What's your biggest thrift store find?

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    Jun 16, 2015 7:06 AM GMT
    I was never one to shop thrift stores or go to garage sales but today, I found some amazing Jewelry that I paid very little for. I purchased it at a thrift store. I know what it is because it's marked and I am getting the stone appraised. Yup!!

    Diamonds and Gold!!

    The last items I found turned out to all be worth 100 times more than I paid for them.

    What about you.....OH, Paul....USED JOCKS do not count!! lol
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    Jun 16, 2015 7:32 AM GMT
    First print, first edition "The Color Purple" mint. Seventy-five cents.
  • buddycat

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    Jun 16, 2015 10:10 AM GMT
    A Missoni sweater, think it was $15.
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    Jun 16, 2015 11:43 AM GMT
    Most recently, brand new items valued nearly $250 for $20. At a fundraiser yard sale I saw a big 8-foot-canopy beach umbrella, with rainbow colors in its 16 panels. In a carry case, with an augur pole bottom, double canopy with aluminum and fiberglass frame, looked like it had never been used. It was marked $10.

    Elsewhere I saw a red folding hammock chair in a case, also never used. Its mate was in another location, same unused condition, I assumed they should have been paired. Both were marked $5 each. I bought them and the beach umbrella, seemed like a natural set to me, total $20.

    Next day a good friend of ours asked how the yard sale had gone. And if I knew whether the items he donated to it were sold, and how much the organizers had asked for them. When I asked what his stuff was, it was the umbrella and chairs I had bought!

    Turns out they WERE originally bought as a set, which the organizers failed to realize, and indeed had never once been used, tags and packing tape still on them. The chairs cost nearly $60 each on sale, the umbrella over $100. I was now embarrassed.

    I said not only were they all sold, but I was the buyer. But I hedged on the price I paid, the organizers had undervalued them. I merely said I was ashamed to admit how little I paid, but that he was free to borrow them back as he wished, or join us at the beach to use them.

    He said no, he wasn't sure why he had bought them, really had no use for them, not a beach goer. I felt a little better. And I've used them a few times now, very nice, exactly what I wanted.

    But I remain stunned by the coincidence, that the only things I bought were donated by our friend, and that I correctly identified them as a set intended to be used together. Yah gotta love yard sales. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 16, 2015 12:28 PM GMT
    Accompanied a friend going to a tony thrift store and saw a tennis racket cover which would fit a coverless racket I had. It was marked $1.50 (and also had a racket inside it.) I looked at the racket, too, which was an older graphite racket but was in pristine condition -- it looked like one of those rackets bought by a not-so-good player who was trying to impress his friends by getting a "good" racket but then never played with it. Anyway, I wanted the cover and an extra racket is always handy.

    Given that the racket looked like new, just for the fun of it, I checked on eBay when I got it home. That model racket was the favorite one of Roger Federer in his prime, and models on eBay were selling between $200 and $400 at the time I purchased the cover (with racket) for $1.50.
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    Jun 16, 2015 1:35 PM GMT
    A brand new leather jacket, classic motorcycle (and Tom of Finland) style, high quality leather and very well made, with removable shoulder and elbow guards. If the previous owner had even worn it at all, it showed no evidence of it. And it fits me perfectly. $80!
  • Destinharbor

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    Jun 16, 2015 4:17 PM GMT
    A Men's Health book on working out. Shows proper form for most exercises and variants. Explains interaction of different foods with hormones and body processes needed to grow muscle. $2. I keep it in the trunk of the car and reread parts if I find I'm eating alone at lunch. Always get a good idea of something new to try.
  • monet

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    Jun 16, 2015 6:23 PM GMT
    A first edition copy of Zora Neale's Hurston's Jonah's Gourd Vine from 1934 in pristine condition, with dust jacket, also in pristine condition, for fifty cents.

    I listed it on eBay with an opening bid of $500 and a Buy It Now price of $1000 which it sold for after just three hours. Of course I wish I had listed it for a higher price.


    I also once got a book from the late 1800's about the creation of the railroad in Mexico which I sold for $500.
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    Jun 16, 2015 6:48 PM GMT
    My mom buys jewelry in these grab bags that they sometimes sell at the Thrift Stores. One of her favorite types of Jewelry is Turquoise. Like 95% of the time, the turquoise in the bags is costume or really cheap stuff. But, On one occasion there was this really weird looking ring with a HUGE piece of of turquoise in it.

