Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. retrowagen

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    Lovely! I especially like that Donnay Graphite Pro with the Borg signature. :)
     
  2. Sarcastic

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    The Ergonom is fun to hit with, if a little flexy.
     
  3. Steve_j_theo

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    Today i picked up a prince more precision, iprestige made in Austria, and a graphite pro 90....all for $20 :)
     
  4. momothebulldog

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    Picked this one, Donnay Graphite Borg, also came with a matching 3 racquet bag. Original grip. Looks better than the PS85 if you ask me haha.

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    I tried looking for specs on this racquet, seems to be a lot of variation. This one is made in Belgium and is a "light" size 4 version? Haven't had a proper hit, but seems to feel really plush! Anyone have any experience with this one?
     
  5. ChrisABC

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    I picked this up the other day. Dunlop Blue Max $3 (says on the frame Graphite/Kevlar, Midsize)
    It's @ 85"


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    Stringing it with a cheap TopSpin Synthetic string.

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    Cleaned up!
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  6. SOY78

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    Just scored a good condition Head LM Prestige for a good price at PIAS :)
    Time to make it clean it up for a quick sale.
     
  7. TomT

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    Got a Head Genesis 660 for $3 at GoodWill about 2 weeks ago.
    Photos at 11.
     
  8. frinton

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    After a couple of uneventful months finally a nice score...

    A pair of elderly gentlemen:
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    beaten up Wilson 80/20 - awesome pj
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    Head Graphite Edge
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  9. frinton

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    and ohhh....something Classic :)
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    ...not exactly brand new, but in decent shape
     
  10. Steve_j_theo

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    Nice!!!...i got 3 senior rackets today, hoping for player's sticks mainly...but I grabbed a Triad 2.0 OS, Sledge Hammer 2.8 & Prince Graphite Comp LX OS for $5 each...the Wilson's look pristine :)
     
  11. joe sch

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    that something is a PC600 which is the *best* playing racket IMO
     
  12. joe sch

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    The gentlemen are Rosewall and Gonzales, two of the best players ever and both strong GOAT candidates !
     
  13. ChrisABC

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    Not a thrift store.
    I bought this from a Kijiji ad for $5 cdn !
    Nice graphics, lightly used.

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  14. Steve_j_theo

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    $5?!?!?....wow!!
     
  15. frinton

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    Right on the Money, Joe. No Way of keeping secrets from you ;-)
     
  16. joe sch

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    Ha Ha, sorry about revealing those well hidden secrets :)
     
  17. MCallanan

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    Fell in love with this just seeing pictures.. So I bought one on ****.. Plan on hitting with it tomorrow.
     
  18. frinton

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    Oh man, I want one too ;-)
     
  19. Gonzalito17

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    Head Liquidmetal blue. And the Prince Michael Chang extended. Also this old Yonex from 70s, all last week
     
  20. joe sch

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    The graphite borg is a great hitting classic racket.
    If only Bjorn did not retire and transition to this classic at about the time that Johnny Mac went to the Dunlop max 200g ... that would have been a different tennis history IMO ... Oh well, here is my display along those lines ...

    http://s920.photobucket.com/user/wo...is/rackets/donnay_borg_graphite?sort=3&page=1
     
  21. chrisberchris

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    Found the same thing at goodwill last week for $5. Not in that great of shape though
     
  22. MCallanan

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    Gorgeous. They look brand new.
     
  23. michael_1265

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    $4.00 at our big downtown thrift store. It is probably an 8.5/10.0. The paint quality on these older Babolats is really good, I think maybe better than the new models. I like the graphics as well.

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  24. aerogami

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    Mint condition Rossignol f200 carbon for $1.99 at the big Goodwill in Seattle on Dearborn. 5/8 grip too!
     
  25. Rock Strongo

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    So drinks yesterday made me forget to bid on a Wilson Profile today. And it went for peanuts!
     
  26. frinton

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    oh damn, same thing, but worse, happened to me a few days back on a Dunlop Maxplay that seemed to be pretty much NOS... at least you had drinks, I just had work :shock: ...so go and have another drink...I'll just continue drowning my sorrows in more work :)
     
  27. tennisfanatic2424

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    Hey guys, I bought a Yonex r-23 tennis racquet at my local goodwill for $4. Specs aside, does anyone know anything about this racket? Any pros that played with it? How much it was worth then and now? Since Im new to this traditional racquet business can anyone fill me in? Much appreciated!
     
  28. max

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    Good God! I hate you. (No, but actually, this is the most painful thread on TW, or anywhere for me; wow, the finds! I ain't been ever finding jack).
     
  29. max

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    You know, the times I've been to Goodwill, it seems as though they just sell old books, candles and ratty jeans. Place smells of urine.
     
  30. chrisberchris

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    Babalot Pure Drive + Swirly (2nd generation) and a Head Graphite Vector at Goodwill. $5
     
  31. Gonzalito17

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    Prince Persuader for $16.
     
  32. arnott

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    Same here, I have not found any Tennis racquets at Goodwill so far.
     
  33. Sanglier

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    In 3 years of thrifting, I had brought home with me a total of 213 racquets. Among these, no more than 20 can be considered "finds" worthy of this thread, and only 5 can potentially fetch more than 100 bucks on evil bay. This is after visiting a half dozen stores in my area 3-4 times a week for almost two full years, and somewhat less frequently after that!

