Thursday, April 14, 2011

My Mom's Mixer



When we built our home, I designed a portion of the pantry for display of some of my personal kitchen collections…..old mixing bowls, glass coffee and tea canisters and vintage coffee cans. I mentioned to my Mom that I would love to display her old stand mixer if she wasn’t using it any more. She was delighted and the next time I was at her house she presented me with a stainless steel Sunbeam Mixmaster.


I must have had the oddest look on my face and she probably thought I was so ungrateful, but that was NOT the old WHITE mixer I remembered from my childhood. I asked her was she SURE that was her mixer and she said, “Well, of course.” I took the mixer home, because she didn’t want it anymore, and I put it up on the top shelf in my pantry….still confused about my childhood memory.

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Fast forward to this past February: Mom and I were yard sale-ing one Friday morning. Sitting on a makeshift table of plywood and sawhorses and towering above a sea of old sheets, towels and kids clothes was this old white stand mixer.

*Insert angelic music here* 

THIS was my Mom’s old mixer!
THIS was the mixer of my childhood!


It was a Hamilton Beach Model G WHITE stand mixer. It was marked $5.00! I grabbed Mom and quizzed her. “Didn’t you have an old mixer like this one?” She confirmed that she had indeed had an old Hamilton Beach mixer just like it…..my childhood memories were correct!

My heart tugged….I really wanted it!.....but there were no beaters, no mixer bowls and I didn’t know if it even worked. After asking the seller, he located the beaters among the pile of towels and we tested the mixer….IT STILL WORKED!!!  Still no bowls, though, but I knew I would find them eventually. $5.00 exchanged hands and it was MINE!!!


I thought it would be fun to have an original user’s manual, so I searched Ebay and found one…..$25.00! No, thank you…..I’ll find one at an estate sale! BUT the picture of the user’s manual showed the two original bowls that were sold with the mixer…..they were milk glass Pyrex bowls. Would you believe that a couple of years ago I had bought a bowl just like the larger one and it was in my booth at the Antique Mall!


The next day I brought it home and it fit perfectly! At least I could now use the mixer and I knew I would find the smaller bowl one day.


Have you guessed the rest of the story?  Only a few days later, Mom was digging through HER pantry and, YES, found the small bowl that went to her original Hamilton Beach mixer. She couldn’t wait to tell me of her discovery. On the bottom of the bowl was imprinted, “Pyrex  - Hamilton BeachRacine, WI – Made in USA


My childhood memory has come full circle! The set is complete and useable and I know I’ll find that user’s manual one day!!! ..........It’s just a matter of time!!!

I love a happy ending!!!



Have you found or replaced an object from your childhood?


I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville
Treasure Hunt Thursday at Blue Creek Home
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

43 comments:

  1. That's awesome Sherry! I found a Sunbeam mixer at a flea market just like the one my mom had, too! And, guess what? Mine was also $5...had all the parts and it worked. I was so happy when I found it, just like you!

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  2. You know the funny thing is, that old mixer probably works better than one you could find brand new. We inherited my husband's grandmothers mixer, after she passed. It's not only a treasure but it works! I'm happy your mom found the bowl. I sell them in my booth. Indeed a happy ending! Enjoy it! :)

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  3. "What a WONDERFUL Story"...I LOVE the happy ending AND that the little bowl is "ACTUALLY" your Mom's(PRICELESS!!!) I will be on the LOOKOUT for your manual! My Mom has the handmixer like this AND she still uses it! It still has the original cord. The white color has turned to an ivory and the accents on it are red. I LOVE IT and someday it will be mine!
    I smiled all the way through your story and could picture you and your Mom...
    Hugs to you,
    Donna

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  4. I am so happy for you Sherry! That was such a great post. I love your mixer and am so happy that you found the bowls too!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Pam

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  5. Great story! I love that you found the mixer of your memories! My Mom has a TexasWare bowl she uses all the time and I want it badly. I finally found one at a thrift shop but not the same color. I am happy for now but someday I do want Mom's bowl but for now she still uses it! I love that you found the beaters and bowls. hugs, Linda

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  6. Wow...some things are just meant to be.

