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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Roberts View Post
    Sadly, I'm one of those who started life spending £sd ......
    Me too.

    I remember items with shillings and pence price tickets. e.g. 3/6, 2/- with the - implying zero pence but not the use of the = sign.


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    Whenever I go to a garage/yard/estate sale, I always let them know I collect "cameras, binoculars, telescopes, microscopes . . . and fountain pens." Sometimes I get lucky. A couple years ago, I bought an Oly OM-10 with 50/1.8, manual adapter and case for $15. Not bad, I suppose. More recently, I picked up an Oly XA for $5. Came with the flash and manual. Great little picture taker that's a true pocket 35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooltouch View Post
    "cameras, binoculars, telescopes, microscopes . . . and fountain pens." Sometimes I get lucky.
    Trouble is that I've been so lucky over the years that at home I can barely move for cameras, LPs, books, tools, electrical goodies. It's getting hard to find somewhere to sit down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Roberts View Post
    Trouble is that I've been so lucky over the years that at home I can barely move for cameras, LPs, books, tools, electrical goodies. It's getting hard to find somewhere to sit down!
    Sounds like you live in my house!


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    Ah, yes! You should see our house, as well. Imagine trying to pour 10 gallons of sand into a 5 gallon bucket, and you'll have some idea of the overflow.

    I freely admit to being an inveterate packrat. And garage sales/flea markets are a major cause of this. Unfortunately, my wife is just as bad as I am. What's worse, it appears to be a genetically dominant trait because our daughter exhibits the same predilections -- except she's even worse

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    Haven't had much luck with yard sales. Once I picked up a Yashica EZ-matic because I thought it was "cute" (a problem I have) not realizing it was a 126 camera. Only $10 but I'll likely never use it. A guy on Craigslist (pretty similar to the yard sale, in a way) was selling an Olympus XA, XA2 and XA3 for a good price. Knowing I didn't need them ALL I was going to try to buy just the XA for less, but someone else thought of that first. He was selling the other two for $20 total but I had only wanted the XA so I passed.

    Had better luck with thrift shops/flea markets. My best deal so far was an Olympus Trip 35 for $20. Not as dirt cheap as some of the finds posted in this thread, but in perfect condition and I use it all the time...thus making it a good deal .

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    At the local thrift store...

    A Tower 10A rangefinder - $10
    OT: An Argus Super Seventy-Five - $8

    Either worth it?

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    It must be me that the God's dont look kindly on I go to Car Boot Sales Charity shops etc etc but never find any bargains like this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliffy13 View Post
    It must be me that the God's dont look kindly on I go to Car Boot Sales Charity shops etc etc but never find any bargains like this
    Boot sales:-Two weeks ago picked up a mint Yashica T5d with case (European ver of US T4 but better), he wanted £2 but excepted my offer of £1.50...if you are lucky they can reach up to £160 on ebay.
    Another:- OM20 with Olympus 75-150 zoom, worked perfectly wanted £15 but wouldn't accept my offer of £12 so I passed (well I already have a OM20).
    Helios and Meyer lenses £1-£3, boxed reverse adapter for FD lens 10p, developing tanks 50p-£1, hoods and polarisers 50p, I could go on................................

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    My best garage sale find was a near mint nikon F3HP with motor-drive for $100.

    I thought that alone was a great deal, but then the seller offered me, for an extra $20, the choice of any lens tout of a box of lenses he had. It was hard to hide my excitement when I found a like-new 50mm f1.2 in that box. :-0

    Kinda made me feel bad for the guy, he did not know the value of what he had.



 

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