Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. PT630Wannabe

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    Very head light. Great for doubles!
     
  2. mixtape

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    Saw a large trash bin full of racquets and didn't find anything worthy but I did find this PS 6.0 midplus 95 for $7 hiding behind some framed artwork. I think someone tried to hide it to pick it up later. Oh well...:cool:

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  3. Henry Hub

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    Stumbled upon and quickly shelled out £50 for this new Vantage with bag - bit pricey for a charity shop purchase but probably worth it, I reckon?
     
  4. MrRandom247

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    Wilson Profile Mid - $5 inc cover, good condition
    Prince Spectrum Ltd Ed 110 - $5, bright yellow frame, grip has expired.
    Pro Kennex Pearl Ace MP - $5, a few scuffed paint marks, white & black paint details

    Dunlop squash racket (purple) - $5
    Squash Master racket (orange) - $5
     
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  5. Sarcastic

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    Saw these two today and passed on them. The Donnay had never been hit with. The grip had been man handled in the the thrift store though.
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    Picked up a rossignol Vectris 9000 DP and a tecnifibre racket bag for 99p each. For the London charity shoppers, that was in oxfam at Dalton Jct (Dalton is not bad for rackets but specialises in uninspiring mid-Noughties Slazenger rackets). Of more interest, if anyone's in the market for a pair of Fischer Fascinations (apparently unknown to google) or a Lew Hoad wooden Conquest racket (with ankh), I'd recommend a trip to the Salvation Army shop on Mare Street...
     
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    Actually picked this up yesterday at a thrift store for $2. Strings were broken so I clipped them. Chicago wilson 85. 9/10 condition. Sold on **** for $100 today. I have a st. Vincent in my collection so no need for this one.
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  8. frinton

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    A couple of finds in the last weeks, in different thrift-stores and on the Swiss-bay:
    • Break Fearless (Break was the tennis-brand of major retailer Migros in the 70s to 90s or so). My guess is, that the were made by Snauwaert, I love the "especially made for Switzerland" print. One is a grip 2, one a grip 4, both almost like new.[​IMG]
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    • CIS Woodline Wing from Intersport, produced in Italy by SIRT - brand new with plastic over the leather grip[​IMG]

    • Wilson Chris Evert Professional Champ - almost like new...love the design.
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    • Snauwaert Brian Gottfried Flex - in very nice shpae[​IMG]

    • Snauwart Vitas Gerulaitis Autograph, not in great shape and unfortunately with broken strings.
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    • Head Special Edition Pro Mid Plus - like new with a beautiful Head leather grip (feels almost as tacky as a Fairway), unfortunately a grip 5. Came with the fluffiest, thickest cover I have ever seen on a racket (for 1 racket)
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    • Last but not least, my 3rd Bumblebee, finally one in my grip-size and it's the one that is in best shape out of the 3, so I offered it a dark-grey/blue Fairway in.
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  9. vsbabolat

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    I have an SE Pro too. its 100% graphite.
     
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  10. Sarcastic

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    That Snauwaert is one I've always wanted to find and hit with.


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  11. frinton

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    Which one?


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  12. Sarcastic

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    The Vitas


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  13. Antónis

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    The Vitas was my second racquet, very fond memories of it
    Very nice pick, by the way
     
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    First post for me. I'm glad to see so many fellow bargain hunters. My glory story is spotting a ProStaff case (sorry, I don't know PS models well, but it was a blue case with a name something like 6.1 printed on it). I opened it to check out the condition and inside was a Prince Precision Mono, in about 7/10 condition. Just $5.00!

    I'm trying to decide whether a 9/10 Black Max for $20 is worth picking up at another shop.
     
  15. dak95_00

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    Not unless you're just dying to own and use it.

    The Mono is worth 10 times the $5 you paid.
     
  16. PT630Wannabe

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    Found this very clean Wilson Avenger. Same mold as the PS85 and according to Dino's RDC log an RA of 49. Static weight of 381g. Hit with it today and it is really marvelous. Low SW and does not at all feel like 381g. Dreamy volleys. $7 at Goodwill.

