Friday, August 24, 2012

Vintage Cameras Make Me Smile

My heart skipped a beat and I had a mile wide smile on my face when I spotted these vintage cameras at a yard sale last weekend.  My smile started to fade a bit when I got a closer look and noticed that half of them were in very sad condition.

The three Brownies in the bottom row were cleaned up and will be coming with me to Mes Amis Vintage Antique Show next month.  The Afga Speedex Junior on the right is now the newest member of my collection.

The two Kodak cameras on the left found a new home with a friend of mine.  According to the lady I bought them from, the heavy corrosion, ripped bellows, and missing lens made the other two ready for the trash.
Not so fast.....

The missing front lens makes this Afga the perfect candidate for a vase, and the pull-out stand holds a vintage black and white picture firmly in place.  The Kodak flash attachment that was thrown into the deal for free holds some of my seashells.  

I couldn't find a container small enough to fit through the opening where the lens was, so I opened up the back of the camera and placed this spice jar inside.  After closing the camera, I added the fresh flowers through the lens opening into the new vase.

Part of the other rusty and torn camera becomes the base of a necklace.

The earrings were made from the little flaps that covered the red film counter windows.


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I'm sharing my salvaged vintage cameras with:
2805 for Potpourri Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
My 1929 Charmer for Sunday's Best
Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase Party

35 comments:

Revi said...

I love it! Where else would you find a necklace and earrings like these? :)
-Revi

Kathy said...

Those earrings are perfection!!! Betsy, you are a queen of repurposing.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I bet you get some great deals when the seller says things like that. :-D
They don't know Betsy - Queen of repurposing! :-D
Thanks for stopping by. I think I remember my daughter saying the grands had to bend down real low to get up in the tube like that. Leaves me out - I don't bend like that anymore. :D
Have a great weekend.

Donna said...

What wonderful treasures & your repurposing ideas are very clever!

DearHelenHartman said...

You are so brilliant it makes me want to put my head in the oven... that's where I stash the Oreos. What, you didn't think I'd be baking did you? Have always like the look of old cameras but never thought of them as anything but dust gatherers. Great inspiration!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

We love some vintage cameras here also and you found some pretty great one's. Love how you can take parts and make something terrific out of it! hugs, Linda

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Yes, yes, YES! Love what you've done with the cameras. I KNEW you could salvage parts from the ones that were too damaged! I'm glad you were the one that discovered them!!!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Ohhhh, lucky you!!!!! I just love old cameras!!! The ones destined for the trash were so lucky to have come home with you!!!

I won't be seeing you at Mes Amis this year :( I'm going to Tinsel and Treasures!

xoxo

cathywhatisoldisnew said...

Those earrings are just too darn cute! I love vintage cameras also and have collected a few of them. I would have never thought to buy any with heavey damage to repurpose into something more creative. You inspire me to never look the things as they are- only what they could become.

Linda said...

OMG! I think my heart just skipped a beat when I saw your post. I feel the same way when I see these....thanks for sharing!

Connie Mercer said...

Betsy you're killin me here~awesome girl!!! love those cameras!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You never let anything go to waste! These are awesome! I saw an old camera case today and it was tempting...but in bad shape!

Faire Notions said...

What a fantastic idea using the camera that way. Would have never thought of that one. Prefect gift for a camera lover. Lisa

Pam said...

You did it again. That vase out of the camera is so cleaver. And the necklace and earrings are just devine.

April Phillips said...

Wow, just... wow. The necklace and earrings are fantastic!!

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Oh my...so glad you rescued them!! Love them all :) Laurel

Jane said...

I too love old cameras and I LOVE how you transformed them!!
Jane

The Polka Dot Closet said...

You are amazing!! You find bits and pieces and make the cutest jewelry, I think I have said it before, but I always know I will see something amazing when I stop by!

Carol

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your posts always make me smile.

Tammy's in Love said...

I think vintage cameras make everybody smile...or at least say, "CHEESEE!" Fun collections!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Genius I tell you, genius! Each piece so unique and so you. Love it all.

Honey at 2805 said...

What a neat collection of cameras, Betsy! I like the way you re-purposed the parts into vases and earrings!

Thank you for sharing your collection and projects at Potpourri Friday!

EllenaElizabeth said...

I really love the earrings in particular. well done once again and what a wonderful find to come across all those cameras.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Great photos of cameras!

Janice Smith said...

Wow! I just love the necklace and earrings you made. What a clever, clever idea.

Diane Writes said...

Oh Betsy! My heart skipped a beat as well when I saw the vintage cameras. So precious!! But what's more precious is what you did. Another priceless pieces. I love it.

Happy Sunday and enjoy the rest of the week Betsy!

Kadee @KadeeWillow said...

I think one of my favorite things to do is to take something apart and reconfigure it. To utilize the pieces from the camera for jewelry was fabulous! I also was taken with using the base as a "picture frame"! Just lovely!!

Jen said...

I L.O.V.E the camera vase Betsy --- what an awesome way to use it...so clever and great conversation piece!

~ Liz ~ said...

i'm sure I've said it before, but you never cease to amaze me! These creations from the old cameras are genius...not to mention beautiful, and true treasures.
So cool!
Liz

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Love vintage cameras, I recently found an old one in a thrift store, and it was $80 bucks, don't know what a good price is . I love how you made it as a vase, and the jewelry is so very cool! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success! PS - following you on Facebook.

Into Vintage said...

How sad if those would have ended up in the trash. I love a story with a happy ending and some very cute earrings! Have a wonderful time at Mes Amis -- it's on my 'to see and shop' list.

Discontinued said...

I have a small vintage camera collection also. I just don't know what it is about them that enchants me, but I adore them! Yours are all fantastic!!!! I would not have passed on a single one of those either! GREAT FIND!!!!!!

Jeannie-JB said...

I Luuuuuvvvvvv vintage camera's - I have a collection {of 1 - I keep selling the other cool ones I find} and your photos make me determined to keep the next couple that I find! Very cool.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I really love how you were able to re-use parts from the wrecked cameras...the jewelry is wonderful!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Wow--so many clever ideas in this old camera post, Betsy--love them. I love how you figured out how to use the ones that were supposedly ready for the trash--that is so cool! It always makes me smile when I read your comments over at my blog--it's always nice to hear from you!