I agree with your comments. Especially those regarding the need to promote myself. By the time I finished high school, I was so sick of selling things that I just can't seem to get the marketing of my work going.
Ditto. Well said.
Went to the city of Alameda. Three thrift stores. Just a few compacts.
Regarding the digitals, two of the three I bought required ten more dollars to get running. One is too ugly to use as a gift.
I check Thriftstores in my area regularly. Last week-end I got a Nikon F for $14.99 at the Value Village. Beat-up, looks like it went through the Vietnam war (perhaps it did) but still ticking. I replaced the mirror bumper and cleaned up dust from the ground glass. I've run a roll of film through it and look forward to see how it does.
You got an Oly 2020 for $10 - brilliant. That's a cult camera for digital infra-red imaging - there's one in my bag now and it cost me a lot more than that. Put a dark red 43mm filter on it and see (get one from China on ebay).
Sorry - wrong place - but I'm also an unrepentant collector of veteran digital cameras - y'know, like more than five years old. Oh and antique ones - more than ten years old. :-)
Portland has been a dream city for thrift store camera scores. My short list of scores!
Pentax spotmatic II
Canon Canonet QL17 GIII
Pentax ME Super, in all black
Minolta Himatic 11
Canon AF35ML (future classic if you ask me)
A pair of vivitar 283's and other assorted filters and lenses too numerous to remember. This all in only the past year!
Hmmmm... $50 German Range Finder?
Ya might have missed the best bargain of all. Have you priced a Zeiss Super Ikonta?
tim (sometime thrift shopper) in san jose
I managed to pick up an Olympus XA2 with A11 flash for $5 at the Value Village on bloor/landsdowne. I've gone there again a few times, but I haven't been so lucky again.
Went to Marin. Went to 12 thrift stores in south Marin County. Nothing. I bought a stone-age Olympus digital with an odd dead battery for four bucks. However, I did buy a full length fox coat for $50 in Mill Valley.
So.........sixty miles, $4 bridge fare, one primitive digital camera purchased. Unreasonable prices for junk. I hate Marin County---always have. A nice place to buy furs though!
Last weekend I went to Hayward and San Leandro in search of classic stainless steel clad Japanese cameras.
At Thrift Center in south Hayward I was delighted to buy a Yashica Minister for 99 cents. Later, I discovered the shutter button is not working. At ECO Thrift, I got an Epson PhotoPC 700 1MB Digital for two bucks. It works fine. At Thrift Town in San Leandro there was an old Sears Rangefinder, kind of ugly.
So...........fifty miles, three stores, a broken but sweet Yashica Minister purchased for a buck and a stone-age digital for two bucks. One not-so-pretty Sears Rangefinder left behind.