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Post# 378295   9/12/2017 at 09:36 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I had my first official mini meet over the weekend in the Southeast part of Kansas.
Chad, Kenny, Will, and Corey all came to my home from KC, Tulsa, Wichita, and Dallas area. We had a blast but there's just not enough time in a weekend to do everything. My area was having a 100 mile yard sale hitting every town within a 100 mile radius. Will came in Friday afternoon and crashed at my house. Chad and Kenny also came in Friday afternoon and stayed in town. We played with vacuums in the mini meet rooms till pretty late. After Chad and Kenny left Will and I sat up till sun up taking about vacuums and such. Shaylee got home from work (12 hour nursing shift) and made us all breakfast before she went to bed. Corey arrived sometime during breakfast. We hit the road and by about 4 decided to call it quits and head back to my house... That's when things got interesting. As driving through Coffeyville Ks I was telling a story about a vac shop that had been there many decades that just closed as the owner died. As we drove by it, doors were open and old vacs all over the parking lot. We pulled in and spent a LOT of time going through the shop then the old mans grand daughter asked if we would like to see his house which was a vacuum hoard. I knew the old man very well and that helped her be comfortable with us going through his house. OMG it was like an episode off Hoarders. It was all vacuums everywhere. We started off spending an hour or 2 in the dumpster in the front yard which was FULL of vacuums and old advertisements. After we finished up with that it was super late and everyone had to get back that night. We never made it back to my house for more vacuum play but there will be other times. Will did stay another night since he had the furthest to drive. He left about 6pm Sunday night. We sat and serviced vacs all Sunday.

My phone was dead and so I didn't get any pics but the others dd so I will rely on them to get pics posted.

Post# 378298 , Reply# 1   9/12/2017 at 10:11 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
It was a blast....

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Going through the former vac shop owners house was the highlight. Unfortunately, we didnít get time to play with vacuums together as a group. We will do that next time. I love being around Phillip's house and all of his wildlife. Reminds me of my childhood, my dad is a retired high school AG instructor. So I grew up around hogs, chickens and horses and was in 4H and FFA.

Post# 378299 , Reply# 2   9/12/2017 at 10:12 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Chad using Phillip's new in the box Bison

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Post# 378300 , Reply# 3   9/12/2017 at 10:13 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Phillip using his new in the box Bison

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Post# 378301 , Reply# 4   9/12/2017 at 10:17 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
From inside the closed down vac shop

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Post# 378302 , Reply# 5   9/12/2017 at 10:18 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
More vacs.....

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Post# 378304 , Reply# 6   9/12/2017 at 10:18 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
More vacs 2.........

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I loaded down with bags and parts......

Post# 378306 , Reply# 7   9/12/2017 at 10:24 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
My pile from..

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the owner's house. It was a real adventure! The grand daughter loved it. And got a real kick out of us digging through her grandfather's vacuums and parts. The grandfather also refilled condom vending machines in the area so the grand daughter gave us a bunch of gag condoms as souvenirs!

Post# 378307 , Reply# 8   9/12/2017 at 10:30 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Thanks again, Phillip!

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for completing my Don Clark setup with the AirWay canister that I got from you! It's really fun to use!

Post# 378308 , Reply# 9   9/12/2017 at 10:41 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
We also ate at

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Lannings in Coffeyville, KS which had great food while we were waiting for the grand daughter to get back with us on going through the owner's home. Before the mini-meet Chad and I ate at the Pioneer Woman's restaurant in Pawhuska, OK. Which was quite an experience the restaurant had excellent food! I had been to Pawhuska quite frequently in the past to attend our 4H annual livestock sale.

Post# 378309 , Reply# 10   9/12/2017 at 11:38 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Kenny, I'm so glad that Airway is now complete!!!

Post# 378311 , Reply# 11   9/12/2017 at 14:19 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Looks like lots of fun! I'll have to get down there at some point...

