Featured MY LATEST THRIFT STORE FIND & THE DICKERING THAT CAME AFTER!

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  1. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    Friday I was in the toy aisle by the back of a local thrift store; me & another reg. wait there because it's right by the doors where they roll the carts out with new merchandise going to the shelves. While waiting I peeked through the windows in the door & saw the cart full of stuff being priced - and immediately noticed a big old beautiful stereo receiver on the cart. I couldn't see the make because it was sitting backwards to the doors but just by the panel on the back I knew it was something good.
    I told my friend I had dibs on the stereo coming out & as soon as the cart cracked the doors I touched it and told the lady I wanted this!
    It turned out to be a Marantz 4270 Quadradial AM/FM receiver in beautiful condition - with a price tag of $29.95!
    I took it home & posted it on eBay & FB market place for $750 - I had a couple of offers for $400 but decided to wait till after the week-end to see what would happen.
    Sunday a guy came by my sale & when he saw my vintage road bikes he told me he collected Schwinn Stingrays - and then when he saw the Marantz he made me an offer: $500 or a 1974 Schwinn 5 Speed Stingray?
    I took the Stingray!
    Sunday night I listed the Stingray on eBay and within a few hours I had a offer for $600 - I countered for $675 and they accepted (during this time another eBayer offered me $500 and I said I already had a $600 offer and a little later (After I accepted the $675) they messaged me asking if I'd accept $725(!) but it was too late).
    So I ended up making $675 on a stereo I paid $29.95 for - and that's what keeps me going back every day looking for the next "WOW!"
    hope you like the pics!
    PS - Yesterday I was at the thrift store & bought a Gretsch limited edition Americana series guitar 'The Showdown' for $19.95 - I put it on eBay last night for $350obo!
    Good Hunting everyone!
    MUSIC STEREO MARANTZ 4270 STEREO RECEIVER 1AA_AAZZ.JPG MUSIC STEREO MARANTZ 4270 STEREO RECEIVER 1AAAZZ.JPG

    BELOW WAS MY FIRST VIEW OF IT & I KNEW IT WAS SOMETHING GOOD!

    MUSIC STEREO MARANTZ 4270 STEREO RECEIVER 4AAZX.JPG

    BELOW WAS WHAT I TRADED IT FOR!

    BICYCLE SCHWINN STINGRAY 1A_AAz.JPG BICYCLE SCHWINN STINGRAY 2AAZ.JPG BICYCLE SCHWINN STINGRAY 4AAAZ.JPG

    AND HERE IS YESTERDAY'S FIND - Gretsch Limited Edition Americana Series Guitar "The Showdown" !

    MUSIC GUITAR GIBSON ANERICAN SERIES THE SHOWDOWN 1A_AAxx.JPG MUSIC GUITAR GIBSON ANERICAN SERIES THE SHOWDOWN 5AAxx.JPG
     
  2. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Wow Journey! Great receiver! Great bike! Great guitar! Fun!
     
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  3. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    We had a hifi set up some years back made by a British company called Quad. Time came to replace it: there were a few issues, and it didn't do digital radio.

    Himself suggested the tip for the old gear.

    Hah.

    I listed it on Ebay. It had cost us about £900 in 1981 from memory. Sold it all for over £450, as separate units. One went to someone who literally just wanted the fascia.
     
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  4. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    Congrats, Journey!
     
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  5. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    If I'd sold the receiver on eBay the shipping would have been as much as the unit - it weighed 39 lbs + having FedEx pack it safely - it would have been expensive!
     
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  6. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    I actually delivered one component, the chap paid my petrol. Packaged the other two pretty successfully. They were about 10 Kg from memory.
     
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  7. pearlsnblume

    pearlsnblume Well-Known Member

    Congrats on the sale.
     
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  8. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Savvy buying. Congratulations!
     
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  9. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    I had a massive Sansui once. I could barely carry it - decided to list it on a local buy and sell site with just the model number and a few pics with the description "first $1000 takes it" for a laugh.

    Much to my surprise, within an hour of listing, a guy shows up with a bundle of $50 bills saying he'd been looking for one of these all his life. So I said Bye-Bye big ol' heavy Sansui, and welcomed 20 crisp $50's instead!
     
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  10. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    both the bike and receiver...classics..

    U R indeed...a ' Wheeler Dealer " !!!!!!:hilarious::hilarious:
     
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  11. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    Something caught my eye in a trash pile a few weeks ago while driving. Turns out it was a late 1970s Kenwood KR-4600 receiver. Works perfectly! These things were built like tanks back then.
     
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  12. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    good eye !!
    if it was an Ipod....u would never have noticed it !! :hilarious::hilarious::hilarious:
     
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  13. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly STAY SAFE! The worst prison is a closed heart

    Congrats! I will admit I went and checked my old system that's in the basement but I'm safe letting it sit, it's not worth much:)
     
  14. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    my Marantz is in the basement.......less buttons though !!
     
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  15. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    My oldest son's godfather gave him a set of Klipsh speakers that he had bought while stationed in Germany in the early 1980s. They were the large floor type models. If he turned them up over about 3 it rattled the windows. :jawdrop:

    When he & his now ex moved in together he brought them with him of course. She said they did not go with "the decor". He ended up selling them. :(

    In hindsight, he should have kept the speakers. :rolleyes::rolleyes::p
     
  16. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    I just sold my Magnepan MG1's last week. About 5' tall, I used them for room dividers for the last 20 years :D
     
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  17. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    That Schwinn Stingray is in great condition! I might have wanted to keep that one.... Well done overall!
     
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  18. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    LOL
     
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  19. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    Someone on bikeforums said the suspension on the bottom of the back sissy bar AND the seat (Stingrays supposedly had stripes) were from a same period Schwinn Stingray krate (like the Pea Picker or Grey Ghost) + the paint (opaque red) was only used for 1 year by Schwinn - along with the condition like you said; I probably could have gotten more?
     
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  20. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Not sure... I had a vintage 1970s Chicago-made Schwinn (also bright red) and despite what I read online, had a hard time selling it around here-- and this is a pretty bike-happy place. Local market conditions for sure.

    Sounds like you did pretty well anyway!
     
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