Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Is Your Kitchen “Outdated”?

The other weekend I was watching some TV show about a couple preparing to sell their home. They had a professional come in to tell them what they needed to do to make their home sell. When the pro walked into their kitchen he said, Oh these appliances are so outdated. You need to replace them.

I just started laughing. When I was growing up the only reason you replaced appliances was when they broke down and could no longer be repaired. I don’t remember ever noticing that someone’s appliances didn’t match or looked out of date. If it worked who cared if it had a twin refrigerator or stove? Oh, how things have changed.

Today I guess you are supposed to dress your kitchen in matching up-to-date pieces. Not that many years ago my neighbor gave her clothes dryer, that wasn’t even a year old, to another neighbor because she was getting a new washer and she had bought a new matching dryer. She actually said, “They have to match to make the laundry room look right”.

I can just imagine if someone had told my mother or my grandmother that their kitchens were outdated. I think they would have laughed just like I did while I was watching that TV show.


Blogger Matty Boy said...

Yeah, this is like discolored toenails. Save yourself from the embarrassment!

Until these people brought it up, I really hadn't noticed.

July 01, 2009 6:08 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Just another symptom of the disease that is consumerism. Makes me wanna throw up a little.

July 01, 2009 6:36 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

Heh... Maytag washer, Roper dryer.

Match smatch. Clean clothes. Dry clothes. That's pretty much what really matters.

I hate tv....



....I watch shows similar to that all the time. I'm so ashamed.

July 01, 2009 6:41 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

The funny thing is that I would just about kill for my great grandmother's old kitchen. She had a huge wood stove that had two big ovens and probably twice the cook surface as today's stoves plus a hot water tank and warming oven. It would cost you thousands and thousands of dollars to even come close today.
Once you tasted the fresh bread and pies and biscuits from that oven you would know.

July 01, 2009 6:58 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Like most normal humans, we don't replace things until they're broken. Not all of us have rich uncles or rob banks.

July 01, 2009 8:05 AM  
Blogger LeftLeaningLady said...

I watch those shows all the time. People are so strange. When I bought my house in 2001 it never occurred to me to check and see if the appliances matched. And they didn't. My only concern was that the door on the dishwasher kept falling off!

And when the washer quit, we just bought a new one. The dryer may last another 10 years!

July 01, 2009 8:08 AM  
Blogger isabelita said...

Hey, we have the same nicely colored Formica counter tops in kitchen and bath, all we need is a bit of paint to spruce things up.
My pet peeve is the push for granite and marble counter tops. A lot of fine rock has been destroyed for that particular conspicuous consumption.

July 01, 2009 12:37 PM  
Blogger Fixer said...

Stuff doesn't get replaced at Casa de la Fixer until it breaks, period.

July 01, 2009 1:20 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

those shows are criminal for continuing to push crass consumerism while so many are suffering because of today's economy.

acourse, look at who their sponsors are. nuff said.

July 01, 2009 4:16 PM  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

If I was looking at a house and saw an old Maytag I would insist that I could buy it with the house!

July 01, 2009 4:21 PM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

if you replace your appliances every two years because they are outdated, you clearly have waaaayyyy too much money.

July 13, 2009 2:57 PM  
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