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    Nice Avenger specimen there PT630Wannabe!

    I found a 93 sq inch version a few months ago, but left it behind because it needed more work than I was willing to do...have too many racquet projects now, LoL.

    I did snap this pic...I don't know if its a 'ceramic' version or just a white pj...
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  18. PT630Wannabe

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    ^^^*I have one of those too. Actually compared them today. I think I prefer the 85 version. I hit a bit long with the 93.
     
  19. MrRandom247

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    After much dreaming & a little begging to the tennis gods, I own:
    Wilson Pro Staff 85, seems a St Vincent.
    All caps PRO STAFF font with rounded 'P'
    no mention of 6.0
    white buttcap red [W] code below OTA or QTA logo with (R) trademark.
    small white PWS logos
    little red flecks at some grommet holes.
    has a small black bumper guard
    comes with correct carry bag.
    in about 8/10 condition
    Strung with Price Tournament nylon.
    Finally...
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  20. ItalianStallion

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    I saw a Mitt Rocker tennis racquet this weekend, looked to be a wide body and 110 size - not in great shape, so left it behind.
     
  21. Henry Hub

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    Latest finds have been a pro staff classic 6.1 si in Golders Green for a pittance (UGP code, bumper has some scrapes but otherwise scrubbed up well) and an unused Wilson staff comp high beam for a tenner in Wimbledon Village (may have overpaid).

    For other London charity shoppers, Wimbledon shops are finally bringing out their racket stock - oxfam near the station has a well used Head Magnum Plus for £3, a Prince Thunder Longbody 820 and a nice Slazenger gilesport woodie plus the usual flotsam. Meanwhile oxfam up in the village has a batch of mediocre Dunlops and Wilsons but pride of place is given to a Snauwaert gold seal which may be of interest. Speaking of Snauwaert, there's a Speedshaft in the All Aboard on Finchley Rd.
     
  22. PT630Wannabe

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    Just found another Pro Kennex Copper Ace for $5 (CDN). Really glad to have a pair now. The QC on these is impressive. Both racquets are 340g on the nose.
     
  23. graycrait

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    Anyone ever see a Babolat Aero Pro Drive in a thrift store? I keep looking and hoping:) I want one but don't want to pay serious money for one.
     
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    Just saw a nice condition 22x28 pattern mid size Rucanor, yesterday. It looked like a copy of some old Wilson or possibly Head...
    Didn't pick it up...
     
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    Also found a pair of bumble bees. [​IMG][​IMG]

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  26. dak95_00

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    Berry, berry nice! I like!
     
  27. ItalianStallion

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    ^^^^^^^^ Nice finds!
    All I found this weekend was a Prince Spectrum Comp 110, and a Wilson HyperHammer 5.5 - left them both behind for someone else to enjoy!
     
  28. Sarcastic

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    This one has me stumped. It looks to be injection molded and made of Nylon and fiberglass? It's made with materials from DuPont according to the sticker on the butt. Unpainted, unfinished still has seams from the mold. Leather grip. $5.00
    Any ideas?
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    I didn't pick it up but may tomorrow just for curiosity sake.


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  29. vsbabolat

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    It kind of look like a Max400i but doesn't. What country are you in?
     
  30. Sarcastic

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    The backwards "country" of California .


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  31. vsbabolat

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    That is one unique and interesting find at a goodwill in California! Probably an estate donated that racquet.
     
  32. Henry Hub

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    With Wimbledon upon us, the London charity shops have upped their games, finally bringing out the rackets that have been squirrelled away for the past 12 months. Some of my recent acquisitions:

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    Fresh condition Head Comfort Edge in Richmond for £20 - there's another one on the other side of the bridge along with a lot of Wilson Hammers.

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    Practically unblemished pro staff classic 6.1 si, UGP stamp on the buttcap, a tenner in Golders Green.

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    Volkl v-engine tour 9 in great condition other than a bumper that's starting come away a little and despite the materials they used at the base of the hoop just seeming to attract grot. Hit with it last night and it is a veritable spin behemoth. £2 in Fulham Broadway (Sue Ryder I think). They had a bucket of rackets - most interesting other one was a well used yonex RX of some description - 200 maybe?)

