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Post# 133639   4/22/2011 at 14:16 (4,697 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Found these and thought I would share. Some of you may have seen these already.

A small teeny tiny portion of one single store (of two the same size) here in Omaha. Owned by two brothers.

Here is the front room. ALways changing with vintage machines.

Post# 133640 , Reply# 1   4/22/2011 at 14:18 (4,697 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        


You dont even know how long I have been bugging to get that 28s original bag!

Post# 133641 , Reply# 2   4/22/2011 at 14:18 (4,697 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Even more.

Post# 133642 , Reply# 3   4/22/2011 at 14:20 (4,697 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Continuing down to...

the first of two basements. This is where he keeps the newer and less rare stuff.

THe kirby PILE. My friend has bought most of them up already.

Post# 133643 , Reply# 4   4/22/2011 at 14:22 (4,697 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

The middle of the huge basement.k

Post# 133644 , Reply# 5   4/22/2011 at 14:22 (4,697 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        


Post# 133645 , Reply# 6   4/22/2011 at 14:23 (4,697 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Looking way back into the back.

Post# 133646 , Reply# 7   4/22/2011 at 14:27 (4,697 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

OMG, I would never find cool vintage stuff like that in a vac shop here, not even in the dumpster out back!  And that basement looks like a spooky vacuum graveyard.  No wonder you talk about that place a lot. 

Post# 133647 , Reply# 8   4/22/2011 at 14:37 (4,697 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        


I have more pictures on, however its a super forum thread, and its old, so unless one is a member you cant view them. So I cant get to them anymore.

This isn't even the creepy part of the store. There is a whole nother sub basement with easily 3-4 times as many vacuums, with much much older and rare machines.

I have found some old eureka turquoise uprights, with cord winders, and lots of convertibles, as well as dozens of hoover coffee cans and such. :P

Post# 133650 , Reply# 9   4/22/2011 at 16:07 (4,697 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
wouldn't you just LOVE

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to get in there and attack?!

Post# 133651 , Reply# 10   4/22/2011 at 16:09 (4,697 days old) by kenkart ()        
I would love!!!

To have that tan Eureka!!!

Post# 133656 , Reply# 11   4/22/2011 at 16:21 (4,697 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

I thought about getting it to match with my Montgomery wards eureka. Looks to be the same time period.

Here are the following machines that my friend and I have dug out of here-

2 hoover 150s (there is at least 3 still down there)
Constellation 84
Scotts and Fetzer Sanitation system- all original
Kirby model C- all original missing nozzle plug
Kirby 508- 560. (about 6 of them)
Several sanitronics thru heritages
American Lincoln kirby- all original unused
Comvac 1300
Hoover Lark model 12 all original
Hoover 65 base
Monitor upright (apex 60X series)

Some notable machines left down there that we have found so far-

Hoover 150 x3
Hoover model 25 x4
Hoover model 26 x6
Hoover 800 x3-4
Hoover 825 x1
Hoover 700 and 725 x lots!
Hoover 102 and 105 x3
Hoover 541/3 x 3-5
Rexairs x5-8
Original model luxs- x2-3

And SOOO much more.

Post# 133657 , Reply# 12   4/22/2011 at 16:25 (4,697 days old) by vacman117 (Chicago, IL)        

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There are tons of vac shops like that around here. Aren't so much fun yet so overwhelming at the same time?!

Post# 133658 , Reply# 13   4/22/2011 at 16:57 (4,697 days old) by kenkart ()        

Here, I find most of my stuff at re sale shops and old hardware stores, I dont know of any old vac shops, or at least any that have anything, you are right about the Eureka, it is the counterpart to your Wards!! Late 40s early 50s, First of the Eurekas that are now Sanitaires!

Post# 134245 , Reply# 14   4/26/2011 at 20:28 (4,693 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

I found more pictures!


The massive canister bin on the main floor next to the shop.

That pinkish connie 84 way in the back is the one I own now.

Post# 134246 , Reply# 15   4/26/2011 at 20:29 (4,693 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

More of the massive bin.

Notice that its about 7-8 or so feet high.

Chuck FULL.

Post# 134247 , Reply# 16   4/26/2011 at 20:30 (4,693 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

More of the bin.

