Ok, ok, I have one little gripe. What is it? Well...let me tell you a little story first. I love to go thrift store shopping. Love it. I love looking around at the junk, the discarded wares, the treasure that I might find, but most importantly I love the deals that I can get on the aforementioned trash-to-treasure. Not too long ago, I was meandering around a rather large thrift store in the San Fernando Valley. They had a great variety of items from an old traveling trunk that would make a great prop or coffee table to some funky lounge chairs that I wanted to take home. So between the crocheted pot holders and the excess picture frames with out glass, you can find some gems. My favorite items to pick up at the thrift stores is old cameras. Yep, old cameras. You know the kind - the kind that you can't buy film for in the brick and mortar stores anymore. 110, 160, 8mm, super 8, color slide...well you get the picture. Heck, I'll even look at some old 35mm SLR's just for fun. So...you are saying...what in the world is your little gripe? I am glad that you brought it up again because I nearly forgot. Here is my gripe: thrift store trash that is priced like treasure. Yep...those friends of the needy, mecca to the spend thrift, those non-profits who get their inventory from people cleaning out their cellars, attics and storage spaces are crankin' up the prices. Arrgh!!! Me no likey! Now that mustard yellow stripped, sack clothed, sunflower patterned easy chair is no longer $15, but a whopping $45! That is some serious inflation if you did the math (sorry, I am not going to do it). Translate that into 'vintage' camera gear and you a formula for 'sit-on-the-shelf-eyetis". So this one particular "thrift" store had a price on a 15 year old 35mm film Nikon camera of $900. I just about lost it. Sure, it may have cost 10K when it was new, but seriously, tell me who is going to buy a camera at a thrift store for 900 bones? No say I. I am the wise of head and thin of wallet. So there you have it....in black and white...my little gripe out in the open for all to see. Are you with me on this one? (BTW, below is a picture of some cameras that I WAS able to get a good deal on!)
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