Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I am just back from my favorite resale shops... with the most amazing loot.
This vintage 1950-something Smith-Corona "Super" is going to be my forever friend... I have been looking for a typewriter for several years, and this is a keeper! It is in pristine condition, and has two extra spools for ribbon. Interestingly, there is no number one or exclamation point. Am I not supposed to be excited? Do I use an "l" for a 1? Do I have to turn the paper upside down and substitute an inverted "i" for a "!"? I will do all that and more. It put me back all of $12.... !!!!!
Next, you can drool over these gorgeous kid gloves. Perfect. Never worn. The lining is silk, and the tag reads, "Dayne Taylor, Made in Italy, size 6 1/2". I have special plans for these beauties, and yes, I am definitely cutting them up. These cost a pricey $5. Not so shabby. The rest of my $20 bill was spent on a pair of crocheted gloves, not nearly as pretty, but lovely, and those will also work their way into my artwork.
The next store had vintage snaps, zippers, and a few books, including an outdated dictionary and a book on child rearing from 1957. I bought it for the humor, not the advice... those two were free, because I spent the wad ($3) on a piece of history - a book of essays denouncing Nazism written in 1934. All I can think is "if only people had listened". It is chilling to know what we know now and have a record of the resistance. I am very interested to read it from an historical perspective.
Stay tuned for seeing these treasures again, hopefully as repurposed pieces of art.