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(Some Guy)   Will you post pictures of your best Goodwill finds? Or any other thrift stores. I have a hankering to start going there but unsure of what to expect   ( goodwill.org) divider line
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2018-03-04 10:26:03 AM  
no pics, but I've scored fairly bigly a few times.

patagonia stand-up shorts for $3
kitchenaid stand-up mixer for $5
north face fleece jacket for $8


roll the dice if you've got a few minutes to spare.
 
2018-03-04 10:42:30 AM  

elvisaintdead: no pics, but I've scored fairly bigly a few times.

patagonia stand-up shorts for $3
kitchenaid stand-up mixer for $5
north face fleece jacket for $8


roll the dice if you've got a few minutes to spare.


That. (Similar experiences too.)

I also look for "extras" of my plate pattern, and duplicates for any of the water bottles or coffee mugs I like. Best "deal" was $1 for a water bottle that cost me $10 at Target.
 
2018-03-04 10:49:01 AM  
I go to replace stuff I break, like glass pot lids, glass bowls, and glass measuring cups.

Yes, I am a freaking klutz sometimes.
 
2018-03-04 10:50:31 AM  
No pics, but so many nifty things over the years.  Like the circa 1892 Singer sewing machine head (in working condition after the most minor clean-up) for $10.  Although, hilariously, I have seen glass candy dishes at the local Goodwill for $3, which are for sale, new, at Dollar Tree for $1.
 
2018-03-04 10:53:07 AM  
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The shirt I'm wearing in this pic. I was visiting LA, and was on my way to the Tonga Hut to meet some folks. I passed a goodwill and said, "hey, I bet they have a shirt that would be appropriate for a tiki place".
They did.
 
2018-03-04 10:58:48 AM  

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The shirt I'm wearing in this pic. I was visiting LA, and was on my way to the Tonga Hut to meet some folks. I passed a goodwill and said, "hey, I bet they have a shirt that would be appropriate for a tiki place".
They did.


I came here to post a shirt too which would also be appropriate to a Tiki place! I actually just put it in my profile to replace my Doctor Evil picture. I gathered that folks on mobile couldn't see I was dressed as Dr. Evil and thought I was a skinhead, but that's what I get for posting in the pol tab!

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2018-03-04 11:03:58 AM  
Always check the pockets. You never know what was inside when someone donated the coat/pants/handbag.
 
2018-03-04 11:07:22 AM  
Mrs. Eddie Adams has about 400 items in her eBay store and about 75% of them are designer clothing items that came from various Goodwill stores. Probably more than half my current wardrobe came from there too, including a brand new Brooks Brothers suit that I paid $10.00 for.

Around these parts, (NY Metro area) Goodwill rules for high end clothes. Electronics and housewares tend to be overpriced... check Salvation Army for that sort of stuff.
 
2018-03-04 11:09:30 AM  

slackananda: Exluddite: [img.fark.net image 419x235]
The shirt I'm wearing in this pic. I was visiting LA, and was on my way to the Tonga Hut to meet some folks. I passed a goodwill and said, "hey, I bet they have a shirt that would be appropriate for a tiki place".
They did.

I came here to post a shirt too which would also be appropriate to a Tiki place! I actually just put it in my profile to replace my Doctor Evil picture. I gathered that folks on mobile couldn't see I was dressed as Dr. Evil and thought I was a skinhead, but that's what I get for posting in the pol tab!

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Yeah, Goodwill is great for the clothing finds. It's also my go-to for any costume needs. Like when you want to nerd out at the Ren faire:
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Pants, vest, belt, and shirt from Goodwill.
Let's not forget the albums that are just too weird not to buy:
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2018-03-04 11:10:45 AM  
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I have many thrift store scores but this bedframe is the best one. I got this at Brown Elephant in Chicago for $100 in 2006 and it was hand made at Mig and Tig Furniture back when they actually made their own stuff. It probably cost around $2,000 retail, it may have even been commissioned.
 
2018-03-04 12:25:04 PM  
Are you saying that you're afraid to go into a store?
 
