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
mixer just like it…..my childhood memories were correct! Hamilton Beach
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 Beach – Racine, 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?
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Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
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Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground