It was another awesome day in Biffville (population: drowsy).
For one thing, the weather was absolutely amazing here in Dallas. The sun was out in full force. The sky was clear as a bell and was that uniquely pretty blue that is present this time of year. The temperature was about 50 (10 C). The trees are starting to change color. The full brunt of autumn was in the air.
And what does one do when the weather is so perfect?
One goes and hits a few estate sales!
Of course, this is not really estate sale season, and so the pickin’s were pretty slim.
So what does one buy at an estate sale when the pickin’s are slim?
Well, books are always a favorite of mine. However, they are an addiction for me and so I try to avoid them. This is mostly because I no long have any room left in my bookcases to store new books. However, I was unable to resist purchasing these two gems.
Comic Mark Twain Reader
Neither of those is very exciting, but they were hard to resist at a buck apiece.
But this next item really excited me.
Realistic® Magnetic Bulk Tape Eraser
These things are surprisingly hard to find. I have been looking for one of these forever.
Why would I need one, you ask?
Well, because I have a few hundred old floppy disks in my attic that I’d like to erase before throwing them in the trash. And since I no longer have a disk drive to read them and see what’s on them, a bulk eraser is the way to go. I can also use this to erase old cassette tapes, old 8-track tapes, old reel-to-reel tapes, and to degausse old CRT displays.
Plus, it is really fun to generate very strong magnetic fields for no particular reason.
This next item had me quite excited. It is a Bell & Howell MW.SW1-7 handheld transistor “world band” radio. It covers the FM band, the Medium Wave bands, and Shortwave bands. Theoretically, one can listen to radio stations from all over the world on this thing.
I bought it for a whopping $2.50 and couldn’t wait to get home to put fresh batteries in it and give it a try. The FM band came in loud and clear, of course. I was able to tune in a few stations on the MW and SW bands, but I couldn’t tell where they were coming from. They might have just been coming from Fort Worth for all I could tell. I’ll give it a try again tomorrow when I have more time to devote to it.
But the best find of the day was a Bell & Howell Super-8mm movie projector! I have been on the lookout for a good quality Super-8 projector for many years. I have found them here and there at garage sales and flea markets, but they are usually in terrible condition, missing parts, etc. This one was pristine! It even had the user’s guide with it. And I got it for the incredibly low price of $20.
Now all I have to do is find some 8mm movies to show on it to see if it works. I shall now be scouring garage sales, flea markets, antique stores, etc. for some movies.
The best part about being able to watch movies on an 8mm projector is that they harbor a wonderful secret.
When I was a child in elementary school we would occasionally get to watch a movie if
(a) we were well behaved and the teacher wanted to reward us, or
(b) we had to watch a movie about health or hygiene.
And if we were quiet and well-behaved during the movie, the teacher would reward us further by playing the movie backwards! We would roll on the floor with tears streaming from our eyes! Almost any movie can be made hilarious by showing it backwards. That is what I plan to do with this little gem.
However, hygiene films can be a little disturbing when played backwards.
Well, those were my finds today.
You can tell it was a slow news day because I just wrote an entire blog post about my estate sale finds.
Hopefully things will become more exciting for me in the coming weeks.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!