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A Minor Gripe [Nov. 4th, 2010|09:42 am]
Tony Grist
The worst thing about washing clothes by hand is not having a spin-cycle. What I need right now- and I doubt if you can buy them (except in junk shops)- is a mangle.  
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-11-04 02:57 pm (UTC)
I've been looking at antique mangles on eBay. The going rate round here seems to be c.£50- only no-one is bidding on them.
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[User Picture]From: petercampbell
2010-11-04 06:24 pm (UTC)
I thought mangles were the in thing for shabby chic decor these days. Not to use, mind you, just as an attractive object. We had one when I was younger, along with the overhead pulley and the double belfast sink.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-11-04 06:34 pm (UTC)
One of the ones I was looking at on eBay was advertised as having potential as a garden ornament
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2010-11-04 09:45 pm (UTC)
Overhead pulleys are stil around - it's just that most people these days haven't got big enough kitchens or sufficient ventilation, or both, so the washing tends to smell of whtever was last cooked
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2010-11-05 09:40 am (UTC)
If you found one in a brick-and-mortar shop, I suspect you might pay considerably less. Here, the economic downturn has hit the antiques business rather hard and I assume its the same over there. We recently paid $250 for a high-back oak bed that would have easily sold for over $600 just three-years ago.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-11-05 03:26 pm (UTC)
You're probably right. I thought of going and having a look in our local junk shop, but decided that, actually, I already own too many cumbersome semi-antiques.
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