Sometimes I actually find great things in thrift stores that I don't buy. Hard to believe, I know. This is a piece that is torturing me because it's STILL in the store. Surprising, since things don't sit around for long here. Apparently though, if you stick a $50 price tag on it, thrift shoppers aren't so inclined to drop it in their baskets.
The piece is technically a vintage, cast iron, stamp dispensing machine. Not surprisingly to you perspicacious adaptive reuse followers, I don't really want the machine for stamp dispensing, but in order to disassemble it and use the various intriguing pieces. That said, it might be really cool to figure out a way to make promo stickers that you could dispense from it at shows. Hmmm.
That's probably not going to happen, but each time I make it back by the store it's still there--forcing me to contemplate it yet again. The crabby old women (worthy of a post in and of itself) that run the place haven't contemplated actually reducing the price, so I suspect it will sit there for a while. If you need a stamp machine that dispenses sanitary stamps, you now know where to find it. Please buy it soon so I'll be released from it's good junk gravitational pull.Post Script: Please direct your attention to the cheesy plastic sign at the top edge of the piece. Only a governmental agency could get away with that. Maybe I'll try that at my next show--$10 each or 2 for $25.