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An Antique Store in Detroit

Just outside the middle of downtown Detroit, in an old abandoned brick building just off of a main road, is the coolest antique store I’ve been to.

It was a cold November day, right before Thanksgiving. We were spending the day wandering around my old homeland before heading to dinner at my brother’s house. We decided to choose an antique store to go to, and it ended up being the best choice.

It was filled wall to wall with interesting items as most antique stores are, but the ceilings were also filled. With old lights, chandeliers, and even windows and chairs!

The store was called Detroit Antique and Props. Apparently they either currently, or at one time rented theater props out as well as selling antiques.

The whole store, but the attic in particular held furniture and building materials taken from all the abandoned and crumbling places that fill the city. Bathroom sinks of every color, industrial lights of every size; anything could be found in there.

There were lots of things we wanted, but all that came home with us were two small cameras, since not much else would fit in our small carry-ons that were already stuffed full with a weeks worth of winter clothes.

We often think about coming back to this interesting little place we stumbled upon.

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Thrifty Finds

It had been a while since we checked out some of out local antique shops. On his trip we ended up finding something at each place!

The first place we stopped, I had been dreaming about visiting for months. This guy has an awesome collection of vintage cameras, including many old land cameras. I spent a very long time admiring all of them..


I couldn’t decide on buying any of them though, but I did find these neat old flash bulbs I had seen around ebay and thought about getting. They were a good price so I snatched them up! I’m not sure if they fit any of the cameras  have, but I always thought it would be cool to use one or two.

 
Steven likes old black and white photos and he picked out this one, of somebodies funeral.  I picked out the one with the cats!

The next store I didn’t take any pictures of, but Steven found an old guitar and I saw a camera I liked.. But I still didn’t get it.


We saved our favorite store for last, it has wall to wall books and many other treasures. We ended up finding some pretty cool books.
I saw this bag sitting among the books and peaked inside. I was so surprised I closed it right away and just stared off into space for a while. The whole day I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted a newer Polaroid camera. And I just happened to find one!

This camera was made in the early 80s, and while Polaroid no longer makes film for it,  The Impossible Project has taken to trying to re create the film, and I am excited to get some and try it out!

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Antique Store Finds

One of our favorite Saturday activities is to go thrifting/antiquing. There’s a couple good thrift stores in my area, but there are waay more antique stores and lately we have been visiting them regularly and finding some really great stuff. For years I’d always assumed that everything in antique stores was expensive and I never really thought to add any to our thrifting list. Boy was I wrong!

This is our haul from our latest antiquing trip

I seem to be the land camera queen lately,  I have been finding them everywhere! The first shop we went in was owned by santa claus type character, and he asked what we were looking for. I’m usually awkward and just mumble something and dart away to avoid conversations, but Steven told him I was interested in cameras. He got a huge smile on his face and said “Well you’re gonna looovvveee me!”  And brought me over to a shelf overflowing with old cameras, many of which were land cameras!  I actually didn’t buy any cameras from him though, even though I kind of wanted to. The land cameras were pretty old and nothing had price tags. I hate asking prices because I don’t want to feel pressured to buy something, plus it would involve talking to someone (Oh the horror!!)

This land camera came from one of the next shops we went into. I couldn’t believe it; it was the exact model I was thinking of buying refurbished online for 200$. It’s the first model to use packfilm which is still made brand new! Once again it had no price tag, but Steven asked the lady who owned the shop, who has a very strong personality and I can never quite figure out if she’s mad at us or that’s just how she acts. She responded with “Oh you want my camera? Well it’s 20 bucks!” and then walked away. I held in a squeal and knew it was mine!! We also bought an aluminum butter dish from her that she was asking like 8 bucks for. Steven talked her down to 5 and she reluctantly agreed . She seemed to think the butter dish was more special than the camera and told us we were getting it for a steal!

We got this globe from my absolute favorite antique store! We saw it there months ago but didn’t buy it. Steven had been thinking about it ever since so we went back to see if it was still there. We didn’t see it and asked the owner and he said he was pretty sure he sold it. After we left he came chasing us down the street and said he had found the globe! 



I sneakily took some photos of the place, and didn’t even realize until just now that I had taken a picture of the globe we were looking for! This place is FILLED with books! He also has a nice collection of bonsai pots and cameras, so I could spend hours in his shop. I saw a land camera here too, but once again no price tag and since I had just bought one I figured I should calm down with the camera buying. Haha.

Something I’d like to do is take more pictures of antique stores. When I was little my parents went to antique stores all the time and would spend what felt like days in there. It didn’t bother me too much though, I have always loved the kind of eerie feeling they have and love to get lost wandering through the rows of forgotten memories. 


Well, I certainly never imagined I would have this much to say about this post! I just couldn’t resist sharing all the interactions we had that day.