It’s hard to believe my luck sometimes. After months and months of coming up dry on my thrift store runs, the past couple of weeks have been like Moses striking the stone and having a steady stream pour forth. Lately, I’ve been only hitting the most convenient Goodwill every three or four days – the one that’s right across the parking lot from my office. I stop in on my way home from work, trot back to the “Electronics” section and scan the bottom shelf for those familiar little suitcases that mean “sweet portable manual typewriter inside”.
So, after reading Little Flower Petals and SEMI-AUTOMATIC‘s posts on the Olivetti 21, I was surprised to find that today’s little suitcase contained a bright blue two-toned model 21 just like the ones they had posted, in quite excellent shape. The carriage was locked, just as someone who took good care of their typewriter would naturally do before putting it away in it’s case, and the price was right: $5.99 – a deal I can never pass up if the machine’s in good shape.
I put in a new ribbon (yep, it still has the original metal spools), and I’ll need to apply a little elbow grease to clean up the grease pencil and price stickers that Goodwill inevitably applies, but the paint is great, with no gouges or wear spots, the platen is in good shape and the type is clean enough for me to think that this machine just wasn’t used very much. The question remains “what am I going to do with it?” :D