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I've been looking around online but all the typewriters I've seen have been far outside the price range of your average zine writer. And before someone suggests it: I'm a frequent browser of charity shops and in all my years I've not once seen a typewriter for sale. So for those of you who use typewriters, where the bloody hell did you get them from?! Are they hand-me-downs, second hand lucky finds, not actually yours? In case you couldn't tell, this puzzle has been bugging me for a while now...
I got mine from ebay. it's vintage and blue and gorgeous. I paid $5 winning bid, and $30 shipping! lol I nearly got a second typewriter from an auction barn. Someone got it in an odd lot of stuff and then left it for trash. I was gonna to take it, but new hubby would kill me over another typewriter (he's a type A neatnik)
I'd suggest finding some auctions near you. There's a website called "auction zip" where you can find listings for sales near you, and then sometimes the auctioneer even shows pictures of whats for sale.
ETA: I know by some standards I overpaid for my typewriter, when you consider shipping, but I adore it and don't regret it one bit!
Try gumtree.com, a great tool for finding random things in your area :)
I got mine, from my Uncle's deceased father...Everyone thought it was an accordion, before we opened the case! XD
But yeah, Ebay sells them ALL the time!
I've never seen cheap typewriters in places like London or Brighton. My tip is to go to charity shops in small towns/distant suburbs, they often have a better selection of stuff at cheaper prices. I got both my typewriters forabout £3 each.
If you're ever around oxford they have an amazing charity sale at a sue ryder hospice in a village called nettlebed every 3 weeks, and they have a *shed full of typewriters*. Everything's really cheap because they try to shift everything in one day, and the donations are good because it's a rich area.