2018-03-04 12:44:04 PM  
Pecker Thrift Store
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2018-03-04 12:45:05 PM  
Found this:

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2018-03-04 12:55:25 PM  
Probably about 20 years ago, I picked up a set of 4-5 different sized cast iron pans for $10 (this is before cast iron became somewhat popular as collectables).  It was sadly obvious that Grandma had died & nobody wanted them... even with probably 50 years worth of daily use & seasoning on them making them the best nonstick pans I've ever owned.  They're still my go to pans whenever anything needs fried.

/kids occasionally argue who's going to get them sometime off in the future when that proverbial bus splatters me all over the road, they know just what a treasure they are
 
2018-03-04 01:00:05 PM  
Gotta shop on a weekday, before the welfare checks arrive.
Best tip I can give you.
 
2018-03-04 01:16:28 PM  
Recently saw Andy Dick shopping at my local Goodwill.
 
2018-03-04 01:17:59 PM  
I got a really cool quilt, looks like new, for only eight bucks last month on my birthday at a thrift store. I think they said there was a stain on it or something, which is why it was so cheap, but I can't find a single stain, and it has all the old fashioned patterns I like so much for the cloths. I don't have a pic of the quilt itself,but one where my dogs are laying on it as I use it for a couch cover:

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2018-03-04 01:19:05 PM  

Kirablue42: I got a really cool quilt, looks like new, for only eight bucks last month on my birthday at a thrift store. I think they said there was a stain on it or something, which is why it was so cheap, but I can't find a single stain, and it has all the old fashioned patterns I like so much for the cloths. I don't have a pic of the quilt itself,but one where my dogs are laying on it as I use it for a couch cover:

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the pillow covers at each end are thrift store specials from another visit and another store, and the couch was donated to me.

the dogs aren't free, though, not by a long shot..pet care is expensive at times.
 
2018-03-04 01:22:30 PM  
Record crate diving can be fun.  Picked up an excellent condition copy of Songs in the Key of Life for $1.  I usually manage to come away with one or two albums when I stop in.  The condition can always be questionable, though.  More than once I've found a great album, but ended up putting it back because it was scratched to hell.

Although it's admittedly more misses than hits in the bins.  I'm  now convinced that the best-selling singers of the 20th century must have been Anne Murray and Conway Twitty.
 
2018-03-04 01:38:19 PM  
I did get some cd's, too, on my last trip. Salt N  Pepa, and Benny Goodman. I have eclectic tastes.
 
2018-03-04 02:20:26 PM  
They had a broken keyboard.
I bought a broken keyboard.
 
2018-03-04 02:35:13 PM  

BalugaJoe: Found this:

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Don't open it.
 
2018-03-04 02:38:05 PM  
Just got a nearly new tennis racket (the paint on the strings is near perfect) for 5$. I played a bit of tennis and this is probably a 55+ racket new.. not 155 but hey.
 
2018-03-04 02:43:24 PM  
Picked up a Japanese tin toy for $2, turned it for over $50 on Ebay.  Snagged a nice leather coat for five, originally bought it for a day's use, strictly as Doctor Who cosplay, but the wife said it looked damned good for everyday wear, so I do. Found a 60-dollar Columbia photog's vest, three dollars, perfect shape. I used to be able to find fifty-dollar collectible tiki mugs there occasionally for 50 cents to a dollar, but I think the clerks are wise to that now because I never see any good tiki stuff at any of my local thrifts anymore. it must all be getting intercepted and Ebayed.
 
2018-03-04 02:51:36 PM  
Some godawful sports jacket that was perfect for 70s night.
 
2018-03-04 02:53:29 PM  
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2018-03-04 02:59:59 PM  
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2018-03-04 03:02:08 PM  
Not from Goodwill, but the guy across the alley sells me shiat he finds at thrift stores all the time.
Kitchen table and chairs, two lazy boys, speakers, and a old Weber.
 
2018-03-04 03:02:33 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Mrs. Eddie Adams has about 400 items in her eBay store and about 75% of them are designer clothing items that came from various Goodwill stores. Probably more than half my current wardrobe came from there too, including a brand new Brooks Brothers suit that I paid $10.00 for.

Around these parts, (NY Metro area) Goodwill rules for high end clothes. Electronics and housewares tend to be overpriced... check Salvation Army for that sort of stuff.