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    Donnay Rusedski Tour supermidsize for £12 in the BHF in Fulham Broadway. Practically unmarked, couple of scrapes on the bumper. They also have a bucket with a Dunlop pro 510 tb, a babolat y118 and some others.

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    Lightly chipped Slazenger Vilas International frame, £1 with bag in East Putney. Love the titles set out on the head.

    And the best...

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    Muswell Hill has a ton of charity shops with bugger all of interest to the wild-eyed obsessive racket collector like your humble correspondent. There was only one racket in the whole village. It was, however, an absolute pearler. Faded golden grand slam max 200G (serial no 23), with its gold-tinged strings and original black fairway grip. Snatched from its hiding place at the back of the shop and presented for payment of the princely sum of £6.50, all the while mumbling "My preciousssss" under my breath.

    If there is any interest in seeing it, I'll post the pic of the Lafourcade Aquilon (no, me neither) I stumbled on near Twickenham and picked up for curiosity value (£5).
     
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    Duuuuuuude. I want that Volkl.
     
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    Wow! Amazing... how could you not pick it up? I'd want that thing ;-)


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    Great stuff! Please share some pics of that Lafourcade Aquilon... whatever it is ;-)


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  36. MrRandom247

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    $5 - Prince Precision 90 - made 1988, good condition

    Left behind
    Head Genesis widebody good condition
    Prince Precision - burgundy paint scheme - cracked grommets
     
  37. vsbabolat

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    Comfort Edge!
     
  38. retrowagen

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    Excellent finds!

    I lived near Twickenham (East Sheen) as a teenager in the mid-1980's; miss it!
     
  39. Sarcastic

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    Best purchases-working mcintosh receiver-$25-Sulka cashmere sportcoat-$4.00-Vintage Braun German speakers $10- Ferragamo Croc croc shoes $4.00-Vilas Head wooden frame New 4.00 Head Trisys 300 Suspension grip (2) $3.00 ea.
    Good luck at Goodwill
     
  41. Sarcastic

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    Amazing deal on that receiver!!!


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  42. Sarcastic

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    Here's a couple more.
    Molded in power pads.
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    And writing on the grip. I can't make it out but someone here may know what it says. I put in two different photos . Each captures different letters better.
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  43. MrRandom247

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    $5 Head Genesis 600 - Made in Austria, chunky widebody. very good condition
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    Your guess is as good as mine...

    Presenting the enigmatic Lafourcade Aquilon - some kind of wood composite with quite the fetching llama logo:

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    Head Vilas (£2 from top of Holloway Rd):

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    Wilson Reflex 90 (and a Sting Midsize, not pictured) - £4 in West Hampstead. Any info on the Reflex would be much appreciated:

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    Finally, the Farah shop in Southfields has 3 buckets of rackets and an interesting wooden Rossignol in the window display. I plumped for a £4 Dunlop 400i XAS:

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    1. $10 Donnay Pro One Limited Edition supermidsize - restring tag from 1996 - 8/10 strings OK, sticky grip, wilson dampener
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    2. $10 Donnay Pro One Limited Edition supermidsize - restring tag from 1996 - 7/10 broken strings, sticky grip, rox pro dampener
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    3. $5 Wellington brand midplus - blue, orange, silver black & paintjob, never heard of this , looks like a fake Wilson even with PWS- couple of head chips, strings OK, nasty grip. Easy fixup with magic marker, 2nd hand grip & elastic band dampener to be offloaded fast.
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    4. $10 Donnay red racket bag
     
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  46. ItalianStallion

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    A Yonex RQ-120 Widebody for $2.98 - decent shape, minimal scratches and a new replacement grip. My wife liked it and bought it.

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  47. vsbabolat

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    That Max400i looks so cool!
     
  48. therecanbeonlyone

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    I just picked up a Dunlop Black Max, the 16x19 version. Looks to be in really good condition. I'm excited to get it on the court.
     
  49. dak95_00

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    Does it have a bumper guard?
     
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    No bumper guard.
     

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