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My friend wants to sell her grandmother's
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Date: 6/5/13 6:45 PM

She offered it to me, which of course I want to take it. I've been wanting to replace the one my grandmother gave me as a child, but somehow must've been given away or lost. My friend is hurting for money so I will pay what is fair. I asked her to take a few pictures and to see if she can find out what year it was manufactured. What do they usually range?

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Date: 6/5/13 6:53 PM

Depends.

Is it a rare specially-badged Feather? A Golden Gate Expo will run $2K; a very rare Chicago World Fair or Texas Centennial, closer to $5K.

Blacksides $900; crinkles $1800 -$2500..

Is it a 221 or a 222K?

A later-production garden-variety 221 Feather in excellent cosmetic condition can run from $10 as a lucky garage sale find, to $600 from an online FW vendor. On ebay, $300-$400, unless you're a special vendor with a fan club; if so, price doubles.

A later-production garden-variety FW in useable nick but not great cosmetics, $225 would be about average.

Price also will depend on if the original case and foot control are present, and their condition. No case? Cut price in half.

A "white" or "bisque" Feather can easily run $500-$700, and a 222K averages around the $800-$900 mark.

Hope this helps!


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Date: 6/5/13 7:19 PM

i am in Pa.. i had 33+ 221 Featherweights. all but 2 or 3 purchased at auction. the bulk of them cost me $225-$250.00. paid $350.00 for my first. i did find a beauty for $10.00 in an antique shop and one for $25.00 at the Salvation Army. all had cases, original foot pedal. most had various feet. instruction books. i don't buy them any more, but if there are any at auction, they always go for $200.00 + auction premium which is usually 10%. one went for $495.00 last year. was not a special one. just that 2 people wanted it.

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Date: 6/5/13 8:04 PM

Thank you LynnRowe and ajoseph! Very useful pricing info. I am anxious to find out the condition of the FW, and the year it was born.

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Date: 6/5/13 8:12 PM

i'm not much help on price because i got a ridiculously good deal on mine (below market value), but i hope it is in good condition. i love my feathers.

if you haven't bought it already, i HIGHLY recommend dave mccallum's book the featherweight 221 and i. i read about it on the featherweight fanatics thread, and it has been immensely helpful for getting my machine running the best it possibly can (one of them needed the tension assembly taken apart and one had a problem with the stop motion knob/screw).
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Date: 6/5/13 9:17 PM

Seems like most of them sell for $300 +/- unless they are one of the special ones that Lynn mentioned. At one time they sold for more but the pricing seems to be leveling out at around $300 give or take. If not in decent aesthetic condition, more like $200-$250. seems like that squares up pretty well w/ what the other responses have been. About 3 years ago, they were selling pretty routinely for $450-$500. I just don't see that happening much now but of course some people will still list for those prices.

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Date: 6/5/13 9:44 PM

I wonder why the prices seem to have leveled out, but that is exactly what I am seeing on eBay. Too bad, because although I don't hoard them, I have a little Centennial beauty in extremely good condition tucked away against a rainy day. (Paying college tuition, for example.) Now I'm watching the prices decline! I could have sold it for $400 easy a year ago, now I'm not sure I'd get even $300 (which to me means I won't be selling it.)

Can anyone offer an explanation for this? After all, there are only so many in existence, there will never be any more. Seems like they would hold or INCREASE in value! Sigh...

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Date: 6/5/13 10:30 PM

Lisalu, I'm going to suggest its market demands and preparedness to pay at work. In a tight economy people often save rather than spend even if they have funds available to buy, as they feel nervous, so are much more likely to hedge against harder times to come. I took some University level economics
classes, very interesting.
Yes there are only so many in existance and no more to come but things are only ever worth what the consumer is prepared to pay in the marketplace. Consumers have power to dictate prices, if too high in any given situation they simply won't buy the product.
So, if you dont' need the money right now, hold onto it for later when you can likely get more when the economy improves and people start spending again.

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Date: 6/6/13 3:53 AM

They go for between $175-$225 on CL where I live. Always 1-3 avail at any given time. Perhaps we have more on the market at any given time due to the average age of our FL residents.

When I lived in MT, I rarely saw one for sale. They were usually passed along to family and friends.

When I lived in CA they went for $350 plus- guess at the time folks there had money to spend.

Ebay sort of levels the playing field by making things available to different geographical areas. Think of it as a nationwide average.

Even today I would happily pay a friend $400 in MT and felt I got a steal- knowing the machine's history and family stories but here I wouldn't pay a friend more than $200- and would feel generous doing so.
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Date: 6/6/13 8:44 AM

If she's a good friend take this opportunity to be generous without letting her feel indebted. We all have to take care of each other and you never know when the shoe will be on the other foot. Besides, in 5 years will you really miss that extra $100? Bet we all spend that much on treats & coffee throughout the year (which probably just adds to our fitting woes). I've never regretted random acts of kindness and I can tell you when I needed help it seems as though an angel would come to my rescue ... just sayin .... :)
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