Thursday, September 3, 2009

show and tell thursday ~ vintage margaret

does anyone know what this is?

why, it's an old school percolator for making coffee! in and amongst everything else in the pantry, laundry room & kitchen we managed to find not one, not 2, but FIVE percolators at the great aunt's house...perhaps she was a secret 'percolator collector'?

so, you may be thinking why in the world i'd want this ancient device when there are perfectly good automatic drip coffee makers in abundance nowadays and what with starbux being right down the street and on every corner in between...

well....up until 1996 i had no use for any such arcane item...but one little hurricane named fran and everyone in my town was practically clamoring for a percolator...there was no power around these parts for in freezers was thawing and going bad every minute...gas grills were fired up and all the neighbors were called over for cookouts to eat everything before it went bad...

and my grandma had one of these old school percolators....she filled it up with water and some coffee grounds, popped it on the grill and voila, there was coffee!

since fran we've had one other majorish hurricane roll thru here that caused lengthy power outages and a BIG, major, huge ice storm one december that knocked out power for days...but with this percolator in hand, i am prepared...i will be sitting on the deck beside the gas grill perking up a big ole cup of coffee!

so, bring on a hurricane or ice storm*


want a sneak peek at my next 'project'?

the husband has been cleaning out the tool shed in great aunt's backyard...saturday he found this beauty:

i cannot wait to start fixing it's final destination has yet to be decided...



*really and truly, i'm hoping that by being so prepared there will never be another really bad hurricane or ice storm hit this you think it will work???


Punchbugpug said...

Growing up that's how my mom made the coffee! HA! They would be great for camping too!

I love the furniture piece. Can't wait to see what you do with it! Why is someone elses' stuff always so COOL!

Emily said...

I had never heard of those before. Great finds!!!

Oh that is a beauty.. can't wait to see what you do with it.

Pam said...

Well, that's usually the case when you're prepared.

My grandmother had one of those percolators too. I wonder whatever happened to it.

Sandy said...

Oh...I can't wait to see what you do with that piece of it will be great!

Swampgirl said...

One of the junk stores that I go to has plants growing out of an old coffee pot and an old tea kettle on their patio! They are so cute! Keep all of the coffee pots! I have loved seeing all the treasure you are finding!