I’m always looking for interesting items when I’m visiting my local thrifting haunts, and I tend to find the best things at the thrift store that I go to every day on my lunch hour.
This store is very well organized with amazing volunteers. They go through things carefully before putting them on the shelves. So I very rarely see anything that’s damaged or stained. Because of this things move quickly, and there are new items to look at every day. So if you don’t go every day you might definitely miss something great.
Now I don’t find something every day… but like this week’s find I do usually find one or two interesting items each week.
This week’s fabulous find is a Paramount Collector Series Telephone. I knew it was a replica, but I thought it was so cool and $5 was a fair price.
The price label on it said it worked, but I also asked the volunteer at the cash if there was somewhere I could try it… but there wasn’t.
The volunteer and I know each other, frankly most of the volunteers know me because I’m there pretty much every day. She said that if I got it home and it didn’t work I could bring it back for credit. This particular store doesn’t give refunds, but credit was absolutely fine with me.
It’s an aged-looking brass and has great details.
I’m not sure why but I have a thing for vintage and retro telephones. Maybe it’s because they remind me of simpler times, when everyone wasn’t plugged in 24/7. Except for me… who is still resisting answering the call to the cell phone age.
I got close once, but I quickly thought better of it… so I’m still cell phone free.
I know some people who have gotten rid of their land lines completely. So all plug-in phones may some day, maybe even sooner than we think, really be a thing of the past.
This replica phone has an authentic looking rotary dial that is actually push button. I love that the zero marked as Operator.
John and I recently bought The Andy Griffith Show series on DVD and we’re really enjoying it. Every time Andy uses the phone at the Sheriff’s Office he has to go through Sarah the telephone operator to get connected. There’s just something so cool about that.
Maybe I was born in the wrong time. lol.
The one thing that kind of confused me about whether or not this phone actually worked was the cloth cord that went from the phone to the earpiece. But when I plugged in the phone jack it worked perfectly.
This phone is style 1919 in the Paramount Series. From my research it seems that the Model Number is the year that this style of phone would have been used. The volume of the ringer and the earpiece can be easily adjusted.
This Paramount Collection Series Telephone has a very good weight to it, and even though it’s a reproduction it seems to be pretty well made.
Will I actually use this phone? Probably not.
Does it make me happy? Absolutely.
But not as happy as finding an authentic retro mid-century rotary dial phone would. Especially in pink, green, blue, or black. I’ll be doing a happy dance when that happens that’s for sure. I’ve been looking for one for my craft studio for a few years now. That phone I will actually use… if I ever find it. I know I could find one online, but I prefer the local treasure hunt.
Eventually I’ll probably sell this Paramount phone. I saw one listing for a very similar phone on ebay for $50.
That’s not too shabby. Do you have any vintage/retro phones?
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!