Even if gluten doesn't agree with you, Michael Sheafe's retro toasters surely will. For the past dozen years, Sheafe has collected and painstakingly restored a variety of small kitchen appliances, primarily toasters, dating as far back as 1910.Sold under the company name Toaster Central, the pieces are available both online and in New York City at the weekend GreenFlea market on Columbus Avenue. In addition to its trademark toasters, the company also sells restored waffle irons, grinders and other small kitchen props.
Not only are the products functional and, by virtue of their vintage character, green, but also gorgeous. They work as quirky, little art objects to display in the kitchen. In fact, if I never have white bread again, I'd still happily display one of Sheafe's pieces on my kitchen counter, signaling a peaceful meeting ground between me and wheat.
Find It: Toaster Central, $125-2250 at Toaster Central
(Images: Toaster Central)