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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Caught 2nd Handed



Broken Hill has a great second hand market. There are community markets often, garage sales every weekend, op-shops, 2nd hand furniture and bric-a-brac stores and the town tip even resells stuff tossed in (relatively) good condition. Tab and I love to find the treasures hidden in these places.
Over the past 3 days, I have made 4 trips to the tip shop (making a purchase every time!), plus 1 trip to the Lifeline yard (where they sell 2nd hand stuff other than clothes- which go to the Lifeline op-shop).
Tab accompanied me on 3 out of the 5 trips.
Here's our haul:
Bird Cage, mini sewing machine, drink cooler, toolbox, portable turntable, sewing machine, sprinkler, steriliser and typewriter
The best finds of the lot are definitely the typewriter (which Tab has already written several letters on) and the stereo. Tab's research makes us think the typewriter is from the 1920s! Although we're not expecting the stereo to work, we think it may be repairable (a practice that we are becoming increasingly proficient in). Even if we can't repair it, we think it's nice and would make a great show-piece in a shed/garage/workroom.
Here's the two in all their glory:
Typewriter: $2
Sanyo portable record player/radio: $5
Bonus round:
In the bag for the mini-sewing machine, Tab found an extra little prize!
Finding a needle in the bag: priceless
Tab theorises that some little old lady with diabetes left in there. I'm more suspicious- I think it was robot ninjas injecting themselves with space-age nanotech biotronic laser powers while they sewed new ninja masks to disguise their grotesque robot faces. Naturally, they needed to use a mini sewing machine to be more discrete about their plans to destroy mankind. 


3 comments:

Tab said...

Ok, I did some more research today and the initial date of the typewriter is wrong [as I suspected]. It is an Olympia SM-2, with the serial number dating it at 1950. Not bad :) The perfect date as far as I'm concerned.

Tab said...

Ok, I did some more research today and the initial date of the typewriter is wrong [as I suspected]. It is an Olympia SM-2, with the serial number dating it at 1950. Not bad :) The perfect date as far as I'm concerned.

A. Schultz said...

1950? 1920s was much cooler. But I guess I'll have to settle for the truth.
:(