Tuesday, December 29, 2009

.....SCORE!!!!!

So there I was at my favorite thrift store in the world when I saw it. Unfortunately, so did another lady. And she wouldn't move away from it. So I milled about looking at other people's castoffs but keeping a close eye on it and her. I tried not to look at her or it. Telepathically I was sending her messages like,"....hey lady, that's mine"and "Move away quickly so no one gets hurt". I don't think she heard me. Next thing you know she's calling her husband over. Uh oh. With my heart pounding hard and beads of sweat slipping down the side of my face, I watched the lady ask her husband if she should get it. Well....well....he's looking at it, he's touching it, then.........he's shaking his head. Woo Hoo!!! Slowly they walk away. I wait til they are a good ten feet away and I SWOOP in and grab it. Yes!! Mine!! Mine!! I plug 'er in and set 'er up...step on the gas and puuuuurrrrrrrr she goes. Beautiful!
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She's clearly brand new.Except for the grease marks from where the store wrote the price on it, it seems perfect. It looks like someone tried to use it but broke the needle. I opened up the storage box and found all the attachments plus new needles.I replaced the needle, threaded her up, grabbed some fabric that I was going to buy and.......she runs like a dream. Pretty quiet, too. I looked it up on the internet and she usually runs about $130.00 brand new. I've wanted to get a basic machine to have just in case the one I'm using now gives me trouble. Also, I was thinking I would set up a dedicated machine just for quilting. The only thing she's missing is the box she came in and the manual. This was a big purchase from the thrift store. The cost? $24.00. Not bad!

13 comments:

Kathleen said...

Not bad? That's GREAT!! Hurray for you!!

kwiltmakr said...

I keep reading about how you and other bloggers get these tremendous deals at thrift stores, clearly our thrift stores here suck to say the least! I am happy you got it. What a great find and so glad those people left!

belinda said...

S-a-w-e-e-t...!!!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

woo-hoo What a bargain!! Great find :-)

Anonymous said...

Lucky girl! Mom

Quilt Hollow said...

I absolutely loved your write up of the anticipation of....and then swooping in and getting the deal of the day! Wonder if those folks ever saw you walk away with it?

kwiltmakr said...

You know every time I leave a comment here I get an email message from the "postmaster" that the email is undeliverable. Must be your email on your profile isn't the right one. Not complaining just thought you should know.

Col said...

You are funny! Congratulations on the new machine.

Sarah said...

Awesome! Next time, just walk up & lick it. I bet that would've kept her away! :)

Karen said...

Sarah---next time I'll try that! ur hilarious!

Cara said...

Wow! I'm definately going to put the thrift stores on my route! Seriously, you really need a spare machine if you sew all the time. I had 2 machines stop while I was working on Christmas orders, and my spare woldn't sew either. Joey found an old machine in the garage loft that would sew forward only and I was happy to have that! I'm going to blog about the whole situation when my frustration level goes down! I'm happy for YOU!

Lois Grebowski said...

dang, that's a steal!

I can imagine the "showdown" at the thrift store...LOL! kinda like the old westerns...

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