Sometimes you put an item on your imaginary yard sale list, something so obscure you just know you'll never find one. Such was the case with my dream ironing machine: a Miele rotary iron. Our grandmothers called them mangles and used them to press sheets and such.
Once upon a time, I linked to a European homekeeper demonstrating her own crisp tea towels. What an interesting tool, I mused online. Debbie pointed out a Miele rotary iron costs just under $2000 new; it irons a king-size duvet in only 4 minutes. "Oh, well!" I thought, mentally crossing it off my list.
Fast forward a year later. We stopped in a nearby thrift store on our way to a play date. What is that strange machine with the Miele logo? I nearly dropped the baby when the thrift store clerk told me this "German presser" cost $24. It's not quite as sleek as the latest folding model, but it works. My husband let me buy it for an early Mother's Day gift. Now I need to adapt our plug and master the art! If I don't get the hang of it, I'm sure I can sell it for a small profit.
Tonight I am dreaming of freshly ironed bedsheets, smoothly pressed t-shirts, and a stack of starchy handkerchiefs for my husband each week. Oh, to be blessed with such a dream gift on top of all I already have...it's just too much for words.