Monday, March 5, 2018

Laundrmat Loitering #1


 Laundromat.. an establishment with coin operated washers and dryers for public use. For details on WHY I am posting about laundromats go to my prior post. If you don't care why, or already know, please continue.

I have not been in a laundromat since 1984. Back then it was 10 cents for 10 minutes in the dryer and 3 quarters for the washer.


I wash Shocked! I say! I say! I wash SHOCKED! when I saw the requirement for washing my bed linens was SIXTEEN Quarters... that is FOUR DOLLARS! American . Per Load.

Plus I was embarrassed because I had to stop and read how to use, which machine, there were tiny ones for 2.50, very small loads, and giant ones for 5.00 for very LARGE loads, and they did not have cute little trays to lay the quarters in like they did 35 years ago.


In other words, I was a rookie! I felt like the other people were staring at me while I wandered reading instructions.



They had Lots of seating, but I did not need it, which made me sad, because I already knew how to use those. I took 98 photos in the 30 minutes it took to wash the sheets. Yes! you will see a lot of them soon. I walked around the block, I took pics looking out windows and in windows and across the street. I stayed close because I only have 2 sets of king sheets and I was afraid someone would steal them if  I did not keep watch.


The Good news was, I had a dryer at home and did not have to figure out how to use the dryer, and I can't believe I forgot to check how much the dryers cost.

The thing is, the dryer at home was NEW, never used. I had to get the book out to turn it on.... it was not FREE trust me.


I chose number 17, for a simple reason, Ann of SnapEditScrap, the nook it resided in had Fantastic Fodder for blog post, I could Snap while I watched/waited.
Don't fret, more is coming soon to a blog near you.

MadSnapper, Snapped while waiting on wash...



19 comments:

Ginny Hartzler said...

It looks like the cleanest Laundromat I have ever seen. I would have been just like you...I haven't been to one in decades. So I would have had to read and read. The prices are unbelievable!!! And no tray thingie even!!

Linda said...

We go to the laundromat in Mart but after Louis Dean builds the additional addition to the new room - he's going to buy a washing machine. He says he wants one that will be simple to use and not do everything inclduing changing a baby's diaper! Good luck, I told him. Nothing is simple any more!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
they are a dying breed here in the UK... and I was thinking if you factor the purchase cost of a new machine (divide by avg. 'life' of ten years), the detergent costs, the power costs, just how much per week would the load actually cost at home? A little less certainly, but perhaps not that much - and then they have to factor in maintenance costs and insurance... before I got my new washer here at the Hutch, I had six weeks of hand-washing. No laundromat here. YAM xx

Ann said...

I was thinking the same thing Ginny. This looks like a very clean laundromat. The last one I was in was in the early 80's when my washer broke down. It was filthy. I remember putting 2 or 3 quarters in the tray to slide in to the machine. Seems to me that the dryers were a quarter for 15 minutes. Those are crazy prices to do laundry.

Karen said...

The laundromat stories I could tell!!! I am very thankful to have my washer and dryer. Glad your new machine will be delivered soon.

crafty cat corner said...

We call them launderettes over here but same thing. We go once a week to do our washing as we do not have a machine at home.
30 mins and its all done. Sometimes we dry it but in the summer it comes home and goes out on the line.
Must say yours looks lovely and clean.
Briony
x

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Wow, that's a lot of money! The laundromat does look very clean.

Madi and Mom said...

Oh dear me they are space age machines for sure and I'd need to read and re read instructions. I haven't been to one in about 10 years and it was for the same reason you went. Back then they still had coin slide slots.

Hey can you get on Dory's blog today. It tole me it was not found.
I sent Beth an email.
Hugs Cecilia

Chatty Crone said...

I go to the laundry mat every every year for spring cleaning rugs and things like that. It is shocking the price. I could not afford it every week. I have to stop by the bank first. And that was a clean one!

Pam Jackson said...

I am not a fan of using washers and dryers that others use all the time...but on the flip side of that, I loved it when my dryer went out and I took my wet laundry there to have it dried. Don't take anywhere as much time and they have great areas to fold. Not bad for that at all.

photowannabe said...

Oh this brings back the days of being a newlywed.
We had to go about 5 blocks away to do the laundry.
A lot cheaper 54 years ago.
The hardest part was carrying our clothes back up to our 3rd floor walk-up apartment. Of course I was a lot younger and much thinner than I am today.
Hope your new machine comes soon....better to read the directions and get it right the first time...

Hootin' Anni said...

I have to agree with Ginny...so clean!! Nothing like what I've been to years ago.

JP A Quiet Corner said...

Holy MOOSEPOOPS...that is crazy expensive!! Gosh how things have changed (pardon the pun...just had to) and to tell you the truth, I would have been afraid to leave my sheets too!!...:)JP

Mevely317 said...

Ka-razee, for sure! I, too, am impressed how clean (and empty!) it appears ... and no dog-eared National Enquirer pages lying this way and that?!
Giggling, imagining you walking around taking pictures. If anyone were to see you, they probably presumed you were with the county Health Department!

Mevely317 said...

Dang! My comment just up and disappeared!
I, too, am amazed how clean (and empty) that establishments! ... no dog-eared National Enquirer pages lying this way and that.

I wonder if anyone watched you taking pictures, they thought you were the County Health Department!

Felicia said...

You are such a unique blog post writer. Wish I had your wit.

The Gang at LLB said...

BEleive it or not, when I was living in Austin, they were phasing out coin operated laundramats. Instead you would get an ATM type card and "load it" with cash...freaky! I have to agree, that is a VERY clean facility!

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Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

With Buddy’s skin issues and our house fire today §0 years ago I have had reason to use the public facilities and yes the was costs are high. We forget that the cost of heating water and the dryers is very high. We just use our home ones without actually checking be cause we are able to pay. Wevare so fortunate. I recall as an immigrant kid how my mom washed by hand and dried on lines outside our tiny apartment. Later sne got a washer with rollers on top to squeeze out water . Man I suddenly feel a lot older. Those have made it to museums!
I do know reading manuals for new machines are a pain. I use YouTube foe that now. Moving so often has meant using various models. It always takes a few loads before I feel I have it figured out. Hope your washer arrives soon with no further delays and no dents.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I agree with the other comments, Sandra, that is a very clean and nice looking laundromat. My first apartment did not come with a washer/dryer so I made a weekly trip to a local one. There was a pizza place and Chinese take out in the same strip mall so it was a dining out and laundry night. We do not have a washer/dryer in the apt here but there is laundry room on each floor: $1.75 to wash and $2 to dry, but the dryers are very large and will fit two loads.