If you asked me what I would prefer to spend money on, a new vacuum would not only NOT be at the top of my list, it wouldn't be on the list at all. That is the reason why we lived with a vacuum held together by duct tape for two years. Everytime my husband would see it, he would comment, "would you pleeeeease go buy a new vacuum!" To which I would respond, "mmmmhmmmm" and then promptly forget about it. The old vacuum still worked, (sort of), and there are just so many more enjoyable things to shop for than vacuums...(my top favs being purses, wonderful things for my already overstuffed wee little kitchen, and other cute things for the house).
And then the fateful day came when hubby and I were in the mall together, and walked through the appliance department of Sears. There it was in all of it's metallic brown glory...the "Tim the toolman" edition of vacuums...it had more power, it was huge, it weighed approximately the same as a Volkswagon, and it was on sale...only $126 on clearance from almost $400. The reason for this steal of a deal you ask??? Probably because only women named Helga who are Olympic gold medal winners in weight lifting, can push the darn thing...I'm just guessin'...
Already the repetitive motion of vacuuming with our little light weight duct tape model vacuum, would at times trigger muscle spasms by my shoulder blade, and up into my neck. So we both knew there was no way I was going to be able to handle vacuuming a two story house with THE BEAST. But something about that giant shiny new supermodel vacuum with it's low clearance price was irresistable to the man of this house. He fell for its charms hook, line and sinker. He bought it. He wedged the huge thing into the back seat of the car, after it failed to fit in the trunk. He came home, opened its huge box, and put it together. He took it for a test run around the living room. In between gasps for air, he said, "Gasp...I think I will...gasp....be doing...gasp...the vacuuming...gasp...from now on."
Now that, my friends, is what I call a bargain!