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Post# 335020   10/1/2015 at 16:28 (687 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Hit a couple of Goodwills, a couple of Salvation Armys and a couple of local thrift stores.

Goodwill in Willowbrook has a Eureka Imperial in salmon pink and gray for $15.

The thrift store in Aurora has a Silverado with power nozzle for $15 and they also have a Eureka Roto-Matic in yellow with hose and some attachments for $15 and a couple of Kirby G series.

The Salvation Army in Montgomery has a Kirby Classic III for $35 and a Kirby Heritage for $35 as well.

Two of the other Goodwills had Eureka vacs with the metal hood with the louvers in it and the plastic handle and lots of Dirt Devil bagless vacs.

Picked up a Hoover Convertable at the Goodwill in St. Charles for a friend of mine for $4.





Post# 335023 , Reply# 1   10/1/2015 at 16:50 (687 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Wow. Quite a selection. The last time I went by the Goodwill store closest to my house, they had exactly nothing, nada, nichts, not one single vacuum cleaner.

Post# 335024 , Reply# 2   10/1/2015 at 16:55 (687 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Ray,

Have you actually bought any of these items yet - especially the Kirbys?

~Ben


Post# 335027 , Reply# 3   10/1/2015 at 17:21 (687 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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No, the only thing I bought was the Hoover Convertable for a friend.

I'm not really interested in any of them. I have enough as it is. I just figure if there are collectors around here I'm just letting them know where some of the different one are.

If it were something from the teen's, 20's or 30's I would be interested. As in my 1939 Electrolux, my Hoover 105, my Kirby C, my Electrolux XI, etc.


Post# 335533 , Reply# 4   10/10/2015 at 21:59 (678 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Hit the Goodwills and Salvation Armys again. Three Kirbys, a Singer, and LOTS of plastic junk.

Andy if you're looking for a Kirby the Goodwill in Willowbrook has a Kirby G3, a Kirby G5 and a Kirby G6. They are asking $35 apiece.


Post# 335535 , Reply# 5   10/10/2015 at 22:43 (678 days old) by UniversalDave1 (Gardendale, AL)        

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I wish I had that kind of selection. The thrift stores in Birmingham suck big time. I went on a thrifting spree today and literally the best thing I found all day was a fluorescent work light. No good vacuums, no good TV's, nothing.

Post# 335580 , Reply# 6   10/11/2015 at 21:53 (677 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Ray
QWill see if i can get there tuesday as we finish picking corn tomorrow until the beans are ready
Thanks!
Andy


Post# 335588 , Reply# 7   10/12/2015 at 02:53 (677 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

The thrift places afre pretty bad out here,too-gave up on them.Mostly plastivacs,worn out clothes and furniture-and lots of baby junk-like the yard sales here!

Post# 335600 , Reply# 8   10/12/2015 at 11:17 (677 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I tend to have better luck at thrift stores located near affluent neighborhoods. They just tend to attract a nicer class of junk.

I went 'thrifting' this weekend and the only thing of even remote interest I found was a Kirby floor tool in 'cabernet' to match my G5. But even at $1.21 (this store loves palindromic pricing), I couldn't justify it since I already three sets of Kirby attachments, albeit not in cabernet, that I never use. I bought one of those sets at the same thrift store a few years ago for about $4.50. It makes me wonder how that lone tool got there. My guess is they must have had a complete G5 set and that one fell out of the caddy.


Post# 335681 , Reply# 9   10/14/2015 at 17:33 (674 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Well by Monday the G6 was gone, then on Tuesday the G5 was gone. All that is left is the G3 and someone has already stolen the hubcaps off the rear wheels.

But found a really nice Oreck XL Classic for $9.99 in a baby blue.


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Post# 335682 , Reply# 10   10/14/2015 at 18:19 (674 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

Hey Ray, nice Oreck find! You might say it's kind of rare, it's the only baseline model with that hood style. I worked for Oreck when they came out and thought it was a rather nice looking Oreck. I believe that was the last "stick" handle model, as the base model now has the helping handle and has gone back to the old hood style. If you don't want to keep it, that would flip well on Craigslist or Ebay I think.

