Monthly Archives: July 2010

Rowenta Steam Irons

For me, wearing pressed clothes is an affordable luxury all by itself. The few minutes it takes to do a touch-up press and maybe add a¬†shot of heavy-duty starch to garments made of wrinkly natural fibers makes me feel as … Continue reading

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Pioneer PL-990 Turntable

I love turntables and have loved them since the 1970s, when I got my first Dual. I can’t remember where that one ended up, but the one that replaced it, my Dutch-made Philips 212 is also over 30 years old … Continue reading

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Dualit Lite 2-Slice Toaster

When my toaster oven finally came to the end of its service life, I looked around for a replacement. I decided that since I already had an oven, I would try getting a dedicated toaster. The cheap ones at K-Mart … Continue reading

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Boston Ranger 55 Pencil Sharpener

We all remember these pencil sharpeners from seeing them screwed to the wall in all of our elementary school classrooms. They are solid, as if machined from a single block of metal, and they all seemed to stand up to … Continue reading

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California Republic Palomino Pencil

Yes, have no fear: even the lowly pencil can be a luxury item. Helix Oxford Premium Grade #2 pencils from England have their fans, having a certain Harry Potter boarding school charm. The Staedtlers from Germany and Tombows from Japan … Continue reading

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Swingline Chrome 747 Stapler

The classic shiny Swingline is an object that you just have to love, and they are discounted to around $15. The heavy metal construction, the beautiful finish and the retro design combine to make it well worth the space it … Continue reading

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