Yesterday we continued our drive through scenic Iowa.
The first stop I mapped out for the day was an antique mall in Des Moines, IA.
Brass Armadillo Antique Mall – Des Moines
701 NE 50th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313
This was another of these huge spaces with a zillion vendor stalls. We combed the rows methodically.
This poor old Underwood 5 below was completely frozen with rust. The carriage and keys and everything were immobile. It actually looks better in this picture than it was. Could be a nice project machine.
I got really excited when I saw the case below from afar. I got up to it and it was empty. It’s for a mimeograph machine (and the mimeograph was nowhere to be seen, just the case).
I turned a corner and ran into this chipper fellow. He was at least 18 inches tall. How I wanted to bring him home.
Taped to his stand was a Facit button that said, “The future is Facit”. No arguments here.
I did pick up this Facit button for $8. I plan to wear this to fancy dress-up typewriter events though I will feel like a bit of a fraud. I don’t own a Facit, and I have never even gotten to play with one. Maybe somewhere between here and the SF Bay Area I will find a Facit. I hear that they are really nice.
We continued driving through Iowa and then I started seeing billboards for Walnut: Iowa’s Antique City. Well, heck. We can’t miss that. I knew that we couldn’t stay long. I am trying to stick to a schedule so that I am not driving when the sun gets low in the sky. We are heading due west, and afternoon sun in the eyes is hard to take.
So we popped into this adorable little antique town in the middle of Iowa.
Between the two malls we popped into, we saw only one typewriter and two toy typewriters:
We really needed to make tracks, so we hit the road. I wish we had more time to explore more shops.
We hopped back into the car and headed to Nebraska. Over the Missouri river we went and we crossed the state line. Next stop: an antique mall in Lincoln, Nebraska:
Aardvark Antique Mall
5800 Arbor Rd, Lincoln, NE 68517
This was another of those enormous big box antique malls. The lady at the counter said that there were 250 booths at this mall.
This totally makes sense in terms of supply chain dynamics: antique mall and self storage.
I feel like the typewriters at this antique mall need to branch out colorwise:
Honestly – I do not need to move those speckled cups and open that case because I know what’s in there: a tannish-grayish Sears Communicator.
I just about kissed this S-C Super Sterling when I saw it because it was definitely blue.
We took to the road again and arrived safely at our destination of Grand Island, Nebraska. We made it in before ferocious thunderstorms rolled through.
The drive has been very pleasant thanks to typewriter diversions, agreeable company, good weather, polite drivers, and light traffic. These roads in Iowa and Nebraska run for miles in front of you. We are heading straight west.