Yes! It really did happen, I found not just one good old-fashioned typewriter but two! Saturday morning I got up to hit up a few darling stores in Bellflower with Mama Bear and Moon Mama when we happened to drive past an estate sale. Not just one estate sale but two on the same street. A darling street with darling old homes and so of course we stopped. Counting these two estate sales, I have only been to three in my life and although it can be interesting, it’s also very sad. Just so sad that all these strangers are rummaging through someones life. All their earthly positions there for the taking. It’s a strange feeling to me it really is. It’s like I want to know more about the people who lived there. The first house clearly lived an artist. I didn’t find anything there though. A few houses down was the other estate sale. It was on its third day and everything was 50% off. I walked in the very first room and immediately spotted a Royal typewriter, I pointed and said “I need that, how much for that typewriter?” The gal said “$30.00 and today everything is half off, so $15.00” she gave me my little ticket and I wandered up stairs, totally stoked on the typewriter when I spotted yet anther one that even seemed older also for 30.00 but half off that. I got two vintage typewriters for the price of one. The gal wondered if I might be making jewelry out of the keys. I told her “no, I want to use these for actual typing”
I came home and looked them up. The Royal seemed to go for around $270.00, and I think is about a 1949 model, the LC Smith & Corona seems much older than that even and is very unique in that the roller is very small/short, like it was made to type out small labels or something and the number keys are in double, no dollar sign or percent sign or any of those characters, just double numbers?? I can’t find anything like it on the internet and I can’t even find a serial number or more information on the actual typewriter? It has me really stumped. The Royal had ribbon already and it works really pretty great, the Aa sticks but I’m going to try rubbing alcohol on the top or some may say bottom of the keys and see if it unsticks it. Needless to say….I’m really, super excited about my typewriters.
That’s not all, as I was paying, Moon Mama spotted a belt buckle that was engraved with RICH, hello! I had to get it, just had to. It was only $2.50 and it meant the guy who lived there was named Rich! I wish Rich was there to talk to about those typewriters, I think he would have been glad someone was buying them to actually use and not tear apart for jewelry. When I got home I presented it to motorcycle man and he got a big old grin but since he doesn’t wear belt buckles, we decided I could just wear it.