I have always been a collector of “things”, from dolls and knickknacks to books and magazines to music boxes and cookie jars … and the list goes on. Then, five years ago when I retired, I realized I didn’t need so much “stuff”.
It wasn’t just a matter of finances; it went beyond that. Whatever need I had that compelled me to collect and
hoard hang onto things had changed. I felt overwhelmed with so many “things” that I didn’t REALLY need. So I started selling my collections.
One of the things I collected were sewing machines. Do I really need TEN?! I’ve had this vintage 201 Singer beauty for years; and having used it only once or twice, I moved it into the garage a couple years ago with the intention of donating it. Well, there it stayed, eventually buried under a ton of other things. (How many folks really use their garage to store their cars?)
Then last spring, we participated in a community garage sale event. I dragged it out and priced it at $20, hoping for a quick sale. Nothing, nada, not one bite! So back in the garage it went.
So December rolls around, and we get the bug to clean out the garage. A ton of stuff got thrown out; a bunch of things went to the “metal guy” for recycling; and more stuff went to the thrift store. But I held back on this machine, thinking I would list it on Craigslist for $40.
Now it’s January and I’m on a roll selling on CL. Time to put this baby on the selling block. As I’m researching prices, I realize the sewing machine can sell for some good money on eBay – without the cabinet. It may fetch about $200-$300!
So I quickly run to the garage (which is now clean and no longer a hazard to
walk run in) and try to remove the machine from the cabinet. Ugh! It’s HEAVY so I enlist the help of DS#1. Well, it turns out the cord to the pedal runs through a metal frame in the cabinet. We have no recourse but to disconnect the cord from the pedal in order to remove the machine. Unfortunately, in the process, we break the pedal. Not surprising as it is very old, and the cord is weathered and cracking.
Even so, I listed it for $39.99, clearly stating that the pedal is in disrepair and the motor is untested. It was listed “for repairs or parts”. I did a happy dance when it sold for $132.50 plus $45 shipping to a buyer in Puerto Rico!
I have the cabinet listed on CL for $40. It’s in decent shape but does need some cosmetic TLC. If it doesn’t sell by end of January, I’ll just donate it.
And that – as Dude @ Money In The Garage would say – IS money in the garage!