A Juicy Deal

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Last week I watched the online premier of the documentary film Hungry for Change.  In the film they talked a lot about juicing.  It got me wanting to give it a try.  We always have loads of fresh organic vegetables and fruit in the house and juicing sounded like a good way to get good nutrients into us pronto.  The only problem was I don't own a juicer.  No worries, this cheap chick went on the prowl for a pre-loved appliance and was uber successful.


I've owned one juicer in my time and it juiced with limited success.  My brother had a overwhelmingly impressive juicer that also ground grains and was a terrible pain in the ass to clean.  I knew whatever unit I found had to be:

  • Second hand
  • Quiet
  • Have all parts
  • Easy to clean
  • Cheap – what can I say, it's hard for me to part with my money and this is an experiment.  If we really love juicing I would be willing to spend more money but for a trial run, a used unit should do for now.  My budget was a whopping $20
  • Vintage – I see lots of dinky juicers in second hand shops.  Based on my old juicer, they just aren't tough enough.  I was hoping to find a machine that was about 25 years old.  If it was donated to a second hand shop and looked decent – I knew it would be a keeper.
  • Small – size does matter.  I adore my kitchen but have limited counter space.  If we are to use said juicer each day, it would have to live out in the open on the counter perched beside the kettle and toaster.

Everything the juicer should not be is below:

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 The Hunt

I have a dark gift.  Somewhere along the way I've picked up a 6th sense – call it my bargain shopping spidey sense.  The way it works is I'll just be driving along and get the itch to go to a certain second hand shop; be it Goodwill, Value Village or a roadside garage sale.  9 times out of 10 there will be a treasure waiting there for me.  It sound flaky but it's true.  I've been a second hand shopping junkiesince my teen years and my skill at finding 'the good stuff' was really honed when I co-owned a small antique business 10 years ago.

The object of desire isn't usually out in the open but within 2 – 4 minutes of starting to look I find it; the Emperio Armani winter coat I needed in 2010, the vintage architect leather satchel for my daughter's art supply bag, the camping pots for the family canoe trip to Algonquin Park the list goes on and on.   Even with my shopping super-power I figured it would take a few weeks to find a juicer – no so.   I got the itch to visit my local Value Village on the way home from work on Friday and there she was sitting proud and tall on the top shelf of the small appliances section; The Vornado Automatic Juicer.

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It looked too good to be true;

  • Second hand – Yup
  • Quiet – I plugged it in at the testing area and she purred like a 100 pound kitten.  An old Italian man next to me said "It's a good" in nodding approval.  It's amazingly quite when it whizzes through produce too.
  • Have all parts – It's missing the little flap that goes over the juice spout.  I'll have to Macgyver a fix for this.
  • Easy to clean – There are so few parts in this machine it cleans like a dream.  The produce pulp is super dry so there isn't a juicy mess to clean up.
  • Cheap – $6.99 Enough said.
  • Vintage– I can't find the model on the internet but what I did discover points to a manfacturer of industrial fans.  Maybe the juicer was a new product line they were experimenting with.  The juicer looks vintage too – it comes complete with faux wood panel accents.
  • Small – Great size and it fits perfectly between the kettle and toaster.

Let the juicing begin…

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