“Mark anything you want with a sticker,” she said, “Everything else is going.”
As my brother made a mad dash for the Uncle Wiggly books he’d had read to him as a child and the plastic Topo Gigio mice we used to play with that sat on my grandfather’s desk, I surreptitiously moved through the house marking…the appliances.
For months afterward my brother would ask, “Hey, did anybody take the iron?”
“Man, that was an awesome iron. It got really hot and stayed hot. What about the toaster?”
Yeah, that saying ‘they just don’t make stuff like they used to’? It’s totally true. All of the gadgets from my grandparents house are still in use, and here’s a prime example.
No, not the dog who thought I was trying to get a picture of her – the awesome Hoovermatic in the background. That is one sweet vacuum cleaner. When I found it, there were about six extra bags, and though I don’t vacuum all of the time, I did manage to use all of them in a few years. I searched stores, but could never find any replacement bags. Recently I’ve been ‘recycling’ them.
What I mean is, when the bag gets full, and the little red light goes on, I pull the bag out and manually empty it. Yes, it is totally gross pulling dirt, hair, and god knows what else out of the bag with my fingers, but don't judge - the thing STILL WORKS!
A few weeks ago as I sat over the open trash can alternating between pulling out gunk and leaning over the can to gag, I got an idea. Maybe I could find old bags on ebay or something like that! It seemed like such a no brainer, but in my defense – when I first inherited the vacuum the internet only held information on colleges. Nothing was actually sold there. That would be totally risky, you know, to try and BUY stuff on the internet.
So I googled Hoovermatic and the size that was written on the bag. Lo and behold, the Hoover site still makes them and sells them directly to you online!
Now I’m happily vacuuming once a week with the knowledge that the event won’t end with me gagging over a trash can. I bought enough bags to last me into my sixties.