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 In a thrift store Friday after noon to drop off the first of many loads of clothes and household crap that will not be making the move with us, I noticed a few Zippo and Zippo type lighters in the display case.  Zippo lighters are an old passion of mine recently rediscovered so I had a look at them and wasn't really considering buying one until I picked up the slim line Zippo and flipped it over to see if it was actually a Zippo.

On the bottom was the Zippo logo with the correct date stamps that told me it was in fact a Zippo that had been made in Niagara Falls, Ontario, not in Bradford, PA like the majority of Zippo lighters out there.  The insert also bore the Niagara Falls stamp so I decided to purchase the thing since the Canadian Zippo plant stopped manufacturing lighters in 2002.  I asked how much since nothing was priced and the owner of the store said "They're 20 bucks for everyone else... but for you, five bucks."
 
 
SOLD!  Except I only had about three bucks and change on me... like most Canadians, I'm a debit card user.  She looked at me and shrugged, taking all the change and shooing me out of the store with my purchase.
 
Upon further inspection at home today, I discovered that this particular lighter was manufactured in 1995 and that the insert was also original to the date of manufacture.  It doesn't appear to have been used much, there's only one ding on it and the chrome is still shiny perfection with few scratches.  The lid closes cleanly and with no wiggle and I'm pretty chuffed by this little purchase.  I won't be using this one, it's a little small and light to my hand so it will join the other two on the shelf beside all the watches, tie bars and cufflinks that are a symptom of my joy in being a well-dressed man.
 

Date: 2011-06-04 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ecosopher.livejournal.com
There's something so satisfying about having lovely things, especially if they have a story like this lighter.

Date: 2011-06-04 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-goren-show.livejournal.com
Yes, especially since a Zippo slim line are about 30 bucks brand new. The Canadian Zippo plant in Niagara Falls was the only other place Zippo lighters were ever made and operated from 1949 to 2002, so it's a tiny chrome piece of history.

Date: 2011-06-05 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flyingmachine.livejournal.com
I dunno what I like better, the find or the tale of the owner. It all adds up to a wonderful moment.

And I highly approve of this well-dressed man business. Photo and all.

Date: 2011-06-05 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-goren-show.livejournal.com
If you're going to do something, no point in doing it halfway.

Date: 2011-06-06 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flyingmachine.livejournal.com
True! This inspired some dream snippets for last night too. Thank you.

Date: 2011-06-05 10:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vyrdaeom.livejournal.com
Love the collection. It's not just the symptom of being a well-dressed man, but having something available for every occasion, too. Looks like you're on the way to having it covered.

Date: 2011-06-05 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-goren-show.livejournal.com
That is only part o the collection. Not pictured are the ties, the rest of the tie bars, watches, collar stays, and Zippos and other sundry items that go into doing the suit justice.

I am obsessive about my suits... remind you of anyone? XD

Date: 2011-06-05 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vyrdaeom.livejournal.com
LOL! No comment.

Although, now that I know you have ties... any specific kind you like or don't like? Cause I love getting them for some reason and now I have an excuse to get a Christmas Present for you.

Date: 2011-06-05 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-goren-show.livejournal.com
Oh god, where to start with my love/hate relationship with ties...

I don't wear polyester ties unless there's a pattern on them I like, as in really like and can't get on a silk tie. All my ties are silk and none of them are the skinny variety - it looks so wrong on me. No, I'm not fussy at all!

Penguins on it would be a bonus! XD

Date: 2011-06-05 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vyrdaeom.livejournal.com
NO! Not Fussy at all!

Penguins, huh? Okay, I'll keep an eye out. XD

And silk... why does that not surprise me any?

Date: 2011-06-06 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-goren-show.livejournal.com
Heh, I would have been surprised if you were surprised by my preference for natural fabrics. Silk, cotton, wool. Polyester gives me hives.

Date: 2011-06-07 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vyrdaeom.livejournal.com
Well thank you for the added info. I'll add it to your card in my Rolodex.

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