Yesterday I went to two estate sales. One had in the photos one of those MaxxAir drum fans in orange, but it looked like it had a McMillan type motor? When I got there though, it wasn't there, and there was one of the Galaxy box fans from 2004 or newer for sale and it was really dirty. I definitely didn't want it. The other sale had a newer Lasko and Holmes box fans in the garage being used and they were both marked not for sale. Inside there was a little Holmes Blizzard in the box but I wasn't really interested. Habitat turned up no fans. The other thrift store was closed because of Memorial Day weekend and I didn't see any fans at the flea market, it was pretty empty compared to how it was last fall and winter.
Went to two estate sales today and two thrift stores. Thrift stores had no fans. One estate sale had a Duracraft 12" desk fan from the 90s but it was being used by the company running it and missing the front guard.
The older MaxxAir fans used some kind of a large McMillian looking motor.. I'm not sure what the actual brand of it is.. Supposedly it has a slower low speed than the ones they make now, like the one I have..
Doesn't sound like that Duracraft has a real good life..
Yesterday I went to the flea market and saw only two fans. One was a black 12" Pelonis oscillating fan. The other was one of the black pivoting Duracrafts which were sometimes sold in a 2 pack or in white with the pink breast cancer ribbon on the badge.
Habitat had a few 12" oscillators, a Cool Breeze and I forget the other two. There was also a 7" or so oscillator with piano key controls that kind of looked cool. I forget the brand though.
Today I went to an estate sale, there was a KMC 6" fan with box. It was being used actually, but for sale. There was also a newer Galaxy box fan. And a GE heater, which was just a bowl type with one of those screw in coil elements, no fan. It was rusty so I didn't get it or anything else though.
Today I went to a yard sale and a couple thrift stores. Only fans I saw were a couple of small "cube" heaters. But one of the thrift stores installed two new ceiling fans inside the store. But get this, they're both vintage white Emerson 1895s with globe fitters and cool looking glass! In the newer part of the store it has white 52" builder fans from a few years ago.
Today at Habitat I saw no fans, but 4 cube heaters - a Duracraft, a Honeywell, a King of Fans and another I forgot the name of. At an antique shop, I saw an antique Emerson 14644 for $50 - which I might buy. There was also a bronze colored 12" GE from probably the 40s with the long narrow blades, they wanted $85 and it missing the badge. In another room I saw a white Hunter Passport III but no price tag on it.
I also went to an estate sale at a REALLY nice house. It had NuTone Sea Islands in antique brass with cane blades, Hunter Passports in antique brass, a NuTone intercom system and a NuTone central vacuum system. The kitchen had a wooden hood over the stove, and I peeked under it and there was a round chrome NuTone fan with filter. There was also a modern white ceiling fan with curved blades and dome light, and an unknown Hunter I think might be a Whisperwind.
Now, in the garage there was a Lasko Ultra Force box fan. It was a really nice one with venturi front guard, D blades, Marco motor and the thermostat and speed knob on the handle along with pilot light. It needed a repaint, and missing the speed knob, but I still really wanted it. No broken grilles and it had the feet even. But when I asked the price, they said someone had set it there because they'd already bought it. That seems to happen a lot when I go to estate sales unfortunately. There was also a Kenmore Proformance upright vacuum upstairs. One of the early-mid 90s ones in gray with steel handle and self-propelled. But I already have too many vacuums, or I'd have gotten it.
As much as I enjoy looking through antiques stores I hardly ever go to them because a lot of the stuff is just too expensive..
That sounds like a really nice house, did you happen to bring your camera along? That is such a bummer about the Lasko UltraForce! I've had that happen a few times as well, where I see something and by the time I get to it it's already sold.. For something like the UltraForce that I've been after for so long I probably would have countered a higher price than the original buyer, sometimes people will go for that..
Yeah usually the antique stores are expensive. That Emerson was actually a good deal if it works, usually those can be $200-300. Although, I don't really care about monetary value as long as I like the fan. Also at another shop that since closed there were some brass fans for $75, but I didn't have enough money at the time to get them.
I had my phone with me, and I thought about getting some pictures, but there were too many people walking around for me to feel comfortable taking any.
I've learned at sales that if I know something is there or I see something when I get there to get to it quickly and either carry it around or have the person hold it for me. Because there may well be someone else that gets to it first.
Today I went to a thrift store, and there was a Lakewood 200i (the one with the white 3rd gen blades and skinny gray cabinet). It had paint splatter on it and they wanted $10 which I thought was wayyy too much.
Then I went to an estate sale, and there was a Lasko 4733 mid-late 90s model, and they wanted $12, still too much, IMO.
Another estate sale had a dusty and yellowed newer cheapo Galaxy box fan with the flower blade.