Saturday, March 23, 2013

Estate sale loot: New, old irons

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I went to two estate sales this morning. One was a waste of time, but the other was interesting. It was near Cicero and Belmont, which isn't too far away. I went because it was the first sale of two for two sisters who owned a two-flat together  Each had her own apartment, they never married and collected sooo many knick-knacks and dolls. OMG. But they both also loved to sew, so there will be a second sale in a few weeks with all of the sewing stuff and more. 

Anyways, I don't want freaky dolls or dust collecting figurines. However, in the last room I found three old irons, two of which look new and were still in their boxes. Since everything was 50% off, I bought all three for $17. 

Then I took them home to see if they worked. The first one was obviously well-used and got a newer cord at some point. It works and is nicely heavy with a smooth plate. Not that horrible non-stick plate on my modern iron that is melting off every time someone accidentally uses setting 6. It has temp settings on a thumb wheel 
 The second was a GE travel irons, new in its box. It has its warranty card, a travel pouch and a detachable cord that you can unplug from the base and then the handle folds down. Kinda cool. It works as well and the box says it weighs two pounds. I think that is going on Etsy.

Warranty card.

Box info
 This one is the same as the first iron, but brand new in its box. One and Three are both Sunbeam Ironmasters. Very nice. It works really well. Both Luke and Andrew seem to think I am hell-bent on burning down the house, but people successfully used irons with no auto-shutoff for many years. And not all of those people died in house fires. The cord is brand new and not frayed at all.


Anyways, it was fun to find some sewing related stuff after a long gap of wasted drives to crappy sales. Yay!

7 comments:

  1. Confession time! I've only burnt down one house with my stays of forever iron! I'm kidding, but I do have an iron that has no auto shut off and I've never had any problems. Sometimes I do lay down to go to sleep at night and have a minor panic attack that I haven't turned it off though, lol. :]

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    1. Haha I always have to make a circuit of the house before bed, checking doors and the stove before sleep. Now I can just add the iron!

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  2. Lucky! I'm constantly on the lookout for a nice heavy old iron, but haven't found one yet. I did some sewing at my grandma's house over Christmas, and I loved how nice a hefty iron feels in comparison to my crappy cheap one. I totally do the late night "did I turn that off" thing too, Rebecca!

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    1. You want the second big one with the blue cord? I always say I will sell stuff online, but that is a lie- I am too lazy. Repayment for all that awesome fabric?

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  3. I would love to find a working old iron. All my newer irons don't get as hot as I like. Plus they all seem to become incontinent and spit and hiss. My Mom's old iron never did this and it must have lasted 20-30 years. I'm lucky if I can get an iron to last 2 years.

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    1. They are pretty awesome, ironing wrinkly cotton with no steam perfectly flat. It gets super hot!

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  4. Old irons are the best. I have a few of them, they get way hotter than new irons, so perfect for pressing linen. What an awesome find, a brand new one. I am so jealous. I imagine I will be even more jealous after the second sale with all the sewing stuff included. Enjoy.

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