Monday, May 28, 2012

Things I didn't buy at the auction

What better way to spend Memorial day, than at an auction. 

My daughter collected trolls when she was a child. In fact we still have a huge container of them stashed away in the closet, over 200 if I remember correctly.  I didn't feel the need to buy these.  They sold for $15.00

I thought about buying this for the son, but didn't think his wife would appreciate it. 

We considered this wardrobe. It looks great until you get into it, too many replaced parts. 

I found this ad in a 1951 Country Fair guide. I work for this cooperative. But I didn't really want the book so I didn't buy it. Not sure what it sold for. 

Now this Singer featherweight was "Sweet".  The auctioneer started it at $50, and went up by $10 dollar increments. At $100 he started going by 20's, that's when I stepped up. There were 3 of us going for it. Just past $200 one dropped out. I kept going until $280 and quit. The winner got it for $300, but I felt he would have kept on going. 

As soon as I walked away I was stopped by a lady in the crowd. She told me she has one just like it, in better shape, and was willing to sell it. Her price was negotiable, I took her number.  I will ponder it.  Anybody sew with one?  Have feed back for me?

Just a fun day in the country!  By the way we stayed 6 hours and spent $12.50!!


Nancy said...

Oh I love auctions!! Now that we have most of the work done I hope we can get to some.
I've not sewn with a Singer. I would have given up way earlier than you.

Dar said...

Patti, I have several of the Featherweights (DH and I collected quite a few years ago), and I love all of mine. I do sew on them when I know all I need to do is straight piecing. They are wonderful to take to classes and don't take up any space at all. I did get talked into selling two of them to friends. I think $300 is the max I would pay for one if I didn't have one.

Charade said...

I still have my mom's 1941 Singer Featherweight. Since I haven't found someone to teach me Quilting 101, I mainly use mine for heavier stitching like denim or leather where all I need is the straight stitch. I just can't give it up, because I think of all the beautiful things she sewed for me on it.

GerryART said...

I've two Featherweights. Once ca 1948, the other ca 1953
Workhorse if there ever was one.
They are a basic machine made expressly for the home sewer and thus are easily maintained.
Price is usually based on the condition of the decal and sewing bed. Of course, it goes without saying that the motor must be running.
Luckily for this area this a shop that works on Singers/Featherweights and is reasonably priced.

Karen said...

Sometimes it feels really good to walk away after a day like that and not bringing home more "stuff".

StitchinByTheLake said...

I have a 1937 Featherweight and love it. I sew on it but not nearly as often as I would like because my sewing space is limited and I don't get to keep it out. Now if I could find a Featherweight table....that would make all the difference. But those are scarce as hen's teeth! It does perfect quarter inch seams for me and a beautiful stitch. blessings, marlene

Doreen said...

Sounds like an awesome day to me! Featherweights are the 'go to' machine for many gals for that perfect, dependable 1/4" and travel well. I do not own any (seems like they are acquired in multiples!!!) but if you check out CJ's site (, she has quite a good working knowledge of such machines and additional info. If the price were right, I would definitely pick one up for workshops, etc.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Auctions are fun, but I haven't been to one in a long while. It's fun to find a good bargain. If I were still sewing, I'd love to have that featherweight!

Deanna said...

I inherited my mom's featherweight Singer. It look just like that. She sewed on it until she finally couldn't sew anymore. I don't know about other featherweights, but hers always made the prettiest, most even stitches, that I've ever seen. I love it!

Dora, the Quilter said...

I love my featherweight. I've had it for over 20 years, the gift of a friend who picked it up at a yard sale. (One lifetime ambition fulfilled?;-D)
I would not pay hundreds of dollars for one, but neither would I sell mine.