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Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
What have you been finding at thrift stores? on 11/08/2013 13:27:58 MST Print View

Perhaps my best find came the other day: Goretex Marmot bibs for $4. Couldn't tell they had been used. $550 new!

Other memorable mentions:

-Lightly used Goretex Marmot one-piece alpine suit, $25. $750 new.
-Lightly used Goretex Marmot ski pants, $10. ~$200 new.
-Lightly used Goretex Marmot jacket, $9. ~$200 new.
-Nearly new Goretex Marmot jacket, $4. ~$200 new.
-New Quiksilver ski pants, $4. ~$150 new.
-Barely used Patagonia R1 fleece, $8. $130 new.
-New Kawasaki cloth motorcycle panniers, $4. $185 new.
-New Trek bike pannier, $4. ~$50 new.
-New Soft Star shoes, $4. $75 new.
-New Royal Robbins hooded shell, $9. ~$85+ new.

And that's just off the top of my head. I have found too many other nice pieces of performance fleece, wicking layers, and casual wear to mention. Alf, Columbia, Patagonia, Royal Robbins, Mountain Khakis, The North Face, Prana, and more. Most of it has been lightly used. Some has been new. On occasion, I'll get otherwise nice and quality pieces with little holes for $1-2 after I show a store worker.

That's just for me. My wife has had great success too...though she goes less often than I.

I enjoy thrift storing. There's always the element of surprise. Never know what you're going to find.

EDIT: It was brought to my attention in another thread that I was bragging. I'm very embarrassed this post came across that way. I apologize. It was not my intent. It was solely to inspire others to start thrift storing themselves. The many benefits are worthy of another thread. Also, the morality of paying so little for this gear was mentioned too. I would encourage that the prospective thrifter donate back to these stores. I do, freely and often...things that are in most demand such as regular clothes (adult and kids) and housewares.

Edited by rustyb on 11/20/2013 16:46:23 MST.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: What have you been finding at thrift stores? on 11/08/2013 13:29:44 MST Print View

If anyone lives anywhere near Ft. Belvoir, I dump a lot of pretty nice things in the thrift store on post. Go have a look!

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: What have you been finding at thrift stores? on 11/08/2013 13:35:09 MST Print View

Yesterday I found 2 pairs of merrel trail gloves for $5 each! (in my size) They were a little worn on the tread, but whatever.

I haven't had much luck finding good, high dollar outdoor gear. I've bought plenty of athletic shorts and polycotton button ups that I wear in hot weather, also some cheap windshirts that I don't mind thrashing through brush, but that's it. Lots of cheap fleeces and wool sweaters. I've never found anything goretex or any high quality fleeces or softshells. Did find a nice ibex pullover but it wasn't my size so I gave it to a friend.
I don't see too many people walking around town in name brand outdoor clothing. It's not like the pacific northwest. Those that do own outdoor clothing know the value of it and keep it. Maybe it's different south of me in the bay area with all the yuppies.

I go in every week and browse around. It takes persistence to find anything good.

Edited by justin_baker on 11/08/2013 13:40:07 MST.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
MYOG components on 11/08/2013 13:52:58 MST Print View

They love me because I take aluminum crutches off their hands (so many donations, so few sales). Last time, I think I got 3 pair for $5. Then I use it as a source of cheap Al tubing for camp chairs, dip netting handle extensions, MYOG pack frames, Halloween costume structural frameworks, etc.

The Venn digram of thrift stores and yuppie neighborhoods has a small overlap, but places like Marin County have some real scores.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: What have you been finding at thrift stores? on 11/08/2013 14:06:36 MST Print View

brand new Mountain Hardwear Stretch Typhoon reg. $200 for $20
new Salomon xt wings reg $140 for $10

Edited by annapurna on 11/08/2013 14:18:18 MST.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: What have you been finding at thrift stores? on 11/08/2013 14:09:51 MST Print View

My wife got an REI fleece vest that I'm wearing this moment. She bought some shirts for me.

I can't stand going through thrift stores. It takes so much time to find one thing that's good. I hate buying stuff that's already worn out.

Valerie E
(Wildtowner) - M

Locale: Grand Canyon State
Re: What have you been finding at thrift stores? on 11/08/2013 16:17:47 MST Print View

I want to go shopping in the OP's neighborhood! :~)

Very little high-end athletic stuff (unless it's totally trashed); I find an occasional cashmere or other nice wool sweater (life outside hiking exists, too).

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Re: What have you been finding at thrift stores? on 11/08/2013 16:49:54 MST Print View

I go to one particular store twice weekly. It's mostly famine but persistence pays off big on occasion. It is in one of the most unlikely of locales to find this stuff. The demographics are completely off...so I can only guess as to how this stuff gets there.

The other thrift store I frequent, though not often enough, is in my home town, 14 miles from the other. Here, there are a few more people who enjoy the outdoors and as such, I find more good stuff. New $550 bibs for $4 for instance.

In a swanky ski resort town 1.5 hrs away, where no one would be caught on the slopes or at the latte shop without some big name brand piece, the thrift stores are loaded with with this stuff. However, it is priced accordingly....because the thrift store people recognize the brands. Still, $30 for a pair of Goretex bibs for example, that still have some life left in them, is not a bad deal.

Edited by rustyb on 11/20/2013 16:48:01 MST.


