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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It



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If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

It has no moving parts, but makes an amazing cup of coffee. And vintage pieces can be worth hundreds of dollars.

Shopping thrift stores, flea markets and estate sales can be overwhelming. With the sheer volume of stuff, how do you know where to start? How do you spot gems amid all the junk?

As a professional reseller who has been combing through thrift stores for the better part of 30 years, I can help. If you’re ready to cut your shopping time in half, score bigger bargains or walk away with brag-worthy finds you can flip for cash, read on.

From hard-to-find household items to resale money-makers, everything featured in my “Thrift Shop Like a Pro” series qualifies as a BOLO (“be on the lookout” for) item. When you find it, buy it!

Featured find: Chemex coffee makers

In my house, coffee makers expire faster than the half-and-half. Seriously, I’ve bought two single-cup brewers in the past month. Each one lasted about two weeks before the pump mechanism failed and rendered the whole machine useless.

I’m tempted to go into a diatribe about planned obsolescence, but I haven’t had my coffee yet. Instead, let’s talk about one solution — the Chemex coffee maker, an elegant, efficient pour-over device with no moving parts.

Invented by chemist Peter Schlumbohm, Chemex first appeared on the market in the 1940s. Made of heat-resistant glass, the brewers look like an hourglass with the top shaved off.

The cone-shaped upper portion of the carafe, together with a special paper filter, removes sediment, oils and fats from the coffee. No bitterness and no grounds — the perfect cup every time.

But the smart design doesn’t end there. The narrow neck of the carafe fits the hand perfectly and protects it from the hot surface with a band of wood called a “collar.” The collar is secured with a leather cord knotted through a wooden bead. (Don’t you just love mid-century design?)

A subtle groove molded in the glass serves as a spout. Just remove the used filter and grounds as one compostable package and then pour the coffee.

Why buy it?

Besides brewing a superior cup of coffee, Chemex coffee makers just look cool. In comparison, my now-defunct single-cup brewers look like ill-conceived piles of plastic.

New York City’s Museum of Modern Art and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum agree on Chemex’s artistic merit — the permanent collections of both esteemed institutions include a Chemex.

Properly used and cared for, a Chemex will deliver piping hot perfection for generations. An excerpt from an old company brochure says it best:

“The Chemex coffeemaker is a perfect masterpiece of glassblowing, which only very few glassblowers can deliver. Treated rightly, with respect, it will last a lifetime.”

If you’re interested in reselling Chemex pieces for profit, the market is fully caffeinated. An extra-large Chemex from the 1950s recently sold on eBay for $330. On Etsy, a vintage 8-cup model in pristine condition recently sold for $199.

Those prices are even more impressive when you consider that vintage Chemex brewers cost only a dollar or two in many secondhand shops.




Losing Confidence in the Pillars of Our Civilization

By Victor Davis Hanson

Conservatives have now lost their confidence in the administration of justice, in the intelligence and investigatory agencies, in the nation's military leadership, and in the media.

Millions of citizens long ago concluded that professional sports, academia, and entertainment were no longer disinterested institutions, but far left and deliberately hostile to Middle America.

Yet, American conservatives still adamantly supported the nation’s traditional investigatory, intelligence, and military agencies—especially when they came under budgetary or cultural attacks.

Not so much anymore.




DIY Sundial Plans


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A sundial is a device that uses the position of the sun to reflect the time. An upright stick, called a gnomon, is positioned to cast a shadow onto a pre-marked sundial face. As the sun moves across the sky, the shadow also moves. The concept can be easily demonstrated in your backyard with a very basic sundial built with a stick and a handful of small stones. There are many easy projects that kids can do to learn the the concept, as well. For something a little more advanced, you can build a permanent sundial in your garden or backyard. After some measuring and a little carpentry, it will reflect the time precisely….


It's a strange time that we're living in.  This morning I couldn't buy the oatmeal I wanted because the shelf was empty. And a few simple items (no meat) totaled over $36. Outside the grocery store we've been told to shop early because we might not be able to buy everything we'd like.  [We ultimately purchased a 20lb bag of oatmeal from our Amish market for less than $15!]

Unfortunately many are still struggling as we finish 2021. Those whose jobs have not returned. And everyone who works to keep higher prices from throwing them into debt.

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Bruce said...

We enjoy thrifting but everyone we know feels Salvation Army & Goodwill have become over priced and sell little except crap from Target stores...they've screwed retail customers, bypassing them to instead sell online.

Pete said...

Lot's of useful stuff-I like the sun dial DIY-Merry Christmas!