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What deals have you gotten at yard sales - thrift shops.
« on: January 30, 2014, 05:04:10 PM »
Just a thread to share the deals you have purchased at garage sales, thrift shops or just stumbled across.

I think it will be neat to see everybody's second hand treasures.
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Re: What deals have you gotten at yard sales - thrift shops.
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2014, 05:09:46 PM »
Well after church and a rainy afternoon this past Sunday we headed to goodwill and my fianc? says would you be interested in this. A woobie for $6.27 I said oh yeah. Great find sweetie.

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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2014, 05:18:47 PM »
   NICE find!
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  I have a few things I have picked up in the past, but not lately. And many times I am one of them who is "a day late or a dollar short". I hear about a deal & rush over there & someone has made off with it right before I get there, or I watch them buy it as I am walking up. Happens all the time. Makes for a Love/Hate relationship for me in regard to shopping at places like ya mentioned.. Occasionally I can find a good deal though & that's the Love part.
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But this is a good idea for a topic.I thought there may have been a topic already made that was along the lines of this one, but I didn't find it. Just thought I would check for ya so there was not competition between them.


Thanks for opening the topic! It'll likely be another that we drool over someone else good luck!
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Re: What deals have you gotten at yard sales - thrift shops.
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2014, 05:24:29 PM »
Nice find, greyhound!

Here's an axe I just mentioned that I picked up for 5 bucks at a flee market in Turo, Nova Scotia:



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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2014, 05:28:57 PM »
Scored an amazing 100% wool fisherman's knit sweater by Lakeland Sheepskin Centre ( jolly o'le England ) for about $9 CAN at a Value Village, warmest sweater I've ever owned fit perfect..........
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2014, 05:32:13 PM »
Great find KK on that axe.

JB I thought there was a thread also like this but couldn't find it.

I'll probably be drooling over some peoples finds also.   
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2014, 06:36:35 PM »
Cool stuff!  I never seem to find good deals, either.  I, too, am always a day late or a dollar short.

Here is the other (at least one of the other) yard sale find threads.  Maybe a mod could merge them?

http://bladesandbushcraft.com/index.php/topic,6265.0.html

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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2014, 06:35:37 AM »
In the early Fall, there was a flea market here called "The World's Largest Yardsale." I got a 20+ year old Mora #1 for $14. He wanted $20 and we haggled a bit (I'm not very good at it.) The knife was from the pre-Morakniv amalgamation days but was not a Jonsson, Frosts, nor KJ Eriksson. I can't remember off hand the name. The stock is thicker than a Frosts #1 and the back of the blade is very square. The red handle is standard and has the ring peened to the bottom of the stick tang. The belt loop of the sheath was broken so I drilled two holes in it and made a simple dangler from a leather thong.
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2014, 10:03:34 AM »
Some years ago, I ran into a phenomenal deal on Dexter-Russell "packing house knives" at a local Goodwill Store.  After the beef processor's order had gone into the supplier, the government came out with new regulations regarding the commercial use of wooden-handled knives.  It was mandated that they all had to change over to plastic.  It was too late to do anything, so the packer just let the order come in, since they had already been shipped.

The processor just decided to write off the expense and gave the knives to charitable organizations.  I arrived on the scene, just as the knives came onto the floor of the Goodwill Store.  They had two boxes about the size of those used to ship washers & dryers FULL of skinners, boning knives, steak cutting knives and smooth (non-striated) butcher's steels.  The knives were $1.50 apiece and the steels went for $2.00....needless to say, I loaded up on several lifetimes worth of great tools at bargain-basement prices!  :banana:
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2014, 04:42:08 PM »
Today I went to a thrift shop and got a new tin. It is a carhardt one and is going to be my fire starter tin. It is 4x4 so small enough to fit in the pack and thick enough make char cloth and it cost 50 cents
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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2014, 04:56:25 PM »
A sad story.

I've been wanting to find some of these for some time now.



