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Imagestormyla
Jul 24, 2010 1:20 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Has something that you've used for years broken? Gone missing? Gotten used up? Have you had store clerks (usually 30+ years younger than you) given you a "Huh?" when you've asked for the item? Has the store manager looked at you like you're from another planet when you've described it and extolled it's virtues? Have you searched high & low for a replacement and can't find it anywhere? Let's share some of these stories and maybe help each other find some of those goodies!! Some of us dinosaurs are very fond of our fossils. Hilarious!

But we also are open to suggestions for more modern alternatives, hopefully ones that don't require ravenous teenage programmers. Hilarious!
Imagewoodthrush
Jul 25, 2010 5:42 AM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
Hilarious! Well, now I'm going to have to remember more of our shopping experiences.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 25, 2010 5:01 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Pam, Honestly, I still can't remember what I was looking for last week when everyone who worked in the store was looking at me like I was an alien, but it was something fairly common, or at least I thought so. Hilarious!

A while back my friend mentioned to me that if I can across any curlers in my travels she really needed some. I thought that was odd as curlers are pretty available at drug stores and beauty supply places. She explained that she was looking for some of those hard plastic ones that came with removable plastic "lids". She has extremely fine short hair and most places only sell the velcro ones these days. She said those wouldn't stay in her hair.

You must remember these curlers, yellow were tiny ones, blues were mediums and pinks were large. So whenever I was in a drug store, beauty supply, dollar or similar store, I looked and sure enough these things seemed to have disappeared off of the planet. She wanted blues and yellows.

So, I decided to look on Ebay. You can find anything on Ebay. Imagine my surprise, when there was only 1 listing for each on Ebay, with only 1 quantity of each for sale. The curlers were $3 a pack. The shipping costs were $7 for each pack. I called my friend, and to my surprise, she was willing to pay the price. Imagine, $20 for two small packs of curlers. Like I said, some of us dinosaurs love our fossils! Smiling
Imagestormyla
Jul 27, 2010 9:10 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Pam, When I was on Freecycle yesterday, there were at least 4 people looking for canning jars. I do see them in the supermarkets from time to time.
Imagewoodthrush
Jul 27, 2010 9:14 PM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
Yes, we just gave away two pressure cookers and a really large pot and jar rack for water bath on free cycle. We don't do enough canning to keep them. And my husband said the same gal was asking for canning jars the next day. I do see them at flea markets. But I wanted to finish up the pickles that day.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 27, 2010 9:19 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Be sure to post how they turned out. You're talking about the beets right?
coleup
Jul 28, 2010 8:03 AM CST
Name: Judy
central Md
My daughter,27, in Vermont and her many young family friends are really in to canning and other ways of preserving the harvests of their gardens and abundant supplies of local, organic fruits and veggies available at Farmers' Markets and CSAs...Every summer when I go up a major pick your own and preserve it get together allows me to pass on what I learned at my Mom's and Grandma's knees and learn something new, too. All of the stores there not only have, but feature canning supplies the challenge being to get them before they are sold out!

Pam, wish I'd known about your pressure cookers as there is a lot of interest in them for canning as well as cooking, but a big investment for some of them to try out what with the fear of it exploding in ones face. Most have no first hand experience to draw on. So, maybe this trip I'll take my favorite cooker with me (I fly Southwest, so bags fly free) and do a demonstration or two.

What I can't find are good wooden clothes pins as I live in an area where hanging out clothes to dry is not against the law! Dollar store has them cheap but they fall apart before right out of the package(clip type) or the slot is so ill sized that it won't hold clothes on the line.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 28, 2010 9:03 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Judy, Pressure cookers are commonly found here at flea markets and thrift shops. You're right about the fear people have of using them. I've never used one. You raise a good point about different practises and items still being readily available in other areas.

Clothes pins,now that's exactly the type of item that we dinosaurs would have trouble finding. The new ones are not an improvement when it comes to heavier items and thicker fabrics. I bet that they are more readily available in more rural and windier parts of the country. Perhaps the best source for these too would be flea markets, but I will keep my eyes peeled for some when in other areas.

