I'd been wanting to get me an instant camera for a looooong time. Years actually. Polaroids are at least $100. The Fuji Instax used to be around $70 or more but is cheaper now . . . $52.40 on Amazon. Yet, I still couldn't bring myself to spend that much on pretty much a toy for myself. The camera pictured below was $10. It was lying on a table, almost hidden, among tons and tons of other electronic devices at a HUGE rummage sale at Kalani High School this past Saturday. Thinking back, I almost can't believe my initial reaction. It wasn't an oh-oh-oh, GRAB-IT kinda thing. Instead, I slowly picked it up, eyed it suspiciously, and thought "hmmmm . . . 10 bucks". I wondered if it actually worked and was hesitant to waste $10 if it didn't. I held on to the camera and walked around looking at other items. I began noticing that each item for sale was meticulously labeled with a number as well as the price. I suspected that the number corresponded to a respective seller. I inquired and found out that I was right. After some hunting, I located the person who previously owned the camera. I was kinda embarrassed to ask because . . . who in their right mind would sell something that was broken and then admit to it, right? So why even ask, right? But I did. I said, "Um, does the camera work good?" She said, "Oh, yes." I said, "Um, how old is it?" She said, "Around two years old." I said, "Oh, okay. Not too old then. Um, okay, thank you." And so I bought it.
When I got home, I started fussing with it. Opening the battery compartment revealed two AA batteries. Two wet, leaking AA batteries. Oh oh. At least there was no corrosion. I wiped the compartment down as best I could and put in two new batteries. I pressed what I thought was the On button. Yay, it turned on!
I haven't tested it out yet because I need film. I ordered some from Amazon. They're kinda expensive . . . $11.49 for a box of 20. I ordered only one box . . . 'cause, you know . . . still not really sure if the camera works. I went to Walmart on Sunday to check out the film there, but it was $19 something. So, I'm waiting. I'll let you guys know how it goes.