Look at my pretty 84 connie! Just waiting for me.


Post# 134249 , Reply# 17   4/26/2011 at 20:31 (4,693 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        



This is where the real treasures were. The only light down in the vast basement was coming from that work light.

Post# 134251 , Reply# 18   4/26/2011 at 20:32 (4,693 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Looking to the other side.


A very very small edge of it.

Post# 134252 , Reply# 19   4/26/2011 at 20:33 (4,693 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        


Post# 134253 , Reply# 20   4/26/2011 at 20:33 (4,693 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        


Post# 134254 , Reply# 21   4/26/2011 at 20:34 (4,693 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

My head hurts!

Post# 134255 , Reply# 22   4/26/2011 at 20:35 (4,693 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        


I OWN THAT 150!!!!

Post# 134256 , Reply# 23   4/26/2011 at 20:36 (4,693 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

I Haven't even scratched the surface. Literally.

Post# 134257 , Reply# 24   4/26/2011 at 20:38 (4,693 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

It goes on and on and on and on.

Here is an entirely new never pictured before in this thread-room. Even larger than the antique room.

There were tons of plasty vacuums layered on top of lots of real old machines that we cant get to.... yet.

and this is showing only one wall of it.

Post# 134258 , Reply# 25   4/26/2011 at 20:39 (4,693 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

For all your kirby nuts.

Check this puppy out. All original complete Scotts and Fetzer sanitation system.

Thats the original bag wrapped around the machine. We found the cord months later on the ground.

Post# 134259 , Reply# 26   4/26/2011 at 20:40 (4,693 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        



We found the original bag and cord later on, as well.

WE NEED the nozzle plug!

Post# 134285 , Reply# 27   4/27/2011 at 01:10 (4,693 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        

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If the owner(s) ever want to clean the place out, wouldn't it be a great spot for a convention?! I bet we could make that stuff disappear VERY quickly!

Post# 134298 , Reply# 28   4/27/2011 at 07:24 (4,693 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        
Bet we could make that stuff disappear quickly....

There would be a feeding frenzy!!!  It's sad to see all those machines heaped up in piles in that dank, musty basement.  I'd love to dive into that place and pull out some treasures but I think my allergies would bring a quick end to the excitement.

Post# 134340 , Reply# 29   4/27/2011 at 13:56 (4,692 days old) by isufan11 (Minneapolis )        

Is this O'Dowd's the store located on 13th street?

Post# 134341 , Reply# 30   4/27/2011 at 14:18 (4,692 days old) by 2011hoover700 (owosso michigan)        

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Is that store still open there?

Are the vacuums still there?

I've been searching for an original brushroll for my hoover model 700 or something to fit it properly.


Post# 134388 , Reply# 31   4/27/2011 at 19:33 (4,692 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        


This is NOT Odowds on 13th street. HE HAS MORE VACUUMS AT THAT LOCATION- In MUCH BETTER condition and way way way more organized, and far rarer stuff than this place shown above.

This is ODOWDS on NORTH west Radial Highway.

And by golly he is definitely still open, and he definitely has all those machines still.

Post# 134410 , Reply# 32   4/27/2011 at 22:19 (4,692 days old) by isufan11 (Minneapolis )        

Thanks Brandon, I didn't know they had a shop out there. I have gotten stuff from the 13th street store before very nice guys good prices and very knowledgeable, you are right they do have a ton of stuff there I may or may not have shed a tear of joy my first time in there. I am going to have to make a trip to Omaha this weekend.

Post# 134413 , Reply# 33   4/27/2011 at 22:25 (4,692 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        


Have you been to the 2nd floor of the 13th store, or the basement, or even the building next door? I have yet to. Greg has been in parts of them. Apparently they are packed full of old vacuums.

Packed is a word he didn't use lightly. lol.

Post# 134482 , Reply# 34   4/28/2011 at 08:30 (4,692 days old) by isufan11 (Minneapolis )        

I have been to the building next door, I cannot begin to describe the amount of vacuums that they have. It is truly a collectors dream, they have everything, from old pump vacs to new Ricaar. I would highly encourage anyone who has a chance (or anyone who may be driving to the convention from out west) to stop by and check it out.

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