UPDATE — SOLD OUT. It’s a great day when you learn about a bunch of New Old Stock 1963 Electro Sink Centers for sale, and you can spread the news far and wide. Spreading the news far and wide: Reader Joan tipped me that there are a bunch of New Old Stock Electro Sink Centers for sale at Hippo Hardware in Portland, Oregon. I called owner Steven Miller. He confirmed the tip — sent photos — and gave me the back story.
Note: These are sold out, but I will keep this story up for the history. Such excitement to remember.
Steven said that he’s had the NOS Electro Sink Centers for three years now. He acquired 15 when a friend tipped him to a small town plumbing contractor’s place in central Washington that was closed up 30 years ago. The hunka hunka Electro Sinks were among the stash, and they are the only things Steven bought.
Steven has original paperwork indicating their 1963 sales price was $823.
Today, Hippo Hardware has about eight Electro Sink Centers left, Steven says. They come with the transformer and many of the accessories, except for the glass bowl, I think Steven told me. Please clarify all this with him if you scoot to buy one — my notes are a bit sketchy. Suffice to say: I don’t think opportunities like this will come up very often anymore.
Sales price is $600, plus shipping and tax, as required.
We saw our first Electro Sink Center in 2011:
- 1963 Electro Sink Center — the most wonderful kitchen faucet ever?
- Then, a reader told us about the Electro Sink Center on the Dick Van Dyke Show, in Laura Petrie’s kitchen.
This kitchen faucet / food processor / blender / ice cream maker / whipping thingie / sterilizer / [what else] surely must be — along with the GE Partio Cart introduced in 1960 — the creme de la creme of home appliance innovation in the early 1960s. I’ll say that the Electro Sink Center even tops the Partio Cart. While the Partio Cart combines several appliances into one, the Electro Sink Center appears to have required significant new invention — it is SO COMPLICATED. It is Magnificent!
Note, of course, dear readers, that old products like this may not be up to code or meet current material standards; get with a pro to assess what you are dealing with so you can make informed decisions — Be Safe/Renovate Safe.
Thank you, Joan, for this fantastic tip!
Link love, thank you: Hippo Hardware