Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. frinton

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    CONGRATS! Super cool piece
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Just picked up T2000 and a Yonex ezone Ai 100 and they were the same price; $1.99. As I checked out, the clerk was very careful to point out there weren't strings in the Yonex. I told her my brother is a television repair man who has an awesome set of tools and can fix it.
     
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    It's a good thing she caught that, though. Easily overlooked. Now if he can rig that thing with fiber optic cables, and you can somehow rig an Internet connection: instant SmartRacquet.
     
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    found a MadRaq "look alike": Life Sports, the "Isoflex", a long gone Dutch brand.

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    Have to restring it, and see how it plays.
     
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    Nice! I've tried to show restraint lately. My wife is strongly urging me to sell off what I've acquired. I also have settled on a racquet to use.

    It better be a great bargain for me to buy. Having said that, I still walked into the local Play It Again Sports and they were loaded with a bunch of nice racquets in the $40-60 range.
     
  10. dak95_00

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    My sickness or addiction continues. I went hunting yesterday but stopped after a couple stores; I usually visit more.

    I picked up a blue Rossignol F200 Carbon in excellent condition. It's a racquet I always wanted to try since my early playing days because of Mats Wilander. I was excited so I strung it up and took it for a hit. I was expecting something very flexy but it felt stiffer than my Mono. It packed a punch. I'm going to weigh it later.

    I also picked up a wooden racquet. It was a very, very good condition Adidas Ilie Nastase. I've read on here that this particular was more of a dept store racquet but it's my first Adidas and it looks cool.

    Finally, I picked up a small two racquet bag. It's a Head Andre Agassi zebra Radical bag . It's got a yellow thickness to it and then the sides are black with the grey stripes and some graphics like Andre's name, etc. It was also in excellent condition.
     
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    You managed to restring your F200? I don't dare doing that with mine, or any of my older racquets with white grommets for that matter!
     
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    I had to hit with it. It's been on my list for so long. This one is in such good condition so I'm not worried. I started playing around 1985 so I was a big Mats Wilander fan. The odd throat arch always made that racquet look different in a good way. Back in those days, racquet designs were so different. Today, every players racquet looks the same as the next.

    Now I'm thinking:
    McEnroe - Max 200G = thick graphite
    Connors - T2000 = how?
    Agassi - POG 107 = giant in comparison
    Wilander - F200
    Lendl - Adidas/Mizuno
    Noah - LeCoqSportif
    Sampras/Edberg - PS85
    Becker - Puma

    I'm sure there are more but the racquets were different looking and fun. I've hit with all but the Noah and Lendl racquets now.
     
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    Something like this dak?
    http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums...B-3C4F-4B5B-8634-B5CCB9B2E6B7_zpsc4hbv764.jpg
     
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    The F200 I bought already strung. So not sure what it was strung at. The Mono I bought from you is arriving mid August (at last ! the guy who was bringing the racquet over bag got lost in transit can you believe) but I had bought another one in between which I had strung at 53 pounds. Plays really well .. It's my racquet of choice and it's going to be used again tomorrow
     
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    $8 Yonex Super RD Comp racket
    $7 Spin Hipo 2 racket- crazy string goes in throat, broken cross string - ... I will post pics of this...
    $5 Prince Graphite Comp XB MP racket
    $5 Prince Arc Ti racket - recent restring
    $3 Prince Response Michael Chang racket - needs a restring - worn duraflex.
    $3 Wilson Hyper Hammer 7.1- needs a restring -
    $3 Nike 6 racket bag 8/10 condition
     
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    Over the weekend my wife brought home a racquet she found at an estate sale for $2 - turns out it's a PS85 St. Vincent in 9.5 condition. holy cow!
     
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    Does your wife have a sister? Just kidding, great score.
     
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    Talking about the wife or the racket? ;-)


    "Why should I be unpleasant when I can just as well be nice?"
     
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    I watch this thread and say to myself, "Man, I wish I could find something cool at the thrift store." Ok besides the mint Slazenger Orantes I posted earlier I found for 3.00 ea, today I picked up a Yonex R22 $1.99 in good shape, no chips, cracks, etc. 4&1/4". Strung with some kind of nylon. Weight is 12.3oz. I'm going to give it a hit tomorrow. Update at 5:20, 13 Aug. Went and did a serve session with this and then hit with an old duffer like me, but he is trying to resurrect his game from the Fl circuit from back in the '70s. He got beat bad once long ago by Tim Mayotte. He was having issues with his 10.8oz Head so I had him try 3 or 4 of my 12oz+ rackets. He hit the best with the R22 so it is now on to a new owner. He owes me a beer someday as payment.

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  21. Steve_j_theo

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    Max 200g, John McEnroe signiture version, for $5 :)
     
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  22. elamarrj

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    found a ps85 St. Vincent at a Goodwill for $7.50
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    That is SWEET!!!!
     
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    Amazing!
     
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    Haven't been thrifting as much lately as I'm pretty into the racquets in my bag. But I did find this mint condition Wilson Pro Avenger 93 two weeks ago. Very cool racquet with pretty good heft to it and way flexier than a Pro Staff. Still makes that sound that Wilsons all seem to make that I don't really dig. Just a different pitch than my classic Head racquets.

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    You guys are killing me…all I ever find at Goodwill are some bent up golf clubs, badminton racquets and 70 year old ice skates.
     
  27. elamarrj

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    that is what I find most of the time but I go to quite a few thrift stores frequently I found this ps85 at a store where I have had very little luck with raquets thats how it goes you never know what you will find just have to keep looking
     
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    Yeah I might have more success if I went more than once every 3 months :). Well done finding that PS 85!
     
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    thanks
     
  30. dak95_00

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    Picked up a very good condition Snauwaert Ellipse Pro F for $0.90.

    It's got a few small chips but other than that it wasn't used very much at all as the bumper is barely scuffed. Of course, the grip is dry rot.
     

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