Raise your hand if you have any vintage typewriters collecting dust in your attic or basement! Now, keep them held high if you also like an easy way to make lots of money. If both these sentences sound like you, you may just have hit the jackpot without even realizing it.
Vintage typewriters are one of the internet's best kept secrets to get the cash flowing into your pockets. And when we say cash, we mean a lot of cash. For example, if you take a look at eBay these days, you can watch a vintage 1960's orange Hermes baby typewriter selling for $20,000. Or head on over to Etsy and you'll see a vintage 1953 Keaton music typewriter selling for $12,000 — documents and case included, of course.
But the hefty cash those vintage typewriters bring in seem like child's play compared to what's been affectionately dubbed the "Rolls Royce of typewriters" — the Malling-Hansen Writing Ball. If you're lucky enough to have one of those babies, you can sell it for a whopping $100,000. (Please excuse us while we raid our long-forgotten storage units!)
Vintage typewriters have long had a fanbase online for years now. And interest has only grown, considering there's now a Facebook page specifically for typewriter collectors, with thousands of devoted fans. And interest is expected to pick up the pace even more when a new documentary called 'California Typewriter' hits theaters later this month. After all, the fact that avid typewriter fan Tom Hanks makes an appearance can't hurt!
So in short: If you are itching to get rid of your vintage typewriters and perhaps make a few grand, there's never been a better time to do it!