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A friend referred me to an individual who bought a small town shoe shop, along with the repair equipment (and 3 home sewing machines). The building is being razed, the equipment will be listed for sale.

Wednesday (12th) I'm going to see, perhaps provide some idea of value. I expect I'll see one or more variety of 29-type models. Perhaps a 31-?

What should I be aware of, both in models, available supplies/parts, perhaps enthusiast websites to post for sale (a local hot air balloonist mentioned some like to sew their own), other considerations, or resource sites/groups?

Located in the South central Upper Peninsula, near the WI border.I

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The site I see referenced most often is leatherworker.net.  It's huge.   There are also active groups on FB, of course.

Another potential market is among people that sew patches on to leather vests -- i.e. bikers, of the sort that wear those things.  :-)

Parts for the 29 series are fairly readily available, both from ebay, and big suppliers.  

Of course, if there's a good 29 available, you'll want it for yourself.  What it lacks in bobbin capacity it more than makes up in harp space!

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Thanks, pgf!

The shop is an over packed time capsule. Empty at least 30 years. Sold RedWing, Irish Setter, Catspaw heels, etc. Shop in front, two apartments in the back. I would estimate the building at least 100 years old. Had that old timey fake front like you see in the westerns. Built on a hill, basement with north end walkout.

The original owner was into old stuff, as evidenced in the shop windows and including some of the store shelves. Horseshoes, wooden planer, 1212 typewriter, heel ice cleats, old carved pipes, Lipton tea tin, hand powered blender jar, old pick and axe heads. Apartment furniture 1950s and much older. Mission breakfront, granite topped table. Roll top desk, cool old stove. White Rotary Treadle in vg+ condition. Black Singer bh treasure chest, with manual!!!

Equipment includes a 29-4, 29k58, 29k60. Two Landis machines, a Champion, and a HUGE Landis finisher, 12' + long. Timeline is 1 week to empty, then the lot becomes a parking lot for a cannabis store. All items going to an antique/consignment store - I was there, shell have to shoehorn in most items.

I was thinking of suggesting: on the 29s, a range of 150-700, 700 being fully refurbed/conditioned and sewing.
On the Landis and Champion (no clue what these do, at least one must sew on soles?), 500-1200. On the finisher, I found a refurb price of $6,000, smaller unit. Given the rural area, $1000-2000?

What do you think? Or should I narrow the range to address only the current condition? 29s $150-300, Landis 500-800?

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Finisher. Couldn't get the entire unit in the frame.

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What are the needle threader looking items in the third photo?

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Your ballpark pricing on the 29s sounds about right.  $150 is minimum, for sure.  (I'd say $200, but it looks like the 29-4 doesn't have a base?)

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All the 29s are on bases.
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My two cents worth on the 29’s (I’ve got a 29K62) $200 to $300 on the 29-4, $300 to $400 or so on the 29K58, and $400 to $500 on the 29K60. That’s about in line what I see for these types of machines in Northern IL and Southern WI... Actually, 29-4s around here usually ask $400 to $500 (too high). Rural area, maybe take the low end of ranges above.

So no 31-?... if they did, would suggest maybe $100 to $150.00.

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No 31, darn it! [wink]
Thank you!

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The Landis and Champion machines are for sewing on the welt and soles...I don't know who would want them other than a shoe maker or repair shop. Maybe they can be refitted for harness making or something. 

The 'finisher' is used to clean and buff the uppers...again, don't know who would need that except for maybe buffing metal parts.

If it's worth your time to pursue selling these (commission), you might want to contact a shoe company and the only one I can think of close is Allen Edmonds in Port Washington WI. They manufacture and also resole (they call it recrafting). I'd contact either the head of operations or the head of maintenance.

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Thanks, Deb. Good to know.

I forgot to mention the owner said everything was going to the antique/consignment store up the street. I may get consideration for a small discount on a future purchase there.

I think selling specialty industrial items to a known company is a good way to increase turnover and keep space for more saleable items. I will pass that along.

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Lori,  by any chance you got the copyright date from "Black Singer bh treasure chest, with manual!!!"

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I didn't, Janey. It looked as if the manual had never been opened nor out of the box. I also didn't want to paw over the owners things, tho others did explore the roll top desk. I will ask the consignment store owner to hold it for me, however.
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Wow, Lori, that place sounds incredible. End of an era! Very good of you to help out.

You have the most incredible sewing machine karma.

I totally covet a 29. Wish I were closer!


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The black box buttonholer was sold with FWs.

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Cari, I know! I put my "dibs" in on it.
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Cari, I know! I put my "dibs" in on it.

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