Eureka! Bargain hunter strikes gold at Atlantic Avenue street fair

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Keyed in: Francine Darko scored a second-hand typewriter at the Atlantic Antic street fair on Sept. 25, which she plans to use to type up her teenage love letters.
Miles of smiles: The Antic stretches for a mile along Atlantic Avenue.
They like to bagguette up: Sweethearts Ian Leidner and Rachel Trenchard share a tres bien sandwich from Atlantic Avenue eatery French Louis.
Alpaca lunch: Fair-goers check out the alpaca petting zoo.
Wool hello there: Alpacas look like llamas but cuter.
On the table: Blessed Azulu shows off the wares at Sally’s Place.
Soaking it in: These two are just having a great time.

This street festival was just her type!

Hundreds of thousands of revellers mined the treasure trove of food, games, and entertainment on offer at the Atlantic Antic fair on Sunday, but one bargain hunter really hit the jackpot when she stumbled upon a vintage typewriter at one of the strip’s famed antique stores after weeks of scouring the city for just such a writing device.

“It’s not like I go to a fair to get an antique, but I saw an old leather bag and I picked it up and the typewriter fell out,” said Francine Darko, a former Park Sloper who chanced across the massive annual al fresco fete while checking out her old stomping ground. “It was so meant to be, everything worked out so well it’s crazy.”

Darko scored the typewriter — which she plans to use to document some old love letters she wrote as a teenager — for just $20, and the vendor also kicked in an old iron whistle when she pointed out the retro gadget was a little damaged.

Then to cap off a day of unexpected good fortune, she also stumbled across a new gym that was celebrating its grand opening, and the owner’s mother shared a bottle of Prosecco with her to mark the occasion.

All in all, Darko said she couldn’t have planned a better afternoon out on Atlantic Avenue — and she didn’t!

“I really had a great day in Brooklyn, it was such an effortless, really cool afternoon,” she said.

At a mile long, the street fest is the longest in the city and fair-goers say it’s also the best, because there is so much on offer to visitors along the lengthy route.

“It’s my favorite, it’s definitely the largest,” said Downtown resident Rachel Trenchard, who came with boyfriend Ian Leidner. “It has the most diverse activities and vendors.”

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Joey from Clinton Hills says:
I think they are charging $200 for the same typewriter at the Brooklyn Flea.
Sept. 27, 2016, 11:49 am
Truth Watson from Brooklyn says:
She has so little to do that she types up her boring letters on an old-timey typewritter. How "artistic". She's really pushing people's limits there! My god, a hipster pointlessly using outdated technology for vanity project that really achieves nothing. Never imagined that happening.
Sept. 28, 2016, 3:45 am
old tine brroklyn from slope says:
Yo Watson - what format is your keyboard based on. What impact is it on you. I have an old portable and my wife still has her ibm selectric and both work. Have another one from 1924, an Underwood , and that still works as opposed to a pc that gets replaced every few years.
Sept. 28, 2016, 10:20 am
Hootie says:
That typewritter is stolen! It belonged to my grandmother. Her house was robbed by a 'curly haired girl who was trampy when she was in high school'. The so-called flea market was just a distraction to make her seem to have acquired it legitimatly.
Sept. 30, 2016, 4:22 am
I also hate Tal from Pleasantville, NY says:
^^^You are awesome!^^^
Sept. 30, 2016, 11:42 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
It's all character performance art. No one can possibly be as thick as the characters that I have created.
Oct. 2, 2016, 7:05 pm

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