Estate Sale Purchases and Freebies
After my thrift tour Thursday my adventures continued at a weekend estate auction. I met Spencer in Dyersville, Iowa on my way home from my parent’s home. The sale took place Friday night and Saturday morning. We found a lot of treasures at good prices.
I purchased several flats of costume jewelry for a total of $32. I have plenty of rhinestone brooches to add to my brooch bouquet:
And some stuff to wear.:
I also bought a box of hankies.
Ultimate score of the day were the sewing machines.
The crowd was very scarce on Saturday because of competing auctions in Dubuque, Monticello, Anamosa, and Manchester. I had no interest in more sewing machines, but the auctioneer asked us to take two sewing machines away for free. We were hesitant but after further investigation were very pleased with our “purchase.”
The machines are a White 670 and a Sears-Kenmore. We found the White manual online and spent Sunday afternoon fixing it up. The Sears-Kenmore machine contributed a presser foot to the effort. We are having trouble finding information online about the White machine. The other White that I own was purchased in 1963. The one from the auction is older, but we know it is post-WWII. We learned that White moved its operations overseas to Japan after 1945. We also learned that Sears-Kenmore machines made after 1945 are nearly identical to White machines.
That means all of the parts from the three machines are interchangeable!
I purchased a Bernina 230 PE six years ago and I rarely use it. My true loves are my “Pink Cadillac” and my New Home treadle. They are such workhorses! My Bernina is finicky. She only likes expensive thread and needs her need changed often. I am always having tension issues. I wish I would have known how nice older machines are before I spent so much- twice as much as my first car- on a silly Bernina!
A nice plus to the free machines were all the sewing notions in the drawers. I found 3 Wiss scissors and many collectable thimbles.
Other finds for the weekend included a kraut cutter, a shelf, a laundry washboard, and some vintage sheets.
I know its hard to beat free sewing machines, but my FAVORITE FAVORITE purchase was a stack of 1916-1919 Needlecraft magazines. I LOVE THEM! I have two issues from 1916, 10 from 1918, and two more from 1919. The patterns in each issue are absolutely gorgeous. I am most excited for a series of filet crochet animal blocks that ran from September 1918 to the end of the year.
I will share more about the magazines in a later post. I hope to re-write some of the patterns to modern terms and share them with you on the blog. I am also starting a trims sampler book.