20 April 2012

thrifty finds.....at my childhood home (part 1)

Last month, I returned to my childhood home. My dad was having surgery (he is fine now), so I flew home to visit with him before the surgery. (And it happens to be birthday today! Happy 80th, Daddy!)

To say that my dad is someone who holds onto things is an understatement. I probably inherited my hoarder tendencies from him. (I got my shop-aholic tendencies from my mom, but that's a whole other blog post ;)

But now that I have discovered a love for vintage things, I saw my return to my childhood home as the perfect opportunity to do a little thrifting in my Dad's house! Not only is this type of thrifting free, but I am inheriting things that have been in my family for decades. And my dad was more than happy to give away these items that were just gathering dust in his house. It's a win-win.

dreaming in vintage

First up is the thing I've been coveting for a while now.  From time to time, I've even considering buying one at a flea market or garage sale or thrift store. But I'm so glad I passed on those because I had the perfect specimen waiting for me in my old bedroom. In great condition (although it needs a replacement ribbon plus I wasn't able to find the matching hard case/cover for it), this Smith Corona Corsair manual typewriter is downright dreamy. I LOVE the turquoise color. I think I even typed a paper with this beauty back in junior high or high school, so it has the nostalgia thing going for it as well.

I think the typewriter looks right at home atop our mid-century dresser. This dresser actually came the house (a 1959 rambler) when we bought it in 2009. The calico cat print by Gingiber was a Christmas gift from Jamie and the frame was thrifted at Goodwill.

my dad took the original instagrams

My next finds were a pair of instamatic cameras. Apparently,  I may have inherited my love of memory keeping and photography from my Dad as well. He has stacks and stacks of those magnetic photo albums filled with instamatic prints. Yes, the original instagrams!

I haven't checked to see if they actually work, but love the look of them! And to think that my Dad took photos of the family with these is pretty neat. I'll have to dig up some of the photos next time I'm in town.

I placed these guys on top of stack of vintage/used books I've picked up over the past year at my favorite thrift stores. I got the sewing book from a neighbor's garage sale. And the whole stack lives next to my typewriter.

I have a few more thrifty finds to share from my trip, but I'll save it for another post.

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Joy Madison said...

there isn't film available for most old cameras. You can still get peel apart film for polaroid land cameras, but a lot of the different kodaks took weird numbered film that isn't available anymore. Cool finds though. Someone in my family has my grandpas old typewriter...I've been trying to find it, without luck so far!

Wendy said...

FUN finds!!!! :)

Jennie M said...

UM. AMAZING! I'm HUGELY impressed with your thrifting -- especially since they have meaning! Fantastic!

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