Tuesday Treasures - December 6, 2022

 The Goodwill Bins yielded up some interesting things, which is what I always think, but it's true! 

Two comb bound cookbooks for my ever growing collection, and a 1940's tracing wheel (sewing).

The metal poinsettia needs a center of some sort, I picked off the oval button.   A 50's "3 in 1 Lightning Shredder," which would originally had three with different size holes and a handle contraption to hold them.  There's a Christmas flag that will repeat in a future Christmas only post.  The metal car is a belt buckle from the 80's, made by Bergamot Brass Works.

Two wooden houses for the garden fences (I took the clock hands off), and a vintage handmade Rudolph wall hanging.

A bunch of small stuff.  A leather coin purse, Chase bank piggy keychain, two hair accessories, and two RBA (Random Bin Animals).  I'd been using the abstract barrette, until I asked my son to trim a few inches off the back of my hair, and he went uphill and now my hair is too short for it.  Sigh... at least hair grows back.

There were the regular dog toys, including a squeaky hedgehog.  A box of Christmas cards, a new unopened roll of craft paper, Christmas kitchen towel, a sweater, two strands of Christmas lights (red and multi-color), oil pastels, packs of paper, 8 books (besides the two cookbooks)...  oh, and I picked up a portable typewriter (1970) for my son, who collects vintage ones, manual ones, for $2.  One of the heavy items they don't weight.  $2 seems to be the go-to cost of anything heavy and/or bulky.  It looks nearly unused, only the outside of the case was grubby.

Lots of fun!

Guess what this Saturday is!  Half-off the entire store at St. Vincent de Paul!  Will I be there!  Of course!  I already know what items I'm making a beeline for, hoping to be first! I expect to be, I don't buy the "usual" stuff.


  1. Your son collects typewriters? We used to have a couple. I have no idea what happened to them, though. My mother probably threw them out decades ago.

    1. He does, if they are cheap enough. He got one off the curb, free. He's had to pass by some recent ones in thrift stores, as they caught on to collectors, and were asking $50.

  2. I'm glad you ID's the tracing wheel. I would have still been scratching my head. My uncle had a career repairing typewriters. It ended abruptly with the introduction of the word processors. I took typing in High School as a "filler" class through which I met some very nice girls (who were also learning shorthand). Their career paths were to become "secretaries" (to be replaced by cell phones and keypads with auto-correction).

    1. Oh, yes, typing class! I took it too, and it was on manuals except for one week we got to use electric! It was a "filler" class too, and quite a few boys did take it. I think a lot of those that were on sports teams, as they needed to keep their grades up to play, and thought it would be easy. There's a documentary on typewriters where a man takes old broken ones and uses the parts to make amazing sculptures. He's in the S.F. Bay Area somewhere. Berkeley maybe, or Oakland.

  3. One of my aunts gave me her Royal manual typewriter and I banged out so many term papers on it. It was heavy! I learned to type on a manual typewriter back in 7th grade and it's one of the best skills school ever taught me. Our teacher was a terror, though. White tape was placed on the keys so we had to learn touch typing, and they taught the necessary skills like changing ribbons, correcting typos (what a process, especially if you were making a carbon copy) and setting the correct margins for each type of document. My son collects some obsolete technology but I'm guessing typewriters are too obsolete for him.


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