I found them about 3 weeks ago, the exact set I wanted. I had no money, returned in two days, and they were gone. They probably sat there for a year prior. >:(

Probably the best deal I've ever found was an MSR Whisperlite International for 4 bucks at the Salvation Army several years ago. It still had the sticker on the burner.
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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2014, 05:12:48 PM »
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« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2014, 06:02:30 PM »
Recent scores ...

New/Unused Stanley 2Q vacuum thermos bottle for $3

Unworn M65 field jacket, with new Rothco liner for $11.00

Large handmade leather purse made of 10oz full-grain pristine leather ...that has made 2 pouches, I knife sheath and one 22" machete sheath ...$1.99
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« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2014, 06:14:03 PM »
Geeez this topic is killing me...
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« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2014, 06:30:53 PM »
Me, too, MnS, me, too!
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« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2014, 09:34:19 PM »
Wrong thread. Oops.


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« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2014, 09:40:12 PM »
Been a while since this thread had some love...
I've been picking up camp stoves for stupid from time to time.  I think the most I've paid was 7 bucks for a Coleman Deluxe (old style flat green, not the newer wrinkle finish) propane with an extension hose.
Spent too much on a white gas stove...35 bucks, but it was like brand new and burns great.

Always on the lookout for blankets.  Got a couple nice poly ones for 2 bucks each.  various messkits and parts for a buck or so each.  Still on the hunt for a good butcher knife, but no luck yet.
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« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2014, 01:16:58 PM »
found this old butcher knife someone made from an old file. 
the fella "didn't have change" for my purchase so asked me to take out the difference in goods.  Went rummaging though an old stack of kitchen knives when I saw this:


the tip was heavily corroded and nicked.
the file grooves can still be seen on the spine.

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« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2014, 02:53:50 PM »
Dear Beau,

I found your knife. I'm keeping it.

Sincerely,

KK






Beau's SAK Farmer, mint, $10 at a neighbour's yard sale. I actually only paid what I had in my pocket - $8.25. Good deal, I'd say. SHe had some Old Timers but they were a little $$$.

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« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2014, 04:48:59 PM »
You could give it as a personalized gift to your wife......just have "PEEP" engraved on the other side. O:-)
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« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2014, 04:54:51 PM »
You could give it as a personalized gift to your wife......just have "PEEP" engraved on the other side. O:-)
:lol: Good one! I should try that! :)
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« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2014, 04:51:17 PM »
This a good deal on some cordless gear ?


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« Reply #22 on: July 25, 2014, 05:33:34 PM »
This a good deal on some cordless gear ?



Have you got the cordless driver and drill in there dancan??
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« Reply #23 on: July 25, 2014, 06:01:40 PM »
Well , truth be told I really bought it for a spare pair of batteries to go with this box that I got 70% off as well .



The cheaper set had all the driver/screw/drill bits included but the smaller batteries :(
The bigger driver set had the bigger batteries but no drivers or bits but it was still "cough" 70% off at the checkout ;)
I also got the cordless circsaw to go with for 34$ .
Got a cheap 229$ table saw for 65$ , a 589$ compressor for 169$ and several rolls of SOW 12/3 and a roll of 10/3 for cheap .
I guess Yeoman was sleeping in that day LOL
Oh , and I got 3 new 18v dewalt xpr batteries for 0$ ....

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« Reply #24 on: July 25, 2014, 06:21:23 PM »
Holy smokes ... SCORE !
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« Reply #25 on: July 26, 2014, 03:58:40 AM »
I didn't think twice and certainly have no byers remorse :)

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« Reply #26 on: July 26, 2014, 06:58:13 AM »
I didn't think twice and certainly have no byers remorse :)

Gee , I wonder why..  :cheers:
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« Reply #27 on: July 26, 2014, 07:12:25 AM »
I wanna shop where you shop!
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« Reply #28 on: July 26, 2014, 09:19:06 AM »
Dancan- I almost want to say "you suck!", but I won't!  I've seen those DeWalt batteries go for $90 when the supplies get low around here.  I can't afford that, so I've relegated myself to getting the rebuild kits for $45 off Amazon when one dies.  It's really too bad, because there's normally only one cell that shorts or burns the bridge out.  If I had a spot welder, I'd go for getting the individual cells and rebuild them all myself!