(jrentas8137) - F
Thirfting! on 11/08/2013 21:27:49 MST Print View

I had a great experience this past month looking for items to use on my cross country trip next spring:

Northface Ventilator Tent: $55

Zeal Optics sunglasses: $20


The tent alone was an awesome find for me. I heard great things about it.

Edward Jursek
(nedjursek@gmail.com) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
thrift store on 11/08/2013 21:46:50 MST Print View

Total thrift store junky. Mostly score cloths. Recently picked up my second brand new looking pair of ArcTerxy Rampart pants and last week a matching pair of ArcTeryx Rampart shorts. Also have a lot of luck on Craigslist, but it helps to live in Seattle.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: thrift store on 11/09/2013 06:44:46 MST Print View

I went in the Goodwill in Hood River, Oregon and it was totally boutique'd. They had some nice Patagonia, but not a give-away prices.

Garage sales can be amazing too, but not in November. You have to spend some time to get the good stuff.

I went to a gear swap at the Seattle Mountaineers and got a like new current model GG Mariposa for $30! The seller said he just couldn't get his stuff light enough to use it. I can :)

I got this in a thrift store for my wife (minus the china):Thrift store find

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: What have you been finding at thrift stores? on 11/09/2013 20:25:46 MST Print View

I think it's cool hearing what other thrifters are finding. Good on all of you! Thanks for the replies!

Patrick M.
(patrat) - M
What have you been finding at thrift stores? on 11/10/2013 18:27:12 MST Print View

Once saw a patagonia fleece (older), still kicking myself for skipping it. I was in an anti-synthetics phase.

Recently picked up a good condition Arc'teryx Theta AR, with goretex XCR. Great find for $13.

A made in USA L.L. Bean wool duffle coat. Not ultralight, but nice for winter wandering without a pack.

Countless silk camp shirts, and merino wool lightweight sweaters.

First Ascent light fleece top.

Patagonia nylon grid long sleeve button up, fisherman style. First time I heard of Patagonia's pricy reputation was when my brother in law commented on my "expensive gear".

My best quality suit for dressing up. Luckily someone who liked italian wool suits was built like me.

Almost nothing in the way of good quality outdoor pants. Seems like only cotton outdoor pants get donated. Plenty of synthetic and wool if you want to wear dress pants.

REI garage sale... thats a topic for another thread; but it can be amazingly good too. Same with internet classifieds.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: What have you been finding at thrift stores? on 11/10/2013 21:55:22 MST Print View

Canon s2200 basic point and shoot 14mp camera with 720i HD video. $14 at Goodwill last week :)

Canon s2200

Robert Meurant
(rmeurant) - MLife
$13 MontBell parka on 11/11/2013 02:59:36 MST Print View

Khaki MontBell parka in Polkatex, which I presume (but don't know for sure), is very similar to Ventile. New, folds into its middle pocket, very light weight, and very comfortable to wear. From the great Seoul flea market, which runs for many, many blocks (by DongMeo Station), which we haunt each Sunday.

From the same market, a GoLite mid-size pack in near-new condition, $10.

A variety of down jackets by name brands, mainly new.

An extensive range of Chouinard Dragon packs, which I have been collecting, both Korean made (by Jackal), and Japanese made (by Croster). I need to sell these soon to finance other purchases and adventures...

Two Echoroba Fitzroy tents (on different occasions), design attributed to Messner, 1-man and 2-man with snow entry, ideal for car camping. The 2-man for $7 without poles, which exact set of poles I later realized I had already bought a year or two before for $10.

Etc. etc.

Edited by rmeurant on 11/11/2013 03:06:55 MST.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: What have you been finding at thrift stores? on 11/11/2013 06:30:08 MST Print View

Pendleton wool long sleeve button up.

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
RE: What have you been finding at thrift stores on 11/11/2013 10:37:19 MST Print View

I'm getting very jealous reading these posts!

I drop in on thrift stores with some regularity and almost never find anything of value for the outdoors. Maybe living in southern Virginia has something to do with it. All I recall ever finding was a Lands End nylon jacket with fleece liner (small hole in the waist band) for about $4, but this was a over a decade ago. I drop in less and less often because it seems to be a waste of time.

Maybe if I lived in Seattle...

On the other hand, I see lots of very good deals on Sierra Trading Post if you have their extra 35% off coupon. Maybe not the lightest stuff on the market, but new lightweight base layers for around $5, near 100% Merino mid-to-heavy base layers for $25, etc.

Edited by ewolin on 11/11/2013 10:40:15 MST.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.com
Nothing Good, anyways. on 11/11/2013 10:45:08 MST Print View

Nothing. I've found nothing.

D S
(smoke) - F
My Best Haul on 11/11/2013 10:51:51 MST Print View

My best haul has been a pair of Exofficio Pants and a TNF TKA100. Besides that, not much, except a Car Camping air matress.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Flea Market on 11/11/2013 10:53:49 MST Print View

I have found many good items at the Flea Market, but I used to go every weekend, almost.
Among my finds:

Evernew Teapot .9 liters for five dollars.
Several Patagonia shirts, R1, hoodies, R2 etc. from 1 dollar for the R1 to 5 dollars for some others
Arcteryx Alpha LT, 15 dollars
Two Ridgerests for a dollar each
Montbell Alpine Light for 10 dollars
Montbell SS 4 for 15 dollars

I will think of more.