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Footlockers are now being clearanced at the discount stores...
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Here's the maker's website for Virginia Craftsmen. They have a variety of period and thematic stickers for those that want to decorate their trunks. Go to the HOME page to see all the cool steamer trunks they have. (hide your credit card!!!) :o


http://www.acharmingchest.com/lovely_labels.php


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A friend of mine at work gave me a hartmann wardrobe tunk
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On 2009-09-15 14:36, dsalley13 wrote:
Here's the maker's website for Virginia Craftsmen. They have a variety of period and thematic stickers for those that want to decorate their trunks. Go to the HOME page to see all the cool steamer trunks they have. (hide your credit card!!!) :o


http://www.acharmingchest.com/lovely_labels.php


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These trunks are awesome. I highly recommend them for their look and durability.
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This is an old post but I thought this might be helpful to those searching - like I am. I would like to use a Lefler's type table, but they are too heavy for me to lug.

I have been using a Seward footlocker modified with wheels on the bottom/base. I removed the pins in the hinges and replaced them with removable pins from the hardware store. Now the lid can be taken off and used as a table top. I have a shelf of Plexiglas placed on tracking which is removable & packs in the case. I then put a decorative cover over the top. I also had covered the inside in black felt (not sure that I would take the time to do that again- I work during the days so lighting isn't a factor for me) The only problem is if kids try to lean on the table top - it will topple. I might put Velcro to help stabilize it. This case is less than 20lbs while the professional cases are over 30lbs. I wish I could go even lighter.

I have been using this for 10 years. I have to replace or cover the footlocker as it is too shabby now. I would like a professional look, but can not carry what is commercially out there. I have been reading posts, but I seem to be the only one concerned by the weight. By the way I am female, but I can't imagine anyone wanting to carry extra pounds. I do take many props with me & need a footlocker size case - if you have any ideas better than what I have I would love to know!
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Under6, you present a real problem, because even if something has wheels, sooner or later you will have to lift a case up stairs on onto a stage or platform.

I don't want to hurt your feeling, but maybe a strengthening program would help you. Or hire a strong man assistant to carry your props for you. No disrespect meant in anyway.

My magic briefcase weighs over 30lbs. That is not very much weight, to carry a short distance.

The only other suggestion I could make is to put your items in a number of different case or bags. This of course would mean many more trips to the performance area.
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Carrying a 20 or 30lb case unloaded for a short distance is not the problem. I have it loaded with props and those add the weight & I do carry a second case. I perform at child care centers and often have to go up flights of steps & move my stuff through crowded rooms & hallways. I have used a hand truck - but that is usually not practical. Taking off 10 lbs on a case makes a big difference in what I can carry up several flights of steps. I have tried lots of options in the last 10 years - a lighter weight professional case is what I would love to see. I have been looking but haven't seen it - if it is out there please let me know.
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Under6, check out this:
http://www.rhinotrunkandcase.com/pages/airline-trunk
I am shopping for lightweight as well for airline restiction purposes and max of 62 linear inches. In my experience, wheels that come attached to footlockers cannot hold up to walking at a full stride along city (broken) sidewalks or even a few jolts down a couple of steps. Sometimes I don't feel like getting the case into carry position just to avoid a couple of steps. So, I've found that a cart with approx 6" wheels is the answer for my needs in terms of speed and not needing to lift (at all if desired). My cart folds up into a case and goes into the case. Two bungees secure the case to the cart.
Also check out http://www.kangaroocases.com/ which has snazzier and stronger foot lockers than normal--though heavier. Adding a removeable top to either of these at the site should be easy.
You could tell your clients they will need either a stage ramp for your props or an extra set of hands to help you get it on stage when you get to the site. (because you're a pro and not a moving company!).
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