Post# 336105 , Reply# 11   10/23/2015 at 21:44 (665 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Goodwill today had a Toastmaster vacuum still in the original box. I left it there.

Post# 336484 , Reply# 12   10/29/2015 at 14:54 (660 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Saw an Electrolux Regency canister at one of the Goodwills today. Turned it on and it smells like dog and dog piss. Even if it were a dollar I wouldn't go near it again.

Post# 336724 , Reply# 13   11/1/2015 at 18:38 (656 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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The Goodwill in Batavia has a Hoover Handivac
The Thrift Store in Aurora still has the Electrolux Silverado, a G3, a Kirby Classic and they now have a Royal canister vac with powernozzle.
The Goodwill in Naperville has a Hoover Dial-O-Matic in orange and white for $7

Beyond that it was a lot of Craptastic Plastic vacs.


Post# 336764 , Reply# 14   11/2/2015 at 11:30 (656 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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I picked up a Hoover here in Plainfield for $5. Trying to sell it...

Post# 336770 , Reply# 15   11/2/2015 at 14:00 (656 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
On Thursdays, I'm in the Phildelphia suburbs.

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I have my 'schedule' of regular 'haunts': Second Avenus, and Impact!
I've gotten great tiems there. I usually find HOOVER belts, bags, tools, etc. semi-regularly. Impact! is an upscale place. You can tell that they got furniture from a deceased person because it all matches. Some fabulous stuf comes from there.


Post# 336777 , Reply# 16   11/2/2015 at 15:50 (655 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        
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Im trying to sell the Hoover I found. i cleaned it up. $30 plus shipping and its yours. Needs a wand and brushroll, as i found a belt for it
Andy


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Post# 336904 , Reply# 17   11/4/2015 at 17:25 (653 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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The Goodwill in Lombard has a Kenmore Heavy Duty Commercial upright vac for $2.99. It has a reset button on the hood, red and black bag and when you turn it over you see that it is a twin fan unit. NO THANKS, left it there.

Post# 336933 , Reply# 18   11/4/2015 at 23:57 (653 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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The brush rolls for those Hoover PowerDrives are discontinued. Those are very nice cleaners though. I gifted John my green Hoover PowerDrive that I had last year or so.

Post# 336934 , Reply# 19   11/5/2015 at 00:12 (653 days old) by HOOVER61 (baltimore maryland USA)        
HOOVER CONSTLLATION RUG NOZZLE

LOOKNG FOR THE RUG NOZZLE THAT APPEARED ON THE 84/85 HOOVER CONSTLLATION

THE ONE WITH THE WHEELS IN THE BACK


THANK YOU
HOOVER 61


Post# 336969 , Reply# 20   11/5/2015 at 17:23 (652 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Lol, yea. i bought that hoover for the extra belts, brushroll, and extension wand (im too cheap to buy a new one). I figured id try to sell it here before I offer it to some folks in town. never understood why they dont make brushrolls for it anymore

Post# 336970 , Reply# 21   11/5/2015 at 17:45 (652 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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At Goodwill this morning I found an Electrolux Special Edition Upright for $4.99. Cleaned all the hair off the brushroll, threw out the sponge filter under the bag (it smelled like dog), cleaned the bag chamber with a Clorox disinfecting wipe.

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Post# 336971 , Reply# 22   11/5/2015 at 18:15 (652 days old) by warcake (Georgia)        
Nice

That Electrolux is a really nice find! How well does it clean? :)


Post# 339111 , Reply# 23   12/12/2015 at 16:23 (615 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Very Nice Lux! I traded the Hoover for a PortaPower...

Post# 339115 , Reply# 24   12/12/2015 at 17:29 (615 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
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Andy,

That Hoover Office Cleaning Machine was one of two commercial-duty Portapowers available. The other one was model S7065 which was orange in color.

~Ben


Post# 339116 , Reply# 25   12/12/2015 at 17:34 (615 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Gave the Electrolux Special Edition upright along with an Electrolux Diamond Jubilee to a friend.

