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Post# 370549   4/12/2017 at 11:08 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Just a reminder the annual VCCC convention will be on June 22-24th in Tulsa, OK. Houston Conner has graciously opened his home to host a pool party and to see his collection of vacuums and other vintage items.  Please see the revised schedule of events on the VCCC website (click the link below). Hope to see you in Tulsa!


Post# 370550 , Reply# 1   4/12/2017 at 11:23 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I will be there!!! It's just a hop, skip, and jump away from me!!

Post# 370551 , Reply# 2   4/12/2017 at 11:24 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Come on everyone please get on board and get your reservations made. We will have a great time!!! I can't to see all of my favorite people!

Post# 370625 , Reply# 3   4/13/2017 at 08:34 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Yes Phillip its close. It’s nice that we have our convention in a different place every year and can see other member’s homes/collections. Phillip, myself and few others have been planning the VCCC convention since last year and will have some additional door prizes this year. We will also have the raffle this year as well. 

Post# 370668 , Reply# 4   4/14/2017 at 00:49 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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wish i could go im in canada

Post# 370681 , Reply# 5   4/14/2017 at 09:52 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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We would love to have you!

Post# 370718 , Reply# 6   4/14/2017 at 16:33 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        
would love it

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if i had the money to travel to the US i would lol never been in the states before id love it but how would i bring my vacuum im in canada new brunswick lol

Post# 370863 , Reply# 7   4/17/2017 at 11:20 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Joe Kassock and I are looking into DRIVING!!

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If there's anyone else around us interested, I'm sure it will be an experience.
These conventions are ALWAYS great.
It's a great time to reconnect, meet new folks, share, learn, etc. The V.C.C.C. is a great club, groups of great people who share a passion for vacuums, etc. THere has only been one V.C.C.C., although it has evolved over the years, as does everything.It has never disbanded and a new one generated from scratch. If anyone is interested, I urge you to check us out.
Happy Hoovering...............

Post# 370944 , Reply# 8   4/18/2017 at 15:00 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
I agree John..

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We already have members registering!!! It will be a great convention this year........

Post# 371039 , Reply# 9   4/19/2017 at 10:47 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Great photo, Kenny!

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I'll be registering next week. Joe is getting back to me on the trip. It's far, but SO worth the trip. It's great to see everyone again, share good times, a meal, develop new friendships. Mostly very drama free.
Hoping to see you all at the good old V.C.C.C. again this year.

Post# 371040 , Reply# 10   4/19/2017 at 11:14 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Thanks John!

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I didnít actually create the photo. My friend Houston did. I thought it looked nice! Everything is shaping up to be a wonderful convention. Iím looking forward it! We have several activities planned (see the Schedule of Events). We are going to three collectors homes this year. We also have several nice thrift stores in Tulsa and a BIG flea market! There will be plenty of things to do and places to see!


Post# 371059 , Reply# 11   4/19/2017 at 16:25 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
it will be

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Post# 371621 , Reply# 12   5/1/2017 at 11:31 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I've been told it's a

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22 hour drive, then it's a 13 hour drive. I'm still waiting to hear from Joe Kassock. I also have to book my room. Not sure if anyone else needs a roomie.
Getting things ready. It will be great to see everyone again. There might even be some new faces. Starting the countdown!!

Post# 371622 , Reply# 13   5/1/2017 at 11:33 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'm also getting a "Care Package"

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of bojack disposable bags I've accumulated over the year for others to have. I never use them but, sometimes they are included in packages of 'genuine' bags."One man's trash is anothers'...........................

Post# 371628 , Reply# 14   5/1/2017 at 13:59 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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I'll use bojack! As long as they fit. I'm also going to have a big free pile of vacuum cleaners. I'll post pictures as the date moves closer. Did I mention FREE!!! We are also preparing some informational brochures on Tulsa with places to eat and sights to see.

Post# 371656 , Reply# 15   5/2/2017 at 08:30 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I too am hoping to have some stuff to go bye bye. Come with empty luggage.

Post# 371669 , Reply# 16   5/2/2017 at 12:17 by UniversalDave1 (Gardendale, AL)        
It pains me to say...

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That unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this year. The thought of not going to the Convention gives me a sick feeling, but it's too far to go, and too much money. I do plan to attend 2018 and future Conventions though, if at all possible. I want to see lots of pictures!

Post# 371672 , Reply# 17   5/2/2017 at 14:38 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It's a shame you won't be there.

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WE always enjoy when you're there.

Post# 371730 , Reply# 18   5/3/2017 at 08:46 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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You and your dad will be missed.

