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Post# 426888   6/13/2020 at 12:46 (363 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I thought I'd start a thread with photos of my vacuum sightings at thrift stores, garage sales, etc.

Today I went to this thrift store which usually has a decent amount of vacs. In the past their pricing was quite high, $50 for a Kirby, $25 Windtunnels, etc.

Today each of the uprights and the two mini uprights were only $10. The Kirby though was $30. That tall cylinder vacuum I don't know the brand of but they wanted $125!

I really liked that mini blue Bissell Poweforce and it was tempting. It looked alright other than the missing dusting brush.

The white Kenmore Intuition looked good and had all the attachments but was marked "dog stink-you clean". LOL

I have a yellow Eureka like that but the filter is missing. I like then but they are too loud to me.

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Post# 426889 , Reply# 1   6/13/2020 at 12:54 (363 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Ooof, that is an Air way, and that particular one is not worth a whole lot. I would have gotten that Dirt Devil though, looks nice and is quite rare.

Post# 426896 , Reply# 2   6/13/2020 at 16:30 (363 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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The airway sanitizer is an awesome vacuum. They wanted $125. If it's complete in pristine condition it could get maybe $100.
That's a nice score on the dirt devils.
The thrift store down here had Kirby shampoo kits. The other store had a filter queen for $75. Its funny 3 months ago I got a better filter queen for $15.
The only other vacuum was the oreck Titan or Hercules hand vac. It was a newer version of the orexk xl. It had less than the orexk xl. It looked like it would have power but nope.
I didn't take pics as I wasn't impressed.
Its nice to see thrift stores opening again.

Post# 427292 , Reply# 3   6/19/2020 at 12:53 (357 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Today I was off so went to two estate sales and two thrift stores.

The first sale just had a newer metal shop vac.

Second estate sale had a late 80s or early 90s Kenmore Powermate canister, light gray with silver hose and no cover over the attachments. It was in great condition, even the hose was not split and had all attachments. But it had mildew all over it. So needless to say I didn't buy it. There were also some interesting old metal attachments for a vacuum in a box. I don't know what they went to.

Goodwill had only an Oreck upright and a few mops.

The other thrift store had a few vacuums, mostly bagless Bissells, an older Eureka soft bad upright and a maroon Galaxy bagged upright (Sears). There was also a Hoover Quikbroom bagged stick vacuum which was the only vintage one there.

Post# 427293 , Reply# 4   6/19/2020 at 12:56 (357 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Yeah overpriced on that Air Way. Speaking of Kirbys the store I got the pics at had a Kirby G3 in another room with the shampoo kit in the box. No price on it.

It is nice to see thrift stores and estate sales again. Although this is the first week I've seen garage sales happening since about a month ago when there was one or two after the reopening.

Post# 427328 , Reply# 5   6/19/2020 at 16:34 (357 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

I hit one thrift store today, for the first time in I can't remember when.
A few vacuums, but nothing particularly interesting or vintage.
There was a newer upright that I didn't even notice the brand of.
One small wet/dry vac. Used, but in its original box.
And a newish, black Eureka canister. Looked fairly clean. I saw the hose/wand and floor nozzle. No power nozzle. I don't know that this model ever had one. I apologize, but I forgot the model name. I thought it was was going to be a Mighty Mite, but it wasn't. I believe they wanted around $20 for it.
Now that I think about it, there was an even smaller wet/dry looking vac, on the shelf with the small appliances. It was no bigger than an average Crock Pot, and had a bunch of its tools in a little bag with it. Didn't notice the price.


I believe the Eureka canister was a Rally.

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Post# 429631 , Reply# 6   8/7/2020 at 21:13 (308 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I went back to the thrift store in those pictures today, but didn't get any pictures this time. Out of the vacuums in the pictures I posted originally, the Dirt Devil and the Kenmore were still there. There was now today an older model Miele Powerhouse upright in blue that looked a lot like a Panasonic made upright, which was $10.

Post# 429634 , Reply# 7   8/7/2020 at 21:30 (308 days old) by RegularRett69 (San Clemente California, USA)        

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I like those Miele Powerhouses. Though they aren't rare, or particularly special, they are interesting to me because of the Miele name. I wouldn't get that Dirt Devil in a rush. They really aren't rare, they are easy to find time to time. If it's been a couple of weeks without it going, and you don't have one, I'd say buy it. I think $5 is a good price for that one considering it's' the most basic model. It's not even a "deluxe" model, which means its got the edger. Even though on the bag door it says deluxe. There's definitely cooler vacuums than the ones in that thrift store.

