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    I have been looking regularly for several years in the West Los Angeles area thrift shops and I have not found any camera equipment worth even thinking about. I do not know where the good stuff goes.

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    ebay... that's where most of the good stuff seems to go.



    I can't find much of value in the thrift shops either!

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    Well, Brian, now at least I do not feel like I am alone in this.
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    There are odd bargains, most go at Car boot sales in the UK and auctions, and I guess Garage sales and auctions in the US.

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    I've been pretty lucky at the thrift/charity shops.

    I usually have to sift through the obligatory junk, but I found a working Polaroid Spectra for $5 and a Polaroid 330 with a couple of packs of type 108 film for $6.99. Another time I picked up a Polaroid 100 Automatic for about $5.00. All work perfectly and will likely be given as gifts to friends thinking about getting into instant film photography.

    Needless to say, the "demise" of Polaroid has benefited those of us who know that film is still being made for these babies

    I did find a super nice OM-1n with a zuiko 50 1.8 at an antique shop for $15 a couple of years back. But usually I've found the antique shops to be low quality and high prices in regards to camera gear.

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    One of the biggest thrift stores locally gets a variety of cameras regularly (mostly 35mm fixed-focus P&S, but occasionally something interesting). Unfortunately they price any camera they can't identify at $35 including aforementioned P&S units and anything that looks remotely interesting at $60 or higher (not sure who sets the prices - the 2 price points seem fairly random). For some reason they think Brownie Hawkeye Flashes are worth $35 (in any condition, with or without flash), which is a little...ambitious.
    i can't wait to take a picture of my thumb with this beautiful camera.

    - phirehouse, after buying a camera in the classifieds

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    My little secret

    Visit www.shopgoodwill.com for gear. I have seen pretty nice stuff there in camera gear and books and prints.
    I bought an original Barnbaum print for $80.00
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    Our local thrift store has had some really good finds for me.

    Unfortunately it seems that they have one volunteer who has experience checking and doing minor repairs on a lot of different things, including photo equipment. The staff there save it for him to look over. He always works the same day of the week, and the collectors and pickers who buy for a living have figured out when that is. So they line up at opening time and scoop all the best stuff.

    He's done a couple of favours for me but generally I don't get to see the best stuff.
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Yep, very clean 16x20", 5x7", 8x10" printing trays that hardly looked used.

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    Some charity shops operate their own ebay stores, I have bought photographic equipment from a couple of them.

    Ian

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