Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. atatu

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    Sadly, the market for used racquets is very small, hence used racquet prices do not hold at all. The majority of folks who are looking to buy a racquet are content with a $20 aluminum racquet from walmart, hence in their minds why would they pay $20 for a used racquets with scratches and nicks on it.
     
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    You have no clue. (That's as politely as I can say it.)
     
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    I can only speak from my experience. I have tried to sell some very nice racquets on Craigslist for cheap. A 2014 pro staff 90 that has less than 30 minutes use on it for $60. Have several people offer me $20 and when I declined their offer, the response I get is they can go to Walmart and get a brand new Federer racquet for $18 instead. Got tired of it and just decided to keep to hang on my wall.

    Case in point as well, those two Craigslist post for racquets Atatu posted is still available, after 9 and 20 days respectively.
     
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    Craigslist is not the easiest place to sell items. It requires personal contact and a meeting time so I agree with that.

    It's much easier to sell on here (TennisTalk) or on that auction site. There's obviously a nice market for used racquets; otherwise, Tennis Warehouse wouldn't be buying and selling used racquets. You give two anecdotal examples of which both are poor. The one listed above which isn't clear what is being sold from the vague title and your own. I can tell you my sales fund my tennis and have for multiple years. I buy from people like you and resell (flip) and I fund my ball machine, stringing machine, balls, strings, shoes, you name it. I'd love to get those racquets at $25 and resell between $75-125 each..... Easy money!

    You'll probably decide that I am only one but I'm not. The members here know who we are. Most probably consider me a collector (my wife does). I don't. I just like flipping the racquets I find by getting them into the hands of the real collectors and they're usually very happy to pay me handsomely for the oddball I occasionally find.

    If you don't believe me, you should check the classifieds here and at stringforum. The prices might amaze you. You could easily get $60 + shipping for your racquet. Geez. I bet someone has already offered you the money.
     
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    Great finds.

    One of my better Craigslist finds was two pairs of Prince EXO3 Tour racquets - one pair of 16x18 and one pair 18x20 - back when they were still new on the market. Three of the racquets had plastic on the handle and one was in 9+ condition. $200 total. I used them for about 2 years and sold them for more than I paid for them.

    I've also picked up a St Vincent for around $20.

    As of late it's been pretty slim pickings.
     
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    Hi dak95, I absolutely don't doubt you at all, I guess I should have said "from my personal experience" and not apply my experience as whole, since I guess I am not into/familiar with the used gear selling world..
     
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  8. Steve_j_theo

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    Picked up a Head Elektra Pro in pristine condition for $8, with case too :)
     
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    Score. For realZ.
     
  10. dak95_00

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    Picked up two i.Prestige mids and a Microgel Radical MP and left behind because I wasn't carrying enough money a Flexpoint Radical MP, Liquidmetal Radical MP, Wilson 6.1 Classic 95, and a Wilson HyperHammer 5.3 95. I might have to go back for some if not all of the others.

    These were at the upper threshold of my dollar range but still cheaper (barely) than the craigslist post shared above.
     
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    Just got a brand new Head Ti. Pro Tour here in Aus for $30 shipped to me so about equal to $20 USD which I thought was a bargain!

    I know some say they play terrible but to me they just look so good
     
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    Steve does it again!!! So you selling this to me Steve? Or Mr PT?
     
  13. Steve_j_theo

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    Keeping it Nigel, matches my Elite Pro's :)
     
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    All good my friend. Will swing by when the warm weather comes to say Hi
     
  15. Steve_j_theo

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    Still interested in the Head Graphite Pro Nigel?
     
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    Hey Steve, probably. Will have to check it out in the next couple of weeks?
     
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    Nice haul for $25 total at Goodwill today. Most of the racquets have moderate wear and tear, but the Liquidmetal Prestige mid is minty. In addition to the Prestige, there are two Dunlop Aerogel 300 Tours and a Prince Red 105. And something called an Oliver Giant 725, which I bought out of pure curiosity.

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    this is actually amazing
     
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    Saturday mornings can be productive at this particular Goodwill, but in five years of looking here, I'd only ever found vintage racquets. To find a load of "modern" racquets is quite a shock.
     
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    I saw a T2000 today for $3.75. I really don't pick up frames to collect but rather hit with. The T2000 has never seemed that appealing to me from a playability standpoint, am I wrong? Is it worth taking for a spin?
     
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    I always restring the frames too and am admittedly too lazy to figure this one out which also plays into my apprehension for this frame.
     
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    A couple years ago when I was doing a lot of thrift shopping I would see these everywhere. I think one day there were t2000 or t3000s at four of the five shops I went to. I have never purchased one or have any intention to.
     
  23. joe sch

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    Gene, Keep on searching and writing these outstanding posts. The Mag Pros are a great find as they were maybe the best playing metals of all time. They even won some championships, like the t2000s. Pat Cash did like em ...

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    If you find a strung t2000 then I suggest getting it for a try. Nice swinger for the flat hitter. Hated by the stringers. Piece of tennis history because of Jimmy Connors.
     
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    It's the best playing trampoline you can find for money.
    I mean, 3.75? Take it out for a hit, it might be fun. If so, invest in a string job, if not, pass it on / get ride of it if you don't collect :)
     
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    Nah...best thing you could do with a T2000 nowadays is use it for wall art.

