During the January cleaning blitz, I found this:
My mother gave it to me years ago. I knew it worked but since it was old and a bit worn I tucked it away in a high cupboard. I don’t even know why I kept it, except it came from my mother. When I found it, I thought “old” might have become “vintage.” A check on eBay confirmed Juice-O-Mats are now among collectible items from the ’30s, going for around $30 on eBay. My daughter has an eBay business, so I was going to give it to her to sell.
My digestive problems are aggravated by too much fruit, so I don’t drink juice. But we eat a lot of salads with dressings made with fresh lemon juice. I always squeezed either by hand or with a simple plastic reamer, neither of which was satisfactory. So I tried the Juice-O-Mat and told my daughter I’d changed my mind–it gets every drop of juice with no seeds, little effort, and easy cleaning. It now sits humbly on the kitchen counter next to the coffee pot.
I’ve often wondered when something old becomes vintage. I think the answer is “When it sells on eBay for a lot more than its original retail price.”