This whole subject would be a great idea for a cubit where people could trade or sell these wonderful and hard to find items. Big Grin
luvsgrtdanes
Jul 28, 2010 1:37 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Wallmart sells canning items...I haven't seen a good clothes pin in years! Clothes lines and birdfeeders don't pair up to well in my yard Rolling on the floor laughing
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagewoodthrush
Jul 28, 2010 2:00 PM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
Tractor Supply stores also carry the jars but the stores are all so darn far from us.
Most shopping centers are about 45 min to an hour travel for us.
I'll post some recipes, maybe tomorrow. I made more beets, and two kinds of sweet pickles. One pickle recipe was a new one for me and it will take about
a week for them to get full flavor.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 28, 2010 10:10 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Judy, I stopped in the ShopRite on the way home tonight. They had a brand of clothespins made by a company named Bajer. This company had an entire section there devoted to durable laundry supplies. They had a package of pins 96 to a pack for $4,99. They were the spring type, but they may be of better quality than dollar store offerings. Here is their website. http://www.bajerdesign.com/clothespinsandrope.html
Imagestormyla
Aug 1, 2010 9:04 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Judy, I went flea marketing yesterday and didn't see any clothespins. Sometimes I see whole bags of them, the kind of bag that hangs over the clothes line.
coleup
Aug 1, 2010 9:44 PM CST
Name: Judy
central Md
Oh, I love those bags, Stormy. And those clothes pins that last for a generation or more are tools to me, as precious as my cast iron frying pan, myfavorite knife or garden implement, created with no planned obsolesence or going out of style. I love old hand tools for the same reason and have many of my father's tools that will be available for my Grandson when I no longer use them

In my basement I have a second refridgerator that is an exact match
to the first fridge my family ever had and works as it always has for over half a century.!

Any vacuum cleaners out there that will last as long as my Mom's electrolux?
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Imagestormyla
Aug 1, 2010 9:55 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Judy, Hilarious! I still use my Bissell Carpet Sweeper!! The kind that you push and it picks stuff up with two brushes. No electricity.

My Grandmother's cast iron frying pans are my favorite tools for pan searing.

I have way too much junk, including an entire kitchen's worth of ancient kitchen tools and appliances. I use many of them regularly.
Imagesallyg
Aug 7, 2010 11:12 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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I have a carpet sweeper too. easy! Not great for dust removal tho 'll admit.

Also need some good clothes pins I got some plastic ones (of course they become brittle after two yearss in the weather but thats not real bad. But I'd prefer wood and steel--recyclable. if they break I throw them in the nearest flower bed. Last pack of spring type probably came from Dollar store and are too small and weak!
neat bajer site but I didn't see where you can order onlne. I just have to shop some, not in dollar store. By the way I saw bamboo 'disposable' utensils somewhere online.

Contact lenses? DS almost lost one down the drain. Dollar Store to the rescue with a white rubber strainer that we toss over the sink drain and water drains but lens stays. Perfect!

As a kid we had these jingle bell things that somehow clamped over our shoelaces. Did it keep the laces from loosening and untying? Not sure but thought they were neat and don't see them now. Probably a choking hazard. And Diaper pins are surely going out of stock/style these days
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Imagestormyla
Aug 7, 2010 11:38 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sally, I don't know. There's a whole movement afloat for washable old style diapers again now.

The Bajer site has a "Find a Retailer Near You" feature in it.

I love my Carpet Sweeper to use around the fireplace and firewood debris. It's also great during the holidays for the decoration and greens debris.
Imagercn48
Aug 8, 2010 2:08 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
Just venting here!!! Grumbling New glass top for our stove, "out of stock, discontinued" Thumbs down Cooking dinner Friday night and heard a weird popping noise?? I wasn't doing anything different but sure enough the glass cracked under the burner and traveled to both sides of the stove! I did some research yesterday morning and the replacement part has been discontinued - even if it was in stock it would cost over $400 and estimates are $100 for installation! Guess what I'm going to be shopping for this week? Crying
Imagestormyla
Aug 8, 2010 5:36 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Deb, Take a look on Ebay. Sometimes, you can find things like that on there.
Imagewoodthrush
Aug 8, 2010 6:00 AM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
Yikes on the stove top. Things just don't last like they used to. I have a glass top also and have notice some fine crazing.
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Imagestormyla
Aug 8, 2010 6:04 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
DSO has one at his mountain house. I'm a bit too hard on things in the kitchen. He used to rent the house out, and I always had to do a lot of work on that stove top whenever we would get up there between renters. I prefer the traditional ones.

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