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Vintage Schwinn
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It is not difficult to legitimately obtain & accumulate large numbers of bicycles and parts(..parts bikes to break down and cannibalize from). Any medium or large metropolitan area with one Military base nearby will likely have huge numbers of bicycles donated to Salvation Army thrift stores & Goodwill almost on a daily basis.
You(as the proprietor of said hole in the wall used bike shop) have someone visit daily during the morning within the first two hours that the thrift store opens for business.
My wife's friend Sandra, has owned an upscale antique furniture store since 1986, and has multiple store locations today including Hilton Head, Charleston, and Savannah.
Sandra has an army of folks that simply hit all the Salvation Army Thrifts, Goodwill stores, other Charitable Thift Stores every single day immediately first thing in the morning, and then proceed in a tactical coordinated plan of then going to most every one within cities and towns in SC, NC, GA, FLA, & TN. These folks just buy the items and the Salv Army, etc puts a SOLD tag on the item, and typically other store personnel with a large box truck with a hydraulic tommy lift type of thing will pick it up within a week of purchase. Sandra says that technology today has simplified things as you can look at the item on phone that the employee is considering buying for the store's inventory and say yeah go ahead or NO, and you can also if need be negotiate a better price with the Thrift's manager from 600 miles away. Typically, she can buy certain furniture items for ~ around $100 or so that she can retail to the right buyer for nearly ten times that, but you have to be good at knowing what sells to your clientele and what is a white elephant. It is instinctive probably with her and her talented people as there is a heckuva lot more than just knowing the ol unwriiten commandment of buy low and sell high. About six years ago, while Sandra was a guest at our beach house, I commented to Sandra that she is the Jim Cramer of junk and she smiled.
Garage sales aren't likely as good as the once might have been years ago to locate bicycles because of technology like Facebook marketplace. Craigslist puts certain people off due to the greater perceived danger and probability of getting robbed at gunpoint. There are real risks with Craigslist and other local shopper type ads but with certain precautions, one can perhaps somewhat mitigate some of that risk.
The HOLE IN THE WALL bike shop specializing in USED bikes and repairs might be in an area where that type of store actually might work. There are still USED MAJOR APPLIANCE STORES located in rural areas and areas where homeowners and landowners are located in the geographic part of a particular state with the average lowest annual income (...refrigerators, washers, dryers, electric ranges, gas stoves, chest freezers window a/c units, lawn mowers, chainsaws, etc)
Not everybody has the money to buy even the new base basic model that is the size to fit their family's needs & limited spending budget, so a new refrigerator, new car or truck and certainly perhaps even a new Walmart $200 bicycle may be beyond what is prudent & practical for some families at the present time. Remember that there are always hard working folks that are in current circumstances that do not currently allow for such excess spending.
Any HOLE IN THE WALL shop that has a business license and a rented/leased physical store location IS NOT GOING TO KNOWINGLY DEAL IN STOLEN ITEMS!
You can assume that said HOLE IN THE WALL SHOP will likely do everything in its power to acquire items properly and not through a thief or fence.
Now the cat you emailed yesterday from the Craigslist ad for the MASI bike for $145 --- when you asked him about it and he says, oh yeah I've had it since the nineties, as it was my uncles' bike and he bought it new from Montgomery Ward in the Seventies when he was the Asst manager of the North Fork Mall Montgomery Ward store...... it's a good bike, he took care of it, it rides good, I've ridden it some................ **** IT APPEARS TO BE A REAL AUTHENTIC MASI and not something Montgomery Ward ever sold.......... ------Now, you're obviously thinking this bike is Stolen, or it is a scam with pictures of a MASI that were obtained elsewhere on the web, so that when you go to said place to look at the bike, you'll be robbed of all the cash you are carrying and your cell phone, credit cards and perhaps even robbed of your car . Craigs can be like the wild wild west so be extremely careful!!!!
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