Thursday, October 8, 2009

Birthday MONTH: Day 8


It's three something in the morning ...I just couldn't sleep.

The gears in my 39 year old body are in motion...

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Unlike the gears in this old 1920's-1930's {?} typewriter.

She sits still at the moment, waiting for me to show her some love.

I would have paid $20.

The dust, grime, and spider webs were included in the price...

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and that's okay with me. I love all of that as she proudly boasts her true age. Some things age with beauty.

I would have paid $30.

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She still hits the mark. She still dings. She does everything she's supposed to. She's a true vintage find.

I would have paid $40.

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But if you look at her a little closer, she is showing her age. Gracefully of course. Her cast iron shell is slightly pitted and a little rusty, but she's still beautiful none the less.

I would have paid $50.

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Let's take a step back and not dwell on all of her little imperfections. Let's enjoy her just the way she is.

I only paid $10. I didn't even try to bargain.

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I'm happy I found her. I'm honored that I'll be a part of her story. She's a constant reminder of aging beauty.

How does one determine beauty? It is in the eye of the beholder. 

To me, she's priceless.


Lori said...

ooooooooooooh Jodie!!! you are really getting some great bargains...i LOVE your typewriter!!! i want one myself!!!

PAPER GIRL said...

Beautiful Jodie!!!!!
What a great find -- and a bargain too! WOW.

I have enjoyed seeing all your little birthday month finds...


Geralyn Gray said...

She's a real beauty----tried and true!

In My Sepia Studio said...

Hi Jodie~

Thanks for visiting with me. I like your blog!! I love everything vintage too.

I like the typewriter; the old keys look like they are just begging to be pressed again to etch out a novel of legend or lore.

Great find!!

KeKe (Kelly)


What a sweet little find! Her keys seem to say.... touch me, use me.

I also love all the medals and such you got at your church sale.

I am having a give away. stop by and join in on the fun.

Stephanie O. said...

Love this typewriter...

Sandi said...

I still can see you carrying this heavy thing to your car. Which happen to be a piece down the street. I bet you didn't even notice how heavy it was. You were twinkling big time. I'm so happy you found this. Sit back and enjoy it.

Impatient Cajun

T's Daily Treasures said...

Beautiful! I'm only 43, and it's hard to believe that there was a time as a legal secretary I used a typewriter to do my work -- albeit electric, but mistakes were inevitable and you still had to start over if you made too many. Now we are blogging from around the world and sharing the most interesting finds and creative inspiration! Happy 8th Birthday Month to you! :)

Karen said...

Brat! Ten bucks. You stole her!
What does Sophie have to say about that?
What I want to see is the LIBRARY!!!! Come on - share!!!
I wonder if you could still find a ribbon for it? Thank God for the internet. If there is one - you'll find it.
Love her. I think she is priceless too.
Have a good day!

Jessica said...

$10?! Every time you post a treasure like this, and say you bought if for peanuts, I promise to yell the price back at you in a question form. ;) You lucky girl, you.

June said...

I love the way you write Jodie. Sometimes funny...sometimes serious...but always, the most interesting read of my day. Beautiful post...beautiful typewriter.

Linda said...

What a marvelous find! :D

The French Bear said...

Love the typewriter! Such great character and if it could only talk, imagine the stories!!!
Keep having the best birthday month!!!!
Margaret B

Debra @ Common Ground said...

She's great, and what a cool Halloween prop she could be!

The Victorian Parlor said...

Oh Jodie-this is beautiful! I love how you focused on the beauty still present even though age sometimes wears us down a little:). The typewriter is even prettier now than it was before. I hope you are still enjoying your birthday month! I'm off to read your posts that I have missed!

Birthday Blessings,


Rita said...

Hi Jodie,
what an intersting blog 've just discovered! I'm sure glad I have!
There's a lot of charm and chic vintage in here. What a pleasant discovery.
I too love vintage, as well as shabby chic home decor, china, tea sets and, above anything else ROSES.
I'll be very glad if you come for a vist @
Love cyber-meeting people and reading comments.

Karen Valentine said...

Jodie, she is beautiful! Isn't it wonderful to be able to share our love of all these old things with lots of other women who can appreciate their beauty as much as we do?? ...and $10.00!!!! What a steal! I am am still without a computer at home. Thank goodness for quite days at work! Hopefully I'll be back up and running before the weekend is over! Have a great one!

My Desert Cottage

Karen Valentine said...

Ohh!!!! And (silly me) HAPPY BIRTH MONTH!!!!! :)


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jodie,

I have the old Underwood typewriter that belonged to my Mother, her Father had given her.
It is just like yours and is away in a lock up.
I will have to get mine and show you.

Happy birthday weekend!
I hope that you are going to get some more gifts and have fun.


Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Uh huh. Beautiful. The green keys? Amazing. Good for you! ~Mindy

Ragamuffin Gal said...

What a beauty!!! Just thinking of you and can't wait to meet you in person at Silver Bella this year. I want to Thank You in person for the months of joy and the I love summer bracelet I have received from you. Blessings!

A Fanciful Life said...

Lucky, lucky, lucky! 'Nuff said.
Sharon :-)

NicNacManiac said...

Jodie, she really was a great find and for a steal!! So elegant and regal...perfect for your Birthday Month!!

cindy said...

ohhhhhh man! 10? gah!!!!! And yep, she's a beauty!

yapping cat

maryboys said...

i'm enjoying your birthday month posts, jodie:) this one is especially wonderful...who doesn't love a beautiful vintage black typewriter?!?


Rochelle said...

Love this! I passed one up at the Funky Junk Sisters sale in Washington this past summer and have regretted it ever since! :(