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Sunday, March 25, 2012

New, Old Camera

Have y'all been thrifting this weekend? ....Me too! I found some great deals I couldn't leave behind, but my garage is too full to drag too much home. I took some pics of a few goodies, and you may notice that one of the pics is significantly better than the rest...why? Well, as y'all know if you've been following along, I take pics with my phone. This has not been by choice, but because my Nikon D50 has been broken for over a year. I discovered the auto focus was not working, after all my daughter's 10th birthday party pics came back a big blur. Since I never read the manual and my eyes are not the best, I didn't do to well with manual the Nikon gathered dust in the closet. Then yesterday my sweet hubby asks what I want for my birthday, and I knew just what I wanted, (besides the Silhouette and HVLP paint sprayer)...I wanted my camera fixed. So, y'all probably think I got a new camera, right?....NOT! Unbelievably, my camera that did not work last month when I dusted it off and tried to use it with the manual focus, decided to work perfectly for the camera repair guy...WHAT?!? I'm stickin' to the conclusion that God knew I could not afford a new camera and fixed it. Cliff thought that I somehow missed the bright green auto focus on the knob....Really? I yell say, "I may not be camera savvy, but I do know how to turn a knob!" Turns out he was just kidding with me, but I guess I was a little sensitive after finding out my broken camera...wasn't! Instead of thinking of all the pics I missed, or took with my phone, I am going to focus on all my future pics with my new, old camera. Now let's take a look at some of the stuff I saw and bought...
The first thrift store was chocked full of good deals, arranged by colors. But ultimately I just looked...
Ruffle pillow for $1.99
China and glass...arranged by color
I see sweater pillows in my future
The next stop was a consignment shop that was outrageously over least for a Craigslist, garage sale gal like myself...
Large Chandelier....$5000.00
Large owl...$45
Small owl...$40
Lots of brass....$38 - $150
Brass Lamps...$135 each
Crystal decanter...$53
Too rich for me, so on to the next thrift store where I found my treasures...
3 Shadow boxes....50 cents each

A copy of my favorite childhood book...
25 cents
Owl Planter....50 cents

Cute little gray and yellow owls....$1.00 for the set
Square wire basket...$2.00
Vintage alarm clock....$1.75
All this shopping left me thirsty, and without cash, so we headed to the nearest store for an ATM and a drink. We pulled into the parking lot at Walgreens, and I saw this...

Stop and charge your car
Not sure what a Level 2 is...
I'm sure that a lot of you have seen these before, but this is a first for me. So, what is the "Level 2", and is there a "Level 1" or "Level 3"? Anyway, we grabbed some water and a little cash, and headed for our last thrifty stop where I found this beautiful green ceramic  "play pretty"...for a mere $1.00. I waited to take pics after we got home, so I got to use my  "repaired" Nikon....can you tell a difference?....

There you have what do y'all think? What great finds did you get this weekend, or did you just take it easy? I am looking forward to learning how to operate the Nikon, then I'll work on lighting, backdrops and the like...I'm sure you can't tell, but I am super excited about my new, old camera!


Al@PolkaDotsandPaisley said...

Yay for a (sort of) new camera! I actually got a new camera today too. My Nikon was beyond repair but had served me well for many years. I've switched to a Canon and so far I'm loving it.

Revi said...

Glad your camera works! I love the alarm clock.

abcsofra said...

I also went junking this weekend. Found some terrific glass serving pieces at a local flea market for 25 cents each. Can't beat that price and some were for sure vintage pieces as well. I also got a lovely set of three blue and white display plates for 75 cents total. I love glassware but my hands hate the stuff...heavy to carry. I am just hoping my hands don't punish me for this buying :-) But what happy serving pieces I will have and my daughter she can use some of these and I won't have to worry so much about getting them back :-)

Leslie said...

Isn’t it bittersweet when things like that happen?! When I’m out and about, it’s easier for me to use my iPhone for pictures in general; but I always prefer the pics from our Cannon. Great finds, and I can’t wait to see what you do with them!

Lisha @ 1house1couple said...

Lori, I really love your whole concept of getting cheap finds and making them over. So creative, and much better than buying expensive things. You can have great unique style with cheap stuff! :)


Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

Some great finds! Will those owls see some spray paint? If you so you guest post a Spray Painters Anonymous series!

PS I am now a LF and a GFC