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Post# 777180   8/13/2014 at 20:37 (2,021 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        

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I had a big surprise on CL last night--unlike most collectors I don't buy fridges before about 1962 , so I thought I was pretty much assured I could take my pick of what I find on Phoenix CL made between '62 and about '85. I've a thing for certain Amanas...and really like black fridges--this pre '83 Amana 22 hit the listings within 5 minutes of my searches late last night. Did NOT care about missing freezer door cubby shelves, either.

Was SURE I had plenty of time to call this morning and go get it for $60. Nice "tuxedo" style with the chrome handles. The listing ended less than 3 hours later (like 3am!)
Sad day for me! Pics for the archives if any other 70s/80s Amana lovers exist!


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Post# 777181 , Reply# 1   8/13/2014 at 20:46 (2,021 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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Allen, there's so many awesome finds in your area! Did the seller say it sold? I've found here that people will post ads to see how much they can get.

Post# 777182 , Reply# 2   8/13/2014 at 20:47 (2,021 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
A Dream Fridge!

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I've always wanted one of those, although they're expensive to run - about $40 a month at today's electricity rates.

Suzanne Pleshette had a Harvest one on The Bob Newhart Show, and Gage and DeSoto used one in Coppertone at Station 51 on Emergency!. Very flossy fridge in the early '70s.


Post# 777183 , Reply# 3   8/13/2014 at 20:50 (2,021 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Jason...it was the weirdest thing--

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That fridge literally popped up as a brand new listing around 11 last night. Down at the bottom of listing the CL text read "POSTED 20 MINUTES AGO". It was gone before 3am. Was SURE I could have that one if I was awake early enough to call. I'm hunting for it again tonight just in case it reappears. And yes...there are SO many good things out here which makes it tough. Have to really narrow my want list to some super-specific criteria so I don't buy every single thing I see.....

Post# 777185 , Reply# 4   8/13/2014 at 20:53 (2,021 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Sandy...what are you paying per KWh?

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It doesn't cost me anywhere NEAR$450 per year to run a pre-energy certified out here. More like 90-120. Even my big '87 SubZero is rated at $120-140. I think we pay circa 8 cents per KWh out here. My 1997 JennAir runs me about $90 for the year

Post# 777186 , Reply# 5   8/13/2014 at 20:58 (2,021 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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That fridge is nice; I hope you find it again and are able to get it. It is really sharp looking in black.

It could also be that they posted it and then did a search on comps. The wonders of the internet...

Look at the built in Modern Maid toasters. I imagine that a few years ago they were dirt cheap, but thanks to eBay, even skeevy ones go for about $100.


Post# 777189 , Reply# 6   8/13/2014 at 21:04 (2,021 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Am wondering if a lot of CL shoppers...

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are just tired of the new $2500 Asian-made SHITE which falls apart so soon. LG and Samsung fridges ABOUND out here on CL. Dunno if there are really any comps for an old Amana unit. It is a 30-40 year old fridge running R12....so realistically I don't think prices above $100 are even worth entertaining. That said...I check ebay for oddball Amana parts like certain door handles and interior bits and THOSE prices are CRAAAAZY. Saw a set of chrome Amana 22 handles (like in the pics) on ebay once which sold for something like $150.

Post# 777190 , Reply# 7   8/13/2014 at 21:06 (2,021 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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Makes me wonder if that fridge will pop up again, but with a weightier price tag. :/

Post# 777192 , Reply# 8   8/13/2014 at 21:06 (2,021 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Allen:

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John combo52 was the one who mentioned that $40/mo figure, and since he's in the service biz, I'm taking his word for it.

Late '60s/early '70s SXS fridges were just not very efficient; technology hadn't caught up with the desire for more capacity yet, I think.

I remember my mom going into shock when she transitioned from a '58 GE Combination to an Americana SXS - the bills were pretty noticeably higher.


Post# 777194 , Reply# 9   8/13/2014 at 21:13 (2,021 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Sandy--yeah...there IS bound to be extra cost to consider...

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but I really think a lot of it is based on energy cost differences between U.S. regions. NOT calling you a liar at all....I believe there are parts of the US (east coast/tri-state) where it would be totally unjustifiable cost to run one of these. I just know that out here it really isn't that bad at all. I seem to remember my mom bitching loudly and often about $9 per month back in the late 70s with some Whirlpool SxS she'd bought...not sure what that amount equates to in today's funds...

Anyway, I'm fine with $12-15 per month on an old unit with Arizona electrical rates. Beats the hell out of coughing up immediately $2500/+ cash for some new LG or Samsung which will likely not see 10 years' service life. My sister just bought a HUGE french door Samsung for $3200 and I just wanna cry. Or disown her. We *can't possibly* be related :D


Post# 777197 , Reply# 10   8/13/2014 at 21:23 (2,021 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Don't Get Me Started.....

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....About sisters!

This is one act you'll never see me and my sister in - not that I'd look that great in the dress anyway. ;)


Post# 777201 , Reply# 11   8/13/2014 at 21:30 (2,021 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
I bet you would WORK a blue dress...

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and steal your sister's thundah :D

Post# 777202 , Reply# 12   8/13/2014 at 21:32 (2,021 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Nah:

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Sis would upstage you if she had to die and throw her own funeral to do it.

Post# 777204 , Reply# 13   8/13/2014 at 21:34 (2,021 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Oh...she's one of THOSE personality types...

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yes? They bring out the worst in me :/

Post# 777207 , Reply# 14   8/13/2014 at 21:42 (2,021 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Oh, Yeah:

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Sis has personality to burn.

Many of us bear the scorch marks.


Post# 777208 , Reply# 15   8/13/2014 at 21:46 (2,021 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
You have my sympathy...

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for what it's worth, my own method of dealing with that sort in my family is simple. Just don't deal. Life is too good to be dragged down unnecessarily by that lot. So, I am happy to be absent :D

Post# 777210 , Reply# 16   8/13/2014 at 21:51 (2,021 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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You guys are making me happy I'm an only child. :D

Post# 777213 , Reply# 17   8/13/2014 at 21:59 (2,021 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Jason...

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it can be a real blessing to be the only one...have no worries on that!


Post# 777216 , Reply# 18   8/13/2014 at 22:29 (2,021 days old) by A440 ()        

One of my best friends back home in New Orleans has this exact Amana.
It has been a great SXS with zero repairs since he bought it new way back when.
Interesting about the power usage.....
His Mother renovated his entire kitchen as a gift because he took care of her after surgery. He did not want to take out his Amana but let them do it so he would not hurt his Mom's feelings. She had new Kitchenaid "Archietect Series" appliances put in. He moved his Amana into the garage and put a blanket over it. He told me since his new appliances were installed his utility bill went up nearly $55 dollars a month! I know he does not cook all that much during the summer. So it must be the new Fridge.





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