A master at refurbishing early-to-mid-20th-century refrigerators, Vintage Appliances of Tucson, Arizona, dissects each specimen, adds new insulation and energy-efficient compressors, then paints and re-chromes the exterior to its original gleaming finish. With its array of brands--Frigidaire to Philco to Foodarama--the shop is the go-to resource for set designers (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and notables from T. Boone Pickens to Neko Case. $5,000--$10,000; antiquevintageappliances.com
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