Welcome to the Vintage Typewriter Shoppe News page! This is an exciting new way of communicating ongoing changes to my customers. This page will change as necessary, so please check back often!
Emails without the word "typewriter" in the subject go directly to my SPAM folder and are not answered.
Some important news!
The toll free number is back up! The service provider blamed severe weather for the malfunction. UPDATE 5.2.2017: Toll free number is still plagued with issues. Use 1.704.345.3852 for purchase inquires. Thanks!
Getting a lot of questions regarding typewriter service, refurbish and restoration. You can find detailed definitions of these options on the "$150-$250 Typewrters" page. The typewriters I sell have been refurbished.
I offer a $125 Service option for those that are local and don't need to ship their typewriter. Shipping is expensive and not really worth it unless you're getting a full refurb which significantly increases the value of your typewriter. You can search Typewriter Repair Shops and choose the Xavier.edu webpage to find a shop near you. If you're interested in a full refurb, just contact me to discuss costs and turn-around times. As of this writing, I'm working on 9 typewriters for customers and turn-around time is 15 business days.
Trees, trees and more trees! According to the Charlotte Observer, many of the old hardwoods in the area have reached the end of their life cycle. This means that even though they're covered in beautiful green leaves, it no longer requires severe weather to cause them to fall. Moderate rain and mild winds have been doing the trick for the past several weeks. Hopefully this will not become a near weekly occurrence as it causes major issues with power and internet.
The warehouse that I rent for parts machines, Bargain Basement typewriters and misc. offerings has been sold to a developer for a new apartment complex. This is a large 30x90 space filled with approximately 900 machines. I have until the end of the year to have everything out. I'll be focusing on refurbishing Bargain Basement typewriters. I'll still be adding to the main page but expect the BB page to carry most of the listings.
Thanks again for your interest and business :-)
I hope everyone had a joyful holiday! May this year bring us all much needed peace.
I've over 187 emails in the in-box so it's going to be a few days before I get to all of them. I'll be starting with those that requested purchasing the two typewriters that were still available. First come, first served. I hope to add several typewriters each week but the first of the year is always a slow start. A lot of non-refurb issues to address. as always, there is a large amount of information answering 90% of all questions. I hope potential customers will take advantage of this and therefore reduce the amount of time required in answering questions. If you're unable to find the answer to your question, please feel free to email or call.
Those looking to sell their typewriter or wanting a free appraisal; Please do not contact me. I will only buy from a reputable source such as ebay. You may email you listing number and I'll take a look. On the appraisal end, I only do appraisals for institutions or large collections. My fee is based on the size of the collection and time needed to complete the process. Look on ebay/etsy to see what your particular machine might sell for in "as is" condition. I appreciate your understanding in this matter.
Thanks again so much for your patience, understanding and business. You're all appreciated :-)
Been a while since I updated! Not much to report until now. Trying to get some listings up each week. Many are selling before they get listed. Unusual for October. This is why there are discrepancies in the item numbers. Looks like this season will see 85 typewriters or so go to new homes. I'm also working on getting some Bargain Basement machines listed with plenty of time for Christmas delivery.
I'm not taking in any more outside refurbs until after 1.5.2017. If you're local and need a service or repair, call me to schedule an appointment.
I'm not taking any personal request at this time. I have several I'm working on now and just won't have time to take on any others. If you know what you want, contact me and I'll see if I have one in the line-up. Otherwise, it'll have to wait until after 1.5.2017.
As always, your interest, patience and business is greatly appreciated! Without you, I wouldn't have been able to turn this wonderful hobby into a business :-)
I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!
More listings coming 5.12.2016! Shutting down to work on website inventory. Demand is extremely high this time of year with graduations right around the corner. I can't keep up. I'm closing to focus on getting some typewriters finished and added to the site. I'll reopen on 5.13.2016. Email if you need ribbon but all other requests will have to wait until I reopen. Thanks so much for your interest and patience!
Finally got back online after 5 days of major issues due to a malicious email link. Someone wanting to sell their typewriter sent me an email with a link to the pictures on photobucket. They used the "Typewriter" subject line and everything seemed standard. Soon after opening the link, I began having issues. Finally, the virus locked out my entire network. Going forward, I will no longer buy typewriters from private individuals unless they are local and willing to bring their typewriter to me for inspection. The whole point of having potential customers use the word typewriter in the subject line was to avoid spammers/hackers.
I am closing until the 12th so that I can add inventory to the site. The computer issues have me behind schedule. I will begin adding machines later this week and continue to do so for the Christmas season. It is now and has always been a first come, first served business. If you see a typewriter you like while I'm closed, please email me with the word "Typewriter" in the subject line along with the item number. Once I reopen, you'll be first in line for that particular machine.
Like every year before, my cutoff for refurbs has already past. If you have a typewriter you purchased somewhere else, I will not be able to refurb it before Christmas. I will begin accepting refurbs after the 4th of January.
Thanks once again to all of my customers! I truly enjoy serving your typewriter needs :-)
EMAIL ISSUE NOTICE - UPDATE
Well, it looks like the email issue has returned. It seemed to have gotten better but some customers recently reported missing emails from Paypal, UPS and VTS. Again, I answer emails from customers interested in buying or those that have bought in the past. If you email me and don't get a response, please call the toll free number. Thanks again!
Not sure what's going on with email but here's some information that has been passed on to me. I have had several customers and potential customers complain about not receiving invoices from paypal, tracking emails from UPS and USPS or replies to their emails about purchasing items. First, I use paypal to generate invoices and those emails go through paypal's email invoicing service. I have contacted paypal in regard to this issue. The same goes for UPS and USPS. Second, I respond to all emails from those wishing to purchase an item. Some of the customers I have corresponded with via phone and they didn't get the email when their typewriter was completed. This has led to some pretty nasty situations because if I don't hear back from a customer within 48 hours of sending that email, I list the machine on the site or sell it to the next person in line. This has been my policy since the beginning. So, there have been some people that I have emailed pictures and information on the typewriter they requested never receive that email and think I didn't follow through on my end. That's simply not the case. I have added an AUTO response to the email for ordering items. If you send an email to that address, I will respond within 24 hours. If you're selling a typewriter, I may not respond at all if it's in poor condition or something I don't typically deal in (i.e.. Electrics). If you placed a request for a particular machine and I told you I would get it ready for you and email pictures and information upon completion and you never heard back from me, please call me. The email was sent but for some reason not received. Also, please add my email address to your contact list and check your SPAM folder. Thanks once again to all of my customers and please call if you feel a missed communication has occurred.