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Dec 09, 2013 13:41 |  #1

Years ago when I first went to work in photography, I took a job as a photographer at a local Olan Mills Studio.

While I was there, I had the chance to work with some incredible pieces of equipment. One in particular was this posing table. It was heavy enough to put several kids on, but it was on wheels. The wheels automatically locked in place and to move it, all you had to do was squeeze the handles which released the locks while you rolled it. It had extensions that would lift up on three sides. As if that wasn't enough, the top could be lifted into position to convert into a prop that was perfect for propping up a newborn in a good position to get a nice shot as well.

I would really like to find a table like this but as far as I know, these were made exclusively for Olan Mills.

With all of the closings of Olan Mills studios, I figured there should be some of these around but I can't find anything on google, ebay, or elsewhere. Does anyone know what happened to all these tables or where to get them? Or does anyone know where something similar can be purchased? I've attempted to contact Lifetouch who now owns Olan Mills but the people there haven't been much help.


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Dec 09, 2013 14:07 |  #2

Tagged, I'd like to know too. That stuff has to be out there somewhere.

Wal-Mart also closed theirs down recently, so their stuff must be out there somewhere too.


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Dec 09, 2013 14:20 |  #3

I was wondering when someone would post a link to some auctions, what with the closing of so many portrait McStudios recently, yet I've seen nothing so far. Odd.


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Dec 09, 2013 14:38 |  #4

Although, now that I think about it... having worked for a couple of different corporate-america types, I wouldn't be surprised if that stuff just went in a landfill. It may have been too much hassle for them to try to resell it.


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Dec 09, 2013 14:42 |  #5

nathancarter wrote in post #16514079 (external link)
Although, now that I think about it... having worked for a couple of different corporate-america types, I wouldn't be surprised if that stuff just went in a landfill. It may have been too much hassle for them to try to resell it.

I wonder if the cost of returning the gear from the various enterprises to a central warehouse would cover the value of the gear. It may be that a lot of the stuff just got chucked as a part of the closure process.




  
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Dec 09, 2013 15:02 |  #6

I doubt they would have just dumped it all. My town had two studios. Each had a model 108 camera (which was a pretty darned nice piece of equipment if you ask me). There was a power pack studio strobe system with 5 flash heads and a "skylight". There was an electric background rolling system that had spots for 6 different 12 ft roll backgrounds. Then there was the table, other tables, posing stools, and a variety of props. Then you go into the front and there were computers, phones, frames, furniture, etc.

It probably wouldn't make sense to ship it all back to a central location. My guess is that they shipped back the cameras and the computers, and probably left the rest to an auction company or a secondary company that specialized in reselling all of that stuff. If I was paying attention when they started closing the studios, I could have made an entire business out of buying all their stuff cheap and selling it on ebay. So I like to think that someone else was paying attention and did that and I'm hoping that someone might know who that is.

Of course if no one paid attention, maybe a local auction company picked up each one, sold what they could, and dumped the rest. In that case, a bunch of these tables are sitting in workshops and sheds across the US with a bunch of crap piled on top of them, bought for $5 at at auction with no clue what they are worth.


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Dec 09, 2013 18:57 |  #7

kfreels wrote in post #16514166 (external link)
I doubt they would have just dumped it all. My town had two studios. Each had a model 108 camera (which was a pretty darned nice piece of equipment if you ask me). There was a power pack studio strobe system with 5 flash heads and a "skylight". There was an electric background rolling system that had spots for 6 different 12 ft roll backgrounds. Then there was the table, other tables, posing stools, and a variety of props. Then you go into the front and there were computers, phones, frames, furniture, etc.

It probably wouldn't make sense to ship it all back to a central location. My guess is that they shipped back the cameras and the computers, and probably left the rest to an auction company or a secondary company that specialized in reselling all of that stuff. If I was paying attention when they started closing the studios, I could have made an entire business out of buying all their stuff cheap and selling it on ebay. So I like to think that someone else was paying attention and did that and I'm hoping that someone might know who that is.

Of course if no one paid attention, maybe a local auction company picked up each one, sold what they could, and dumped the rest. In that case, a bunch of these tables are sitting in workshops and sheds across the US with a bunch of crap piled on top of them, bought for $5 at at auction with no clue what they are worth.

I would almost guarantee that they didn't bother to ship it all to a central location. In situations like that, they are spending as little money as possible. They might have opened up the location locally and let people buy stuff and whatever didn't get purchased got dumped. Bet on it.


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Dec 09, 2013 19:53 as a reply to  @ elrey2375's post |  #8

The contents of the local Walmart and Sears studio portrait centers were sold as a lot for pennies on the dollar to closeout buyers. Those guys then dispose of it however best fits their individual business model. Maybe that's how Olan Mills did theirs as well.

Scour craigslist for studio-only type equipment, and ask if they have other related equipment would be my only guess as to a way to find the stuff.

I picked up 2 Norman 24/24 packs, a 22" BD with head, a 600ML, a 36x48 Photogenic softbox, a 24x24 softbox, and 3 light stands all for $125 over the summer from a guy that bought out a Walmart & Sears. He also gave me a ton of backdrops for free. He was buying the store for the computer equipment. I think he tossed most of the furniture type items.


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Dec 10, 2013 11:46 as a reply to  @ CanonVsNikon's post |  #10

I've seen a few ads on my local cragslist for some lighting equipment and such, and after contacting the guy he said he was in charge of cleaning out a couple of these studios. At least around me, it looks like they just found someone local to deal with it and do with it what they may.


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Apr 06, 2015 08:02 |  #11

I was fortunate to have them give me a lot of equipment over 10 years ago when they closed the studio. You all are correct they were taking all of it to local landfill....which is a shame.

I really enjoyed the table but I am moving in less than 2 weeks now and don't have room in new house for it...I don't have 30 days to wait to post the table on this forum.

Anyone know of a good place to post ads beside Craigslist. ..I already have it on there....

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Apr 06, 2015 09:26 |  #12

Have you tried Denny's. The background people not the breakfast place.




  
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