A couple of weeks ago I had time on an errand day to swing into our little local Goodwill store.
I had happened to pick up a small milk-glass bowl (labeled "made for Sunbeam") at another thrift store earlier the same day. When there it was - a vintage Sunbeam mixer.
It had no bowls, but I knew I already had the exact match for it out in my car. It seemed meant to be.
I tested to see that it powered up & I bought it for $6.99. (Six-ninety-nine!)
I scrubbed it up & it works great (I was whipping up frosting for Lilly's birthday in this photo.)
I love the feel of the speed control, it operates so solid & smooth. They just don't make them like that anymore. Out of curiosity, I tried out the controls of current mixers on display at Target. In comparison they felt very cheap (though the price tag on those brand new stand mixers is anything but!)
I'm on the hunt for an original full-size bowl. I already have a handful of milk glass bowls made for Hamilton Beach mixers. (I'm kind of hooked on their utilitarian simplicity.)
I'm determined it's only a matter of time until I find one for Sunbeam.
If you see one, let me know! I'd be very much obliged. :)
*Update 6/21/12: My mom found the large milkglass Mixmaster bowl and gave it to me for my birthday this week. A shop in town had it. It's a perfect fit!