Post# 371736 , Reply# 19   5/3/2017 at 11:00 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Yes, I SHOULD have added your

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father as well. It's always great talking with him, too.
I just was looking at directions, etc... a 20 hour drive. I'll either be going alone, OR with others. Not certain about that yet.

Post# 371738 , Reply# 20   5/3/2017 at 11:14 by UniversalDave1 (Gardendale, AL)        
Thanks for the kind words,

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I'm sure going to miss seeing my vacuum family this year, but at least I'll get to see one of my friends on the 19th and 20th and our micro meet. We're heading up to Memphis on the 20th for the "Vacuum Palooza" though, so that should be fun.

Post# 371978 , Reply# 21   5/10/2017 at 08:08 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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So who all is planning on coming? I think a list would be fun, i'll start.
Shaylee and I are registered already!!

Post# 371991 , Reply# 22   5/10/2017 at 10:31 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'll be there as well.

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Not sure yet about Joe Kassock. Not sure about Sam, either.

Post# 372037 , Reply# 23   5/11/2017 at 08:35 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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It will be good to see you John. Our club has some very faithful members who attend every VCCC Convention!

I sent out an email to all VCCC members reminding them to make their hotel reservations by May 23rd. Please click on the link below for more information. Hope to see everyone in Tulsa!


Post# 372129 , Reply# 24   5/13/2017 at 13:50 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Free Vacuums for VCCC Convention attendees

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These vacuums are free to those who attend the VCCC Convention in Tulsa! I will probably add some more to the pile as I continue to go through them. As always we will have a big free/ for sale pile at the convention.

Hope to see you there. Thanks, Kenny!

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Post# 372203 , Reply# 25   5/15/2017 at 22:35 by Swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        

Thank you for all your hard work for this upcoming convention! I love Houston's adverts for our official club meeting! I'm looking forward to seeing Phillip's collection and his homestead...though I'll do my best to keep his chickens out of my Volvo, as it violates my warranty. A pool party sounds like fun, though I don't know if I'll let out my one piece swimsuit or just wear a very large sunhat. I'm looking forward to seeing old friends, young and old, and meeting new collectors.

I'll be driving, with Brett, from Santa Fe. While I have an official vacuum room in my new, 60 year old, home...I still have a few too many vacuums for my smaller living arrangements. I'll be bringing some gorgeous GE swivel tops, a bunch of Hoover hoses and wands, as well as attachments for a variety of machines. I'll be selling much paper, including shops manuals, supplier catalogs, retail catalogs, and manufacturer paper. Did I say paper?
I'm looking forward to being in Tulsa...words I don't say often.
Lets hear from some of the other attendees...
Sean Curry

Post# 372205 , Reply# 26   5/15/2017 at 22:45 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'm going.

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Not sure if I'm going alone yet. Also curious if anyone needs a roomie.

Post# 372213 , Reply# 27   5/16/2017 at 10:54 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I told Shaylee that if she let the chickens out that day I was going to tie her up and leave her in the storm celler lol The chickens will be put up. The famous Pugs however will meet and greet for a bit. Please make sure you rub Ivory's belly it's very important to her.

I'm so excited for this year.... Oh and ps. not only do the chickens void warranty, they also kill the trade in value but only on Volvos. I didn't get squat out of my Volvo

Post# 372215 , Reply# 28   5/16/2017 at 12:10 by Gsohoover (Greensboro, NC)        

To see if I can get the days off. I want to go, but, it's a 16 hour drive from here in NC. The room is also quite expensive, I don't have a disposable income, sadly lol. So, I would need to room with someone or would need to figure something out. I don't want to miss out on another convention.



Post# 372216 , Reply# 29   5/16/2017 at 14:06 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Splitting a room would be no problem

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If you'd be interested.

Post# 372625 , Reply# 30   5/24/2017 at 08:38 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I'm getting excited but also saying whoa slow down I still have much to do.
I almost have the upright room finished or at least temporarily finished. I may just stop where its at now because I really need to get the vacuums out of storage and serviced. Please understand these rooms were thrown together quickly for the convention and may not be quite perfect. It was a huge undertaking building the upright and canister rooms. The canister room I still need to knock out one wall to open it up more, paint, carpet, finish risers, and get vacuums set up. I'm getting electric hooked up tonight so I can now work in there at night. woohoo.

Some of the local members here have offered to come by and help me get the vacuums serviced and with that help I may just be able to pull this off.

Post# 372629 , Reply# 31   5/24/2017 at 10:55 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It will be great, I;m sure.

