Here on Retro Renovation we don’t have a groundhog — for us, the first true sign that spring is around the corner is the first annual spotting of a GE Partio Cart for sale, this one, on ebay. Heck yeah there is more →
For many people, daffodils are the first signs of summer finally on the way. For me, though, it’s the sight of GE Partio Carts suddenly popping up for sale, harbingers of the barbecue season ahead. I’ve written about Partio Carts before here (before we know to call them “Partio”) and here (we learned their proper name) and here (a’cuz I’m nuts for them, I guess it’s clear). For this year’s story, I up the ante by (1) surfacing an original photo of the Partio Cart from a 1960 GE Annual Report that I purchased (see, I’m nut$!) … and (2) a unit for sale in Seattle that apparently was never used (although it is not in perfect condition.) Photos galore — partio on to see them all… or maybe to buy a Partio for your very own? Heck yeah there is more →
Golly be — it’s not a “GE Patio Cart”, it’s a “GE Partio Cart.” Just as 52PostnBeam pointed out this amazing combination barbeque-rotisserie-oven-stovetop-prep surface-umbrella-on-wheels (shown again, above) for sale on our Forum a while back, she also recently pointed to another one of these wonderful oddities — woddities — for sale out west and realized and pointed out that it’s not “Patio”, it’s “Partio.” Well, of course it is. Roll one of these into your backyard, and a party will be sure to roll on in, too.Heck yeah there is more →
Here’s one we haven’t seen before — a GE bar cart on wheels with a built-in refrigerator — listed for sale in etsy shop Mod Makes It. This cart seems to be the Italian relative of our favorite vintage BBQ/oven, the GE Partio Cart — can you imagine having both of these amazing carts working together at your next summer party? Heck yeah there is more →
As longtime readers of the blog know, here on Retro Renovation we don’t look for groundhogs to declare that spring is upon is: We are watching for the GE Partio Carts to come out from under cover and go on sale. Props to reader Elizabeth, who sent me this tip about a FREE Partio Cart on craiglist on April 12. I think this Partio — who apparently was not in great shape — is already sold, because I can’t get the contact email thingie to work. UPDATE: Link now expired, surely gone! Happy Spring, everyone!
- Read all of our stories about GE Partio Carts (one of our all-time favorite topics!)
Are you rolling out the barbecue today, to grill up some goodies? To celebrate what must be the biggest barbecuing day of the year, let’s take a look at some of the vintage barbecue grills that our readers have found. Whether they are portable, multi-functional, or just plain retro cool — one thing is for sure — these grills are HOT. Heck yeah there is more →
This just in — thanks to reader Ana, who spotted this fantastic turquoise vintage GE Partio cart listed for sale by Ebay seller ibuynsellstuff07. We don’t see too many of these out in the wild — and this one, with the umbrella! According to the seller, this particular Partio Cart has had minimal use and was in storage most of the time, making it an excellent specimen with very little wear. We LOVE being able to show all these photos of the mystical magical GE Partio Cart!Heck yeah there is more →
The GE wall refrigerator-freezer is the vintage kitchen appliance that perhaps draws the most gasps from readers when they see one for the first time. And, it’s one of the appliances that inspires many folks to ask, “Why don’t they make this today?” Why did it disappear? I have a few hypotheses. According to the copy in these marketing materials (part of my personal collection), the GE wall refrigerator-freezer was introduced in 1955 — the same year that GE introduced the Wonder Kitchen and a whole suite of kitchen appliances all meant to encourage the “built-in” look.
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.Heck yeah there is more →
Tammy is poised to launch an exciting new chapter of the American Dream: She’s quit her job, scheduled an estate sale, and this week put her meticulously restored 1961 Seattle house on the market — all so that she can travel the U.S.A. in “Nellie,” the 33′ Newmar Ventana RV that she bought last month. Tammy has lived in her beloved midcentury modern ranch home for 13 years, and her renovations and decorating — impeccable! Let’s take a look — and also hear about her plans to hit the road!Heck yeah there is more →