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Thread: My Goodwill Happy Dance Item

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    Not sure if this posted the first time, so I'll try again. Went to Goodwill looking for material, walked past this baby twice before it said "Here's what you're really looking for." We plugged it in while there and she purred like a kitten. Can't wait to clean and oil her good so I can give her a whirl. She's a commander model #188. And the best part of all is that (drum roll please) she was only $15.99 with a 10 percent discount for a cost of $14.39. Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I have to think of a name for her, and maybe do a little background check (history). hehehe
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    ok ok - I need you to virtually touch me so your good fortune can rub off!! What an amazing find!

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    I cannot believe you got that pretty baby so cheap!!!!!!!!
    WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!! :D:D
    Happy Dance time!!

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    Ok, that does it. Gonna have to drop into the local Goodwills often and see if I can find any bargains. There are 4 around here I could easily go to.

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    You folks must have better Goodwills than we do ... never any antique sewing machines. Sometimes there's semi-modern ones.

    And never any decent fabric ... you wouldn't believe the garbage fabric there is, IF there is any at all.

    I often wonder if the volunteers scoop the finds before any of the rest of us get a chance! :)

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    that is one darn cute machine

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    Lucky you!! I've gone to our Goodwill's several times, but never found such a good deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chickerson
    ok ok - I need you to virtually touch me so your good fortune can rub off!! What an amazing find!
    Ditto!

    She is beautiful. Congratulations!!

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    are sewing machines like ships - female?

    How about Willie, Wilma, or Will-o for a name since it was a Goodwill find. :)

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    Deal of the Day Baby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    You folks must have better Goodwills than we do ... never any antique sewing machines. Sometimes there's semi-modern ones.

    And never any decent fabric ... you wouldn't believe the garbage fabric there is, IF there is any at all.

    I often wonder if the volunteers scoop the finds before any of the rest of us get a chance! :)
    i sometimes wonder the same...supposedly they are not allowed to do that...but....where is all the good stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redturtle
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    You folks must have better Goodwills than we do ... never any antique sewing machines. Sometimes there's semi-modern ones.

    And never any decent fabric ... you wouldn't believe the garbage fabric there is, IF there is any at all.

    I often wonder if the volunteers scoop the finds before any of the rest of us get a chance! :)
    i sometimes wonder the same...supposedly they are not allowed to do that...but....where is all the good stuff?

    I hear ya ... and I know I have given REALLY GOOD STUFF ... though never fabric. I know one lady who works at one of the ones I frequent who is a quilter .... I have my suspicions!

    While they can't scoop the stuff ... who says they don't walk out the door as a volunteer and walk back in as John Q. Public, to make their purchases?

    ... not trying to trash our volunteers ... just having a bit of fun!!!! :0

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    "Commander" is a good name. We all know our sewing machines really run our lives...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv
    "Commander" is a good name. We all know our sewing machines really run our lives...
    More like they ... Commandeer our lives!! :)

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    It appears to be a Japanese clone of the Singer 15... those were good machines! See if you can find "made in Japan" on it anywhere. I'm trying to buy an old Sears Kenmore that looks just like that, plus some decals. It is a Japanese 15 clone, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackied
    Ok, that does it. Gonna have to drop into the local Goodwills often and see if I can find any bargains. There are 4 around here I could easily go to.
    Yeah, I have a couple within 20 minutes. I just haven't gone yet. I have to "be in the mood" to do ANY kind of shopping. I had better get "in the mood" as my pantry is getting pretty bare. Used to love to grocery shop and plan out meals. Now all the supermarkets are SOOOO hugh sp? that I am exhausted before I even finish :)

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    Yes it was made in Japan.I haven't looked it up yet so thank you very much for the info. And ladies/gents for what it's worth, consider yourself touched.....

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    Wow...she's great!!! Vintage machines are so much fun to investigate.

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    That's a nice machine! Good for you! :) I haven't ever found anything like that either, but you have to go in order to find...right? I am hoping to run by there tomorrow....maybe.

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    Amazing find. I am a regular thrift store watcher.

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    Great find!

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    What a great find, and cute too.

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    How wonderful to find such a gem!

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    I'm doing the happy dance for you :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    You did well!
    I have shopped at Goodwill near me and I have found amazing fabric, no machine yet, but now you will have me looking.
    Carol

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