I was on my way home from the Post Office, and my WAR (Watch Acquisition Radar) started pinging as I passed a thrift store where I did some community service years ago (for high school graduation credit, not a misdemeanor offense lol). I parked out front and wandered in.
Typically in thrift stores, I look for belts and other leather goods to turn into straps, so I started with that. A lot of surprisingly expensive stuff, including a pair of Mossimo shoes for $25, which I'm pretty sure is more than Target charges for them new I was tempted to pick up an Armani Exchange belt to turn into straps, just for the logo. But it was $17
As I was wandering around, my WAR pinged again, this time toward the jewelry case, now that there weren't other customers in front of it interfering with my signal. I checked the case, and there were a few watches on the bottom shelf, but ultimately, as usual, they were just nice-looking fashion watches ultimately of little interest. This isn't what I was pinging.
On top of the jewelry counter were a few bags stuffed mostly with cheap women's fashion watches with dead batteries, but out of one of those bags, I saw something staring back at me. I knew I had found what was pinging me:
It's digital display was ticking away defiantly against the horological squalor that surrounded it. 57....58...59.... and when the minute changed, it did a little dance before displaying the new digit.
I had to have it.
I stood around looking as obvious as possible (which I figured would be easy, being the tallest and youngest person in the store) while I waited for the lady to finish a very long-winded conversation with a customer that was either an old or every new friend. Finally it was my turn, and I asked if I had to buy the whole bag or if I could just have one item out of it. Unfortunately, I had to buy the whole bag, but it was $25, so I bought it and brought it home:
The caseback says it's a G-2210, but I can't find this color variant in the G-Shock Archive. It wasn't too dirty and only had a few light dings, but I wanted to start with a fresh canvas to put my own dirt on it, so I took it apart:
It wasn't as grody as I had anticipated, and the glass didn't fog up when I held the module under cold running water I did lose one of the bezel screws down the drain, though >_< Doesn't seem to be any less sturdy without it, though. After re-assembly, I strapped it on:
With the rest of the family:
EL is still very bright:
The rest of the bag was mostly junk, as expected, but I did salvage a couple of nice straps (like that grey cloth one visible in the bag), and a vintage Timex automatic in very good shape that is ticking happily away, 4 times per second