Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by flashfire276, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Plainsman83

    Plainsman83 New User

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2017
    Messages:
    8
    Location:
    Arizona
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2018
  2. Plainsman83

    Plainsman83 New User

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2017
    Messages:
    8
    Location:
    Arizona
    There is a Goodwill next door to where I get my hair cut. I decided to stop in today and there was a Profile 2.7 110, with "St. Vincent" on the butt cap in 8.5/10 condition (no cover) for $3.99. To give you an idea of when this was probably last used, it had green gauze as a grip wrap.:cool: I left it since I have two early Profiles in the closet from back in the day, and of all the racquets in my "collection" it did more to ruin my game than any other.:(

    There were also two "Penn" branded graphite frames there, with a thin rounded beam and looking very 1990's. I left my phone in the car so I didn't take photos, but one had purple lettering and the other green. I have not heard of Penn branded racquets before and I assume they are some sort of big box special. Anybody have any insight?
     
  3. Don't Let It Bounce

    Don't Let It Bounce Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2009
    Messages:
    1,805
    Don't get your hopes up, Dak. You're just in remission.
     
  4. Don't Let It Bounce

    Don't Let It Bounce Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2009
    Messages:
    1,805
    I should have been born in Blighty. As if it weren't enough that you guys have better slang, better beer, better literature, and Patsy Kensit... You get as many almost-free sticks as you want, too!
     
    Henry Hub and dak95_00 like this.
  5. Zlatni

    Zlatni Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2016
    Messages:
    275
    Location:
    Southern California
    Yesterday I found a Pk Golden Ace, Prince Power Pro and a Head Elite Director 720 at a local Goodwill.

    Within the last couple of years I got several nice finds: US made Prestige Pro, iprestige mid, PS Classic 95, RD-7 and RD-8, single stripe POG OS...
    I am thinking about starting a thread where I play test some of these classics

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    They are all over the house


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    Henry Hub likes this.
  6. coachrick

    coachrick Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Messages:
    2,536
    Location:
    Austin, hook 'em, Texas
    Penn had a Red Head/PDP Open knockoff back in the 70s; but I don't recall seeing any graphite models with their branding. Interesting.

    Perhaps when Head gobbled up Penn in the late '90s, it was to (s)quash any attempt by Penn to dominate the graphite racket market!!! :)
     
  7. dak95_00

    dak95_00 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2007
    Messages:
    1,971
    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    I’ve come across some Penn racquets in my time including woods. Usually say “Pennsylvania” on them but have seen the newer “Penn” as well.
     
  8. RDM

    RDM New User

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    67
    Today was wood collection day at the local Charity Shops.
    A Spalding Big Bow and Head Edgewood that doesn’t look like it has ever been used. Both for the price of a couple of beers at your local establishment of choice.
    [​IMG]free photo hosting
     
    vsbabolat, Connor Sttec and graycrait like this.
  9. Connor Sttec

    Connor Sttec New User

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2018
    Messages:
    5
    Location:
    Birmingham, AL
    New Pickup on a quick check tonight. Wilson Sting Midsize. $4.99

    [​IMG]
     
    vsbabolat and graycrait like this.
  10. retrowagen

    retrowagen Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2006
    Messages:
    2,187
    I am traveling this week, visiting family in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, and had to check out a few charity shops and Play It Again Sport shops. No luck at the thrift stores, but I was impressed at the quality of frames at the two PIAS shops I visited. One shop had a minty pair of PS6.1 95 Classics for a fair price, as well as a nice Yonex R-30 (the rare graphite-boron-ceramic über-Rexking model), a mint early grommetless Fox WB-210 Graphite, and a Snauwaert Royal Elegant (for the ladies!). I limited my purchases there to an unusually clean Wilson 5.5 Spin and a virtually unused Volkl V-Sense 9.
     
    Connor Sttec likes this.
  11. Henry Hub

    Henry Hub New User

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2015
    Messages:
    68
    Day 1 of Wimbledon so the charity shops of SW19 have vacuumed up every racket in South London. Today’s spoils (there’s also a lovely PK Copper Ace that I picked up last week for £2):

    Yamaha Gold 90 - £5

    [​IMG]

    Head Elite Master for a tenner. I used to play with this racket during what I hesitate to call my prime. I enjoyed a reunion hit with it tonight, the racket getting into the celebratory nature of the occasion by showering me with a confetti of grommets on each shot...

    [​IMG]

    Yonex Nanospeed RQ7 SP. Another tenner. Seems quite light but solid at the same time. I know nowt about it so any info would be gratefully received. There were 4 of them in the shop, all mint, the others with Gasquet-like half-grips and all having spent their early years in Japan (from the looks of the stringing sticker).

