April 13, 2018

Tierra Del Mar, X-E1 & 7Artisans – Black and White Photography

Recently I picked up a Fujifilm X-E1 digital camera on Craigslist here in PDX for a great price. I have been casually shooting the Sony NEX 3N for about 2 years and wanted a similar sized body but with the controls and styling that the X series was offering so this was my jumping point. Since the budget was dependent on unloading the Sony setup I decided to run with the 7Artisans 25mm f1.8. This manual focus lens is really competitively priced (under $100 USD) and is generally appealing feature wise. Knowing we were headed to the coast for a few days, this would be my kit and a solid…

April 10, 2018

2018 Update

It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted some content here and after some time away I’ve come back to this place. For a couple years, I’ve focused heavily on turning my blog into an information share about my thrifting and flipping endeavors and I’m over it. I’ve been selling old stuff at flea markets and online since I was a kid. The last two years have been a fun experiment in documenting my trials online however when it comes down to it nobody is coming here for that content and the idea of producing more content on the subject makes me mildly ill. I am sure the flipping community…

August 26, 2016

Setting Your Ebay Store on Vacation & Handling Times

It has been some time since my last post but this one hit home for me recently and pretty hard. I’ve been selling casually on eBay for 15 years. In 2016 I decided to formalize my effort with eBay and Etsy to make a solid stream of side income and so far in 2016, things have been going great. I’m paying for an eBay basic store subscription and have had one in the past, it works out OK, I’m a Top Rated Powerseller and make the most of the FVF credits/discounts and the USPS Shipping discount (this actually helps my business model to exist). So, we’re 8 months into 2016 and…

August 22, 2015

Eden Park Hike & Testing the Sony Nex-3N

I think the last time I went backpacking was in 2001, hitting a piece of the AT in North Jersey when I was working as a camp counselor for the Stony Brook Watershed. The opportunity came up this August here in Portland to head to the North Side (aka, non burning side) of Hood for a bit of a hike in and night out in the back country. Not at all inclined to add the SLR & lenses to the already 30lb frame pack, I trolled Craigslist and ended up with a very reasonably priced (230.00) Sony Nex-3N with the Sigma Art 30mm 2.8 lens, Lowepro belt case and a…

January 2, 2014

Phoenixville Firebird Festival 2013

Once again, the best festival in town has come and gone. This years Firebird Festival took place in a new location, on the North Side of Phoenixville during a snow/ice storm. The weather was completely terrible, heavy snow turning to freezing rain covered the beautiful bird with a pale glaze which was no match for the inferno which it quickly became. Here’s some pics!