Thrift Shopping & Antiquing V2: the kirederf museum of unnatural deals
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Brought this stand home from my grandma's house, it's all marble:
It's quite old, and has been owned by my mom's side of the family since the early 1900s.
So sorry guys!
Found this barometer from about 1870 at the flea market in Brussels. Picked it out of a box with random crap and asked how much it was. The guy said 5 euros. Pretty awesome considering that it still works. I’m going to replace the front glass soon.
Bought this copper box from the same guy for 15 euros. I think it’s an old sterilisation chamber for test tubes. Probably from the 1930’s or 40’s. Not sure what I’m going to do with it. Probably sell it.
Bought this film magazine for a 16mm eclair cine camera from the same guy again. Paid 10 euros! Still full of film. Just need to find the camera now I guess
Okay, the next finds are the crazy good finds from a flea market in the French speaking part of Belgium.
First up, a German WWII Luftwaffe leather flying helmet in amazing condition, the leather is perfect! Paid 150 euros for it.
And finally the most valuable find. A 25 year old Omega Speedmaster chronograph. Bought it for 450 euros. It’s worth around 1500-2000 depending on the condition!
The following find is a Facebook marketplace find. This is an early brass shop display cabinet from around 1910. There was one shitty picture on the advert and no real discription but I could see the brackets that held the glass and thought it might be special. I went to check it out and I was right. The top glass was missing, replaced by some plywood and the rest of the cabinet was really really dirty. I replaced the glass and cleaned it the best I could without ruining the patina. Paid 125 euros including new glass. So happy! Will keep it of course.
Here’s how it looked in the advert;
And now it looks like this;
So that’s about it. I also have a newish hobby of digging around rivers finding all kinda of old stuff. I found a Platinum ring two days ago. If you guys want I can show you some stuff like that as well. I’m also considering starting a youtube channel, I’ll be filming my trips and showing what I find with maybe some seperate videos of reviewing the most interesting finds. What do you guys think?
I think that sounds great. Not exactly thrift but I don't think anyone would mind if you shared your finds here. Awesome stuff! I think out of everything my favorite is the barometer.
Haven't found anything really amazing lately but today I did score this vintage movie lamp with a 650 watt sealed beam bulb that sets paper on fire for $3.
There are no other lights on anywhere around it in this image, what appears to be normal indoor lighting is pure light bounce.
I mounted it to a tripod that I also found at Goodwill for $2.50 and the result is... not at all useful for what I intended it for, but still a good laugh.
it was a good day today
Found this on Ebay. The pattern on the coin has the same pattern as the 1998 shelter dollar listed on NGC as being worth 200. It is quite literally the first coin Bernard von Nothaus ever produced with a hydraulic press in a 1976 marijuana fueled mania in which he successfully decided to make the second most used paper currency in the United States.
Paid 66 dollars. Asking 2000.
Is there a numismatics thread? I want to make one.
I got into antiquing and thrift shopping about 2 years ago, but I only started making lots of purchases just recently. Here in Ontario the surrounding areas are absolutely ripe with antique malls, thift shops and markets. The local farmer's market has 2 big antique/vintage warehouses, where I picked up this skull. The top comes off and I store my rings, necklaces and such in it. Also picked up a working N64 with a controller and game all in good condition.
I also visited a 3 floor antique mall in Woodstock, which was an absolute assault on the senses when I walked in. There was so much cool shit to pick through. I really like medieval/renaissance shit so when I found this thing there, I didn't hesitate to snag it, and I got it nice and cheap.
Right after that I found this knight that is an ashtray. I almost never smoke save for the occasional cigar or ciggy to celebrate stuff but I couldn't pass on the knight, especially since the smoke of a lit cig will travel up through the inside of it and billow out of its eye holes. Really fun. Picked up these 3 Mario figures together for a couple bucks and also a cheap but nice looking skull ring since I enjoy skeletons and all that.
Just yesterday though was a real treat as well. My girlfriend and I had brief visit to an antique market in Stratford a while ago, and yesterday we finally went back to it to explore and pick through stuff. The kicker here is that unbeknownst to us the owners wanted to retire, and the place was 4 days from closing up so all the vendors within were liquidating. Thus all the stuff was going for like 40-75 percent off. You could get some damn nice furniture for stupidely cheap, saving yourself hundreds of dollars. Regrettably we have nowhere to keep that kinda stuff yet so we had to settle for the smaller stuff. Fortunately there was still plenty of cool shit to snag like this coat of arms of the Scottish Guthrie clan, and a bust of a very smug looking Roman soldier. Couple of scratches and nicks but to me that adds character, and they were already cheap but with the closing discount we were practically stealing it so we were all over that.
And last, these masks I picked up from a pawn shop and a Salvation Army. My mask collection is small right now, but in the future I hope to grow it into quite a collection.
an old house got moved downtown
I would love to get my metal detector under it
The ultimate thrift, a house!
I thought this was the metal detecting thread :v
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