It feels as though the design-savvies have become more of a collecting bunch--except instead of baseball cards and stamps, we opt for vintage typewriters, distressed maps, and aged copies of Alice in Wonderland. In fact, I got a call from a friend this past weekend, shrieking in an eardrum-bursting shrill, "You'll NEVER GUESS what I JUST SCORED!! A 1935 ROYAL STANDARD TYPEWRITER for $25 AT A YARD SALE!" And I understand her enthusiasm. If I just scored a find like that, I would have squealed high enough for only dogs to hear because I love, LOVE, love vintage typewriters.
If you're into them, and don't mind getting your hands dirty and have some basic machinery knowledge, I'd recommend scouring eBay or craigslist for a good deal. However, if you have $300-$400 in loose change under your sofa cushions and want something refurbished by professionals, check out mytypewriter.com where you can shop--or in my case, drool and wish and hope--in their fantastic collection of classic typewriters.