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Rich (Go Little Sport) Frigidaire Washer Story continued!
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Post# 46569   10/9/2004 at 07:32 (7,126 days old) by FilterFlo (Chicago Area)        

Hey Rich, you might enjoy the story of how I came to aquire your washer: Had just moved to my new house in Coventry Twp, just outside of Barberton, Ohio. I needed to make a deposit at my bank, and left early one morning in my old SLOW 1957 Rambler. Didnt know the area very well, and I got lost. Going around the blocks a couple of times, I saw your washer sitting ON THE CURB getting ready for trash pick up!!! I just flipped. So I hurried back home as fast as the Rambler would take me (which was pretty slow), grabbed my dolly and jumped in my van and scurried back. Just as I was rounding the corner to the street where the washer was, the trash men WERE PICKING UP THE MACHINE TO THROW IT IN THE BACK OF THE TRASH TRUCK!!!! OH NO!!!!! So I started honking my horn and waving my arms to get their attention. They stopped and looked at me like I was some fool/nut while I pulled in the driveway of the house where it was at. I ran out and told them it was my washer ( I LIED!! HA) and not to take it. I ran up to the door of the house and the owner came out wondering what all the commotion was. I told them I wanted the washer and could I have it (thinking they would be mad that I stopped the trash people) They were overjoyed that someone wanted it, since tagging a washer for trash pick up means and extra $15.00 or $20.00 fee on your trash bill. The lady went in and got her son, and he came out and helped me load it in my van....and Well, the rest is just a miracle. Greg got it from me for a while, and now its really safe and sound in your lovely home, where it will be loved and cherished forever!

Post# 46570 , Reply# 1   10/9/2004 at 09:00 (7,126 days old) by westytoploader ()        

Excellent story! Glad you were there to spare it from the Krusher!

If washers had 9 lives, this Frigidaire has used up at least one of them! Why ANYONE would want to throw a washer this old and stylish (as well as rare) out is beyond me; If I were them I would, at the very least, hang onto it and place an ad in the paper.

When you received it, what did this machine need in order to be in fully working order again?

Post# 46575 , Reply# 2   10/9/2004 at 11:27 (7,126 days old) by agiflow-action ()        

That's the thing though,most people just do not care about laundry appliances.They are things to be tucked away in a closet or basement,.....after all dirty laundry is taboo.(sigh)

Post# 46576 , Reply# 3   10/9/2004 at 11:46 (7,126 days old) by i70sn80sguy ()        
what a heart warming story.

I picked up a maytag w & d in like 85 when the city was having "big junk" pickup and there was this avacodo Maytag set and I picked them up and this older woman came out and said "I'm glad someone is going to make good use of them, I've had them for a long time and the dryer just needs a heating element." I didn't say anything, I thought she was going to yell at me for taking them.

Post# 46581 , Reply# 4   10/9/2004 at 12:48 (7,126 days old) by fixerman ()        

Being in the appliance business, I find that many people hate to get rid of their old machine knowing it will be cruched and they will go to great lengths to find a home for them. People who call me for recycling seem very concerned that the appliance will not be crushed, but used again.
I also read an online article saying that when machines are put out on the curb for recycling, many are taken by "scavengers" presumably to sell again or use themself.

Post# 46626 , Reply# 5   10/10/2004 at 12:10 (7,125 days old) by golittlesport (California)        

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Yay! Thanks Jimmie for the story. I am SO GLAD you went to that trouble to get our washer. After being so closed to being crushed, now it is living happily ever after with me. I'm posting pics of its first load of California laundry on the other thread.

Post# 46968 , Reply# 6   10/14/2004 at 08:04 (7,121 days old) by kenmore1978 ()        

Scavenging is done here a lot in L.A. by poor people. Often appliances will just need some part and low income people are willing to take the time and effort to purchase the part and repair the machine themselves for use by them or to give to friends or family. I've done it several times myself, picked a machine that had been "curbed", repaired it, then given it away to someone I know needed it.

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