    More often than not, the price tags on the frames I picked up were dated within 2 days of my visit; which meant that anything worth picking up was unlikely to have lasted more than a couple of days on the store shelf. I've seen some of the people who had gotten there just before me, and I am not convinced that they were necessarily collectors or even tennis players. These days, you often see people holding an object in one hand and consulting their smart phone with the other. It is not difficult to figure out what's going on.

    Racquet thrifting is a hobby in and of itself, as the time and resources one must pour into it to have any success are difficult to justify otherwise.

    My last real "find" was a Spalding Powertech 100, discovered two weeks ago at a store that rarely had any racquet. My previous comparable find was a pair of St Vincent PS 85, which I boasted about in this boasting thread more than two years ago (that's what happens to your luck when you boast!). However, my elation was tempered by the fact that I was flagged down by a lidar-equiped motorcycle cop hiding behind a bush that day, as I was making my way to another GW; which is costing me at least twice what the Powertech is worth... :(

    I don't know how long you've been visiting GW, but if you are not hooked yet, consider yourself fortunate and run away as fast as you can! The addiction will be difficult to shake once you've had your first "find"...
     
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  34. arnott

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    Sorry about the ticket. Thanks for the warning about the addiction.
     
  35. MCallanan

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    Just found this at Goodwill for $3.. Don't know much about it.. Can anyone fill me in?

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  36. Rorsach

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    That's a Vantage racquet. Made by the Vantage racquet company started by a former Dunlop/slazenger technician (Paul Angell) that also (co-)designed the MAX200G and a bunch of other famous racquets (iirc). The company is now named Angell Sport (the Vantage name was in contention between him and a former co-owner).
    They had/have a bunch of options to customize your racquet, among which a few colors combo's, head size, stiffness, length, weight, string pattern, grip shapes and so on.

    Good racquets according to a few threads on this forum.
     
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  37. MCallanan

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    Thanks for the information.. I did search the racquet but there was a lot dissenting views. These things hold any value?
     
  38. joe sch

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    Vantage made some great rackets !

    I have a few and as a classic racket player can tell you they play great much like the classic head pc600s which I also love.

    They were most valuable since players could get matched pairs customized to their preferences. In this respect, they are most valuable to players who like the specs so you will need these details if you hope to find some very happy buyer. Otherwise they are great hits for most who enjoy a classic players racket.

    I have a white and black pair with different specs 16x18 vs 18x20, both about 63 flex and approx 335g, take a look:

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    Another very cool feature of these rackets is the filler sorta like the old dunlop max 200g's, provides great feel and a more dynamic stiffness, take a look:

    http://www.woodtennis.com/vantage/cross_section_VD_filler.jpg
     
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  39. Sanglier

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    Did you perform the dissection yourself, Joe? Was the subject a victim of accidental death or violent crime? How many of these autopsies have you done?

    I am considering cutting up a few frames that I am studying, but just can't seem to bring myself to do that to a racquet that hasn't died yet, even for research. I wish there was a non-destructive way to visualize the internal structures of these frames...
     
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    Not really, even though they're quality sticks by all accounts. there's just not a lot of secondary demand for it as far as I can tell
     
  41. MCallanan

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    Thanks for the information.. Think I'm going to string it up and have a few hits with it.. It feels like a very comfortable racquet.
     
  42. frinton

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    Let me know if you don't like it. Specs-wise it looks something I could enjoy... Headsize, weight...for sure a good deal at a few bucks ;-)
     
  43. joe sch

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    No its not my surgery.
    Im like you and really have trouble even cutting up a old damaged racket. Im much more likely to attempt repairs for continued play, much like I do with my body :)
     
  44. bisbeeslicer

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    Babolot APDC, 9/10 original case, strings and grip.$6.50
     
  45. Steve_j_theo

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    I grabbed a Rossignol FT 6.50 for $3.99 the other day...almost mint condition too :)
     
  46. accidental

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    I played with the VS Control for about 6 years as a teenager. So many memories. It was a great players stick
     
  47. max

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    I kind of know what you mean. A couple of years ago I ran into a very valuable piece of art glass in a church resale shop. Just really made my year. . .

    I kind of feel self-conscious about prowling Good Wills and Sallie Anns, as if I'm some kind of pedophile hanging around a school. I mean, these things are for the indigent and less well off. . . although I daresay not many purchase old tennis racquets. I think it could be fun, though; used to like to go antiqueing for the same "fishing" / intermittant reinforcement pleasure blast.
     
  48. treo

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    I bought a St. Vincent PS 85 at America's Thrift Store yesterday for $7. Pretty good condition with original case and I think I'm going to play with it for a while.
     
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    I just acquired 2x babolat pure control team standards from a buddy. The bumperguard is worn and needs replacement. So is it the pure storm standard or pure storm tour bumperguard that will fit this racquet? Also will the new 2014 pure control or pure control tour series bumperguards work as well? Srry to intrude onto this thread, but I found the subject matter kind of relevant(I can't start threads yet) so hope you guys can help me out or direct me to the right place. Thanks!
     
  50. struggle

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    if you'll call TW, i believe they'll help you figure it out.
     

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