Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. leroy_sunset

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    I wonder what the epoxy was. I have a slightly cracked frame that I would like to repair.
     
  2. PT630Wannabe

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    It's not the 5 minute stuff. He cured it with a heat gun and to get it all up in the crack. Pretty industrial grade stuff I think. I hit with it the other night and it played beautifully. What a great racquet.
     
  3. winchestervatennis

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    Just picked up a wilson pro staff mid in at least 9/10 condition with a case. Pardon my ignorance but anyone know how to tell if its st vincent, chicago, or something else?
     
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  4. winchestervatennis

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    Sorry this was a pretty lazy post - not doing any searches of my own. Its certainly a chicago or st vincent based on what im seeing so far. Just gotta verify the code.
     
  5. joe sch

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    I like the extra touch with the stencil job marking the sweetspot. Take it out for a hit with the wonderful weather in TX this weekend. If you dont like it then let me know ;)
     
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  7. v-verb

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    Yep from the other thread you lucked into a St VIncent!
     
  8. winchestervatennis

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    No cap grommets you got ripped off.
     
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  9. winchestervatennis

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    Sorry to be lazy again but i cant figure out how to post pics. If anyone is interested in seeing them i can make it happen if you tell me how. Id prefer to have the pics in my post rather than a url somewhere. It's irritating to me when i see those, but maybe thats just me.
     
  10. winchestervatennis

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    I also scored a head graphite edge today at a different store after the st vincent. I was on such a high after the st vincent i almost didnt shell out the $6 because ive never heard of the hge. But after some searches today looks like i found two gems.

    Ive got a fever and the only cure is more cowbell...
     
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  11. v-verb

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    "more cowbell" LOL!

    Open up a photobucket account then upload the pics. copy the img url into your post then we will see the pics
     
  12. winchestervatennis

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    Will do... As soon as i get it off my stringing machine. Just finished the mains. Ive never been so careful on a string job.
     
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    Not sure if it works but should be 12 pics.

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    Looks beautiful!!
     
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    Just picked up a great Prince CTS Lightning 90 for $2. It's 4 1/4" grip is a little small for me, but this is perfect for my wife!
     
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    I have a few sticks that are perfect for my wife as well. But she just doesn't play tennis ;-)
     
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    my cousin got an original, barely used, with cover, strung with original bab VS nat GTX Pro lendl or Boris's old racquet (not used by boris or lendl) for about $6
     
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    Found a Wilson hyper hammer Triad 5.0, a Gamma Midsize first set 27 and a Prince Pursuit oversize for $3 each from three separate goodwill stores in my neighborhood. All in good condition as well. "Score!!!!"
     
  22. Rock Strongo

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    For €5 each:
    Head Prestige Classic 600 in great condition
    Blue Rossignol F200 in pristine condition
    Head Radical Tour XL (Twin tube version) in rather good condition.

    My jaw dropped when I saw that Prestige. I FINALLY HAVE ONE!

    And then I fell on my bike and managed to give the Rossi a slight scuff...
     
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    And I love you.
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    Why couldn't I find something like that at my local thriftstore? o_Oo_O
     
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    KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNN!!!!
     
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  27. vsbabolat

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    Is there a white barcode label on the Prestige Classic 600?
     
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    There is a small white label on the side of it but it does not provide any hints as the contents of it has likely faded away...

    Editing in: is that barcode label anything of significance?
     
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    I hadn't been out in awhile but I got out today and got a Donnay Allwood Pro and a Bancroft Borg Personal for a total of $5. Both are in excellent condition. I've seen Allwoods before but never a Pro. What can you tell me about it?
     
  30. Mike Bulgakov

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    I just got back from Copenhagen. If I had known about that Prestige Classic 600, I would have made a side trip to Helsingborg and bought it before you! Is the blue F200 different from the grey one Wilander played with?
     
  31. Rock Strongo

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    I'll have a look into that the next time I play. Though I've only played the white one before and it was flexible as all hell. Given that this also appears to be incorrectly strung and have the 80's white grommets from hell I might not be able to ascertain its true potential.

    This was actually the first time I've been out hunting for a few months, so a trip here would've been fruitful to you!
     
