Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. v-verb

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    Oh man!!!!! Sweet
     
  2. vsbabolat

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    Is that Pro Staff a St. Vincent?
     
  3. PT630Wannabe

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    I tried to figure that out and I'm guessing not. No red primer paint. Maybe an early Chinese one?
     
  4. vsbabolat

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    What is the code on the butt cap?
     
  5. PT630Wannabe

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    I'll bust out the magnifying glass and the UV light when i get home. I stared at it for 10 minutes and still had no idea what those three letters were. It was above the W though. Red W on white. Little R for registered.
     
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    As far as I know code was placed under the "W" untill St Vincent production, then on top since Taiwan and so on with China
     
  7. PT630Wannabe

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    I think the code might be UGW. Does that ring any bells?
     
  8. PT630Wannabe

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    I think it may be late Taiwan. The bag matches this description.

    Transition to Taiwan (early):

    - loss of red primer to grey primer

    - Butt cap code location moves above red "W"

    - all cap "TAIWAN" sticker placed below "W" on butt cap

    - brown Fairway leather grip

    Taiwan (later):

    - pinstriping color darker in tint

    - recommended tension decal now has recommendation for using Wilson syn gut

    - "Wilson Quality" hologram sticker now has bar code and small dot-matrix print

    - Fairway leather grip

    - racket bag looks similar to original, but has grid-venting for grip
     
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  9. winchestervatennis

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    Nice score nevertheless
     
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    I'm on travel, but back on Friday. I'll take some pics and will tell you the story about that one; and maybe someone helps me to find out what model is that (if there's any known model)
    Thanks
     
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    You lucky devil...
    I hate you...in a good way...
    I at least have a PS85 in the cupboard 6/10 condition - China or Taiwan
     
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  12. TParker

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    one of my older doubles partner found a AeroProDrive at the Goodwill for $2.00....in perfect condition
     
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  13. Steve_j_theo

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    Found a Donnay Mid25 and Rossignol f300 Oversize yesterday totalling $8.
     
  14. Pepecom

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    Rock Strongo,
    Here you are the Pictures of the Yonex, as promissed.
    No idea of what model does this come from, as there are no markings in the racket; so any help/hints from the experts are wellcome; it's a 27,5 long, haven't weighted because I don't have a precision scale. It came with the pallet and the Yonex (Japan) buttcap, unstrung.I gripped it with a Head Xtreme Track that I had with me and strung that with a cheap poly at 24kg in order to try some hits with the racket. 16/17 String pattern, if my stringer did that properly; but I trust him, he is an ATP certified stringer who works for Babolat in several ATP 500 and Masters 1000 tournaments; he knows a lot more than I do about rackets and strings.
    I got that one at a charity sale; I found out that this sale, ended up being many items that a famous ITP player left to sell in order to maintain his charities; so there were several rackets and tennis equipment in there.

    Thanks

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    Picked up a Ti Radical MP today for $7. Needs a new grip, but otherwise in fine condition. I usually play with racquets that are a bit heavier and have a higher swingweight. Looking into mods now....

    EDIT:
    Added leather grip, SuperGrap, 4g of lead at 3/9. Strung it up with 17g Volkl Syn gut mains @ 50 lbs and 17g Prince Tour XC crosses @ 46 lbs.

    329g strung, 6 HL


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    found theese at a local thrift store that I go to from time to time 9$ total for both
     
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    Score.
     
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    Ooh... I'd like those. I've never played the 200g but it's on my list of racquets to try.

    That Radical also looks good in the other post.
     
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    $6 thrift store find. Stiffest stick I've ever hit with. Love the way it looks too.
     
  20. Hangman

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    Where are these great thrift stores located at? All I find in my neck of the woods are cheap aluminum frames that come from Wal-Mart
     
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    I'll NEVER tell!!!!!!





    Just kidding. It really is just luck of timing. I visit many stores during a week when I'm out or have time. I love searching for a bargain.
     
