Ahhhh…. Thrift stores

I was checking out the local thrift store yesterday and I saw a few filters in their (usually just point and shoot) camera section. I grabbed them and wandered around for a while. When it was time for checkout I tested a theory I have had for a while now. Thrift stores in general (and this one in specific) are really arbitrary about their pricing. Sometimes they will give you a great price on good gear, and sometimes they will gouge you for junk.


Here is how the conversation went.


Me – Here you go!


Her – What are those things?


Me – I dunno, they look like slides, or maybe tiny picture frames.


Her – really? Let me see?


Her – oh, do you know what these are?


Me – Nope


Her – I think they are camera lenses?


Me – really? I was thinking I was going to paint on them?


Her – OK, Cool! That’ll be $1.61

Now this was for a polarizer, a Neutral Density filter and another I don’t remember. The tax alone on those three filters new would have been more than I paid for them. I feel a little bad about lying, but then again, why don’t they price their stuff before you bring it up to the register?

I love looking in thrift stores, I love finding even more!

One Response to Ahhhh…. Thrift stores

  1. Great find! Where I live, the thrift stores won’t sell you an item if it isn’t already priced.