Thrifty garaging fleas! Share your thrift store finds

Flea markets and thrift stores are cool! I used to go to them all the time before the pandemic but now I only go very occasionally because I‘m in a phase in where I don’t go out very much.

Yesterday I went to a thrift store near where I live and appart from a couple of skirts and jackets i found this brand new PDP PS3 "versus fighting pad" for ~$5.
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The rubber grip in the back had worn out with time and it was all sticky and gross but I was able to clean it with some alcohol.
The actual controller feels pretty good it has very clicky (and loud!) micro switches in the stick and in every button.
I don't play fighting games but it feels quite good with shoot em ups and arcade games. I haven't tested it for more than 30 minutes though.

This controller might calm my urge to irresponsibly buy an arcade stick just for Tetris and shoot 'em ups. And apparently you can [get them on eBay for $10 brand new.](
Maybe I'll update with my full thoughts on it later.

There's also an Xbox 360 version and apparently it doesn't have the degrading rubber grip issue, if I end up liking this controller maybe I'll get the Xbox version for when I mod my 360 and put the cave collection in there

Use this thread to post whatever weird stuff you find at thrift stores, flea markets or garage sales, video game related or not!

In 2014 I found these awards in a San Francisco thrift store

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I got this ceramic duck with a tiny head at the Rose Bowl Flea Market last summer.

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@“Dunkr”#p67179 wow!!! It's always fun to think about what led to this sort of thing.

@“safety_lite”#p67191 i personally feel it's more fun to think about what led to this sort of thing

Oh man… I stopped thrifting heavily in 2021, prior to that my whole life was thrifting! I may be starting again soon though. [upl-image-preview url=//]

From the junk store

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Unopened 2004 gaming magazine with full version of GUNMETAL for PC.

Text at the bottom says “E[color=Maroon]X[/color]TREME GAMEPLAY” and on the left “Everything you need to know about HUGE ROBOTS

Bought at some lakeside town that i forgot how was named for less then 50 cent in 2020.

This isn't my purchase, though I wish it had been, but circa 2003 some guy in my school bought a Master System II with Alex Kidd in Miracle World for £1 at a charity shop. He was kinda a weird guy though and ended up deliberately melting the controller port. What a waste!

I love thrifting, and since I've been moving, been reminded of some good finds. This is one of the best:

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At the time, I just thought it was an impressively good Elvis portrait (lil damage aside) that I scored for $10 at a Goodwill. When I finally looked up the artist, Loxi Sibley, it turns out that she was Elvis' official portrait artist in the '70s. She did a number of these oil paintings, and the licensed merch you'd buy at Elvis concerts at that time was based off of her work, including this painting. I just wonder how it ended up at the Glassell Park Goodwill.

And then this ugly cat is my first Out of the Closet pickup in the Dallas area to celebrate getting a new place:
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One of my lil dreams I still hold in my dream pouch that I haven't thrown into the ocean yet is someday going back to Japan to go on a bicycle tour across the nation, thrifting and shipping stuff back to the US aka importing tons of cheap goods and personal grail items and cibs!

I just went to my first Half Price Books & it was quite a bit dreamier than I‘d hoped – weirder video games (they had some Neo Geo CD & imports), excellent coffee next door at Black Forest, crates of VHS for $5 per lot, & the entire staff was masked, even here in Dallas! I’m gonna fill my apartment with junk

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@“tokucowboy”#p72693 I hope you like the Double Dragon movie!

It‘s dumb, it’s cheesy, it‘s bad, but I love it. IMO it’s something of a hidden gem in the world of 90s video game movies for fans of a certain flavor of garbage cinema.

@“Nemoide”#p72840 I don’t remember much about that movie, but a vivid image of Abobo comes to mind unbidden just by seeing it mentioned…so that’s worth something at least! Peak 90s weirdness, almost up there with the SMB movie.

@“Syzygy”#p72848 there’s a very specific flavor of grungy urban camp that was all over media at the time that somehow spanned the spectrum all the way from PG - R (say, TMNT live action to Robocop somewhere on opposite ends). I suppose it’s some combination of budget, a sincere attempt to appear “radical,” and often some social commentary. Either way, these films were so ingrained in that specific milieu that it still felt natural…I shudder to think of what Stranger Things-flavored garbage a modern throwback would look like (though Dredd might be a valid counterexample??)

I do like the Double Dragon movie – no one can tell me it‘s not entertaining & interesting. @“kory”#525 “grungy urban camp” is a good way to describe it – my friends & I were just describing this fairly proliferated bucket of ’90s sci-fi B-movie flavor that none of us could put an exact finger on. Double Dragon & Mario Bros. are certainly part of it, but I think I would even extend the vibe from stuff as low-budget as the live-action Fist of the North Star all the way up to big-budget things like Judge Dredd. Tank Girl, Johnny Mnemonic, I think there are even shades of it in stuff like Congo & The Island of Dr. Moreau. They took big swings & all had a sort of B-movie flair, were some of the last bastions of practical effects, & just about every one I can think of is regarded as a bomb, but they just kept trying them

@“tokucowboy”#p72693 Love an HPB, also the only cool retail job I ever had.

@“sabertoothalex”#p73213 it was the first time there for both me & the person I went with, & we both specifically commented that the staff seemed cool & that it seemed like a cool place to work

@“Samograj”#p67464 I‘m late on this but I love learning about regional scenes, so anything you’ve got to share about game history and collecting in poland… well, maybe it should be its own thread, but I'd love to hear about/help discuss it as a frequent visitor to krakow.

@"tokucowboy"#p67493 whoa, that elvis!! That's gotta be worth some scratch at this point.

that double dragon movie sucks but also it rules because:
1) mark dacascos
2) GREAT set for the rebellious teen hangout
3) pseudo future mad max car stuff and magic baddies

I don't really need anything other than those three things.

I went to half price books in Fremont recently and there were a lot of Things For Me there. Here are some of them.

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That copy of The Keep is particularly cool because modern releases of the movie don't have the Tangerine Dream soundtrack because rights got murky and the movie isn't popular enough. So the widescreen laserdisc is the best way to see the movie at this point. HOWEVER for some reason it is possible on streaming services now, so that's even better.

Regardless, I'm glad to have this one because I like this bad movie.