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Post# 410707   6/20/2019 at 11:44 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Just think, this time next week, we'll all be together, or will be en route. It's be wonderful to reunite with old friends, and to also meet new folks. So, put in your fresh bags, light bulbs, belts, etc.. Pack your bags and get ready.
"going to Kansas City....Kansas City here we come"!

Post# 410710 , Reply# 1   6/20/2019 at 14:33 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Oh yes!

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We will have over 30 people attending. I have a feeling the free and for sale piles are going to be big this year. I'm bringing ten vacuums myself to put in the free pile. Another member talked about renting a van to haul his vacuums to the convention. I'm currently working on the attractions list for the convention. There will be plenty of vac shops, thrift stores and estate sales for us to shop at. I donít think we will be short of vacuums. I know our members will find some treasures to bring home.

It will be a fun time! Iíll post pictures to our clubís website and possibly here. The convention is June 27th to June 30th. Thatís next week! Itís coming up fast!


Post# 410711 , Reply# 2   6/20/2019 at 14:51 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Will be

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Post# 410712 , Reply# 3   6/20/2019 at 15:46 by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        

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can i ask why no vccc meet in Canada >?

Post# 410713 , Reply# 4   6/20/2019 at 16:06 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Well, I guess because the VCCC started in the US and we currently do not have any members in Canada. We did at one time when Vacuumland and the VCCC were one. We have had members from Canada attend our conventions. I've met Brad and Dave.

Post# 410714 , Reply# 5   6/20/2019 at 16:09 by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        

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Well that explains it im Canadian il save up to join the VCCC club

Post# 410715 , Reply# 6   6/20/2019 at 17:08 by Swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
Everything's up to date in Kansas City

A week away...yea!

I.m looking forward to seeing everyone and meeting new collectors too! Thanks to Chad, our club president, for organizing this. Because of the generosity of club members and VCCC supporters there will plenty of vacuums for sale, free, trading, and to play with.

I'll be driving from New Mexico, and I know Luke will be driving from Ohio. I think John L will have us both beat as he's driving from Oregon. John, are you driving from PA or taking the Golden Argosy from Rome again this year?
See everyone soon

Post# 410717 , Reply# 7   6/20/2019 at 19:12 by Kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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We will be having one in Pennsylvania in about two years. It's closer to your side of Canada. Hope you can make that one.

Post# 410718 , Reply# 8   6/20/2019 at 19:20 by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        

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Ill see what i can do whit no car yet id fly there but have to catch a cab and hotel its a big trip bigger if i bring vacuum well see .

Post# 410726 , Reply# 9   6/20/2019 at 22:40 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Does that mean "Scranton" is a go??

Post# 410734 , Reply# 10   6/21/2019 at 11:33 by Paulg (my sweet home Chicago)        
Very much looking forward to this meet.

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Seeing friends again is really terrific. And every year the meets are a little different with interesting vacs, stories and a different mix of people. Always interesting with something new to learn and a few laughs to boot!

It was great to see Sean and Rick recently. We shared a whisp of a vintage vacuum event recently and I am eager to see how their new finds worked out. Iíll have a to live vicariously through them as all I have succeeded in doing is picking up a few old bags at estate sales.

Post# 410738 , Reply# 11   6/21/2019 at 12:34 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
And, it's ALWAYS

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great to see you, too.

Post# 410741 , Reply# 12   6/21/2019 at 14:24 by akabent (LEFT Coast)        
Everything's Up to Date........

Well,... if  EVERYTHING'S  up to date in Kansas City, how could I miss that??   The past few Conventions have been so incredible...I'm SO looking forward to more of the same this year in Kansas City.  Many people had asked for another Mid-West Convention, so here we are! 

Since flying is at an ALL TIME HIGH, I hope those flying the Friendly Skies are already booked and ready to take off, as am I.     



Post# 410742 , Reply# 13   6/21/2019 at 15:47 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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We Canadians could definitely have a mini-meet get together here in Montreal or somewhere central. Unfortunately, my responsibilities right now prevent me from coordinating such a gathering.