  22. PT630Wannabe

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    I've been to almost every thrift store in the city a couple times this year. For some reason I keep finding good stuff at one particular "branch" of a chain of local thrift stores. So I keep going back. I expect the coming of summer will mean slimmer pickings.
     
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    I visit a Hospice resale thrift store regularly. We have even found gold jewelry there.
    Racquets there today:
    T-2000
    Ultra Kevlar
    Prince Comp Jr.
    Rossignal metal looked like a F 200
     
  24. jonestim

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    It's raining Radicals. Today at the same shop I picked up the Ti Radical MP last week I found a Radical Tour OS - China version. Will be cleaning it up and restringing it this afternoon.
     
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    I just got beat in a league match to that Ti Radical MP :) afterwards the guy let me hit with it (it was made in Austria). It hit a mean ball, and felt great!
     
  26. PT630Wannabe

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    Just found this guy at my favourite shop. Dunlop Blue Max. Anyone know about it? It seems right up my alley. I held it up to my PS85 and it seems virtually identical minus the PWS. I found one thread about a Blue Max that had a screwed in yoke. This is not that racquet. (I did recently find a PK Bronze Ace with a screwed in yoke though...)

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  27. ItalianStallion

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    Ok - this find doesn't really fit the theme here, but I acquired a brand new Babolat Pure Drive Wimbledon (2014) model at my local Sp0rts Auth0rity that is going out of business. It was already on clearance, plus they were taking 20% off all tennis racquets, so she was $87 + tax

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    Hi,
    I found this Yonex racket on the internet, it's a Yonex Pro RD 70 Long, could that be the one I have above? Or at least, a base model.
    I reckon the same string pattern.
    I have also found a nice link to the "old" Tennis Warehouse page for that model:
    https://web.archive.org/web/20000229130033/http://www2.tennis-warehouse.com/descpage.html?PCODE=RD70
    If you look at the bottom of that page, there are links to old/classic racket reviews from TW.

    Any hints from the Yonex specialists?

    Many thanks
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  29. EdMcMush

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    where are these good wills at or thriftstores at. There is never anything that good in the stores near me
     
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    I see T2000s everywhere. But what is the deal with all the Rossingals ppl find? Did those grow on trees before becoming extinct?
     
  31. PT630Wannabe

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    I hit one store near me almost bi-weekly. It seems too have quick turnover too. I've found good stuff, and from how quickly I see even crappy racquets get picked up, i suspect I've missed plenty recently as well. I think the only reason I scored two Pro Staffs there recently is because they were unstrung and the average joe grabbing a racquet to dink around with won't want to bother restringing.
     
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    Where do you live ?
    If I could ask it...here in Italy that kind of store are almost absent
    So it's really difficult to make a good deal buying on the Bay or here...
     
  33. PT630Wannabe

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    Montreal. Canada and the USA have the distinction of having urban areas and suburbs that are dotted with these kind of stores that serve and raise money for lower income people. Things like the Salvation Army, Goodwill, Value Village, etc. are large ugly stores that most Europeans would be horrified to have in their neighbourhoods. North Americans are more desensitized to this sort of garishness.
     
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    I'm off work next week and it's the end of the month which means 50% off!!! Hopefully, I'll find something good!
     
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    They paid you $87 to take a pure drive? I still think you got ripped off.
     
  36. Simon_the_furry

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    One of my coaches found a Yonex RD-7 in perfect condition at Goodwill.
     
  37. ItalianStallion

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    LOL! I used to not be too fond of the Pure Drives either, but they have grown on me recently.
     
  38. winchestervatennis

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    I'm glad you took my comment on jest. I posted and the next day thought you may consider me an a hole.

    Whatever frame gives you the best chance to win is what you should use. Tear 'em up , buddy.
     
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  39. ItalianStallion

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    No worries bud! It's all good!
    Thanks! I do seem to need the extra "help" from the Pure Drive now days. I see we are both fans of the PS85! Did you happen to find yours in Winchester, VA? I visited there a few months ago and didn't think of checking the stores around there for any hidden treasures.
     
