Major coup (nothing to do with pigeons)

Howdeee!

John Foss suggested you folks might want to hear about this one: From the “Just
Thought You’d Like to Know Department”. I often hear about people on this
newsgroup having difficulty finding decent unicycles and giraffes, and coughing
up big bucks when they find them. Well take heart - there are low cost options.
I always scour thrift shops and swap meets for used units (although they usually
take a little “rehab”), this past weekend I really scored. I found a “Savage”
giraffe (a five footer), well made and in good condition, and here’s the good
part: the guy only wanted $30 (U.S.). All I had to do was pump up the tire and
ride it off. I was stoked! I don’t want to take away from dealers of new units,
but for those that can’t always afford them (like moi), this is a good option,
so keep your eyes peeled.

Pre-P.S. Garage sales are a good place to try too. People buy them on a whim,
try to get up a coupla’ times, and boom - garage sale city.

Tim Bustos 631 Casmalia Way Sacramento, CA 95864 Tel. 916/487-2874

“If we weren’t all crazy we’d just go insane” J. Buffet

Re: Major coup (nothing to do with pigeons)

In a message dated 98-03-17 11:51:48 EST, you write:

<< I found a “Savage” giraffe (a five footer), well made and in good condition,
and here’s the good part: the guy only wanted $30 (U.S.). All I had to do was
pump up the tire and ride it off. >>

Hey Tim-

What a coincidence! Just this weekend I also found a 5’ Savage giraffe with
the original tire and seat, used only a few times. Gee, I was feeling real
good about my find until I read you only paid $30. I had to fork out a whole
$50 for mine. :slight_smile:

Happy hunting!

-Mike UniChef@aol.com http://members.aol.com/UniChef/unichef.html

Re: Major coup (nothing to do with pigeons)

Philip, you have struck upon a favorite and very fun subject here. First of all,
let me say that there are many dejected uni’s out there. You must approach the
subject with this in mind. As a connoisseur of the used uni, ( I have 30+ in
various stages of disrepair), my advice is to try general swap meets, automotive
dedicated swapmeets, and antique shows. I found a brand new (old) Schwinn 24" by
advertising in the local paper, " Wanted to buy - Unicycles ". I found a Scwhinn
giraffe by word of mouth ( a friend of a friend of an acquaintance who saw one
in a bike shop some place in another state. Let me tell you - the’re out there,
and the thrill of finding one is hard to beat ! Good Luck, Mike

Re: Major coup (nothing to do with pigeons)

In a message dated 98-03-20 09:16:44 EST, you write:

<< All these finds make me puke. I look for any unicycle finds I can at thrift
stores, garage sales, used bike stores everywhere and everyone just laughs. I
know one person with a used 24" uni in their garage and they won’t part with it
even though they never learned to ride and they have a really bad knee (about to
get a knee replacement)
>>
Joe Veccalarri placed an ad in our newspaper at work in the “wanted” section
asking for used unis. He found four, ended up buying three Schwinns. I won’t
tell you how much he paid, I don’t want you to puke again.

“Ask and you shall receive”

-Mike UniChef@aol.com http://members.aol.com/UniChef/unichef.html

Re: Major coup (nothing to do with pigeons)

UniChef wrote:
>
> In a message dated 98-03-17 11:51:48 EST, you write:
>
> << I found a “Savage” giraffe (a five footer), well made and in good
> condition, and here’s the good part: the guy only wanted $30 (U.S.). All I had
> to do was pump up the tire and ride it off. >>
>
> Hey Tim-
>
> What a coincidence! Just this weekend I also found a 5’ Savage giraffe with
> the original tire and seat, used only a few times. Gee, I was feeling real
> good about my find until I read you only paid $30. I had to fork out a whole
> $50 for mine. :slight_smile:
>
> Happy hunting!
>
> -Mike UniChef@aol.com http://members.aol.com/UniChef/unichef.html

All these finds make me puke. I look for any unicycle finds I can at thrift
stores, garage sales, used bike stores everywhere and everyone just laughs. I
know one person with a used 24" uni in their garage and they won’t part with it
even though they never learned to ride and they have a really bad knee (about to
get a knee replacement)

Some people get all the breaks.
:slight_smile:

Re: Major coup (nothing to do with pigeons)

UniChef <UniChef@aol.com> wrote:

>In a message dated 98-03-20 09:16:44 EST, you write:

><< All these finds make me puke. I look for any unicycle finds I can at thrift
>stores, garage sales, used bike stores everywhere and everyone just laughs. I
>know one person with a used 24" uni in their garage and they won’t part with it
>even though they never learned to ride and they have a really bad knee (about
>to get a knee replacement)
> >>
>Joe Veccalarri placed an ad in our newspaper at work in the “wanted” section
>asking for used unis. He found four, ended up buying three Schwinns. I won’t
>tell you how much he paid, I don’t want you to puke again.

>“Ask and you shall receive”

Tried this myself and got calls for uni’s from Sears, Headstrom (the stroller
people) and a couple of STRANGE! OLD!! home mades.

Did get one call from a guy with a Schwinn. He was SURE this thing was worth at
LEAST $150 and he wasn’t willing to take less than $100 (guy damn near set the
dogs on me when I tried to talk him down).

My $.02

Dusty Founder, President, and Clumsiest member of The Quad Cities
Juggling Club Inc.