Mindy the Mendet

I am participating in a ” 31 Days of…” series for the month of October. You see a whole bunch of sweet blogger buddies have been getting together the past few years to do 31 posts about a topic that they have a passion for. This year they have invited all of their readers to post 31 days of their passions. The blogger that first introduced me to this series was The Nester, if you are interested in participating in the 31 Days of…series, please visit her site for more information. I hope you enjoy my series on finding treasures both vintage and of the heart. Let’s hope I can overcome my inconsistent blogging habit and share those 31 posts within the next 31 days!

Apparently, I’ve got a theme going on here, other than the theme of vintage treasures that is. I had intended on sharing this with you yesterday, but after I hit that publish button, I just didn’t have the heart to go back through and add this little treasure.

Mendets! Everyone should keep a package in their kitchen, for those leaky pot emergencies!

This is another Bubba purchase, apparently he found this treasure at a yard sale. The older lady who was holding the sale, told him that he needed to buy this for his wife. Obviously, she hadn’t met me, and had no idea how far away from domesticity I had gone. Or maybe she had a feeling I’d appreciate it’s vintage quality. Still, it gave me and Bubba a good laugh, and the packaging is pretty cool.

According to this site Mendets were first used in 1908, a patent was given to the Collete Manufacturing Company of Amsterdam in June of 1950. The patent expired in 1992 and has not been renewed, so if anyone is in the market for a new/old gadget to push I’ve got an idea! We could even use the old slogan:

“Don’t throw it away-mend it with MENDETS, mends all leaks instantly.”

I can’t attest to how instantly it mends leaks, I’ve never had a leaky pot and if I did I’d probably throw it out and get a new one. Goes to show how things have changed over time eh?  Back then, people tried to fix things and make them last as long as possible, now-a-days we just throw out the old and buy new.

At least some of us do, others sniff around yard sales, thrift stores, and roadsides hoping to find new life in others cast a ways. So, maybe it works to my advantage that we live in a disposable society. I’ve found some pretty awesome treasures in what someone else thought was trash. Unless it’s a leaky pot, because I’m not going to open my Mendets to fix it.


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