Bargain thrift Store, yard sale & dumpster diving treasu

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Postby Fenlason » Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:30 am

:thumbsup:

Those would look great in my new shop. ;)
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Re: Bargain thrift Store, yard sale & dumpster diving treasu

Postby Cliffmeister2000 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:11 pm

Great find!

I had one of those 20 years ago. Great tool cabinet. However, weighed a ton empty! As I was moving a lot at the time, I got tired of moving it and sold it for $40 at a yard sale. Wish I could get it back!
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Re: Bargain thrift Store, yard sale & dumpster diving treasu

Postby 48Rob » Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:53 pm

They ARE heavy!

I put wheels on a couple of mine that I've had for awhile...

Besides bragging about what a great deal I found... ;) I'm posting this because so few people realize what great inexpensive tool boxes they make.
Any decent tool box will set you back a lot of money, and most don't come anywhere close to the quality of these card files.
Map drawers/flat files also make great tool and parts storage. :thumbsup:

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This picture is of some of the ones I have at home; 28" deep, full extension slides!
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Postby wagondude » Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:27 pm

Heck, those 28" full extension slides are worth about $80 each. That is an awesome deal.
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Postby lrrowe » Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:41 pm

They sure do look much better then my low end Cratsman tool cabinets. Good find.
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Re: Bargain thrift Store, yard sale & dumpster diving treasu

Postby rowerwet » Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:23 pm

After 20 years as an airplane mechanic my tool collection is too heavy for a cheap tool box, the large chinese one I had was falling apart, this was after out growing a small craftsman, and wearing out a large craftsman.
after more than one visit to a seller that didn't know what size toolbox they were selling. I finally found a 29" deep snap on roll away. I wondered if it was stollen or something, turned out the guys friend gave it as colateral for a loan and never paid up. If I bought it off the truck it was 6k, I paid less than 2. The only down side for me, its a Harley davidson edition... If I can't sell it I expect it to last the rest of my life.
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Re: Bargain thrift Store, yard sale & dumpster diving treasu

Postby robfisher » Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:54 pm

My best bargain this year came from the local auction yard that has a sale about every 6 weeks. In the August auction was a pallet of snowmobile gear. 2 helmets, goggles, snowboots, some other stuff useless to me. But there was also a Bivouac Buddy Solar Shower. I bought the whole pile for $35.00, waited for the December auction and took everything else back. It sold for $120.00. An $85.00 profit and a free solar shower.
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Re: Bargain thrift Store, yard sale & dumpster diving treasu

Postby Redneck Teepee » Wed Dec 24, 2014 9:08 pm

robfisher wrote:My best bargain this year came from the local auction yard that has a sale about every 6 weeks. In the August auction was a pallet of snowmobile gear. 2 helmets, goggles, snowboots, some other stuff useless to me. But there was also a Bivouac Buddy Solar Shower. I bought the whole pile for $35.00, waited for the December auction and took everything else back. It sold for $120.00. An $85.00 profit and a free solar shower.




That beats buying high and selling low...like I normally do. :cry:
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Re: Bargain thrift Store, yard sale & dumpster diving treasu

Postby 48Rob » Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:24 am

That sure is the way to buy and sell! :thumbsup:
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Postby D.J. » Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:14 am

I am a Canadian, wintering in Arizona. When I see a thrift shop, I usually stop in to take a look. This shop had mostly baby clothes and action figures. Outside there was a nice three wheeled mobility scooter. I thought to myself that it would be extremely expensive and out of my price range. On the way out of the store, I asked the owner how much he wanted for the chair. To my surprise, he said $100.00 . He didn't know if it worked of not. He couldn't get it to run. I thought it over for about 15 minutes and went back and bought the chair. I thought that even if it didn't work that It could be converted to gas, using a pocket bike engine. I even convinced the owner to deliver it for free. It looked new and didn't have a scratch on it. The key was missing. I went to an electronics store, with the old keyed switch. When checking for size, I found out that the key for the new switch actually worked in the old switch. I put everything back together with the old switch and charged the batteries. I could not get it to work. After troubleshooting for a while (hours) I saw a linkage that seemed to have no purpose. I tracked it to a hidden switch that turned on the drive system. I pulled the hidden switch and the mobility scooter came to life. The large wheels are great for off-road use and it has a range of 25 miles. It even has turn signals and 4 way flashers. The scooter is close to $4000.00 new. I am the envy of my 55 plus trailer park.

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Re: Bargain thrift Store, yard sale & dumpster diving treasu

Postby 48Rob » Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:29 am

Great score!

I keep medical equipment that I find when cleaning out trade in and repo homes, sheds, etc, like wheel chairs, walkers, crutches and the like.
I figure someday I might have need for them, or my family, or someone I know.
Never priced a wheelchair, but they can't be cheap...

Your scooter is a great find, and a keeper for sure!

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Re: Bargain thrift Store, yard sale & dumpster diving treasu

Postby Cliffmeister2000 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:03 am

Awesome find! What part of Arizona are you wintering in?
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Postby D.J. » Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:22 am

I am in Tucson. I first looked at Phoenix and thought that It was just too big for me. The prices on mobile homes were also lower in Tucson. I am enjoying my stay. I am off to the swap meets now.
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Postby martymcfly » Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:17 pm

I just bought a vanson boat trailer off of Craigslist for $125. Six feet wide, It has decent tires and lights, but It needs paint. I am going to put a deck on it and use it as an atv trailer. The axle, springs and fenders are a seperate piece that is bolted to the frame, so it can be moved or I can make a frame to fit my needs and bolt it together.
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Re: Bargain thrift Store, yard sale & dumpster diving treasu

Postby bobhenry » Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:25 am

Well I cheated the trash man last evening. On the way home I took the road less traveled and waiting at the side of the road in a garbage pile was my score. It contained 2 wall cabinets 12" wide 36" tall and just 3" deep. Looks like I will have a couple new additions to my builds. Medicine cabinet? spice cabinet? or maybe one of each. Honey oak stained with beveled mirror doors they are very well made. Also while stopped I tossed in the 2 leaf blowers that were setting there waiting for the trash man.

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