I LOVE my local op shops. I get awesome sewing patterns from there. Going rate? 50 cents. And just before christmas? A 1973 singer sewing machine. In it's original case. With the original receipts (FYI, $110 in 1974 - and with the time value of money thats $763.26)
What did I buy it for? $20.
It sews like an absolute dream, and even buttonholes come out very pretty. The only problem? My desk isn't quite sturdy enough and when she's going full pelt, then the desk gets the speed wobbles.
Sorry trusty toyota, but as you've just been relegated to quilting duties. Only.