This is my favorite sewing machine story. About 7-8 years ago, I was at our local thrift store, as I am quite often, and noticed a brown case on the very bottom shelf. I pulled it out to look inside, and there was a little tan sewing machine in there! I wasn't collecting them yet so I put it back on the shelf. Then I decided to check the price-it was $2 so I decided to get it. I hightailed it out of there thinking at any moment someone would tell me it was a mistake.
When I got home, my husband took it out of the case (I hadn't even done that at the store!), folded down the extension table, and that is when I knew what I had. It was a tan Singer Featherweight 221k, rare because it was only made one year. I had been with my mother both times that she purchased a Featherweight, so that is how I knew what it was. My husband knew I would sell it, so his only comment while I was jumping up and down was, "Does this mean we can get carpet in the basement now?"
It came with a buttonholer, manual, feet, and the case was in great shape. I sold it on eBay 2 weeks later for $1025, my biggest profit ever from thrift store shopping, and I was hooked. I turned right around and bought a black Featherweight with part of the money, I still have it and love it.