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Post# 902577   10/10/2016 at 21:54 (428 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Time for Part Three! Please feel free to post anything you have purchased at thrift shops, auctions and the like.


Thrifting Finds! (Part One)
Thrifting Finds! Part Two

Post# 902580 , Reply# 1   10/10/2016 at 22:03 (428 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Another basement find...

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National Panasonic FM-AM tube radio. Model RE-784. And this one WORKS! No hum, no crackle. Automatic Frequency Control. I am guessing around 1961. There are 784-A, B and C models. I guess this one was the first. I am aware you have to change the caps, even if they work. Just to be on the safe side.



Post# 902585 , Reply# 2   10/10/2016 at 22:30 (428 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
SAVERS find...

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Argus C-3 camera. Manufactured in 1957. Missing the coupling gear knob. 5 bucks at Savers. Bought it decorative purposes, but hey you never know when I want to go back to 35mm.



Post# 902586 , Reply# 3   10/10/2016 at 22:35 (428 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
A fun find...

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HESS Hook and Ladder Fire Truck. For the Christmas 2000 season. Immaculate, didn't come in a box but obviously never played with. Sirens, horn and of course flashing lights.




Post# 902669 , Reply# 4   10/11/2016 at 15:12 (427 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

never seen a Panasonic that old. I remember Argus Cameras. K Mart sold them.
Those Hess trucks must be collectable by now.

Post# 902686 , Reply# 5   10/11/2016 at 17:16 (427 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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nice finds Louie.....I like a lot of the older radios, as sometimes you could pick up TV stations by sliding to the far left of the dial......

Hess trucks have been collectables for years....

unlike being the sharpest knife in the drawer!...

I have a few addresses to new places you need to make a stop on your trip down here.....

Post# 902710 , Reply# 6   10/11/2016 at 20:04 (427 days old) by kimball455 (Cape May, NJ)        

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Hi Louie ..

Great find on the ARGUS C-3 ... I have two that still work. That was my first experience with 35mm film.


Post# 902720 , Reply# 7   10/11/2016 at 21:41 (427 days old) by philcobendixduo (San Jose)        
K-Mart sold...

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.....the "FOCAL" brand of cameras and accessories (their own "house" brand).
Argus was an "old time" (founded in 1936) maker of cameras. Purchased by Sylvania in 1959.
I used to have an Argus where you looked down into a mirrored affair which was the viewfinder.

Post# 902739 , Reply# 8   10/12/2016 at 05:46 (426 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Thanks Martin! Looking forward to do some thrifting.

Post# 902741 , Reply# 9   10/12/2016 at 05:58 (426 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Thanks Harry. I've had a few 35mm cameras. I got my first camera when I was a kid, a Kodak pocket instamatic (110).

Post# 903334 , Reply# 10   10/16/2016 at 20:02 (422 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Sears Blender MOD. 400.829200

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Picked this up at a thrift shop. Sorta' like avocado green? The jar is obviously from another blender being harvest gold. $5.99. Love that jar shape. Anyone know who made these for Sears?








Post# 903388 , Reply# 11   10/17/2016 at 10:00 (421 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Who made it?

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Hi... maybe Hamilton Beach? It just reminds me in shape of a Hamilton Beach. And thanks for the posts... I hope others will add to it.

Post# 903409 , Reply# 12   10/17/2016 at 14:25 (421 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Heya Phil! Yeah I thought of that, but I've never seen anyone else use that triangular shaped jar. Very unique.

Post# 903438 , Reply# 13   10/17/2016 at 21:19 (421 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
panasonic stereo, 1973

got a Panasonic"all in one"type stereo:phono and cassette on top,radio and 8-track on the front-no speakers and the dust cover is badly scratched,but rest is quite unblemmed and even all the lights work :)Was about to pull the back panel and look for date codes,when "Yazaki 1973"was found on the cord.

Post# 903443 , Reply# 14   10/17/2016 at 21:41 (421 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I'm pretty sure HB made that smart looking blender for Sears.   The carafe shape could have been a Sears exclusive.  HB made various small electrics for Sears in the '70s.


