I regularly hit about 6 Goodwill stores a week, and hit the one near my office pretty much every day on my lunch hour. Things were much better 3 or 4 years ago. Now most Goodwill stores siphon off anything that looks remotely vintage to their online auction site where it fetches higher than eBay prices for gear that is often non-functional and pretty beat up from rough handling.super scope wrote:All of this from Goodwill stores!! What? I have been looking in Goodwill stores for YEARS.....NOTHING!! In fact, in all that time I only picked up ONE item to look at.....WOW!
To clarify, all the items in my original post were from Goodwill. In the recent photo, the JBL 4301B Control Monitors were from Craiglist. I got a fair price, but they needed quite a bit of work due many years of improper storage conditions. Of course they needed refoamed and the cabinets needed refinished, but the crossovers also needed some work.
https://s6.postimg.cc/z99g06wrl/JBL_430 ... _After.jpg
The Realistic Elac Miracord 45 I got off Offerup. It needed a new stylus, the idler wheel replaced and a general clean lube and adjust.
Although most of my gear and home decor comes from Goodwill, much of it also requires considerable sweat equity to get it properly functional and aesthetically presentable.
Here's what those JBL L36 Decades looked like when I got them (before $200 in parts and materials and nearly 40 hours of my time):
https://s6.postimg.cc/ntrc8hwtd/JBL_L36 ... fore_1.jpg
https://s6.postimg.cc/4d6mlz1pd/JBL_L36 ... fore_2.jpg
https://s6.postimg.cc/x43gc17j5/JBL_L36 ... fore_3.jpg
https://s6.postimg.cc/biydofash/JBL_L36 ... fore_4.jpg
https://s6.postimg.cc/4tru8epgh/JBL_L36 ... fore_5.jpg
https://s6.postimg.cc/8w28ixwtd/JBL_L36 ... fter_2.jpg
https://s6.postimg.cc/4phe3lx7l/JBL_L36 ... fter_4.jpg
https://s6.postimg.cc/6srtb9x0h/JBL_L36 ... fter_3.jpg
I also rebuilt the crossovers and installed proper 5-way binding posts.
But, this is what I do and what I enjoy. I love the thrill of the hunt, I enjoy the restoration work and most of all, I like to sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labors. It's quite the hobby and keeps me off the streets at night.