When Ryan and I started dating many years ago, we'd take trips to thrift stores around town to find clothes or old board games. It's a weekend hobby we still enjoy. I've found a lot of cool, fun and functional stuff for our home through thrifting. I love looking for kitchen stuff.
Today I had a nice find. A Sunbeam Mixmaster.
My Grandma had (still has?) one and I remember helping her mix cookies with it. It's got to be at least 20 years old, has a nice retro appearance yet still works! I'm not big into baking, but for $7 and the 45 minutes I spent cleaning it, I know it will come in handy.
I'm not big on kitchen gadgets that only perform one function, but I do have my fair share of useful kitchen appliances. (I love my food processor Ryan gave me for my birthday last year!) I always check the appliances section at Good Will for anything that looks interesting, or retro. I am currently/still looking for a food dehydrator. I don't need one, but think it would fun to have one, but am not totally sure I'd use it enough to justify spending hundreds of dollars on it. Don't get sucked in by the infomercial... check your local thrift shop. If you are ever thinking of getting a bread machine, I guarantee you can choose from a wide selection of at any Goodwill store in Des Moines. Buy one for five dollars and try it out!