That's not to say HB always made SR blenders.  I have a Lady Kenmore blender that's older than the one pictured above, and it's clearly an Oster product.  On mine, the Sears quirk is a horizontal sliding speed control instead of the bank of buttons found on Osterizers.

Post# 903937 , Reply# 15   10/22/2016 at 22:28 (416 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Oh I've seen that Sears blender Ralph. One of my favorites.

Post# 903939 , Reply# 16   10/22/2016 at 22:34 (416 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Found a rather rare Pyrex "Constellation" 1.5 quart divided dish. Circa 1959. #472. No lid though :( . If memory serves me, I think this came with a wire rack and was warmed by candles.




Post# 903965 , Reply# 17   10/23/2016 at 09:51 (415 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
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Oh that's interesting I found that same dish and it's the only Constellation I found. Do you have more of this pattern Louis?😎

Post# 903982 , Reply# 18   10/23/2016 at 12:06 (415 days old) by wiskybill (Canton, Ohio)        
Estate sale find...

Westinghouse Pressure Flo coffee maker

Model HP90-1

I have always thought that WH made some very stylish percolators.

Post# 905900 , Reply# 19   11/7/2016 at 18:49 (400 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Excellent catch.. love it!!!!

Post# 907461 , Reply# 20   11/18/2016 at 05:18 (389 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Early 1970's

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Picked up this General Electric clock for $3.99 Works fine, illuminated dial. Mod. 8141-4. Made in Singapore. Surprised how collectable this one is.




Post# 907986 , Reply# 21   11/22/2016 at 04:05 (385 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
It's little, it's lovely, it lights?

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Picked up this Princess phone yesterday. Works fine, but missing the light bulb socket. How did a phone sold in west coast show up in Pennsylvania is anybodies guess.  A steal at $7.50







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Post# 908044 , Reply# 22   11/22/2016 at 12:28 (385 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        
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I have the same clock sans the snooze function (button on top). Got it for Christmas mid-late 70s. Used it for a long time from that point then got retired to the attic. A couple years ago I put it back into service and its still running fine today. When I'm in bed and its completely quiet I can actually hear the function of the numbers rolling over. There's nothing wrong with it. Just the design of the mechanism. It actually runs just a quiet today as when new.

Post# 909586 , Reply# 23   12/4/2016 at 12:16 (373 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
little zenith color TV

bought a little 9"zenith color TV-sticker had fallen off the back,but a sticker was found on the chassis that said "assembled in Mexico" and "july 1986"still works like new -watched a movie on it for a shakedown/performance evaluation :) $5.00.

Post# 915581 , Reply# 24   1/14/2017 at 00:51 (333 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Picked up this Universal Coffeematic MOD. 4410 last Monday for $7.50. Works great. I guess it's late 1950's or early 1960's.






Post# 915582 , Reply# 25   1/14/2017 at 01:24 (333 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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That's abeautiful Coffeematic Louie! Thus model is one of the very best electric perks ever made.

Post# 915586 , Reply# 26   1/14/2017 at 03:05 (332 days old) by Intuitive (Sydney-Australia)        
The Universal Coffeematic

My mum had two of the exact same percs (240v) they are kept in the dining room teak sideboard, they only ever came out for high days and holidays! They do make a good brew.

I do like the brew when served in a demi-tasse bone china cup.

I have the full 12 setting dinner service from my granny, its over 50 yrs old and still in daily use

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Post# 917899 , Reply# 27   1/27/2017 at 21:54 (319 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Great finds everyone

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Some of these remind me of my own Thrift G.E. electric clock light now only flickers...only if I touch the case.

I love that Universal coffee maker.

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Post# 918001 , Reply# 28   1/28/2017 at 16:23 (318 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

That's a rather fancy coffee maker; my mom's Universal was a plain one.

Nice phones - unusual to see a WE Princess in Black. The light colored one is a GTE Starlight. My friends the Jones's had one in Green.

Post# 918022 , Reply# 29   1/28/2017 at 19:25 (318 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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It is a little fancy; once in a while we use it but we tend to use the super fast most of the time. And I like the
Universal shown here in the thread. I love the old phones because my Buddy's dad worked for Michigan Bell and he was able to bring home the latest phones before public release to test and evaluate. So I would see ,for instance, the Princess phone before anyone could acquire(rent, more like) it for use So I had to pick up a few of these phones because of the fun memories. I remember when they had a princess dial phone(dial on the handset)and then eventually they got a princess phone with push buttons. That was a big deal I thought back then. The black Princess phone lights up, and the dial works.. after giving it some lubrication. The Starlight. which sounds like it should light up, does not. I have a couple of Princess phones in my small collection that have lighted buttons, but most do not.

Eventually I'd like to make these phones operative using the internetusing an ATA ( analog telephone adapte, which I've done before).Anyways thank you Tom and here are a couple close-ups of those phones. The inscription on the black princess handset says," Bell System property,Not for sale, Western Electric" I'm not sure what that means but I'm guessing it was either used in a store or?

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Post# 918302 , Reply# 30   1/30/2017 at 17:04 (316 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Thanks for the additional phone pics, Phil.

Some models of Starlite phones lit up, others did not. I think the one my friends had did, and seemed like it had to be plugged in to an electric outlet for power. The link tells about the Starlite.

I had the wall version (rotary dial) for several years back in the late 70's - early 80's. When tone dial became available, I replaced it with the wall mount Styleline (looks a lot like a WE Trimline). Kept that for two or three years, then bought a WE 2554, so as not to have to rent from GTE anymore.

Prior to the Bell System breakup in 1984, WE marked all phones used in Bell System teritories "Bell System Property - Not For Sale". Ones sold to other operating companies did not have that marking. After '84, Bell customers had the option to purchase their in-place equipment, continue to rent it, or purchase phones from other suppliers.


Post# 918612 , Reply# 31   2/1/2017 at 13:28 (314 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
This Starlight from March 1979

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Hi Tom.... good information. Mine is too new for any lighted bling. That was a great link; it got me curious to look inside my Starlight. The network is WA-1200 AISS. I was very surprised at the size of those capacitors. It never ceases to impress me.. how far we have come with electronics!

Thank you very much for the information in the link. Love that name... Starlight. I need to find a lighted dial model. LOL.

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Post# 918634 , Reply# 32   2/1/2017 at 16:30 (314 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
GE Spacemaker II Circa 1984

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Maybe I was feeling sorry for it sitting there looking like it needed some attention. Right. Appliances have souls. I always like these Spacemaker II's...these early 80 designs. Models with hanging bolts seem even more scarce. Anyway the worst part is the inside door seal. I cleaned under it, and it'll eventually be reglued,but it just looks bad.

The inside label identifying the model number has been damaged, so if anybody has any clues to the model number, Iwould be grateful for any help. I'd like to find the metal tray as well. I looked around on the internet for information about this 1984 Spacemaker luck yet...but I'll keep looking. Here's some before and after photos. I love these Spacemaker II designs, but I prefer the Amana RadarRanges. Thanks for looking.

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Post# 918648 , Reply# 33   2/1/2017 at 18:06 (314 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Wow, my ex had one of those. I think that was the best part of THAT relationship.

Post# 918649 , Reply# 34   2/1/2017 at 18:12 (314 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
General Electric TOAST-R-OVEN

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Haven't seen of these in decades. My sister had one in the late 70's.


Works fine, but missing the baking try. :(





Post# 918651 , Reply# 35   2/1/2017 at 18:19 (314 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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 This poor Waring Blendor was absolutely filthy.  It looked so sad ( I hear ya' Phil). A good cleaning and some oil and it's ready to be put back into service.





Post# 918652 , Reply# 36   2/1/2017 at 18:21 (314 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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These older GE toaster ovens are great. We had one when I was a teenager and it must have been used for at least 20 years before my Mom replaced it, not because it didn't work anymore, she just wanted a change. Plus all those years of constant daily use left it kind of beat up.

One year on Mom's birthday the wall oven wasn't working, we couldn't afford to have it repaired. This was our worst year after my Dad died. So I made a Dormedary Pound Cake mix in a loaf pan in the toaster oven for Mom's b-day. The top got a little scorched, so I cut it off, and frosted the top and wrote Happy Birthday on it. When she got home from work I remember she just creid, she didn't expect a cake that year.