But I hope to be able to one day take part in the annual American convention - it would be so nice to meet everyone finally!

Wishing all this yearís conventioneers a wonderful weekend and reunion!

EurekaPrince Brian

Post# 410743 , Reply# 14   6/21/2019 at 15:48 by Swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
Micro Meet in Palm Springs

Paul is correct, thanks to the generosity of a fellow VCCC member Rick B, Paul G and I enjoyed a Micro Meet during our visit to Palm Springs. It was the sneakiest of previews for what is awaiting us and others in Kansas City.
Have a great pre convention weekend everyone,

Post# 410748 , Reply# 15   6/21/2019 at 19:49 by papasvacs (Lauderdale Lakes, FL)        
Can't wait..............

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....... to arrive in Kansas City.

I'm flying in Wednesday.

My first flight, first trip since the accident.  A little apprehensive but that will go away fast, I'm sure.

Can't wait to see everyone!

Post# 410749 , Reply# 16   6/21/2019 at 20:19 by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        
Eureka prince

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Im about 8 or 7 hours from Montreal ,i could rent a car and make it here whit my canisters would be awesome . Lets get some thing going for Canadians members, maybe have a skype or facebook Live for the American convention and make it live whit the Canadian side .
humm technology could come in handy .Id love to be able to go to a official VCCC conventions its in my to do list.

Post# 410776 , Reply# 17   6/22/2019 at 11:47 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I think a LIVE stream would be GREAT!!!!!!!

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In a short time (maybe 2 yrs), I might be hosting the annual convention. I'm 2.5 hrs from New York City. Canada wouldn't be totally out of the question to get here. Think about.

"Streaming, LIVE from Canada....... The VCCC convention, via satellite".
Let's make it happen!!!!!!!!!

Post# 410781 , Reply# 18   6/22/2019 at 13:32 by vacfan6384 (Larksville,PA)        
Wish I was going

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I wish I could go I have been to 3 of these conventions and had an amazing time and met and made a lot of nice friends. Since I now have my own home money has been tight for me but hopefully I get to go again. My dream is that they have it in Pennsylvania. I don't have a big collection but would be proud to show off what I have and if the convention comes here I would be honored to have one of the meets or lunch ins at my little house. At least I have my best close friend John Long near by and get to enjoy his mini meets.

Post# 410784 , Reply# 19   6/22/2019 at 15:23 by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        

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If we can get enough Canadian people to make a convention in a Canadian city live stream on facebook or zoom could be nice.

Post# 410786 , Reply# 20   6/22/2019 at 16:01 by compactc9guy (Bathurst NB)        

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Id love to attend a US or Canadian Convention for the VCCC , one day either Canqada or Us would bea good ieda to live stream via satelite maybe on Zoom or facebook live or hangoutlive?

Post# 410817 , Reply# 21   6/23/2019 at 09:19 by Kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
In Spokane

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We planned out our conventions for the next three to four years. It's pretty exciting!

Post# 410866 , Reply# 22   6/24/2019 at 12:30 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I also have exciting news about the

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new "Newsletter". It's going to be VERY nice, indeed.

Post# 410880 , Reply# 23   6/24/2019 at 20:57 by swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
Leaving in the morning...

Hi Folks,
The vacuums and related item are snug in the car, clothes are packed, snacks and sandwiches are chilling...I'll be there by lunchtime Wednesday.

May all the attendees have a great journey, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.

Post# 410887 , Reply# 24   6/25/2019 at 08:21 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Finishing up end of semester paperwork here

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Leaving at noon Wed.

Post# 410913 , Reply# 25   6/26/2019 at 14:30 by alexb1186 (Ferguson/St. Louis, MO)        

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I will be arriving Thursday afternoon with freebies galore - Electrolux tools, Rainbow tools and hoses, Powermates, donor Hoover Innovations, and whatever else I can squeeze in my itty bitty Soul before College Hunks Hauling Junk gets it

Post# 410914 , Reply# 26   6/26/2019 at 15:29 by papasvacs (Lauderdale Lakes, FL)        
I'm here.........

