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Post# 2816   10/20/2006 at 21:28 (4,049 days old) by luxboy ()        

Hey everyone.. I was wondering if anyone out there has a Hoover Convertible model 69 that they would part with. I have no convertibles in my collection and this is my most favorite one. Let me know !! :)

Post# 2818 , Reply# 1   10/20/2006 at 22:50 (4,049 days old) by convertible68 ()        

You can still see them on eBay from time to time...I've been looking for the right one for a while! I want it because of the cool model number (LOL), as well as the colors, styling, and the fact that I have the preceding Model 68. I find the rare one first, and don't see the more common one at all, go figure!

Post# 2820 , Reply# 2   10/20/2006 at 23:32 (4,049 days old) by hoover1060 ()        
Model 69

Made from 11/20/61 to 12/7/64 in Neptune green and pearl white with silver trim.
No worries, with that 3+ year production run there were 515,394 made.

I am sure there are still a few left to be had

Post# 2851 , Reply# 3   10/22/2006 at 15:06 (4,047 days old) by mixer-magoo ()        
Hoover Model 69

I just listed mine on ebay!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO mixer-magoo's LINK on eBay

Post# 2853 , Reply# 4   10/22/2006 at 16:20 (4,047 days old) by swingette ()        

ebay model 69: for the $99 BIN. i imagine most buyers might want some nice tight closeups of the machine, so as to see EXACTLY the condition of the paint.

Post# 2854 , Reply# 5   10/22/2006 at 17:23 (4,047 days old) by hoover1060 ()        
serial number

84,000 something... a earlier one, looks nice to me!

Post# 2855 , Reply# 6   10/22/2006 at 17:41 (4,047 days old) by mixer-magoo ()        

It is nice...I could not get a real close up of the thing it just got blurry.

Post# 2861 , Reply# 7   10/22/2006 at 21:07 (4,047 days old) by luxboy ()        
Ebay model 69


It looks okay but the bag looks a little rough and that scratch by the Hoover logo.. not sure about $99

Post# 2920 , Reply# 8   10/23/2006 at 16:13 (4,046 days old) by converto-skip ()        
Where Are You'll Getting 99.00bin?

Mixer's 69 is a starting bid of 9.99 and 20.00 shipping there is no bin on it for 99.00


Post# 2944 , Reply# 9   10/23/2006 at 22:34 (4,046 days old) by swingette ()        

if you click on the revisions link on an ebay listing, you can see changes that have been made. the BIN on this item, as of now, has been removed.

Post# 2949 , Reply# 10   10/23/2006 at 23:26 (4,046 days old) by luxboy ()        

I'm pleased to announce that someone responded to my post on here and they are sending me a Hoover 69! I'm sooo excited. A special thanks goes to the great guy that is sending it for me :) !!!!!!!


Post# 3039 , Reply# 11   10/25/2006 at 17:39 (4,044 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
The BIN....

Was a bargain compared to what its got to now!!!!!


Post# 3041 , Reply# 12   10/25/2006 at 17:44 (4,044 days old) by swingette ()        

yes, seamus. and here was *ignunt* me suggesting that the photos were inadequate! my goodness! do note that a zero feedback bidder has helped the bidding along quite briskly!

Post# 3045 , Reply# 13   10/25/2006 at 17:50 (4,044 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        


I noticed that as well!

Post# 3074 , Reply# 14   10/26/2006 at 08:08 (4,043 days old) by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

I guess it's time to dust off a convertible and take it's pic for ebay! Who knew there are people out there willing to pay upwards of $200.00 for one! Say cheese girls!

Post# 3075 , Reply# 15   10/26/2006 at 11:00 (4,043 days old) by dysonman ()        
high bidder stupidity

I'm so glad I talked you out of bidding on that crappy old Hoover 69.

Remember laughing about morons like the high bidder on this auction, at the VCCC gathering in Chicago a couple weeks ago? Charlie W. led the round of laughter at the stupidity of people with more money than brains, spending a fortune for the junk on eBay.

The high bidder on this auction (with 0 feedback) can't be a club member. I've not met any club members who were that stupid. If she IS a club member, we'll all have to gang slap her (or revoke her membership).

After the St. Louis convention, many people left vacuums in the meeting room. The hotel threw away better convertibles than the one on eBay. Wait until the Omaha convention, and see what kind of stuff there is.

Or, at the St. Louis mini meet (gathering) of the VCCC the first weekend in December. See what people bring to that one. But don't bid on cootie-infested horrible junk that opportunists like to put up for auction.

