I love to
go antiquing when I travel. Shops along
Route 66 have all sorts of interesting things from old road signs to pots and
relics found in ancient Indian villages in the desert; outstanding furniture
can be found in shops on the East coast, and all sorts of retro-goodness is
ready to be plundered from antique and junk shops in the
pot the other day, it struck me how the appliance probably still brewed a mean
cup of coffee.
society seems to be built around disposability.
We throw away so much that corporations are now designing and building
obsolescence directly into their products so they can sell a newer, hotter,
more modern one just a few months later.
don’t just represent relics from the past, but the vast majority of them are
still useful! If you decide to buy an
antique couch, table, appliance, toy, or whatever, you’re failing to contribute
to the modern disposable equivalent of that item… and that’s a GOOD thing! Cast iron pots and pans are always available
at a very cheap cost from most junk stores, and they’re already broken in,
smoothly finished, and ready for your morning eggs and bacon. Isn’t that a better decision that buying a
cheap non-stick pan from a discount store that you’ll only throw away in six
months? Old Tonka toys still plow their
way through sandboxes, Tinker toys, and
logs are still educational and fun for children to play with.
advocating a journey back to the pioneer days, but quite a few of the things
that were good enough for them are certainly still useful to us today. An electric baseboard heater uses a
tremendous amount of energy, but an old stand-up oil or wood burning stove uses
very little and is very efficient.
that coffee pot and it does make a mean pot of coffee. It doesn’t have an electronic brain and it
doesn’t grind its own beans, automatically start itself in the morning, or
filter its own water. It does look
“kitschy” in my kitchen though, and it will last forever (or for as
long as I drink coffee, whichever comes first).
Count one less electric drip coffee maker in the landfill for me,