April 20, 2010Sara’s New Pink Ovens Come With A Frown
Well, not really a frown, but a bit of disappointment anyhow. Let me explain…………
It all began innocently enough, I was just browsing on Craigslist to see what cool retro stuff I could find. I really was not planning to buy anything, that’s what I told myself anyway. 😉 I like to check out C-List about once a week to see if I can find any cool 50s/60s home stuff – like metal cabinets, or old stoves/ovens, or cool old bathroom fixtures. Since I know it is going to be nearly impossible to find a time capsule here (and the right time capsule for Mike & I – he is insistent on a 4 bedroom), my plan is to accumulate the stuff I need to re-do an old house that has been re-done to be a new house. Makes sense right? 🙂 I guess it just seems like nearly every older home I look at around here has been graciously touched by the granite fairy, and the bathroom bowl sink fairy – oh, and don’t let me forget about the cherry cabinet fairy. Don’t get me wrong, if that is your thing, that is totally cool with me – but I am a lover of the 50s time capsule look, so new is not my thing. Which leads me into my C-List browsing! Pink ovens were on the list that day when these babies popped up.
I was TOTALLY in love! The price was vague, and the ad said nothing more than “2 Electric GE Retro pink ovens” and “Screams 50s” and “We will look at all offers”. Not really thinking anything at all would come of it, I sent an e-mail asking what they wanted for the ovens. Again, a vague reply. “I have seen them priced in the thousands, what would you offer?” I really had no idea, so I was just going to blow it off thinking they wanted waaaaay more than I could afford to pay – or would want to pay for that matter. Then a one line e-mail came in, “Hey Sara, What about $400?” I was intrigued. We set up a date and time to go check out the ovens, which were actually 2 ovens and a pink “Vent-A-Hood” – you can just see the edge of the Vent-A-Hood in the picture on the right. Right when we got there I knew I wanted these ovens, they were sooooo cool in a way that this picture cannot convey. They did not look abused or filthy in any way and they had such cool features. On the stove, you cannot tell, but there is a cool ridged glass back splash (under the knobs on top), and the silver drawer is a warming drawer, and it has the cool burner features, and a meat thermometer, and well, I could go on and on! So, a deal was struck for $300, and off we were with 2 pink ovens and a hood that we have no where to put for the time being! I want to apologize for not having better pics of everything, but getting the ovens was such a whirlwind that the stove is actually at my Mom’s house right now and the wall oven is packed away in our shed (this pic is from the Craigslist ad). And the hood, well – that is for another post because the top of it was painted white – phooey on painting a pink hood white. 🙁
Now to my frown part. While we were picking up the ovens we started talking to the guy we bought them from who just happened to be a building contractor. I aksed him how he got these ovens and he said they were from a house he had just re-done in the Arcadia area. Do you all remember this post from back in December about the Camelback house in Arcadia? About how all the cool retro houses are usually gutted and re-done to become McMansions. Oh, how I wish I did not have to tell you all this my retro lovin’ friends…… But here goes! The guy told me that the house these ovens came from was totally “1950s time capsule” and was torn down to the ground, with one wall left standing so it could be considered a “re-model” and EVERYTHING was thrown away but these ovens. I am talking about all the original 50s lighting fixtures, cool 50s light switch plates, 50s METAL cabinets , 50s wood cabinets, toilets, tubs – you name it and it was trashed. I was in shock, I was flabbergasted. I said, ” Wow that stuff was worth money, you should have saved it, or at least donated it.” But they didn’t, so blah. I was really sad to hear that, and stunned that he would save the pink ovens because this guy was SOOOO totally not in to retro.
*I think I can hear a pin drop right now*
So, I guess you can see why my ovens came with a frown. But, I still love them anyway. I think about all that cool retro stuff rotting away in the dump and it makes my stomach churn. Maybe next time he will at least donate – I hope…………………………………………