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Thrift Store Finds

Postby Malsies » Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:29 pm UTC

I hope I'm not the only one who likes thrifting. You know what they say about one man's trash being another man's lucky find...or something like that.

What are some almost-too-good-to-be-true things you've found in thrift stores?

-A pair of knee-high lace up boots that were just my size. They could have been made for me. $5
-A royal purple corduroy trench coat. $4
-Goosebumps books, three for $1. I bought twelve.
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Postby Shizo » Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:34 pm UTC

I bought an old laptop for 5$. After some searching, I found out that it was one of the first models that Apple released.
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Re: Thrift Store Finds

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:39 pm UTC

My wife bought a $700 stroller for $20.

She thrifts the way some people, you know... drink water and breathe.

I've also found a mediocre leather jacket for $15, and a black denim shirt IN MY SIZE (ahem, XXXXXL) for $3.
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Re: Thrift Store Finds

Postby libellule » Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:45 pm UTC

Malsies wrote:-A pair of knee-high lace up boots that were just my size. They could have been made for me. $5.


I don't think I could buy anything bearing unknown foot funk.

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Postby Malsies » Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:24 pm UTC

libellule wrote:
I don't think I could buy anything bearing unknown foot funk.


Oh, just wash them really good, and they'll be fine!
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Re: Thrift Store Finds

Postby Mathmagic » Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:25 pm UTC

I found a replica (albeit a cheap version) Montreal Canadiens jersey for 2 bucks.
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Postby Rummy » Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:30 pm UTC

I love picking up t-shirts for sports teams I haven't been on. At a dollar a pop, who can resist?

My favorite find is probably the "pimp coat" I picked up. Man I love that thing.

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Postby Malsies » Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:58 pm UTC

Rummy wrote:My favorite find is probably the "pimp coat" I picked up. Man I love that thing.


What's yours look like? One of my friends was a pimp last Halloween, and he found a floor-length fur coat at a thrift store. It was pretty sweet.
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Postby Reckless » Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:04 am UTC

Original Pressing Dark Side of the Moon for $5.

Haven't been to a thrift store in a while, though. When I go home in December I'll be sure to hit a couple of em.

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Postby Number3Pencils » Fri Oct 05, 2007 2:47 am UTC

Thrift stores are the only place to find absolutely ridiculous plaid. When it comes to plaid, I say the louder the better. The plaid I want is the plaid that everyone who's in their right mind gives away to thrift stores.
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Postby scowdich » Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:49 am UTC

I got an 80-year-old Royal typewriter (with an intact ribbon) for $1. I haven't done much thrifting, otherwise.

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Postby noparenthesis » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:17 am UTC

There's a Goodwill clearance outlet back home that sells books for $0.10 a pound. They're just dumped into bins, so you have to do some digging, but it's amazing what you'll find in there.
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Re: Thrift Store Finds

Postby parkaboy » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:20 am UTC

sigh. all the "thrift stores" around here suck. the re-saleshops (read: expensive vintage cool stuff) are... well, expensive vintage cool stuff. that i'm dismayed to go into.
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Postby Okita » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:22 am UTC

Supposedly the Garment District where I am has all these nifty cool thrift stuff but I'm too lazy to go look.
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Postby parkaboy » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:25 am UTC

Okita wrote:Supposedly the Garment District where I am has all these nifty cool thrift stuff but I'm too lazy to go look.


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Postby Okita » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:45 am UTC

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Okita wrote:Supposedly the Garment District where I am has all these nifty cool thrift stuff but I'm too lazy to go look.


you ... you have a garm... dist... STOP THAT T_T


Well it's called that. Technically it's not a district at all. But yeah. Garment District. I really should go one of these days.
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Postby The Cosmic Fool » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:50 am UTC

A cool stone-ish Aztec/Mayan/Incan statue for like $6.

Two Chinese wooden wall hangings. $15 each.

A Native American print on some kind of papyrus-looking fabric. $4.

A metal galleon ship that can be painted...$4.
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Postby Amicitia » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:52 am UTC

I prefer landfill diving, thank-you-very-much.
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Postby wing » Fri Oct 05, 2007 5:03 am UTC

A sealed, prerelease promo copy of the Back to the Future soundtrack. On vinyl.
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Postby grythyttan » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:33 am UTC

The same kind of red, striped pants that Ace ventura has. $6
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Postby Flying Betty » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:34 am UTC

I've never lived anywhere that had cool stuff at the thrift stores. Small towns FTL. Mine are like "Here's some shit that's been in the basement for 20 years. We'll scrape off the mildew and sell it separately. Hi, allergies!"
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Postby Wilibus » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:10 am UTC

http://www.usedregina.com

It is like a huge garage sale, only it is online. I love it.
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Postby pollywog » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:18 am UTC

All the clothes I wear. My clothing budget is small, about NZ$10 a year. The local Sallies has a 50c rack. It's is very useful. Also, today I went to one of the tip shops, and got myself five kitchen knives, a 10cm x 10cm x 0.8mm brass plate, a short brass rod, 2m of wire, two large sawblades, two high-carbon steel mower blades, several alloy brackets, and miscellaneous copper bits. All for $10. I'm happy.
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Postby evilbeanfiend » Fri Oct 05, 2007 11:24 am UTC

not exactly a thrift store, but in my area there is a pretty decent freecycle group. yesterday i got a vacuum cleaner for free.
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Re: Thrift Store Finds

Postby celandine » Fri Oct 05, 2007 2:50 pm UTC

Devil costume with sparkly tights. $4.
Bud vase. $6.
Organic chemistry textbook. $0.50.
Take Five, on vinyl. $2.
Secretary desk, former property of a nun who gave away all her possessions: $50.

