Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog...

Whenever I see a vintage typewriter in an antique shop, I can't help but peck out a sentence or two. (Same goes for old pianos, usually against the directions of the "Do Not Touch" sign on the music stand.)

In mint condition, an antique machine can set you back over $300. However, A Repeat Performance on First Ave. in the East Village has a great collection of vintage typewriters (in styles ranging from His Girl Friday through 9 to 5) for pretty decent prices.

I'd love one as a doorstop, or tucked in amongst some paperbacks for a little bookshelf garniture.

Or better yet, pull out that ream of 20 lb. Crane and handtype the invites to your next soiree--or make your own personal stationery/ransom note. A little steno pool chic goes a long way.

If you're feeling especially craft-happy (don't despair - it's perfectly healthy!), buy a selection of antique typewriter keys and dress up your drab drawer pulls and cabinet knobs. A handfull in a glass bowl could be sorta curio-licious, n'est-ce pas?

Mavis Beacon would be oh so proud.

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