    Thanks for sharing this sweet story and the two mixers (love them both) at Treasure Hunt Thursday.
    Rhonda

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  7. How fun! I have been replacing things like crazy here lately! I gave my old white Kitchen aid to my youngest son and they use is all the time! Some things are classics! I'm going to post about YOU tomorrow! If you don't want to be called a Vintage friend then you better tell me now! heehee! ♥♥♥

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  8. How cool is this, Sherry! Love how you found all the missing pieces! And isn't it nice to know we have accurate memories, great pantry area, thanks for linking up with VIF! xoxo,Debra

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  9. Great story. Yes I have been trying to reinvent my childhood memories through Goodwill.

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  10. What a lovely story and that mixer was meant to be yours and the bowls. It's amazing what tugs at our heart strings. ;-)

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  11. Great story! I love how it all came together to give you the mixer of your dreams.I am currently putting together an old silver aluminum tree and looking for vintage ornaments.

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  12. I love this story. Aren't you happy that your memory was correct? All you had to do was shop at your own place for the right bowl. You'll find the manual some day soon! I'm always searching for a yo-yo quilt just like the one my grandma made for me...I lost it many years ago.

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  13. I love your post today! What a story for you and your mom to tell! There is nothing like wonderful memories from our childhood!

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  14. Came for the pretty pictures, stayed for the story. Isn't that the magic of collecting? So many reunions, sometimes a matching of to thing to thing, era to era, shabby to chic and sometimes of a grown up heart to the emotional richness of childhood!

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  15. That is such a great story about your Mom's mixer! When I saw the pictures, I just had to tell you that I have that exact same mixer and bowls! They belonged to my grandma. I even use to use it and it still runs, but the beaters are broken now. I still use the bowls, though! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Janet

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  16. aw! that, for 5 bucks? great find there.

    i am a new follower here. Care to follow back so i could always visit you:) thanks

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  17. What a great ending! When I bought my stand mixer new, I bought the Sunbeam Mixmaster just because I loved the look. Your vintage olden ones are wonderful! If I had a working one like that, I'd use it all the time.

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  18. What a wonderful story! At least you know you weren't going crazy remembering the mixer...LOL Hope you find the book to go with!

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  19. Now if that's not a happy ending, we don't know what is!! Both mixers are fantastic - hooray for you!

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  20. OMG!...my mom had one just like it, but when she came over here when my dad died she sold everything at a garage sale! But I'm so happy for you that you found and your wish came true! I too love happy ending. I'm on my way to bring my mom to show her the vinatge mixer she had! I love it!
    Hugs
    FABBY

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  21. What a wonderful story with a wonderful ending! That mixer is awesome and your mom finding the bowls are the icing on the cake! Thank you for joining me for TTF! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  22. Yay! I just love happy endings! ;) I'm so glad you finally got what you were hoping for. Dreams fulfilled are so exciting. Did your mom every figure out what happened to her old Hamilton Beach mixer?

    Thanks for linking to the party, Sherry. I love seeing all your vintage treasures.

    Have a blessed weekend!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  23. How serendipitous! I love these old mixers. I know yours is a functioning mixer, but if it were not (or even if you just want to use it differently), you can create really unique floral arrangements with these mixers and bowls.
    ~Amanda

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  24. Love the story -- I have an old Sunbeam mixer of my aunt's -- when my cousin gave it to me she could not find the power cord -- before the Sunbeam plant in Purvis closed, they located one for me. Very Happy Endings!!

    deb

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  25. What a great story! It's funny how things like that work out! Glad you found all the pieces and parts!
    Jane

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  26. I love stories like this. How funny that she would give you the stainless one. Even better that you were together when you found the one you remembered.

    My mom's memory is shot but I will have to ask her if she has old manuals for her first appliances. She never threw anything away.

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  27. I had the chance to own my grandmothers mixer and I turned it down. Was I stupid??!!! Yes, I think I was. Really regretting it now... On a happier note :), great buy!

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  28. Sherry: You're sooooo creative! I love taking a break from work and reading your blog! Can't wait to see you in June!

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  29. Sherry......all I can say is "amazing!!!!!!"99ps

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  30. Goes to show, they just don't make them like they used to. I'm currently trying to find a way to fix my 15+ year-old Hamilton Beach stand mixer which will not turn off (unless unplugged) and only runs on high.
    I did buy a child-hood memory once in a consignment store. I bought a set of gold-embelished beverage glasses in a brass carrier because Mom, who died in 1990, had some like them when I was growing up. The gold had washed off ours as kids, so nobody wanted them. I now have a set that looks like new and would not dare use them!

