One Sunday back in December I was in the middle of vacuuming when the vacuum cleaner made a loud noise, spewed a cloud of dust in the air, then stopped working.
The mainly-plastic model was at least ten years old. I suppose we got our money's worth out of it, but right before Christmas was NOT the time to think about getting a vacuum! Later that week I looked at the nearest Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul stores hoping to get a used one that would tide us over. No luck, but the next weekend Hubby Tony found one at a different Goodwill branch. The lightweight, light-duty vacuum sucked up the big dirt. When it took me three passes to pick up a piece of lint off the carpet, though, so I knew I'd have to eventually get something else.
Shortly before Christmas I was shopping at the mall, where I snagged a prime parking space close to Sears. As I was walking through the store on the way to my destination, I went right by the vacuum cleaner department. Seeing them reminded me of my project, so on my way home I popped into the library to make a copy of the Consumer Reports review of vacuums. Much to my surprise one of their Best Buys was an inexpensive Kenmore upright model from Sears.
I didn't feel like backtracking that day, so I brought the Consumer Reports article home and stuck it in the basket on my desk. We continued to use the somewhat-effective vacuum. Last Saturday I was looking at the newspaper store ads for this week and noticed that Sears had "my" vacuum cleaner on sale...for half price! It was time to make a purchase.
Right after church yesterday I drove to the mall. Since I knew exactly what I wanted it only took me ten minutes to make my purchase. I ran to a couple of other mall stores before I returned to the Customer Pickup area, where they brought out the large vacuum cleaner box and loaded it into my car. I drove away from the mall thirty five minutes after I got there.
When I got home I read the instruction manual, put the new machine together, then plugged it in and hit the ON button. Oh, my; this new vacuum cleaner has power! It also has a HEPA filter, and a special attachment for pet hair. And an agitator shut-off for bare floor cleaning.
I don't particularly like vacuuming, but I think this new machine may make it a little less annoying.
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