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    Finds in Thrift Shops or Local Dump

    I do a lot of metal detecting, but also I search thrift shops and the local dump for books and other items I collect or put on eBay. One of my recent finds was a 1939 1st edition 12th printing in 1948 of Alcoholics Anonymous. It just sold for $280.00. Yesterday at the dump before the bulldozer got to it a Redline BMX RL-20 20 inch bike that was all original and in good shape. By researching on eBay and the internet it ?seems it can be worth over $200.00 or more. Gretchen.

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    retro-redux

    Re: Finds in Thrift Shops or Local Dump

    Cool finds Gretchen.

    My best Thrift Shop find was what turned out to be two Roseville pots-one worth about $500-$1000 and the other about $200. I didn't know what roseville was but I could tell they looked old so I bought them-less than $4 for both

    Still have them-I figure they are my "emergency fund" if I'm ever desperate for cash.

    I once found a old safari hunt memoir-bought at $1-sold $50.

    Laura

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    Re: Finds in Thrift Shops or Local Dump

    thats a cool thought gretchen. I might start looking around our thrift shops looking for goodies like that.
    ALLEN

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    The Lord Has Risen

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    Re: Finds in Thrift Shops or Local Dump

    Picked up a sterling sugar and cream set at local Salvation Army thrift shop for 1/2 dollar and a 14kt necklace with pendant for $1.
    You have to look close and jump on things cause you never know what you'll find.
    This is the day the Lord hath made we shall rejoice and be glad in it!

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    Jun 2005
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    a hand-autographed (not stamped) first edition of Ursula Leguin's "Left Hand of Darkness." for a whoppin $.50.

    Granted, it might be worth about $20 on ebay .. but it's a favourite book by my favourite author.

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    Re: Finds in Thrift Shops or Local Dump

    I paid $.50 for a first edition Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King, sans cover.
    We all know there's no such thing as a "hunted out" location. Let's stop using that phrase to describe a park out of which you just dug a pile of coins! Obviously that particular place wasn't "hunted out", right?

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    Re: Finds in Thrift Shops or Local Dump

    I read where a net-acquaintance of mine recently was having some work done on his car, so he went to a thrift store across the street.

    Found a signed hardcover first edition of Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel "Dune". Sold it for a couple of thousand dollars if I recall correctly. He paid about a quarter for it.

    Here is one now on ebay unsigned for $1100:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/FRANK-HERBERT-DU...QQcmdZViewItem

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    True confederate soldier

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    Re: Finds in Thrift Shops or Local Dump

    The only two things I've ever found at a thrift store was a copy of Windows XP home upgrade for $5, which I thought was a fantastic deal, and a computer.

    The computer was an older PII 350. I bought it to work on a cluster. When I booted it up it turned out it was a work computer from a local computer company. They forgot to erase the hard drive! I found a customer list and sold it to their competitor for $500 and a free top of the line computer at the time (2000). LOL
    "The only two things you can truly depend upon are gravity and greed."

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    Re: Finds in Thrift Shops or Local Dump

    Quote Originally Posted by cryptodave
    The only two things I've ever found at a thrift store was a copy of Windows XP home upgrade for $5, which I thought was a fantastic deal, and a computer.

    The computer was an older PII 350. I bought it to work on a cluster. When I booted it up it turned out it was a work computer from a local computer company. They forgot to erase the hard drive! I found a customer list and sold it to their competitor for $500 and a free top of the line computer at the time (2000). LOL
    Nice! A little competition is good for those customers, but then you got to make out like a bandit too. Congrats!
    We all know there's no such thing as a "hunted out" location. Let's stop using that phrase to describe a park out of which you just dug a pile of coins! Obviously that particular place wasn't "hunted out", right?

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    LMAO!!!
    Man that is a real piece of ingenuity there!

    Way to go!!

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    Re: Finds in Thrift Shops or Local Dump

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainZossima

    Saturday, Mrs Z and Grandson and I went Thrift Storing. I did not buy the following, but am interested in feedback should I.

    1909 Book Titled Gold Hunters(story based in Michigan) First Edition $1.00.

    Blues Brothers Album Jake and for $3.00.

    Very crumpled/crumbly book jacket, but fine pages inside 1858 book.(cover is horrible) $1.00

    Didn't buy anything. Could go back. Thoughts?

    Cap Z/.
    You might check with some of the Michigan folks who frequent these forums - I'll bet one of them would be thrilled to get a copy of that book!
    "There is no getting away from a treasure that once fastens upon your mind" - Joseph Conrad (Nostromo)

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    TreasureTales

    Re: Finds in Thrift Shops or Local Dump

    Quote Originally Posted by Cubfan64
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainZossima

    Saturday, Mrs Z and Grandson and I went Thrift Storing. I did not buy the following, but am interested in feedback should I.

    1909 Book Titled Gold Hunters(story based in Michigan) First Edition $1.00.

    Blues Brothers Album Jake and for $3.00.

    Very crumpled/crumbly book jacket, but fine pages inside 1858 book.(cover is horrible) $1.00

    Didn't buy anything. Could go back. Thoughts?

    Cap Z/.
    You might check with some of the Michigan folks who frequent these forums - I'll bet one of them would be thrilled to get a copy of that book!
    I don't live anywhere near Michigan and still that book sounds interesting to me. Is it nonfiction? It's gotta be a good read even if it's not a hot ticket item on ebay.

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    Re: Finds in Thrift Shops or Local Dump

    Two weeks ago, at a local thrift shop, I picked up an M1 Steel Pot Helmet. Made between 42 and 43. It has the fixed bales and the front seam. No liner or chin strap, but for 2.95 I can't complain!

    Pax Christi
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    Re: Finds in Thrift Shops or Local Dump

    I probably go to 5 thrift shops a week. I was recently in Orlando and stopped in 1. They had a Nikon F4 for $49.00 behind the counter.
    I said I'll take it. They handed me the camera, 3 lenses a 2X converter and a flash. I sold 1 lens for $419.00, 1 for $212.00 the other for $102.00. The teleconverter went for around $75.00 and the flash went for around $58.00. The camera didn't work, the previous owner left the batteries in it . I sold it for parts for $139.00! Over $1000.00 for a $49.00 investment.
    That was a good find, not my best but by most recent best.

    Good Luck and HH

    Baddog

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    Re: Finds in Thrift Shops or Local Dump

    I'm glad this thread resurfaced... I'd read it before I had a photo of a book I'd found, then I couldn't find this thread (there's a lot of new stuff on TNet lately). Anyway I just sold this book that I found at my local dump's "swap shop"... definitely a book to keep your eye open for: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MESO%3AIT&rd=1 Thrift shop finds that I've done well with would be T-shirts from 1970's/1980's rock bands. I've sold several for $40-$90, and only paid $1-$3. In my area the Salvation Army is better than Goodwill stores, as Goodwill does have people trained to look for certain items and price them appropriately (or list them on their own ebay type site).
    Former Caveman... my brain shrunk.

 

 
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