Sis and I are always getting boxes of cast off stuff from people. Sometimes it’s stuff we don’t need and sometimes it’s stuff we wondered how we lived without as we found a use for it.
When our grandmother passed, we got boxes of her kitchen items. Many were useful, some were not (and donated again) and a few were thrown into the “I don’t know what the heck this is but it sure looks cool” box and put up in the attic.
However, this “thing-a-majig” was way too cool looking to box up and it was RED (my fave color) to boot. I thought that it would look so pretty in our red, white and blue themed kitchen. I was informed that it was part of my grandmother’s kitchen since at least the 1950s, if not before. But it was rather weird because it looked like a clone of R2D2, that cool, spunky droid in Star Wars that ” came to the rescue” so many times . Or, more accurately, maybe it is really more of a R2D2 prototype since it predates it. But Jordanne figured out it was an “retro” ice crusher. Cool… and hand cranked, too– guess it was a keeper! But we weren’t going to use it because we don’t have a desire much for ice cold things. We like our water and drinks “European” style. I know, sounds very “unWestern” but there is a health benefit in that. So, our little retro thing-a-majig became decoration on our kitchen shelf.
However, this summer, the retro ice crusher has made a timely come back and has found a purpose in life like R2D2. It came to our rescue for serving cold drinks to farm stand customers. Now, that’s really cool!