Post# 3076 , Reply# 16   10/26/2006 at 12:03 (4,043 days old) by luxboy ()        
Ebay stupidity


I totally agree with you. I'm really glad I waited and did not bid on the model 69 listed on ebay. What a RIPOFF! Its a total shame that vacuum collecters have resorted to paying exorbitant prices for old vacuum cleaners rather than doing favors and trading machines among collectors. I personally would much rather get a machine that someone wants to give, so that I have a story to go along with that machine such as "I got that machine from ____________ and this is how I got it", as opposed to "I bought that machine off of ebay and paid $xxxx .. I can't believe I paid that much for it." Paying high dollars for old vacuum cleaners just takes the fun out of collecting.

Post# 3078 , Reply# 17   10/26/2006 at 13:46 (4,043 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
I see.....

the same 2 are fighting it out over a 707 the seller has listed as well!- one thing is that the correct manual for it(707)? It looks more 60s than 70s lol


Post# 3080 , Reply# 18   10/26/2006 at 14:50 (4,043 days old) by swingette ()        

well first of all, not all vacuum enthusiasts are as *well connected* as others, so many have to depend on alternatives. like eBay. im an eBay believer. as for selling, its the american way! if someone wants to give me 20 bucks for a stick of gum, who am i to say no? on the other hand, i WILL NOT let myself get into a bidding war with a zero-feedback bidder! as matter of fact, i exclude zero-feedback bidders from MY auctions. someone with zero-feedback bidding on multiple high-dollar auctions could suggest a deadbeat.

Post# 3082 , Reply# 19   10/26/2006 at 16:32 (4,043 days old) by dysonman ()        

As a VCCC member, you ARE 'well connected'. You know everyone you need to know for all your vacuum needs, both current or vintage.

VCCC members have discussions all the time about eBay and what its done to the collecting hobby. There are many, laughable examples of eBay stupidity, both on the part of sellers and bidders.

There are many examples of unscrupulous sellers who are out to RIP OFF collectors and take advantage of our interests. Some find out about our interests by forums such as this, which is a HUGE reason I believe this forum should be CLOSED to all but dues paying VCCC members.

These unscroupulous sellers find out what's 'hot' at the moment and then put any old, tired, scratched, nasty, cootie-infested hunk of s**t they have laying around, on eBay for a high price, because they believe it's the current 'rage'. And all too often, some new club member, who has never been to a convention and heard us talk about this subject, buys the thing. They bring their 'treasure' to a convention, where they discover, to their horror, that they were ripped off.

At the last convention, we THREW AWAY over 30 vacuum cleaners.

Perhaps the hotel maids should have put them on eBay with buy-it-now prices of $99. After all, it was the maid who were hauling them out to their cars. The hotel itself took in all they could, before throwing the rest in the dumpster.

As a VERY LONG TIME club member (there were only 12 of us when I joined VCCC), I can tell you that this phenonenon of ripping off collectors started BEFORE eBay. It's one of the reasons that the first set of 'rules' for VCCC excluded anyone with a vac shop from joining, since most vac shop owners want to make a 'quick buck' off our interests. Mostly by selling us the junk in their 'boneyard' room that they want to throw away, for exhorbitant prices. Alex Taber specifically had to be convinced to allow vac shop owners to join.

Clay and I were the first two. At the first meeting, both of us together brought 41 vacuums that we GAVE AWAY to club members. Jimmy Martin, Chuck Chatham, Marc Turbyfill, Dwayne Taylor, etc. are all vac shop owners who do NOT rip off club members, but rather have been an asset to our club.

It's the vac shop owning VCCC members who got together and offered any current member the opportunity to buy parts and vacs from us at our wholesale price plus postage. While we didn't, of course, HAVE to do this, it's because we CARE about our fellow club members that we do this. That's why Fred S. has been busy shipping VCCC members Hoover Constellations for $135 plus postage, which is the wholesale cost. Not because he HAS to, but because he CARES about this club, as we all do.

Post# 3085 , Reply# 20   10/26/2006 at 18:40 (4,043 days old) by sukething (Denver, CO)        
Well said Tom...

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Yes, exactly Tom!! I remember that first meeting at Alex's home and how Alex commented to me how he was very afraid at that time how vacuums would become so expensive that it may become outragious. Which at times it has as we all have seem. Alex wanted us to be able to share our knowledge and share our vacuums like swaping and trading. I agree whole heartedly, I feel badly that I have not been able to be apart of the group but things are back to normal.

Post# 3089 , Reply# 21   10/26/2006 at 22:41 (4,043 days old) by swingette ()        

i was lucky, i guess. i got my coolest eBay vacuums BEFORE the recent upsurge. a Eureka 260 with original bag for an opening bid , something like 20 bucks, and its very nice. and a model 61 with all tools and lit and original bag for 40 bucks! and a SWEET Hoover model 913 (with phony bag) for 20 something bucks as well. this would never happen today.

