So. Oven dies. The manfriend and I talk it over and decide to start the Craigslist hunt for a new one. Manfriend would like a Garland. Retailing at a cool $6000, and beloved by chefs everywhere from Julia Child on up. We both opine that a Viking would do. Those only retail for $5000. Y'know. Like you do.
I noodle on Craigslist for a couple weeks. Nothing even remotely decent comes up. The mother-in-law starts sending me pictures of new stoves from appliance stores. But of course, new stoves look flashy and still cost an arm and a leg. Sigh. We will never find the perfect thing.
One day apropos of nothing, I'm surfing on Craigslist for something for work. I decide to just type in "gas range" and see. VIKING STOVE $300??!? WHAAA?
I have no idea why this lady was selling this for $300. I have no idea how I got so lucky to be the first person to email her. I have no idea why she still let me pay $300 even though other people were offering $600. All I know is that we won the stove lottery and that lady is rad.
This beaut probably could have sold on Craigslist for $3000. It was the perfect size, didn't need to change the cabinets a bit. We got an online permit (thank you City of Seattle for being tech savvy), the husband did the gas plumbing in a cold, furnace-less weekend while I was out of town (thank you husband for being so handy!) and it was a done deal.
One burner has an ignition clicker that will stick occasionally. The oven knob needs to be fixed. But you can have hot tea in 30 seconds, there is a window in the door, multiple burners are strong enough to burn your eyebrows off with, there is even convection! Not to mention, NO BANANA.
The legit-ness of our kitchen just went up a billion percent. Thank you Craigslist gods! Anyone else have any good finds lately??