Post# 429652 , Reply# 8   8/8/2020 at 10:09 (307 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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The Miele was interesting to me, since I've never seen a Miele upright around that I can remember. If it was a truly Miele-made version, I would have probably gotten it, just because I don't have any Mieles in my collection. They aren't common around here.

The Dirt Devil was pretty nice, but didn't particularly interest me as far as being in my collection... the DD models I'm more after are the Broomvac, the MVP, and the hand vac. I've seen a few Broomvacs around, but most have been more than I wanted to pay.

Post# 430920 , Reply# 9   8/29/2020 at 10:48 (286 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Here is from another thrift store today. Hiding in back was a Eureka Bravo style upright. That Hoover Elite Supreme was like the one my grandma had from 1996. The Oreck upright carpet cleaner I think is the Regina design. The Hoover Quikbroom had the nozzle with that big dial on top snd side wheels.

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Post# 430924 , Reply# 10   8/29/2020 at 12:07 (286 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I haven't seen anything worthwhile at the thrifts around here since I scored my $3 Electrolux Epic 3500SR upright almost two months ago but that's not unusual. It's more famine than feast around here. Plus, my likes tend more toward vintage, bagged and metal so I would easily overlook things without a second glance that others might find quite exciting.

Post# 430929 , Reply# 11   8/29/2020 at 13:30 (286 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I haven't seen any Kirby or Electrolux in a while. Goodwill used to get them but it's been a few years since I've seen any there.

I would like to have a Kirby, probably a Sentria or newer, or the old Classic Omega for my collection, but I'd have to have my own place first.

Post# 430937 , Reply# 12   8/29/2020 at 15:17 (286 days old) by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

Pickings have been slim around these parts as well. Which is probably a good thing. As I'm running out of room to store them.

Post# 431259 , Reply# 13   9/4/2020 at 21:51 (280 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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At Goodwill this afternoon, there was one vaccum. A purple Kenmore Progressive bagless upright, the same TOL model my friend had, with Direct Drive and Intelliclean. It was tempting at $12.99, looked clean, touchpad buttons didn't have any breaks or missing buttons, and all of the onboard tools seemed to be there.

Willpower helped me avoid it, plus 1) I already have the bagged version of this, and 2) I really didn't like the pleated filter design these had with the filter inside the cyclone bin. My mom used to have a cheaper model with this system and the filter always needed to be vacuumed out. Plus this one in particular is even worse, because unlike hers it doesn't have the perforated ring to trap larger dust/hair debris before it gets to the filter.

Post# 434418 , Reply# 14   10/31/2020 at 14:19 (223 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Habitat today had this Royal tank vacuum. Looked like all the attachments were with it. $35 very tempting, but where would I put it?

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Post# 434423 , Reply# 15   10/31/2020 at 15:48 (223 days old) by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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That Royal tank is a great cleaner! There was an episode of Growing Pains where the kid destroyed a brand new one on accident that his mom brought home to test for a newspaper review and then the whole episode revolves around that plot.

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Post# 434631 , Reply# 16   11/5/2020 at 22:46 (218 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I went back today - still there and it has the variable speed switch on the hose even. Tempting.

Post# 437174 , Reply# 17   1/7/2021 at 23:11 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Seen at an estate sale. Did they have enough vacuums? They could have been one of us! They had four coffee makers also!

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Post# 437182 , Reply# 18   1/8/2021 at 10:16 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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LOL. good observation and point! "Did they have enough vacuums? They could have been one of us! "

Post# 437207 , Reply# 19   1/9/2021 at 00:17 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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Post# 437209 , Reply# 20   1/9/2021 at 00:30 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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No need to call someone a fool. That is just rude.

Post# 437309 , Reply# 21   1/13/2021 at 00:00 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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@fan-of-fans Imagine being hurt over a different conversation on Reddit and falsely reporting something on vacuum land.

Post# 437390 , Reply# 22   1/15/2021 at 17:55 by one9ki (Northern Kremisphere, Dixie Kong Country)        

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kiddy kong is still the best monkey either way

Post# 437659 , Reply# 23   1/23/2021 at 13:34 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Today I went to Goodwill, and there was a Dyson ball upright of some kind. I think the Multi Floor 2 model. I kinda wanted it because I don't have a Dyson in my collection, and I never used one.

