The best thing since sliced bread all along

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WHEN it comes to houses and homewares curve appeal is everything.
Nanjing Night Net

Having moved into an art deco padin downtown Shepparton in the year before we wed, we furnished it with cheap and cheerful pieces from the era.

The only concession to bright and shiny new on our wishlist was a Dualit toaster.

At $300+ a pop 16 years ago, however, the German-designed, assembled by hand in England, Dualit got put on the backburner.

When we were given a Breville toaster as a wedding gift I thought it would see us through six to eight years of breakfast, at best. Then we’d get the Dualit.

In March this year when we celebrated our 16thwedding anniversary, the Breville had not skipped a beat.

Dualit ismeant to last a lifetime but this Breville wasgoing to give it a run for its money.

We also had luck in the longevity stakes with an obscurely-named, made in Slovenia, front-loader washing machine, which ran for just shy of 20 years. When we tried to replace it with the same brand we found out it was no longer in production. No profit in long washing machine life cycles.

Our 17-year-old Fisher and Paykel fridge/freezer is also humming along nicely, albeit the crisper drawer that startedfreezing salad ingredients is now used to chill beer and butter. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!

But then there was a breakthrough on the Breville front …literally!

“The handle snapped off,” my husband reported last week, “You’d better order that Dualit.”

Meanwhile, he continued to use the toaster each morning by simply pushing the lever down with a dessert spoon.

“I’m not sure that’s safe,” I say.

“Are your affairs in order?”

“Well, have you ordered another toaster yet!?” he replies.

When I looked online for Dualit toasters, the range in size, colour and function was mind-boggling.

I settled on white and chrome quickly enough but then got bogged down in slots, levers and sizes.

Three-slice toaster. Blimey; too odd, I thought. Sixslice-toaster, comparable in price to my first Datsun 200B. I couldn’tput anything in the shopping cart. I switched off.

Toast remains on the menu in our home but I’m not entirely comfortable with the dessert spoon lever modification as a long-term solution.

Putting the Breville back in the pantry at the weekend, however, I noticed the snapped off handle was still sitting on the shelf.

If super glue can’t fix it I know where to go for sound advice on repairs.

Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga is miles ahead of the curve.

This week marks 12 months since the concept came tothe region following in the footsteps of just one or two others nationwide and well ahead of even Melbourne.

Lizette Salmon and her team of volunteer repairers once a month show people how to fix everything from clothes and bikes tobooks, garden tools andbattery-operated appliances for free. (No electronics but they can point you in the right direction with a handy Border directory of repairers.)

If I can make-over the Breville I won’t need the bright and shiny new thing just yet.

As they implied in the church, till death do us part (in love and appliances)!

The next Repair Cafe Albury-Wodonga will be held on Saturday, November 5, from 10am at the Sustainable Activity Centre in Gateway Village in Wodonga.

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