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Arrived about an hour ago.

Trip was smooth, although a bit nerve wracking because it is my first "outing" since the accident.

But, I'm here now and settling down.

Kansas City airport is like a maze. Seems like I walked around forever before finding a way out of the terminal.

Got my rental car and arrived at the hotel.  

Very nice!

Can't wait to see others.

Post# 410924 , Reply# 27   6/26/2019 at 22:25 by Kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Good Alex.

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We will enjoy them. I arrived today. I'm looking forward to tomorrow!

Post# 410930 , Reply# 28   6/26/2019 at 23:32 by chicagomike (Plover, WI)        
Some great raffle items this year

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There will be some great raffle prizes this year.

So bring a few extra $'s so you will have a chance to go home with one.

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Post# 411061 , Reply# 29   6/30/2019 at 19:32 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
8:00 returned home

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It was wonderful. Kansas City is beautiful, flat, hot and humid, but very nice. No rain, tornadoes, etc, happened. a FEW snags: on Thurs p.m. Phillip, Shaylee and Maverick were in an accident while returning from dinner. Although the car was totaled, NO ONE WAS HURT.. thank God! You can always replace a car. Greg had a short trip to the hospital, BUT, all in all, a GREAT time.
I've returned with TONS of stuff AND ideas for the NEWSLETTER.. it'll be fab!!
There was a 'group' shot of the VCCC last night. However, in the photo, by accident, I'm sure is a non-member. although he never spoke to me, I believe his name is Evan. He must not have realized that he photo was intended to be only actual members of the club. WE can take care of that for the newsletter, though. For members who could not attend, rest assured. There were a few 'guests' of members. However, your/our dues did not cover them. They had to be responsible for their financial end.
I'm sure tons of great photos will follow very shortly.
Again, it was fantastic to reunite with our vacuum 'family' again.

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Post# 411079 , Reply# 30   7/1/2019 at 15:58 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Lots of photos, etc should appear soon.

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Contests, elections, parties, thrifting, a clinic, dinners, Oh MY!!!!!

Post# 411092 , Reply# 31   7/2/2019 at 09:06 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Evan and I already discussed the payment details. We can make exceptions. Although, I strongly encourage attendees to register before the convention starts. So that we can have a head count.

Quite a few pictures and videos have already been posted to Facebook. I will post a few here and on our club website. It was a very fun convention and thank you to Chad Cunningham for hosting.

Kenneth Loveland
VCCC Treasurer

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Post# 411093 , Reply# 32   7/2/2019 at 09:15 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
I also wanted to thank

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Bill for demonstrating how to replace the bearings and fan in a Kirby Tradition in his Kirby clinic. Levi also graciously opened his home to us and let purchase Electrolux canisters and parts from his Electrolux collection.

Sean received the Ruth Holland award this year. For his service and support to the Vacuum Cleaners Collectors Club. Congratulations Sean!

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Post# 411096 , Reply# 33   7/2/2019 at 10:36 by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


What's the link to the Facebook page? Thanks...

Post# 411097 , Reply# 34   7/2/2019 at 10:54 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Post# 411099 , Reply# 35   7/2/2019 at 12:10 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
If anyone wants

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the Wizard of Oz shirts in the raffle. Micheal Balda has offered to reprint them. You can email him at or contact him through Facebook. He is a very talented guy. Micheal has helped us with our past conventions. Many thanks to him :)

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Post# 411134 , Reply# 36   7/3/2019 at 10:41 by akabent (LEFT Coast)        
Another awesome Convention!

I, and everyone with whom I spoke had a wonderful and yet relaxing time.  This was nicely planned and executed with a few wonderful, unexpected add-ons like the visit to another fascinating local collector, Levi, who graciously opened his home, collection, and available sale items to many of us.   There were no negative issues whatsoever; everyone in attendance clearly enjoyed themselves and played nicely wink  It was a treat to have some guests that added/contributed to the camaraderie  (Perhaps they will join?)


