‘Mystery object’ leaves hundreds stumped after shopper spots it in a secondhand store

‘Mystery object’ leaves hundreds stumped after shopper spots it in a secondhand store: ‘What in the world is this?’

  • An op-shop enthusiast has been left stumped over her recent find
  • She took to social media to see if anyone else could recognise the object
  • They were a common item 70 years ago but are out of fashion

Hundreds of thrift-shoppers have been left confused over a woman’s op-shop find, despite the buy being a common purchase 70 years ago.

The savvy shopper posted a picture of her ‘random purchase’ on a Facebook group, asking people to help her figure out what it was.

‘Mum and I came across this and we are not sure what it is. It’s very heavy and solid,’ she said alongside a picture of the mint-green metal mystery object.

The curious object was later identified as a weight for a retro knitting machine. 

Hundreds of thrift-shoppers have been left confused over a woman's op-shop find, despite the buy being a common purchase 70 years ago

Hundreds of thrift-shoppers have been left confused over a woman’s op-shop find, despite the buy being a common purchase 70 years ago 

The curious object was later identified as a weight for a retro knitting machine

The curious object was later identified as a weight for a retro knitting machine 

And people were quick to help – offering guesses ranging from an old cowbell to table weights.

‘It looks like a cowbell,’ said one woman after 25 people had already shared the same wrong response.

Others revealed the weights belong to old knitting machines and showed off their own

Others revealed the weights belong to old knitting machines and showed off their own

‘I think it is a door stop,’ another suggested, incorrectly.

Those in the know later explained that it was an accessory for an old Singer knitting machine.

‘It’s a weight for a knitting machine. Used for when doing rib bands,’ one woman said.

‘Childhood memory unlocked of these hanging off the bottom of things mum was knitting on her machine,’ wrote one woman.

The weight is used to keep tension on a knitted piece while machine knitting so that the piece does not snag on machine needles 

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