Post# 918655 , Reply# 37   2/1/2017 at 18:29 (314 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Very sweet story Eddie!


My sister's GE lasted over 2O yrs and it too was replaced just because it was so beat up. But it was still going strong. I hear ya' about those scorched tops. Too close to the broiler element. I remember foil helped.

Post# 918671 , Reply# 38   2/1/2017 at 19:55 (314 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Good Story

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Eddie you were a real good guy to make that cake for your mom. That was a nice story to share.

Post# 918675 , Reply# 39   2/1/2017 at 20:22 (314 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Speaking of toaster ovens

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Beautiful GE toaster ovens Louie. I wonder if we should start a thread on toaster ovens or that has already been done? Anyways here are a few I found all at the thrifts. I can never understand how some of these like my GE toaster were never used?
I've never been able to toast or bake without plugging in the appliance,setting the temperatures and do a start. Imagine how pristine our appliances would if we could just think bake or cook and then it's done by the buzzer. LOL. No clean up just brand new looking appliances. Okay I'll quit. LOL.

Waring's are cool... sort of conservative looking but I like the Clover Leaf carafe design.

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Post# 918678 , Reply# 40   2/1/2017 at 20:33 (314 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Phil these were popular wedding gifts in the 60's and 70's so maybe some of the unused toaster ovens you come across were duplicates that were saved for backup and never needed or forgotten about. Anyway, its nice for those of use that appreciate older appliances. There's something special about finding a 50 + yr old toaster oven thats never been used. It's like taking a trip back in time when everything was made so much better. And for those of us without the room for a large appliance collection, these small appliances can fill the need to collect.

BTW, thanks for the kind words above. I was only trying to do for her what she always did for my siblings and I. She worked hard to take care of us and deserved to be appreciated.

Post# 918688 , Reply# 41   2/1/2017 at 21:00 (314 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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What a neat collection Phil! LOVE that Iona! I do like the idea of a toaster oven thread. I'd certainly contribute!

Post# 918877 , Reply# 42   2/3/2017 at 07:36 (312 days old) by wiskybill (Canton, Ohio)        

Was out running errands yesterday and stopped by the local
Goodwill Outlet Store.

Found this in one of the bins.

I have a Sunbeam and Cory electric model, but have never
come across a Westinghouse in the wild, complete with instructions.

Post# 918881 , Reply# 43   2/3/2017 at 08:00 (312 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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WOW Bill! What a fantastic find!

Post# 918891 , Reply# 44   2/3/2017 at 08:30 (312 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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OMG!  What great finds - it is amazing what is still out there!


LOVE the toaster oven, Louie!


Bill, congratulations on the Westinghouse Vacuum coffeemaker.  Those are rare birds indeed!


Phil, maybe we need to start a toaster oven thread...  Your Canadian namesake has a few and in some cases, the Canadian version of a couple of yours  

Post# 918907 , Reply# 45   2/3/2017 at 09:51 (312 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
The mitzvah of thrift shopping

Here is the link to an article I ran across about the various ethical reasons for thrift shopping. Who knew? Lo tashchit, Waste not, I have heard all of my life.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO Tomturbomatic's LINK

Post# 918938 , Reply# 46   2/3/2017 at 11:48 (312 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Beautiful coffee maker whiskey bill. I have never seen one like that. It sure is pristine. Congratulations

Post# 918944 , Reply# 47   2/3/2017 at 12:19 (312 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Toaster ovend thread

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Louie / Paul... okay,a toaster oven thread..coming soon!

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Post# 918964 , Reply# 48   2/3/2017 at 13:29 (312 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Post# 918987 , Reply# 49   2/3/2017 at 15:48 (312 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Very nice Westinghouse!

Post# 919003 , Reply# 50   2/3/2017 at 18:07 (312 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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The GTE Starlite phones did indeed come either lighted or unlighted. BC Tel when I lived out Vancouver way was all GTE equipment. IIRC they even owned a stake in the company. Their sets in my opinion were never as robust as the Bell phones.. Anyways, I ordered a Starlite with the light and it had to be plugged in and had a wall wart transformer which also made the phone line from the set to the wall very thick, almost like a business line phone. I also had their first desk set with built in 9 speed also required plugging in with a wall wart. Nice thing about it.. they were similar to a bell touchtone set,, but they came with various colored faceplates you could interchange. Wished I still had that set.. I found the colored inserts not long ago in a drawer.

