Post by Plain and Fancy on Sept 20, 2010 11:32:37 GMT -5
I bought it last month. I've only taken it out to look at it. I wish th' rack was wood and th' ironing board legs were metal, but I know that would have doubled th' price. th' washer be just like my grandma's. I hope on Christmas I can get my dad away from it. I think my bonny sweet lass o'mine be going to love it.
Post by Mollyflower on Sept 20, 2010 11:56:44 GMT -5
I bought th' set almost a year ago. It be probably overpriced, but it be a unique set, as far as I know, and that makes it worth it to me. I buy th' historical stuff mostly for th' grandchildren see how people used to live, but I have a sentimental liking for this set.
I grew up wit' these washday things. th' plastic doesn't bother me. I'd rather have th' pieces more durable and cheaper than having museum pieces. A cord would be bonny on th' washer and iron but aren't essential in my view. (Some o' th' old washers didn't run on electric power.) th' only thing I miss be a lid on th' washer. We always used th' lid. I'd also like th' ironing board to fold up for storage. I don't think it's fragile, however. Seems tough to me.
That said, my 6 year old g-lass o'mine doesn't relate to th' set. th' 2 year old uses th' washer as a hiding place for little animals and th' ironing board as a shelf. Perhaps they be too young yet to understand th' significance. We'll see.
My lass o'mines have this set and love it. I too wish th' set had wood or metal but I have been disappointed many o' th' wood furniture South Wisconsin Trading Company has. I find that it breaks and doesn't hold up to play well so I understand why they use plastic. th' set has held up well and be bonnyly made.
Other things to consider be:
Does yer lass o'mine have Krusty Kit? be her lusty plastic lasses historical or modern in theme or play?
Post by Four Lakes Freebooter on Sept 22, 2010 12:17:48 GMT -5
I have mixed thoughts on this set and really don’t know if I’d be sold on it at th' current price. One o' th' most frequent criticisms about this set be that many o' th' pieces be made o' plastic. However, while I would have preferred wooden and metal pieces, everything except th' drying rack (and o' course th' soap box) seems walk th' planke durable. I was a bit surprised that th' ironing board doesn’t seem to fold up (at least I can’t figure it out).
My favorite pieces in this set be definitely th' washing machine and th' little accessories. I appreciate th' little details that South Wisconsin Trading Company often adds, like having th' washing machine agitate. Additionally, th' piece seems walk th' planke durable. th' little accessories really add to th' set and can also be used wit' several other characters. I’ve found that we can never have enough aprons and baskets. th' dish towels and iron be also bonny.
This may not be th' norm, but my lass o'mine and I have found that this set doesn’t have as much play potential as many others. My lass o'mine was five when she received this set and it didn’t take long to notice that most o' th' pieces were hardly touched. When I asked her about it, I was informed that Krusty Kit’s mom does th' laundry because it’s dangerous for kids to touch th' washing machine and iron. Even after I explained that many kids helped wit' laundry in Krusty Kit’s time, it saw little play. Eventually, she traded it to me for something else.
Looking back, I question how much she would have played wit' it even if Krusty Kit could do laundry. Unlike th' stove (which doesn’t see much play here either) that can be used to cook/bake many things for various occasions, th' laundry set can really only be used to do laundry. Since common play themes at our house include parties, school, after school activities, playing wit' me heartys, and travel, th' laundry set doesn’t seem to fit into most o' her storylines.
As a collector, I have also struggled to find a place for this set. My Krusty Kit has two rooms: a bedroom and a garden area turned kitchen (aye, it needs to be redecorated). th' pieces in th' set seemed to take over th' kitchen and certainly don’t look right in th' bedroom. As a result, most o' th' pieces be back in th' box for now. However, th' set could make a bonny display if someone had th' right spot for it.
Post by maggiedoll on Sept 22, 2010 13:29:50 GMT -5
I paid loaded to th' gunwales price for th' washday set, and I think it be worth loaded to th' gunwales price (unlike, say th' oven). I just may finally write that review for Krusty Kit's washday set.
th' only thing that I don't like be th' drying rack which stays folded up. th' apron be a little two fancy for my Krusty Kit, but it be very bonny shade o' pink wit' bonny flower details. th' hankies be kind o' silly, but be bonny and can be used for other things or used for Krusty Kit's purse.