  32. vsbabolat

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    Just lets me know what year that racquets is from. There were first white barcode that was under clear coat. Then there was the white paper label that was paper that rubbed off. Then there was the white barcode that had all the numbers and barcode fade off. So yours is around 1995.
     
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    Reach DeLuxe Model 5 - $3.97... this is an antique lol, with a grip size of maybe 7 lol.. the frame is in very good condition;
    Bancroft Borg Personal - $4.97... with cover. the frame is in 8.5 condition. leather grip.
     
  34. dak95_00

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    Picked up an old Head Prestige Pro for under $10.

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  35. v-verb

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    What an amazing score - congrats!!
     
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    I hate you too. ;)
     
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  39. dak95_00

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    Settle down Dr. Banner.

    I almost overlooked it. It was in a stack and I saw a Prince Graphite Comp that I wanted and quickly pulled the racquets away from it. The PGC was cracked and I was disappointed and placing the other racquets back when I noticed and let out, "JACKPOT!"
     
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    Found something rather interesting today. I normally find Tretorn removables, this time I found spare heads for them!
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  42. PT630Wannabe

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    What the heck??!!
     
  43. Rock Strongo

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    Exactly. For the uninitiated this racquet is a bit hard to explain. In the 60's, Tretorn had this idea that stringing was cumbersome and/or too expensive to do regularly, so they released a racquet where you could swap out the entire hitting surface by loosening a few screws.

    Strings gone dead or you broke one and it's your only racquet? Easy! Go to your bag, get your extra head, unmount the old one, in with the new, and voila! Back on the court in about 3-4 minutes!

    The racquets I've been told are rare as hen's teeth even though I've found 4 or 5 of them before (Tretorn had their factory in this city before) and spare heads I believe are even rarer. Especially since both of them are in the original bag and one of them literally have never seen a tennis ball. I'm also guessing these were made quite late because they had the newer Tretorn stencil as opposed to the other one.

    So as to not bore you any further, here's a 6 year old picture I'm borrowing from myself so that you get the general idea of it (And I realize that I had literally just turned 16 when I posted about this the first time...)
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    I don't have a racquet frame for them right now, but I can conclude from the last time I had one that it's an apocalyptically awful piece of tennis equipment. The flex combined with the disconnected feel of the stringbed... Just no.
     
  44. retrowagen

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    Nice Tretorn score! "Two heads are better than one..."

    In other news, I picked up a minty Dunlop Black Max Pro today for $3.00.
     
  45. Bender

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    One day, thousands of years from now, archaeologists are going to unearth these spare heads and consider them to be one of the greatest unsolvable mysteries of 20th century history as to their purpose, much like how we see the Voynich Manuscript today. ;)

    Edit: Thanks for the share! Learned something incredibly interesting today!
     
  46. Pepecom

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    My best findings over the years, so far....

    Pro Kennex Black Ace 2 Euros
    Prince OG 5 Euros
    2 Kneissl White Star Pro Master 10 Euros for both
    Kneissl Tom's Reach Machine 10 Euros
    Yonex prototype (no markings whatsoever, still don't know what it is, but it's very cool) 5 Euros
    Rossignol F200 5 Euros

    Have some others that I leave for another post.
     
  47. Rock Strongo

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    So this means that you now have to post pics of the Yonex prototype!
     
  48. Steve_j_theo

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    Max 200G, with cosmetics still looking new, for $4.99 :)
     
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    Wilson Pro Staff ROK $15 on sale...
    Wilson Hyper Carbon Hammer 5.2 - orange paintjob era 2002? $3 (no cover) (been wanting one of these)
    Dunlop Max 1500 Graduate- $5 (80s)
    Wilson Ceramic 93 - $5 (80s)

    Squash
    $4 Wilson NCode Carbon - (no cover) partial restring, clean, added bumper & grip tape (sold for $40)
    $4 Wilson Equalizer - (no cover) cleaned up (sold as is for $30)
    $5 Wilson Graphite Select - inc cover
     
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  50. PT630Wannabe

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    Went into the thrift store that keeps on giving. I almost didn't bother because I had been there less than a week before. Again fingers crossed for a Prestige Classic. Had to settle for these bad boys. Amazing condition plus head covers. $4 each.

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