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Proxibid (proxibid.com) seems to be an online auction aggregator.  They offer both online live bidding and ebay-style automated bidding.  (I think.)  There happen to be a couple of interesting sewing machines listed right now.  One of the auctions is fairly local, so I could pick up without shipping.  Haven't decided how interested I am in the machine though.  (It's a Seidel & Naumann hand crank.)

I did do a quick estimate with their shipping calculator for the other machine, and, while I probably overestimated dimensions and weight, with packing included it came to over $100, which dwarfed what I'm really willing to pay remotely for the machine itself.  (It's listed as "Early cast iron child's sewing machine", but I think it's actually a Folsom New England machine.)

Just wondering if others have had any experience using this place, whether good/bad, or indifferent.

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Cool Remington treadle on there.  NO experience myself, but I will do some research.  If you decide not to bid on the New England, let me know.
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Yeah -- there's an interesting treadle base, too -- looks like a pedal version.  It's in a pair of two, and it's painted white, and it's behind the other of the pair in every photo.   (Sorry, don't have a link.  :-)

It sounds from what I've read is that the main risks are exorbitant shipping costs, and possible failure of the browser UI while participating in a live auction.  Oh, and the 20% just to enter the game.  All in all,
it sounds like it might be okay if you're local enough to avoid shipping, and are willing just to do a max bid transaction.  

Happily, nothing there is of extreme interest to me, so I don't have to think about it too much.

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Holy smokes, those machines are right up the road from me. 

Must. Not. Buy. Them. All.

Seriously though, I'm trying to get that 103 in New York, but next go around.

Hey, Paul, we should get together sometime.

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Okay I'm weak.  Bid on the set of two treadles and the batch of unmounted heads.  That monster that I think is a Singer 71 button holer is just begging to go into the sewing attic.

I put a bid in on the 1896 29, but it wasn't high enough.  I'm not sure if I want to go much over 100 on it.  I already have the 29-73 that was a gift from the wife. Getting another one might be relationship bad form.

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Be sure and let us know what you think of the proxibid system when all is said and done.
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Coming in late on this but I bought a number of vintage sewing machine lots thru Proxibid when Brubaker's, a huge, old sewing/sewing machine center went out of business in Lancaster last summer.  I'd do it again in a heartbeat. It was a great experience all around.  
The descriptions were accurate as far as they went.  The pictures were ok. The bidding went smoothly altho on items that had multiple bidders at the end of the time allotted, Proxibid would extend the bidding for a couple of minutes.  The pick up was easy too.  Lots of staff there to help you find your lots.  Once you've paid your bill your new treasures are yours and its your responsibility to get them out and loaded in your vehicle.  Some vintage machines at the Brubaker auction were on the second floor.  Might want to plan to bring some strong backs if you win any heavy stuff.
The prices were wonderful from the buyer's point of view.  I'd been looking for a New Home Little Worker for a few years.  The one I brought home from the Proxibid sale was complete, in very nice condition for $50.  That was pretty typical of the machine prices.  There were lots of smiles on the TreadleOn folks I saw picking up their new herd members. 
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Nice. 

Some of the photos for the auction I'm looking at are sketchy.  But for me it's a plus.  There's one of the Singer two pedal very industrial (I think it's an 18" flywheel) treadles that is pretty hidden in its photos.  Hopefully no one else sees it.

That's my 'big want' in this auction.  The 71 would be nice simply help alleviate my lack of skill in making quality button holes.  I might have another go at the 29.  The one I have is missing the step flywheel for the base.  I'm sketchy on that simply because you can still by newly manufactured step flywheels and the 29 is going to be a work machine, so period correct takes a back seat to making it function.

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I got wiped out on the sewing machines.  They didn't go for crazy amounts though.  29-3 went for $170, a WW8 went for $35 without cabinet.  I just need to get one of the drill presses for current building projects around the house so need to hold back on the sewing machines since there wasn't one I 'needed'. 

I did drive over to NY today and got that Singer 103 in the industrial treadle.  It's a pre WWII German made one.  Also wins the award for most rusted machine I've ever bought.  Hosed it down with BlasterPB when we got home.  It's loosening up already but the hook is still binding.

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