Friday, September 21, 2012

Vintage Appliance Mecca

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Two of the quirkiest businesses I've found in Tucson reside on East Colombia Street. First, there's Creative Machines, a Willy Wonka-esque factory that churns out interactive public art and museum exhibits.

Then, there's Vintage Appliances. I passed by and couldn't help, but pause, park, and take an Instagram photo of what I thought was some sort of appliance graveyard. However, Rich Allen, soon set me straight and gave me an imprompteu tour.

Top: This was the scene that initially caused me to stop. Most of these units are used for parts to repair other appliances.  Bottom Left: One of the retro style stoves in the show room. Bottom Right: A vintage Frigidaire is almost done being restored and will be shipped to England.
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  • Top, This was the scene that initially caused me to stop. Most of these units are used for parts to repair other appliances. Bottom Left: One of the retro style stoves in the show room. Bottom Right, A vintage Frigedaire is almost done being restored and would be shipped to England.

Allen's shop restores and repairs worn but classic appliances, mainly fridges and stoves. When I stopped by, they were working on an adorable Frigedaire that would be shipped to a doctor in England.

But they also sell lines of new-made-to-look old appliances that come in a a rainbow of colors from candy apple red to sunshine-y yellow.

If you're ready to redecorate or just a fridge fanatic, Vintage Appliances makes for an interesting stop.

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