tl;dr - What cool stuff have you gotten at thrift stores?
I got an old 1qt aladdin stanley themos (I think from 1984 if the 84 on the bottom is a year stamp) with a 2 piece pour through stopper at a thrift store for $4.
I was curious how well it worked for cold shit, so I filled it with ice. It's been about 100 degrees the past 3 days here in california, and there's still ice in the thermos a full 72 hours later. pic isn't mine, the finish is a little better on mine, just didn't feel like taking a picture.
Funnily enough I found the exact same thermos in a thrift shop/Salvos, fuck these things are GOAT, mine's been accidentally ran over and only got a scratch from it. The amount of brand new/rarely used shit people donate to these stores are ridiculous.
I never buy anything at a thrift shop that I eat off/out of. I realize this is just my personal hangup really, but I assume everything in a thrift shop has been pooped-in and cummed-on at least fourteen times.
a few months ago I got a thermarest prolite for $7. As far as I could tell, it was brand new.
The only problem with the thermos was it was dirty as shit inside. Some hot water and dish soap shaken around in it and it was good to go.
I also found merrel moab mids in my size that were also almost new for $10.
the walls of the thermos were stained with brown substance. The guy very well could have shit in it for all I know. My guess is hot chocolate. soap does a good job at cleaning up shit stains though.
I'm pretty sure boiling hot water and dish soap will remove microscopic shit particles.
But just so you know, the air is filled with shit particles no matter where you are. You're constantly breathing them in, and all of your food is covered in them.
I know a place that consistently had this kind of stuff for cheap where I used to live. White collar city. Forget about it in a blue collar town. Also avoid the newer ones with the glass vacuum tube. I learned the hard way when one shattered on me.
Got a pair of pic related never used with the price tag on it for $4 (mum volunteers there so employee discount :^) ) and according to their website they still ask for $70 for a pair, dog bless thrift shops.
The glass is better...more fragile, but for the intended purpose, you don't want anything BUT glass.
I've got some lightweight poly backpacking pants from goodwill, various wool sweaters. A hat. Clothes, mostly...i'm not averse to buying housewares from there (in fact, that's exactly how I got my barware) but I've never really found anything fantastic for backpacking.
Get some soda crystals and put a table spoons worth in the bottom, then fill the thermos right up to the top with hot water, leave it for an hour then clean it out in the normal way with hot water and dish soap, this works for coffee/tea stained cups and tea pots.
Me and a buddy like to do thrift runs from time to time here in Phoenix. We have this route lets us hit like 5 places, mostly you just browse the bullshit but sometimes you score. Anyways, blog over. I found a pair of Merrells, a little older but in incredible shape, these fuckers had goretex and vibrams soles, and the they actually fit my big feet. I love em, wore em /out/ several times and gonna break them in hard next week at elk camp.
tl;dr found some $140 Merrells for 14.99
> Merrell's, unworn, Savers, $14
Been wearing these evar day since March. Holding up, great value and comfort!