Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

Racket Crazy

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A few nice finds the past few days! Only took pics of one of them this time though.

Picked up a Dunlop 200G 95 Hot Melt for €2 to add to all the other 200G versions I have. I wanted this one for a while since I had read good things about it, but this was my first time seeing one in a thrift store. Also picked up the Dunlop 200G 95 Muscle Weave with it!

In another thift store I picked up a Pro Kennex Grapite Destiny "copy" made by the brand Ferry Force. They sold various other brands under their name for years.

Lastly a beautiful Yonex MP- 3i racket for less than €3. The strangest isometric Yonex frame I have ever seen. Frame is really long and very narrow... almost like a shoe box. It hits pretty decently, but will need new strings before I can comfortably assess what it can really do!



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Plainsman83

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Today at GW I saw a racquet I was totally unfamiliar with, a Donnay 725 Pro. It looked very late 70's, with an open throat but with what appeared to be a separate throat piece (imagine a black Head Pro "redhead" from the 70's). It was Belgian made, graphite construction, black with the multicolor Donnay stripes. It was the usual $2.99 and I almost bought it until I noticed a bunch of the grommets were sliding down the strings. It actually had a nice heft to it. Any insights?
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.
Today at GW I saw a racquet I was totally unfamiliar with, a Donnay 725 Pro. It looked very late 70's, with an open throat but with what appeared to be a separate throat piece (imagine a black Head Pro "redhead" from the 70's). It was Belgian made, graphite construction, black with the multicolor Donnay stripes. It was the usual $2.99 and I almost bought it until I noticed a bunch of the grommets were sliding down the strings. It actually had a nice heft to it. Any insights?
It was from the mid 80’s.
 

rodcar

New User
I may have picked up one of the most obscure autograph wood racquets there is. Did some research on him, Mercer Beasley. Google him, an interesting guy who was a rep for AJ Spaulding and Bros. Quite a history in tennis, but never a pro.
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
A quick pass by a local thrift store on my way home from the office netted a very early specimen of the original 95 square inch Wilson Profile, not by any means a favorite racquet of mine, but certainly a significant model in the evolution of tennis equipment, and, I think, an essential in one’s playable museum. This one cleaned up very well, still has its original Fairway grip, and full-length cover.
 

graycrait

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I am starting to become aggravated with you folks. The last good racket I came across was a nice PT280 I ended up trading off. I have not even seen a remotely interesting racket in the thrift/GW shops. However I am eyeballing a Wonder Wand 135" on an auction site as I type this.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
I am starting to become aggravated with you folks. The last good racket I came across was a nice PT280 I ended up trading off. I have not even seen a remotely interesting racket in the thrift/GW shops. However I am eyeballing a Wonder Wand 135" on an auction site as I type this.
My WonderWand is in a local tennis shop on consignment.
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
My WonderWand is in a local tennis shop on consignment.
I saw another 135 WW online at a PIAS shop. I think I need to cool my jets and get more string before I get another racket however much I think I need another obscure racket. Day before yesterday I forked over 12.00 for a Triple Threat 115 with 8.00 shipping on the auction site.
 

dak95_00

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Just picked up a very nice Prince Triple Threat Graphite Midsize for $4 and a Prince Graphite Pro 90 in okay shape for $4 too.
 

Henry Hub

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£5 brand new in the wilds of west London. I understand from the collective wisdom of this forum that it’s a bit of a dog. However, as it was at the vanguard of the sensor craze, i reckon it has historical value.
 

vsbabolat

G.O.A.T.


£5 brand new in the wilds of west London. I understand from the collective wisdom of this forum that it’s a bit of a dog. However, as it was at the vanguard of the sensor craze, i reckon it has historical value.
I’m surprised such a new racquets and one with plastic on the handle never used is only £5.
 

jmnk

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£5 brand new in the wilds of west London. I understand from the collective wisdom of this forum that it’s a bit of a dog. However, as it was at the vanguard of the sensor craze, i reckon it has historical value.
Hey, when in London, what are the thrift shop type of stores that carry tennis stuff?
 

