Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #214 – Favorite Finds

The challenge for this week from Ann-Christine is about our favorite finds…those things we might have stumbled on or came across that generated that little jolt of excitement when we saw it. She mentioned flea markets and I haven’t been to one of those in a good while but that brought to mind the modern day flea market…ebay! I’m not a real big ebay shopper but I have made a few nice finds over the years and thought some of them would work for the challenge this week.

There are a ton of cameras for bid on ebay and I was a little hesitant about buying a used one but the price was right on this Fujifilm X-T20 so I went for it. I’ve had it for almost two years now and it’s been great. It’s my go to camera now…a favorite find.
I’ve always been a book reader and I remember back in high school enjoying this book about boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. I thought it might be fun to read it again so off to ebay. Of course someone had one for sale. It was just as good the second time around…another nice find.

While I haven’t been to a flea market in a while, my nephew has and picked up an old set of golf clubs for $5.00 with the thought that maybe they would be worth something. After showing them to me, I told him they weren’t but I had been thinking about trying out an old blade putter and funny enough there was one in the bag. I messed with it a little and tossed it aside thinking I would never bring this thing out on the course. After struggling a bit with my current putter, I decided to give it a try. My first putt with it was a twenty footer that I sank center cut…what? I’ve been using it ever since making more putts than before. Golf is such a crazy game!

When I was about five or six years old, me and my sister had our own glasses that my mother put on the side of the sink for us to use when we wanted a drink of water. Being a baseball fan, mine was a 1960’s Pittsburgh Pirate World Champs glass. I remember thinking this glass was something special and of course one day when getting a drink of water, it slipped out of my hand and broke in the sink…ugh! I was crushed just like the glass…lol. That memory stuck with me for a long time. I thought it would be nice to find one at a flea market some day but never did. One day a few years back I just happened to do a little search on ebay and there it was…one up for sale. I couldn’t believe it. So I had to buy it and when it came, I felt a little like that six year old kid again. It was certainly a “favorite find” 🙂

Thanks to Anne-Christine for this week’s photo challenge theme.


16 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #214 – Favorite Finds

  1. Love your finds and stories to go with them, and the glass is a sunshine story (maybe you don’t use that expression in English, but we use it to tell it is a truly happy story.) The book is a nice find of course – and re reading is very special. Good you liked it the second time too! The camera – I understand you like it – I have one as well!

    • Thanks Anne-Christine. I haven’t heard the term sunshine story before but it sounds like a good fit with me and the glass find. How do you like your Fujifilm camera? I was a Canon guy for the longest time before switching over. I still use my Canon cameras now and then but finding that I’m choosing the Fuji more and more.

      • I like my Fujis, always a Nikon girl before, but they are too heavy now I think. Left my best one on the tripod for macro though. I’m not leaving Nikon totally!

  2. Well Andy, these really ARE finds! Loved your stories with each item and could related to them all. Especially loved your closing story about the glass. I can see your smile from here! As for the putter, I’ve been using an Odyssey 2-ball for ever. Might have to give the blade a try!

    • Thanks Tina, glad you enjoyed my finds. As far as the putter goes, I have an Odyssey White Hot Pro putter that I’ve been using. But this blade putter seems to have such a nice feel to it when I hit a putt. Maybe it’s the simplicity of it, just a thin blade, no lines, shapes, designs or colors. We’ll see if it lasts but so far so good 🙂

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