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  31. How funny! Just a few days ago I scored a Model G with mixers and bowls at a yard sale for $5. The rub? There were TWO sets of white milk glass bowls (one large, one small). One set just said Hamilton Beach, Racine WI and looked older to me. The other set also said "Pyrex." I chose the non-Pyrex marked set and am now kicking myself! I think I chose the less valuable bowls.

    Still love the mixer. Came home and used it that night. It runs beautifully.

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  32. That white H-B mixer IS the one of my childhood.
    Luckly it came home to roost after my older sister passed away. She was too busy with family to use it much. My Dad was a bit compulsive so I also have all the original boxes that it came in as well the juicer attachment. My wife and I have had to replace a bowl but we still use it frequently although we have a Kitchen Aid for the daily heavy work. It still brings me memories of making cookies and having to stand on a kitchen chair to "help".

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  33. WOW - just now reading this post. Loved it. Just gave me chills. Love your blog.

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  35. Did you eve find the manual? I have an extra in my collection and would be happy to send it to you.

    The Vintage Recipe Blog

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    1. I have not found the manual and would love to take you up on your kind offer; however, I have not found a way to connect with you since I'm not on Facebook. Hopefully you will find this reply and email me again. Thank you!!!

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  36. Oh my heavens...my mom had the same mixer! What I would give to find the whole set myself! How cool that you found this!

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    1. I just sold another mixer w/bowls just like it. They are still "out there." Hope you find one!

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  37. I just found my Late mother-in-laws manual for this same mixer.... a 1948 Model G...... ( Hamilton Beach Mixer with "Bowl Control" )
    but being that my husband or one of his many brother's decided to try out their handwriting with pencil at 3yrs old.... there are some scribbling on the manual.
    I could scan the manual and email it to you, if you'd like. You could still continue looking for an original manual for your collection.
    My Late Mother-in-Law, tended to keep the manuals, as they had recipes in them that she used often. I even have a 1954 Cycla-Matic Fridge manual by Frigidaire that she kept. Yes..... recipes in the back of it. I also have a Waring Ice Crusher and Booklet on how to use it .... I didn't, how ever, find the owners manual for the Waring Blender.
    P.S. My Model G is in "sad" Shape.... the cord ... I can see the metal wires and I don't have the "Extractor Bearing" the metal rod that the Extractor works with.... ( also noted... "do NOT Put the Extractor Bearing in Water.")
    But the beaters, and Bowls are with it.
    It tells how to adjust the beater height.... but no diagram on where the "Beater Adjustment Screw " is located on the back, though.
    I need to find some one in Rhode Island that can repair my mixer.
    It would be nice if it worked.
    Thanks for the blog.... I didn't know if any one else had one that worked ! Have a good night.

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  38. I just found my Late mother-in-laws manual for this same mixer.... a 1948 Model G...... ( Hamilton Beach Mixer with "Bowl Control" )
    but being that my husband or one of his many brother's decided to try out their handwriting with pencil at 3yrs old.... there are some scribbling on the manual.
    I could scan the manual and email it to you, if you'd like. You could still continue looking for an original manual for your collection.
    My Late Mother-in-Law, tended to keep the manuals, as they had recipes in them that she used often. I even have a 1954 Cycla-Matic Fridge manual by Frigidaire that she kept. Yes..... recipes in the back of it. I also have a Waring Ice Crusher and Booklet on how to use it .... I didn't, how ever, find the owners manual for the Waring Blender.
    P.S. My Model G is in "sad" Shape.... the cord ... I can see the metal wires and I don't have the "Extractor Bearing" the metal rod that the Extractor works with.... ( also noted... "do NOT Put the Extractor Bearing in Water.")
    But the beaters, and Bowls are with it.
    It tells how to adjust the beater height.... but no diagram on where the "Beater Adjustment Screw " is located on the back, though.
    I need to find some one in Rhode Island that can repair my mixer.
    It would be nice if it worked.
    Thanks for the blog.... I didn't know if any one else had one that worked ! Have a good night.

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  39. I just made an Amish Friendship bread, using the HB mixer that was my mom's. We used to bake this same bread together when I was a kid. It brought back some happy memories. Loved this blog post.

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  40. When we built our home, I designed a portion of the pantry for display of some of my personal kitchen collections…..old mixing bowls, glass ... mixerglas.blogspot.de

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  41. I have the Sunbeam chrome mixer from way too many years ago -works great

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