I don't have a suit, but I do have a Brooks Brothers suit coat that I get by with, it cost five bucks at a Salvation Army, brand new condition.

One other thing I just thought of: A wooden marimba / xylophone at auction at Goodwill for $25. It didn't have a brand, but comparable on eBay seemed to be in the $300 range. The mallets alone were worth $25. (Wish I still had it)
 
2018-03-04 03:04:59 PM  
The 300w receiver\amp in the background came from a Goodwill. About $40 (bought from shopgoodwill.com, so $15 of that was due to shipping). Speaker towers in foreground came from a generic local thrift store. $10 (yeah, they work well).

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2018-03-04 03:06:30 PM  
no pic available, but I found a full dust length leather jacket worth about 400.00 new for 25 bucks and change. Fiance spotted it and told me to get it as it was some major fashion brand.
 
2018-03-04 03:30:17 PM  
Probably shoulda washed this. Smells like R. Kelly's sheets.... Pisssssssss......

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But shiat, it was ninety-nine cents!

 
2018-03-04 03:30:28 PM  
I just got one of these, never worn for $3.99. I'll wear it with my Whalers beanie.

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2018-03-04 03:48:10 PM  
Some thrift stores get good stuff, but I've never been in a Goodwill store that wasn't the same load of crap.

One aisle full of unmatched kitchenware, circa 1972, like brown glassware, non-stick pans with most of the non-stick coating worn off, and there's always a can full of various worn out utensils (spoons/spatulas) marked 99 cents each, despite the fact that you can pick up brand new ones at Walmart for the same price. And a shelf chock full of promotional cups and coffee mugs with names you never heard of embossed on them.

One shelf full of odd electronics, aka answering machines, Sony Walkmans, dot matrix printers and about 50 various ac to dc power supply plugs.

One shelf full of VHS and DVD movies nobody wants, including someones home recorded set of Murder She Wrote, season 7/8.

Then there's the furniture section, full of gems that were likely pulled straight out of the dumpster behind a condemned apartment complex.

The rest is clothes. Racks and racks of Bugle Boy and Jordache jeans, with matching pastel jackets straight out of Don Johnson's mid 80s wardrobe.
 
2018-03-04 04:02:02 PM  
Over the years:

Canadian fur hat: $5
Italian goatskin boots: $5
Pair of drinking horns: $10 a piece
Quite a few suits: $5-10 apiece
Perfect fit Jos. A Bank tuxedo (original price $700): $13, plus wearing it to a bar got me my current fiancee
Chain mail shirt: $30
Ren faire cloak: $20
 
2018-03-04 04:22:45 PM  
Tip #1:  visit goodwill stores next to rich neighborhoods
 
2018-03-04 04:26:44 PM  
If you are in the Anaheim area, they have an "upscale" Goodwill about a block from the Library, in an upscale shopping area. They send all the designer-brand clothes there from the other branches. I saw a small Louis Vitton handbag for $20, which was the perfect size for a camera case. I almost got it just for the lulz, but I didn't have the extra $20 just for a silly practical joke.

In high school, in the mid-80s, there was a thrift store near my school that sold 8 track tapes for 10c or 25c. My dad's stereo had a high-end 8 track player, and my old car had an 8 track player too. So even if there was only one good song on the tape, it was a reasonable purchase. And 8 tracks were great at parties when mu dad was out of town, because they would keep playing and playing.

A few years later, after I moved out, I had a huge bookcase in my room. That same chain of thrift stores also offered paperback books for 10c or 25c, so I would pick up extra copies of 1984, Brave New World, Anthem, etc. When friends came over and looked over my bookcase, they would say, "Hey - you have five copies of this book. Is it any good?" I would hand them a copy and say, "Find out for yourself." If they protested being given a book from my collection, I would point out the price tag. "Look, it only cost me 10c. You're worth it!" Nobody ever thought that was as funny as I did.

A couple years ago I got a leather trenchcoat for $15.
 
