Tips on buying a vintage stand mixer … and retro house blogger link love

At the end of this story I link to four retro house bloggers with fun stories this week. Like Betty Crafter and her hand-made Cowichan sweater. So crafty, that Betty!
    What a super fun week on the blog. We had a time capsule house, Eva Zeisel, ceiling fans, Mom’s bathroom makeover, my trip to a Kentucky antique mall — and lots of great dialog — at last count, 334 comments this week! You guys are so fun — and have so much knowledge. Today, I want to share advice from Kate about buying vintage mixers like the Sunbeam I saw at the mall. Also, click on down for links to four great stories from retro house bloggers about their latest exploits. Go, Tribe!

Tips on buying vintage stand mixers? Kate writes:

I have several older mixers: a Sunbeam Mixmaster 10A and a Dormeyer Meal Maker (both 50s); and two 70s Sunbeams. Here is my advice when purchasing something like this:

vintage stand mixer1. Buy from an estate sale. Make sure it has all the parts (beaters, bowls, juicer) and that they ALL FIT that particular mixer. And that it runs on all speeds. Spend some time hunting through the kitchen gadgets because estate sale people often don’t realize mixers come with different attachments — meat grinders, shredders, mayo oil drippers, coffee grinders, ice cream makers, etc. — and just dump misc kitchen gadgets together. So look through the mess and see if anything else goes with your mixer. Do not expect that if a beater is missing you will be able to find one on ebay or at your local hardware store. (Although you will likely be able to find the instructions and cookbook on ebay.)

2. To research mixers, search WACEM (a chat group for those who are addicted to mixers). You can find people to restore your mixer on WACEM also, and at least one guy sells restored mixers.

3. If you fall for something that maybe has a little something wrong with it that could likely be repaired by someone, be cautious: unless you are that someone, you will pay a lot (as much as for a new mixer in many cases) to get it repaired. Also: death by electrocution is not something you ought to flirt with.

I am not a Kitchen Aid person, so don’t know about prices for them, but for a Sunbeam, you would expect to pay between $20 and $50, depending on model and condition. The colored 11s (esp pink, blue or chrome) are pricier. They made a million 11s, so it’s a good model to buy — you can still get (new) beaters and bowls that fit it.


Thank you, Kate. Now, I neeeeeed one of these!

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  1. jennifer says:

    I just got a penncrest 12 speed portable mixer all chrome with instructions and all pieces …just wondering if anyone knows what it is worth in like new condition.Please help thanks 🙂

  2. Hausfrau says:

    In case your readers are interested (and with apologies for appearing self-promoting by linking to my own blog!), I wrote a piece last November on a vintage Mixwell stand mixer, which includes some photos and a video.


    I own two vintage stand mixers, as well as a vintage blender as well as a whole host of older non-electric appliances. My experience has only been positive with these models, but I will say they have a distinctive smell and for safety reasons I keep a close eye on them while they’re in use. The only downside is that it’s nearly impossible to find accessories if yours does not already have them or if key pieces are broken/missing.

  3. Richard says:

    I agree with all that you said. Good job. I restore and repair vintage Mixmasters on my web site. It is worth the extra money to buy one that has been gone through and had service because they will last another 60-70 years. An estate sale find may work when you buy it, but for how long?
    I’m just saying.

    1. Carol woolf says:

      Are you still repairing old mixers ,Richard? I have a little dormeyer stand mixer I think brushes are bad smells bad after been on few minutes. Let me know Richard . Ty.

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