The antique store wasn't open yet, so I stopped into our biggest local bookstore next door for awhile instead: Orca Books. I picked up a new copy of CS Lewis' Screwtape Letters, as my last copy appears to have gone walkabout. I probably gave it away to a friend or sibling and then promptly forgot, as I tend to do with favorite book titles. I also picked up our most recent book club book (The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon), looked at the blank books (oh, the pretty red Moleskines!) but refrained from buying any, and then came across these items, which I couldn't resist, even if the typewriter keys are erroneously lowercase and even if they missed an opportunity to display an Olympia.
In my experience, there tend to be two different types of antique stores: one type sells primarily very high-end furniture and glassware and paintings--you walk in and the place is nearly bare, and beautifully arranged. Fun to look, but since I know I'm not likely to make a purchase in a place like that in my lifetime, I feel nervous being in those stores.
The other type of antique store is wonderfully cluttered and jumbled, and they sell all sorts of interesting old everyday things and things in fully-lived condition rather than just the valuable stuff. There are old tins and kitchenware, vintage clothing, all sorts of bits and pieces and souvenirs, toys, books...you name it. Finders Keepers is most definitely this last type of antique store. They sell items on commission for all sorts of different vendors, sectioned off in booths/cubicles throughout the store, and you just never know what you'll come across.
I usually see at least a few typewriters, though I've yet to purchase one here. Often they've been out of my price range, sometimes I've come across them during a buying moratorium. I only saw two on Saturday, neither of them quite worthy of taking home.
There was this electric Smith Corona--such a beautiful color! Too bad it isn't a manual...
And this Underwood, tucked away on a bottom shelf. It was $40, which I suppose isn't bad for an antique store find, but not exactly in superb condition. I don't think it was functional. They do look cool, though, don't they?
I also came across this old pencil sharpener! In retrospect, I should have moved that tag so the crank was visible. I'm not sure it actually works. If I had a place to display such a thing, I would have been very tempted to take it home...but I don't, so I didn't.
The best thing about this store, though, is the Book Nook.
Lots and lots of mostly old books: classics, poetry, old boys' adventure books, old mysteries, old cookbooks. Even the oldest and most ornate are generally very reasonably priced. I bought a copy of Brideshead Revisited, as my last copy, like Screwtape Letters, seems to have gone walkabout.
I did a little wandering around downtown Olympia looking for any other likely spots for typewriters, but the only other antique stores were 1) an antique store of the first sort and 2) a very tiny place that didn't open until one in the afternoon. What's up with that?
No typewriter content in the next stage: I went to The Tea Lady, which I highly recommend to any visitors to Olympia. If you like tea, or think you might like some tea, or if you're at all curious about tea varieties...it is THE tea store to visit.
It's hard to even convey just how much tea they have here. This is just one corner.
All of those bags and boxes are tea! They also have a tea bar at the back where you can buy freshly brewed hot or iced tea, or try samples of a few varieties. And they sell tea pots and mugs and electric kettles and various other kitchen gadgets. I browsed awhile and then bought the Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice I'd gone in for (it's like atomic fireball candy in tea form, though they'd probably be appalled by my saying so...) and some coconut chocolate black tea (it's good!).
Aaand that's about it. I went to two Goodwill stores, but didn't see so much as an electric typewriter, and then stopped by a Value Village since it's near the library where I was dropping off books, but they only had a 90s (?) Smith Corona electric, very banged up and dirty. Still, a good day overall!