Best Thrift Store/Goodwill/SA Finds

Discussion in 'Dollars and Sense' started by Marantzaholic, May 21, 2003.

  1. Sethbramwell

    Sethbramwell Active Member

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    My GW Outlet puts out new stuff all day as well, but lately the clothes-to-stuff-I-actually-care-about ratio has been so skewed. It's gone that way in the past and always swung back within a month, but this has been going on for 3 months now. I notice the number of people showing up declining bit by bit as well. I love my outlet, but I fear their days are numbered at this rate. A pity, as almost all my best scores and flips have been from there (and regular thrifts now feel like department stores price wise in comparison!)
     

     

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  2. absolon

    absolon Super Member

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    While Value Village may have more stock, their pricing policy means that there aren't many bargains to be had. Their real target market seems to be the hordes of women picking through the fashion racks. I'm not a fan of new prices for well used goods from a for profit entity. I'd far rather fund the recycling depot or the hospital society thrift and because I'm not looking for fashion, the picking in those is often better.
     
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  3. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    That's unfortunate. I find their pricing strategy is cyclical. I suspect they have targets to the parent company they have to meet, so when garage sale season is closed, the prices go up. They have less volume, so they price items higher in order to meet their monthly quota. I couldn't survive shopping there without the 30% off coupons.

    Personally, I don't understand how the not for profits operate. They don't seem to be very smart about how and what they put on the shelves. There is a Saint Vincent de Paul near me, and they never have anything really good. They never have silver faced beauties because they send it to the recyclers. :dunno: I asked. I rarely go there because of that. There is even an electronics recycling place now with a storefront, but it is all black plastic crap or you occasionally get something like a Marantz 1515 for $200!
     
  4. absolon

    absolon Super Member

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    Value Village gets supplied by Canadian Diabetes at a low per pound cost that VV implies is a contribution to the community but is in fact an extremely low cost, collected and delivered to their door, cost of goods sold. They run it as a business here with no cyclical nature to their pricing and a single objective in mind; they are always so expensive that I have trouble finding value even with 30% off. As far as electronics, we're long past the golden days of picking; the inventory out their has diminished substantially and the crowd chasing it much larger. I don't ever expect to see again the kind of quality goods that were once readily available and any finds of that kind of gear are truly flukes and in my experience, not to be found in Value Village any more. I don't resent it, I've had my fun and acquired a boatload of nice gear, but I don't waste my time chasing it anymore the way I used to. I also don't donate anything to VV either, there are other places that make better use of my donated goods.
     
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  5. markshan

    markshan Sir Thrift a Lot Subscriber

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    Please don't get my favorite thread locked down.

    http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/in...very-member-read-this-before-you-post.173884/

    Topics that have been beaten to death, and we’re done with them:
    Complaining about eBay buyers who use sniping programs, or complaining about sniping in general.
    Complaining that your local thrift store or charitable organization store is too expensive and/or never has anything interesting.
    Complaining about sellers who find out what their item is really worth before you have the opportunity to make your “score”.
    Complaining about “flippers”.
     
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  6. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Well said Markshan! It did get closed down for a while because it got derailed. Let's not do that again. This thread is about celebrating our scores, not complaining about the lack of them.

    If anything I said makes it seem like I am complaining, I'm really not. It is observation with an end goal of finding more scores! Regardless, I find the Value Villages to be wonderful places that meet the needs of many people including my wife and my daughter who is a single mother and benefits greatly from hers and my purchases from there. I also enjoy going to other thrifts, even if I don't find the scores as frequently.
     
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  7. BilboBaggins

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    Another thing I am hoping is that some marketing genius is periodically searching the internet to know what thrifters are looking for in their hunt. I'm figuring they must occasionally see these threads and use them to learn.

    Maybe I'm just dreaming, but that is a start.
     
  8. orsen

    orsen just another old cheapskate that likes audio Subscriber

    the st.vini here is run by volunteers of course, the the local manager ran "kings stereo" home of muntz and clairion here when i was young.
    i bought numerous pieces off him back then.
    i walked into st.vini's and theres a set of paradigm 5se, the tweeter is not in one.
    i ask for kenny [the kings guy]
    he tells me "they work fine, we tested them, i was gonna take em home and fix em up"
    so i give him 30 less than they asked, get home, the tweeter is inside the cab, broken, they never tested at all.
    i had spare parts so all was ok
    once a stereo bs salesman always a bs salesman, even for a good cause
     
  9. bobsvinyl

    bobsvinyl Painfully Aware Subscriber

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    I love this thread and the estate sale thread because it gives me incentive to go out hunting. I really enjoy seeing what other members are finding.

    Some of the items that appear in these threads are inspirational. Let's keep positive and enjoy those special moments that make the hobby so much fun. :beerchug:
     
  10. Imanoldee

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    Question to all you vinyl hunting experts out there.
    I just passed on 2 LP's at the local thrift today.
    One was The Yes Album, and the other was Head Games by Foreigner.
    Both had worn covers, and both had some hairline scratches, a little to many for me.
    Perhaps on the borderline for me to just buy without thinking about it.

    Now I am wondering if I should have bought them anyway.
    They were 2 bucks a piece, so not a big deal.
    I was thinking I can hold out for better quality ones, since these were so common in their day.
    Then again, The Yes Album was a 1971 issue and that is getting on in years.
    Perhaps I will not come across another copy in better shape.
    At least not in a thrift or garage sale.
    I am sure I can find one right now on Ebay, at close to retail, but a cheap find in a thrift or garage sale, perhaps not.

    What is the thinking out there?
     
  11. likebike23

    likebike23 Super Member

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    I personally wouldn't sweat those albums much. Both albums are OK titles, but not must haves in my eye. If you are an absolute record hound then you can hold out for better copies, they'll show up again.
     

     

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  12. BilboBaggins

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    I think it is very locale dependent. Around here, it is super easy to find foreigner. But there it might be different.

    There's something to be said for holding out for best condition. That way, you will reallly know what you have in your collection. But then again, during that time, you will be going without. I guess it is a factor of where your tolerance for noise is. For what it's worth, I get great results using Spin Clean! No affiliation, just a satisfied customer. Yes is another story. They are a progressive Rock band, and as such, had a more limited following of their music. I saw them in my youth and it was phenomenal. It is one of a few times I've seen the synergy of crowd/performers. It is a powerful thing never to be forgotten!

    So Yes is a little harder to find in good condition. Again, locale dependent. Ottawa was a big Prog rock city, as was Montreal, only 2 hours drive away!
     
  13. bobsvinyl

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    I'm not big on buying beater copies to listen to. You would be better off checking Bartertown or the auction sites for one in nice shape. I just saw a copy of Head Games on eBay for under $6.00 in near mint condition. It's worth the added expense and if you take care of it, you may never have to look for another copy again. I have vinyl I bought in the 70s that still plays well.
     
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  14. superdog

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    No beater copies for me either.If it something I really want I'll eBay a nice copy.
     
  15. absolon

    absolon Super Member

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    Not to worry, I'm not complaining. Those are simply observations based on 15 years of picking audio gear and they are factual, not judgemental. If what's out there currently floats your boat, have at it and enjoy.
     
  16. RJolly87

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    It's interesting how locale sensitive albums are. As soon as classic vinyl with a recognizable group hits the thrift around here, the decimal immediately starts marching to the right, YES and Foreigner included. If they were $2, I would have snatched them if they even looked remotely playable.
     

     

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  17. DublinTrader

    DublinTrader AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    i do find record buying opportunities often enough that I hesitate to pay retail for something I may find on my "hunts".
    The exception being anything really special and rare an thus less likely to encounter in my travels. I would more likely try to see if Barter Town could fill my wants.
     
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  18. LegacyHiFi

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    I have recently stopped buying any vinyl below NM+. I was always excited to find good titles in the wild, but when I would pull them out later to play I just felt disappointed that they weren't in better shape. It took a long time to realize it, but there are 50 year old records in mint shape out there. Keep digging.
     
  19. superdog

    superdog AK Member

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    Slim pickings around those parts?It is here now also.It always wasn't like that though.
     
  20. markshan

    markshan Sir Thrift a Lot Subscriber

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    In Pittsburgh there is so much vinyl that it has to be either very rare or practically free for me to bother with anything below VG+.
     

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