Goodness gracious. This weekend went by super super quick, right? It definitely did over here. We actually decided very spontaneously Saturday morning to make the two and a half hour drive to visit my parents, who still live in the tiny town I grew up in. It was a brave decision, because our sweet Ava Pearl is NOT a fan of road trips and she usually screams for a good chunk of every.single.drive. She’s just not thrilled about sitting in her car seat for hours on end and I can’t really blame the girl–I’d hate it too. Anyway, it was a quick trip, but it was still nice to get away for the night. And aside from hanging out with my parents and enjoying a break from regular life, I also got to do a little antiquing. And oh boy, did I get lucky. You guys, I found something I’ve been wanting for a long, loooooong time now: an antique typewriter!! This has seriously been on my vintage wish list for ages now, but I just never came across the right one. Or if I did find one, it was outrageously expensive so I had to pass it up. But this weekend I dropped into one of my favorite antique stores and I came across a whole selection of vintage typewriters. It was like Christmas. I ending up choosing one from 1917 and I am absolutely smitten with it. I rushed home and snapped a few photos so I could share it today!
So much vintage loveliness, right?! This typewriter is seriously so awesome and it’s exactly what I’ve been waiting for all these years. I honestly haven’t been this excited about a vintage find in a long time. Probably since I scored that white card catalog actually. And you want to know the best part?! It only cost $75, which is super cheap compared to some I’ve seen in fancy schmancy antique stores and online. These can easily cost two to three hundred dollars.
You know I have become downright obsessed with black accents lately and this typewriter just fits right into that. And I love how parts of it are faded from years of wear and tear. I even love the keys. They’re covered in glass and all of them are still in great shape. And you wouldn’t believe how heavy this guy is–it probably weighs at least forty pounds.
I can’t help but wonder what kind of journey this typewriter has been on over its lifetime. Do you ever think about vintage finds like that? I wonder who typed on it and what letters were written on this piece. My mind gets lost imagining up all the possibilities. I actually found a model number on the back, so we did a little research and it looks like this guy was made in 1917, which means it’s been around over 100 years now. Isn’t that CRAZY?!
This typewriter has made my antique loving heart so happy and I hope you enjoyed seeing it too. I know I’m totally geeking out over this thing, but I can’t help it. It’s just awesome to finally be able to scratch “vintage typewriter” off my wish list. And even better that I didn’t have to spend a fortune. It makes all that time sitting in the car with a crying baby totally worth it!
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