They say things happen in threes. The day after WordsAreWinged blogged about visiting a previously undiscovered antique shop and finding an Olympia SM3, the same thing happened to me.

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On my latest trip to the nearby town of Guildford to check out the antique stores, I paid my first ever visit to Annie’s Vintage Wondrland

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Waiting to greet me, was this unassuming green Olympia SM3 …

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Unlike the fancy falutin’ antique stores on the main drag, the prices in this Aladdin’s cave were reasonable. The SM3 was on sale for just $75 AUD.

In an antique shop just 500 metres down the road, another green SM3, in possibly worse condition (I didn’t play with it) has an asking price of $260 AUD …

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Yes, this is the same shop that, after several months of trying, is still trying to sell a $275 Erika portable. Worse still, they’ve taken possession of an Underwood Universal and judging by the price, intend to keep it …

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I wish I could tell you that I bought the $75 dollar SM3, and that it ruled, but there was a problem with the carriage, and since I have a backlog of typewriters with similar problems, I left without it – but not before photographing the booklet that came with it …

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Apparently, for a little extra, you could buy a new SM3 with an elegant leather case. I can’t say I’m a fan of the wooden cases …

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But I am a fan of Woody Allen’s …

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Ideally, I’d like an SM3 the same maroon/burgundy colour as his, but preferably with the ribbon cover intact …

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As things turned out, I didn’t have to wait long to find myself another typewriter in another previously undiscovered vintage store …

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The Vintage Emporium, in the eastern suburb of Maylands, offered up an Olivetti typewriter in excellent working and cosmetic condition. But more on that later …

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Allen with Lettera 22, working on the screenplay for What’s New Pussy Cat, Paris 1965