    [​IMG]

    Wilson 2013 BLX Blade 98. £8, a few battle scars but otherwise in good nick.

    [​IMG]

    Donnay Pro One International. £8 again. Given the number of cuts and scrapes on this one, it’s actually remarkable it’s still in one piece. I find the number of versions of this racket quite confusing - any insight on what version this is? What I found surprising is the length (or lack thereof) of the grip - think Trump’s the only one who’d have a shot at a 2HB on this one.

    [​IMG]

    Yonex R-50. Another £8 flew out of the wallet. Pretty much pristine, felt quite head heavy from a brief hit.

    [​IMG]

    There are any number of Hammers and a Prince EXO3 Blue in Southfields, more Hammers in Wimbledon Village and a mix of entry level Dunlops and wooden rackets (including a nice Wilson Stan Smith Autograph) in Wimbledon proper.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
    Connor Sttec and retrowagen like this.
  12. retrowagen

    retrowagen Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2006
    Messages:
    2,187
    That model of Yonex was developed specifically for/by/with none other than Pat Cash, working with Ian Barclay and Yonex design staff working out of an office in SW London back in the day.

    Given its tailoring, one can understand why you’d need to be a bit burly to operate it properly.

    Nice frame, though, and not often seen.
     
    Connor Sttec and Henry Hub like this.
  13. Connor Sttec

    Connor Sttec New User

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2018
    Messages:
    5
    Location:
    Birmingham, AL
    I have one of these i found in about the same condition as yours with the bag at one of my local stores. It is a bit hefty as you mentioned but i find that it produces some great shots for me.
     
    Henry Hub likes this.
  14. RDM

    RDM New User

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    67
    Spalding ATP Tour Pro Line 300.
    95 in2 Head Size. 315g Strung Weight. 3 Points Head Light. 16x19 String Pattern. Beam tapers from 24mm at the head to 22mm at the handle. 100% Graphite. Made in Malaysia.

    It seems the Spalding ATP Tour Pro Line/Stock 200 design is “borrowed” from the Head Prestige. So I’m figuring that Spalding also “borrowed” another manufacturers model design for the 300 as well. Does anyone recognise what it might be? Fischer Vacuum Comp 95/Elliptic?

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2018
  15. retrowagen

    retrowagen Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2006
    Messages:
    2,187
    Found a Wilson Hammer 6.2 (“skunk”) 95 stretch and a minty Wilson Jack Kramer Midsize (the weird midsize woody model) at Minneapolis-area thrift stores yesterday.
     
  16. Henry Hub

    Henry Hub New User

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2015
    Messages:
    68
    Found this Prince Graphite Volley 110 in West Hampstead for £3 along with the biggest racket bag I have ever seen (a 15+ racket Dunlop Aerogel 4d tournament job for £20). The Cancer Research should still have a Head LM Radical Tour and a Fischer that I left.

    [​IMG]

    Picked up one more racket in Wimbledon this week. I could not justify the £100 for Alize Cornet’s signed Babolat bag in Wimbledon Village (funnily enough I bumped into her at the tennis this week and she seems absolutely lovely) but I did find this for a fiver down in Wimbledon proper:

    [​IMG]



    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    Connor Sttec likes this.
  17. Slingerland61

    Slingerland61 New User

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2017
    Messages:
    33
    Location:
    Gresham, OR
    I found a gorgeous PK Golden Ace for $4.99 at Goodwill. Super solid, comfy ground strokes. So controllable!!! And it looks great too. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  18. rodracquet

    rodracquet Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2007
    Messages:
    267
    Snauwaert Hi Ten 50 $5 used but still great profit potential given some Aussies play with it still and love spares, beyond collectibility that is.
     
    Henry Hub and dak95_00 like this.
  19. dak95_00

    dak95_00 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2007
    Messages:
    1,971
    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    That should fetch between $200 and $400.
     
  20. rodracquet

    rodracquet Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2007
    Messages:
    267
    And it did
     
  21. dak95_00

    dak95_00 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2007
    Messages:
    1,971
    Location:
    Columbus, OH
    That was fast.
     
  22. Sarcastic

    Sarcastic Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2012
    Messages:
    124
    Offer ️ keeps sending POG’s my way! These two newer four stripes have barely been used. A “his” and a “hers” model. A 4 1/4 grip and a 4 5/8 grip. I haven’t seen many racquets in 5/8 recently. Feels excellent in hand. I’ll build up the “hers” model. Like new full covers were included.
    [​IMG][​IMG]


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    graycrait likes this.
  23. NickJ

    NickJ Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2007
    Messages:
    737
    Location:
    UK
    Not from a charity shop but off the auction place for £5. It's in perfect almost unused condition.[​IMG]

    Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
     
    atatu likes this.

Share This Page