I'm a diehard thrifter and garage sale addict! I love the thrill of the hunt! And I love making CASH from trash so I also resell on eBay and Etsy. I share my successes to inspire you ... and my failures so you learn from my mistakes. Please join me on this wild and crazy ride of making cash from trash!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Cash for Trash: Vintage Singer 201 Sewing Machine

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Singer 201 Vintage Sewing Machine For Parts or Repair AF 695687

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”. 

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.


I’ve had this vintage 201 Singer beauty for years; and having used it only once or twice, I moved it into the garage where it's been the past couple of years.  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.  And, now it’s January and time to put this baby back on the selling block.  

As I’m researching prices, I realize the sewing machine without the cabinet can sell for some good money on eBay – about $200-$300!  So I quickly run to the garage and try to remove the machine from the cabinet.  It’s so heavy I have to enlist help from DS#1.  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 on eBay with an auction starting price of  $39.99, clearly stating it was “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. 

Now that's Cash for Trash!


  1. Well, good for you! It was well worth that amount, and I'm glad it went to someone who will use it. I've been doing the same thing--going thru the house and decluttering. I think I made at least $300 on junk I cleared out of some drawers. What fun!

    1. Not only did it not work, but I was just going to donate it. I'm going to go through the house and declutter some more. $300 sounds like a winner to me!

  2. We went to an estate sale last summer and there was an old sewing machine like that in the garage. It was attached to a wooden cabinet and priced at only $10. To our surprise, it was still there the second day of the sale and hubby bought it for $5. He loaded it up, took it home, broke down the cabinet, (which was broken anyway), and stripped down the machine for parts to use for making other stuff. Glad you got a good price for yours. How did you ship it? It must have weighed a ton!

    1. I thought about replacing the pedal or taking it apart to sell the parts, but it all just seemed too much. I just know the machine works great and if the buyer can fix it, they'll have a very nice machine. We had some saved boxes & Styrofoam pieces from electronics we've purchased over the years, so hubby helped by cutting the Styrofoam to fit around the machine. The buyer emailed me several times and was very concerned. He wanted to be sure I packed it securely. The machine is cast iron and the package weighed 36 lbs. I'm surprised it only cost $45 for shipping to Puerto Rico. I'll be anxiously waiting until I know it arrived safely.

  3. Wow! Congrats! I've been de-cluttering and listing stuff from our house, too. With no garage sales around here again until late March-early April, I'm finding a bounty in my own house :)

  4. Glad your 201 got a good home. If I had 10 machines I think this is the one I would still keep. Love mine, it sews anything!