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And, don't worry too much about the house. We're going to see 'you'. A house is a never -ending project. Mine is a prime example of that. Still soooooo much to do.

I sent in my registration. This will be a great convention, I'm sure. I'm not driving after all. So, I'll be flying.

Post# 372636 , Reply# 32   5/24/2017 at 15:21 by Swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
Get Here

In the beautiful words of Oleta Adams..."just get here if you can". More that seeing the collections and playing with the vacuums, I'm most looking forward to reconnecting with fellow collectors and sharing laughter and good times. Despite our differences I have a found affection for the men and women, young and old, I've met through the VCCC. It's not by accident that I have become involved in this group and formed attachments and deep friendships.
Best wishes to all,
Sean Curry
P.S. If you truly want to be moved by a woman's voice go to YouTube and check out Oleta Adams. The depth and sincerity of her voice is awe inspiring.

Post# 372641 , Reply# 33   5/24/2017 at 18:36 by cuffs054 (monticello, ga)        

Sean, Oleta is terrific!

Post# 372642 , Reply# 34   5/24/2017 at 19:45 by papasvacs (Lauderdale Lakes, FL)        
So very disappointed.........

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Looks like I am not going to make the convention this year.

Purely a matter of economics (or lack thereof!).  Airfares from Lauderdale are prohibitive.

All the nonsense with Kevin has drained my finances (and it's still not over, as he continues to fight everything).  He sued me for legal costs and won!  Costing me thousands of dollars.

The trip to Buffalo in March when my Dad passed was quite costly.  

AND..... there's the puppy.

Sadie came to live with us about 6 weeks ago.  She is a blue nosed Pitt and the cutest thing you ever saw.  She is the light of my life.  You can't beat the unconditional love of a pup.  But boarding her for the time I would be gone adds to the cost.

Know that I will miss you all so very much.  I've made some terrific friends in the VCCC and was looking so forward to Tulsa.  It really hurts to have to make these "adult" decisions.


Have a great time, think of me and enjoy the events!



Post# 372646 , Reply# 35   5/24/2017 at 21:19 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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It will be fantastic to reunite with you, too. WE ALWAYS have a great time. Yes, indeed, I've made life-long friends through this VCCC. I've also been able to see a lot of the U.S.through the VCCC.
Some of these friendships are very special to me. Some people, I only see once a year. Others, I see often. I've hosted many mini meets, and have had great times.
Some really enjoy coming back to my home, some even staying there. Some will never do that again. They've made fun of me (not good fun), at MY expense....doing things, mocking me, etc. They've eaten their last meal, spent their last night, and attended their last mini meet..To quote Miss Joan Crawford, "For reasons which are well known to them".
So, in a few short weeks, we'll all be together in TULSA, OKLAHOMA.

Post# 372655 , Reply# 36   5/25/2017 at 03:22 by Westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        
Tulsa or bust...

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I will be there, along with Marc Turbyfill. We will be driving from Rockford, Illinois to St. Louis on Wednesday; staying over at John Pease's home. We will head out early Thursday morning!

Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

Post# 372658 , Reply# 37   5/25/2017 at 09:19 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I'm so very sorry you won't be able to attend but use this time to relax and reflect on good vibes and try to forget about all the crap, it will eventually be over. Yes we will think of you and miss you.

Sean, I remember the first time I met you and thought holy cow who's this person, I could listen to him tell a story ALL DAY and then have my sides stitched up from side splitting laughter. I'm so glad to call you my friend and care for you very much.

John, same as above. I can listen to you ALL DAY too. Remember Mel Brooks and Carl Riener the 2000 year old man where the two of them would totally ad lib and entire dialog? You two could so do that and make $$millions.
Thank you all for being in my life. Lots of love to you all and I can't wait to see you.

Post# 372710 , Reply# 38   5/26/2017 at 14:02 by TheSpiritOf76 (Historic Midtown Wichita Kansas. )        

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Post# 372714 , Reply# 39   5/26/2017 at 15:37 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

Tom is having a convention at the Vacuum Museum in St. Louis. I am sure you would be welcomed there.

Post# 372728 , Reply# 40   5/26/2017 at 21:31 by wyaple (Ohio, USA)        
I would hope that...

The very few people in the world that are interested in vacuums would somehow be able to keep such a great convention focused on the machines rather than petty squabbles and personality differences. Vacuum enthusiasts are so rare that everyone should just appreciate each others company.

If I would ever choose to attend such an event, I would certainly be greatly disappointed to witness high levels of drama.


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