At a boot sale today, 100 sheets of Ilford Multigrade RC Glossy, 12" x 16" in two un-opened 50 sheet boxes for £1.00
Perhaps a bit old and may be a bit foggy but at £0.01 a sheet it was a risk I was prepared to take!
Voightlaender Vitomatic II, a nice little rangefinder.
A beautiful Nikkormat FTn with attached 55mm Micro Nikkor f/3.5 lens for a whopping $20. I sold it a few years ago when I stupidly got rid of all my film SLRs. Well, I'm back into them with a vengeance, albeit without that sweet Nikkormat and that splendid lens - one of the greatest primes ever made, imho. I'm not crying too hard, though, for I did get a very nice Canon T90 with 50mm 1.8 for $20. Odd thing about that is it was sitting right next to a nice Yashica stop-down SLR that they wanted $30 for. The seller had no idea the T90 was worth 10 times their asking price and I did not volunteer the information. I reached for my wallet so quickly that I almost threw my arm outta joint. SO TOO WOULD YOU!
My fried Alec is a watch and vintage radio collector. A couple years ago he was visited a local thrift store and grabbed a camera bag out of a cart one of the employees was using to carry stock from the back room to the sales floor. Inside the bag was a Leica M2 with the collapsible 35mm lens. The camera and lens were in exceptionally fine condition. He bought it for $4.95!
He called me and told me about his find and I really thought he was trying to pull a joke on me. No one in their right mind would sell a Leica for $5 but they did. I saw the camera and the bag and his receipt for $4.95. Within a week he had sold the camera and lens to a dealer for $600 who, I'm sure, made a tidy profit reselling it.
I have gone into that same thrift probably a hundred times and have never found a single item worth buying. It's almost always just recycled clothing and old appliances. But Alec! He once bought a genuine Philip Patek (sp?) watch in that same store for $10! He made a tidy profit from that one, too.
Lucky guy, that Alec.
Minolta Freedom Tele for $1. I cobbled a battery from a pair of CR123's, and everything seems to be working. Switches between 38mm/2.8 and 80mm/5.6. These were also sold as Leica AF-C1's, so it must have a pretty good lens.
At a flea market: Chinon CM-4s (PK) with 50 1.9, 28 2.8 and 135 2.8 for $20. All super clean and working perfectly.
I was thinking of reselling it to a basic photo student come Fall, adding whatever a new set of batteries and assurance that it will get them through the semester is worth. Unfortunately it will need some cosmetic surgery first. A previous owner had engraved his name and SS# into the base. I'm not comfortable letting it back into the wild like that.