I really shouldn’t have gone over there.
We really don’t have much discretionary spending money right at the moment, especially after I had to pony up a decent wedding gift for my Ex yesterday and we have to pay rent out of this check.
I seriously only wanted to pick up another small filing cabinet and they had some last time I was there for $5 apiece.
Of course I know myself better than that but I still figured I could swoop in and swoop out for twenty, easy.
Oh fuck no.
Keep reading though and see if you think maybe I did OK for what I wound up spending.
First up is a little file cabinet, which is why I went over there in the first place. Five bucks. The last one worked out so well I am going to get a couple more later.
Five bucks ain’t bad, the problem is that I have to go past all the bulk bins to get back to the room they keep this kind of stuff in.
That means I would have to pass up stuff like this if that’s all I was going to get.
At about $1.89 apiece I can’t just walk away from a bunch of Stanley hand saws.
I will clean them up and give them away if I have to.
I stopped there and put some blinders on and went and looked at the filing cabinet.
As I am waiting on someone to come write me up a ticket for it, I spotted this little jewel winking at me from a distance,
A vintage drill press for $15. (it works great, I checked it as soon as I got home)
Check the update below on the little drill press, I really scored there and didn’t know it.
I figured I needed to stop at that point and get the fuck outta there.
I have my little cart and I am weaving in and out of traffic headed for the check out stand and I am using tunnel vision to get there.
I almost made it too.
About eight feet from my goal, in one of the first bins people would see if they went straight in the front door, was this.
I couldn’t believe my eyes.
And it was in one of the bulk bins, with no price sticker on it.
For the life of me I can not believe someone had not snatched that motherfucker up and went straight to the cash register with it.
I sure as hell did!
I got it, for $1.69 a pound. Probably about ten bucks.
It’s missing one handle and a little rubber plug. That’s it.
It will probably cost me more to order those after I pay for shipping than it cost me for the canner.
So I wound up spending about $60 total. I have a small stash of Mad Money I am going to have to stick in the account to cover it but I will take those kinds of deals all day long.
The Good Lord blessed me a couple of times at one stroke there.
I have been wanting one of that style of canners for a long time and have been looking for a small vintage drill press for months.
The saws and the file cabinet are gravy on top.
Holy Fucking Shit!!
I went out and spent some time cleaning up the little drill press and checked it out a little closer. It has either a bearing or a gear growling and jumping a bit at low speeds, actually it acts like the armature jumping on the brushes, it’s only at really slow speeds.. But it seems to spin alright. As a matter of fact, it has a sliding speed setting feature and when you slide it all the way over the little fucker just screams at high RPM.
It was made by some outfit in Milwaukee by the name of Electro Mechano according to the tag on the motor so just for shits and grins I searched for images trying to find another one to see if it was rare or anything because I don’t remember ever seeing one like it before.
I found a picture that took me to an expired EBay site where one was sold.