Post# 378320 , Reply# 12   9/12/2017 at 21:10 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Digging #1

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Post# 378321 , Reply# 13   9/12/2017 at 21:13 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Digging #2

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Post# 378322 , Reply# 14   9/12/2017 at 21:16 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Inside the shop

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Post# 378323 , Reply# 15   9/12/2017 at 21:18 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Digging #3

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Post# 378325 , Reply# 16   9/12/2017 at 21:45 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Electrolux Demo Kit!

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Post# 378326 , Reply# 17   9/12/2017 at 21:47 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
A Singer upright adapter

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for use with tools. I've never seen this before.

Post# 378327 , Reply# 18   9/12/2017 at 22:05 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I didn't see that singer adapter. Wow that's cool

Post# 378344 , Reply# 19   9/13/2017 at 08:23 by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
"Singer upright adapter"

I once found 2 at the same estate sale and never,ever saw another before or since.You might want to show bottom pic so it can be understood by others.

Post# 378346 , Reply# 20   9/13/2017 at 09:15 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Thanks Jimmy! Here is the bottom.

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Post# 378347 , Reply# 21   9/13/2017 at 09:16 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Some more Kirby finds

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Post# 378356 , Reply# 22   9/13/2017 at 11:29 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
More vacs..

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Post# 378357 , Reply# 23   9/13/2017 at 11:30 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Another picture of the strange Kirby wheels setup

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Post# 378358 , Reply# 24   9/13/2017 at 11:41 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Phillip and Will

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After seeing Phillip's DVD collection. I would like to start one of my own. We watched the vacuum scene from Ernest Goes to School.

Post# 378359 , Reply# 25   9/13/2017 at 11:49 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
The Don Clark

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setup is so much fun to use. I didn't realize that these Eureka uprights (power nozzle) had both metal and plastic based versions. I just can't get over how much fun we had and I'm still thinking about the digging adventure the four of us went on. Thanks again, Phillip for hosting!

Post# 378360 , Reply# 26   9/13/2017 at 12:20 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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The old man Mr Kennedy also collected vintage condom machines and their content. His drand daughter Victoria gave us all a parting gift. A box of vintage comical rubbers. There were 100s of these machines all over the house and store.

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Post# 378361 , Reply# 27   9/13/2017 at 12:22 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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A few more pics

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Post# 378364 , Reply# 30   9/13/2017 at 12:23 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Some more of the digging.

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We also found a Wards Power Plus brown bag and base, blue Regina canister, Convertible 65 bag and several Kirby parts and accessories.

Post# 378365 , Reply# 31   9/13/2017 at 12:24 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Post# 378368 , Reply# 33   9/13/2017 at 12:30 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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The lady in the pic is Victoria the vac shop owners grand daughter.
Shaylee was so disappointed that she had to work all weekend and couldn't dig with us. Victoria has contacted us and asked if we can assist her with going through all the rest of it and help her sell it all.

Post# 378369 , Reply# 34   9/13/2017 at 12:41 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Victoria was nice and very pleasant and had a lot of stories about her grandfather and his dealings with people as a Kirby Salesman. I loved using the Regina Brush and Beat. Pretty powerful for such a small vac. I just wanted to post a full picture of the vacuum.

Post# 378382 , Reply# 35   9/13/2017 at 15:43 by Vintagefox (California)        

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Looks like you guys had a great time! Old man Mr Kennedy appears to have been quite the character! Collecting vacuums and condom machines?!

By the way love the living room setup!

Post# 378383 , Reply# 36   9/13/2017 at 16:23 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Thanks, I'm very pleased with the living room. It's not quite finished yet. That carpet is new old stock from 1972!!!! An older lady still had it after all these years and gave it to me but I paid a good amount to have it laid lol

Post# 378384 , Reply# 37   9/13/2017 at 16:24 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Thank you Kenny, I don't know why the pics you sent only posed half size.

