The development of human civilization is a history of time, and different times have different characteristics and memories. For today’s post-90s and post-00s, there are not many memories of hardship. Especially, the post-00s are extremely happy. They don’t have to worry about food and clothing. They are also very good at education and entertainment.
However, for many Post-70s and post-80s people, their childhood is not completely happy. We should know that the 1980s was still a relatively difficult time. At that time, many people could not fully eat. Many people’s childhood was a bitter memory. Of course, children in the 1980s also had much more childhood happiness than children today.
Nowadays, there are few outdoor entertainment activities for children. With the rapid development of science and technology, modern society has become an era of advanced communication and entertainment. Many children’s leisure time either stay at home to do homework, or play games on their mobile phones, watch live broadcast, etc. In the 1980s, most of the children chose outdoor activities in their leisure time. On the contrary, it was more interesting and could leave deep childhood memories.
In the 1980s, in addition to the memories of these recreational activities, there were also some impressive objects, among which the sewing machine was one. I believe many young friends of the post-80s generation remember sewing machines when they were young. Of course, most families do not have sewing machines. Only a few families have sewing machines. Some people have asked this question: how much will the sewing machine of the 1980s be worth if it is kept up to now? Before answering this question, let’s have a general understanding of the value of 80 years of sewing machines.
Sewing machine is not a very valuable thing for today. Moreover, sewing machines are all electric, powerful and inexpensive. They can buy one for thousands of yuan. However, in the 1980s, the value of sewing machines was totally different. At that time, sewing machines were absolutely luxury goods, and their value exceeded those of today’s famous brand bags.
How much is the sewing machine in the 1980s? Xiaobian specially checked that in the 1980s, the price of a sewing machine was 127 yuan. Maybe a lot of people will say that it’s only more than 100 yuan. Isn’t it too cheap? But it happened that the price of the photo plate was very expensive in the 1980s. To understand this, we need to look at the average income of people in the 1980s.
The 1980s was a relatively poor era. People’s income was very low at that time. Of course, the price was also very low. Xiaobian remembers that when he was a child, the price of candy was basically one cent, which was already regarded as good candy. If it was ordinary candy, he could buy several for one cent. And now the cheapest candy also needs a dime, a little more expensive, let alone.
In the 1980s, the price of pork was a few cents a catty, but many people couldn’t afford it. Many peasant families do not have a single cent of income a year, and they rely on their own land to grow food. In the 1980s, it was the workers who were more popular because of their monthly cash income. How much did the workers earn? Most of the ordinary workers’ monthly wages were only tens of yuan, which would not exceed 50 years.
In fact, in the 1980s, with an income of 50 yuan a month, it was already a well-off family, a family that didn’t worry about food and clothing. Xiao Bian remembers that his father worked in the county highway section at that time, and his monthly salary was 9 yuan. Don’t underestimate the 9 yuan. It supported five members of our family. This income in our county has been regarded as an enviable income for many people.
Look at the salary level of these ordinary people. Let’s look at a 127 yuan sewing machine. Do you still think it’s not expensive? It’s already very expensive, so in the 1980s, families who could afford sewing machines were definitely wealthy families, which surpassed those who were not well-off. In the 1980s, materials were not as many as they needed or as many as they wanted to buy.
In the 1980s, there was still a shortage of materials. A lot of things didn’t mean that you could buy them if you had money. It didn’t mean that you could buy them at any time if you wanted to. You needed a share. Some families buy Sewing machines just to make clothes at home. One is to wear them for their families, and the other is to earn some processing fees. The role of sewing machine in 80 years is not only sewing clothes, it also represents the status of your family in the local.
The modern young man marries a daughter-in-law, and the woman wants a car and a house, which makes many families distressed. The house and the car are a heavy burden for many families now. If you have a house and a car in the city, there will be more girls willing to marry you. In the 1980s, betrothal gifts were also needed. At that time, betrothal gifts were relatively simple. Girls would not ask you for a car or a room, but a sewing machine.
If today’s girls want betrothal gifts and sewing machines from you, you’ve been burning incense for eight generations. But in the 1980s, if a girl asked you for a sewing machine, it would also make a lot of young men at a loss. It’s very simple that they can’t afford it. At that time, the price of a sewing machine might take you more than a year to save enough money without food or drink. There are still people who have jobs. If they don’t have jobs, you may not be able to afford a sewing machine for more than 10 years.
Therefore, in the 1980s, if you had a sewing machine at home, it would be much easier to find a daughter-in-law. There were many girls willing to marry. This is the social status of the sewing machine at that time, which is much more powerful than the cars and houses now.
Of course, no matter how good things are, there will always be a curtain call. The glorious era of sewing machines has passed. If it’s a sewing machine from the 1980s, it can be regarded as an old object until now. In the eyes of some collectors, it is still valuable. If it is a relatively new 80’s sewing machine, the current price should be around 5000 yuan, which is a collection price. People who buy it will not use it, but carefully store it. It carries too many memories of the Post-70s and post-80s.
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