Out and About – Tucson Early Morning Yard Sale

Sear's Harmony House Melmac

Due to my dear son getting a vehicle TOWED I haven’t drove a car in 50 days.

Looking back on the 50 days is rough. I had insomnia, started drinking and thought I could seriously DIE.  I’m 56 and have been driving every day of my life for 40 years!

Depending on someone to give you a “lift” is definitely a “downer”. I seriously had the thought – “I’m never going to drive a car again. I’ll have to learn to take the bus, I’m joining AARP and going to like it (no matter what)”.

WHY we have two vehicles with stick shifts, I don’t know. Why I can’t get off my f… lazy a… and learn how to drive a stick shift, I don’t know.

Back to my first yard sale in 50 days –

Set of Melamine, Melmac $2.00 – (“it ain’t me babe, no-no-no it ain’t me babe…it ain’t me you’re looking for babe”)

Ice-O-Matic (love the name, love the look) – $2.00

Red Willow Ware Bowl – $1.00 (come on give me strength)

While we’re on a red roll, what about this Vintage Purse made in British Columbia. It’s a kind-of a Vintage Trailer-Trash piece. Plastickey coated, some kind-of wickery something, that’s RED.

Spent $12.00. There’s more but I’m done. Moving on .

Meatball Subs and Mickey’s. One more day until my daughter and grand daughter move out. SAD but GLORIOUS!

What’s Up at the Ranch?

Wowee… been a long time!

What’s been happening –

Miss R.'s Easter Egg Hunt

Miss Rylee had her second Easter Egg Hunt. So fun until all the candy took effect.

While organizing some photos, I found this etching from the 1930’s. It was behind a photo of Mike’s gramps. Right in time for the Kentucky Derby. The Triple Crown Winner “Gallant Fox”.

Nice picture but sold it on ebay. Bye, Bye.


Mainly…I’ve been in this garden. Planting and planting and planting.

1950’s Kelvinator Stove For Sale $500.00 – Denver, Colorado

Jim emailed me last week about finding out some information on his 1950’s 30″ Kelvinator electric stove. (The 30″ standard size vintage stoves aren’t as easy to come by as the larger stoves of era).

It’s up for sale for $500.00 in Denver, Colorado.

Jim says, “It was purchased new in the 1950’s and put in service. The original owner sold the house including appliances to a single woman in the mid 1960’s.

The range has had two owners, we are now the third.”

This vintage range is in fantastic condition and has been working for all these years. It has the broiler in the oven and a utility drawer on the bottom.

I like it because it has the extra work space in the middle and is a simple, classic style which is easy to maintain.

This stove looks to be a 1952 or there abouts. Here’s a few ads I found on the web –

From Farm Home Life

And this 1952 ad from hmdavid on flickr –

Kelvinator Oven Ad 1952

You can contact Jim at jrpeay@vantageco.net or me at antiquevintage forum@gmail.com for more information.

Kitchen Photos during The Depression

As we struggle through hard economic times, let’s not forget ….some haunting photo’s from The Library of Congress.

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Part of the L.H. Nissen family of ten living in a three-room shack. Rest of family at school. The whole house was of unusually high humidity. The wife said they could not dry out the bedding because of the poor ventilation. This is the living room and kitchen combined. Iowa

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Negro’s kitchen, Washington, D.C. Kitchen in Negro home near Union Station (wording from the Library of Congress not me!)

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Tenement Kitchen

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1939 – Child of white migrant adding water to boiling beans on stove which was set up immediately after reaching camping grounds near Harlingen, Texas

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1936 Kitchen of Ozarks cabin

Vintage Stove Parts – 54monroe

OK people! I’m done with blogging about Vintage White Kitchens (for a bit). Let’s move on to some vintage appliance stuff.

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Gaffers and Sattler Stove Knobs

Today on ebay I found a great resource for vintage appliance parts, 54monroe. First I looked at his feedback – looked great. Then I browsed his inventory. Good selection of knobs, grates, griddles, switches and controls clocks and more.

