Damn you went shopping this weekend too? Same shit, different states.

For the record, I don’t think we have a problem. I love shopping. My bank account would disagree with me, however I have not asked for his opinion on this matter. (Yes I consider my bank account a man)
But like Valerie, I too visit the land of thriftiness and discarded junk. I always arrive skeptical and leave amazed.
Today for instance, I was introduced to the White Elephant Sale. My aunt and uncle  introduced me to this fantastic gathering of STUFF. LOTS AND LOTS OF STUFF. Provided by the wonderful residents of Oakland. The museum of Oakland asks for donations of STUFF for about 5 months and collects it in a HUGE warehouse and then unleashes it to the public. They have EVERYTHING. Toys, music, cameras, clothes, mugs, golf clubs, hats, dressers, china and a slightly disturbing amount of mismatched socks (Really? I know they’re marked 25 cents, but you could shell out the $2 for a brand new pair)

And people are crazy for STUFF. I saw two elderly women fighting over a three foot plastic Santa Claus. Calm yourselves ladies. Sure he’s big and red and smells faintly like broken dreams and cookies, but I’m sure the wooden nutcracker would be just as enjoyable in your living room.
I was skeptical, I admit. I thought I had seen enough garage sales and junk yards to consider myself a semi-expert on such matters. I was wrong. It blew my mind.

I mean, where else would I have been able to see this ingeniousness that was clearly the work of MacGyver?

But...where will Barbie put all of her shoes?

Anyway, they had a really good photography selection. Among the countless slide carousels and empty photo albums, I scored with 5 disposable cameras for a buck apiece. Now two expired in 2009, which kind of sucked, one was slightly better with 2005 following with  2001 and then…jackpot. A Kodak disposable camera expired in 1995! Boo Ya!!! The cashier warned me that these cameras had the chance to have photos with the color slightly off, since they had all expired. I was like, “Bitch I HOPE they’re all off! If I develop these cameras and the photos all have normal coloration then I’m going to be very disappointed.”
These cameras will most definitely be used on the road trip. I’ll let you guys know how they turn out.

This was another important find. His name is Gordon. And he will be entertaining guests at my sister’s upcoming graduation

Circa 1976. Damn they don't make them like this anymore.

Other finds were 3 photography books and a teen magazine from 1972 with Donny Osmond on the cover.

Well I had to buy it. How else was I supposed to find out his secret?

Moral of the story?  Never underestimate giant garage sales with tons of other people’s stuff. Always a win.




About kodakkerouacs

Kodak Kerouacs is mostly about photography and travel, though notsomuch travel photography. KodakKerouacs is about living free and loud then telling everybody else about how awesome it is to be free and really, really loud. Written by two girls who love coffee, film, and the open road. View all posts by kodakkerouacs

2 responses to “HEY GIRL!

  • Shannon

    Love it! The Barbie shoe rack both made me spew my cold coffee AND made me go, I really neeeeed one of these. (You haven’t seen my daughters’ closet.)

    I used to live in Malaysia. One day I was out shopping with a bunch of other non-Malaysian women just frantic over $0.25 hand-made paper mache eggs. I looked on that cat fight in disgust — it’s crazy what people will do to get a good deal. I later went back and bought me about 20 of them (when no one was looking), no fight ensued. I was pleasant to the store owner and spoke to her in her language — she practically gave them to me. My kids still play with them today.

    Happened upon your site through Angie whose posts I thoroughly enjoy. Kudos on the non-digital (a/k/a/ film) cameras. You make me want to take out my old Canon A-1 and see what she can do!

    • kodakkerouacs

      Thanks!! I wish I had thought of the barbie/shoe storage idea when I was younger. It would have saved me a lot of time cleaning up Barbie and all of her accessories!
      I’m a fan of Angie’s blog too. It makes me “spew my coffee” 🙂
      I love gardening and I’m so glad that you have a blog about it. I think dirt is very underrated.
      You should totally take out your Cannon for a spin. You’d be surprised how well those guys hold up.

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