There is a long list of sayings about not messing with a good thing: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” comes to mind, or, “They don’t make ’em like they used to.”
The truth is, these days, most things really aren’t made to last. By the time most of our products break, it’s time to get a newer, better model anyway.
That’s also why most of us probably did away with our antique appliances a long time ago, if we ever had them in the first place.
However, the UK couple shown below never felt like updating their appliances. The Saunders, Sydney and Rachel, recently gained attention for putting their charming antique appliances up for sale.
The most incredible thing about these particular appliances is that they’re more than just something to look at — they actually still work.
Among the items for sale are a washing machine, a baby belling cooker, and even a five-gallon boiler.
These are just some of the dozens of items for sale.
Sydney and Rachel are 83 and 81. Their appliances aren’t quite the same age, but some are pretty close.
The tumble dryer, boiler, cooker and washing machine are all from 1956.
Of course, the appliances come with the manual. After all, you’re not likely to find instructions online for products from such a long time ago.
In fact, many of the appliances are the same ones the Saunders bought after they first got married and moved in together.
At the time, this Servis washing machine ran the couple £6o, or about $80.
Today that would be around $736 when adjusted for inflation. Sydney admits it was a lot of money those days, and still is!
What is truly incredible is the fact that these appliances still work.
Sydney says, “Things were made better in those days. They were more durable and stronger, but of course, the new ones are more sophisticated.”
Sure, this old thing might not have as many wash-cycle options as the one in your laundry room, but there is a lot to be said about it being made to last.
The couple has decided to sell their collection to help clear out their house as they get older.
Sydney explains, “We’re selling them now because over the years we have replaced them. We’ve kept them as spares for a number of years — even though they have been replaced — and we thought it was a good opportunity to clear the house out.”
For reference, similar 1950s ovens are for sale on eBay for $350.
However, the Saunders are more concerned that the appliances go to a good home or a museum — rather than making a profit.
The appliances have certainly proved their worth over the past few decades.
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