The Nifty Thrifty Goes to California

It's our second weekend since we moved out here to Ojai (read about our new place here!) so we figured it was about time to go to some estate sales and bring back the Nifty Thrifty.  Since we've only just arrived we haven't been spending much time looking for vintage stuff, but yesterday we stopped by a few yard and estate sales to get a feel for the area.  We didn't buy anything until we came to our last estate sale of the day in Santa Paula, CA.

The Santa Paula estate sale was apparently the contents of a hoarder's house.  It was pretty dirty and had piles of stuff, but we managed to pull some nice items from the chaos.  Julia found this awesome mechanical typewriter; it's a Royal Dart, and was made in Holland in the 50's or 60's.  We only just realized that there is a cover for the tape area that is missing, but it's still a great find.

Once we got it home, Julia wound out the old papers that were wrapped around the wheel, and found two interesting little relics from the hoarder (the yellowed papers on the right in the picture): an article from the Los Angeles Times in 1996 about a typewriter collector, and a little note to self typed using the typewriter about where/when the piece was found:
"mon. at 2.30 am
 nov. 20 i995                    dart
      this typewriter was found at the car warsh , self serve ,
      on harvard blvd. ,"
Crazy that this person found the typewriter for free--at a car wash of all places--almost twenty years ago... at 2:30 in the morning!

I spotted this Polaroid SX-70 camera folded on a shelf, and quickly picked it up.  The leather is cracked and tired, but you can buy new skins for these; perhaps I'll put mahogany on this one!  This SX-70 is an Alpha 1 Model 2, which is apparently one of the rarest models, and if it's in working condition it could be worth a couple hundred.  I'll be testing it shortly, and hopefully it works!

And last, but not least... two vintage Pachinko games, which I was rather excited to find.  Pachinko is a Japanese gambling game similar to a slot machine and a pinball machine.  In Pachinko you shoot a ball up to the top of the board by flipping a lever, and the ball falls down the pegs.  If your ball falls into a jackpot you get a more balls and more chances to get a jackpot.  Sadly, mine are not working at the moment, but I might look into getting them fixed up, or I'll just sell them for parts or repair.

What do you think of our finds?  A little strange that they are all machines in one way or another...  an odd theme for the week.  What have you thrifted lately?

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too: Apron Thrift GirlMe and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lotand a mid century one at Remnant!

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  1. Glad you guys are back and ready to go! That sale must have been interesting. Hoarder sales are weird. I always feel like I'm going to come upon a dead cat or something.
    Love the Pachinko machines. They would make such a cool wall hanging.

  2. SCORE on the Pachinko games, I love looking at those! I've only seen them in antique malls and not in the wild though, great scores! Love your machine scores.

  3. Welcome to California! It looks like it is going to be great thrifting grounds for you.

  4. You made it. Thanks for hosting. Great finds from California.

  5. I'm very interested to see how you get on in your new home. Love the story of the note in the typewriter!

  6. I love that there is a story behind the typewriter. Not sure why it's be at a car wash, but whatever.

  7. Welcome to the West Coast! Good on ya for finding your feet and leaping back into the thrifting and estate sales so quickly. Loving the typewriter and the newspaper clippings.

  8. Congrats on the move! Can't wait to see what you find in Ca!


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