Anyway went to a flea market today didn't buy anything but afterward I hit a Goodwill and found an Electrolux PN6 with wand and hose for $4.



Post# 339122 , Reply# 26   12/12/2015 at 19:05 (615 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Kirby Classic, thats quite the bright vacuum! I like my red one better. The only thing it came with was a bag, hose, and want. the rest came later.
Ray, that pn6 would be good on your 2100 you got at goodwill...


Post# 339123 , Reply# 27   12/12/2015 at 19:33 (615 days old) by man114 (Buffalo NY)        

Saw some interesting stuff today. Twin Chamber Tempo, Black Oreck XL, Windtunnel V2 bagless, older Hoover that had a hand vac that mounts onto the front. The Oreck was in great shape, but I typically only buy Fantoms and higher end stuff these days due to space constraints.

Post# 339127 , Reply# 28   12/12/2015 at 21:37 (615 days old) by defleppard11 (richmond va)        
$15 Silverado!

I'm mad at that 10/1/15 post. A $15 Silverado with Power Brush at a Goodwill. I would have totally bought that if it had been in Richmond VA and I done seen it.


Post# 339174 , Reply# 29   12/13/2015 at 15:33 (614 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Found this at Goodwill for $5, the fill tube was plugged with animal hair and there was a bobby pin stuck in the fan housing.

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Post# 339207 , Reply# 30   12/13/2015 at 17:31 (614 days old) by Caligula (Benton, Pa)        

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Some people are just beastly when it comes to caring for their vacuum cleaners. One woman I knew in Naperville, Illinois used to lift her Electrolux 1205 by the hose instead of the handle. When I asked her why? she said "it's only a vacuum cleaner, why should I care about it, it's not like it has feelings or anything!" I just bit my tongue, but that's the general attitude of some people. GRRRRRRR!


Post# 339216 , Reply# 31   12/13/2015 at 20:00 (614 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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$5 ? Incredible. That thing looks brand new.
You did really well. (understatement)


Post# 339222 , Reply# 32   12/13/2015 at 21:35 (614 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
A 2000 dollar

Vacuum for 5 dollars...I LOVE it!!!

Post# 339228 , Reply# 33   12/13/2015 at 22:36 (614 days old) by blknblu (CT)        

Anybody in Long Island?

not mine, bu there is a Kirby on CL for $1 with many accessories. Needs some TLC.

"Name your price!"


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Post# 339258 , Reply# 34   12/14/2015 at 11:01 (614 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
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That appears to be an all-original 514 or 515. If that machine had a 10-blade fan that was never changed, it would be the 515.

~Ben


Post# 339270 , Reply# 35   12/14/2015 at 12:06 (614 days old) by kirbymodel2c (Nottingham, England)        
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The Kirby in the picture is a Kirby 514 going on the pattern design on the attachment boxes.

I hope someone can rescue it.....

 

Jamessmile


Post# 339298 , Reply# 36   12/14/2015 at 17:22 (613 days old) by blknblu (CT)        

The Kirby I posted does look nice, but I cannot get it. Not worth the drive, and I have a lot of vacs now.

In my area, there seems to be a bunch of older vacs on CL. I even saw a nice Lewyt this summer.

 


Post# 339695 , Reply# 37   12/20/2015 at 16:32 (607 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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The Goodwill in Woodridge has a Eureka Powerline canister with the power nozzle.

The Thrift store in Aurora has 2 Kirby Classics, a Kirby Classic III, A Kirby Heritage, a Panasonic upright, something I couldn't identify and several other vacuums I didn't feel like digging through.

The Goodwill in Naperville had several vacuums piled on top of each other in a bin. I thought I saw a Dirt Devil Vision ( is it a vision or a nightmare ? ) in the bin under something else.

The rest of the Goodwills had the usual cheap junk vacuums.


