When we tell people that we have a vintage typewriter business, most people give us a puzzled look and ask how in the world we got started repairing and selling vintage typewriters. Honestly, we weren’t planning on it, but more about that in a bit.
First of all, we’re Laura & Rob and we started Jot & Tittle Vintage Typewriters the end of August, 2018.
We’ve recently located from Colorado Springs to the Missouri Ozarks. Our view used to be of Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain and now our home overlooks Table Rock Lake. We really love it here. When we have time, we love to kayak and go out to eat. Our kids are grown (but no grandkids yet!).
AN UNEXPECTED BUSINESS
Jot & Tittle was a bit of a surprise to us and literally sprang up overnight.
You see, I (Laura) like to write. And I had been wanting an old typewriter to use for writing first drafts.
As I searched for typewriters for sale, I came across those that were in terrible disrepair (and I didn’t feel like cleaning them up as I didn’t know what I was doing). OR I stumbled upon gorgeous machines that were truly works of art, but they were way outside of my budget.
Being a hopeless entrepreneur and knowing my husband loves the challenge of a good hunt, I wondered if we could offer our own typewriters for sale. Unbeknownst to me, my husband was thinking the very same thing!
We bought a couple we found locally and Rob set to work cleaning them up.
OUR FIRST TYPEWRITER FOR SALE
We sold the first one to a friend – before we even had the chance to list it on our new Etsy site.
The same thing happened with the next two typewriters! Next thing we knew, we had the bug. Every night for a few weeks, we plopped down on the couch after dinner and scoured every place we could think of for really cheap typewriters.
With each typewriter, our confidence and excitement grew.
Rob watched lots of videos on repair, joined groups with other typewriter repair folks, plus learned by trial and error.
While Rob was learning the mechanics, I was busy putting together a proper business and thinking of new product ideas that would go along with vintage typewriters.
As a teen, I would send letters with wax seals or decorate envelopes for letters I send to family and friends. Getting a letter in the mail was – and still is – an absolute joy.
Writing – Typewriters – Snail Mail – The Art Of Communication…
it all blends together beautifully. Our goal is to expand in the near future into other products interesting to those of us that love the art of communication. Jot & Tittle is off to a great start and we’re so thankful.
Grateful to have you here,
~ Laura & Rob