Laura's Last Ditch: Like Grandma's kitchen, only bigger!
Grandmother had the best kitchenwares. But I don't simply criticize today's junk. Instead, I hunt practical, quality vintage kitchen utensils, small appliances, and cookware few others offer. Some of my vintage kitchenwares look pretty; others are homely little things, yet I squeeze more into my shop so you can find something just like Mom's or Grandma's--something made to last.
How did Laura's Last Ditch get its funny name? I hunt for vintage kitchenwares people cannot find, then delight them by locating them--sometimes in the oddest of places. Let me help you in your last ditch effort to find something special. Now let's raid some kitchen cupboards!
Mom's utensil drawer: www.etsy.com/shop/LaurasLastDitch?section_id=7952918
Nana's small appliances: www.etsy.com/shop/LaurasLastDitch?section_id=8148638
Grandma's silverware chest: www.etsy.com/shop/LaurasLastDitch?section_id=8002573
Mother's bakeware cabinet: www.etsy.com/shop/LaurasLastDitch?section_id=17591253
And the rest of the kitchen: www.etsy.com/shop/LaurasLastDitch
I enjoy frugal pursuits such as reading, scratch cooking, food preservation, and foraging. My vintage kitchenwares expertise supports my family's joyful, down-to-earth lifestyle, while enabling others to be good stewards of resources.
Junior Packing Helper
George is meticulous in the way only a child with autism can be; he ensures you receive a recipe and business card, and that nothing has been left out of your package. George also operates his own vintage puzzle shop, PuzzlesByGeorge on Etsy.
Calin drops off packages for shipping on his way to symphony rehearsals. During the Christmas season he helps pack. The rest of the time, he gently prods Laura to get things off the back porch and into the shop.
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More shipping info
*Calculated shipping options available from fastest to slowest:
First Class Mail (in many cases, it's just as fast as Priority Mail)
Parcel Select / Media Mail / FedEx Ground
(Sometimes I substitute shipping methods for something of equal speed or faster.)
*Standard shipping is via FedEx SmartPost, FedEx Ground, or Priority Mail, depending on where you live. Please ask if you'd like an estimate of arrival date, or if you need a price for expedited shipping.
*Tracking is included, except for flats (items mailed in an envelope, such as instruction manuals and recipe booklets).
*I reclaim packing materials in order to keep shipping costs low and save natural resources. Printed receipts included upon request.
More info on refunds
Refund is for purchase price less s/h, unless my error necessitates the return. I accept returns for any reason, even if you've simply changed your mind (the only exception is props buyers, though, as it's easy to abuse the privilege).
Lost or damaged shipments
Lost items: full refund or replacement (if available) if tracking info says item didn't arrive within a reasonable amount of time, which varies by destination.
Damaged items: full or partial refund (I may request return or proof of damage). I double-box glassware and especially fragile items. I reserve the right to provide a replacement rather than a refund.
Gift orders or special requests
Should you require gift wrapping, a gift note, or have another special request, such as a longer return period, please ask.
Do you ship worldwide?
Yes, absolutely! Some of my items don't show international shipping options, but I am happy to give a price quote upon request.
Do you combine shipping with items from your other shops?
Yes, with a smile! We are happy to provide a combined shipping discount for items purchased from Laura's Last Ditch and either of our other shops:
PuzzlesByGeorge (vintage jigsaw puzzles): https://www.etsy.com/shop/PuzzlesByGeorge
Laura's Last Ditch (small appliance replacement parts site): https://lauraslastditch.zibbet.com/