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Things you find in a second-hand store: Part 2

If you are a maker like me then second-hand stores or thrift shops become ideal places to find things for your next project or to find something quite unique.

Like that one time i found a piece of Space Shuttle heat shield tile that must have belonged to a High school physics demonstration kit.

Klick here for that find

And this time i have found a design item that usually isn’t a bargain.

This sweet looking LED design clock for 15€.

Soooo bright^^

I looked it up and it was sold originally by Kare Design under the product name “Update”. Good luck Finding something for 15€ ;D

I got all the information on my clock from
this site.

So as you can see it’s not just broken VCR’s and wobbly furniture that you find at a second-hand store.
Sometimes you find a gem or two.
You just need to look 😉


This blows…

My Speakers have served me well so far and have delivered a nice sound.


Until THIS happened.



Yes. Due to old age, my speakers dissolved recently and needed replacing.
It’s a good thing that I live near a Thrift shop as they are called in the states.

One of my local recycling centres / second hand stores.

I got a nice newer pair for both boxes for just 10 euros.
Here is a close up of one of them.

New speaker

New speaker

And now from afar.



Try getting a modern set of speakers fixed that easy 😉

All I needed was a set of screw drivers, a soldering iron and some needle nose pliers.^^

Cane and able

I wanted to post this a long time ago but I had forgotten to take pictures.

I was asked by my friend Dennis if I could help him out with a cane he had bought online.


He had a “small” problem…

The cane was only 1 meter long.
Dennis is 2 meters tall.
This made the cane at least 25 centimeters too short for him.

So here is what I did.

First I got a foldable walking stick from the thrift shop that I could unscrew.

I then used the segment that had the same diameter to extend the cane.
I also painted the cane in a glossy black.


I also painted the handle with a bronze paint to make it a little more unique.


And there you have it. A large cane for a tall man.