Ever since mankind had first learned
on how to cook food, the need to keep their food stored safely to prevent spoilage soon became apparent, and for
many years, men have tried various ways to try to preserve their food. Years before electricity was even discovered
and put into use, people have already been constructing the predecessors of the electric refrigerator, most notably
the wooden iceboxes that made skilful use of ice as well as buckets. But it was not until the middle of the
twentieth century that mankind’s need for an efficient means of food and beverage preservation was adequately
addressed with the invention and proliferation of electric refrigerator. The refrigerators of today have surely
come a long way from the unusual colors and odd shape of the vintage refrigerators that have seen prominence
during the 1950s. However, that does not mean that all people have shunned the refrigerators of yesterday and have
all taken a liking to the sleek and sophisticated refrigerators of today, for there are still many people who are
looking for hard to find vintage refrigerators for them to place at the center of their kitchens and to use to
preserve their food and beverages.
Of course, it comes as no surprise
that finding refrigerators that can be described as vintage will not be an easy task, as many of these types of
refrigerators have already been phased out by the companies that have long ago manufactured them, but that does not
mean that they are entirely unavailable commercially for people to purchase. Different kinds of museums as well as
the houses of zealous collectors of everything vintage will undoubtedly still have vintage refrigerators, but they
are not the only sources of these unique kinds of refrigerators, for there are still many people that are selling
them over the internet, aware that the longer they have these refrigerators of yesterday in their possession, the
higher their value becomes.
The surprisingly high number of
individuals and even companies that are selling vintage refrigerators therefore makes cyberspace as the primary
option for people who wish to purchase a vintage refrigerator for their kitchen. Myriads of websites that contain
vast online catalogues of different vintage refrigerators will no doubt bring happiness to people who have been
vainly searching for these types of refrigerators in stores.
From the old wooden iceboxes to the
bright and bold-colored refrigerators that have become a fixture in almost every kitchen during the 1950s, the web
is a treasure trove of many different kinds of refrigerators that can only be described as vintage. Most of these
websites that sell vintage refrigerators feature collectors that have amassed different kinds of
refrigerators over the years and have carefully maintained them so that they will retain their former appearance
and will fetch them a high price once they are sold.
Collectors, however, are not the only
ones that sell refrigerators that are vintage, as there are some prominent brands, such as Whirlpool, Samsung, and
GE that sometimes release collections of their own line of vintage refrigerators, many of which could be viewed and
purchased through their company websites.
An advantage of purchasing a vintage
refrigerator from these trusted companies is that they are undoubtedly in better condition as compared to those
which have been under the care of private collectors. But for those who wish to truly purchase vintage
refrigerators will find themselves disappointed when purchasing a vintage refrigerator that has been made by these
companies, for oftentimes they are vintage refrigerators that have been
merely remanufactured and not true relics of the past that have survived through many decades, thus not making them
vintage in the strictest sense of the word.
Purchasing a true vintage
refrigerator, however, also has its risks, since it has already been mentioned that a vintage refrigerator is more
susceptible to degradation over time compared to modern refrigerators, it is no secret that a special kind of
maintenance and restoration is required of homeowners to ensure that these time-honored kinds of refrigerators will
survive for a longer period of time.
The first area of concern when it
comes to the restoration of vintage refrigerators will of course be their appearance, especially their
exterior paint that can be easily seen even from a distance. Fortunately, applying a new coat of paint on a vintage
refrigerator is something that can be easily done, as it only involves the use of metal spray paints and a clear
spray coat to ensure the adhesiveness of the paint that will be applied.
Another cause for concern for a
vintage refrigerator that is in need of restoration is when some of its parts cease to function or have gone
missing altogether, therefore hampering the overall function of the refrigerator. And since these refrigerators are
not anymore being manufactured on a massive scale, it is no secret that finding parts for a vintage refrigerator is
no easy task, although it is not an impossible one. This is because the internet is likewise filled with websites
of individuals and companies which, aside from selling vintage refrigerators, are also in the business of selling
some of their parts. However, when purchasing these spare parts for a vintage refrigerator, it is important that an
owner should check on multiple website to ascertain that the vintage refrigerator part that he or she wishes to
purchase is truly compatible to the model and brand of their vintage refrigerators, or else it will only
cost them hundreds of dollars without fixing their vintage refrigerator.
Many changes have truly occurred in
the development of the modern refrigerator, and the sleek and modern refrigerators of today have indeed come a long
way from the crude wooden ice boxes that did not even involve the use of electricity many years ago. However, there
are still many people who prefer to purchase vintage refrigerators over the ones that are modern and sophisticated,
despite the fact that these types of refrigerators are more likely to deteriorate faster than modern refrigerators.
Fortunately, the presence of the internet has allowed people to easily purchase a vintage refrigerator as well as
their spare parts, thanks to the many websites of private collectors and even companies that feature online
catalogues containing these products.