1960s, habitat for humanity, japan, japanese, nelco, pink, pittsburgh, r-400, sewing machine, vintage
My visit to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Resale Outlet played out just like a TV commercial: I went in looking for a not-too-expensive faucet (to replace the piece of junk that is currently installed on my kitchen sink), and I came out with a vintage Nelco (and no faucet)!
This was actually my very first visit to the H4H outlet in Pittsburgh and I was completely blown away by the selection of goodies there. TONS of salvaged stuff! Sofas, chairs, table, bicycles, lighting, sinks, commodes, dishware, tools, tile, you name it! Great stuff at great prices!
After spending some time wandering aimlessly through the aisles and fingering random merchandise, I noticed some familiar-looking tables tucked away with the bedroom furniture. A closer inspection confirmed my suspicion. They weren’t tables at all! They were SEWING MACHINES! (Can you hear the music playing?) Four of them! All vintage, of course. Patiently waiting for me to open them up, plug them in and take them for a whirl!
I should have taken better notes so I could tell you all about the ones that I didn’t take home that day, but my mind was just not there at the time. Sorry. Unfortunately, I was only able to purchase one as the others we in too bad of a shape for me to adopt : >(
However, this Japanese jewel is salmon pink and perfect! A little cleaning and a little oil was all she needed to get her going again. Bonus: Somehow her registration card was still there so I was able to find her birth date! September 29, 1964! Forty-eight years old and still awesome!
OK, since her original home was a table mount (ugh! just my fortune), instead of dragging her home for my son to dis-assemble I decided to do it myself inside the store and re-donate the cabinet to H4H. Clever, huh? Not really. I was still wearing my white scrubs and I didn’t have a screwdriver! No problem, though, as the kindly staff member helping me didn’t mind loaning me one, and hey, dirty scrubs are no big deal in pursuit of such a treasure, right?