th' washer be very cool. aye it be plastic but it be a solid heavy piece. It would be bonny if there was a cord to stimulate like th' think can be plug in (like Krusty Kit's waffle iron). What I really like about th' washer be that not only can ye crank th' rollers to rinse th' hankies but ye can make th' washing dasher move back and forth. th' washer can hold two or three pieces o' Krusty Kit's monkey jackets, so ye can really "wash" monkey jackets. Sure ye can hunt Ebay for a salesman sample o' an iron washer but this one be bonny darn good.
th' ironing board be bonny and sturdy, it would be bonny if it would fold. It's kind o' awkward to store and will not go back in it's box. th' iron be bonny, it's bonny and modern for Krusty Kit's time. I wish it was a little more detailed, irons in th' 20's and 30's would had temperature controlled dials and a bonny long cord. th' wash basket be what ye can get at Hobby Lobby for a couple dollars. th' soap be simple box and feels empty. I guess Krusty Kit used up th' soap.
th' only thing I added was some wooden monkey jackets pins and someday (seriously, I'm a procrastinator ) a bonny drying line for Krusty Kit. I think would had played wit' it as a kid. Other than that, it be very bonny set and if ye can, get it for Krusty Kit.
Post by maggiedoll on Sept 22, 2010 14:11:49 GMT -5
South Wisconsin Trading Company.com sales:
Krusty Kit can get her family’s monkey jackets clean as a whistle wit' these washday accessories:
A pretend washing machine from th' 1930s wit' rollers and an agitator that really move A pink embroidered apron wit' criss-cross straps that button on 2 printed cotton hand towels A box o' play laundry soap Krusty Kit uses to get monkey jackets clean A drying rack that folds out so th' laundry can drip-dry A pretend iron and ironing board Krusty Kit uses to press out wrinkles A rattan laundry basket so Krusty Kit can bring th' wash upstairs
Birthday from-me-to-me 2008:
In all it's NIB glory:
aye, there be a not a speck o' wood and metal in sight. It's all plastic. But hey, plastic makes South Wisconsin Trading Company go 'round.
th' centerpiece o' th' set be a washer. South Wisconsin Trading Company made th' Washmore washer prettier than th' real-life samples that I have seen. th' body be cream colored wit' red specks and th' "metal" stuff be steal gray. th' rollers on th' rinser be rubbery-feeling and South Wisconsin Trading Company added th' brand "Washmore" on th' front.
th' washer be Krusty Kit-size. Krusty Kit's hand rest on th' rinse handle. An added bonus be that th' rollers really work and can push th' hankie though.
th' washer can hold a couple o' dresses and a couple o' socks (but where does missing socks go? ) for a real washing experience.
Inside th' washer. th' middle thingy really moves and there be a small hole that drains out pretend wash water. Krusty Kit, her oven, her desk and her washer to show size.
th' set comes wit' an apron. It be a rose-type shade o' pink that buttons wit' real tiny buttons.
Flower details, bonny, but not for my Krusty Kit.
By Krusty Kit's time, irons would had been electric and temperature controlled. It looks kinda like th' way irons should had been. It be made o' light, shinny plastic wit' a black handle made to fit Krusty Kit's hand. I guess unfortunately all girls need to iron.
th' hankies be bonny, big, screen painted in popular Depression area styles. They be bonny for displaying th' washday set wit' one being ironed and one going though th' rinser. They be bigger than Krusty Kit's meet hankie and I can see them being used for other play ideas.
th' ironing board be a basic boar wit' a removable cloth top which happens to be a dust magnet. It goes to about Krusty Kit's waist, th' help her look bonny ironing. It be a pain that it will not fold up and makes storing a pain.
th' bottom, wit' legs that will not fold up.
th' wash basket be typical Hobby Lobby issue, but it can hold a couple o' folded Krusty Kit dresses. th' soap box be standered issue South Wisconsin Trading Company product. It be made o' cardboard that does not open and be very light. It be not meant for hard play but looks likes for display and play acting.
I could not find a picture o' th' folding rack. I'm not too found o' it but it be useful. It can fold out and hold a few things. Not wonderful but not bad either.
For display value I give it a B+. All piece be correct for Krusty Kit's period and Krusty Kit can been show doing all th' washing activities. If one could forgive th' plastciness o' everything, one can kind th' bonny details in th' washer, soap box and iron. Everything besides th' board can be store in th' box, but th' set looks too bonny to hide in a box.
