The Old Appliance Club

The Old Appliance Club

Contact: or, (805) 643-3532, M to F, 8-5 pst

TOAC Shop:  Parts, Service, Information for Antique Stoves

Sponsored by J.E.S. Enterprises, Inc. and ... People Like You, who Love Old Appliances

How to






















Media Interviews with TOAC where Everything Old Is New Again!


CNN NewsNet,  PBS- The History Channel,  The New York Times...Face of a Classic, Chicago Tribune...Lighting the stove with a match is eliminated, The Miami Herald...older is often better, Detroit Free Press ...aged but elegant, The Billings Gazette...The Wall Street Journal...vintage appliance Refrigerators, The Appliance Doctor Radio Show...Jack Santoro’s Antique Stove Virtual Service Call®.


Everybody's Talking about The Old Appliance Club.

Mark Hetts, "Mr. Handyperson" ... Sunday, November 17, 2002

Mark Hetts, Universal Press Syndicated Columnist, also known to  thousands of readers across

America and Canada as "Mr. Handyperson" enlightens us with useful, practical and good value gifts for

the holidays, including membership to The Old Appliance Club -

Read  Mark Hetts column at:


Interest in older appliances grows
Of The Gazette Staff

The Billings Gazette - Billings, Montana
Jack Santoro, of Ventura, Calif., has seen interest in older appliances grow exponentially since he started a business to refurbish vintage household equipment 30 years ago.

The business has evolved into a clearing house for appliances, parts and information.

His The Old Appliance Club has 5,000 members around the world, and its Web site ( gets 200,000 hits a week.

Club members aren’t just interested in older stoves and refrigerators. Every type of appliance – including washers and dryers, juicers, electric mixers and “antique” televisions and radios – have passed through his business.

One of the most unusual vintage appliances Santoro ever came across was a 1950 Thor brand combination dish and clothes washer. The device had removable tubs that accommodated either clothes or dishes.

Another interesting tidbit that he came across was a small race car powered by a Maytag gas engine used on some washing machines. Maytag used the race cars to entice children and their parents into stores in the 1930s, Santoro says.

Older machines are popular because of their style and durability.

Stoves and refrigerators were made from a top-grade metal and coated with porcelain enamel.

One of the major problems with older appliances is finding parts for all models. If a part can’t be found, however, there are craftspeople who will fabricate it.

Older appliances may be a bargain if they can be bought from the original owner and the machine is in good shape. Stoves or refrigerator may cost about $200.

Appliances that have been restored with new parts, paint and chrome may cost thousands of dollars.

Santoro has written several books about vintage appliances. He says that his best tip for those shopping for older appliances is to make certain that the appliance is working up to full capacity.

Some people who have lived with an older appliance for years may have learned to live with its deficiencies and may not know that it’s not working up to par.

Before buying a stove, for example, bring along a oven thermometer. Place it in the oven, fire it up to 350 degrees and see if the oven reaches that temperature in 15 minutes.

Anyone contacting Santoro by e-mail at may receive “Keepers Vs. Clunkers: What’s it Worth?” on how to analyze an old appliance’s value.


Partial listing of other publications, TV, and radio website interviews:

Wall Street Journal-1995, Natural Gas Dailies, LA Times, Antique Trader,  BrandWise, Good Housekeeping magazine, Independent Business magazine, Business '99, Renovation Style, The New Yorker, Frontier House PBS series, The Old House Journal magazine, syndicated columnists, Ann and Nan, Mr. Handyperson - Mark Hett, This Old House, Collectors Magazine and Price Guide, Cabin Life, libraries and museums throughout the country including The Smithsonian Library.


For stove and appliance parts, information, free consultation, estimates, thermostats, electrical elements, safeties... see The Old Appliance Club Shop


Call (805) 643-3532  or 

Email  for Assistance.

TOAC Shop ... Parts, Services & Information for Antique Stoves

Outside USA or CANADA - must have USA address for all orders


Get Help Quick...

Debit Cards, MC, Visa, Amex, Discover and Diners Club


        ECheck, and PayPal

PayPal account or, sign in as a Guest ... PayPal accepts all Cards

PayPal Orders: use email

Describe your Order

Terms and Condtions...Refunds and Returns


Chargebacks: Customers must attempt to return merchandise after the return has been ok'd before proceeding with a chargeback.


Sales Tax will be applied to all California orders.


Insurance Coverage or Signature Confirmation Delivery

Available on request.


Not liable or responsible for any damage or delays due to shipper.

No replacement or refund on any item that has been lost or recorded as Delivered by carrier.

We reserve the right to refuse or cancel service or orders to anyone for

any reason not prohibited by law without explanation.


Not responsible for ANY parts or orders left after 30 days including parts sent back for examination or service. You must stay in contact with us for your part.


Prices subject to change without notice.


Parts, Service, Information ... Antique Stove Preservation.

Love Your Old Appliances?  See The Old Appliance Club