Getting ready for my end-of-summer tag sale [ever seeking to lighten the load], I came across two New Old Stock kitchen sink basket strainers among my stashes. I had picked them up at some estate sale.
Knowing that DH always has struggled to find a basket strainer that really works — one that really holds the drain closed so the water won’t slowly seep out — for our vintage Kohler sink, I brought the boxes upstairs to consult with him on giving the old stock a try. He was totally game.
So we did. We took a look and at first, were worried that the PVC or rubber or whatever it is on the bottom of the decades-old strainer would be too dried out, but it was fine.
We tested each one — locked each one down, ran the water, waited, and…
Could it be that new basket strainers are meant for the design of modern sinks
— and you need a vintage basket strainers fit the old designs?
Or, are the old designs just better?
Seriously, as we were walking the dog last night, DH commented again on this strainer, out of the blue-ish (we had just finished cleaning up the dinner dishes). These things have been one of his lifelong pet peeves. He’s 56 years old, like me, and said he never has found one that really works. Finally.
Hurray for little pleasures! Hurray for vintage! Note: I think you should be able to get these on ebay, they are around if you also want to give it a try.