The Flea Market where my booth is located has a Facebook Page. They use it to show photos of certain booths or individual items that have come in recently. I am an Admin to the page, so everything shows up on my personal page too. Yesterday, I had just finished checking my emails, when I saw a new group of photos being posted. I always like to see if any of my items have been featured, so I looked through all the pictures.
Several photos in, I spotted this - a RED Brother Prestige typewriter. Oh my gosh. It was beautiful. I know that red and pink typewriters command HIGH prices, but I wasn't sure about this particular brand.
I did a little surfing on ebay and Etsy and found this one on Etsy for $350.00.
Meanwhile, on the FB page people started asking, "How much for the typewriter?" and "Has it sold yet?"
I didn't know how much it was since I couldn't see a tag. There is a sign on the table and after I blew the picture up, I thought it might be $60.00, but I still wasn't sure. I decided to use my Admin super powers and call out to the Flea Market ask about it. The girl that answered the phone is a friend of mine, so she helped me out. She went and got it out of the booth and brought it to the phone. I asked if it was metal or plastic. She said it was heavy and made of metal. Then I asked if it was $60.00 and she said, "No, it's $30.00." I said, "SOLD!" I made no mention of it's value. I just told her that I wanted it. They all know I love vintage. So, I just left it at that.
I was trying to work out when I could come and pick it up, when my friend asked me about a quilt top I had in my booth that she was interested in. After some discussion, we worked out that she would take the quilt top, she would pay the Vendor the $30.00 for the typewriter and then she would deliver the typewriter to me. It was going to be MINE and I didn't have to put out any money for it AND it was going to be delivered to me! It doesn't get any sweeter than that.
She called today and I went to meet her up on the corner. When I got there, I could see it in the backseat and my heart leaped into my throat. It was really mine! I was going to go straight home, photograph it and get it listed tonight. I was so excited!
Just then, she opened the door to get the typewriter out and the overwhelming smell of spray paint hit me in the face. When she handed it to me, I could tell that the typewriter had been spray painted red. It was not original. Dammit. Dammit. Dammit.
Here it is - it looks legit, doesn't it? I know the Vendor that did it wasn't trying to fool anyone. She just painted up an old typewriter. The whole place is full up with painted up old junk. I'm the dummy that got dollar signs in her eyes and said, "I'LL TAKE IT" before I even went to look at it. So, it's my fault. It really does look good, doesn't it?
You can see the red paint on the keys here. Oh well. I'm really not out much except the quilt top and I got it for next to nothing. Plus my friend is a seamstress and she is SO happy to have that quilt top. So, that's all good. Plus, I think I can sell the typewriter in my own booth for the $30.00. It would still be good for a wedding, or a Senior photo shoot. It's just not worth the BIG BUCKS I had already tucked away in my mental wallet.
Well, you win some, you lose some.
Onward and upward!