The GE toaster oven without the tray.. Initially these were sold as a toaster oven only with no tray,, later they added the words GE Toaster Broiler Oven to the glass front and came with a broiler tray.

Post# 919041 , Reply# 51   2/3/2017 at 20:19 (312 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Yea! A Toaster Oven tread!

Post# 919042 , Reply# 52   2/3/2017 at 20:23 (312 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Hey Pete, thanks for the info. I bet this oven is earlier than my sister's. I remember the rack had no toast indentations. Cool!

Post# 919062 , Reply# 53   2/3/2017 at 21:07 (312 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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I have the Deluxe Toast-R-Oven... no broiler. Yes thanks for the info Pete.

Post# 919106 , Reply# 54   2/4/2017 at 00:54 (312 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        
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my sister and I also each received clocks like that one for Christmas back in the 70's!  Must have been a GE special that year.  My dad has one of them still in use in his den.  I always hated the would make me jump to the ceiling when it buzzed.  I also used to lie in bed and listen to the minutes turn...especially on the hour when all the numbers would flip at once.

Post# 919182 , Reply# 55   2/4/2017 at 12:22 (311 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
A mystery cake holder

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Here's an old cake holder with a lid that doesn't fit. This is how it was sold to me from the thrift. Does anyone recognize the maker? The only identification is patent pending on the bottom. Thanks for looking.

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Post# 920211 , Reply# 56   2/8/2017 at 22:20 (307 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Sony KV-5200

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I just got this today. Unfortunately it didn't come with the RF adapter. It appears to be in perfect condition otherwise.

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Post# 920214 , Reply# 57   2/8/2017 at 22:59 (307 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
GE Toaster oven

The VERY first ones are different in that the elements are open coil encased in glass tubes!

Post# 920216 , Reply# 58   2/8/2017 at 23:08 (307 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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T93.. looks like mine has the glass tubes.
.. will the dangerous start mechanism.

Post# 922476 , Reply# 59   2/19/2017 at 23:07 (296 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Lakewood Mod. P88/M

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Picked up this box fan today for 10 bucks. Circa 1973. 3 speeds/reversible and thermostat controlled. A good cleaning, oiled and whisper quiet on low. Tornado on high. All heavy gauge metal, save the grills, handle and knobs. Thermostat light turns on when it senses it's reached the room temperature you've selected.








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Post# 922567 , Reply# 60   2/20/2017 at 11:41 (295 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Nice fan, Louie!  I've never seen a large box fan like this with a thermostat before.  Neat find!


Post# 922572 , Reply# 61   2/20/2017 at 11:51 (295 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Very nice. Electrically reversible too. I like fans, a good thing since I've been called a "hot head" several times.

Post# 922795 , Reply# 62   2/21/2017 at 04:14 (294 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Thanks guys. I remember we had a thermostatically controlled box fan when I was a kid. Looked very similar to this Penncrest, with a control console on top. 



Post# 922970 , Reply# 63   2/21/2017 at 22:18 (294 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Nice catch Louie!

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I have a heavy box fan...but no reversible feature. That Pencrest is a beauty, too.

Post# 923566 , Reply# 64   2/24/2017 at 11:34 (291 days old) by jhepburn (261 sycamore dr lincoln ne 68510)        
ge percolator parts

I am looking for a lid for my GE percolator model # 33p30. If you are willing to sell one or know where I can find a replacement lid. Please email me at

Post# 925264 , Reply# 65   3/6/2017 at 09:16 (281 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Picked up this 5 gallon aquarium stand last week. Heavy wrought iron. Dirt cheap at 6 bucks. Thought of putting this one in the bedroom. The others in the living room.




