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Collection being moved permanently. Stage 1 complete
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Post# 968379   11/16/2017 at 17:07 by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        

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Hi everyone,

For the past 18 months I've had my partner David ask me to move in with him, so after 4 years together I'm making that committment.

The sticking point has been what to do with 60+ machines, as they certainly couldn't all come with me. So, a solution came about when asking my loving parents if they'd give up a portion of their backyard for me to build a large shed to permanently house the collection. They wholeheartedly agreed!

So, stage 1 is now complete with the shed finished.

I'll move the collection in there first for storage late December / early January before I move to David's.

The next stages will be to have power, plumbing, wall insulation and the shed lined in 2018 and then 'Leon's Vintage Laundry' will be open for business! Lol

It's always been my dream to have the collection permanently housed somewhere and the majority hooked up and running and my goal will be to see this happen in 2018.

John L saw the concrete slab when he visited Australia, so he now he and I hope other members will one day see the collection too!


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Post# 968388 , Reply# 1   11/16/2017 at 17:50 by lebron (MN)        

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Wow great idea. I'm glad it's working out for you. I would love to see it when all the machines are in place.

Post# 968389 , Reply# 2   11/16/2017 at 17:58 by pdub (Portland, Oregon)        

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Congratulations Leon. This is definitely a dream come true!

Post# 968411 , Reply# 3   11/16/2017 at 19:05 by appnut (TX)        

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Leon, congratulations!!!  Please keep us updated as the rest of the stages advance. 

Post# 968413 , Reply# 4   11/16/2017 at 19:07 by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Congratulations Leon! This is the dream set up for any appliance collector, lots of space to work on, and display, AND use things! Can't wait to see more.

Post# 968454 , Reply# 5   11/16/2017 at 22:39 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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That shed is coming along nicely! It la great!
Can't wait to see it all finished!


Post# 968465 , Reply# 6   11/16/2017 at 23:37 by brucelucenta ()        

One wonders who will get what in the divorce....

Post# 968473 , Reply# 7   11/17/2017 at 00:37 by jkbff (Happy Rock, ND)        

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^^ wth. Really?

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Post# 968483 , Reply# 8   11/17/2017 at 05:45 by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        

Hi Leon

That is a great looking shed, is the red colour "Colorbond Headland"? I am thinking of using that colour on our home.

I look forward to seeing pics of it full of interesting appliances.

Congrats on making the move with David, too.

Post# 968487 , Reply# 9   11/17/2017 at 06:46 by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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That is awesome. Just curious, what are the dimensions of the shed?

Post# 968488 , Reply# 10   11/17/2017 at 06:58 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Congratulations Leon.

My best to You and David. This will be very exciting to see the finished "Showroom" .

Post# 968502 , Reply# 11   11/17/2017 at 09:25 by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Yay Leon, that is wonderful news, congratulations!!! It's a dream come true for many here. I hope to see it in person sometime within the next few years.

Post# 968508 , Reply# 12   11/17/2017 at 10:08 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Congratulations Leon!   Chris said he'll be sending a wood-panelled GE dishwasher as a 'warehouse opening' present... LOL 

Seriously, this is all good news amd I can't wait to see more!!

Post# 968511 , Reply# 13   11/17/2017 at 10:39 by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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Good going, and many thanks to your Parents, right?

Post# 968514 , Reply# 14   11/17/2017 at 10:45 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Congrats on both accounts....

thanks for posting pics of the work in progress....

keep us posted.....

Post# 968535 , Reply# 15   11/17/2017 at 12:58 by golittlesport (California)        
Wonderful idea!!

That project turned out great!! Very nice job! Congratulations on you and David moving in together. Best wishes!!

Post# 968536 , Reply# 16   11/17/2017 at 13:04 by robbinsandmyers (Hamden CT)        

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You have no idea what awesome parents you have to let you build that thing. Good for you. :)

Post# 968545 , Reply# 17   11/17/2017 at 13:46 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Looks good!

Post# 968546 , Reply# 18   11/17/2017 at 13:48 by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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WOW Leon, this is really awesome news!  I'm very happy for you and David!   SO fantastic of your parents to donate the space to you!   How is it from David's house to your parents?  Hopefully not too long of a drive.  I'm looking forward to all the photos as things progress! 




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Post# 968552 , Reply# 19   11/17/2017 at 13:56 by Brisnat81 (Brisbane Australia)        

Bruce, is there any reason for you to be so awful?

Leon has worked really hard for this and has put his life and soul into his passion over a very long time. On top of that, heís one of the most generous people I know.

This post should be a celebration of his beautiful collection having a long term home and him taking the big step with David. Why donít you take your bitterness and crawl back under a rock.

Please donít disrupt this thread any further, if you have anything to say to me please message me privately.

Leon, congratulations, this has been a long time coming on all fronts.



Post# 968558 , Reply# 20   11/17/2017 at 14:55 by matchboxpaul (Just north of Derby, U.K)        

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Hi Leon.

It's going to look great and can't wait till you are able to show us the pics of your collection settled in their new home.

Good luck with getting everything finished and the big move.
p.s my little bit of Australia below ....

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Post# 968569 , Reply# 21   11/17/2017 at 16:01 by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        

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Thanks to the majority of you all for your nice comments, much appreciated!


A couple of answers to some questions:


Chris (gizmo): The shed is from Titan so their red colour is called 'Heritage Red'. If you look at Colourbond's chart, i'm pretty sure it's 'Manor Red'


Justin (countryford): the dimensions in feet are: 29ft 7.5inches x 22 ft 11 inches and with a 9ft ceiling height.


Kevin (RevvinKevin): mum and dad live about a 30 minute drive from David's place, so not really far at all.


And yes: as some of you have stated, I have the most wonderful parents who have enabled this to happen. They'll certainly get to see me a little bit more when I go over and work on the 'babies' !


Oh...and Paul: I have that exact same Hoover and have been promised 2 more from an Australian Hoover engineer: which were pre-production models hand built.


And thanks Nathan for always saying things very eloquently!




Post# 968580 , Reply# 22   11/17/2017 at 17:21 by rapidry1000 (San Francisco)        

Wonderful news. New shed looks great. Can't wait to see the machines in the new home. Great you are moving in with David.

Post# 968591 , Reply# 23   11/17/2017 at 18:19 by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        

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Many of us living in colder climates would love to have a building like that.

Can't wait to see it fully occupied

Post# 968822 , Reply# 24   11/18/2017 at 20:34 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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Wow Leon, after all the planning and prep work the building really went up fast.


But I know there is still a lot of work and additional expense ahead.


Thanks again to you and David, your parents and Michael and Nathan for feeding and housing me on my two wonderful weeks in Australia in September.


I can't wait to visit again sometime, John L.

Post# 971587 , Reply# 25   12/4/2017 at 21:36 by joemac (Thurmont Maryland)        

Congrats and keep us updated! And if you need any help finding vintage laminates or other finishes to go the extra mile, give me a holler, or ask the gals at retro renovation.

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