As a collector, it is easy to have dozens of machines. Especially when you first begin! Luckily for me, having an Etsy shop meant that I could try the ones I found and liked. Keep the ones I loved and sell on the typewriters I found that didn’t really “speak to me”. To be clear, I’m not collecting rare machines. But if I happen to stumble across one, for a good price, I will certainly pick it up. For me, I am collecting the machines I can personally enjoy.
February is International Typewriter Appreciation Month. Nothing makes me swoon at a thrift shop like the sight of a shiny typewriter. And if it happens to be in my favourite shade of mint green, I will just have to have it. It’s not an unusual reaction—despite their size price, and maintenance needs, typewriters are adored and collected by many vintage lovers. Continue reading Long Live the Typewriter→
I had a fantastic 4.5 months in London! Half of which I spent on “vacation”. London is really great in the Summer. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it. After the first few weeks of catching up with friends, I started to yearn for the thrill of finding “New” vintage items. I have a particular penchant for portable manual typewriters, for which the start of this addiction, needs an entire post. (I’ll put that on my To Do list ! ).
Sightseeing in London
I began to visit websites such as Gumtree and the garage sale app Shpock and visited my favourite Car Boot sale in Pottersbury, for new treasures.
I wasn’t sure what I was looking for at first, but after a seeing a few more posts from Richard Polt’s European collection, author of the Typewriter Revolution, I started to create a wish list. Top of the list was the Groma Kolibri, closely followed by a Princess 300 and Hermes 3000.
Most of these machines just require some cleaning. The Hermes is just so wonderful to type on, I don’t think I will part with it! The Olympia SF has just sold to a lovely lady. I hope she enjoys it! You can find other machines for SALE in the store. Maybe one will make you Flicker !
Stay tuned for Part 2… yes, I brought even more machines home!
Well, I never thought this day would come so quickly …
Vintage Flicker has made it’s first 100 sales since opening in 2014. I’m always pleased when folks find my items and even more when they make a purchase.
So what have I sold? You can take a look at my sales on Etsy here or feast your eyes on a sample of them below.
The 100th Sale was actually the vintage flip down alarm clock. It sold while I was on holiday in England, but I managed to get it to the Prop Company that purchased it on time. I’ve also noticed that I’m getting a few more local sales. Both the Dart Board and the Rolodex Junior were to Bostonians! Yay for #ShopLocal #ShopSmall !
My favourite / most memorable sale was to a lovely lady who wanted a custom order right before I left to go on holiday. I assured her that I would complete her order as soon as I returned. She left me the most amazing review and was an absolute pleasure to work with on her custom teacup candle order!
As you may know, I have a particular love of analogue. To that end I’ve been enjoying finding lots of lovely typewriters. Here are available few from the shop now. If you can’t resist, click on the photo to be taken directly to the listing to purchase.
Of course there’s always the few items that I would have love to have kept longer or sad to see go… Here are a few of my personal favourites that have gone to lovely new homes.
Well it’s been a whirlwind few months and I’m still very excited about what’s to come. Especially with the start of China Rentals. We’ve had a lot of interest and look forward to bringing a little “Vintage Flicker” to the Boston locals.
And now… to the Giveaway….
If you’re following me on Instagram that you know we’re running a Giveaway! If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time . You can enter here. The winner will receive our 6 teacup candle package! Entries close 31 May 2016.
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