Mad Maine Vintage Shop

This little blog will chronicle my ventures into selling vintage items in a local antique market.
My booth is called Mad Maine Vintage Shop - it features items inspired by a certain popular TV show,
and I am located in lovely Maine. Viva Vintage!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sometimes a little press helps

Bring me an olivetti, please. 

I finally ventured back to my booth on my crutches, being very careful not to knock down everything in my path, and my booth was all like:

Um, where have you been these last two weeks? Everything is a mess around here!  People are throwing stuff on the floor, stuffing doilies in vases, taking down pictures from your walls and leaving them next door, and leaving their half-finished Big Gulps behind. This is a dump!

Ok, so it was a mess, but really not as bad as I had feared.  And lots of big items had sold, including the typewriter above and the big wooden rocking horse. 

So, regarding typewriters - the owner said the interest in typewriters have noticeably gone up around here and that she will now pick up any typewriter she herself comes across.  One of the reasons might be that the local paper recently did a large story on typewriter nostalgia and included some lovely color photos as well - you can see the online article here.  Sure helps demand when hipsters sitting around coffee shops reading the paper get the idea that this is the next big thing to have!  At least, that is how I am seeing it.  I love my hipsters - they are easily among my best customers.

Have you seen a specific item suddenly get really popular due to certain local press coverage?


  1. We've sold one typewriter so far in our space and now have another sitting in it's place that hasn't sold yet. I actually just found an amazing 1940s typewriter at Goodwill yesterday that I can't wait to put out- hopefully your newspaper is right it's a growing trend!

    1. I do think it is a growing trend. I put that typewriter on Craigslist too (durecting interested viewers to my booth), and I had several e-mails asking about it. Now, where to find more...?

  2. Hipsters are probably my core demographic too, I won't knock it ;) This post has the wheels in my head turnin', gotta investigate local PR more. :) Hope you get better soon!

    1. I love my hipsters - probably would be one myself if I were still in my 20s :-) Yes, local press can be very good, including advertising your space on Craigslist :-)