You certainly hit a gold mine by my local area standards!!

I will have to say my boys found an awesome score for my last birthday at a habitat for humanity thrift store.  They got a 3000W Central Electric generator $150.  It was a used at one of their build sites as a backup, and only had 1.5 hours on the meter.  It's enough to run the fridge, deep freeze and some lights or a small space heater, but no 240v outlet.  Good enough to get through a storm and keep the food good  :)

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« Reply #29 on: July 26, 2014, 09:39:31 AM »
Well , on the subject of gennys , I bought a King (Chinee)6500 watt store demo genny that had run for 6 hrs for 350$
Got a 5000 watt Coleman [run for 2 tanks] and new 15hp snowblower for free last year because of fouled carbs .
I bought this tiller last year for 500$



I've rented it twice and got 300$ of the 500$ back :)

Geez , I suck LOL

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« Reply #30 on: July 26, 2014, 09:47:46 AM »
Well , on the subject of gennys , I bought a King (Chinee)6500 watt store demo genny that had run for 6 hrs for 350$
Got a 5000 watt Coleman [run for 2 tanks] and new 15hp snowblower for free last year because of fouled carbs .
I bought this tiller last year for 500$



I've rented it twice and got 300$ of the 500$ back :)

Geez , I suck LOL

Okay since you said it first, I'll second the motion.....YES YOU DO!!!  LMAO!

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« Reply #31 on: July 26, 2014, 10:44:35 AM »
If you ask me, you BOTH suck! :doh: :hail:
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« Reply #32 on: July 26, 2014, 10:56:06 AM »
 :lol:
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« Reply #33 on: August 02, 2014, 01:10:43 PM »
Not from a thrift store but on a clearance rack at Walmart and mislabeled. I do want to support the local college since the tag said "USF beanie".

It is a cheap self inflating mattress. Rolled up it measures 5x24. Layed out it measures 1x24x72 inches.
For the low price of $8.47







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« Reply #34 on: August 02, 2014, 02:09:58 PM »
I generally don't go to garage sales, flea market once in a coons age. I did take a load of scrap to a junk yard and found a big sawmill blade. The guy at the office said to throw in on the truck when I leave because they weigh the truck coming in and going. So I did and also found a big hand operated forge blower.

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« Reply #35 on: August 02, 2014, 05:42:56 PM »
Not from a thrift store but on a clearance rack at Walmart and mislabeled. I do want to support the local college since the tag said "USF beanie".

It is a cheap self inflating mattress. Rolled up it measures 5x24. Layed out it measures 1x24x72 inches.
For the low price of $8.47









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« Reply #36 on: August 04, 2014, 03:40:38 PM »
Yesterday I picked up a 2# Hults Bruks hachet for $10 at a flea market, I need to re-hang it on a boys axe handle as I already have a 1 1/4# Hults Bruks hachet I bought for $2 a few months ago.

While in the Valley this past week I bought an old rusted hoof knife with a straight antler handle thinking it was a cheap hoof knife with someone's homemade handle; after some aggressive grinding of the rust I discovered it was an English  George Wostenholm hoof knife!  George Wostenholm supplied the HBC which had the I?XL trademark, so I don't know how old mine is. I bought it for only $4.
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« Reply #37 on: August 04, 2014, 05:53:14 PM »
Nice !