    Anywhoos, long story short, Bag was bought for 20 dollars...and the turquoise ring was appraised for like 150.00 dollars
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    Jun 16, 2015 7:07 PM GMT
    I don't get used jocks. I only get virgin jocks. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 16, 2015 7:11 PM GMT
    i bought a 1920's Vuittonite trunk (Louis Vuitton) for $19. about 20x40x20"
  • Primaryman

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    Jun 16, 2015 8:03 PM GMT
    I bought a queen sized wooden captains bed, with two nightstands. It was a custom job, well done, solid wood, and I only paid $75! Such a steal!
  • wellwell

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    Jun 16, 2015 8:15 PM GMT
    ...A desperately needed washer & dryer for $35; I found $45 inside the dryer!
  • HottJoe

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    Jun 16, 2015 9:06 PM GMT
    An original watercolor painting by deceased New Orleans artist George Luttrell II
  • davfit

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    Jun 16, 2015 9:37 PM GMT
    like New 100.00 Espresso maker 15 bucks they had 4 ..lol
  • Apparition

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    Jun 16, 2015 10:49 PM GMT
    Well, the previous champion was a 1914 blue Ruskin vase for 1$
    But then I found these:

    1890 four face head, japan 12$. vase royal doulton SUNG flambe fairyland lustre (+ a week soaked in CLR to remove the crust of calcium) was 25Cents.

    which would you choose?
    (hint, one was worth a few mortgage payments)


    Best "STOP THE DAMN CAR IM TAKING IT!" garbage find (free, with some glue and new trim)

    This recent 10$ c. 1900 could be a new winner though...

    Oh, as to the choice above...

    choose this one
  • KDK12

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    Jun 17, 2015 12:10 AM GMT
    Wow, congrats on the fairyland lustre! I would have bought that.

    I think my best find was a Wilcox Pewter tea set like this one:

    Being a collector of art deco I knew what it was immediately. It stayed in my collection for a few years and I eventually sold it for over $3,000.

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    Jun 17, 2015 1:59 AM GMT
    George Nelson clock. It's one I had never seen before so I didn't know it was an original for $15. I've seen it Selling for $2200.
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    Jun 17, 2015 3:23 AM GMT
    Years ago, local library used book sale: a first edition (though not first printing) of Sarah Orne Jewett's Country Doctor, her first novel, signed and dated by the author. Pulled it out of a box with some others of her books and never noticed her inscription until I was driving home. Paid maybe tweny-five or fifty cents for it. At the time, it was worth around $300.
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    Jun 17, 2015 3:29 AM GMT
    I am on the look for Asian art like ceramic Buddhas, and other hand painted things. Any good clues for some low cost items? I like the 3 headed brass Buddha above. I want to make a mold of it and have it reproduced.
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    Jun 17, 2015 3:42 AM GMT
    Recently at a thrift store I came across a brand new (or rather, unsold) Ralph Lauren Polo tennis jacket (windbreaker) in off white that looks like a dress shirt with the original $165 tag on it for $7.50 and snapped it up.

    Prior to that, I scored a vintage black & white houndstooth Ralph Lauren University Polo sport jacket in perfect condition that fit like a dream for $2.

    Several years ago out of the corner of my eye I saw what I first took to be a paint-by-numbers painting but upon closer examination realized that it was an original 14"x17" vintage oil painting in its original art nouveau frame. I liked the painting and for $60 bought it. Later I googled the artist, Boris Riedel, and learned that he was a frequent illustrator for the Chicago equivalent of New Yorker Magazine and also at the time had a sideline illustrating silent movie posters for major Hollywood studios, one of which notably starred Lon Chaney. Between this information and seeing a lithograph of a watercolor of his of a sailboat at auction for over $3,000 I thought I really hit it big but other searches found original Reidel oil paintings, all rendered in a beautiful Prairie-style, selling for only…$100?

    Perhaps my gay antique dealer-and-art expert RJ brethren can appraise it:






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    Jun 17, 2015 3:43 AM GMT
    I hit thrift shops,yard sales and a Estate Sales each weekend.I have found some really nice finds but no Picassos yet.lol
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    Jun 17, 2015 4:12 AM GMT
    Wow, I've got to start going to these stores. icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 17, 2015 5:35 AM GMT
    Back in the day, I got Hewlett-Packard 5880 gas chromatographs (and similar stuff) for $25 when the retail price was more like $50,000. They could be found at government surplus sales because the gov't labs would throw them away when they needed a 25-cent part, in order to requisition the newest stuff every year. Junk dealers were buying them just to extract the gold from the circuit boards and scrapping the steel.

    I used to be able to buy a pallet load of scrap for $100, repair it in my basement, and resell it for $1000.

    Sadly, LabX and Ebay put an end to all that. Other people who knew what the crap was worth, but who had more money than me, started showing up.
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    Jun 17, 2015 11:49 AM GMT
    A $450 table-top automatic gelato maker for $10, in pristine condition. Has its own electric refrigeration, doesn't require ice. My Italian husband actually uses it, he prefers gelato over ice cream (we have one of those makers, too).