I would echo what others have said about finding a club and an elmer, there are many hams who might give you equipment to get you on the air. We should be thankful that you are continuing the ham tradition for a new generation. Buying older rigs with your hard earned money might be a bit frustrating unless you have a good guide to help test it and counsel you.
The same with kits, although the Small Wonder Labs and Hendrick kits are good and fun to put together, they are usually CW only and if you are going to learn CW then I would buy a pre-assembled kit like the Ten-Tec one here for 250. :http://www.tentec.com/products/Two-Band-CW-QRP-Transceiver-%252d-40-%252d-20-Meters.html
That way you can then concentrate on building your antenna, not a kit and you can be on the air (at least listening and learning) sooner and perhaps carry on the code for future generations as well.
Best of luck and 73
W2DAB - David in NYC