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Where Trash Becomes Scratch


Bob and Judi's Coolectibles  

Music Gear

Rogue Music
220 W. 30th St., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-629-5073
Rogue is well-known for its vintage guitars and keyboards, but the store will take instruments and recording equipment of all sorts—even well-worn items, assuming its in-house repairmen can fix them up. Because the price tags are low, turnover is high: It accepts about 40 new instruments per month, some of which are bought outright and others sold on a consignment plan, with commission fees ranging from 10 to 25 percent. A Fender Stratocaster guitar, for example, is priced at $395, with the original owner getting a 75 percent initial payout.

Recent find: Circa 1971 Fender Rhodes Mark 1 Stage piano ($1,195). “You don’t see a lot of electric pianos from that era,” says sales manager Clay Chalem.

Vintage Glassware and Collectibles

Bob and Judi’s Coolectibles
217 Fifth Ave., nr. Union St., Park Slope; 718-638-5770
Unleash your inner 40-Year-Old Virgin on this Park Slope institution by off-loading your stash of old toys, costume jewelry, small furniture, vintage signs, glassware, or other offbeat knickknacks. While most of the stock is from the sixties or earlier, there are exceptions for certain hot eighties items (Smurf dolls!). Payment is typically 35 to 50 percent of the eventual sales price. Nesting bowls, for example, usually go for about $30; glassware, $20 to $35 for a set; cocktail shakers, $20.

Recent find: Vintage shoot-’em-up pinball game ($125). “The precursor to modern pinball, it has really interesting graphics,” says co-owner Judi Pheiffer.

Books, DVDs, and Games

Bookoff U.S.A.
49 W. 45th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-685-1410
For all its greatness, the Strand comes up short in one respect: It won’t buy back your best sellers. But BookOff, which is a largely Japanese used-­media store, will take those Dan Brown and John Grisham novels off your hands—as well as your DVDs and undamaged video games (as long as they’re not scratched or obvious bootlegs). Paperbacks dependably trade for about 50 cents, hardbacks for $1.50. And while you’re there, check out the dizzyingly vast Japanese manga section.

Recent find: A Sony PS3 console ($244). “They go fast,” says sales ­associate Hitomi Saiki.

High-End Sneakers

Flight Club New York
254 Greene St., nr. Waverly Pl.888-937-8020, ext. 405
This sports-apparel consignment shop sells brands like the North Face, Starter, and Patagonia, plus hard-to-find sneakers. Flight Club takes only a 30 percent fee from each transaction, which means that you’d get to keep 70 percent of the $225 price tag on a pair of rare Air Jordans. Hopeful resellers with fewer than five items can walk in during the afternoons, though those with more loot need to make an appointment.

Recent find: Original pair of green Nike Delta Force sneakers from the nineties. “Coming across a pair that’s never been worn and still in the box is very unusual,” manager Carlos Duran says.

Designer Accessories

A Second Chance Designer Resale
1109 Lexington Ave., nr. 77th St.; 212-744-6041
Though it also consigns clothes, A Second Chance stands out for designer bags, jewelry, and accessories by names like Lanvin, Fendi, Prada, and Gucci. While it’ll buy Chanel pieces outright, other brands consign for a fifty-fifty split. Prices trend on the high side here: Currently, a David Yurman ring set is marked at $750, Hermès bangles at $400.

Recent find:Vintage eighties Chanel cuff ($4, 999). “We were told that it used to belong to Winona Ryder,” co-owner Maria Ridolfi says.


Bespoke Bicycles
64B Lafayette Ave., at S. Elliott Pl., Ft. Greene; 718-643-6816
Most bike owners know that when it comes to getting cash for your wheels, Craigslist is king. But if you’re looking to upgrade your ride, it’s worth attempting a store-credit deal at Bespoke (usually between $50 and $100). While the stock skews toward cruisers, they often make trades on other types of bikes without suspension, sometimes to resell, sometimes for the parts. Refurbished and used models usually sell for between $150 and $500.

Recent find: A 1957 Rudge three-speed bike ($500). “It’s one of the older English three-speeds that you’ll ever see,” owner Cassidy Vare says.

Comic Books

Midtown Comics
200 W. 40th St., at Seventh Ave., second fl. 212-302-8192
To keep its three locations and online store stocked, the comics supermarket will buy just about anything in decent condition—from rarities of the forties to a new Doctor Solar you picked up a month ago. Even if the store already has 100 copies of your particular issue, it’ll usually buy it—though you might not get more than 50 cents. Midtown rarely does walk-in deals, however; call to set up an appointment.

Recent find:Captain America Comics No. 2 ($1,800). “Among the most scarce comics in the world. Back in the forties, any unsold copies were destroyed after the first month of publication,” says collectibles buyer Alex Rae.

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