They don’t make them like they used to. Just ask 83 year old Sydney Saunders and his 81 year old wife Rachel from Exeter who have finally bitten the bullet and are selling their 1950s household appliances. The items include a Servis washing machine they bought for £60 when they got married in 1956, a tumble dryer they purchased when their daughter was born 55 years ago, a Baby Belling cooker acquired in 1959 for £15, and a five-gallon boiler bought in 1959 for again around £15. All the items are still in good order though as Mr Saunders says the washing machine does “have the slightest of leaks”. The couple have put the goods up for sale but are hoping that a museum or collector will take them off their hands. “It would be an awful shame to throw them away or to take them to the tip,” said Mrs Saunders. “We’ve been here for 60 years and we’ve kept them for spares for years, but now we’ll never use them again. I’m not bothered about the price – I’d like them to go to a museum or something like that so they can be preserved.” The editor presumes the appliances are not being sold with warranties or guarantees.
December 4, 2017