Snag » Then and Now All Found. All Vintage. Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:18:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Private Stash: Arvin Space Heater Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:53:59 +0000 Let’s get a few business-related things out of the way. Today will be our last post until after the holidays. We will be shopping for more vintage goodies and coming up with creative posts to start the New Year. We’re working on a post about negotiating prices, and if you have anything you’d like us to post about give us a shout.

In other news, it’s getting down right cold here. My husband is working from home in the basement and our windows are quite drafty. He had been talking about a space heater and I brought in one of my vintage finds.

Vintage Space Heater

This Arvin space heater is so darn cute. It works perfectly. Except it smells pretty funny and the cord might get pretty hot while it’s in use. It might have singed my cat’s whiskers.

Sadly, my husband is a tad bit nervous using this little guy. So instead our office now has one of these sitting next to his desk.

New Space Heater

Yuck. But I don’t really want our house to burn down. Austin’s post yesterday had me thinking about all the little details of vintage things, and here is a prime example.

Hope you all have a good couple of weeks and we will be back in the New Year refreshed and excited to share our finds with you.

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Then and Now: Kitchen Utensils Tue, 09 Oct 2012 14:00:16 +0000 There’s nothing that angers me more than when you purchase an item and have to replace it quickly. I can’t tell you how many ice cream scoops we’ve been through and had them either break in half or become pitted and disgusting. When I buy a kitchen utensil I want it to last forever. Is that too much to ask?

Here are some of my favorite examples of the differences between kitchen utensils then and now.

Ice Cream Scoops

Egg Slicers

Melon Ballers

Here are some pros to buying then (vintage):

• Cheap! Cumulative price of then pieces: $0.75. Cumulative price of now pieces: $22.00. And the now pieces almost all came from Target. We’re not talking about high-end.

• Solid cast aluminum. These utensils aren’t metal and plastic that have been formed together; they are one piece of metal. This allows for less points of weakness and therefore a longer life. I’d be surprised if any of these vintage pieces break. I’ll let you know if they do. Currently my now ice cream scoop is pitting and coming apart from the handle.

• Recycle, recycle, recycle now (any one else remember that song?). You’re buying used: there’s no packaging and no wasted materials going into a landfill. I’ve been through four ice cream scoops. Three in the garbage. With these, the environmentally-conscious hippie in me is appeased.

I’d like to say there are no pros to buying new now (new). But there are, so keep this in mind:
• Different ergonomics. As you can tell from the ice cream scoop and melon baller, the handles on the now pieces are shaped larger. They would be better for people who have a hard time gripping, like my sweet grandpa who has arthritis. But mark my words he’d still be peeved when it broke and would go back to his 60 year old ice cream scoop.

With all of these pros of buying then outweighing the cons, here’s one of the best pros: look how amazing they look together!

Then Utensil Set

Are there any more pros and cons you can think of? We’ll be comparing more in the future so keep on checking and if you’d like to see something specific let us know.

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