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boots toy vacuum cleaner (1998)?
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Post# 406099   2/28/2019 at 17:28 (403 days old) by st3phxxx (elmhurst)        

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hey vacuumland i saw a few years ago an ad on ebay about a toy vacuum cleaner made by boots in the uk it said it was from 1998 and its the same as the toy kenmore powervac in the pic but the boots vacuum was in green purple and silver just wondering if anyone has any pics or one for sale? x

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Post# 406100 , Reply# 1   2/28/2019 at 17:45 (403 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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Hate to break it to ya, but not many people here care about toy vacuums.

Post# 406101 , Reply# 2   2/28/2019 at 17:59 (403 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Toy Vacuums

I care!Why don't you?
Adin,If your Aerus office found toy Electrolux coin banks from the 60s--90s would you then care??
Toy vacs have been around since the beginning of real vacs,some offered by the major companies.Also salesman samples from an era when salesmen traveled by train with no room to carry a real vac.
I have seen several and have some but have never seen the above toy.Hopefully others will know more.

Post# 406102 , Reply# 3   2/28/2019 at 18:18 (403 days old) by st3phxxx (elmhurst)        

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thx rugsucker also i thought this forum webiste was free and able to discuss about any vacuum related topics not just vintage ones.

Post# 406117 , Reply# 4   2/28/2019 at 21:52 (403 days old) by Electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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It is indeed so post away!! Someone will have knowledge on some toy machines as there are people here who I am sure have a few. When I was a toddler I had a Fisher Price toy vacuum, it had styrofoam beads in it and when pushed they would move around. I wound up with a couple others when I was 7-8 I had a Dirt Devil Deluxe toy vac that took C batteries and also the Dirt Devil Hand vac. Surprisingly the hand vac actually worked and the upright was supposed to be able to suck stuff up but it didn't. I did recently pick up for a friend a Miele toy canister, and a Hetty toy as well. I don't know what he did with them or even if they are accessible but he isn't a member here and I don't think I will be able to get pictures.

Anyway... the Site is free unless you upgrade membership and everyone is always welcome to post topics. If they get discussed then great, if people just look at it and move on then it wasn't their cup of tea. I'm sure the thread will eventually resurface in the future.

Post# 406122 , Reply# 5   2/28/2019 at 23:25 (403 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        
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I also care about toy vacuums and have a few of them myself (Little Tidy Miss anyone?) This site is for everyone and for all collectors!

Toy vacuums have a special place in the heart of many collectors, as they may remember using one in the time they were kids, or they always wanted one and never found one.

To me, I think there isn't enough discussion on toy vacuums here, and it is refreshing to see some variety being posted and not just discussions on Miele/Sebo/Kirby/Dyson.

Post# 406126 , Reply# 6   3/1/2019 at 06:30 (402 days old) by st3phxxx (elmhurst)        

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huskyvacs and electroluxxxx thx x i love toy vacuums ive had porbably ovr a 100 in my life but theyve iether all gotten broken or thrown in the trash love u guys lots x

Post# 406128 , Reply# 7   3/1/2019 at 08:44 (402 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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Oh, sorry. I was under the impression that not many people cared about toy vacs on here. My apologies. Since we're on the topic of toy vacuums, I would like to share the toy vacs I had when I was younger.

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Post# 406134 , Reply# 8   3/1/2019 at 09:28 (402 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
I care

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Toy vacuums are what we may have originally collected.  They are our memories.  Maybe possibly they should go in the household section to appease some viewers.  I personally have no problem with you collecting and discussing on this forum as long as they are within the last 20 years.

Post# 406136 , Reply# 9   3/1/2019 at 10:59 (402 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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I already apologized, now may we please drop the subject? I was under the false impression that most people here didn't care for toy vacuums. I was just trying to keep this thread from turning into one of St3phxxx's other posts where she pestered Eluxfan71.

Post# 406140 , Reply# 10   3/1/2019 at 11:59 (402 days old) by Electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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that thread is done and over with...

However Adin, My sister when she was younger, had that same Dirt Devil with the detachable hand vac. Surprisingly it actually worked. My question to you is... Did the Dyson actually pick stuff up? As far as the last DD pic you posted, I remember seeing those in Walmart or Toys R Us when I was younger, they had the push button on top where it only made noise.

Post# 406146 , Reply# 11   3/1/2019 at 13:14 (402 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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The Dyson only picked up from the hose, not the floor head. Back then, believe it or not, I was a huge Dyson fan, and I loved that toy DC14! Boy, how some people change!
I liked the Dirt Devils better because they actually picked up fluff through the floor head. They even had little brushrolls driven by little wheels! If you ran them over the rug enough, there would be a little bit of fluff! I remember that the Classic Upright had a small shakeout bag, and the other one had a little compartment that you empty. The Dyson just had a small compartment at the bottom of the bottom of the cleaner for a dust trap. The Dirt Devil bagged upright had the best filtration because it had a small cloth bag, while the others just had a plastic screen to keep big stuff out of the motor.

