Obviously we would not do this with everything. The fact that he uses it every morning weighed heavily in the pro buy-a-toaster column. We would have purchased it at the local (ish...it was almost an hour from our house, but still in "Houston") East/West store, where all sorts of 220V things are sold, but the prices there are through the roof.
One thing that can be said about the local store is that everything we've purchased there actually works as it should...
...as long as the slow-cooker we bought there works...haven't tried it yet.
We're unpacking boxes last week and we open the toaster - you know, the one that we paid more than normal for and had shipped to our house, etc. etc., and the Nanny frowns and shows me the cord.
Um, yeah. It's not 220V. Not even close. Our families back home could make use of it, sure, but not us.
It does say 220V-240V.
It turns on for about two seconds, makes a little pop (and there might have been a spark) and that is it.
Our plans for the morning? Go to a local appliance store to get a bread-maker and toaster and to at least take a look at the options for vacuums. The only concerning part is that usually vacuums over this-a-way aren't all that great, as evidenced by the one currently in our abode.