Torpedo Has Been Launched!

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Yes that is right! The Torpedo portable typewriter from West Germany is now up for bid on Ebay! Yahoo! It just goes to show you that letting your friends and family know what kind of stuff you are into pays off. Last year I sold an Eldorado portable typewriter to a fellow in Sweden for BIG bucks and an Olympia to another fellow in Missouri. These typewriters are very nostalgic for many especially those who carried these 15 pound babies around college campus. They were the first laptops and served their purpose well. Now they are highly collectible, still functional and gorgeous to boot! My lovely mom follows my blog and Ebay postings and was astonished when the Eldorado sold for nearly $300 big ones on Ebay last year. Ever since, she has kept her eye out and she is responsible for rescuing the Torpedo from living in a storage unit for the rest of it’s life. Her neighbor used this unit in college and earned his degree with it. He is now moving, letting go of the past and sold it to mom while remembering all those papers he wrote with it. I am hoping that a new home is in the Torpedo’s future! I posted it on Ebay this afternoon and already there are 7 watchers! Follow the action here!

Check out this guy’s web site! He has a typewriter collection of nearly 200! My Typewriter Collection


Saling Spokane

We are enjoying a looonnnngg summer here in Spokane which means more great yard sales! David & I headed out in the car early Friday morning to find treasure and shortly thereafter were wishing we had brought the truck! The sales I had researched on Craig’s List turned out to be a bust but they lead us to others that garnered a sweet lime green Frank Moreno pot (I just love his drip glaze stuff! and will have to display this one next to my other before resaling!), a Regal red aluminum pitcher (you all remember these from your childhood right?), a 3 globe tension lamp with Currier & Ives glass domes (from the sweetest old lady I ever met!), a set of 3 amazing French prints artfully framed in blue mats and anti-glare glass (these babies need to be researched before selling – anyone know anything about Duclos?), and a gorgeous Arabesque clock from the ’70’s with the original sales tag on it. And for myself? A pair of designer Michael Kors jeans and a cashmere sweater for three bucks!

OK, so what did I miss out on? A pair of Schwinn Le Tour III bikes that David & I couldn’t decide if they were worth anything for resale. Turns out they are! Note taken. Also found a vintage Singer Featherweight sewing machine – super hot sellers on Ebay. Unfortunately the gal wanted $400 dollars! Oh please!

Marantz Score!

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So I was at a yard sale the other day and there on the front lawn of a very nice country home was a gorgeous pair of vintage speakers. I know nothing about speakers but I do know vintage speakers are hot right about now.

I called my husband and said, ‘Please get on Ebay and tell me if Marantz speakers are selling.’ So he did and found about 200 listings for Marantz but none specifically for the LS-20’s.

I said, ‘Well are the Marantz items selling?’

Husband, ‘I have no idea.’

Me, ‘Go to the completed auctions!’

Him, ‘How do I do that?’

I realized then that my husband needs an Ebay lesson or I need a smart phone. I am sure there is an app for this.

Frustrated he finally said, ‘Well how much are the speakers?’

I told him, ‘$5.’

He said, ‘Why are we having this conversation? Just buy them!’

Good point – they were super cheap but these are big speakers and if you haven’t seen my office (you aren’t going to either – I don’t even let personal close friends in here!) there isn’t much space and I don’t want it taken up with whoofers and tweeters that don’t sell!

Well I bought ’em. Someone was just trying to sell a pair on Craiglist and I decided to wait until she sold hers to sell mine so as to not compete. I chose to sell them on Craigslist rather than Ebay because these beauties are HeAvY! Well, now it is time to move these babies out of my office and to their new home where I hope they will make a LOT of noise. I wiped down all the wood, vacuumed the covers and the actual speakers and photographed them. I am going for $175. Here is the link: