Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

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  1. therecanbeonlyone

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    Educate me, on This bumper guard question, if you will. As I understand it, there were many different versions of the Black Max. This one is the mid (85 or so square inches), no number guard, 16x19 with no shared holes. The butt cap is extremely faded, so can't tell much there.
     
  2. dak95_00

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    I honestly don't know much about them. I've found a few. None have had shared holes. I guess I could study more pics from the auction site though. They're all 85 or so. I've got one with a bumper and I've never seen another like it.
     
  3. PT630Wannabe

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    Kneissl White Star Aero. 5$.


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  4. dak95_00

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    Definitely not going in my bag but I picked up a solid 8+, Wilson Sledge Hammer 3.8 for $0.74 yesterday. It was marked $6.99 and I told the young kid working the register he messed up. He said it has been there awhile and no to worry. Okay!! That was less than my Gabriela Sabatini.
     
  5. PT630Wannabe

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    @retrowagen I know very little about Kneissl stuff, but couldn't resist buying another Austrian made frame. You seem to have a history with the line. This one has no indication of whether it's an Aero 30 or Aero 20. What model is this, precisely?
     
  6. retrowagen

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    That's a very early Aero 20! Those were introduced in late 1985; very revolutionary design in the late pre-widebody era. Kneissl was leading the industry with its engineering, but in two years' time, shifting currency exchange rates would bring the brand to its knees.

    The Aero 30 was brought to market in mid-1986, as I recall, and when it appeared, the "20" or "30" emblems appeared next to the "Aero" decal to identify them. There were also more flexible "Club" models from the Aero 20 and Aero 30 molds, called Aero 20C and Aero 30C, but finished not in trad Kneissl white, but pastel blue or light grey.

    The original Aero 20 was a great racquet. Kneissl really tried to get its sponsored players (most of whom were using the White Star Pro Masters) to switch to it, but I think only Matt Anger, Heinz Gunthardt, and Helena Sukova used it... And a ranked junior from Southern California by the name of Pete Sampras!
     
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  7. Racket Crazy

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    Picked up 3 Pro Staff 6.0 85 rackets with racket covers two months back at a thrift store (one for certain a St. Vincent model, the other two probably as well) for almost nothing. Couldn't believe it :eek:
    Also picked up a Pro Kennex Fiber Ace at the same time. All in good shape too!!! Already own several St. Vincent versions though, all purchased from thrift stores, pawn shops and flea markets. One with a seeminly unique factory "flaw" that I have never encountered anywhere before (27 &1/4" length). Plays like a dream:D
     
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  8. dak95_00

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    We love to see pictures around here. The trick is to create a free account at Photobucket and then use the picture icon above where I'm typing when I'm typing with the direct link. Also just to be certain it worked, use the preview post under more options below instead of post reply. Photobucket has a free app too so it's easy to use from a phone.
     
  9. PT630Wannabe

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    Thanks for the info! I really like the design. The protective rubber strip over the grommets is very clever.
     
  10. Sarcastic

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    Use the Tapatalk app on your phone and you can import photos directly.


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    Photobucket has been around since 2003, I've been using it since 2004, exclusively for posting images on various discussion forums. I even posted an illustrated tutorial on how to use it here in one of the threads.

    A couple of weeks ago, Photobucket changed their user policy and made "third party hosting" a premium service, available only to those who pay for the most expensive package they offer, at $399 a year.

    That's an increase from '$0' to '$399' with a nary a warning. You can't even express it as a percentage, because the denominator is '0'!

    Suddenly, every image I posted over the last 13 years in every forum has been replaced by an icon demanding a ransom payment.

    Not all users are targeted by the extortion. I don't know what algorithm they used to determine the cut off point, but those who rarely use the service don't seem to be affected. I average only 10 MB upload per year, so I am by no means a volume user, but the fact that all of my photos had been posted on discussion forums since day one might have flagged me for their 'premium' treatment.

    There are alternative photo-hosting services around that are still free, and many angry Photobucket users are now flocking to those. However, it's anyone's guess as to when those services might decide to charge a fee for the privilege, and how much.

    We choose to freely share the information we post online, but bandwidth is not free. Apparently being bombarded by spams is no longer sufficient a toll to pay for entering the 'premium' segment of the information superhighway.

    I guess it's true that all good things must come to an end, eventually.
     
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  12. dak95_00

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    That stinks. It looks like Tapatalk is the way to go on phones. I used it but didn't realize the ease of pictures and didn't like the look of it vs the normal forum look. I guess I'll have to give it another shot.
     
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    That never worked for me! How do you do it from Tapatalk? Thanks


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  14. Sarcastic

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    On my IPhone, I touch the three dots at the top of the screen to reply. You will get your key board with a camera icon and a landscape icon. The camera is just that, a camera function. The landscape icon lets you use photos from your stored photos.

    I thought I'd share a non tennis photo. Sunrise at the Coronado Bay Bridge just before I went kayak fishing.[​IMG]
    Hope that helps.


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  15. retrowagen

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    Nice scores yesterday: an unstrung Prince Graphite II Midplus for $5, a pair of customized Yonex RDS 001 90's for $8.75 each, and after years of searching, a minty Pro Staff 85, early Taiwan version, with case, for only $8.
     
  16. PT630Wannabe

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    Trisys 270. $5
     
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    Whats with the grommets in the throat? Not knowledgeable about it.


    Probably managed to get a deal for my lifetime that I won't get again.

    Got 15 rackets for $25 off craigslist...
    Included:
    Ncode Tour 90
    Radical Tour MP XL Zebra
    Radical Tour OS XL Zebra
    Yonex R22
    Red Jack Kramer staff (Never seen a red one before)
    Some older Graphtie Wilson with PWS
    Yamaha Secret something.
    some others I haven't bothered to check through yet.

    I'll upload pictures later.

    anyone can clue me in the R22 and Red Jack Kramer? I've heard r22 and Martina Navratilova using it but no clue on playability.
     
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  18. PT630Wannabe

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    Unique 1993 model from HEAD. The throat grommets are a one piece deal with no actual grommet holes in the frame. Just big holes forcthe throat piece. They called it SAS. Shock Absorbing System.
     
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  19. El_Yotamo

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    Not as awesome, classic, cheap, or thrift-shop-y as most of these, but I got an unused Flexpoint Prestige MP for $59 off the used rackets section on TW. Awesome deal for an unused solid racket I've been itching to play. I'll have it by the weekend :D
     
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  20. dak95_00

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    I think my buying/trying sickness is getting cured. I've walked away from numerous racquets lately because they weren't great or amazing deals. That is, there was just some little voice in my head saying to not buy that racquet.

    The two most recent were a Head Vilas in very good condition with a 4 5/8 Fairway leather grip for $6.96 and a Spaulding Executive Martina Navratilova signature racquet for $1.99.

    What do you think? Am I cured?
     
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  21. PT630Wannabe

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    I'm more choosy lately too.
     
  22. Sarcastic

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    I would have bought the Vilas myself.


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  23. Sanglier

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    You are in remission.

    Fortunately, this is a terminal disease.
     
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    Can you go buy that Vilas and mail it to me? Happy to pay 7 bucks for it


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  25. dak95_00

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    You know shipping would be expensive to you, right? If serious, I'll do it. Email me direct. It's my username at yahoo.com
     
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    Thanks a lot for the offer! I was semi-serious. Obviously the shipping cost would make this ridiculous And a 5 grip is not ideal for me. And still, I would have loved that frame...
    Thanks again


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  27. BDAZ

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    Just picked up a fairly minty (other than some scuffing on the bumper and a deteriorating grip) Wilson Pro Staff Classic 6.1 off of craigslist for $25. The frame is so clean. One tiny chip on the head. Never really cared for that frame, but for $25 thought I'd give it another try.
     
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  28. Henry Hub

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    The first crack at a post-photo bucket world. Apologies in advance...

    Wimbledon has now been and gone so the rackets have disappeared once again from the charity shops. Not before your humble correspondent rampaged around Greater London, however.

    Merton and Tooting were happy hunting grounds:

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    Prince supreme graphite 90 (1986, mint, plays like a dream), Dunlop 300g hotmelt (has seen better days, bit of a rattle in the handle, complements my vantage and angell nicely from a designer lineage perspective) and Slazenger Panther Pro Ceramic (W. German, previous owner appeared to have a hitting technique of tarmac first, ball discretionary). Donnay graphite composite from the early 80s too, as yet untested. £16.

    Edgeware

    Donnay Borg graphite composite

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    Grommets flying off to all corners, buffed to high heaven and still looks dog-eared, potential death crack in the hoop. Plays magnificently, an absolute revelation. £1.

    Wimbledon

    I scoured the shops immediately before the championships and found relatively little. The buggers evidently turned the tables over after I left like something out of The Sting so when I popped back down there was a bit more by way of bounty:

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    All in, about £40. There's still a JK in its press and loads of prince and donnays down there but these seemed the best of the bunch. Head Pro Mid Plus Spesh Edition scrubbed up nicely once the wire wool was applied but not a fan so far from a brief hit. The Fischer superform XL Stan Smith was a proper bucket lister and plays wonderfully, provided all thought of a one-handed backhand is dispelled from your mind. The Dunlop is an addition to a collection of 200gs that is already somewhat out of control. From what I can tell from my learned colleagues on this forum, this is an early 90s fin de siecle job. From playing with it briefly, it retains the proud 200g tradition of crushing a forehand like no other racket.

    Eltham & Borehamwood

    For a high street with 9+ chazza shops, there are precious few rackets (incidentally, if Snauwaerts are your thing, All Aboard in Mill Hill have a lovely Sam 50). The only ones I found were a Head Magnum graphite and this:

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    This seems to be a late 90s blood relative of the PT630, but maybe the runt of the litter. Still a super racket, very responsive and manoeuvrable but perhaps a little lightweight. £6 for both.


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  29. PT630Wannabe

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    Good Lord, man!
     
  30. !<-_->!

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    Saw a St. Vincent Jack Kramer Pro Staff 110. But it was $20. Seems pricey for a thrift store.
     
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    I picked up a Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85 St Vincent for about $4 once. Had a tiny hairline crack though
     
  32. dak95_00

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    It was sale day at the thrift store day today. I didn't get there until very late and the Vilas was still there. This time I purchased it for $0.50. I also got a very nice Prince CTS Storm OS for $1. At another store I picked up a Prince Graphite 90 single stripe and a Wilson 85 w/ PWS (not a Pro Staff but some other oddity that looked like one) for under $15.
     
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    Tennis things can get pricey in Australia so I sometimes buy in bulk.
    30 pack Tournagrip
    Normally $70 full price at store
    $63 with members 10% off.
    Found pack of new 27 (3 taken by owner) for $45 in classified adverts.
    Usually apply one of these when I trade off rackets or players grips are worns
    Have another pack of 23, but more is always useful.
    Only use black tape to finish off, don't much like the red.
    Never been a fan of the recent 'white' trend of overgrips
     
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    Slazenger Jimmy Connors Autograph for a pound in High St Kensington

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    2 Supex Pro (Pro Supex?) Extra Classic IIs for £5 on Finchley Rd. Never heard of this outfit but they seem to specialise in thinly veiled knock offs of mainstream rackets. Case in point, these specimens that have more than a passing resemblance to a certain Prince racket, only amplified by the fact they came in a Prince bag... Late 90s, if the 1999 stringing certificate was anything to go by. Any info on these? @MAXXply ?

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    Two practically unused Head Graphene XT Extreme Pros for a tenner a pop in Parsons Green, left behind a Prince Triple Threat Stealth that's on for a fiver. Closest I've seen to a modern Babolat in any charity shop.

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    Dang! All I see around me are warped wooden frames and some aluminum junk.

     
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    OMG...

     
  38. Henry Hub

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    In fairness, I'd say that for most of the year no more than 10% of the places I visit stock rackets that are worth picking up. Wimbledon season has been much more productive. Speaking of which, @penguin there is a nice Rossignol f200 in the Golders Green Sue Ryder - I already found one this year and it's pricey at £45 but thought you might be interested?
     
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    Thanks for the shout out :)- more than I want to spend either, though, lol

    I picked up a nice prince Graphite pro mid in Kentish town for a tenner I think maybe two months ago now and I haven't even hit a ball with it yet so definitely not picking up fairly/steeply priced ones right now...
     
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    Good find - I've trawled through Kentish Town plenty of times and never found so much as a badminton racket... in my experience, it's one of those areas on the northern line like Finchley (East and Central), High Barnet and Camden that are full of charity shops but light on rackets.
     
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    Craigslist buy.
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    1. Head Ti Radical OS - broken string 8/10
    2. Head Speed MP 300 youtek - broken string 8/10
    3. Head Ti.S2 - worn bumper 6/10 - to be tidied up & sold
    6. Prince Thunderbolt - unstrung 8/10 - to be restrung & sold
    5. Wilson Burn FST99 a Sensation string 9/10
    6. Wilson Burn FST99 b Sensation string 9/10
    $180AUD
     
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  42. ItalianStallion

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    A Litany of Largeheads!

    This weekend's loot:

    Prince Thunderstrike Titanium 110 - with full cover for $4 at local 'flea' market
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    Wilson Profile 2.7 si 110 for $3 at the same flea market
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    Prince Thunder 820 - 110, Extended for $2.98 at neighborhood thrift store
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    I once found, but didn't buy, a Dunlop IMF *badminton* racquet...

    but yes, that is the only thing I ever found that was worth buying in Kentish town.
    of course, we may both just be too slow to get the good ones...
     
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    This is not fair. Whenever I go to Goodwill or the like I only see wal-mart sticks, and the occasional Ti.S6 or S5. :eek:
     
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    My tennis coach started playing with one of those Thunderstrike 110s. He had it in his garage for many a year before giving it to a student. I witnessed its destruction on an overhead. Wasn't pretty.
     
  46. ItalianStallion

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    ^^^^ LOL...then I'll reserve the 'strike as a lender frame to honor your coach.

    I'm the most interested in experimenting with the Wilson Profile - I remember demoing one of these like 25 years ago. I can't remember if I liked or not, but did end up getting some sort of Wilson High Beam racquet back then...maybe it was the Agressor, which I did like at the time.
     
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    How stiff are those Profiles anyway?
     
  48. dak95_00

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    I picked up for $2 each:

    Head Professional aluminum in new condition

    Wilson Chris Everett Autograph wood w/ new leather grip

    Prince Graphite 2 OS w/ bag

    Wilson Hammer H5 OS
     
  49. Sarcastic

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    Not really a classic. But at $3.99, it's cheaper than a pint at one of the dozens of microbreweries less than 5 miles from the house. 124 square inches of string bed to pound a few balls off a wall.
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    Other than the usual disintegrating grip it's in great shape. New Technifibre NRG strings. Should be a fun hit.


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