A friend and I were out at a thrift store yesterday and we gave it a once over before heading out. And while letting my eyes wander I spotted a pastel green box with a handle shoved underneath a cart stacked high with shoes and electronics. I went to it straight away and plopped myself down on the floor to inspect it. It is hands-down my most glorious thrift store find. The sewing machine, I believe, has ever been used. Everything was accounted for and in perfect condition, well that is, everything but the foot pedal. I scanned through the instructions and the cart and found no trace of the pedal because this machine doesn't use one. It has a lever which you place next to your knee. When you push the lever away from you, the machine runs. It's wild.
And the best part is that the machine was $20. The worst part is that it's easily 30 lbs, has sharp medal corners and had to be carried home once purchased.
Totally worth it.