Then I went to an estate sale, and there was a Kirby Avalir 2 G10D that they wanted $225 for. I also saw two older Electrolux canister vacuums with power nozzles and bins of attachments, but they were in a cabinet so I didn't know if they were for sale. But the people running the sale were talking amongst themselves and said a lady wanted to buy the bags for the Electrolux vacuums. One of the ladies said that she could get Electrolux bags on eBay, and they wanted to keep some of the bags to use with the vacuums.

Post# 437660 , Reply# 24   1/23/2021 at 13:36 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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And yeah, I know that was a really, really good deal on the Kirby, with how new it is. I would have bought it if I didn't live with my parents, because it takes up so much room with the attachments and all.

Post# 439249 , Reply# 25   2/27/2021 at 12:53 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Goodwill today had a Kenmore 600 Series canister vac, the newer purple model, so it couldn't have been more than a couple years old. It was marked $39.99 but purple tags are 50% off this week. Still I couldn't bring myself to buy it. It DID have all the attachments with it including the Pet mini motorized tool. But it was quite dirty in the bag compartment and it just had that greasy look that said to me it was likely used in a house with smelly dogs. I decided to pass.

Habitat had a bagless Hoover Windtunnel upright that had self propelled. Which I thought was interesting because the other day I was wondering if Hoover ever made a self propelled bagless upright, which now I know they did. It was in good shape but I never liked that twin chamber bagless setup it had, and I'd rather have a bagged one.

Mainly I'm trying to go more for the truly vintage metal vacuums from the 50s-70s now. I have enough all plastic vacuums, ones I want of course, but I'd rather go for metal ones in the future. The problem is they don't turn up nearly as often as plastic vacs.

Post# 439346 , Reply# 26   3/2/2021 at 11:50 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
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So yesterday, I was out running errands and stopped in at a thrift store I hadn't been to in quite some time and there by the entrance was a Kirby Sentria in decent shape with a full array of accessories. The only thing was they wanted $199 for it and I wasn't about to pay that, especially considering I have one I bought about three years ago on eBay for $110, plus $20 shipping. I would consider $200 to be pretty much full retail for that machine. I'm guessing somebody actually took the time to look it up online and good for them for doing so. The price tag shows scheduled weekly price drops and if it's still in the shop on March 23, it'll bottom out at $53. I might consider it at that price but I hope they get more for it because I do like the charity that runs the shop, plus it would save me from myself by removing the temptation to buy it.

Post# 439348 , Reply# 27   3/2/2021 at 13:35 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I can resist anything....................

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but temptation.

Post# 439358 , Reply# 28   3/2/2021 at 19:56 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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I have never paid over $50 for any of the Kirbys I have. The only ones out of my reach thus far are the Avalir 1 and 2, and anything from before the 1950s, and a couple of the 1980s models which are popular and get bidded on too much (Tradition, in blue, and the Legend, and the DS80). I got the Diamond Edition Ultimate G at Goodwill for just $30. I've been wanting that one ever since I started collecting, as I have a lot of throw rugs.

Try a pawn shop over a thrift shop if you want to get the newer Kirbys, often they are pretty cheap considering it's a brand new or lightly used Kirby that is only 1-2 years old.

Post# 441328 , Reply# 29   5/1/2021 at 14:43 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Today I stopped at an estate sale that was full of 90s Hoovers. There was a green Hoover Elite Supreme hard bag upright, a Hoover Steamvac, and in the garage a green Hoover Tempo canister with the attachments but no wands. Apparently nobody wanted any of them since it was the third day of the sale.

Post# 441345 , Reply# 30   5/1/2021 at 22:02 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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If you sell on EBay the royal with power nozzle would go for$150 easy. I sold off some of my herd in December. I got 2 Kirby heritage 2 shake out versions for $10. I put a fan on one and cleaned them both up. I parted out a few vacuums. I'm getting my serger in the next few weeks. I'm putting on a fill tube and a zipper to each heritage 2's. I also got a classic 3 for $10 and a zipper and fill tube will make it HEPA.
I try to make money selling vacuums and not spending money to fix them. I have quite a bit of parts and resourceful when fixing.
I have 2 Bissell proheat times two. There really solid performing shampooers.

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