Barn find: An Underwood No. 3!Posted: June 4, 2014 Filed under: Fun Finds | Tags: Antiques and Collectibles, thrift shopping, Underwood Standard Typewriter No 3, vintage typewriter 2 Comments
I stopped by the thrift shop yesterday afternoon to drop off a few things.
And to take a look around, of course.
The shop was so busy that there wasn’t a single parking spot in their lot, or even on the street out front. I ended up parking a block away.
I’d never seen this shop so busy. So I didn’t expect to find anything good.
But then, after I’d had to “excuse me” and “pardon me” all the way through the shop, I finally saw something awesome in the narrowest aisle. On the floor.
An Underwood No. 3 typewriter!
Also, apparently, about 75 years’ worth of barn dust.
This machine looks like it had been stored away for decades in a very dusty place. It didn’t smell damp or mildewy, though, which is always a deal-breaker for me. And the price was way too good to pass up, so I grabbed the machine—all 33 pounds of cast iron—and trudged a block back to the car.
Trailing a mini cloud of barn dust all the way.
Had to change my clothes when I got home. The things we do for our customers, eh?
Now to clean it up a bit. Er, a lot.
More pictures later!
I can just see you giving that typewriter the sniff test! Great find!
Oh yeah, that was fun, considering the machine was on the floor in the narrowest aisle and I am not exactly Miss Twiggy. 🙂 But the ladies behind the counter know I’m crazy. Once I reluctantly passed up a huge collection of amazing vintage heart-shaped candy boxes because every single one smelled mildewy. So sad!