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One Man’s Trash: Olivetti Lettera 35

This week I’m introducing what I’m sure will prove be a regular topic: “One Man’s Trash”. For years I’ve frequented Goodwill, The Salvation Army, and other thrift stores looking for clothes, books, home decor, furniture, or anything else that seemed interesting. I’ll use this space to discuss general thrift tips and brag about my recent scores, because, as you know, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Olivetti Lettera 35

Last Friday I went to the local Goodwill and ended up spending over $50. While I am both impressed & disgusted with myself I was able to get a lot of stuff I need (new T-shirts from Target) and also get started on my Christmas shopping. But the highlight of my trip was finding an Olivetti Lettera 35 for $2.99.

Olivetti Lettera 35

Olivetti Lettera 35

Although it is from an Italian typewriter company, this particular unit was made in Spain in the 1960s. It is incredibly sturdy, the body is made of cast aluminium, and came in a plastic hard-shell case with the original manual. It could use some TLC, a little oil, and a replacement ribbon in the not too distant future, but it’s ready for immediate use.

It’s just too bad I can’t write these blog posts on it.



Check out these other thrifty blogs:

Thrift Core –

Manly Vintage –


Do you have any great thrift finds? Email me to share them on Alternative Gentleman! (and remember, pics or it didn’t happen)

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4 Responses »

  1. Good call on the Thrift Stores. If people are ina heavy antique store area, ( like we are in Baltimore,) you can pick up tons of good finds as well. I have seen some great vintage cufflinks for literally a dollar a pair

  2. At our Goodwill last year my sister and I found a $1000 Burberry trench coat for only $5.99. It was is really good shape almost brand new, the only thing was that it was missing a button.


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