Post# 339697 , Reply# 38   12/20/2015 at 16:41 (607 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Goodwill in Oswego had walmart Electrolux and a Dirt Devil hand vac. I left them there

Post# 339699 , Reply# 39   12/20/2015 at 16:43 (607 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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"...Dirt Devil Vision ( is it a vision or a nightmare ? )"
lol

God, you've been having fun. I could peruse the charity shops daily. Just get a map and go from one to the next. In fact I did that at one point in the Chicago land area, but it was in the North suburbs near Gurnee. It was so much fun.



Post# 339871 , Reply# 40   12/23/2015 at 15:22 (604 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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The Goodwill in Woodridge has a Eureka World Vac canister with the powernozzle.
The Goodwill in Willowbrook has a Singer upright.


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Post# 339872 , Reply# 41   12/23/2015 at 15:25 (604 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Not sure why there is a link in my previous post since I didn't link to anything.

Post# 340063 , Reply# 42   12/27/2015 at 17:14 (600 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Hit the flea market then did a tour of the Goodwills. The Goodwill in Glen Ellen has an Electrolux Discovery II for $5 with hose and attachments. the rest was pretty boring.

Post# 340064 , Reply# 43   12/27/2015 at 17:40 (600 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Hmm, maybe i need to get over to Glen Ellen!

Post# 340066 , Reply# 44   12/27/2015 at 18:18 (600 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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Ray, can you be a personal shopper? What's your fee?


Post# 340067 , Reply# 45   12/27/2015 at 18:22 (600 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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ray, whatever happened to those helpful phone calls about local vacuums at thrift shops? I may not be buying, but its an excuse to get over to a thrift shop...

Post# 340166 , Reply# 46   12/29/2015 at 14:14 (599 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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The Goodwill in Willowbrook still has the Singer Vacuum
The Goodwill in Downers Grove has a Hoover Windtunnel canister with Power nozzle
The Goodwill in Woodridge has a Hoover Futura and a Eureka Europa canister both with power nozzles.


Post# 340881 , Reply# 47   1/7/2016 at 17:55 (589 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Hit 10 Goodwills today, lots of plastic, saw what I thought was one of those folding Hoovers. It turned out to be an Electrolux Quicklux (OMG there are still some of those around?)

Post# 340906 , Reply# 48   1/8/2016 at 00:22 (589 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Plastic, plastic, plastic....

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The last time I saw a decent vacuum of any sort at any thrift store around here was last spring when I snagged a pristine Kirby Gsix with accessories for $50. The only other thing that even halfway caught my eye in recent memory was an Electrolux upright last fall, that was until I saw how trashed it was.

Post# 340957 , Reply# 49   1/8/2016 at 19:04 (588 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Every Thursday, I make my

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redular rounds.  I've been snapping up great treasures for the raffle. It'll be fab.


Post# 341045 , Reply# 50   1/10/2016 at 08:58 (587 days old) by FantomFan (Rochester, New York)        
Lucky find

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I found a Kenmore Drytech last month at Amvets for $20. It runs flawlessly I also found a few days later, a newer Panasonic Jet Flo for $5 and a Kirby G4 for $40. I rarely find something truly interesting to buy so the Drytech was a score. Now I have two Drytechs.


Post# 347274 , Reply# 51   3/12/2016 at 17:24 (524 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Hit the Goodwill in Downers Grove and found this Hoover Model 64 for $4.99, the bearings are going but I figure I can salvage parts off of it.

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Post# 347279 , Reply# 52   3/12/2016 at 18:03 (524 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Hey Ray, could i take some parts off that 64 for the Model 63 im buying off Tyler? I need the Handle, Cord, and bag setup

Post# 348875 , Reply# 53   3/28/2016 at 17:13 (508 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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The Salvation Army store in Montgomery has a Lavender Model 33 Hoover for $8.59. The dump out bag on it looks like it came off some commercial vac with the plastic at the bottom of the bag facing backwards.

Post# 348880 , Reply# 54   3/28/2016 at 18:07 (508 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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I bought Mr Fix it's hoover 62, he says you dropped by

Post# 348941 , Reply# 55   3/29/2016 at 08:41 (508 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Our shops never have anything I would take home if they handed it to me. Just filthy junk.