Many thanks again to Chad, the Board Members, and everyone that contribute to VCCC Convention 2019!


Visiting the Truman home in Independence and a visit to the Overland Park 1950's All-Electric house were definitely a bonus I had not even contemplated.  Thank you, Ken H for arranging that!



Post# 411286 , Reply# 37   7/8/2019 at 11:44 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Hard to believe that it's actually OVER

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It truly is awesome to get to the hotel and see the group slowly arriving, assembling everything. It truly is like just "picking up where we left off" last time. We did miss Rick Asquith and Michael Turner. YOU both were MISSED a lot. Chad's home and collection and luncheon were fantastic. It was great to meet new people, too.
Bill Edstrome's Kirby Clinic was nice as well. (Sorry I was unable to assist this year. I was busy with tickets and tabulating contest results. NEXT year, I'll break out brand new 'garb' and be ready to help you again.

Post# 411581 , Reply# 38   7/16/2019 at 17:37 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Revision on the convention shirts

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If anyone would like a shirt from this year's convention. Please contact Michael Balda over Facebook messenger with the following information. You can also email him at

1. Your address

2. Picture of the style of t-shirt that you would like. Choose from the styles below.

3. Size

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Post# 411582 , Reply# 39   7/16/2019 at 17:40 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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also sent me some more pictures of the convention.

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Post# 411583 , Reply# 40   7/16/2019 at 17:44 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Micheal's restored Hoover

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which is going to be featured in the Netflix series Ratched. Micheal won the prize for best restored.

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Post# 411584 , Reply# 41   7/16/2019 at 17:47 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Post# 411585 , Reply# 42   7/16/2019 at 17:50 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Micheal with his

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two awards!

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Post# 411586 , Reply# 43   7/16/2019 at 17:52 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Maverick using an Oreck

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Post# 411587 , Reply# 44   7/16/2019 at 17:56 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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receiving the Ruth Hollander award!

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Post# 411609 , Reply# 45   7/17/2019 at 11:43 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
If I may:

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Though it doesn't mean anything, and I am not trying to start an argument.   I know there was much work put into the convention, but in the interest of accuracy, and as a Kansan; The Wizard of Oz was based in Kansas.  Though Kansas City, MO has the name Kansas in it.   KCMo is actually not in Kansas. Hence, poor Dorothy and Toto would once again have to state  " I don't think we are in Kansas."


Between The Wizard of Oz and In Cold Blood, Kansas doesn't have much mention in literature; we have to hold on where we can.   Well Wichita did have BTK, but a little girl in a tornado is a much better story than him.

Post# 411610 , Reply# 46   7/17/2019 at 12:31 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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The Wizard of OZ was supposed to be a fun theme. Originally, the Hotel was in Kansas City, KS but the club got a better deal in Kansas City, MO. Chad Cunningham the VCCC president is from Wichita, KS. We haven't had a recent convention in Kansas. Although we have been very close. In 2017 Phillip Muller and I hosted the Tulsa convention. We drove to Phillip's house in Independence, KS to see his collection.

Post# 411613 , Reply# 47   7/17/2019 at 15:02 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
Not to worry

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Just mentioned it in fun.  Nothing else.

Im sure everyone had a great time.

Post# 411615 , Reply# 48   7/17/2019 at 15:44 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Harley. Glad you pointed that out. It's true!

Post# 412183 , Reply# 49   7/29/2019 at 13:58 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Yes. We could have had a great time

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with the upcoming newsletter....Wizard of Oz theme. BUT, true: We "weren't in Kansas",,,,not even TOTO too!

Post# 412184 , Reply# 50   7/29/2019 at 13:59 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
In fact, the front page would have been a 'yellow brick

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road', the back, a giant baloon.
But, it's not.

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