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« Reply #38 on: August 04, 2014, 10:01:12 PM »
Are you sure it's a 'hoof knife?'  :shrug:      Wostenholm made lots of right and left-handed crooked, or 'canoe knives' for trade out of the HBC.  Most, if not all of them, were sold without handles to save space in shipment, via canoe brigades to the outlying HBC posts in the Ungava and throughout the Hudson's Bay region.  Only after purchase by the native population, were they attached to handles that each customer fitted to his liking.
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« Reply #39 on: August 05, 2014, 02:37:15 AM »
Crooked knives in NS also come in straight blades with the handle being crooked, I have one made by a local from Yarmouth. This is a straight handle antler handle like many Wostenholm shown online so it might be a later one but you are correct in that many metal tools were shipped to the new world (or the land of trees) without handles to both save space and production cost/time. Mine also has the two brass pins as shown in all the Google pics for Wostenholm, the natives around here used wood handles and cord wrap and not pins.

In the Valley we have areas going back to 1600s with the French and English so there is a lot of history here.
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« Reply #40 on: August 05, 2014, 06:25:39 PM »
I've got a camera I'll give you so you can post a few pics LOL

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« Reply #41 on: August 07, 2014, 05:03:48 PM »
First is Native Yarmouth crooked knife vs. hoof knife.
Second is Hults Bruks hachets with 1 1/4# head and 2# head. 2# to be hanged on either a 28" or 21" handle.

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« Reply #42 on: August 07, 2014, 05:05:09 PM »
Don't see nuffin, OC.

Edit:  Now I do!  Link wasn't there before.   :shrug:
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« Reply #43 on: August 07, 2014, 05:26:47 PM »
Very cool OCnd !

I bought a new Scandie wood splitter today to go with my fantastic plastic one :)



not cheap but 60$ off :)

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« Reply #44 on: August 07, 2014, 06:22:00 PM »
That is a SERIOUS lookin' hunk o' steel right there! :chopwood:
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« Reply #45 on: August 29, 2014, 07:54:14 PM »
Stopped at Goodwill after dinner tonight and picked up two stainless steel bowls for my soap making supplies.

I also found this headlamp that just needed the battery contacts scruffed up with some sandpaper and install 2 batteries. Yap $3.16 for a Petzl headlamp.



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« Reply #47 on: September 04, 2014, 08:48:19 AM »
Havent bought anything good this year,last summer i bought a jiffy 8" gas ice auger for 25$,a homesense chainsaw for 25$, a les dunston 60" 40 lb longbow.only thing ive purchased this yr was a harmon kardon avr 445 receiver with 10" cerwin vega towers and a 15" jbl powered sub for 250$,crappy thing is i plugged powered sub into aux plug on back of amp,not realizing it was over rated for plug and blew something up inside of amp...thank god my brother used to own an electronic repair shop,sent amp off to his house for repair.....sadly havent found any good outdoor stiff this yr

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Re: What deals have you gotten at yard sales - thrift shops.
« Reply #48 on: September 07, 2014, 08:22:16 AM »
Most of our Canadian thrift stores suck, now admittedly I am not in them a lot but I have only come across some really good stuff once, I know a women who does work in one and she says that the workers have lists of stuff to not put out usually this is because one of the workers wants to buy it first ( they get a discount ) so I am pretty sure this probably happens at most stores, and considering the goods are dropped off for free its kinda a bummer that the stuff gets picked over before you even walk in the store.


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Re: What deals have you gotten at yard sales - thrift shops.
« Reply #49 on: September 09, 2014, 10:59:03 PM »
There are a couple stores in the area - not quite thrift stores but sorta like mom & pop Big Lots. They carry close outs, manufacturer seconds and such. They seldom have the same stuff twice. Sometimes they have military surplus. I was in a couple days ago and scored some good stuff.


Found this Esbit stove - $2.99 marked down to $2. It had a package of Triox inside. They only had one.


Got a few Swiss alcohol gel stoves that were $4.99 marked down to $3.50. They work with the Swiss volcano canteen stove. I already had the volcano stove. Also got a Czech mess kit for $6 - had been marked $9.99.


The small pot nests inside the larger one. The lid fits the larger, can be flipped over to fit the smaller, or can be used as a plate.

No pics but got a British compression bag like new marked down from $9.99 to $7.49. Got some wool gloves, a couple small rubberized bags, and a few other misc. items.





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