Last week I needed to go to town to get groceries and pick up medicine…for me, that means thrift store shopping too. I had a great day getting goodies and I thought I would share what I got. I got a big ticket item so make sure you read the whole post to see what I found.
I started out finding a few treasures. You might remember that I buy linens and old cross stitch pieces for a friend of mine. I found two on this day…
I found a cutting mat. It’s my preferred brand but it’s okay. I often pick up stuff like this and if someone wants to learn to sew, I pass my finds to them. Today’s find was a 50-cent cutting mat.
It had some sticky stuff on it so I used some Goo Gone on it and it’s all good now.
I bought two pillows…I’m not sure yet if they will go in a bedroom or the living room. They were only $2 each. I love the homespun fabric. Perfect for my antique/prim house.
I found two 100% cotton sheets!! They will make good quilt backings. You all know I love polka dots!! The were only $2 each.
I bought embroidery hoops. The upper one is a Morgan hoop. I like those and Nurge hoops. The metal hoops will go to my daughter Kayla. The trim pieces are for the Cresco Ladies. They make hearts and need embellishments. I thought these might be nice.
I got this wooden box for $2. I thought I would put it in my stash of finishing items. I could easily put a cross-stitch piece in the center.
I bought my “girl hammer” for $1. I’ll keep that one upstairs so I don’t have to run downstairs to get one when I’m hanging something on the wall. I bought garden tools for my son Karl. He doesn’t have any and these were only 50 cents each.
I picked up a 9 x 13 pan for $2. I used to have many of these but over time, they have disappeared. I think I should probably go and check my kids’ kitchen cabinets. I’m guessing I would find them. If I can get a pan for $2, it’s not worth hunting my own down.
I found something that I haven’t seen before…I debated a bit before I bought it but I didn’t debate too long. My friend Annie, a blog reader, sent me some money to help with cancer expenses. She only had one stipulation. That I buy something for myself. I decided this would be the perfect something.
Isn’t it totally cute? WAY CUTE!! I had never seen one of these before. I wasn’t sure about the price. It was $75 and for a thrift store, that was a bit of high price but way better than eBay or an antique shop. Here I could see that it was in very good shape cosmetically and it had the manual and attachments.
I checked to make sure the wheel would turn and wasn’t frozen up. I could see a sample stitched piece under the presser foot and the stitching didn’t look bad. I thought it was worth a gamble.
I tried her out for a few stitches and she worked pretty good but was a little loud. I oiled her and played with the tension just a bit. Oh, I love her.
I did a little research online and she’s a 185J. There really isn’t a lot of difference between a 185. 185J and 185K. The K models were made in Canada the others were made elsewhere. The 185J’s were also the only green ones. I love the green so I’m really happy I found it in green.
In some of the information I read about these machines is that they were the next model after 99K’s. The information says there really isn’t a huge difference between these and the 99Ks. It is small like a 99k. I have a 99 in a cabinet and really like that one too.
This machine is all metal and is easy to repair and maintain on my own. I went to a Featherweight maintenance class and I can apply everything I learned with that machine to this machine.
I am so happy I found this one. It was a fun day finding her and bringing her home. I had LOTS of other stuff to do and really shouldn’t have taken the time to play but I’m so glad I did. It was so much fun.
I really didn’t need another machine but it was too cute and Annie did say to buy something for me. I think this was a good choice.
What a fun day of thrifting!! Thankfully I don’t always find machines…and thankfully I don’t always cave in and buy one.
I am super excited about watching some YouTube videos about this machine. If you are interested in vintage machines, there really are a lot of videos about these machines on Youtube…go on over and check that out!!