I LOVE Thrift Stores!

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Thrift Store Image Source: Explore the Bruce on FlickrI LOVE Thrift Stores! I always have and I always will. When I was a teenager, my cousin Emily and I would often catch a bus to Salvation Army and spend hours shopping. Armed with my allowance ($20), I could come back with a gigantic bag filled with clothes that actually fit and still have money left over.

Phillip, our nephew Riley, and I went thrift store shopping today. The 3 of us crammed into the tiny pickup truck we’re currently borrowing and headed to the nearest Salvation Army. Almost immediately, we found some good deals. I found 3 full decks of cards for 29 cents each. Shortly after that, Phillip sent Riley to find me because they had found something they KNEW I’d love – a vintage Kenmore sewing machine for $20!

kenmore sewing machineI quickly looked it over – it looked to be in good condition, the case was intact, the manual was included and it contained a box of rotary attachments. I decided to buy it. Now, I don’t know much about vintage sewing machines and I’m still not sure if I got a “great” deal, but I had been looking for an affordable sewing machine for a while now. I love sewing but we just couldn’t afford to buy a new sewing machine so I’ve been sewing everything by hand. If you’ve ever done this, you know it’s a pain in the butt. I am VERY excited about my “new” sewing machine and I can’t wait to use it. I’m looking up all the information I possibly can. I haven’t taken it out of the case yet because I’m still trying to find a place to put it. Once I do, rest assured, I’ll take more pictures and test it out. I’ll post all about it then. 🙂

In addition to the sewing machine, we also found a working Sears typewriter for $5, an office chair for $3 and got THREE bags full of clothing for  around $9. We also bought Riley a Gorillaz CD for $1 and 2 really nice trench coats for 35 cents each (no, that’s NOT a typo!). I am extremely happy with today’s thrift store haul. Hopefully we can make this a weekly thing. I know Phillip might not like it but I sure would!


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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the information about your Kenmore Deluxe Rotary sewing machine. I did not know that White was the manufacturer of Kenmore machines. I have a box of Deluxe Zig Zag cams. I understood they were Kenmore, so I thought I’d research to see if the name of the machine they go to is Deluxe. All the best to you!

  2. Hmm, hadn’t thought of going to Salvation Army to look for a good working typewriter!! Have been wanting one for a while, may have to take a short road trip this weekend to downtown Ashland!! Thanks for the idea!

    Friar Don, OBR
    http://exposeyourblog.com

  3. We like going to the equivelant of a thrift store – especially since we discovered that they deliver furniture for a price, it still works out cheaper than new.

    I hope that you enjoy your new sewing machine

    I visit your blog when I’m on ExposeYourBlog!

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