Friday, August 5, 2011

It Feels Like An Oven...

Provably because it is...
Well readers, Hairspray is almost over with only two more shows to go this weekend, and i'm about to be in that awful "down time between shows before the next show" groove.  I wont give away what the next show is, as it will have a full blog of its own to add to the portfolio, but I HAD to share with you this steal of a deal!

I found this 1940 something Merrit O'Keefe stove on Craigslist and just had to have it for my stash of vintage stuff to set dress with, and It will be on loan to the theatre for the upcoming show! It is in almost perfect shape, I have the bottom piece that's not pictured, the chrome griddle in the middle is spotless, and the cast iron vent hoods that go on top. Its missing a hood support on the right side, and the handle to the bread warmer is broken beyond repair. But I know its going to look great on stage!

When friend Sheldon and I went to go get this stove, the guy selling said he had a "50's something Electric one" that I might be interested in too...
(He was right...)
This stove didn't look like much when I first saw it, had lot of dirt on it, super greasy,  but I purchased it for the Wichita Theatre anyway because its about time we had some in house vintage appliances to use in shows (v.s. me dragging them to and from my storage unit!)
(She might not look like much, but like a lady in early morning, shes venerable...)

This is a 1950's  Kenmore Electric  "Mamie Eisenhower" dream of a stove! All white enamel with ample pink and silver chrome plate, a recessed top light (that I'm 99% sure I can make work again) and clock. The bottom storage tray has a neat little pedal you step on and it opens the drawer for you! Highlights is the double oven that at one time had an attachment for a "spit rotisserie roaster" on the right side, and it has both a metal door as well as a "Vu-Glass Door" that by pressing a lever on the outside of the door, opens the metal stove door but keeps a second glass door shut so you can see into the oven but not to let the heat out! This stove also has a sunken griddle in its center that I bet you could have deep fried in!

It's cleaning up nicely and is just BEGGING to be in a show!

Now here's where my "haggling skills" come in, are you ready for this?  I got both of these stoves for a grand total of $50.00. That's right two beautiful stoves for only $25.00 apiece! I could hardly believe it myself but to quote Blanche Devereaux "Damn I'm Good!"  haha!


I still need to find a 1950's Fridge (which has been a LOT harder to locate) and a chest freezer for the show! Bright and early Saturday I'll be calling into the local "trading post" radio show to see if I can't find someone who's got and old fridge out in their field!

So I'm off to hunt down some more vintage appliances...

-Mick- 

6 comments:

Missouri Michael said...

I could probably hook you up with both a vintage fridge (that has been sitting outside for years) and a vintage chest freezer if you were up for a LONG drive...

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Very cool!!

Ava said...

I sooo want this oven... or something similar. A complete steal, Well done! Now following your fascinating blog xx Ava

Amber Von Felts said...

If you want a longer drive, come to my place and pick up my fridge! Hahah! I love those stoves. I bet they would both still work too. Stuff like that never dies! They will look great on stage.

Mom Walds Place said...

Now, you know, there are a few of us who might actually want to cook on that first stove. Seriously, who wouldn't, it's decked out! Just don't be surprised if those two "steal the show".

SusieQT said...

Love those stoves, and that is a sweet price! I would buy that O & M for myself in a heartbeat.