Thrift Store Classic Camera Diary
by, 11-02-2008 at 01:41 AM (6279 Views)
I thought I'd give everyone a taste of what the Thrift Store experience is like in the San Francisco Bay Area.
It all began in August when I got the notion to buy an analog camera.
My best bet was Thrift Town in El Sobrante. There I bought a Minolta Hi-Matic 9 for 15 bucks. I liked it's James Bond looks, but was disapointed when I realized that the Hi-Matic 9 was not an SLR. I put the camera in the closet and forgot about it.
Later, I decided to try again. I went to Thrift Town again and bought a Minolta SRT 101 for 20 dollars. The bug hit me when I googled up the two old Minoltas. Moreover, I got the Rangefinder bug specifically at that point.
Armed with new found knowledge I took a trip canvassing East Bay thrift stores:
El Cerrito---two stores, a few pocket cameras.
El Sobrante---Thrift Town had a German Rangefinder for 50 bucks. Across the street, just pocket cameras.
Pleasant Hill---All five stores but one had just pocket cameras, except St Vincent De Paul, which had a Yashica Minister with a broken rewind lever. I did buy an Olympus Camedia C-2020 Z digital 2.1 MB for ten bucks. This was the only digital I have seen at a Thrift. I use the digital to teach my friends how to pose. Also, a nice Velbon Videomate 300 tripod for $10.
Walnut Creek---Just pocket cameras for all four
Lafayette---Just pocket cameras at both Thrift Stores.
So...........three automobile trips, fifteen different Thrift Stores, five cities, four purchases, one trashed Yashica Minister and a German camera left behind.