Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. michael_1265

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    Thanks for the tip! I will check my Entertainment Book tonight.

    PIAS hooked me up last week. I turned in three racquets I considered low value: An old Prince XLT, one of those bridged aluminium transitional racquets by Wilson, and a beat up Pro-Kennex Dominator. I expected maybe $17 for the three (I had about $5 into them total), and I got $30. Not so bad.
     
  2. GoSurfBoy

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    3 x Wilson 'Stars & Stripes' 85's for $45.

    Too much to qualify? :-?
     
  3. TCTEN

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    That is awesome, especially if they're in good shape. Well done man. I'd be happy to give you $20 for one of em.:wink:
     
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    $15 a frame? Sure.

    I consider anything priced at or below a tenth of what it used to sell for a real bargain.

    Just for fun, I recently bought a Wilson Profile Hammer 2.7 110 for $4 at Goodwill. Not that I really intend to use it. I got it as an example of one end of the spectrum of tennis rackets from the early 90s.

    Large head, low static weight but headheavy, thick widebody cross section (39 mm), 18x20 string pattern, and a MSRP of $300 in 1991.

    Plus it looks dark and mean.

    Toward the other end of the spectrum, last week I picked up a Yamaha YCR 124 for $0.54 tax included, it was 25% off $0.69.
     
  5. michael_1265

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    Toward the other end of the spectrum, last week I picked up a Yamaha YCR 124 for $0.54 tax included, it was 25% off $0.69.

    I thought my Prince, at $.99, would hold the low price title.....ugh
     
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    Rossignol F200 Carbon.

    Only a few miniscule paint chips.

    Thrift store.

    $8.00. :)
     
  7. VGP

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    FWIW, before the Yamaha YCR 124 I picked up a Prince Precision Response PL660 for $0.74, tax included.

    It has an intact Wilson Sensation stringjob. No buttcap trapdoor or grip and the bumperguard was worn through to the frame. Nothing some black athletic tape couldn't cover up. Used the tape as the grip too. Funny thing that putting an overgrip on the thing cost more than the frame itself.
     
  8. michael_1265

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    That is a nice find. I found two of those at a local thrift in nice shape, but I paid $3 a frame. I got ripped off:cry:
     
  9. VGP

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    No you didn't. I'd gladly pay 4 times more for the same frame in better condition. :)

    C'mon, it's the frame of the 1997 USO men's singles champ!
     
  10. michael_1265

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    Yeah, I was kidding. And they went to a good cause: A 3.0 friend of mine, who is out of work, broke his racquet. I sold these to him at cost (he wouldn't have taken them for free). He had a crap Wal-Mart racquet to start, and I hope now that he understands what a real stick feels like.
     
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    Jack Kramer Autograph.. 4 bucks at Goodwill. Looks like it was played with once and stuffed in a closet. And I got a giant, plush Krusty the Clown. 98 cents. Steal!
     
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  12. I Heart Thomas Muster

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    Had a close call at my Goodwill this morning while waiting for an oil change. Beautiful looking Pro Staff 6.0 85 with what looked like the original fairway leather grip and it's the model that didn't have a head guard but was in amazing shape. As I got closer the heavens opened, angels sang and a ray of light shone on the racquet. I couldn't believe I finally would have my Goodwill Holy Grail. I picked her up and the condition did not disappoint but as I looked her over there was a crack the size of Texas at head near the tie off hole. I may go back after work and get it anyway. For $4.99 might as well. Just it was very disappointing to see that crack. I wanted to string her up.
     
  13. I Heart Thomas Muster

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    Took a quick snap
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  14. evantsung

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    Hitting Partner?

    For that price, definitely pick it up!! I've got a bunch of playable racquets if you want to trade. Also saw you were looking for a hitting partner in Hacienda Heights area. I'm in same situation as you. Moved from San Gabriel to La Habra about a year ago and only got together with my hitting partners a handful of time bc of distance. If you want to meetup for a hit, I can drive over the hill to meet you in HH. You can PM me at evan at kblgroupintl dot com.
     
  15. VGP

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    It could make a decent wall ornament (if you're into that sort of thing).

    You could scrounge off a couple of grommets, the buttcap and the grip.

    Then do a P1-style dissection of the frame......
     
  16. I Heart Thomas Muster

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    The more pertinent question is if my wife allows tennis racquet wall ornaments. Cutting it up sounds more fun though. Unfortunately I don't have the tools to slice her in half lengthwise.

