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Old 03-19-2007, 10:10 AM
 
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One of the best places to go is simply out on garbage day. Amazing what you can get. Some towns have what is called Swap Day.

No limits on what can be put out in the garbage (No hazardous), everybody puts their junk out early, then goes around to see what everybody else put out. You put it out, you take it back in from somewhere else, that left over goes into the garbage truck the next day.

During one particular lean winter in Boston some of us used to go out on garbage day in my truck. Got everything under the sun, the appliances, furniture, etc that needed fixed, I did over the winter. Had this huge collection of vacuum cleaners, many just like new. By spring we had this huge garage jammed two levels. You name we had it, including some nice working computers, bicycles coming out our ears.

Had the huge spring cleaning yard sale. The total take from that venture was like $8K. Nothing beats free. The best is making money from free.

Peeps seem to have a real hang up getting it from the garbage but bluff it up a bit and claim it is a sale and they will love to pay for the same item. Peeps are funny animals.
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Old 03-19-2007, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Topeka, KS
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My wife loves the Salvation Army store in Arlington, TX. There's a fashionable woman who donates clothes in my wife's size with the tags still on. Also we picked up a Specialized mountain bike (about $400 new) for $25, all it needed was a washing.
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:16 PM
 
Location: The Bronx
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Default Books!

You can find gems. Nobody seems to want them.
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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....but they always kind of smell funny.
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Old 03-19-2007, 03:15 PM
 
Location: The Bronx
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....but they always kind of smell funny.
That is true. But then, so do I, so no one notices.
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Old 03-19-2007, 03:22 PM
 
Location: on an island
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Vasinger that is quite a find! Good for you!
I like thrift stores too, though I used to spend more time in them when I was younger than I do now.
I have made a few good finds in my day, but in Denver the "professional" thrift store types would get all the good stuff before people like me ever laid eyes on it. I did once find some beautiful lacquered tables for only a couple bucks.
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:29 PM
 
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I love the second hand stores, grew up in them, so is nostalgic to revisit. I still wear an old blue jacket I got 15 years ago at Goodwill in Portland, OR. I have only had to put in a new zipper, good as new! Found a beautiful Christian Dior shirt for $1.50, like new.
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