Post# 348947 , Reply# 56   3/29/2016 at 11:01 (508 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'm literally amazed at

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some of the things I have found at my 'haunts'. Simply amazing stuff. Then, for a while, nothing at all.

Post# 349196 , Reply# 57   3/31/2016 at 17:04 (505 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Going thru the thrift stores always amazes me how much crap people buy and then discard a year later. We truly have become a disposable society.

Post# 349200 , Reply# 58   3/31/2016 at 18:07 (505 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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"...Simply amazing stuff. Then, for a while, nothing at all."

 

I don't think it's just the shops either.  It will be like that on Ebay, Craigslist, and the like as well.  

 

One weekend I found 5 things on Craigslist that needed to be purchased and juggled to make it happen.  Other times, it's like like a funeral parlor. 

 

Same thing with Ebay.  Back in November, I couldn't buy enough stuff, then in February, it's like Ebay put a moratorium on listing canister vacuums.


Post# 350160 , Reply# 59   4/12/2016 at 14:40 (494 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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At Goodwill a couple of Eurekas, one says Eureka and the other is Montgomery Ward
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Post# 350336 , Reply# 60   4/14/2016 at 22:31 (491 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Hit Goodwill today and had another Henry follow me home.

Post# 350676 , Reply# 61   4/19/2016 at 14:43 (487 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
A friend scouts out "Care and Share" for me, too.

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It is a Christian-based charity. She has found Hoovers for me that were, "OMG"!! I once asked her, "Do you KNOW how hard it is to find THAT model?" She replied, "No, you owe me ten bucks". lol

Post# 351095 , Reply# 62   4/27/2016 at 11:42 (479 days old) by SharkCar19998 (Michigan)        

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I found my heritage II at goodwill for $10. Very nice just has a tiny bit of what i assume to be dry bearing noise. The noise is kind of a grind noise i have a youtube vid of my heritage II on my channel. Ill have it linked.

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Post# 351109 , Reply# 63   4/27/2016 at 15:50 (478 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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I didnt hear anything 'Off Color"

Post# 351172 , Reply# 64   4/28/2016 at 11:33 (478 days old) by SharkCar19998 (Michigan)        

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In the video it was not as apparent.

Post# 352047 , Reply# 65   5/11/2016 at 20:39 (464 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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The Goodwill in Willowbrook has a Kirby 512 or earlier (It's missing its' ID tag) for $100

The Goodwill in Westchester has a Kirby 518 with all the attachments for $100.


Post# 352639 , Reply# 66   5/22/2016 at 15:48 (453 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Hit 7 Goodwills today, found a Kirby Sentria Poo kit that has never been used, it even has the unopened sample bottle of Allergen Carpet Shampoo for $4.99 and then found 2 boxes of Electrolux bags at two different Goodwills for $0.99 each. So it's been a Kirby and Electrolux day.

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Post# 352645 , Reply# 67   5/22/2016 at 20:57 (453 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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""Do you KNOW how hard it is to find THAT model?" She replied, "No, you owe me ten bucks". lol "
and
"found a Kirby Sentria Poo kit"   
But seriously, I miss shopping at the Chicago area thrift stores.  Bikerray has it made.  Thats a great deal on Electrolux bags.
 

Post# 353683 , Reply# 68   6/12/2016 at 19:29 (432 days old) by Numatic_boy (England)        
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Sorry for revivng all the old threads.Was it a Numatic Henry? Or a Henry drayfuss Hoover? If its the former,can we see pics? I enjoyed seeing the NV200.

Post# 353714 , Reply# 69   6/13/2016 at 08:01 (432 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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It was a Henry Vacuum toy

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Post# 354075 , Reply# 70   6/19/2016 at 15:03 (426 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Hit several Goodwills today and found this Montgomery Ward Signature hand vac model 82URC-702 for $3. It's a rebranded Royal Prince. A little cleaning and it looks good. Washed the bag, got most of the stains out of it. The bag still has the MW Signature logo on it.

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Post# 354076 , Reply# 71   6/19/2016 at 17:13 (425 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        
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I like the color of that MW hand vac.

 

I have a relative that could use something like this, for doing stairs.  