Post# 927351 , Reply# 66   3/16/2017 at 22:58 (271 days old) by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
UDICO can opener and ice crusher

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Though far from beautiful, it all works well. I took it apart to unfreeze the motor and during this re-lubrication operation I broke a point attachment of the rod that attaches to the ice door; the ice cutter now runs continuously. The front of this can opener is all metal not plastic. It's very heavy and substantial but again it's not very pretty. Anyone out there have a UDICO?

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Post# 927359 , Reply# 67   3/16/2017 at 23:44 (271 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Interesting combination!

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Never heard of the brand. But I think it's nice looking.

Post# 946580 , Reply# 68   7/3/2017 at 18:28 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Picked up this Glasbake bundnt/casserole/gelatine mold yesterday. Never seen one like this. It's model #352. Designed in 1919. Sold from the 1920's to the 40's.  I couldn't say no for just $1.75




Post# 946799 , Reply# 69   7/5/2017 at 12:00 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        
Reply #66 - Udico

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Phil, I have a Udico can opener/knife sharpener!  Mine's pink and I believe it's a 1962 model.  The only reason I ever heard of the brand is because I have one of those old 'how to repair small appliances' books from that era that shows a Udico model  in the chapter about can openers.  

Post# 947074 , Reply# 70   7/7/2017 at 21:26 by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        


It's hard to tell what size that bundt pan is, but if it's a good size it will be wonderful in the microwave, particularly if you like Dulce de Leche made with sweetened condensed milk; if I'm not mistaken, it takes just a few minutes in a pan like that -- the problem is that regular pyrex usually makes the condensed milk foam and overflow, and it's easier to control it in the bundt pan.

Good luck!

Post# 947092 , Reply# 71   7/8/2017 at 02:30 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Thanks Paulo!

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It's on the smaller size compared to a standard Nordic ware bundnt pan. See the small protrusions on the rim? That's for when you invert to unmold, you have a space to place your finger tips to lift the mold. The raised ridges on the bottom are to aid in cooling. Clever ideas. 


Never been a fan of dulce de leche. A bit too sweet for my taste. I'd prefer flan (crème brûlée).  And I agree, it's perfect for the microwave. I think the mold would be perfect to make a beef timbale, sorta' like an Italian meatloaf.

Post# 947094 , Reply# 72   7/8/2017 at 03:01 by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        


It's sure a very smart design!

My family sometimes make dulce the leche in the microwave to use as one of the cake fillings in multi-layer cakes, if you use just a thin spread it's really nice. Some of the kids used to sneak a bit to schmear a slice of bread too.

I knew someone in my family used to make the flan in the microwave too, but never asked about details. In my immediate family, folks cook the flan in the pressure cooker (I think it's 20 minutes at 15psi) on a steam rack.

Post# 950273 , Reply# 73   7/27/2017 at 11:26 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Catching up

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I languished on membership renewal; hence, I'm catching up on seeing what was replied.

Oh, Paul, I want your Udico instead of my white version. LOL! Would mine be about 1962 as well? How did you guess?

And I have never seen a glass bundt bake dish like that, but would you feel safe using it? :-) I'd like to find one of those, bundt how many bundt pans can one collect?

Post# 952731 , Reply# 74   8/13/2017 at 11:02 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
I passed on this one...

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But it certainly was interesting:









Post# 952825 , Reply# 75   8/14/2017 at 00:56 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Nice little Hi-Fi set-like the inputs on the back-besides a record player-it can then be an amplified speaker system!Like how the TT has "Capitol" printed on it!

Post# 957471 , Reply# 76   9/14/2017 at 01:28 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Picked up this Hoover last week for $12.99. Never seen a Hoover before, never seen any electric fry pan in copper. Works perfectly.  I'm not sure of the year of manufacture. They were introduced around 1959 and were still being manufactured unchanged until at least 1967.


I'm amazed there is not a spec of grease on the inside of the lid. It's quite clean overall. This one I'll keep for pancakes and such. The griddle on the Caloric is a pain to clean.