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    I like playing with the T2000 when hitting for fun. I've made it a rule that I'd never spend more than $3 for one. They are heavy and powerful. It's amazing how you can generate strokes with that small head.

    I just sold all of mine on that auction site at $5 each in a lot of ten.
     
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    Just picked up a Puma Onyx Sabre, brand new, plastic on the handle. Nice metallic gray with white and red pin striping. Weird head shape, but has the same neck shape as the old Becker racquets. $6.99. The shame of it is that I forgot the sweet, classic head cover at the thrift store. Haven't strung it up yet. Probably will just use some basic, classic syn. gut.
     
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    I'm trying to downsize and it's time to admit I have a sickness.

    I bought a Dunlop Black Max because it has a bumper. I've never seen one with a bumper guard before. It's in great shape, has a 4 1/4 grip, and was $4. I couldn't stop myself!!!!! :(
     
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    hang on, I thought you just bought things to flip? or is this just a sales pitch? ;-)
     
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    I like to tell my wife and myself that. It gets difficult when I'm at over 60 racquets. Who needs 60+ racquets?

    I also think..... Maybe this one will be my grail.
     
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    Found a Wilson Chris evert wooden racquet today for 2$.... But slightly warped ;(
     
  33. Steve_j_theo

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    Found a weird Blackburn pro 97 double sided racket. Weirdest in my collection, and prolly a b*tch to string :)
     
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    Many of you kids know I stopped playing a half dozen years ago and haven't even set foot on a court in the last 3(Doc "offered" to replace both knees about 5 years ago...I said 'No thanks'). I took an original T2000 with factory International nylon in it to hit some balls for the pup to chase(It's so windy here, my arm would fall off trying to throw far enough!). Before I hit the first ball, I told my DW and a couple of neighbors that I could hit the ball the distance of 6 townhouses...to the end of the walk. Told them I would aim for the steps(maybe 5 feet wide) at the end of the walk. Not sure if they thought that was a bit ambitious; but I fired off one forehand and hit the steps on about the fourth bounce!!! Too bad they don't have a seniors' tour for hitting balls for the dog to chase!!! The T2000 could be the official "ball launcher" :)

    The older I get, the better I was!!!
     
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    I was at a yard sale a couple years ago and asked if they were selling any racquets. The seller said she had one that she used to launch balls for her dog. Upon returning from the garage with it I saw it was a T2000. I let her keep it.
     
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    Found 2 single green stripe POG 110's for 5$ each at a local Talize :)
     
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    Way to go CoachRick.
     
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    Steve ya killing me!!
     
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    5.95! Great condition and case. I like the fact that it's a classic, great colors, and an unusual throat design so I'll use it for some Vollaix promo pics.
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    Got a head youtek mojo for 4$
     
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    "The Mag Pros are a great find as they were maybe the best playing metals of all time."

    the magnesium pro was the only tennis racket ever sponsored by the American Orthopods Assn. Business was a little slow and they wanted 100,000 new wrist/elbow/shoulder cases!

    The only racket I have ever demoed and put down after 2 minutes because it hurt so much...
     
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    A Pro Staff 85 St-Vincent (KHQ), in very good shape. Paid $35 through classifieds.
    The grip was showing a gap, so I decided to re-wrap it and it crumbled on me! lol
    So I installed a newer, and tannier, Fairway grip.

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    Awesome pickup! Reading your find reminded me that I had found one just like yours a few years back! Had to look in my storage closet to make sure I still have it! New with plastic on the handle too! What are the odds?!

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    Pulled the trigger on a Rossi F200 (Mats Wilander Autograph) on the Swiss auction site some days back...mainly because, the frame was slightly different compared to my other 2 F200s and I was hoping it was in ok shape, as the stencil was visible on the picture...but not too many details, really. Oh, and I got it for the minimum price of around 1$ + 10$ for shipping. What I received today, was an F200 in 9.9 condition - not a scratch to the frame. Only the original Rossi leather has suffered a bit during many years of storage... a beauty :)
     
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    I was browsing CL because I got the bug to hit with a wood racquet, made contact with a guy who had a Jack Kramer Speed Flex. When I met him he explained that his father who passed away was the plant manager for wilson in Illinois and this frame belonged to him. It is factory strung, never hit with, no warp or wear. The seller showed me a picture of his father with Jack Kramer and Stan Smith, I should have asked if I could have a copy of that.

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    One guy at the thrift shop I frequent tried pushing a warped Donnay junior stick on me, I couldn't care less. Especially when they wanted 15€ for it.

    Kinda wish I didn't pass up on that Wilson Profile DTK the time before I went there last though...
     
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    :eek::eek::eek:wow!!

    All they ever have at any Goodwill I go to are 4 or 5 broken/bent aluminum and wood racquets!
     
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    These are awesome. Especially that Prince Spectrum Comp - I was able to get two of them in the last 6 months from Salvation Army. They are mid plus racquets that play awesome - 102 head that plays much better than PCG 100 - like POG 107 in mid plus size
     
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    I still do play with that old prince spectrum comp sometimes.... and still love it. But mine is not mid...
     
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    I am always puzzled, when heads over 100in are called mid plus.
     

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