Thrift Store Finds

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  1. Nathan Riehl

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    Well, I decided this would make a good topic. I haven't seen anything like this other than that "even-steven" thread, but this isn't entirely the same.

    I'll start it off with saying I got a Minolta Flash Meter II for $4, a Yashica T4 for free, a Pentax K1000 (with strap and 50mm f/1.8) for $2, two Polaroid SX-70s ($10 each), a myriad of Polaroid folders, another myriad of Polaroid 600-series cameras, a big Minolta Maxxum kit ($7), and some stainless-steel reels that I got for a quarter a piece including a 120 reel. Oh, and I just found a Mamiya/Sekor 55mm f/1.8 for a dollar.

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    I haven't had any great thrift store finds, but my dream is to walk into a secondhand book shop one day and find William Henry Fox Talbot's Notebook L (never found to date).
     
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    My list is longer but the fun bits have been 2 Nikon F2's with three or four nice primes for 70$, A 35mm Angineiux f/2.5 for 12$, A Polaroid 600SE with lens for 22$, about six Olympus XA's for a couple of bucks a pop. The odds aren't good but when you do find something you feel like a rock star.
     
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    Dang Illumi I always wonder where you get all the stuff you offer for sale because you always have very fair/decent prices on your stuff.
     
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    The ones I can remember off the top of my head are an Olympus XA4 for $1, an XA with original box for $5, an Anniversary Speed Graphic and two Kodak folders for $25, a Canon A1 for $15, and a Nikon R8 Super 8 camera in near-mint condition for $25.
     
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    How about the one that got away? Well, not got away... there was (and still is) this Nikkromat FTN in mint condition in a glass case, with a chrome nosed 50mm 1.4 lens, all for $199. I was too poor to buy it. Still am. It's still there I'm sure.
     
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    I got a new Armani suit for all of $20 once. (There was also a Calvin Klein but it was too big for me)
    Still hanging out for that great camera/lens find though...
     
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    Suit?? Haven't worn one since I retired 10 years ago. I've left instructions that I be laid to rest in a tee shirt and cargo pants. :smile:
     
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    An old (working) Diana camera -- marked $1.00, but only 75 cents when I brought it to the counter.

    Area of Temporary Refuge
    Carbon Print
    From Diana Camera (out-dated Tech Pan film)
     

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    I've looked and looked but haven't found anything. Must be going to the wrong thrift stores.
     
  11. Nathan Riehl

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    Try Goodwill and Salvation Army if they have them in your area. We have several Goodwill stores all within 20 miles of my home, one Salvation Army, a Women's Center thrift shop, and 4 or so Humane Society thrift shops.
     
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    Deja vu anyone? http://www.apug.org/forums/forum47/25215-thrift-store-treasures.html:wink:

    But in the spirit of cooperation ...

    A usable camera bag, with a Contax 167MT body and a bunch of usable filters and other accessories inside.

    Many of the filters are B & W and of sizes I can use.

    And the Contax body?

    I gave it to another APUG member who creates magic with her Contax stuff, but who was struggling with some repair issues on her other Contax body.

    Not bad for $14.00.
     
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    I tried searching through a few boards, and even used the search feature, but I didn't see anything. Oh well.
     
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    Over here there are only few thrift stores, but more goodwill shops. Often something inbetween: people in need of a home financing their hostel.

    Typically the offer of cameras is very limited and prices are higher than on my favourite flea-markets. So I only pay them a visit when I pass them anyway, or when there is a once-years photo stuff offer where they put a lot of stuff on sale.

    I guess my best deal at such a shop was a Osram Dunco 10 ligh,t originally packed, for a few euros.
     
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    I once found a whole box of JOBO tanks and reels and bottles at Goodwill. Paid $5 for the box. Sold most everything on the net for $150. Still have some reels that I cannot figure out what tank they go to, to big for the 1500 series, too small for the 2400 series.
     
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    robot star and a couple lenses - 25 bucks

    leica cl for 8 dollars

    linhof tripod for 12 dollars

    nikon 135 f2 for 30 bucks

    about 40 4x5 film holders for 20 bucks


    and more I have forgotten about

    I do better at garage sales and estate sales though
     
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    I found an original Leica 0 (1923) in rather good condition and a very old Nikon rangefinder M (1950) in an old wooden box in the back of a second hand store. They asked only $10 for it since the couldn't guarantee it would still function.

    leica-zero.jpg Nikon-M-1950.jpg


    And then I woke up - it was a nice dream ...
     
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    The Salvation Army has been good to me

    Minolta X-700 with MD 35-70 f:3.5
    Pentax K1000 with M 50mm f:2.0
    Slide projectors
    Minolta lenses
    Beseler 45MXT
    Tripods

    didn't pay much for any of it
     
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    I find Rokkor lenses at thrift stores around here every once in a while. Found a 45/2 and a 50/1.7 just recently. Gave them to my girlfriend that uses an X-370.
     
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    5 fidelity deluxe 5x7 film holders - $5

    just last week
     
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    Today,

    Agfa Rondiax 35U $5
    Beseler motor base $10
     
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    The best I've ever done was an Olympus OM 10 with 50mm f1.8 and leather everready case for $30. all in "like new" condition. Additionally it was a 15% off day, so even less. Since the Olly won't function at all without a battery (the mirror won't return) and this one had no battery I wonder if they felt it was busted. A new battery, and it works fine for me! I've added the manual adaptor, the winder, and the dedicated flash. A pleasant piece of kit.
     
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    Hello from a fellow Mid-Michigander! May I ask where you're from? I'm in Bay City, home to Michigan's largest antique dealer, which is seemingly where anything interesting ends up - usually with a very inflated price tag. Thrift stores have so far been a lost cause here!
     
  26. Nathan Riehl

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    Just picked up an Ion Omni Scan at Goodwill for $9.50.