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Why Throw Out That Ugly Pink Refrigerator?

Pink FrigidaireAhhhh... "those were the good old days," my Mom and Dad used to say.

I can well remember the story of an old Sears refrigerator that they carted all over Wyoming to Laredo Texas when my Dad was in the Air Force back in the 50's.

Then they packed it to Richmond, Kentucky and used it for years. Later, it was installed in a apartment and it might still be there!

It's over 50 years old!

They don't make them like they used to!

I was up for the task when a friend mentioned the ugly pink refrigerator in an apartment they bought at auction and were renovating.

"Let me see it... I need a picture of it's ugliness for my story!" I said.

Off we went to check it out. Sure enough....it sho was ugly!

Can you imagine a marketing sales meeting at Frigidare where they discussed the latest line of colors and someone suggested pink? Who would vote for that?

The whole reason of my story was really to discuss why appliances are not made like they used to be?

They are breaking down after a few years and the parts are sooo expensive! Why is that? It's almost cheaper to buy a new one. That's the whole idea! Nothing is made well anymore.

If it were made sturdy like a tank there would be no need to buy a new one unless it were pink and you change the decor.

Here's more of the discussion and why we are almost forced to buy new appliances.

Comment balloon 23 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • June 05 2009 05:56PM

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Lizette, I remember the yellow and avocado color ones, but pink, this is a new one for me. Everyone was so cool in the olden days.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

Lizette, you've touched a sore spot for me. I'll be waiting for the appliance repairman on Monday to repair a slightly out of warranty--by one month--range whose hinges have failed. And this will be the second trip.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) about 9 years ago

I would welcome a pink refrigerator into my life!  Why not?  I have a two year old Sears Kenmore Elite that has been repaired twice already.  Anyway, how do you coordinate pink in a kitchen?

Posted by Randy Landis, Overseas Retirement Consultant (Retired in Samar) about 9 years ago

Do not remember pink ones -- but remember the avocado and yellow .

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

I just saw a pink one, along with pink built in ovens at a home that was an estate sale.  Pristine home.  I should have taken photos, but as I didn't have permission I wouldn't have posted them.

BTW, I wanted to take them home. So charming and eclectic!

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) about 9 years ago

I have seen a handful of pink fridges over the years - I like the mental picture of the marketing meeting.

"Pink it is!"

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 9 years ago

Gary - I can remember the avocado ones. I think we had one in the 70's.

John - Doesn't that just make you crazy? I hate stuff like that.

Randy - I would guess that next it is coming back in style. That pink appliance may be worth big bucks!

Bob & Carolin- That's cause you guys are way too young to remember these! LOL

 Kris - Now that would be awesome! Too bad you didn't get a shot.

Jason- Now wouldn't that be a whacko meeting? "Pink it is!"

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 9 years ago

Hi Lizette ~ I think that refrigerator's awesome!  There are fans of vintage appliances who would snap it up.  I have never forgotten a pink time capsule kitchen in a house that was on the market in my area several years ago. 100% pink and untouched - probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s. It was museum worthy and I keep meaning to get in touch with the people who bought it.

I think the almost instant obsolescence that we have to deal with nowadays is an outrage. It affects so many things - computers, hot water heaters, windows (I have a loooong rant - make that a post -in me about the value of old windows vs replacement windows that are on their way out from the minute they're put in), appliances large and small, etc. The impact on landfills is horrifying to think about.  Even lightbulbs for goodness sake - some of the original ones could last 100 years.

Great post and right up my alley - I put in a vintage stove and am saving up for a rehabbed vintage fridge - not sure if it will be pink but it might be!

Liz

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) about 9 years ago

I am sorta undecided as to which one I liked more the Green or the Yellow one. 

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago

I love the pink one! :)  I think it would look nice in my kitchen!  You are right...it seems beauty over functionality and durability are more important to people today!

Posted by Midori Miller, Digital Marketing Director (Talk 2 Midori, LLC) about 9 years ago

My grandmother had one of those.

She had red and white checked floors, you brought back many memories.

