Tuesday, January 8, 2008

So I'm on my way to the airport.....

......to pick up my 15 year old daughter and I have a little extra time. I live on an island and when I'm on the mainland I try to get a lot done. Thrift stores are pretty high on my "time well spent" list. I went to Value Village and found surprisingly little. Then I went to Goodwill with fairly low expectations because I rarely find any treasures there. Well today was my lucky day! I found this red box in, of all places, the sporting goods section.




Oh please! Oh Please! Don't let the case be empty! Yeah! This was in it.




That's right. A Bernina 830 sewing machine. I check to see if it has all of it's parts. It does. Accessory case and all. I head for the cash register, pay and get it tucked away safely in my car.
I have to say at this point that I have sewn on the same Bernina 930 for 21 years now. I have been wanting a back up machine and I thought an older Bernina would be a good investment. I keep an eye on machines on Ebay but I never bid. A 25 year old machine sells now for what it sold for then. They are a bit out of my price range.
The "Goodwill find of the century!" was well within my price range.




Yup! $24.99. I ran it through it's paces when I got home and it works beautifully!.
I am a lucky girl!

9 comments:

Kittythimble said...

OMG what a total bargain!! I want to move over where you are!!

sewfunky said...

wow.. so lucky! even the case is cute ;)

Berrie Wren Bowen said...

I am a bit over the Moon about it. Giddy really. :-)

Lisa said...

I learned to sew on a machine like that. Cute Case

One Busy Bee said...

I inherited a Bernina recently that was pretty old. I absolutely loved it! It sewed like a work horse. Then when I was in the midst of my Christmas sewing it made a loud noise and sounded like the motor exploded and smoke was everywhere! I am not sure if it can be fixed or if it would cost too much to fix then the machine is worth. Seeing your post though gives me some hope. I didn't know they sell on ebay for that much. Maybe I will look into fixing my beloved machine! Thanks for posting about your great find! Truly a treasure.

Jennie said...

Wow what a lucky find! And what a fantastic price!

Christina said...

OMG!! I can't believe it.. I am so jealous :) Happy stitching lady!

mosey handmade said...

woaaaaaaaaah! holy moley! the find of the century! you must have felt so crazy excited. i'm going to need to open all the red suitcases i see now!

Green Kitchen said...

That is truly one of the best gets of all time. I'm glad it went to a good home. :)