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    Senior Member CAJAMK's Avatar
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    I am just wondering. I love to go to sales every Sat I can. I have found so many wonderful items over the years. I truly feel blessed as this past weekend I found an embroidery machine for $50 in great working condition. A Brother PE 150. I know it is a bottom line but we all have to start somewhere. I have found wonderful fabrics & notions as well. But I feel this was probably my best quilt related bargain.

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    You will have great fun with your find. Enjoy!!!

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    I got a janome gem for $80. about 7 years ago, love that machine. I go to lots of sales too and have found some great bargains, quilt books for 50 cents, really cheap fabric, lots of goodies.

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    You did good. My best buy was a Montgomery sewing machine for $2.00 no pressure foot, I figured if it didn't work I would decorate it. It turns out it does work and it works great.

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    I am like a moth to a flame when it comes to sewing machines at a sale! Of course, when there is fabric then I am like a ant to sugar!!

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    I found an old mint green Singer for 15.00 in a cabnet. Its really pretty! Plus I find books and magazines for really cheap. Oh, and my Necci sewing machine was only 3.00, and it works great!

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    My best buy at garage sale was a featherweight for $45. The guy selling it was forever wheeling and dealing and selling "stuff" at fairly frequently held garage sales. He was always bragging about the $ he was collecting but he obviously knew nothing about featherweights. I cheerfully forked over the cash and didn't let on how thrilled I was. The funniest part was about three months later, he phoned me about buying another featherweight at $45. I snapped up that one too. Now both my daughters have a featherweight and my oldest is cranking out "snoods" for her Cavalier dogs (my avatar Molly is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) to keep those long ears out of doggie dinners.

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    OMG $45?? for 2?? now that is what I call a bargain!! Congrats! I would be doing a big time happy dance if that happened to me only once~

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    Great garage sale finds:
    - a real gold bracelet for 25 cents. It was in a box of junk jewelry.
    - a med sized cutting mat for 25 cents.
    - an old ('50's type) black leather motorcycle jacket with all the zippers for $25. That was back in 1979 and hubby still has it (not sure it still fits him, though)

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    1. An elnita all metal sewing machine for $10 in perfect working order, all parts and manual
    2. A vintage singer electric in a mahogany cabinet, all parts and in perfect working order - $24.98
    3. Huge box of quilting fabrics $5.00 which I shared with my quilting buddies.
    4. Box of scraps cut into approx. 5" squares from which I made an entire quilt top. $4.75

    I am hoping to stumble upon a featherweight.

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    I got my Pfaff 130 sewing machine in it's maple cabinet for $5 at an auction. Both the machine and cabinet are in pristine condition!

    I got the quilt top at an auction for $2.

    I found the baby quilt at Goodwill for $3. It is hand appliqued and hand quilted. I *had* to rescue it!

    I'm always getting stuff at yard sales and auctions, but these two purchases were prob. my best deals!
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    I got my Pfaff 130 sewing machine in it's maple cabinet for $5 at an auction. Both the machine and cabinet are in pristine condition!

    I got the quilt top at an auction for $2.

    I found the baby quilt at Goodwill for $3. It is hand appliqued and hand quilted. I *had* to rescue it!

    I'm always getting stuff at yard sales and auctions, but these purchases were prob. my best deals!
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    Sorry for the double post...can't figure out how to delete the first one! :(

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    A Singer 185J for $20, figured I could always sell it, but turns out I used it, take it with us when we go south for the winter. (It is small but not lightweight).

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    Oops, I just noticed the topic was "quilt related" bargains - my bad.

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    My latest was a garbage bag full of jeans for $1.00. The best part is that I've already washed and cut them up! We're good to go...someday. :shock:

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    I've had some really great finds. But, I think my best one was this last year. I bought a 25 lb. bag of fat quarters, yardage and scraps-all LQS quality and manufacturers for $1.00.

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    I found this prize at a resale shop for $5. She works great and is stored away for teaching my granddaughter how to quilt.

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    A box full of stuff for a $1.00 at an auction. In the box was a bag of Sun Bonnet Sues. They were all vintage fabric and feed sack fabric. The edges were all basted under ready to applique. I'm working on the a little at a time, appliquing them with the blanket stitch. There were 38 altogether. They are going to make an awesome looking quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbaraTX
    Oops, I just noticed the topic was "quilt related" bargains - my bad.
    Your med. size cutting mat is a quilting related item,lol!!

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    Almost forgot, got these two quilts at a thrift shop for less than $10 each -really wild folk art!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aorlflood
    I got my Pfaff 130 sewing machine in it's maple cabinet for $5 at an auction. Both the machine and cabinet are in pristine condition!
    oh love your Pfaff!!

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    Years ago, at an out of town flea market, my late husband, knowing that I was in need of fabric, found and bought for me a box of absolutely lovely buttons that my grandkids grew up playing with, a pile of fabric that looked like folded sheets but had layers of cotton fabric inside it, never did figure that one out. And in the box of buttons were several small junky sparkley bits of metal, one of which was a tiny, smaller than a dime, gold piece commemorating the 1914 Pan American Exposition coin. I still have that one in the bank, don't know what it is worth.
    Never was lucky enough to find me a featherweight, but then there's that yard sale for a church coming up.......I've found lots of goodies in church rummage sales.

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    what is a featherweight i know i sound dumb i

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    Quote Originally Posted by aorlflood
    Sorry for the double post...can't figure out how to delete the first one! :(
    send a note to the moderator and he/she should be able to delete it.

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