Sunbeam Appliance Accessories
Well, let's see if I remember how to post as it's been awhile. I've been on some new medication that's just about done me in. So much for me being the only one I know who's not taking some kind of pill for something. And if this is my new normal, then I'm in trouble! My apologies to those who've commented and I've not responded like I normally would.
Today's item of interest is a small catalog which I found laid in the pages of a Sunbeam Mixmaster Instruction and Recipe book. I'd guess it's from the early 80s as the order form specifies that the offers inside expired on September 1, 1982.
On the front are some wonderful vinyl quilted appliance covers that you could order. They had a white background with colorful yellow, red and orange fruit and vegetable designs. If you ordered three or more appliance covers then you would also receive a set of five matching bowl covers.
The prices seem pretty reasonable (by today's standards, anyway): The bowl cover set (if ordered) cost $1.95. The covers for the 2- and 4-slice toaster, the can opener, the blender, the coffeemaker and the cooker-fryer with the crocker insert were all only $1.95 each. The Mixmaster mixer or food processor covers were $2.00, the Power Plus Mixer cover was $2.25. You could also get a Deluxe padded food processor cover for $12.95. And get this: Postage and Handling was only $1.00.
One can still find these types of appliance covers today, though most are made from cotton and not vinyl. I did, however, find a set of what appears to be the originals shown in the catalog here. And if you search for "appliance covers" on Etsy, you'll find some really cute handmade ones.
There were several accessories that could be ordered for the Sunbeam Deluxe Mixmaster (for models 10, 11, 12, MM, 1-71, 1-72, 1-73, 1-76, 1-80, 601 and 701 series). A Disco-Chef food slicer/shredder, a food grinder attachment with required power unit and a juicer attachment were available. You could also order a set of stainless steel bowls (4 qt. and 1-1/2 qt. with covers), a set of dough hooks (for the 225 watt mixers) or a set of regular beaters.
The food grinder, slicer/shredder and juicer for the Power Plus mixer were slightly less expensive than those of the Deluxe Mixmaster.
Accessories for the Food Processor included a french fry cutter ($15.95), a blade holder (10.95), additional drop-in blades ($17.95 for a set of three), a funnel and pusher ($12.95), an additional container ($17.95) and the Tool Caddy/Recipe Book holder ($13.95).
There was a hardcover Food Processor Cookbook with 250 recipes available for $4.95. It would fit into a special pocket of the deluxe cover.
I think my favorite items are those for the Sunbeam Large Frypan. You could get a ceramic crocker vessel that fit inside the pan to use as a casserole, a broiler cover (not recommended for the teflon pans), a glass cover or a steaming tray that fit inside the frypan that was useful for steaming eggs, vegetables or seafood.
There were also accessories for the Sunbeam Beverage Maker and the Sunbeam Coffeemaker. Interesting to see that a box of 300 coffeemaker filters cost $3.00 back then. I believe the same quantity goes for about 99 cents these days. Of course, they're probably made in China now.
There's a list of Sunbeam Appliance Service centers as well, showing locations in 45 states. I recognize the location in Houston, on Richmond Avenue, as I went there once many years ago to purchase a new glass lid for my slow cooker. As I recall, the replacement lid cost almost as much as the slow cooker itself. I've still got the lid and the slow cooker, and sure hope that I don't break it. The plastic lids on the newer slow cookers are very unappealing to me. I wonder if that place is still there. Somehow I doubt it. Now we're just supposed to throw the broken appliance away and replace it with a totally new one. Got to keep that economy moving!