Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Irons and marriage

My mother is a garage sale queen. As our wedding Joshua and I were so blessed to find furniture and kitchen appliances and pots and pans.... But there was one thing I knew I didn't want to get used: an iron. Growing up we had gone through so many used ones that I just wanted a good new one that would last.

Joshua and I were talking about things we needed for the house and I was just going to tell him that we had to get a new iron, when he said, "Darling, there's one thing that we simply must get used."

"Really, what?"

"An iron."

"Oh! uh, why?"

"We've gone through so many new irons and they just keep on breaking. I figure if we buy 20 irons at a garage sale for a dollar each, at least one of them would work for more than a year!"

"Oh." I really couldn't refute that argument, so we started hunting for an iron. Not only did we find a used one, we found one that was made right after they invented electrical outlets. ;) And for another two and a half years it has worked wonderfully.

Then, a couple weeks ago, I noticed that the more I ironed, the longer it was taking the wrinkles to leave the shirt. I felt the iron. Cold. "It bit the dust at last!" I thought.

But no, it wasn't the iron, just the electrical outlet. The iron lives on...


Johanna said...

Ironing just takes too much time...I recommend the Tobi steamer. Seriously. :)

Angela said...

LOL, the used ones always seem to work well for us too. :) But of course we are like your mom and we never buy the new ones. :)

Vicki said...

I rarely buy a new iron. I hate them! I have to have an iron and use one almost everyday. I bought a brand new one several years ago, a very expensive one! It lasted a year. I've bought cheap ones for under $10.00. They last a year. So a couple of years ago I bought an old, ancient, HEAVY iron on ebay. I absolutely love it! So I bought two more just like it, used, but old and made well. You gotta have a good iron. :D Now, if they would just not fall off the ironing board....

A'yi said...

I had to laugh when I read this post. We go through irons like they were, well, almost as though they were disposable ones.:) With all the ironing we do everyday, we have to have an iron that works. We have tried buying new expensive ones, but they don't last as long as the cheap ones. We did figure out that if we buy a cheap one, it will stop working within a year, so we just take it back and exchange it.:} Maybe we should try buying an old used one. I loved the really old one we used to have. Why don't they make them like they used to?