7 #thriftscorethursday Antique Sewing Machine

I am so glad you’re here today!! It just so happens to be one of my favorite days of the week because it’s… #thriftscorethursday! I cannot wait to dish about my thrifty find this week, it’s really old!

Before we head off to the thrift store treasures ahead, just wanted to mention that I’m also over All Things Thrifty today sharing a camping printable perfectly fitting for Labor Day (and may be a little teaser about next week’s TST).
Free Printable Camping Wall Art DOWNLOAD | All things Thrifty contributor Trisha D from Black and White Obsession

Alright, so if you’re new here (howdy!) Brynne from The Gathered Home and I (well mostly Brynne) created this challenge to share our love of thrifting with the interwebs. That and to creep on thrifted finds from around the world.

In other words, please accept our invitation to the best hashtag party around. Just snag a shot of your thrifted find and slap the #thriftscorethursday on Instagram. Then get ready to be jealous over everyone’s thrifted finds.

Oh and we’ve recently added guest hosts to the mix! This week we have the super crafty Michelle from Weekend Craft, please give her a warm welcome! #thriftscorethursday Week 28 | Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Brynne's from The Gathered Home, and Guest Poster: Michelle from Weekend Craft

Let’s begin with this week’s features:
#thriftscorethursday Week 28 | Instagram user: abubblylife shows off this adorable Pineapple Makeover
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Laurel transformed this little pineapple jar from green, orange, and brown into a glorious white and gold piece. So much classier right?! You’ve gotta see the before.

#thriftscorethursday Week 28 | Instagram user: tsfinds shows off this Dow Jones Vintage Bar Glass
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Turena is at it again, finding all the goodies! This time she picked up this gem that had a little bit of Wallstreet history. Nothing like discussing money, or history over a cocktail amiright?!

For this week's#thriftscorethursday find, I found this beaut:

#thriftscorethursday Week 28 Antique Household Sewing Machine | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com
Heart the photo here. Shield your eyes from our seen-better-days driveway.

We remedied that last weekend!!

Interestingly enough, our neighbor sold it to us and mentioned it was in our house before we moved in. The previous owner’s family had sold it to him (since he’s a collector). Now, it’s back home where it belongs. Well in storage for now until I build my dream office/sweatshop. It makes me wonder if the original family who lived here were the original owners of the machine (especially since we found phonebooks in our attic dating back to 1912).
Our neighbor also mentioned that the little silver plate underneath the needle should give us a clue as to when it was produced. The last patent date was March 7th 1882. Wow, to have a piece of history is truly an honor. 

#thriftscorethursday Week 28 Antique Household Sewing Machine | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

One of my favorite things about this piece, besides all the wrought iron, is that it’s completely free of electricity. It’s powered by pushing the petal back and forth.

#thriftscorethursday Week 28 Antique Household Sewing Machine | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

When doing a little bit of research I found the full model is “Household Sewing Machine Style 5 ½.” It seemed as though the number (like 5 ½) increased as the number of drawers increased. Another somewhat unique fact about this particular model was that it came with a “Gothic Cover.” I cannot tell you how handy that must have come throughout the years of (assumed) non-use. Just another year or so and I’ll polish this baby up like new and research a little more on proper cleaning (hopefully with just a few squirts of oil). And by research, I mean it’s time to get to the ACTUAL library for this guy.

#thriftscorethursday Week 28 Antique Household Sewing Machine | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

They sure don't make them like this anymore!!

Well that’s all for week 28, my dearies! As a reminder, it’s super simple to play along my friends:
  1. Snap a photo of something that catches your eye or you decided to splurge on from anyplace secondhand (Craigslist, Thrift Stores, Auctions etc).
  2. Share your photo with the hashtag #thriftscorethursday on Instagram (if your profile is public) and/or Twitter, any day of the week!

You could be featured next Thursday as your hosts Brynne and I (+a third surprise guest host) dish out our favorite scores every week.

There were so many submissions this week, and we couldn’t pick them all so be sure to stop by the hashtag! There’s a set of $5 vintage cameras I’ve been trying to hold back the tears...

Looking for even more amazing thrift scores? Pop by Brynne & this week’s guest host, Michelle, to see what they found this week (by clicking the images below).

#thriftscorethursday Brynne's treasures from The Gathered Home
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#thriftscorethursday Michelle’s treasures from Weekend Craft
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So you want to join us beyond the hashtag party on Instagram? Send us a quick email expressing your interest (or love for thrifted goodies) by clicking the image below. Leave us a link to your blog & Instagram so we can stalk you enjoy your pretty pictures!
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Still not satisfied?! Check out our past thrift score’s here.

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  1. What an incredible piece, Trisha! I LOVE that you shared the history behind it! I think it's so cool that normal day-to-day objects used to have such beautiful design - I am crazy over the iron "household" built into the base!

  2. I love Laurel! She's really an amazing talent and an incredibly sweet person. The your name/face here banner is hilarious.

  3. Love the sewing machine! My brother has recently been finding just the bases and making tables out of them with a salvaged wood tops. Great score! Also thanks for having me this week it has been so much fun!

  4. Thank you for including my pineapple!! All great finds!

  5. That sewing machine is awesome. It's almost that kind of model I learned to sew on. It had a hand crank, so you either had to have a very dedicated friend cranking it while you were sewing or sew one handed. Ha ha... :) This is SO much more modern ;)

  6. Um... I love that sewing machine! I'm a sucker for old sewing machines. One day I want to have one of my very own. And too cool that there's a story behind it!


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