say hello to my new baby.

by - July 19, 2012

Do you all remember, a while back when I did a post on my love of old fashioned typewriters, and how I desperately, desperately wanted one? For practical reasons, as well as dreamy ones?

Mum and I were at the thrift store two days ago. (Did I mention how much I really love thrift stores?). I was sitting on one of the (frankly, really ugly) old sofas they had for sale, reading a paperback Confessions of a Shopaholic that I had found in the bookshelf. Mum glanced over at me and said "Hey! Did you see that typewriter?" I looked over, and right next to me, on a little coffee table, was, not only a typewriter, but a lovely vintage typewriter.

Now, I don't know if you've all done the research like I have, but those things go for hundreds online. This one was priced at $20. I was ready to snatch it up, only I didn't have any money on me, and I felt bad about asking mum to spend more money on me, when she'd already bought me some nice clothes, and taken me out to lunch. I went over to one of the ladies in charge, who's sort of a friend, and asked her if she would mind holding it for me for at least a day, so I could decide if I really wanted to spend my last $20 on the typewriter. The lady said that they didn't do holds, but she could reduce it from $20 to $10 for me, if I liked.

I practically squealed. Mum agreed to buy it and have me owe her, I took it home and here it is! (Sorry for the crappy picture quality, they were taken with a crappy quality camera.)

Isn't it gorgeous? It's old, and therefore has a few kinks I need to work out. Mainly, the ink ribbon is almost dry, and the keys stick, but I just have to clean it up and get some new ribbon. But it's practically a dream come true! I had been willing to settle for one of those horrible plastic '80s typewriters, but instead I got an actual antique. I am so, so happy.

What's a 'dream' of yours that's come true?

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  1. That's lovely! I wish had one...

    You've been awarded on my blog :D

    ~Nessima of Arda Nessimava

  2. That's beautiful, and so nice of them to let you have it half off! Aren't thrift stores the best? :) I remember once I was about to sew myself a black corduroy coat--it was going to take a lot of time and $$. Then, at the last minute, I found the coat at the thrift store, for cheap!


    Do you plan on naming it?

  4. Loverly! My wonderful aunt is giving me HER old typewriter, which is black.

  5. Oh my, how neat!! I've always wanted a vintage hand mirror. yep. :)

  6. Ahhhh, that's amazing, Gwen! I'm afraid I'm a tad jealous. :)

  7. Oh I've always wanted a typewriter! That's beautiful... congrats :D

  8. I LOVE! One of my favorite college memories is when one of my tutors let me come to his office to play with his old typewriter. It was way cooler than I thought it would be, and I was already expecting pretty cool! Have fun with your new friend. *smiles* God bless!


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