Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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    CONGRATS! Super cool piece
     
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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.
     
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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 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. Update #2. The duffer I gave the R22 to use gave it back and hung on to one of my POG OS's instead:)

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  21. Steve_j_theo

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    Max 200g, John McEnroe signiture version, for $5 :)
     
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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.
     
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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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    Found an Ashe Comp 2 in quite good condition with a cover. They wanted €20 for it but I said "HELL NO!" and got it for €15 instead. To think that it was the same place I got my Prestige, Radical, and Rossi for the same price for that one stick...
     
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    I'll probably end up giving these away but had an interesting stop at Goodwill today all for $13.82. The Bancroft had no scrapes on the head and is not warped - Taiwan version! Rust spots on the T3000 but will give me something to do with the Dremel and some cratex bits. The Prince Precision Graphite on far left was in really good shape, while the Prince Graphite Pro XB OS and the Prince Graphite Comp XB OS are playable with a lot of paint chips around the hoops. I was shocked to see a squash racquet, Prince Extender II at all much less in 9/10 shape with a case. All the tennis racquets weighed more than 12oz each with the T3000 the heaviest at 12.7oz. Always wanted a T2000 as a youngster, now got a "better" version and it only cost me $1.67 and 40+ yrs. I'm really interested in hitting with the Prince Precision.

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    HaHa, either your a very skilled stringer or looking for a nice challenge. Post the restring in the stringers section and you will get some instant respect ;)
     
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    Still a deal for a racket that is quite unique in the transition racket period from metals to composites.
    Aluminum boron sandwich also plays pretty nice.
     
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    I don't know how they held up, since I never saw one "back then"; but the Competition Edge might have made a bigger difference in the time frame of the transition. The original AA size was just too small, IMO; but the AA Comp Edge might have been just enough. Of course, the attendant higher tensions for big hitters might have spelled an early demise of the frame. I've got one with likely the original strings...might make it to the court with me IF I ever get out there!!!
     
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    Something really amazing happened to me in the recent days. I play regularly just for fun at a local tennis place here in Vienna. I have always used the same racket (Head YT Extreme Pro) i once bought brandnew, and i really took care of it, never threw it to the ground etc.. so it was still a pretty good racket even though not the newest generation anymore, i still enjoyed playing with it. A week ago i left my racket unattended at the netpost for a short break, and in the meantime it got stolen, nobody saw the person but well it was stolen. I dont have it anymore. At first i was a little upset, it was my only racket, but then i said to my playing partner i forgive this person, from my heart, whoever took it, i wish him the best with it, he answered no - you should only forgive if the thief is sorry and asks for forgiveness after recognizing his fault. I answered him, i want to forgive him, because Jesus tells us to do so and its nothing special to forgive someone who is sorry, but what makes us children of God is to forgive and still love who hurts us. Anyway, this happened a week ago, and i kept thinking about this person, and asking God to help him and see his fault and ask for repentance.
    Last saturday i went to a thrift store with my father not even thinking about Tennis or anything related to rackets. I was standing and looking at a wall with memoribilia hanged on it and at the left end a big beautiful wooden rosary was hanging there, i looked at it and told my father we should get this, it deserves a better place than here, so we went closer and directly below it i saw a basket at the ground full of rackets, at the top there was a pro staff classic i asked the salesman whats the price on this, he said 10euros and because its a special 50% sale day once a year (i didnt even knew about it), 5 euro for this basket (!!!) full of rackets, it just came in a few hours ago as a donation, i didnt look at it closer i just bought it and back at home i started realizing what i just bought also with help from reading in this forum several threads, i didnt really know alot about rackets just in general that pro staff is something ... good.
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    From Left to right: Wilson Pro Staff Original 6.0 85'/ Wilson Pro Staff Original 6.0 85'/ Head Prestige Classic 600 Made in Austria / Wilson Pro Staff Classic 6.1 16*18 / Wilson Pro Staff Classic 6.1 18*20 / Wilson Ultra Kevlar 110' / Wilson Hammer 6.2 (Skunk) 100' / Fischer Elliptic

    They are all in really really good condition, some dont even have a scratch, its crazy. I couldnt believe it.

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    we also got the rosary its now hanging in our home :D

    I am very thankful for this gift from God, and hope you read and enjoy this posting, i wish you all the best :)

    Peace
     
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    AMEN!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Nice find!
     
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    Fantastic! and you have a wonderful outlook on life. Thank you for sharing.

    And those are excellent playing frames - enjoy them! Although I bet you'll probably end up giving a few away. But sell a couple to fund your tennis.
    Anyhow please keep us posted and we would love to see pics
     
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    I know what you mean about the pea size sweet spot and hiten would turn into a snow shoe. I also have a few nice ones, I believe one with some nat gut at low tension. Hope you make it to the courts, Im sure you will enjoy the experience.
     
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    I think you will love hitting the Head Prestige Classic and the Wilson Classic 6.1. The Wilson ps85 maybe a bit stiff but also a keeper. Somebody donated some nice classics and I glad they made it your way.
     
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    Found this at Goodwill over the weekend but can't find it pictured/described/for sale anywhere to know who makes it and/or any other info. Strings are tensioned much higher than my wood racket, the leather grip looks new, and racket is otherwise in almost perfect condition. Not tennis, I know, but for $2. I couldn't say no.

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    I wouldn't normally complain but given that they've jacked up the prices something terribly I feel entitled of doing so. Found a Comp 1 for 2€ there.
     
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    In one store I found:
    - a W2000 (first one I ever saw)
    - a Head AMF director (graphite)
    - one Dunlop maxply McEnroe
    - a Dunlop Lady Maxply
    - 2 Donnay Borg Pro's (second edition)
    - one Donnay Borg allwood
    - one Dunlop power pro 700
    I like the Donnay's best
     
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    At the shop getting my stick strung up on Saturday and an older couple were next to me at the counter and I was drooling over their immaculate condition Head PT 280. They told me they found it at Goodwill with the plastic still on the handle and bought it for $4. I was like wtf!!??
     
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    I found a couple of AMF Head Masters and a worn out Dunlop Maxply Fort...left them on the shelves.
     
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    Found a Lady Maxply in nice shape. I left it
     
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    On the hunt for Yonex RX32 and 37.
     
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    Every 4-5 years we have a woodies-tournament, and I deliver and string the racquets.

    Edit: I think I do have ~100 woodies, 60 "ready to play"
     
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    $6 Slazenger graphite comp MP - Ncode cover, broken string, looks like a shank...
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    $6 Prince Thunderstick oversize longbody - inc cover, many broken strings
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    $6 Prince Force Extender - inc cover, many broken strings
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    $3 Prince Michael Change Precision Graphite Oversize inc original cover
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    Pretty good condition overall, just need new basic strings & overgrips.

    Was another Prince racket but had a massive crack in frame.

    [sarcasm intended] Whatever shall I do with broken strings & nasty grips ? [/sarcasm intended]
     
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    Interesting conundrum...how to handle(!) these old rackets. The early PU grips just fall apart and many are actually gooey! Then the goo transfers to the frame or the next racket you're inspecting! I think gloves might make the problem even worse. Never mind the germs held in these things!!! I'm having a heck of a time going through my '70s and '80s sticks!!! Most of the older leather grips are OK(except for the 'gauze tape' on some; but the overwraps and PU grips are just YUCK! Who knew???(Actually, I knew...just haven't tried to deal with 3-4 dozen at one time!)
     

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