After looking through all 234 vintage small appliances in our recent uploader — I noticed that the readers of this blog have some pretty awesome mixers. Hand mixers and stand mixers in every color, shape and size seemed to pop up time and time again. I was really amazed at the great condition of the mixers — like this impressive Westinghouse Food Mixer that appears to be “brand new in box” from reader Mid Century Living.
Mixers seem to be one of those small appliances that are very collectible — just check out Wendy’s collection of GE M-47s — looks like she has one in every color. I love that these old mixers have model names as if they are weapons in a James Bond movie. Like: “You can run but you cannot hide, Mamie Eisenhower’s Million Dollar Fudge, now that I’m packing a new GE M-47.”
Above: Reader Elisabeth scored this avocado GE hand mixer at a thrift store for a mere $7 — she says it works like new. That said: Pam warns that she once got a nasty shock from a vintage pink mixer; you know our standard warning: Consult with a properly licensed professional when it comes to assessing old wiring so that you can make informed decisions.
Vintage Stand Mixers
Though hand mixers are more compact and easy to store — it appears to be just as tempting to collect full sized stand mixers. If you can’t decide which variety you like more — be like reader Lori and collect them both. Lori warns that once you start it is hard to stop collecting vintage mixers.
Above: Reader Claire must have the same addiction — she has so many stand mixers that she has had to start coming up with new uses for them. See that mixer under the window? It’s bowl is a home for a houseplant. Very clever, Claire.
Above: Reader Ima Pam must have a lot of holiday baking to do — look at all those ingredients. Was she unable to decide if she wanted a new mixer or an old mixer — or does she have two because that’s what it takes to get all the baking done?
I just love Wendy’s pink mixer above — along with the matching radio and retro kitties. Apparently the pink vintage Sunbeam mixer was a bridal shower gift from a family friend, who dug it out of her attic when she discovered Wendy was planning to have a pink kitchen. How thoughtful.
The mixer above is an amazing relic of early 20th century kitchens: Claire’s Fitzgerald Magic Maid — circa 1920-1930. This guy was definitely made to get the job done. Just look at those attachments — including the jadeite bowl and juicer. I know that jadeite fans will love this one.
Lastly, the mixer above is my favorite of the bunch. Why? Because this mixer has family history. Reader Saundra A.’s Mom is the baby on the counter in the prized family photo. See that white stand mixer behind her? That is the same mixer pictured sitting on Saundra A.’s stove. Not only did Saundra A. love and keep the 1952 mixer — but she says it also still works like a charm. Now that’s my kind of family heirloom.
A super huge thanks to all the readers who participated in our small appliance uploader.