    I'm heading back tomorrow morning to pick it up. There was also a Prince Pro. I think that's what it's called. The Jay Berger frame. If nothing else a few pick ups will make my collection in "Post Pictures of your Racquets and Tennis Gear" look more impressive.
     
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    A few weeks ago , I found and bought a new pair of Rossignol Parabolic ski, brand new (no holes drilled) size 170cm for only 7.99 I looked on **** and it was going for $99 used .

    Now to go look for bindings for these . . . . and some way and stuff....
     
  18. robbo1970

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    Best I got was a mint condition Dunlop Alpha woodie, L2, for 40p.

    Some people selling these things just dont know what theyve got.

    I know its not a top end woodie, but in that condition its still worth more than 40p.
     
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    I am the luckiest man ALIVE, snagged a Head Elite Pro at the goodwill. I felt it too this time. I hardly ever go to this goodwill cause its in the next town, but I had a sudden urge to go and I had a feeling there was a Pro Series there I was saying Head Pro in the car while driving there, as got out of the car I was thinking no way. I rushed my way to the tennis rackets (as I usually do) and I spotted this Christmas green racket and was thinking nah can't be, and taking a closer look it was. After the initial shock of obtaining one of the 7 wonders of rackets, I then realized I was thinking about Pro Series right before... I almost lost my mind.

    Grommets are awful it had head tape on it and I peeled off Half the caps while pulling them off. Looks like I'll be buying new CAP's soon
     
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    Nicely done, KW. I'm a little envious, to be honest, but love to hear stories like this nevertheless.

    Little rays of hope in a tough world! :)
     
  21. michael_1265

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    Found a nice Head Composite Master for 99 cents today. I can't resist "old school" graphites. The grommets on this thing are so brittle that you can't breathe on them without pieces falling off.
     
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    A couple years ago, I found a prince graphite 110.

    The funny thing is, I told my friend before I went inside that I would find that exact racket. I had a feeling since I knew the racket would look kinda weird to normal people and they would leave it alone.

    My pal was pretty surprised when I came back to the car holding the racket.
     
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    Here's the haul I made today'
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    Walked out of a "Saver's" store with everything in the photo (except the sofa
    :wink:) for a paltry $9. Needless to say I also exited with a big smile on my face. Both frames show signs of use but they are very playable, I would put the PS woodie at 7/10 condition and the Staff 85 at 8 to 8.5/10 plus an old 6 pack bag to boot. I'm anxious to give them both a try out on the court especially the 85. I've never been a big PS 85 guy (a little stiff for my tastes) but if I'm not mistaken the JK Staff should play a bit softer due to the 20% fiberglass vs the 20% kevlar that the PS has.
     
  24. zapvor

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    we all need to open a museum. good stuff!
     
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    have fun finding replacement grommets! :)
     
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    ^^^^ Yeah, I know.

    I posted about getting the same frame some time back for 69 cents at a thrift store near me.

    The frame is good, but the plastic was shot. I stripped it and now it's just sitting in the basement as a potential project.
     
  27. michael_1265

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    There was a thread here that I will have to search detailing what grommets will work with this racquet.
     
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    It is not quite a thrift store, but on Craigslist, I found a Max 200g for $10, and I am considering the 1 hr drive to get it.
     
  29. TCTEN

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    I would, its a great racquet IMO.
     
  30. pshulam

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    +1 it's not very often a bargain like that appears at CL.
     
  31. mad dog1

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    i attached some pics of the Graphite Master that i replaced the grommets using a LM Rad OS grommet set in that thread. good luck.
     
  32. coachrick

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    PIAS rather than 'thrift store' so the price was a bit higher; but my latest find is a Puma Top Speed Lady with the PCS handle. It's got a few scratches on the bumperless frame; but otherwise looks great in all its purple and white glory. Original 'white' grip and even has the cat stenciled in the strings. I sold Puma rackets for the year after Becker won Wimbledon and I was not familiar with this model. Perhaps this one was not originally sold in the States.

    Also scored a Yamaha Bronze 90 in very clean condition...original leather grip. Bit of a club at 12 3/4oz strung...pretty stout for a 4 1/4 :)
     
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  33. dlesser13

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    The PAIS off anderson was absolutely loaded with rackets like 2 weeks ago when I was there. They had everything rackets coming out of the ceilings. They also had a fair amount of vintage strings lying around. But you are right, most of them are overpriced because people who bring in their rackets set a price for what they want for it.
     