Post# 3177 , Reply# 22   10/29/2006 at 19:42 (4,040 days old) by converto-skip ()        
I totally agree about the trading with each other

I have to second the notion about trading with fellow club members and/or selling at a reasonable price. In fact reggie and I just did 2 deals together and you wouldn't believe the savings we did trading vacs with each other and I did puirchase one for a mere 10.00 plus shipping never to see that on ebay. In fact I even just give a fellow collector parts to complete his vacuum and don't even sell it just give it and if it is small enough I don't charge him shipping because i look at it this Way You help a fellow collector out and the favor will be returned sooner then You think. Because like Tom was saying ebay is getting out of hand with the prices. And believe it or not that's why some flea markets and thrift stores have raised the price of there vacuums that you used to be able to pay 5 to 10 bucks for now will probably cost 50.00 or more. because they are aware of ebay and figure people are buying there vacuums to sell on ebay. I knew A guy from Knoxville tenn and he would go to his local flea maeket and buy beautiful vacuums for 5 bucks and i mean totally complete and in original boxes. Well Robert had called me up and wanting me to buy the Hoover airdyne model 51 totally complete and in original boxes for 25.00 and 25.00 shipping but Thats one vacuum i wasn't into So I sugested He put it on ebay and after a month of me telling him to put it on ebay. Robert did put it on ebay and the final bid was like right at 280 bucks. Well needless to say Robert goes back to the thrift store for some more vacuums but this time he told the owner about the hoover and the winning bid well all of the sudden these 5 to 10 dollars vacuums went up to 80.00 to 100 dollars. He realized what a mistake he made.


Post# 3211 , Reply# 23   10/30/2006 at 00:12 (4,039 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

WOW!! threw away 30 vacuums from the VCCC Convention?Before tossing them-how 'bout advertising them for other members-the other members may be able to find them homes rather than ending up in the garbage.

Post# 3225 , Reply# 24   10/30/2006 at 13:34 (4,039 days old) by dysonman ()        

You are a VCCC member?

I forget that our forum is open to everyone, and not just club members. That's definately a problem we need to address at the next meeting of the board of directors.

In any event, the vacs thrown away were vacs BROUGHT to the meeting BY VCCC members, who did not want them. They were put in the FREE pile or the For Sale pile. The FREE pile machines that were not taken, and the For Sale pile vacs not sold, were just LEFT by club members. We had one hour to clean up the room, so most of the vacs were given to maids at the hotel or to the hotel itself. The rest were thrown out.

How would we have been able to "advertise" them? It was after all, club members themselves who did not want them.

There were tons of convertibles, some Lux, some Rainbows, etc.
Many Kirbys, some Kenmores, some Eureka's. There were just so many machines there that people brought to 'trade' or 'sell' and never wound up doing either. I got a wonderful Rainbow chrome dome model D with the original attachment box, for free. I also got a Sunbeam Challenger tank type, and a Universal straight suction upright from the 1920's. All for free.

As I've said to Derreck many times, just COME TO THE CONVENTION. It's not what's there the first that that counts, it's what's left on the last day that really matters.

Post# 3228 , Reply# 25   10/30/2006 at 15:29 (4,039 days old) by convertible68 ()        

Well, since I'm a VCCC member now (since early September), and will be able to attend the Omaha convention, AND have a somewhat limited collection...I will definitely try to save some of the unwanted stuff as well.

Post# 3247 , Reply# 26   10/30/2006 at 20:41 (4,039 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        
The 'free' pile.

Almost every convention I've been to (the past 5 in a row), that I can recall... there has always been a 'free' pile that has things which don't seem to get claimed. People bring them, and set them in the pile, then don't take responsibility for them when the events comes to a close.

I have a feeling, though, that things are going to be different this next time around...


Post# 3267 , Reply# 27   10/31/2006 at 11:03 (4,038 days old) by dysonman ()        

Part of the problem has been that, for many VCCC members, they do not work on their own cleaners. So, they aquire one at a garage sale (or wherever), and it has loud bearings or a worn out brush. They never do anything with it. They bring it to convention, thinking of trading it. Except for the few of us who DO work on old cleaners, no one seems to want it. I wait until the last day, then ask for it. I've received many cleaners for my collection that way. I have room to store a lot of machines for 'parts'. For example, when I got the Rainbow from Tania on the last day, she told me that it didn't work all the time. Something about a short in the switch or cord. Well, it was just the carbon brushes worn down to the springs. I took the motor completely apart, replaced the bearings and brushes, and it works (and looks) like new. It was a 1962 model D Rainbow (the year I was born) and it sits proudly on display at Dan's vac shop, on the shelf, where customers can see it.

No one but me wanted it, since it didn't work 'properly'. To me, it was a treasure. Because I knew I could fix it. As I said, it's the LAST DAY that really counts for me anyway.

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