Henry Hub

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Hey, when in London, what are the thrift shop type of stores that carry tennis stuff?
Bit of a lottery to be honest. It depends more on the season (summer obviously the best time to look) than the chain of shops. Area can be a factor but typically it’s just pot luck (there are a few areas where 5-10 charity shops are grouped so you may bump up your chances of finding something). The old rule of thumb that charity shops in the most affluent areas have the best stock does not hold true for tennis rackets in London - while I’ve found some great stuff in places like South Kensington and St James Park, I’ve had equal success in Ealing, Romford and the Holloway Road.

That all said, the larger chains that seem most bankable in my experience for rackets are Oxfam, Farah, Cancer Research, North London Hospice and increasingly Trinity Hospice. The ones that almost never stock anything include British Heart Foundation, Scope, Octavia and Shelter (although they still cough up the odd gem every few months).

If you are planning a trip and know where you are staying I can give you some ideas of areas to try.
 

jonestim

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4-5 years ago I was pretty active in this thread. I had a lot more time to go thrifting. Now I just do it occasionally, which means I am not finding much. This weekend however, I did find really good condition Pro Kennex 5G in my grip size. It's a racquet I have wanted to try, so I am pretty happy about it. It was at the most expensive thrift shop in town so it was $20. Strung it up last night and will hit with it Wednesday.
 

jmnk

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Bit of a lottery to be honest. It depends more on the season (summer obviously the best time to look) than the chain of shops. Area can be a factor but typically it’s just pot luck (there are a few areas where 5-10 charity shops are grouped so you may bump up your chances of finding something). The old rule of thumb that charity shops in the most affluent areas have the best stock does not hold true for tennis rackets in London - while I’ve found some great stuff in places like South Kensington and St James Park, I’ve had equal success in Ealing, Romford and the Holloway Road.

That all said, the larger chains that seem most bankable in my experience for rackets are Oxfam, Farah, Cancer Research, North London Hospice and increasingly Trinity Hospice. The ones that almost never stock anything include British Heart Foundation, Scope, Octavia and Shelter (although they still cough up the odd gem every few months).

If you are planning a trip and know where you are staying I can give you some ideas of areas to try.
I'll be staying in Vauxhall neighborhood, any pointers would be greatly appreciated. Also - since you may know, how do I get tickets to a Premiere League football? It seems the tickets are sold out on official sites (Chelsea, Tottenham, etc) but I can't imgaine there's no way to get them....
 

Henry Hub

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I'll be staying in Vauxhall neighborhood, any pointers would be greatly appreciated. Also - since you may know, how do I get tickets to a Premiere League football? It seems the tickets are sold out on official sites (Chelsea, Tottenham, etc) but I can't imgaine there's no way to get them....
To avoid cluttering up the thread, I’ve sent you a separate message on this. Hope it helps!
 

Henry Hub

Rookie
Found this Snauwaert MCE 9009 in a Kentish Town chazza shop for £2 today.

It is a beefy number, making the Profile look positively trim in comparison. The sculpting of the throat has pretensions to the aero stylings of the Kneissls, Babs and later Rossignols and Lacostes. The decals boast its McEnroe connections to high heavens but also interestingly suggests it rocks a meaty 410 SW.

This SW seems off-market to me (seems way above the profile, thunderstick spcs) so any additional info on the racket would be gratefully received!





 
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graycrait

Hall of Fame
@Henry Hub , Let me know when you find a pair of Baboloat Pure Storm 95" LTD GT + (27.5"). They were sold only in Europe but I somehow got a hold of one via the big auction site over here for a very reasonable price, but can find no others in my grip size (4.5").
 

Henry Hub

Rookie
It’s been a good start to the week - passed on a Dunlop Max 500i but stumbled upon this £20 Volkl Super G 10 Mid 320 (catchy) squirrelled away in an Artengo bag:



 

Racket Crazy

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It’s been a good start to the week - passed on a Dunlop Max 500i but stumbled upon this £20 Volkl Super G 10 Mid 320 (catchy) squirrelled away in an Artengo bag:



While £20 is not exactly a thrift store/charity shop price that warms the heart, that is an AMAZING find and a good price for that frame regardless... so good job!

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