We started out yesterday morning in Ohio and made our way into Indiana. I have never been in this state before, but Indiana is giving Ohio a run for its money in the municipal water storage tank game.
I had a couple antique malls mapped out in Elkhart, IN.
820 N Ward St, Elkhart, IN 46516
Why not for sale? Are you fattening it up for…
This calls for an Emmett Kelly Sad Clown.
Let’s cleanse our palates with some other typewriters:
Here’s the complete package: fun and terrible and somehow impressive in what it can do.
Read T. Munk’s funny blog post about an Easy-Writer 300 »
Around the corner in Elkhart was another antique mall.
Antiques On Beardsley
816 W Beardsley Ave, Elkhart, IN 46514
This unassuming storefront was the face of an enormous 11,000K sq ft antique mall.
I loved this Adler Special and the graceful paddle of a carriage return lever, but it was out of my price range:
We hit the road again and survived the truck-infested waters of I-94 south of Chicago.
I breathed easier once we left the big city freeways behind and again entered the green farmland of Indiana and Illinois.
I had one more antique mall mapped out for the day in Geneseo, IL, a beautiful little town with two enormous windmills.
C & S Antique Mall
705 W Main St, Geneseo, IL 61254
And there were a couple toy typewriters, one with the original box:
We hopped back in the car, crossed the great Mississippi river and entered beautiful Iowa.
9 thoughts on “Day 2: Typewriters of Indiana and Illinois”
Perhaps I’m not looking properly but I don’t remember seeing typewriters in antique shops here in the UK. Most of the ones I see are found at local auctions and are probably from house clearances. They also turn up at car boot sales from time to time.
Here in the US there are these enormous spaces called antique malls. A collection of vendors rent booth space by the month. Shop assistants conduct sales for the vendors. It’s like a standing flea market that’s never taken down. The antique malls I have been hitting on our road trip have 50-250 vendors at a single location, and there are generally at least a few typewriters scattered through in each mall.
Great finds at (mostly) great prices. Man, I need to branch out of Chicagoland because I usually come upon mediocre finds at high prices.
I am sticking with antique malls very close to the interstate. I think that if I ventured further into the hinterland off the main freeways, prices might be even better.
Much better prices in Indiana, I see. (:
Wow, $250 for that Special? I guess I shouldn’t’ve been in such a hurry to give away mine:
I really liked that Adler Special – it was a solid beast.
Shame on you, 820 Antiques, for your keychopping! Shame!
I like the way the Adler is labeled “Made in Western Germany”—not yet acknowledging that there can be more than one Germany, whose western region the factory inhabits, instead of a separate country called “West Germany.”
I would have bought that Remington Rand for $39 if I had to carry it in my lap for the rest of the trip.
That little Remington portable was pretty cute. Someone will snatch it up.
This is lots of fun. I agree with John, the Remington Rand was a good deal. I’m glad your daughter is willing to play the typewriter-spotting game with you!