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O’Keefe and Merritt Burner Grates

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Chamber’s Stove Therm-o-Well 1/2 Pan

The more, might be this 1950’s O’Keefe and Merritt for $249.00 Buy It Now. Lovin that yellow. Lovin that price.

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I needed to find out more so I sent him a message. Here’s what Steve wrote back – “As you see i have a little bit of everything and a whole lot of some stuff. My eBay store is VINTAGE STOVE PARTS and I have a one page info only web site www.vintagestoveparts.com

I am in the Los Angeles area and have been selling appliance parts for 35 years and collecting stoves since 1990. I have about 30 gas stoves.

I have been on eBay about 3 years. I have not been parting out my collection to auction off in pieces…all the items I have are on the shelf.

I have mostly O’Keefe & Merritt, Wedgewood, Chambers, Magic Chef and Tappan on the gas ranges. Frigidaire, GE, Tappan and Thermador on the electric.

Steve also sent me a picture of one of my favorites. A 1939 6301 Magic Chef. It is a to-die-for stove. 8 burners, multiple ovens and that sweet bread warming cubby at the top.

Here’s what’s on his website – If you don’t find what you need in my Store please email me with your request.Include clear photos. I list only a few of the items I have available for sale and have a huge inventory ready to ship. Please try to request only non-eBay items. I do not end eBay auctions early or sell eBay items direct. Local pick up available for Southern California customers. Email me at okmguy@yahoo.com

Glad I found him. I know everyone is always looking for those “hard-to-find” parts.

Here’s a picture one of Steve’s other stove, an O’Keefe and Merritt. It’s a beauty.

The White Vintage Kitchen – Creative Storage

I am going through a “white period”. A cleansing if you will.

Over a year ago we had a major downsizing.

Our old house was antique country/westerny. We have moved in to the 1940’s “casita” (little house). A charming 2 bedroom, 1 bath with a room off the garage which we turned into a “crash pad” for our wayward adult kids.

Yes, I need to take pictures!

Because of life (getting old and having hubby “health issues” suck) I haven’t done one thing inside this house!! Not one nail in the wall. Didn’t change the ugly, country blue checked fro-fro contact paper in the kitchen cabinets. OK, I’m coming out of a decorating depression.

The stuff is here but I am stuck! Me….a woman with no style!

Oh, did I mention we inherited a beautiful flourishing flower/veggie garden. I HAVE been doing something. I am coming out of my decorating coma…….

I’m really leaning towards doing everything that cottage white.

Yes Mike, I know this is Tucson. Yes Mike, I know it’s the desert. Yes Mike, I know white gets dirty. Yes Mike, I will be wanting to use all the vintage linen. Yes Mike, I will be painting everything in sight white.

Here’s some Vintage White –

Love this dresser without the drawers….might find it as “road kill” on the side of the road.

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Jars are hot, buttons are hot and jars with white buttons are steaming hot.

What about this wood letter holder (of coarse I’d paint it white) to hold dishes?

Tin Cans….

Serving dish storage –

Ikea CD storage for pantry items –

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How sweet is this?

A Little Vintage Red for the Kitchen

Happy Valentine’s Day!

About RED – Red is the warmest of all colors. Red is the color most chosen by extroverts and one of the top picks of males. On the negative side red can mean temper or anger. In China, red is the color of prosperity and joy. Brides wear red and front doors are often painted red. Red is Tuesday’s color. Red roses symbolize passionate love. Ruby rings should be worn on the left hand. Red is the color of Mars. This planet is known as the God of War.
Red Energy

Red is associated with fiery heat and warmth. It can also mean danger (burning).

Red is the color of blood, and as such has strong symbolism as life and vitality. It brings focus to the essence of life and living with emphasis on survival. Red is also the color of passion and lust.

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