This week while out “Thrifting with the Gals Wednesday” I dropped by a thrift shop nearby, York Community Services. I haven’t been there in ages and really had no idea what to expect. But immediately upon entering I spied this vintage sewing machine made by Singer!
And as a side note, my mother used to be the Community Services director here almost 40 years ago. I can remember her bringing all kinds of goodies home with her.
This thrift shop also provided me with my first set of Pfaltzgraff Yorktown dishware along with a couch and loveseat for my first apartment right out of college.
Anywho back to this Singer sewing machine!
What the heck could I do with this, I truly asked myself? I was so drawn to it but what and where could I display this vintage sewing machine?
Before you even answer that question. It was selling for $35.00 and it included the cord and peddle and was in working order too.
* What year did Singer introduce the portable sewing machine? 1889: SINGER brand introduces the first practical electric sewing machine. 1890: SINGER brand reaches 90% market share globally. 1921: SINGER brand introduces the Portable Electric™ machine, an electric motor-powered model. 1929: Overall American sales of sewing machines drop. SINGER brand attributes this to the Flapper social trend, featuring emancipated women who were moving away from the traditional homemaker role. Source: Singer
I got on my phone immediately to see what these Singer sewing machines were selling for online. AND I had no internet access, oh no!
What is the value of an old Singer sewing machine? Determining the current worth of any one machine can be a daunting task. In general, the value of old Singer sewing machines can range anywhere from a few dollars to several hundred or perhaps thousands of dollars. Source: Our Pastimes
I was pretty excited about this find though and quickly snatched it up over to the checkout counter. It weighs a ton!!
I’m thinking it will look beautiful on our white built-ins at our home in Vermont in the living room or sunroom. And if not, I could easily sell this antique sewing machine and make some money on it too.
Here is the vintage sewing machine displayed on a table I also bought at the York Community Services thrift shop on this same day in our sunroom in Maine before it travels back to Vermont.
Isn’t she pretty?
SHOP FOR YOUR VERY OWN VINTAGE SEWING MACHINE BEFORE THEY ARE GONE!
After further research, I can’t get over the difference in the prices for very similar sewing machines.
Check out last week’s thrifted finds here, hint one of them is on this coffee table.
Like this post? You may enjoy this thrifted wooden toolbox centerpiece!
I also picked up this vintage wooden table at the thrift shop today for $25.
I love the warmth it brings into our sunroom as a side table.
You may also enjoy this vintage card catalog repurposed too!
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So much fun today. Love your choice with the Singer and table. Love the look together. 👍🥰❤️
Thank you so much Kathe🙌🏻
I’ve had a vintage sewing machine in my clothing shop for several years and after being asked numerous time to sell it, I finally did. It went to a good home and I quadrupled my investment! I just didn’t have room for it any longer!
Love the sewing machine, it’s a piece of art, and it looks great on that very pretty table. I had to smile at the mention of the Yorktown dishes. When I was engaged in 1970 I found it for $4.99 a place setting and the companion pieces were equally reasonable. I loved it!
That’s so funny and what a deal you got on them!
Michele M. says
Oh it looks soooo good on that gorgeous new-to-you vintage wooden table, too. Well done – great thrifted finds. Love love love it.
Thank you kindly, Michele!
Marlene Stephenson says
Love all the fun and pretty things you find. I have my Mom’s old 1948 Singer, they were so heavy but, they had such pretty writing and decorations on them, now everything is plastic.
I agree Marlene, they really have a beautiful and unique style to them.
Kathy A says
I, too, loved Yorktown in ’73 but ended up with Royal Mail in Blue (noticed your cups!). I had to shop in the same grocery store in Concord, NH (not my usual!) all summer to get enough stamps for it. I buy Yorktown for a friend who has it! Almost never find RM in blue–only the brown! Love the table; it can be used in so many places. And your sewing machine reminds me of my late m-i-l’s machine still sitting in my cellar! Wish I had room to display it. They are lovely staged with some vintage sewing collectibles.
Thank you so much, Kathy! I’m so happy you like it all so much!
Kim | Shiplap and Shells says
What a great thrifted find Ann!
Thanks kindly, Kim!
Kristin | White Arrows Home says
I love your style Ann and how you decorate with your thrifted finds! I’m sharing your post today on my Sunday round up “From My Neck of the Woods,” because I know my followers will love it too!
Thank you so much, Kristin!