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Topic: OT: Re: Thrift store finds and Salvatore progress (6 msgs / 185 lines)
1) From: Kris Bhatti
My best advice is to go to a thrift store operated by some kind of non-profit organization that is located in an affluent area.  You've gotta have people with money who simply get rid of good stuff by donating it.  Most of my "competition" (other customers) at the store I go to are people who are looking for basic household items.  This church-run store is mostly staffed by people who are doing community service time and/or enrolled in the substance abuse treatment program that the church operates.
The cost of my $10 Salvatore espresso machine that I got a few days ago has risen about $300 already since I've ordered parts to pretty much do a complete overhaul.  It's going to be a nice machine when I'm done with it though!  They already know me by my first name at the Salvatore company and they've been very helpful so far.  The fun will really begin when the parts arrive!  Salvatore himself has promised to talk me through the work.  I offered to drive up to Solvang to have him do the work, but apparently he is so busy building machines, it would be months out for him to even have the time.  This will be quite a project for me.  
Kris
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From: kevin creason 
To: homeroast
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 4:36:55 PM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Thrift store finds
I would like to know which types of thrift stores will have the really good
scores like that.
Last week (while evacuated) I stopped at the Salvation Army family store
where I was at and found an Abco aluminum base with a Pyrex vac top for
$2.99. This is my second vac set (sans filter, but I have two thanks to
ebay). The other was a plain Cory for $2 at my generic non-denominational
outreach store.
But I keep praying for a really nice grinder or espresso machine... but
which stores do they seem likely to appear at? Catholic services? Goodwill?
Sally Ann? generic out-reach? special needs? women shelter? Garage sales in
a store-front?
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2) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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good advice - i saw a pavoni europiccola in such a thrift store a 
while back. i was $75, which would seem like a lot to your average 
thriftie, but is nothing for that machine, in most any condition...
tom
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
$300 for a quality HX is still an extremely good deal. Let me guess: first
the obvious group gasket and screen, likely new vibe pump and pressure stat,
possibly steam valve rebuild kit or new valve. Beyond those and a good
descaling and cleaning what else is needed? 
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4) From: Kris Bhatti
I only paid $15 for my lovely Europiccola at this same thrift store and I didn't have to invest any more to get it running!  I bought the replacement gasket kit anyway, but haven't needed to install it yet.  Now you see why I'm in there almost every day!  I worry about the great things that I might miss if I don't go.  
Kris
----- Original Message ----
From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee 
To: homeroast
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 5:46:20 PM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] OT: Re:  Thrift store finds and Salvatore progress
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good advice - i saw a pavoni europiccola in such a thrift store a 
while back. i was $75, which would seem like a lot to your average 
thriftie, but is nothing for that machine, in most any condition...
tom
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5) From: Kris Bhatti
I'm glad you think it's still a good deal.  I was hoping that I hadn't made a mistake investing in this.  You guessed right on the gasket, screen and pump.  At first they thought I would need a new heating element, but after further testing we think that's ok.  There are a couple of valves that he (Salvatore) thinks I should replace as this is what he would do if he were going to overhaul the machine.  The machine kept tripping the GFI yesterday after I had it running for a while yesterday (and ran the boiler dry), so we're not sure what exactly was causing that.  They tell me that the parts I will be installing are better than what was available 14 years ago, so with proper care this should last a long time.  The plan is to clean it all up, install the new parts and fill the boiler manually before plugging it in again.  More fun to come...
Kris
----- Original Message ----
From: miKe mcKoffee 
To: homeroast
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 6:11:43 PM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] OT: Re:  Thrift store finds and Salvatore progress
$300 for a quality HX is still an extremely good deal. Let me guess: first
the obvious group gasket and screen, likely new vibe pump and pressure stat,
possibly steam valve rebuild kit or new valve. Beyond those and a good
descaling and cleaning what else is needed? 
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6) From: Sandy Andina
Our upscale-area thrift stores tend to feature nicer (even designer)  
clothing and furniture, but never appliances---seems the wealthy keep  
'em till they croak, just as we poorer folk do.  But don't rule out  
pawnshops in this crummy economy.   I notice more Strats, Martins and  
Gibsons showing up for sale where the no-name guitars used to be, so I  
wouldn't be surprised to see some decent espresso machines start  
surfacing.
On Sep 24, 2008, at 7:16 PM, Kris Bhatti wrote:
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