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    I know I am not the only one here who enjoys dropping by the GW whenever I visit a new place. This is the one venue where I can physically sample the local DNA in a highly concentrated and randomized form, both metaphorically and literally. It is like visiting hundreds of closets all at once. Most (but not all) of the thrift stores I've visited have both a retail showroom and a collection center: They sell whatever they collect, often within days, so their inventory really is a direct reflection of what the surrounding community is consuming - and discarding.

    Every single piece of the "junk" found here was valued by someone not that long ago, and carries with it the indelible imprints of the owner's life experience, whether mundane or extraordinary. Yes, some of these imprints can give me rashes and hives on contact, but hopefully the sorters had done their job and screened these out before they reached the showroom...

    Like with everything else in life, one does tend to get bored after seeing the same things over and over again, producing the illusion that the past was somehow better/more interesting than the present. I have been trawling for racquets for 5 years now, and could have sworn that there are fewer thrift store finds today than when I started. However, when I scanned through my records, I noticed that I am simply passing up on stuff that I used to pick up; what was once interesting is now 'crap'. Objectively, the frequency of true 'finds' now is no greater or lower than it ever was.

    Individually, the three Magnesium Pros below are nothing to write home about (and do not belong in this thread), but I have always been curious about them The first example was picked up in January of 2013, the next one in March of 2014, the third one just this past month. As a set, I think they qualify somewhat as a "find". Given that most of the fun in collecting is in the chase itself, a three year low-speed chase like this, made inevitable by the nature of thrift shopping, produces a certain fun/effort ratio that is difficult to replicate through other means.

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    As for Europe, thrift shops seem quite common in some countries but not others. There are clear regional differences in how people value rubbish, and how they tolerate garishness. :)
     
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    I could not have put thrifting into words even remotely as well as that. Thanks for articulating it beautifully.
     
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    My partner in thrifting is home for the weekend. Let me clarify. He likes buying odd tennis racquets and sometimes just buys them so he has a racquet to use since he shreds through strings in a hitting session. The trade off is I string for him and he gives me the finds. If it's a big time find, I share the the money.

    Tomorrow, I'm getting a Puma Boris Becker Super! I had one in high school that I saved and scraped together every dollar to afford. I probably sold it in college but I can't remember what really became of it.
     
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    I did find my PS85 in Winchester. I was in the store a month or so before and saw a case but when I picked it up there was no frame. I almost bought it anyway. So fast forward to the next time I'm in there I see the case thinking its the same one. This time I felt a frame inside. Honestly the first thought was some mismatched frame would be inside (I see that often). I opened it and there she was in pristine condition.

    I quickly lost interest in the Wilson Sting I had picked up a few seconds earlier and went right to the cashier.
     
  44. sliceroni

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    A few years back found a Wilson PS 85 China version for $25 at Play It Again Sports. It was pretty scraped up but no cracks. The perfect practice stick after some new grommets, strings and grip!
     
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    My friend brought me the Puma Becker Super complete with headcover and pcs coin which still works like new. The racquet itself is in very playable condition but I'd be lying if I said it was better than 6/10 condition.

    He also brought me a Prince TT Bandit 95 and a Wilson Hammer 5.3 OS which will be perfect for some kids I've been teaching.
     
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    Took a plunge at an auction site and bought a Yamaha Secret EX-110 for no reason whatsoever.
     
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    It's been a few years since I found anything good at my local "Play It Again Sports". The only thing I ever got there was a 9/10 Yonex RDS-001 90 sq inch for around $38. I took it twice to tournaments to see if Lleyton Hewitt could sign it for me and both times he lost in the early rounds before I got there. Oh well, it hits really nicely.
     
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    Pro Rd 70 long 95 mold
     
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    Tennistiger,
    Many thanks for the info.

    Regards
     

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