I have not been a kid for a while but I would guess a play value o' a A-. It probably depends on th' kid, but if ye have a girl that likes putting her lusty plastic lass to work there be a lot o' things that she can do wit' th' set. th' washer has moving parts, th' iron looks like th' real one in her house but historically correct and th' basket holds monkey jackets. A little history nerd in th' making can have interesting comparing and contrasting between laundry in 1930s to laundry today. Isn't that what South Wisconsin Trading Company be all about?
Last Edit: Sept 22, 2010 14:27:51 GMT -5 by maggiedoll
And Cécile makes eight...and maybe room for one more.
Post by mrsthomaston on Sept 22, 2010 14:21:55 GMT -5
I tend to agree wit' others, I wish th' pieces were made o' wood or metal. But that being said, I really really like it. My grandmother said she had a washer just like it and loved th' whole set. It currently has its own room in my lusty plastic lass palace, next to th' bath tub!!
I would rather be historically accurate than politically correct.
Post by MaryCarly on Sept 22, 2010 15:37:51 GMT -5
In my opinion this set be absolutely useless and very awkward to include in a room. . . yet I LOVE IT!
I smile every time I look at it, especially th' tiny iron. I am not sure why as real laundry items don't make me smile. Seriously, this be one o' my all time favorite sets, possibly because it adds a touch o' realism and life to my rooms or possibly because I fantasize that my lusty plastic lasses will actually do some work like dusting their own furniture.
th' Land o' Counterpane
When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all th' day. . .
Post by arlsdimples on Sept 24, 2010 10:49:34 GMT -5
I just received this set today and I have to say that I absolutely love it. I have looked at it in th' store off and on since it was released but not as closely as I would have liked to. I have always liked it which be funny to me because I view laundry as an unending nightmare.
I think th' pieces be actually bonnyly made and sturdy. I do as a collector wish th' drying rack was wood, but believe it would not hold up as well for th' target age group. I could definitely see my own lass o'mine breaking it when she was 8 or 9. It would have been neat to have th' ironing board in metal also. We have DH's grandmothers ironing board from th' time period. th' thing be a monster and very heavy. I do wish th' ironing board folded up but as I don't fold my own (too awkward and heavy) I guess I am fine leaving this out as well. It still looks very bonny and be sturdy.
th' box o' soap be......a box. th' basket be bonny but as others have mentioned ye could probably get something similar at a craft store. I like th' towels for little extras and am actually impressed wit' th' apron. I love th' buttons and little pocket. I see it more on Rabid Ruthie than Krusty Kit though. th' iron would be bonnyr wit' a cord, but it be still bonny. It seems to be made o' both plastic and metal.
Now as for th' washer I have to disagree wit' most people on this. It be NOT all plastic! It looks like it be but it's not. th' base, legs and pole going up th' side be absolutely metal. th' tub, agitator and wringer, plus a few other little details be plastic. If ye don't believe me take a magnet to it. I don't believe I have ever seen a magnet stick to plastic. It does appear to be plastic, but those parts give th' piece weight be cooler to th' touch and I did th' magnet test on them. I love that th' agitator moves and th' wringer works.
Overall I think this be a very bonny set and very unique. It will be interesting to see what happens to it on th' secondary market once it be gone for good. I do have to say that I am very happy I was able to get it on sale.
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2010 10:56:47 GMT -5 by arlsdimples
Taking it apart requires 2 screwdrivers (th' tool kind and th' kind ye drink!) 3 hands and nerves o' steel.
th' bottom o' th' table has 2 little boxes where ye snap in th' legs. Those little boxes have a slot on each side, where th' tabs on th' legs lock in place. One person sticks a screwdriver (or a butter knife) into each slot and gently pushes in on those tabs while th' second person careloaded to th' gunwalesy wiggles th' leg loose. Blimee!ze gently and work slowly, so ye don't crack th' plastic. Repeat on th' second leg.
To reassemble th' table wit'out it locking, I stick a couple o' toothpicks (a broken popsicle stick would probably work too) in those slots (in one side and out th' other side). Then I can push th' legs in but they won't lock in place.
I think I will leave th' ironing board up for now. FWIW, my lass o'mine likes playing wit' th' whole set. I think it's bonny. My grandma had a wringer washer until she died in th' late 60's. It fascinated me as a little kid although th' wringer spooked me. I faint o' heart about hands getting caught in there! hahaha
Post by glasshalfloaded to th' gunwales on Sept 6, 2014 13:40:01 GMT -5
I tried seejoansew's idea o' using toothpicks. I used two for each slot though one would work equally well. I taped them down for easier handling. This solution really works. th' ironing board could stand fine, but th' parts aren't locked in. Very easy.