Thread: What is the best thing you have ever found at the GoodWill o

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    • 9 years 12 days ago
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    I love going to thrift stores. I have found some of my favorite collections there. Many people clean out their basements, attics, bedroom closets, and throw it all into a box and send it on down to the Good Will without ever giving it a thought of what that "collection of junk" is actually worth.

    Thrift Stores are like a box of chocolates...you never know what you are gonna get!

    They are like a time capsule buried to be found by the next generation...

    I saw a man who found an original Skeletor action figure still mint in the pack for only a few dollars and he listed it on eBay and sold it for around $600.00+

    Any great finds at these stores you want to share?
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      • 9 years 12 days ago
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      I've never had any really good finds. The thrift stores around here barely even have toys anymore, which is what I like to collect. I still go and look often, but I usually end up just getting a blouse or something, and not any cool retro stuff.
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        • 9 years 12 days ago
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        Yep, since eBay and other online stores have came along, it has been hard to find many great finds. Most of the time dealers and collectors go through most peoples things before they put it out on the shelves to sell.

        It would be great to find a real nice find and make some nice money or add to an incomplete collection of toys or games...
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          • 9 years 12 days ago
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          I've found like a bunch of old games, toys and books there. I love the thrift stores, I go to them all the time. Call me cheap, but that's how I like it.
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            • 9 years 11 days ago
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            Yeah, I don't dare go into the Salvation Army down here. It's just so dingy and dirty and the lighting sucks ass, and every time I go in there, the woman behind the desk gives me a really dirty look. Everything in there looks like it was never washed and is stained or ripped. It's a really crappy store, but it's still up because it's right off of the corner of 'crack-head central'.

            The Goodwill however is a completely different story. It's a huge store and it's kept very nice. They check every piece that comes in to make sure it's not stained or ripped and they separate by color, which I thought was pretty cool. And the people who work there are really nice and are helpful. It's a pretty nice environment to shop in.
              • 9 years 11 days ago
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              I never go to the Salvation Army myself, just other thrift stores.
                • 9 years 11 days ago
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                A couple old games and VHS tapes. I bought a VHS released of the 1 hour pilot special of Pound Puppies. I also got a VHS release of Bobby's World.
                  • 9 years 10 days ago
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                  The best stuff I've gotten at Salvation Army is some great and some really rare vinyl albums like a German album from the early 70's by Amon Duul II that music collectors spend up to 200 dollars on on auction sites (I paid 49 cents), audio gear, old books and also the RPM edition of Trivial Persuit. I used to work there and got first pick of most items.

                  At Value Village I've done incredibly well. I've found some excellent vinyl albums there. My best finds have been the second King Crimson album which I never see at used record stores and some mono Beatles albums worth about 30 to 40 dollars each.

                  I've also gotten some great videos there like the Doors' Tribute to Jim Morrison video and an original VHS of Clint Eastwood in Sudden Impact.
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                    • 9 years 9 days ago
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                    i cleaned up this year. i'm a Donna Summer fan so you can imagine how i felt when i found the double album of bad girls along with 5 of her singles.i was'nt looking for them, i just got lucky that one day.:cool:
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                      • 9 years 9 days ago
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                      That's what happens, yeah. It's all about luck and timing. I go to Value Village often cause there's a location on the bus ruite to my university. Some finds come out of left field like one time I got an original Thin Lizzy 45 on Vertigo records of Jailbreak.

                      I can never find Thin Lizzy's classic 70's stuff at used record stores so I was pretty pleased about that find.

                      Also I've had two seperate scores of Rolling Stones 45's at Value Village. One time I got two original late 60's ones, and another time three early 80's ones, all selections off Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You. Pretty cool.
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                        • 8 years 2 months ago
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                        I found a classic Star Trek tie.
                          • 8 years 1 month ago
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                          I Am Obsessed With Thrift Stores,At Goodwill I Buy Mostly VHS Tapes,I Found Rocky and Bullwinkle,Dinosaurs(Disney Version),Dexters Labratory,Ducktales And Many Others.Goodwill Is Okay But I Like Going To Other Thrift Stores.
                            • 8 years 1 month ago
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                            I just got a Panasonic 3do video game system with 2 controllers the original Need For Speed, Castle Wolfenstein, and Theme Park for $20.00

                            I've valued it at about $300.00 give or take a few.

                            But I've had a lot of good finds as well that is just the most bang for my buck.
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                              • 8 years 1 month ago
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                              I agree with the time capsule statement. You really dont know what you will find there and its always a pleasant suprise when you find something rare. I love finding old toys/books/tapes/records that I remember as a kid. Or retro furniture.
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                                • 8 years 1 month ago
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                                Goodwill? I'd have to say my best find was an Intellivision in it's original box in mint condition along with three games with box and instructions.

                                The whole set cost me $3.

                                Most of my "finds" come from yard sales and flea markets, but thrift shops can yield some treasure from time to time.
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                                  • 4 years 4 months ago
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                                  Quote by nicedayoutside1989
                                  I Am Obsessed With Thrift Stores,At Goodwill I Buy Mostly VHS Tapes,I Found Rocky and Bullwinkle,Dinosaurs(Disney Version),Dexters Labratory,Ducktales And Many Others.Goodwill Is Okay But I Like Going To Other Thrift Stores.

                                  Me too.
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                                    • 4 years 3 months ago
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                                    I found a full NES system for $20
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                                      • 4 years 3 months ago
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                                      Quote by HulkHoganCollector
                                      I found a full NES system for $20
                                      Me too. I later found out it didn't work.
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                                        • 4 years 3 months ago
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                                        A Power Glove, got it a few years ago extremely cheaply.
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                                          • 4 years 3 months ago
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                                          nothing. the goodwill here is like an antique store for old people
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