In case anyone cares...
The weather on Friday the 1st was excellent in my part of the galaxy and that gave me the itch to go junking. Local thrift shops tend to come in two flavors: Nice stuff in a nice store - or - an older strip mall location that has seen better days with some junk on the shelves. Prices to match in both cases. Yesterday I scored the following at two 'lower level' shops:
1) Siemens Speedstream DSL modem. No wall wart and sprinkled with white latex paint. Like someone forgot to cover it when they rollered a wall. Used DSL modems and routers tend to be OK as the typical end-user connection issue is located between the keyboard and chair. Cost: 99 cents.
1) Realistic 12-1939 AM/FM Cassette car stereo in the original box with all cables, knobs, hardware and book. Mid priced model, digital tuning, 28 watts of pow-pow-power frum Foat Wuth. Looked like someone planned to upgrade their car radio then discovered there's more work to it than suspected. Boxed the radio up and put it in the closet until 'someday'. Rare to find a piece like this 100% complete. Bought it because => Cost: $3.99
1) Norelco HP1622 mens rotary shaver. Older two head model, AC only, very clean, includes a coiled power cord. Has a 120v / 240v switch and would run (slowly) only in the 240v position. Opened it up to find one cracked PC board trace under the transformer. Repaired the trace, cleaned and lubricated all moving parts. The heads are still sharp and it works like a champ. Cost: $1.49
1) Microsoft IntelliMouse - Dart Vader Autograph model (the styling is reminiscent of overpriced running shoes). More buttons than a new shirt. USB interface, laser motion sensor, near mint condition. Cost: 99 cents.
Not every junk-pedition turns out this well, but for $8.00 plus gas money I had a pretty good time...