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junk shop cameras

I always make a point of looking at the cameras in thrift shops, even though finding anything worthwhile is rare (I did get a Polaroid SX-70 in a Goodwill once). I found a Fuji Instax 100 camera in a thrift shop the other day. It was $6 and it had half an expired film pack in it still. I thought I'd try it out.

The camera is pretty large and definitely not as cute as the Instax Mini. It's not even as cute as the Instax 210, which isn't even cute. It has a flash button that doesn't seem to do anything (the camera seems to decide for you whether or not it will use flash), but as far as instant cameras go, I'm pretty pleased! I love the wide size of the film, and I sure do love that the film is available locally.


Geoff snapped this picture of me this morning. I had pulled out a favourite wool shawl of mine. I'm making a sullen face because it's actually really hot today (notice the messy hair -- who can be bothered to wrangle hair when the air is soupy?) and I can't wear it. It's pretty, though -- it looks just like this scarf.



(I wrote the title for this post after getting this song by The Auteurs stuck in my head on my morning bike ride.)






REPLIES

Jane Flanagan: Thank you! Oh, and thanks for the tip! I'll try to find some. Black and white has a special sort of majesty to it, I think!

Jen: Oh, that's so exciting! And yes, I sure do love the great older cities. Even Buffalo is a great place to visit because there are some gorgeous old buildings there, reminders of a former glory.

Neon Relish: Thank you! I keep thinking about how they were taken from the ground and titled funny. Central Camera was amazing! We happened to stop by while we were waiting to go to the airport, wandering around with our suitcases.

tanvi @ now craving, casey, erin, Sarah: Thank you!

niki: Oh, for sure. I really hope film never goes away! I'm glad you like the pictures.

sunshine by sara: Thank you! Oh, that's too bad. I'm sure the same would happen to me if I ever tried working in a dark room myself!

Megan: Aw man, down with allergies, for real.

Stephanie: Oh yes, I love them. Thank you!

19 comments:

  1. adorable. that is not messy hair. so shiny! (i on the other hand have had the same top knot in my hair for two days now...)

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  2. I love that! you now made me look them up online...I'll have to keep an eye out.

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  3. Wow, great find!

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  4. What a find! I always look too, but there never seems to be much. Aside from the more expensive ones they keep in the glass case at Value Village. I keep my fingers crossed for the day they accidentally leave some of those out with the other junk!

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  5. wowee that is a beautiful photo!

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  6. Six dollars! What a find.

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  7. i have never once had luck finding a camera at a thrift shop. my friend kaleb on the other hand, who lives in the same town, finds polaroid cameras and anything else you could want, and i have no idea how he does it! i figure i must be looking after he's been and snatched up all the good ones. anyway, i love the look of the instax pictures! lucky you!

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  8. i love this song! goes along perfectly with a bike ride too.

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  9. i am constantly dressing in weather-inappropriate attire without realizing it. at least you realize it! :)

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  10. what a find! and a great shot of you!

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  11. Great thrifting discovery! Why don't I ever track down good finds like this? I did get a really sweet art deco bakelite Baby Brownie camera for $4 once, but only for decoration (no 127 film anymore). Have fun with this one; I can't wait to see what you snap with it!

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  12. so pretty, i adore the photo!

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  13. love this! i thought i was ok with not getting a limited edition polaroid, but now i may have to try and find one again and start taking instant-snaps of my own...

    it is SO HOT in NYC this week as well. can't wait for this end of summer heat wave to boil over so i can get out all my happy fall clothes!

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  14. The scarf is very beautiful. Great photo!

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  15. I love the effect on this photo. Looks like you got yourself a great buy! Gorgeous scarf by the way.

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  16. ha, well, I wish my hair looked that good in our brutally hot summers here in Australia!

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  17. this is a beautiful picture of a beautiful girl !

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  18. Such a sweet photo. I'm always on the lookout for camera finds like these.

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