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Old September 30th, 2016, 06:23 PM   #5
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 34

The skates available in thrift shops range from junk to really nice stuff. However, "junk" skates are just fine to learn on, provided they are comfortable, and that you don't pay more for them than they are worth. My first skates (inlines, free at a rummage sale, and totally junk) lasted me for a year before I was good enough to be able to appreciate a better skate. My next inlines (RollerBlade MacroBlades, $8 at Goodwill) were a much better skate, but they wouldn't have done me any good a year earlier. In fact, I wouldn't have gotten them a year earlier, because I'd have thought they were too small - they were barely used, and the liner was big and fluffy.

The advice I'd give to someone who already knows how to skate would be rather different than the advice I'd give to someone who doesn't know how to skate.
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