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And one more makes four

September 13, 2010

It started out as a lovely weekend.  On Friday Scott left work a little early, we grilled some steak and fresh veggies for dinner and just generally had a wonderful Friday.  And then Saturday came, and it did not disappoint.  I got to sleep in until nearly 10 o’clock.  Thank you Creamie!  I spent the morning making some of these cupcakes and then I met my sister for a lunch date and more awesomeness (which I’ll go into in another post).  On the way home I decided it wouldn’t be a well spent Saturday unless I stopped at the thrift store.  And the thrill of shopping without Creamie’s help didn’t make it a hard decision.  Nevermind that I had been to this same store less than 24 hours earlier, you never know what is going to change.  And what if I missed something!  I know, the horrors.  Here’s what I didn’t miss.
mustard bag
First up is this pretty mustard purse.  Its super soft leather (real leather mind you) and I love the color.  The best part about it came when I asked the dude with the keys if he would unlock the case so I could see it (yes, it was locked up in the case.  Nine West has made it in the big times). When I pointed to the one I was interested in, this very nice, but SUPER shy, mid forties man said “The Mustard one?”  … Are you serious?  He knows the color “mustard” and how to use it in a sentence?  Anyone else as shocked as I am?  I was sure that your standard issue man only comes with 8 colors and “mustard” is certainly not one of them.  Moving on.  The bag is nearly perfect.  There are no major flaws/stains/scuffs/scrapes/etc.  It’s the perfect size, not too slouchy and as soft as can be.  And for only $10 I have the perfect new(ish) bag for fall.

penncrest front

And now onto the title of my post.  And one more makes four.  I saw this baby, a 1960’s Penncrest Caravelle 12 hanging out on a bottom shelf.  I’m sure you know how the rest of the story goes, what with the squealing and the jumping and all.  Ok, so maybe that was only in my mind, but I can’t quite be sure.  This baby is a combo of a deep dark peacock green (or is it turquoise, I’m not sure.)  The part around the keys is more the color of a Mallard duck… but that doesn’t sound nearly so romantic as deep dark peacock green.  And I like all the romance I can get around my typewriter obsession collection.

penncrest top

This little machine came with it’s case, and is in great shape.  It even has the original key.  I’ll of course take it in to visit Stan the Typewriter Man for a little tuneup, but as far as I can tell it’s in good working order.  And if it turns out that it has some major flaw that I am unaware of, Creamie can play with it.  It was only $8 (EIGHT DOLLARS!!!!!), and unless there is something I’m missing about the Penncrest brand (I’d never heard of it before) I won’t mind if it gets a little extra wear and tear.  Not that I am going to stop looking for a toy typewriter.  Because I won’t.  I do need to think of a name for this one, and decide on it’s gender.  Wow, don’t take that sentence out of context… it makes me sound totally crazy. (And if you take it IN context, then it only makes me sound a little nuts.  What can I say, I’m a girl in love with my typewriters.)  It started out as a lovely weekend, and then it just got better.

Dear Monday, please don’t turn out to be totally lame.

(The colors of my latest thrifting adventure are totally reminding me of one of the back to school shopping outfits I posted a few weeks ago (Number 4.)  Nothing like a little mustard yellow and deep peacock green to start your fall off on a good note.)

9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2010 12:34 am

    Wow I can’t believe a Nine West bag at a thrift store is locked up in a box! That’s so funny!
    It is the perfect shade though, I love bags that “mustard” color. Definitely an amazing find.

    One of my friends has a typewriter; I don’t really know very much about them except that you can’t correct yourself if you make a mistake (even that I’m not sure about, I know very little about them). Oh, and they do look really cool, I’d want one to write letters and notes.

    Fun post, I like it!

  2. Paige permalink
    September 13, 2010 5:39 am

    Good morning E!

    Love this post. Don’t worry about your ‘collection’. My son collects old cameras … i think he has about 9 now. Personally, I love creamers and old plates. I don’t have so many cool plates (yet). But I know I have about 25 pitchers and creamers.

    So forge ahead with your collections! and sewing! and….

    Have a great day!

  3. September 13, 2010 8:08 am

    I’m kind of speechless. I think your local thrift shop must be the kind that is only supposed to exist in heaven.

  4. kerry permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:06 am

    lol…standard issue man…:o) SO flippin’ true…!
    btw…your post title kinda let me down…thought you were leading up to a “and baby makes 4” kinda thing……oh well, maybe next week…:o)

  5. Jen O permalink
    September 13, 2010 3:00 pm

    I love your blog. When I saw the title of your post, I thought you were going to announce that Creamie was going to be a big sister (one more makes 4 – in the family). Anyway, I made your reversible skirt for my girl (18 months old tomorrow!) for July 4th and love it. Was wondering where you got Creamie’s ruffled socks?? I can only find them for older girls and would like the option of wearing those to church rather than full tights. Also, what thrift store do you shop at? Seems like so many others besides me have the talent to find treasures at the thrift store, and I only see junk. Any tips from an expert thrifter? Thanks for a fun blog!

  6. September 13, 2010 3:10 pm

    you make me want to go thrift shopping.

    As soon as the car is fixed.

  7. September 14, 2010 8:40 am


    Your new typewriter is definitely a boy. Perhaps his name is Clyde?

    xo -E

  8. March 21, 2011 4:40 pm

    Elizabeth of Such a Sew & Sew sent me over here after she read my vintage typewriter post today. It seems that we are kindred spirits in that way! Glad to find another crafter and thrifter who gets my fondness for these beauties. Cheers!


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