Cookie, I know what you're talking about on the washer/dryer! WE got lucky! We bought the "used" (sort of) set that belonged to an attorney and his wife, who were remodeling ( ?????? ) their laundry room, and wanted a different color! 10 years old and TOTALLY spotless..even the vents! I think they must have had their towels and sheets done at the dry cleaners too! As for mixers, my inheritied 50 year old Sunbeam out performs ANY of the MANY expensive new ones I've had in the past. On coffee pots, I remember my grandmother using her old stove top model, adding a pinch of salt, plus egg shells into the basket...THEN pouring the brewed coffee into the pretty ELECTRIC one she'd been given for Xmas...to keep the coffee warm!