Rings too but I think the neighbours would protest if I put up gargoyles on the house. I think my problem with finding lamps and light fixtures is there are thousands of options online. I think I should find something I like and then start looking. I can't tell you the style of my house, it is just a jumble of all the things we have acquired over the years.


A couple of years ago I needed a new blender. My son really liked making smoothies and our old blender was a bad design and needed to be replaced. Most of what I found were either the $20 blender or the $250 blender. I knew the cheap blender wouldn't last but who has $250 (or more) to spend on a blender? It took lots of shopping but I finally found a reasonably priced blender and my boy got to have his daily smoothies (and occasionally I got to use the blender too).


When I was a teen in the 80s my grandmother would mix the batter for my birthday cake on a mixer that my grandfather purchased for her in 1939. My washing machine was purchased 29 years ago (I'm on my third dryer) and is amazing at cleaning clothing. I went to visit one of my sisters and she had a fancy front load washer. I asked her if she liked it and she said, "No, but I got it free so I can't complain". I am also annoyed at the "Built-in obsolescence".




@Foxhunter My grandmother had one of those meat mincers! When I was a toddler she would use it mince the meat for my dinner. As an adult my mom told me it irritated her because I was old enough to chew my food and it was silly thing for my grandma to do.
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I've been needing furniture for the longest time and still do. I found a brand new couch at a thrift store and am using that until I find what I want. This couch is cheaply made but believe it or not, it was $14.99. I can't stand the idea of paying big money for cheaply made stuff and if you want well made you are looking at price ranges in the thousands. I can staple cardboard together myself so I'm not going to pay hundreds of dollars for someone else to do it for me.

When we moved from Los Angeles to MN in 1980, my mom drug her washing machine that was already ancient with her. She finally replaced it a couple of years ago but it was still working. For the life of me, I can't get a washer to last more than a decade if I'm lucky.
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Thanks for resurrecting this thread @SueC

I adore you home! Those lamps are the coolest things!

I tried looking for new lamps a few years ago and couldn't find anything that appealed to me. Most of my home has ceiling fans with lights attached, as that is that practical option to lower electricity bills. I have several fans operating most of the year.

But, I wanted a bedside lamp, o read by. Finally gave up and just bought a cheapo from Ikea that had a on/off switch in the cord so I didn't have to get up. It doesn't match anything in my bedroom, but it is convenient and cheap...one day it will be replaced, but not anytime soon.
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Ugh, lamps. In the "modern" age of "modern" design, I have the hardest time findings things that I like, I can afford and go with my more rustic/vintage decor. My house is actually filled with things from my grandmother's house, and modern lamps just won't work. My favorites are a pair of "bobbin lamps", which are made from the old wooden bobbins from the woolen mills near our house in Maine, and my uncle wired them and made a base.

Good-looking ceiling lamps, though, are tough to find here, so half my house is still lightless or with a bare bulb hanging. Like @AnitaAnne , I'm also making do with stuff from IKEA.
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I didn’t read all the replies, but I loved your post. It made me laugh. Little duck has a lamp she bought at a thrift shop that is make of books, and it is really cool.

My favorite lamp ever is at the sheds because it needs reworked. It was a gift to my father in law. The base is an older cowboy leaning against a tree. It has a little plaque on the bottom that is engraved “It’s okay to be grey.” One day, when I have a little extra money, I will take it in to be rewired.
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Don't get me started on lamps. I just want a stand with a lightbulb attached, and also a lightbulb covering so I don't go blind. Doesn't need to look like it was dressed by someone colorblind, or look like it came from the year 3019! I just want a lamp.

Also clothes. Why can't I buy a simple t-shirt or tank top that doesn't have unicorns or flowers or quotes all over it? I am but a simple woman. I do not require flowers and unicorns.
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Besides the two lamps I said I like, I kind of have a distaste for lamps. I would rather just have a light. When our house arrived there were only lights in a couple of the rooms! I was shocked, “Why are there no lights?” “You can have lamps.” “No, I don’t think that will work.”

I wanted to say a lot more than that. Seriously, no lights?! So, they put lights in. Now my girls have lamps, and I always worry they will burn down the house.
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