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Post# 385852   2/11/2018 at 21:17 (252 days old) by gabowenjr (tampa fl)        

Have 2 vintage vacuums for sale. Just was wondering what I could expect to get from them?

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Post# 385900 , Reply# 1   2/12/2018 at 13:45 (251 days old) by Bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        

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Gorgeous machines, but as usual with old vacuums they are only worth what someone is willing to pay for them. I would suggest putting them on EBay.The Birtman may not be worth as much since that company produced so many under so many different names. The singer is more the desirable model.

Post# 385911 , Reply# 2   2/12/2018 at 16:47 (251 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        

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I see you have both of the machines on eBay. They are both nice machines.

Post# 386074 , Reply# 3   2/14/2018 at 13:58 (249 days old) by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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A real problem with trying to sell such vintage vacuums is that most of the collectors who desired either machine have either passed away, or already have one. The young vacuum collectors rarely know what they are. Most young collectors want vacuums from the 1980's, which they consider 'old' and 'antique'.

Good luck with the auction.

Post# 386700 , Reply# 4   2/24/2018 at 21:56 (239 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        
Wow, that is lots of money

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Hello All,
I see the Singer R4D is back on eBay.
I have to agree with dysonman1 that some members have their Singers.
I have 3 of those great machines; R1, R4 and R4D.
I thought I paid a lot for my R4D but no way near what this one is on eBay for.
Good luck on getting your asking price.
Thank you for looking,

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Post# 386749 , Reply# 5   2/26/2018 at 01:23 (238 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        
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I'm 26 and I have got a Bee Vac myself - no idea when it was made or how rare it is. Came out of a barn in Amish country Wisconsin. Have to jury-rig a bag for it and needs a full inspection before even plugging it in. Love these old vacs and their unique soft sound like a sewing machine.

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Post# 386790 , Reply# 6   2/26/2018 at 17:31 (237 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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If i was more financially stable, I wold love to own them! Sadly my family, my Aunt, and Uncle have been putting our spare money towards a Nursing Home for my grandfather. He fell Ill a few months ago, and is too unstable to return home.


Personally, ill take machines from the 30's through the 80's over anything made today...

Post# 386809 , Reply# 7   2/26/2018 at 22:30 (237 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        

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Hello All,
One has to remember that many of the collectors of the older vacuums started collecting them years ago when these older machines could be found easily.
I am really fond of the early Singer vacuums like the R1, but there is no way I will pay $1,000.00 for one. Thank the Lord there wonít be any NIB found, LOL.
For huskyvac, I just know someone out the will have an old useable bag complete with bag ring or just the bag ring for your Bee Vac. Your Bee Vac is a great find.
I have an early Royal from the 30ís that I should buff but I sort of like the way it looks in the rough, the bag was toast so I did get a solid gray one for it.
For vacuumlad1650, Iím on the older side and just how much longer will I be keeping what I have? I donít mean that in a negative way, but.
I have a thing for all Hoovers with Bakelite hoods so I have all but Model 60, Model 27 and Model 26.
I would say if I have a Model 61 why would I want a Model 60, the Model 61 is basically an improved Model 60 but not as rare.
I own Model 28s so again why a Model 27 other than I think they were somewhat rare. And as for the Model 27 it would make what I have complete.
I am not saying I am actively looking for any of these and there are several Model 27s on eBay but I donít want to spend those dollars right now.
Good hunting down the older and newer vacuums you all want.
Thank you for looking,

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