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Post# 465679   8/30/2023 at 16:24 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

I haven't been seeing squat for bagged vacuums at the thrift stores lately.
I saw these two today. Actually, the Dirt Devil has been there for quite some time. I'm thinking it's probably on its way to the dumpster. There wasn't even a price sticker on it today. Last time I was there, I think it was marked down to 99 cents. I believe that's the last step before they toss them.
The Eureka is a new addition, as it wasn't there last time I was. That was marked $9.99.
The Eureka has its hose, but I don't think any of the tools.
The Dirt Devil has no hose or tools.

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Post# 465680 , Reply# 1   8/30/2023 at 16:58 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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Last week I picked up a Hoover Concept One Powerdrive and a Eureka Corvette Vac at the same day.

Post# 465683 , Reply# 2   8/30/2023 at 17:43 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

I'm at the point where I really can't bring anything else home. Otherwise, and maybe I'm crazy, I probably would have dragged the Dirt Devil home.
I've never owned anything Dirt Devil, except for a toy version. And, the blue color appeals to me. Of course, I'd probably never be able to find the hose and tools for it. But, it actually looks like it would clean up nice.
And that Eureka just looks huge! I was surprised at how big it looked!

Post# 465687 , Reply# 3   8/30/2023 at 20:14 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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I think every collector should have a Dirt Devil 103 style hand vac if they wanted a Dirt Devil for their collection, those were really popular back in the day and they're one of the best cleaning hand vacs ever made.

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Post# 465694 , Reply# 4   8/31/2023 at 08:09 by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Darn - I saw a DD 103 at Goodwill last week - maybe I shoulda got it.
Oh, well - I already have a much newer one (that has the useless air-driven brushroll)..

Post# 465697 , Reply# 5   8/31/2023 at 08:43 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

I have seen those 103s a few times while thrifting. I think I've even seen one or two with the box.
I always look at them, and I'm tempted, but I haven't had one follow me home yet.
One week, there was a Hoover Brush Vac, with its box. Really good condition too. But, even after I carried it around the store for a while, I ended up resisting.
It's not easy, but I really have to make an effort to control my buying urges.

Post# 465701 , Reply# 6   8/31/2023 at 14:17 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I rescued a Dirt Devil Featherlite like that off a dumpster one time. It needed a bag and a belt. I kept it for awhile, then donated it to the church I was attending at the time. They kept it for a couple of years, then replaced it with some bagless POS.

Post# 465795 , Reply# 7   9/3/2023 at 17:08 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
'bagged' vacuum cleaner...

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A few years ago, I found a 'bagged' vacuum at a thrift store. It was an Electrolux Epic 3500SR upright. When I first saw it, it was in a plastic garbage bag, with just the handle sticking out of the top. I recognized it by the handle and took a closer look, expecting to see something really gross inside of the bag, but it was just moderately dusty. I tried to talk myself out of it, but ended up buying it a few days later for $3. The thing had no price tag on it, and when I asked an employee about it, he went and got a manager, who had a pricing gun in her hand, and randomly slapped a price tag on it without touching the price adjustment knobs, then she looked at it and told me what it said. I didn't argue the point and made a bee-line for the checkout.

Post# 465800 , Reply# 8   9/3/2023 at 17:21 by jade_angel (Fort Collins, CO)        

I spied a bunch just yesterday: A Simplicity Jill, a Cirrus (not sure which model), a Riccar Supraquick, a Kenmore Progressive with a power nozzle (not sure exactly which model, but it looks like one of the last of the Panasonics), a Eureka Imperial upright, a Kenmore bagged clean-air upright, and the star of the show, an Electrolux Guardian Encore with all the shinies. I wanted a bunch of 'em, but ended up with just the Electrolux.

The Eureka Imperial was really nice, basically a Sanitaire with a Eureka label, but it had apparently been used to suck up wissy cat litter, and not only stunk of pee, but was also rusted halfway to heck and gone, so I passed on that. I almost went with the Kenmore canister too, since it was in good shape (just dirty, but not AFAICT stinky) and really cheap, but didn't think I could spare the space.

When I got the Electrolux home, I found it was a little dirty, but in good shape otherwise. One of the wand latches was broken, so I glued the wands together - normally I wouldn't, but frankly, the creaky, plasticky wands of this era of Electrolux need a little help, so I thought it was no great loss. The clips on the HEPA mushroom filter were all cracked too, so it popped off the first time I powered on. But otherwise, so far so good!

There was that Eureka The Boss bagged upright too, plus some bagless Chinesium, but none of those were terribly interesting.

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Post# 465806 , Reply# 9   9/3/2023 at 21:14 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I have a slightly older Imperial than that, same color, but different bag design. You're right that it is about 85 percent the same as a Sanitaire, especially the blue Professional series, designed for household use. I've also got a Sanitaire S645 that's about 30 years newer than my Eureka, and except for the color schemes, there are only three major differences: the Eureka has a sliding Rugulator height control, instead of the Dial-A-Nap knob, a two-speed power switch on the handle, instead of a single speed switch on the motor unit, and the handle, which is painted white instead of chrome plated, has metal cord hooks, spot-welded into place, as opposed to the plastic ones that snap onto the Sanitaire's handle.

Post# 465820 , Reply# 10   9/4/2023 at 09:35 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        

Iím always surprised at what people are willing to let go of.

Post# 465891 , Reply# 11   9/6/2023 at 17:17 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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That Eureka Boss Smartvac is a good machine. Full size attachments, two wands and shuts off the brushroll for hard floors or when the handle is upright for tool use.

Post# 465973 , Reply# 12   9/8/2023 at 22:58 by Lesinutah (Utah)        
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The imperial and had a TOL sanitairre blue line early 2000s. There both made in Mexico. The sanitaire pulled 1 cfm higher than the imperial.
The thrift store is loaded there
I did see a sentria at my local thrift store for $15. I have 3 sentries I need to do something with.

Post# 466166 , Reply# 13   9/14/2023 at 10:15 by ilovehoovers (England)        

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Saw this Panasonic recently - £5!

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Post# 466168 , Reply# 14   9/14/2023 at 10:55 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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Love those European Panasonics! I wish we had more of them here. Anyways, last week on the 6th I picked up another bagged vacuum. It's a white Sebo X4. Although I didn't get it at a thrift store but just thought I'd share of what I've gotten recently.

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