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Vintage 1957 Kenmore Washer and Dryer, $200 each (Kalamazoo, MI)
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Post# 971365   12/3/2017 at 22:00 (322 days old) by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        

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Per the ad: "Vintage Washer and Dryer. Sears Kenmore. White. Never Used. Manufactured in 1957. $200 each or best offer."

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Post# 971378 , Reply# 1   12/3/2017 at 22:56 (322 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I'd like to see interior shots of both to prove they've nevr been used.  That's the dryer our neighbor across the street had since new.  It was replaced by the black Touch Command Hotpoint dryer in around 1970. 

Post# 971382 , Reply# 2   12/3/2017 at 23:36 (322 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Just taking up space since 1957?  I suppose that's possible, but more likely it's the seller who has never used them.  From the exterior, it sure looks like somebody else did use them.

Post# 971387 , Reply# 3   12/4/2017 at 00:05 (322 days old) by washdaddy (Baltimore)        

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I agree with Bob totally. I want to see the money shot on both machines and I'd like to see in back of them as well to see if there's any kind of wear from use.
What I'm currently looking at leads me to believe that NEY NEY THEY HAVE BEEN USED at some point in their 60 year existence.

Post# 971390 , Reply# 4   12/4/2017 at 00:55 (322 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Well, if never used, they were certainly abused and neglected over the past 60 years.

Post# 971397 , Reply# 5   12/4/2017 at 01:42 (322 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Am sorry, but that house

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Is one step up from trailer park trash. Don't meant to offend but just cannot see appliances in that condition and the state of surroundings being "unused".

That house does not look as if they sent things out, and or had another set stashed away somewhere. Presence of a child's bicycle means there are or were children in the household, that means laundry, and lots of it, so where and how was it done?

Even being generous and believing the set was truly "unused" since installation. They've been sat sitting in that environment for so long who knows what the interior looks like, and or has set up housekeeping over the years.

Post# 971400 , Reply# 6   12/4/2017 at 01:59 (322 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        
Mouse House

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Disneyland for mice, without a doubt.

Post# 971407 , Reply# 7   12/4/2017 at 06:06 (322 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

"House never cleaned" is more believable.

Post# 971411 , Reply# 8   12/4/2017 at 06:35 (322 days old) by sfh074 ( )        
I'm with Steve on this one

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By the looks of the dirty house = dirty clothes ...... so yeah I'll believe they have never been used. Ugh! They would have to sit outside for a month before I would go near them. But wouldn't mind having them after full restore.

Post# 971507 , Reply# 9   12/4/2017 at 15:31 (321 days old) by arris (Rochester New York)        

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Anyone care to venture a guess what's in those jugs next to the dryer ?????

Post# 971513 , Reply# 10   12/4/2017 at 15:46 (321 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Is the seller a Mr. Walter White, a Mr. Jesse Pinkman, or a Mr. Heisenberg by any chance?   LOL

Post# 971519 , Reply# 11   12/4/2017 at 16:35 (321 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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I was wondering the same things about those jugs. After watching enough episodes of Hoarders you acquire an eye for such things. Seeing a house that looks as nasty as this one with jugs of "something" on the floor you wonder what the "something" might be.

I wonder if the dryer is gas or electric?

Post# 971524 , Reply# 12   12/4/2017 at 16:56 (321 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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Perhaps apple cider aging to, umm, increase the flavor...

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Post# 971554 , Reply# 13   12/4/2017 at 19:22 (321 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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The dryer is electric.

Post# 971556 , Reply# 14   12/4/2017 at 19:32 (321 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Would gas model have an access panel on the lower front?

Post# 971664 , Reply# 15   12/5/2017 at 07:07 (321 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        

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Yes, that's how we know this one is electric.

Post# 971724 , Reply# 16   12/5/2017 at 13:05 (321 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Wet feet?

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They remind me of what happens in wet basements - I grew up in city built on a swamp. MANY basements in my hometown flooded. Many appliances in the basement eventually had these wet feet signs. Although there's no water line.

Conviently no other photos are included.

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Post# 973075 , Reply# 17   12/11/2017 at 18:09 (314 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Ad updated 2 hours ago but price unchanged at $200.00 each.

Post# 974625 , Reply# 18   12/19/2017 at 14:13 (306 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Ad updated a week ago. I've been resisting the urge to inquire about these ever since they were posted here. We can see the surroundings they're in are very nasty but until actually inspected you never know. Could be a nightmare under the skin or not bad.

But therein lies the problem. As many here have experienced they are way too far from me to inspect in person. Best case scenario would be if there were a fellow member located in the area who would be willing to take a look at them. But then logistics of setting up shipping and cost makes it an impractical idea.

At the same time I've been watching for a mid to late 50s Kenmore pair for some time. Guess I'll have to continue to be patient and keep looking. Sooner or later a set close enough to be feasible will show up.

Post# 974639 , Reply# 19   12/19/2017 at 17:06 (306 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
Fond memories...

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Sears must have sold tons of those and similar models because tons of them showed up as trades. I have always wanted a pair of them. But aside from being far far away, I have come to realize this is 2017, not 1965 when as a kid I and could take the grey back off one off those dryers and just find lint, dirt and maybe a dead mouse. Today, even if the outside looks nice, what you often discover is something that looks like "Titanic Revisited". There sure were a lot of very nice appliances way back then you could get for practically nothing. Maybe that's what heaven will be like...the back corner of the parking lot at the big appliance store with me wandering around among the trade-ins for eternity...although I doubt it since I haven't been that good.

Post# 974694 , Reply# 20   12/20/2017 at 00:42 (306 days old) by diesirae7 (Central Illinois)        

has anyone called about them yet or looked at them? They are about 4.5 hour drive from me.

Post# 974707 , Reply# 21   12/20/2017 at 05:58 (306 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Considering state of that house

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I'd want danger money just to go in, much less fetch that washer and dryer.

What are all those water jugs in aid of then? Is there no potable water in the place?

Then there is the obvious, those machines are no where new "new" much less *NIB*

Never used, perhaps. But that could mean anything from bought new and left sat sitting after installation (highly unlikely IMHO). Or purchased from someone else and never used.

You can see from pictures discoloration, rust marks and whatever else goes up at least one side of the washer. Now I've heard of rising damp on walls, but a washing machine?

Post# 974878 , Reply# 22   12/21/2017 at 11:32 (305 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Ad deleted last night. Did someone here get them?

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