Post# 354077 , Reply# 72   6/19/2016 at 17:14 (425 days old) by luxy1205 (Wilmington, IL)        
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I love your Montgomery ward Signature hand vac! Too cute! I love those type of vacuums! I use them to vacuum the furniture and the bed! :) -Michelle

Post# 367204 , Reply# 73   2/20/2017 at 09:08 (180 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Hit the thrift stores yesterday, found a NOS pack of Hoover type W bags for $0.90.

Took a pass on a Eureka model 500 canister for $5


Post# 367209 , Reply# 74   2/20/2017 at 11:17 (180 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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You can't beat 90 cents for a pack of Handisacs!
And Ray could you give me a call back when you get a chance? Thanks!
Andy


Post# 367251 , Reply# 75   2/20/2017 at 21:24 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Took a pass on a Hoover Celebrity III Canister today for $15 as well as a GE Roll Easy for $15.

Post# 367480 , Reply# 76   2/24/2017 at 16:53 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Hit the thrift stores today, took a pass on a Royal model 880 for $39 (it was almost mint), an Electrolux Epic 6000 canister, an Electrolux model L, another Royal metal upright done all in green and a Panasonic upright. There was also the usual craptastic plastic.

Post# 367484 , Reply# 77   2/24/2017 at 17:25 by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Which store has the Epic 6000? I may have to go after that...
Andy


Post# 371370 , Reply# 78   4/25/2017 at 18:02 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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I fail to understand Goodwill's pricing, today I saw a Kirby G6 for $60, then a Kirby G4 for $10. A Shark for $50 and a Dyson DC24 for $12.

Post# 371427 , Reply# 79   4/26/2017 at 17:51 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Took a pass on a blue and white Hoover Dial-a-matic today for $10. The Kirby G4 for $10 is still at Goodwill along with one of those Eureka uprights that has the dusting brush that fits into that plastic tube and spins.

Post# 371430 , Reply# 80   4/26/2017 at 19:00 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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bikerray wrote: I fail to understand Goodwill's pricing, today I saw a Kirby G6 for $60, then a Kirby G4 for $10. A Shark for $50 and a Dyson DC24 for $12.

I reply: I know what you mean. One visit they've got a totally beat down Kirby Classic III outrageously priced at $110 and then the next time they're giving away an Electrolux Diamond Jubilee in splendid condition for $10. You can probably guess which one I bought and which one I left behind.

After a lot of puzzling over that conundrum, the only thing I can figure is it's all down to the sensibilities of whoever's wielding the pricing gun....and some of them have more sense than others. My all time favorite thrift shop find is still a Wedgwood jasperware plate I picked up for ten whole cents. That's not even a penny on the dollar of what it's worth.


Post# 371433 , Reply# 81   4/26/2017 at 19:19 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        
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I've seen a pair of signed Waterford crystal candlesticks for $1.99 each at Goodwill.

Post# 371587 , Reply# 82   4/30/2017 at 18:04 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Hit some of the Goodwills today before the next flood.

Found a Hoover model 63 for $3 and an Oreck Buster B for $5 ( that goes to a friend, I'm not impressed with Oreck at all).

The 63 has the original bag in perfect condition, washed it out and dried it, it feels like satin (shiny and smooth).


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Post# 371604 , Reply# 83   5/1/2017 at 07:37 by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
Re; "Waterford"

Are they signed by a person? That makes them rare and more special. Ex. by Tom Brennan, an elder craftsman at "House of Waterford" in Ireland.
All Waterford crystal is etched on the base with the Waterford etching script regardless if it was made in Ireland prior to the main factory being moved to Slovenia in 2009. Yes, most Waterford crystal is now made in Slovenia.
Only "House of Waterford" items are still made in Ireland.
$2 for anything Waterford is a good deal.
Even the Marquis line, which is a budget priced line. Marquis was only crystalline until recently. No lead in it's glass. Lately, some pieces of Marquis are as much as 24% lead crystal. Older and house of Waterford pieces may have as much as 30% lead. Otherwise, modern genuine Waterford from Europe is 24% lead.
If you like to collect crystal, another fine brand is Crystal Darque's from France. It is high quality 24% lead, and heavy. Also not expensive. I've found several larger pieces at resale stores for under $30.
Mikasa has also marketed some nice items from the European crystal makers of Germany, Poland, the Czeck republic, and Slovenia. I see them often enough.


