Sunday, September 22, 2013

Retro Tech Thrift Adventures (RTTA) Q&A Series

A thrift store find from this summer...

Yes, it was a fabulous Brosette... I had one before that I didn't end up keeping either, although I blogged about it here.

While the first Brosette had a serial number in the 38,000s, this one was manufactured a bit later.

I didn't recognize which typewriter it was at first, seeing this case in the thrift store. My first Brosette had had a vinyl case that was terribly battered by the time it reached me, but this was just fantastic.

Gorgeous, isn't it? I don't mind not having kept it, though, we will (knock on wood) be moving in less than two weeks and I am already dreading the typewriter procession up and down stairs. So, one less to worry about is just fine by me.

I was pleasantly surprised not only by how rare of a find it was, but also by the excellent condition the machine was in. So photogenic, too!

Decals intact, too.


15 comments:

  1. Very interesting idea!
    I'm glad you're including the "older" typospherians. I'm definitely in.

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    1. Yay, glad you like it! I am pleased to see your latest fascination with pottery - that is something that probably turns up quite often in thrift stores, too.

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  2. Oh, this will be fun! You are brave, though, to volunteer to type up people's answers when moving day is looming soon. (I dread moving, due to the hassle and emotional upheaval.) I look forward to reading about people's thrift experiences and eventually participating.

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    1. I know, I am sure I will question my sanity at some point. However I also know that once I fall down the rabbit hole of moving hassles, it will be a while before I emerge and I want to have something that motivates me to blog regularly regardless. Fortunately we are staying in the same town so I suppose it could be worse - the moving itself should hopefully only take a couple of days, then there will be lots of paperwork to change addresses everywhere which is never fun.

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  3. I've been pleasantly surprised by the number of newcomers on the Typosphere. It is difficult to keep up.

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    1. I know, it really is. I hope some of them will read this and perhaps I can get to introduce them to the rest of us :)

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  4. Hi Adwoa! This sounds like fun, although I have banned myself from thrift stores. Always buy too much... But that's also an answer of course. ;-)

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    1. That is certainly an answer! If you are an ex-thrift store junkie experiencing withdrawal symptoms, you could share that with us :)

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  5. I very much like this idea. Mind you, I don't do thrift stores as much as I do antique and collectables fairs. Perhaps I should do something similar.

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    1. Happy I was able to provide a bit of inspiration, Scott! :)

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  6. Please, for the next Pittsburgh, call me!

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    1. Even if it's an AZERTY keyboard (that was the case for the one I found). I will!

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  7. Oh, dear - you know this gives all of us who have sworn off thrifting just the excuse needed to dive back in. I'm going to have to do some research in order to respond, though. I'm thinking an inventory of the thrift shops in my town, for starters. Do pawn and antique shops qualify?

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    1. I think pawn and antique shops are fine - go for it! Besides, this is more a measure of your past thrifting activity than any active encouragement to go out and thrift, so I hope I'm not making you fall off the wagon :)

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  8. Great idea. Best of everything with the move. I hope to participate. I need to catch up with my blog reading first. You are right there are many new ones. The list I post on my blog has gotten quite long this summer. Oh, I have a blog? I need to post something too.

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