Yesterday while in Burlington with my children for appointments, we stopped to see an antique kitchen cookstove I’d found on Craigslist. It is a Glenwood 508E, a stove model manufactured between 1880 and 1930. I’ll have to get to know it better before I can guess more closely at its date. Last night I made arrangements to buy it.
However the stove is just what I was looking for, and the price was reasonable. The stove has not been restored but has been in use for most of the last forty years. It is currently stored in a dry basement and has little rust. If it had been professionally restored it would have cost me two to three times as much.
Moreover I’d just learned that a cracked crown on one of my back molars has to be replaced. It seemed significant to me that the 600-pound stove would cost me much less than a tiny piece of metal and porcelain. Surely a cookstove would bring me much more lasting satisfaction and joy.
Fetching the stove home will require some creative planning to line up the required muscles on both ends of the trip. But somehow it brings the prospect of a home of our own a little closer.
Almost like buying a fancy front door — now I have to build the house!