Post# 957484 , Reply# 77   9/14/2017 at 07:00 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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A lot of mostly dual decks going $40 to $50 and up, w/ wear marks especially on the controls and of questionable quality and dubious reliability, made this single deck (w/o a humungous $30 stereo attached to it) makes this find (tested w/o a tape & sound) for $8.99 speak for itself:

-- Dave

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Post# 959750 , Reply# 78   9/28/2017 at 22:04 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
1977 Western Electric 2500

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Really nice shape and works great. The pictures really don't do it any justice color wise. It's a sunny yellow/light harvest gold. Just 10 bucks.





Post# 959751 , Reply# 79   9/28/2017 at 22:11 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Toastmaster Model 5230

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Looks like it was never used. It's immaculate inside.






Post# 960663 , Reply# 80   10/4/2017 at 21:53 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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While out thrifting with Mark (william637) and Scott (searsbest) I came across this odd bird. A General Telephone & Electronics Model 80. The wire is cut, but you can bet I am going to try it.  All for the princely sum of $1.00






Post# 960665 , Reply# 81   10/4/2017 at 22:07 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Those were common sets in Vancouver , all of BC actually back then.. Then phone company BC Tel was part owned by GTE...  I never found them to be as robust as the Northern/Western Electric sets. I had the touch tone model and the one nice thing about it was that the faceplate behind the buttons was removable and they gave you numerous different colors and designs to change it up, or make your own.  

Post# 960683 , Reply# 82   10/5/2017 at 01:23 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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I agree Pete. It certainly not as well made as a 500 set. And the dialing action has a "European" feel to it. Nonetheless, it will look nice in the collection.

Post# 960817 , Reply# 83   10/5/2017 at 16:37 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

We had one of these AE's in white for several years. It started out as a rental phone from GTE (we were just over the line from Cincinnati Bell, much to our displeasure), then they just gave them to the customer without any further fee. We had an earlier model in gray that was better, but my mom decided she wanted a white one. I sold the thing at a yard sale several years ago.

Post# 960856 , Reply# 84   10/5/2017 at 20:31 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

Yeah, nowhere have I lived where people liked the local telco as they like Cincinnati Bell--it was originally known as the Cincinnati and Suburban Bell Telephone Company--it was part of the Bell System, to a point. Out toward Lebanon, I guess you are (which was the GTE area). I was there for grad school mid '80s. They have had some interesting spin-offs (Convergys--call centers and cellular telephone billing systems.

Post# 960946 , Reply# 85   10/6/2017 at 15:04 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
Hey Jamie,

As you said, Cincinnati Bell was part of the Bell System, but AT&T didn't have full ownership of it as they did most of the other Bell companies.

You mentioned Lebanon, which is about 20 miles NW of my location. They didn't have GTE there; it was United Telephone for many years, and is now CenturyLink. I'm about 18 miles NE of Milford, near the intersection of Warren, Clinton, Clermont and Brown counties. GTE sold the territory to Verizon about 15 years ago, and for the past 5 or so, it has been Frontier. We got local calling to the Cincinnati-Milford-Loveland areas of Cincinnati Bell about 20 years ago after a long, drawn out battle.

Post# 965920 , Reply# 86   11/4/2017 at 06:22 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Some more vintage goodness. A ten-cup Corning electric percolator (E-1210) I picked up last Thursday. I was in a rush and I didn't noticed it was damaged. Apparently the perk control was dropped resulting in damage to the clear trim and the lose of the indicator light cover. While it does work fine, the neon indicator light does not work. And there is a chip on the glass dome of the lid. Oh well, at least it was dirt cheap.





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Post# 965925 , Reply# 87   11/4/2017 at 06:47 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I have two of those percolators.....finding the missing cords is next to impossible...

Post# 965935 , Reply# 88   11/4/2017 at 07:59 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Those Corning Electromatics are good pots, they make great coffee. The standard cord models are easy to love right out of the thrift store for obvious reasons. Mine takes the special cord but I've been lucky to find a few of these over the years. I've bought some pretty nasty looking and broken pots just to get that cord.

Post# 965942 , Reply# 89   11/4/2017 at 08:31 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The Hoover fry pan: We had those for sale in housewares in the early 70s. The warming drawer seems a little small for the size of the skillet.

