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    Photo Equipment in Charity Shops

    In the town where I work there are currently three charity shops (thrift stores in the US?) with photo equipment for sale.

    One has a just a few items, another has devoted both window display areas either side of the entrance to it and yesterday I noticed another shop with about three 35mm SLR bodies and a few lenses also prominently in a window display area.

    One of the lenses was a huge thing. I couldn't see any markings on it but I would guess it was 300mm and had a filter thread of about 72mm or 77mm. No idea what lens mount it was. The shop was closed so I couldn't go in and look but I knew that with a price tag of £5 on it, I had to have it!

    I went back today at lunchtime but it was gone. I did get a Rokkor 50mm lens for £3 though which I have already posted off to the person I gave a Minolta SRT body to a couple of days ago via the free stuff thread.

    This shop also has another couple of Minolta bodies. An old SR and an X-500 - both for £5. I think I will get them!

    Has anyone else seen a lot of photo stuff in charity shops recently?


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    Yes. I have. Us Yanks call them thrift stores and they're a great place to find photo gear. I found an old Minolta SRT, a 50mm f/1.4 and a 135mm lens for only $14. It seems that a lot of folks are dumping their film gear. Last weekend, I found an old Beseler agitator base for color printing for only $5. Just check the charity store once in a while and it can pay of with a photo bargain. Sad to see that people don't value film gear anymore But good for analog shooters. Good luck in finding your inexpensive treasure.

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    Bought a vivitar v2000 in fine shape for $5 last Saturday.It'll make a nice companion to any pentax kit.

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    Whilst I often see the odd item or two in charity shops, I find it odd that at the same time, two shops have window displays featuring film cameras and a third shop has a few items in the window too.


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    Hi Steve,

    Within the territory of Islip, I'm finding a lot of 35mm P&S cameras,
    and Minolta Maxxum series lenses with broken mounts. Haven't found
    an SLR or Folder in ages. I won't be discouraged ...

    Ron
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    I think that a lot of the shops of this sort get fed from people disposing of the left overs of estates.

    Mom or dad have passed on, and the kids have no use for a film camera, so toss it to the thrift organisation.

    In my town, the charities will come round and pick it up for you. Some even call and do a regular round every few months.
    my real name, imagine that.

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    I've noticed that some charity shops are quite savvy about values, they check them out. I bought a Photography magazine and they wanted £20 and they wouldn't bargain, they said the price was set by someonelese and they had no authority to change it. But when they realised I wouldn't pay that much and was leaving there was some frantoc internet searching. The assistant said oh here's a similar one for £12 online, so we'll let you have it for £10, at that price the 1900 Chrisymas edition became attractive

    Camera's have been marked at the average/normal ebay completed sales prices as well, but I did pick up a signed Martin Parr book for £2.

    I think a lot depends these days on the quality of the staff, some have more idea of how to get higher prices so raising more money for the charities and they seem to have their own websites to build up a data bank. So I've not been seeing many bargains in charity shops in upmarket areas.

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    Very mixed results snooping around S. Ontario. Lots of low-end 70s and 80s stuff, either busted or rough, that I wouldn't bother with. Have found functional Ektagraphic projectors, often cased in good shape, sometimes only in need of a bulb, for cheap. Lots of DIY repair projects and/or possible parts donors. Prowling these places isn't something I spend much time doing anymore. Have actually had better luck among surviving small town camera stores eager to clear their back rooms, though this has thinned out as the stores fold.

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    We must have about 8 charity shops in my small town but photographic gear of any kind is conspicuous by its absence. For a small island, Steve, you have an embarassment of riches by comparison. I'll have to move overseas to your place

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    My experience in the States has been that generally all I find at thrift shops is bad p&s cameras, mostly in 35mm with a few APS and 126 mixed in. When 35mm SLRs show up, it's usually in kits with a consumer zoom lens and at an excessive price. There are occasional exceptions, but the return on effort for checking has been pretty low for me.

    *Antique* stores tend to have more interesting cameras---MF folders, old Kodak models, sometimes a Speed Graphic---but almost always way overpriced. (I got my Topcon Super D for a song at one, though.)

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    The lady of the house has to be a pretty swell sort of person to put up with the annoyance of a photographer.
    -The Little Technical Library, _Developing, Printing, And Enlarging_

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