I just finished watching the first episode of American Pickers- a History Channel show about two guys and truck who go through barns, garages, and back yards looking for rusty junk that they buy cheap and then resell for a lot of money. I was turned on to this show after a trip last weekend to the San Diego famous Kobey's Swap Meet. I picked up a few choice items from the Swap Meet, but also from a few less conventional places...
I've been looking forward to sharing some of these 'treasures' here with you all... until I watched another tv show- Hoarders. Suddenly my vintage finds and rusty treasures looked a little, well, dusty, old, and cluttered... However, you all will be happy to know that I overcame my Hoader-induced panic and after I took out all the trash from the house and put a few things away that I had been procrastinating on, I am now back to embracing my thrifty finds and looking forward to fixing/restoring/and otherwise enjoying said objects.
Here's what I got!
Copper kerosene ship lantern... I bought it for $5 from a garage sale guy at the swap meet.
A box of twin-lens reflex cameras! There are several cameras- a Yashica, a couple Mamiyas, and a pair of Rollis!
Not sure if they work... to be determined... grand total: free! (or a lifetime of servitude to the person who brought these babies into my life!)
Leather cowboy boots... IN MY SIZE!!!! The leather is in in beautiful condition...
But they were just a little stiff... so after spending the night in the freezer with bags of water in them to stretch a little, I think they'll work!
Hello Beautiful! Grand total: $0! Again, another unconventional find... from a bag of clothes destined to the second hand shop.
And finally, sitting inconspicuously at the end of a table piled with junk, this baby:
Its a fullsized wooden trunk with metal detailing:
And this great paint job on the inside:
And I paid a total of ten bucks for it! Major score!!!
Hope this isn't the start of horrible downhill slide to hoarder-dom! At least I'll have cool boots to show for it!