The Corning Electromatic Perk:

When the adhesive design flaw that resulted in the metal band separating from the pot was discovered, Corning would refund the price of the pot if owners would send in the plug from the end of the cord, rendering the pots unusable for making coffee. If you use this, do not lift it to pour coffee, but rather tilt it forward to prevent strain on the bond between pot and handle.

Post# 965946 , Reply# 90   11/4/2017 at 08:44 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Thanks guys. I saw parts on ebay and they were all over the place. It seems a LOT of these pots have broken and they are selling whats left. The cord IS rare I noticed, with a sky high price to match. It is much cheaper just to buy a complete percolator.

Post# 965960 , Reply# 91   11/4/2017 at 09:57 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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The reason there are so many Corning Electomatic parts on ebay now is because ebay had another crack down on sellers in about May of this year.

See even though these pots were recalled almost 40 years ago, in the last year or two ebay had become lax in checking to see if these pots were being sold on ebay, which they were, in abundance.

Then all the sudden ebay realized these verboten pots were being sold and they swept in and put a stop to the practice, So all the sellers that had these pots started parting them out, which is OK, as long as the seller doesnít sell the complete pot together. Well, this has probably turned out to be a windfall, because by selling the parts separately you can make a lot more. There are lots of the smaller plug cords available, but they cost a kings ransom, so to speak.

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Post# 965995 , Reply# 92   11/4/2017 at 14:34 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Not to change the subject but on the subject

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Where's others thrifting finds? Nice stuff you got for cheap, Louie. Thanks for posting.

Post# 966054 , Reply# 93   11/4/2017 at 21:13 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Thanks Phil. Yeah I know, c'mon guys, I know you've been finding great stuff thrifting! We wanna' see!

Post# 966068 , Reply# 94   11/4/2017 at 22:07 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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1930's Silver Seal saucepan by Century Metalcraft. Solid, hammered aluminum and it seems a lot rarer that Guardian Service. Notice where the handle meets the pot is solid diecast aluminum, all one piece. Now that's quality.







Post# 967086 , Reply# 95   11/9/2017 at 21:13 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Found a nice WE C/B 500 set for just $3.50 (half off) last Tuesday. You seldom see these in the thrift shops anymore. Manufactured in December, 1964. My parents had the exact model and color in their bedroom when I was a kid, except theirs had the four pin plug. Check out the exchange number, WAbash 5. Ours was EVergreen 8. Apparently the 201 area code was added on later. 








Post# 967320 , Reply# 96   11/11/2017 at 12:21 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Nice find!

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My parents had theblack version...LI- for Lincoln..
miss those old prefixes and times.

Post# 967325 , Reply# 97   11/11/2017 at 12:50 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Something that many of our younger members may not know is that back in the old days the customer rented their telephone from the phone company. With the initial monthly fee you got one black standard telephone. A curly handset cord was even an extra monthly fee. If you wanted a phone in a color other than black, it cost extra. When touch tone came out, that was extra too.

When I got my first telephone in 1970 it cost $10.00 for the installation and I believe $3.24 per month for a two party line. Since I hadnít had service before with Ma Bell there was also a $40.00 deposit to be kept for one year and refunded if the bill was always paid on time. I was earning about $50.00 a week net and couldnít afford the deposit, so my option was having a guarantor signing for me, and a coworker kindly did this for me.

This coworker also clued me into the phone company policy that they had to install your phone wherever you wanted it. She told me to pick a location that would cause the installer as much extra work as possible and the installer would offer to give the customer an extra long cord instead to avoid the extra work. An extra long cord was also an extra one time fee, and once you had it you carried the cord credit with you wherever you moved in the future. I got a 20 foot cord at no extra charge and always had the longer cord free of charge after that. I could take my phone just about every where in my apt. or homes after that, a real convenience in the days before cordless phones, because remember, each extension phone cost extra too!

Post# 967401 , Reply# 98   11/11/2017 at 19:39 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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The main "official" phone was in the kitchen, a beige 554. We had 2 other 500 sets, a beige one and a white one. Since the apartment was wired up for extensions in every room, 2 jacks (4 prong) per room, my dad installed those two on the sly.


In my dads appliance store there were 2. A black 500 set in the office, and a black 554 in the back room. Both with metal wheels.

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