Post# 378386 , Reply# 38   9/13/2017 at 17:08 by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        

It looks like everyone had an awesome time! As you guys know, I'm not a digger, but could've stayed back with Sonya and Shaylee and whipped up some vittles!

Post# 378388 , Reply# 39   9/13/2017 at 17:31 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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After seeing the living room, Phil, you can be my interior decorator any time :)


Post# 378390 , Reply# 40   9/13/2017 at 19:22 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
looks like y'all

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had a great time. The place looks great, Phillip. And, who is that handsome Corey?

Post# 378394 , Reply# 41   9/13/2017 at 21:12 by portable (Tucson, AZ)        

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Wow, this sure looks like a lot of fun. What an adventure. I bet there are more treasures to be had in that place.

Post# 378405 , Reply# 42   9/14/2017 at 08:45 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Victoria messaged me yesterday to tell me she found 2 more smaller buildings absolutely FULL of more vacuums.

John That is a collector from Wichita. I met him this past Spring. He's a great guy. He is on vacuumland but I forget what his user name is. I think it has Electrolux in it. I'll find it and post.

Post# 378407 , Reply# 43   9/14/2017 at 08:52 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Corey is electroluxman1

Post# 378428 , Reply# 44   9/14/2017 at 18:47 by swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
So many handsome men, just who will I have BBQ with?

Greetings from Tokyo...or at least the end of the runway in Nartta, Japan. It looks like everyone had a great time. It was kismet or good karma that determined the vacuum shop be open and available that day! Sorry I couldn't make it, I would have loved to get my 'dig' on.
Best to you and Shaylee,
P.S. In the pic where everyone is standing in the dumpster, what kind of hoses are close to Will's feet...enquiring minds want to know! A gentleman can't have too many...hoses!

Post# 378456 , Reply# 45   9/15/2017 at 09:43 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I can't tell from the pic but I vaguely remember it as I picked it up and looked at it. It's either a GE or Eureka. Seems it was missing the hose end.

That green hose n the pic I should have grabbed as it's rare. It was a Bison hose and I forgot to save it.

Post# 378483 , Reply# 46   9/15/2017 at 22:19 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
well, very nice machines..........

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plus, that Corey. Hope I didn't embarrass anyone, including myself.
But.... mm,mm,mm!

Post# 378591 , Reply# 47   9/18/2017 at 10:04 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Kenny, are you ready for another quote un quote "shit show?"
You know this is going to forever be our terms for vacuum digs now, right?

This is what Victoria kept calling it. She said welcome to the shit show then wanna go to pops house for shit show #2 lol Now that she has found 2 more buildings full it will be show #3

Post# 378594 , Reply# 48   9/18/2017 at 12:12 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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I am ready for s**t show number 3. That was quite an unforgettable night! Not just the vacuums but the company. Victoria was eating it up as well. Remember that AF cord winder? She thought it was so cool that the cord winder was from 1957. I was like big deal. I have two of them, lol! She was so taken back by our interest in vintage vacuum cleaners she was googling them from her phone.

We made her day as much as she made ours. I canít wait to see what is behind door #3. Oh, the adventures we get into together!

Sean, you can take all of us to the barbecue! Oh fiddle dee dee, decisions, decisions. You are in the same position as Scarlett however you donít have to choose. And if you cook, we will never go hungry again!

Post# 378616 , Reply# 49   9/18/2017 at 14:39 by Electroluxman1 (Wichita Kansas)        

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Phillip, I had a great time! That house was a eye opening experience. Nothing like I had experienced before. I hope we can get together soon and do it again.

Post# 378617 , Reply# 50   9/18/2017 at 14:46 by Electroluxman1 (Wichita Kansas)        

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Phillip, Victoria found more buildings and more vacuums?? Are you going to go look at them?

Post# 378659 , Reply# 51   9/19/2017 at 08:53 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Yes, I just need to organize a time with her between now an Oct. when she plans to have a huge sale.

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