Post# 371614 , Reply# 84   5/1/2017 at 10:33 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I love Waterford crystal

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My sister, aunt, and I (late mother's) all have it. It's beautiful, heavy, and adds to any table. I recently found a Waterford lamp in a thrift store. It was filthy, had the cord cut, etc. It was dirt cheap.

I took it home, took it apart, re-wired it, scrubbed and polished it, and gave it to my aunt.It now graces a beautiful carved mahogany table in her living room. All of our drink ware was still made in Ireland. It's so expensive now.


Post# 371615 , Reply# 85   5/1/2017 at 10:35 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Also, that HOOVER

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is a real workhorse. Taken care of, it'll last a lifetime. Nice to find an original bag. Will outclean anything now. And, it has that wonderful Hoover "hum".

Post# 371659 , Reply# 86   5/2/2017 at 08:40 by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
Orrefor's of Sweden

is also nice lead crystal if you like the more contemporary style. It is pricey new, but crystal doesn't appreciate much in general, and used items are very affordable.

Post# 371897 , Reply# 87   5/8/2017 at 19:18 by Bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        
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Commercial Riccar and hardbag Hoover Elite.

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Post# 372613 , Reply# 88   5/23/2017 at 13:58 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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The Goodwill has a baby blue and white Hoover model 7141 Convertible for $5, I took a pass on it.

Otherwise their vacuum selection just sucks and their sewing machine selection is so so, but they do have reasonable prices on occasion.


Post# 372615 , Reply# 89   5/23/2017 at 15:40 by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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Ray there are some Seeing machines at the Plainfield Goodwill by my house. I saw a Montgomery Wards there last week. It's probably still there.
Andy


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Post# 373363 , Reply# 90   6/6/2017 at 17:45 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Lots of craptastic plastic today, a Dirt Devil featherlight that the bearings were just screaming on. A Kenmore LP2 twin brush roll upright (don't quite get why 2 brush rolls, but then I didn't get why the Kenmore beltless brush roll, (the one with the motor in the brushroll))

There was also a Kirby Classic III for $5


Post# 373620 , Reply# 91   6/10/2017 at 19:18 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Goodwill had a Rainbow D for $5, I left it there.
I ended up with an Arkay in the original box with the manual and original hose and attachments.


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Post# 373626 , Reply# 92   6/10/2017 at 19:50 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
My Thrift Store Finds!

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At the Red, White & Blue Thrift Store in Gladstone, OR last Tuesday (June 6), I found...

Kirby Classic 1CR Rug Renovator (with 562/S7/D50 spray gun!)

Kirby Generation 3 Carpet Shampoo System

Kirby Heritage 84 (but I didn't buy that - already have one)

 

~Ben


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Post# 373641 , Reply# 93   6/11/2017 at 10:22 by man114 (Buffalo NY)        

I've been buying up a lot of waterless cookware from Lustre Craft, Healthcraft, Lifetime, VitaCraft etc. Lately. Stores usually charge $3-5 a pan and apparently are unaware just how expensive that stuff is these days.

Vacuums have been kind of sparrse in quality or condition for the price. My last really good find was the E2 Black last summer and I found a Fantom Thunder and a Fury in pretty good shape since.

Everything else has been pretty much watches, jewelry and occasional stray pieces of silver.

Used to find a lot of paintings but not so many anymore, same goes for good stereo equipment.


Post# 373718 , Reply# 94   6/12/2017 at 15:40 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Saw a Hoover 584 convertible for $8 today and left it there.

Post# 373978 , Reply# 95   6/15/2017 at 17:54 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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Goodwill had a Eureka Precision (looks like a Hoover Concept I) and a Eureka ESP with the pearlized emerald green metal top, VibraGroomer I, and off white brocade bag.




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