  34. coachrick

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    Yeah, I chatted with the manager about the strings and the Gamma electronic stringer they have on the floor(dropping the price to $1K, I believe). I wish someone would weed out the really stupid rackets/prices so we could actually get to the stock more easily. For example, there was a Kennex ?Diamond? Ace a couple of weeks ago, still with the GoodWill 2.99 sticker on it, cracked all the way through the side of the hoop. The price was either $19.99 or $24.99...silly.
     
  35. Thepowerofchoice

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    I came home from work and my wife handed me a new tennis magazine and she said "Here is your late Christmas gift 1 year subscription and this one just came in. I also saw bunch of old racquets today at salvation army so you should check them out. They are also 50% off" I ran out of the house and here what I saw sitting in the bin. She definitely won a few brownie points for sure***to be continued***

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  36. michael_1265

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    You probably have sold them as these are still in demand.:)
     
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    Yes I sold most of them but still have some nice Pro Staff,old Radicals and some nice midsize Heads that I'm hitting with.
     
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    I found a wilson prostaff classic 6.1 si in good condition with cover for $4.

    This is my second best find at a local thrift store. The previous one was Head Ti Radical MP for $1. I don't think i can beat this any day...
     
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    Well done. I've told this story before...I spotted a nearly new Fairway grip attached to what I recognized as a Kramer Staff sticking handle-up from a pile of 'stuff' at GW. I slinked over to check it out and unfortunately, the top of the racket had a nearly perfect V-shaped indention in the entire top of the hoop! The racket was still marked $6.99, IIRC. Worth it for the Fairway, I reckon ;) .
     
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    Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 (Sampras/St. Vincent model) for $2.00. Sold for a tad over $200.

    Donny Flex Pro (one of the beautiful racquet models ever, IHMO) for $2.00 Sold for $85.00
     
  43. Hannah19

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    Found a PS 85 St Vincent for U$100 in mint condition (not at a thrift store though), sold for U$504,00 last week.
     
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    ^ I'm all for thrift-shop flipping as much as the next guy but can we keep the louche "anything you can do..." braggadocio to a minimum and just enjoy this thread as place to celebrate our vintage finds and hunter-gatherer successes?
     
  45. Don't Let It Bounce

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    I found an early St. Vincent PS 85 (Edberg-style, no bumper) for $13.99 at PIAS. It has a noticeable chip in the throat section, but it was still a thrill. Though I knew it was too clichéd a reaction for anything other than real life, I was unable to stop myself from seizing it and then glancing first to the left and then to the right.

    Man, I'd love one of those – I'd have to have the cover too, though – and I'm not normally even particularly interested in woodies.
     
  46. Hannah19

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    Point taken.....I just could'nt resist.
    Anyway, just found a nice Snauwaert Fibre Comp with alu press in the local thriftstore for U$0.79 (€0.50)!!
     
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    Look out 'Words with Friends' ! I got me some new ammunition!!! :)
     
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    ^^ Glad to be of assistance :)
     
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    Interestingly, and a bit out of character for Texas, I believe; the city is considering a policy to require 'thrift stores' and pawn shops to hold merchandise for X number of days...this pertaining to electronics and jewelry primarily, and recording/reporting the serial numbers of certain types of merchandise.

    NOW, that doesn't apply to tennis rackets at this point. HOWEVER, with the 'flipping' numbers like the ones mentioned earlier, it's possible that stolen tennis rackets could become a new currency ! :)

    The Proposal:

    "City and law enforcement officials want to expand the number of secondhand shops required to file their transactions with the Austin Police Department.

    A proposed policy would require businesses to share their records with authorities daily using a free online reporting system and would include those selling jewelry and used electronic goods that can be tracked by serial numbers, such as film and audio equipment, musical instruments, video games and cellphones. It also would mandate secondhand shops dealing with those often-stolen items to hold the used merchandise for 10 days before putting it on shelves.

    Store owners would only have to wait seven days to sell jewelry if they upload a photo of the precious metals to the information bank.

    For the Police Department's property crimes unit, the proposed rules would mean "a quicker, more convenient way to find stolen items," Detective Clay Cobb said. Having such information in a centralized database would allow investigators to match up serial numbers and recover property in a way they have never been able to before, he said. " From the Austin-Statesman Newspaper
     
  50. petercoffey

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    These are all thrift store purchases...it's a little hit or miss but this is what I found over a few months....I feel like I've rescued these fine frames from certain destruction
     

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