I love pink.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 9 years ago

I agree most new products are made cheaply and fall apart 30 minutes after the warranty expires. It is the plan of the manufacturers. They do this so they can sell you a new one each year. I say if the pink one runs like a champ, I will take it. I can cover it with pink flamingos or something frivolous. I need another fridge for the party area by the pool. Bring it on baby!!

 

Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) about 9 years ago

Elizabeth - I will have to give my friend this post link so she can see how popular this pink elephant is!

Don -We used to have a green one so I tink I would have to pick yellow to have something different.

Midori - As I keep coming back to look at it I have to admit it's beauty is growing on me!

Missy - Wow! this would look great on red and white floors!

Betina - I think most everything is built that way now. Who can we complain to?

 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 9 years ago

I remember growing up my parents had a fridge that was 35 years old before it finally gave up...the one I have now is barely 10 years old and it needs replaced or some work done to it at least

Posted by Brian Kuhns, Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns (Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber) about 9 years ago

Lizeette you sho know how to bring back memories.  My first year in real estate 1987 I was out looking at cool homes and ran across a 'fifties' looking mansion.  Wow.....I had to see that one.  Pretty cool and advanced in it's day. Then.........came the kitchen.   The whole freaking thing was PInK.........I mean everything.  We all just kind of shook our heads and thought.....huh?  Why in heavens name would you want everything to be pink?  Was it a fad in the fifites?  I don't know but it'd make a great coffee table book!

And I'm all for making things last. It so crazy that we are a throw away society that it's cheper to buy new. Crazy.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 9 years ago

Hey Lizette that pink fridge could have value as a movie prop!

We owned a sixties vintage rental with a brown & gold fridge, worked great but when the house was empty I realized it alone was using over $2.00 a day in electricity - and it wasn't even a large one - so it was economically obsolete and we replaced it.

Fun post, thanks Lizette,

Kent Davis

Posted by Kent Davis (Options Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Lizette, nice picture I'm thinking if this could somehow be shipped over to Tampa, Florida we could drop it in the bay and start our own artificial reef!  I'm sure after 20 or 30 years that old pink refrigerator will be feeding people once again.  Provided I give them the latitude and longitude to my secret reef, or should I say my pink reef?

At any rate cute story maybe you can turn that into a KEGORATOR!  Pink KegOrator! LOL!

 

Scott Remax Top Notch Tampa FL.

Posted by Scott Richard (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Florida Properties ) about 9 years ago

Brian- It's funny you would say that.Now it has stuck in my mind all day and my refrigerator is making funny sounds.

Anna - You need to start taking pics of all the crazy stuff you see. it would make a good coffee table book.

Kent - I will tell my friend to unplug that pink monster!!! YIKES!

Scott - You are tooo funny! I can just picture the reef! I would be floating nearby in an inner tube w/ tropical drink in a pineapple. Ohhh...my puppy Chanel would have her own float too.

 

 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 9 years ago

Lizette - Pink is new to me too.  Makes me wonder, are we all going to laugh at the stainless fridges that are so popular now?  Funny how styles change.  thanks for the fun post.

Posted by Jim Valentine (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) about 9 years ago

Jim - I hadn't thought about that! Maybe later things will stay cold because of packaging without refrigerators. The Maytag man will finally be obsolete.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) about 9 years ago

Lizette, Betina and Liz Bolton's statements about built in obsolecence pretty much capture my thoughts.

 

As for obsoleteness:

I (still) have an Olympus OM-2 SLR camera. It needs cleaning -- just a cleaning, and maybe fix one thing. Can't do it, have not been able to for about 15 years -- I'm not sure why I still have the camera. Olympus stopped making the gaskets that need to be replaced when the camera is disassembled. Don't know anyone that does.

End of camera story :-)

Posted by Andrew Haslett, Heartland of Kentuckynulls, Best Home Inspector (Van Warren Home Inspections, NAHI CRI) about 9 years ago

Lizette, the fact that "it's cheaper to buy a new one" is such a way of life now. AND it makes me crazy. We are such a throw away society. I used to have a little guy that I could take my small appliances to for repair. He was great. When he retired, the shop had to close.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) about 9 years ago

Looks like a collectors item and there are collectors of kitchen applainces!

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) about 9 years ago

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