2018-03-04 04:28:32 PM  
The $10 price tag said that this was a Windmill "print." It is actually a pastel original. Couldn't stop smiling as I was checking out.
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2018-03-04 04:34:27 PM  
I found a custom made suit from 1978 in the purpleish-blue colour..it fit me perfectly. The suit had the label of the maker and the guy who bought it. I wore it to the first Vegas Fark party,

I also found a portable turntable that looks like a briefcase that works, best $12 I spent.
 
2018-03-04 04:35:48 PM  
When I was in high school, I would buy nasty-ass '70s ties to wear at debate tournaments. They were usually about 50¢. Later, in college, I bought a beautiful, gray, three-piece Brooks Brothers flannel suit for about $7.

In grad school, I bought a dinner jacket made in 1936 for £12. I've worn it for formal occasions for more than 20 years.
 
2018-03-04 04:37:15 PM  
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2018-03-04 04:52:02 PM  
In 2012 when Greyhound still had unlimited mileage passes for sale, I took a trip SF Denver Chicago Ann Arbor Fort Lauderdale and back during Christmas vacation. So I needed a jacket that could handle 10° in Denver and 20ish Chicago Detroit. I got the Old Navy thing in the picture for $11. I still use it when the temps drop to the 40s/50s here in SF.


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2018-03-04 05:00:18 PM  
Let's see...

A couple lamps that my ex hated. They were figurines of a Chinese man and woman, with sequential serial numbers. I never did find any info about them, and they were probably worth more than the $10-15ish each. Of course, now that I got rid of them years ago I found a very similar pair on ebay.

Mrs. Kitty and I had a great little armchair that cost $6 at Savers with a couple $5 end tables. Our current coffee table was around $15 and may be adapted to be a kotatsu table.

I think pretty much everything we have is used, hand-me-down, thrift store, pre-owned, etc except for some books/CDs/movies. Free cats, Craigslist car, refurb WiiU...
 
2018-03-04 05:07:17 PM  

Kevin72: In 2012 when Greyhound still had unlimited mileage passes for sale, I took a trip SF Denver Chicago Ann Arbor Fort Lauderdale and back during Christmas vacation. So I needed a jacket that could handle 10° in Denver and 20ish Chicago Detroit. I got the Old Navy thing in the picture for $11. I still use it when the temps drop to the 40s/50s here in SF.


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You got a young Asian man for $11?  Well, of course.  Duh.  Probably made in China.


My best finds were a Maple Leaf tartan dinner jacket with black velvet lapels (Pendleton brand) for $20, and I found a 'Cracked Ice' formica dinette table from the 1950s  with leaf for $40.  Priced it at other vintage shops in not as good condition for $200-$300.
I don't usually go to Goodwill, unless maybe I'm looking for books or something.  If there's one in the area, try Deseret Industries.  It's Mormon, but their stuff is usually in pretty good shape, and reasonably priced.
 
2018-03-04 05:14:32 PM  

Nogale: Always check the pockets. You never know what was inside when someone donated the coat/pants/handbag.


If you find something worthwhile, though, it's only fair that you buy the thing it was in.
 
2018-03-04 05:16:36 PM  
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2018-03-04 06:24:00 PM  
"Unsure what to expect"

Fleas? Scabies? Bubonic Plague? Macklemore?
 
2018-03-04 06:34:09 PM  
Here's a few of my favorites..

Nat Nast Silk Shirt $5.00

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Canali Wool / Silk Sport Jacket $12.00

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Armani Sport Jacket $6.00
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Ermenegildo Zegna Silk / Wool Sport Jacket $12.00
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2018-03-04 06:56:11 PM  
I'll have to see if I have a pic, but I sometimes find good music gear in with all the crap at Saver's up here in New England.  Got a 4x12 Ampeg cab there for $125 (Similar item on eBay for $400 to $500). Needed some TLC but sounds amazeballs.
 
2018-03-04 07:27:16 PM  
Earlier this year, I needed a new desk lamp. One day I was walking past a local thrift store with a 50% off sale. They had the exact kind of lamp I wanted, much to my delight (pun intended). Then I noticed they had one of those newfangled bagless vacuum cleaners that was still on the market. It looked like a good replacement for the decades-old dust-spewing bagged one I had, so I took it.

With the sale, it came out to $15 for both items. If I'd bought them new, it would've been well over $100.
 
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