Monday, May 9, 2011

Sewing Machines, Sewing Machines, & More Sewing Machines??!!??

Last weekend Mom and I headed to another estate sale at the very last minute, and I'm so glad we did!! :) There is a local company called Cardon Appraisals & Estate Sales that has really good sales!! On Saturdays they usually discount everything at the sale by at least 50%, and the kitchen items and other decor is usually 75% off. We've been to 2 of their sales so far and I've scored some great finds!! :)

The house this past Saturday was in downtown Pensacola in the beautiful East Hill area. There are tons of older homes down there and I LOVE them! It's always exciting to get a chance to see inside these homes! This particular house sold in only 2 days after it was listed, so that tells you right there how desirable this location is in Pensacola. Some of the streets are even original cobblestone down there. It's SO CUTE! :)

Anyways, Mom and I found a few items in the kitchen at this home including 2 glass pie plates (originally $6 for both, but we only paid $1.50 since it was 75% off) and a large glass jar (it wasn't priced but they let me have it for 25 cents!!). I was excited about this jar because it matches 2 I brought home from Adam's Grandma's house. I wished I had taken a few more of them (we recycled all of the rest of the glass at her house :( ), because I'm going to use them in my craft/sewing room/office eventually, so I was excited to find one that matched! :)

As we walked into the last room in the front of the house, we noticed a sewing machine cabinet on the far wall. I assumed that it, like most of the other furniture in the house, was sold already and just waiting to be picked up. But I got really excited when we got closer to it and there wasn't a sold tag on it. :) The cabinet needs some work, but it is exactly what I wanted to house the sewing machine I got from Adam's Grandma.

The price tag said $36, which I thought was a great deal, but when they told me it too was 50% off and would only be $18 I was so THRILLED!!

PLUS, it had a Singer sewing machine in it, and the 3 drawers on the side were FULL of all kinds of cool sewing notions! I was SOLD! So for $18 I got yet another sewing machine in a cute cabinet that I can't wait to refinish, and 3 drawers of sewing notions. This has probably been my most exciting find yet!

Here is a closeup of the cabinet. I love how it fits together!! :)

And one more from further away!

And here is a closeup of the drawer hardware! I LOVE these pulls!! :)

Now I have to admit that I now have 3 sewing machines. I have a Kenmore Model 85 (aka, The Beast) ;). It was Adam's Grandma's, and even though it's completely heavy and needs to be cleaned and serviced in a bad way, I still love it and I'm hoping I can get it working well enough to sew on eventually.

Then I have my brand new Janome Magnolia 7330 that my parents got me for my birthday this year! :) I haven't used it yet, but I CAN'T WAIT!!! :) It's such a cute machine, and if you've ever used a Janome, they are a dream to sew on.

And now I have this Singer 301 from the estate sale. :) Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet.

My mom and I were laughing yesterday that we always used to talk about how my grandma had 3 sewings machines and a serger at her house and we thought she was crazy for having all those machines. And now I have 3 sewing machines, my mom has 3 sewing machines and a serger. So we're at 7 machines now people. I think we've got Grandma beat by a long shot. ;) hehe But I think she'd be happy that we are sewing and crafting and doing something that she loved to do and was AMAZING at! I swear that lady could tear something apart, make a pattern from it, put the original back together and make a new one quicker than I could blink. :) hehe Now it's my turn to learn!!

I've found a lot of goodies in the past few months at estate sales, thrift stores, flea markets, antique shops, etc. so I can't wait to share my finds each week. I might post a few times a week to get started because I have a lot to post about. :) Stuff likes to find me I think much to Adam's dismay! ;)

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classic • casual • home said...

I am so impressed. What a deal you got!

Beth said...

Thanks so much!! I KNOW!! :) I still can't believe it!! :)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Terrific buy on that pretty old machine and all the goodies in it, too! Found you thru Creating a house of Grace and so happy to find your pretty blog! I'm having a blog party and giveaway soon so hop on over to visit me when you get a chance!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Bayside Gal said...

The Singer 301 is a great find. It is a workhorse. I think you should keep it. Once you start to use vintage machines, you will keep using them.

Terrie Mathison said...

Found your blog from House of Grace. Loved the sewing machine story. 7 machines! Yes your grandmother would smile, at least I know mine would. Happy sewing.

Marsha S said...

That sewing machine was an awesome find for sure!! Probably worth it just for the threads and things inside the drawers. I'm going to have to watch for estate sales and attempt to have cash to buy things.

EmilyKate said...

Hi there, wow that sure is a great find! The cabinet alone would be a fantastic score, but to have the 301 in there too! Those are really sought after, they are sometimes spoken of as being the big sister to the Featherweight machine.


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