Post# 406160 , Reply# 12   3/1/2019 at 16:55 (402 days old) by st3phxxx (elmhurst)        

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i have one of those dc14s and the thread about eluxfan71 is finished and defunct toy vacuums are adorable and some are very rare thank you all 4 your posts on this thread x

Post# 406161 , Reply# 13   3/1/2019 at 16:56 (402 days old) by st3phxxx (elmhurst)        

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i also have a vintage toy hoover junior

Post# 406169 , Reply# 14   3/1/2019 at 18:56 (402 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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Thanks for that explanation, I always wondered how those toy vacuums worked that advertised "real suction power".

The Tidy Miss I have was made before safety laws obviously, but it is interesting in the fact it really is "just like what mommy uses" (so the ad claimed). It is a dirty fan design, and has a mini plastic bladed fan like in Hoover Convertible styled uprights. I can;t use mine yet because the bag needs sewing and the plastic bottom of it needs to be kind of squashed back down carefully as it got bent the wrong way at some point and you can't push the little vac without it popping off the cleaner. It also has a thick rubberized cord like on a clothes iron, which is an interesting feature, for a little bit of safety.

Post# 406210 , Reply# 15   3/2/2019 at 10:51 (401 days old) by st3phxxx (elmhurst)        

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can u send picz plz?x

Post# 406225 , Reply# 16   3/2/2019 at 17:11 (401 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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Sure, here's a pic of when I got it.

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Post# 406226 , Reply# 17   3/2/2019 at 17:12 (401 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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And here is a pic of the ad from 1948.

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Post# 406227 , Reply# 18   3/2/2019 at 17:16 (401 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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It originally sold for $10.50 in 1948, which included tax and shipping. That works out to $110.77 in today's money! You can see why they have become so rare. Not everyone could afford something so extravagant. I guess you could compare it to the toy Dysons today which cost somewhere around there at retail price.

Post# 406231 , Reply# 19   3/2/2019 at 19:15 (401 days old) by st3phxxx (elmhurst)        

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wow tht is rare it looks very unique does the motor still run?x

Post# 406240 , Reply# 20   3/3/2019 at 01:07 (401 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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I haven't tried yet. I have found out the plug has had a new end soldered onto it, I am not sure how stable it is. I don;t want it shorting out in my house. I'm working on getting my workbench cleaned off so I can inspect it and test it in an open area on a concrete floor, less risk if something happens to go wrong.

Post# 406249 , Reply# 21   3/3/2019 at 08:28 (400 days old) by st3phxxx (elmhurst)        

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you should do a youtube video of testing it

Post# 406285 , Reply# 22   3/4/2019 at 15:29 (399 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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The Tidy Miss runs on 120 VAC with a metal fan? That wouldn't go down so well today. All it would take is one stupid kid to stick their fingers in the motor while it's running and there would be lawsuits up the ass! I wonder how well it picks up dirt? You should compare it to one of those $20 Walmart stick vacs to see if a toy could outsuck a real vacuum!

Post# 406301 , Reply# 23   3/4/2019 at 21:40 (399 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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Yep, runs on 115v AC current (50 watts 0.5 amps). The plastic shroud and "carpet comb" on the bottom is just clipped on with press-fit type washers, so once you pop the cover off, there's nothing stopping you from putting your fingers into the fan. It's not a metal fan though, it's plastic, but its mounted facing downward and works to suck the debris into the bag like any other vacuum at the time of the type.

I will work this year hopefully at getting it all fixed up, just needs general TLC. Is in great shape but just has a bit of warping to the bottom shroud I need to flatten and inspect the motor and possibly put the original style plug back on the end. Right now, someone has put a Christmas tree light style Bakelite plug with socket on the end and soldered it in, so it's been done at the time the vacuum was new, or shortly after. Likely from a kid yanking the vacuum out of the socket by the cord and caused the plug to come off in the socket and dear old dad grabbed whatever he had already and made sure it wouldn't come loose again.

Post# 406313 , Reply# 24   3/5/2019 at 06:50 (398 days old) by st3phxxx (elmhurst)        

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haaa probably the case lol itz really cute and interesting when vintage toy vacuums work just like the ''real uprights'' i have a vintage toy hoover junior from about 1986 which i have modified with a notor and new fan i will show some pics 2 u soon and maybe do a video xxx

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