Best Thrift Store/Goodwill/SA Finds

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

  1. By-Tor

    By-Tor Member

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    Found a Yamaha CR-620 and some unidentified speakers on Craigslist. The guy said he also had some Realistic gear. So me and my brother drove up to the next town over (about half an hour away). The receiver was very nice, he told me it just had a service last year and it was working great. The speakers turned out to be a pair of Yamaha NS-670's. One of the woofers wasn't working, and the cabinets had some scratches but for $100 for the receiver and speakers was too hard to pass up.

    My brother walked away with a Realistic STA-120b and a pair of Optimus 2 speakers for $50. The Realistic receiver looked a little dirty, but It cleaned up nicely, and some deoxit fixed the scratchy volume control. Still needs a broken switch fixed, but is working well otherwise. What's interesting is that the receiver also included a lifetime warranty, and the guy still had the original paperwork and receipt. I have no Idea if Radio Shack will still honor that warranty though but hey, you never know. I haven't really found any information on the Optimus 2's but the cabinets are really nice, and they have a nice bottom end for their size.
     
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  2. macyjrm

    macyjrm AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Radio Shack exists no more. Bankruptcy negates all warranties. Same with “lifetime” vacuum tubes from RS.
     
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  3. Fleischer

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    IMG_20180417_125730.jpg Pee Wee Russell, Isham Jones, Duke Ellington and Artie Shaw, all in great shape on senior's day at Value Village.
     
  4. satellite

    satellite AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I suggest maybe checking back at the same location for a couple of weeks. I have seen this happen a few times where an orphan speaker shows up on the floor, and then its mate appears a few weeks later.

    Blows my mind how it could happen, but I also saw an orphan speaker at one location, and its twin at another location within the same thrift store chain!
     
  5. A/D/Slover

    A/D/Slover Active Member

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    I did 1 week later May try again.
     
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  6. satellite

    satellite AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Nice! I've been watching for a pair of ADS on the cheap for a long time to no avail....yet!
     
  7. manu et deo

    manu et deo I'm loving it! Subscriber

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    Today haul, really happy about the Lena at the Waldorf, been waiting for that one:)
     

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  8. Puddintane

    Puddintane AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Ask the manager or some friendly worker. It worked for me. I found a lone JBL Apollo C51 one week, and I asked if there was a match, but they said they didn't think so. But when the manager later saw the other one she held onto it (they know my face from being there all the time), and the next time I went in I got the other one.
     
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  9. VWGUY

    VWGUY Active Member

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    GW was good to me.......more info later
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  10. bobsvinyl

    bobsvinyl Painfully Aware Subscriber

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    Looks like the AK version of Jenga.

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  11. VWGUY

    VWGUY Active Member

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    Yes I had to get it into the cart quickly- I had about 10 people watching me I was just waiting to see some arms extend.......lol
     
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  12. RJolly87

    RJolly87 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Is it one of those "set of 7 for $29.95" deals they do?

    I had one of them happen once, only it had a Marantz 2245 in wood case, and a pile of pioneer branded rack wood speakers.

    Needless to say, I walked to the counter with the receiver in hand, and only carted the speakers after extended deliberations.
     
  13. Splatter Pak

    Splatter Pak High-End Scrounger

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    My wife and I stopped at the local thrift today, and there they were: a pair of HED speakers for $44 and change. Good shape, drivers looked functional, 2-way, rear-ported. Didn't need, didn't buy.
     
  14. Imanoldee

    Imanoldee AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    What were they whispering under their breath do you think?
    :)
     
  15. SoCal Sam

    SoCal Sam Lunatic Member

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    Arizona is loaded with good stuff at great prices!
     
  16. tubed

    tubed Lunatic Member

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    Meanwhile further West, it seems the good stuff was donated years ago:bye:
     
  17. corbin

    corbin Active Member

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    I randomly stumbled upon some goodwill employees literally throwing a good condition, working Pioneer SX-680 into a trash can when I was there recycling some old computer monitors. I begged them to not throw it away, they ended up putting it on the shelf the next day with a $10 price tag and a sticker that said UNTESTED, I was there early the next morning to scoop it up.
     

     

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  18. Lazarus Long

    Lazarus Long Super Member

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    Some nice telarc lps.. The one on the bottom was a nice surprise. Its an RCA direct master 45 rpm. All of the albums are NM+.
     

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  19. SoCal Sam

    SoCal Sam Lunatic Member

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    I thought you were nabbing all the good stuff.
     
  20. tubed

    tubed Lunatic Member

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    I honestly can't remember the last audio item I picked here in El Lay.
    You find anything beyond just interesting, Sam:idea:
     

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