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Postby Belial » Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:08 pm UTC

I believe Girl once managed to find a leather trenchcoat for 2 dollars...
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Postby lesliesage » Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:11 pm UTC

I wish I were cool enough to dress all boho retro chic in thriftstore stuff, but I never really find anything besides acidwash jeans with a crotch the length of my entire torso. So I by shirts on threadless.

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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:37 pm UTC

An electric ice cream maker, looked like it had been removed from the box and not been used once. Was probably a wedding gift. Still had owner's manual, which had a few recipes, and warranty card. Paid $10 for it. Usually runs about $20 or $30 if you bought it retail. Sometimes more.

There is a huge flea market near my town that has a lot of cool stuff, including old NES and Super NES games. I once bought a genuine leather jacket for $40. Retail price? $200.

Most of the thrift stores around me are teh suck. I try not to buy clothes at thrift stores because they usually fall apart, or else get big holes in them after one or two washings. Unless the holes were already there. There is a used clothing store near the house I may go to this weekend. They had a pair of blue jeans last time I was there made by Lee for $8. They're a bit long, but I can get my mom to take them up some.

I might go this weekend for some dress (work/interview) clothes, mainly a sport coat and some khaki pants.
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Postby thecommabandit » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:36 pm UTC

Found a pair of green denim jeans for about £6. They look black if there's not much light but outside they're quite plainly a dark green. I love them. I also picked up a copy of Black & White for £2. Not like it's worth much more than that but it was nice to stumble upon it.

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Postby TheTankengine » Fri Oct 05, 2007 5:29 pm UTC

6 martini glasses - $4
A sweet t-shirt with a large picture of Tux sitting on a very old powermac that says "MkLinux". It's probably from around 1998. - $6 (I think)
The kickass t-shirt i'm wearing right now. Pink with a rabbit sitting on a leather chair reading a newspaper. He says "Dear! I think it's time we talked about birth control". There are approximately 35 smaller bunnies surrounding him. - $8
Green felt bowler - $5
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Postby Alpha Omicron » Fri Oct 05, 2007 5:45 pm UTC

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Postby The Cosmic Fool » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:00 pm UTC

thecommabandit wrote:I also picked up a copy of Black & White for £2.


That game sucked out my soul for a few months. $2 is worth roasting, throwing or otherwise laying waste to villagers is a good deal.
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Postby Cheese » Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:07 pm UTC

My best buy was probably a boxed copy of FFVII (for PC) for £2 about 5 years ago. I've never seen the game in any shop, either for playstation or PC since.

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Cheese wrote:
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Fix'd, because I'm a pedantic bastard. From Scotland.


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Postby Cheese » Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:01 pm UTC

I don't actually think I've seen that episode.
I'm not actually that bothered anyway, I only really get annoyed when things specifically not English are said to be 'from England' by the stereotypical ignorant American*, as in 'Cardiff, England'. Not that I would expect anyone apart from stereotypical nerds here (and not too many of those, anyway).


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Postby Rummy » Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:01 pm UTC

Malsies wrote:
Rummy wrote:My favorite find is probably the "pimp coat" I picked up. Man I love that thing.


What's yours look like? One of my friends was a pimp last Halloween, and he found a floor-length fur coat at a thrift store. It was pretty sweet.


Aww dammit, mine is not THAT pimp... The inside is all faux fur, with a giant turned out collar that shows off the furry goodness. Thats how it got its name. The outside is more retro than pimp, as its got some "old man" pattern I can't describe. Essentially when I came home with it in college my mom said "do you HAVE to wear that coat?" and my grandmother said "what? its a good coat! leave him alone"

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Postby alkatmsu » Sat Oct 06, 2007 4:37 pm UTC

White button-up shirt, now stained in fake blood for my Shaun costume- Free
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Postby koalabäh » Sat Oct 06, 2007 4:44 pm UTC

pimp jacket (purple) - 3 euro (I dunno what i was thinking when i bought it, but it's still pretty snazzy.)
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Re: Thrift Store Finds

Postby Southwest » Sat Oct 06, 2007 5:29 pm UTC

I think that my best thrift store find is easily the components of my pirate costume. Three years ago, I decided that I needed full pirate regalia in order to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day more heartily, so I went to a local thrift store with my friend, and this is what I picked up:

  • A white, button-up, slightly floofy shirt
  • Basic black pants (they look about as piratey as dress pants can)
  • A black vest
  • A number of metal belts to wear as treasure necklaces
  • One wide pleather belt with a honkin' huge buckle
  • A pirate hat (it was a specialty item, not pre-used, but it was at this same thrift store)
  • Black boots that, with boot tops, look especially piratey

Over the years, I've added more pieces that aren't quite from a thrift store. I've got an awesome coat now, but it was sewn at home. However, I've also obtained more thrift-store items, like a number of leather belts that I cut and molested in order to transform them into bracers; bracelets and more random metal belts that became jewelry; and a second gigantic belt to wear around my waist. (I got this second belt at Goodwill for $8. When I went to the Portland Pirate Festival a couple of days later, people were selling the exact same belt-- though they were new-- for $20. I love thrift stores.)

I haven't had any other thrift store finds nearly as awesome as my pirate costume. However, I do a lot of shopping at thrift stores, and I do get a bunch of clothing, like blazers, button-up shirts, and sweaters.

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Re: Thrift Store Finds

Postby Ambelie » Sat Oct 06, 2007 6:32 pm UTC

A very pretty Chinese dress, but my chest was too big for it.

I love browsing thrift stores, I'm always jealous hearing about amazing things people have found.

Like my friend got a Cisco 2500 series router from Value Village, I think it was like $10.


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