But despite the heat, one of those long driveways turned out to be worth the hike last summer. At that particular sale I bought something most of my competition usually overlook....Polaroid instant film. You may be wondering whether they still make Polaroid film? Well, yes and no. But before we get into all that, let's take a stroll down memory lane. For those of you not born in the stone age like me, the Polaroid camera and it's instant film were a very big deal back in the day. Prior to Polaroid, most people used Kodak film and cameras. Kodak film was the complete opposite of instant, requiring you to not only transport your roll of film to a developer, but also wait days or weeks before getting your pictures back! Supermarkets, department stores and camera shops were some of your choices when having film developed. You could also choose to mail your film away to some distant developer, waiting weeks before receiving your photographs back. It was a real pain! But with Polaroid cameras you didn't have to go through all that hassle. Just snap a photo and the picture developed right in front of your eyes. It was convenient and amazing!
But like most technologies, time marched on for the Polaroid camera. The writing was on the wall with the introduction of digital
cameras. Digital cameras required no film-just download and edit your photographs right on your home computer! As digital cameras began to grow in popularity, Polaroid cameras began to fade away. The mass exodus away from Polaroid can be seen at your local thrift store. On any given day you'll probably find one of two Polaroid cameras on the thrift store shelves. While most are not worth a hill of beans, a few of the cameras still sell for big money. I'll get to that in a later blog.
With digital cameras taking over, Polaroid ceased production of their instant film in 2008. But while Polaroid gave up, some true believers refused to abandon their cameras and began buying up instant film wherever they could find
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Be sure to add Polaroid film to your garage sale "buy" list. While it's becoming harder and harder to find, it's still out there and will make you big money!
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