I think I was about 5 years old when I got my first sewing machine, it was the same as the one pictured here:
I bought this one at a local auction about 10 years ago to add to my vintage sewing collection. When I got mine as a child I think my parents paid 50 cents for it at Goodwill. I bought this one for $25.00 which I thought was a little too much, but I had to have it. I took it and had it appraised shortly after I bought it, I was surprised to find out that it was valued at about $150.00, what a great buy!