You can find some pretty amazing things at thrift stores–rare collectibles, antique household furnishings, and so much more. Here are ten things you should always buy at thrift stores.
10. Vinyl Records
Thrift shops are the best places to look for vinyl records from your favorite artists. You can often get the classics for a fraction of what you’d pay for them at record stores–many of them will cost you anywhere from a few cents to a few bucks! But, get this: You can sell them for way more than that. According to MarketWatch, vinyl records have risen in value. In fact, albums from artists like The Beatles and Bob Dylan have sold for at least $15,000.
If you’re an avid reader, then you probably already know about the treasure trove of books that can be found at thrift shops. Many of them are less than $1 and are authored by favorites like Danielle Steel, Mary Higgins Clark, and Carol Higgins Clark, to name a few. And, if you’re lucky enough to snag a first edition copy, you’ll have hit the jackpot! That’s because original first edition copies of books can sell for thousands of dollars! If you want to know how much yours is worth, just head to AbeBooks.com and enter in the title to get a rough estimate.
A thrift store is a great place to find gently used furniture, especially solid wood furnishings. Mission and Craftsman-style antique pieces from the early 1900s are hot buys, too. And, you won’t have to break the bank to decorate your place, plus you can add your own touches with paint, varnish and fixtures for a look that’s all your own. For Allison Martin of Money Talks News, one of her most memorable purchases was a luxurious leather office chair she got from Goodwill for $30. It had a suggested retail price of nearly $500!
7. High-End Apparel
If you love high-end fashion but don’t have high-end fashion money, a thrift store can be the perfect place to shop! According to money expert Clark Howard, you can save you up to 90 percent on designer clothing at thrift shops. But, it’s not just clothing for adults. According to an article published by MSN, it’s not uncommon to spot designer labels like Polo and Calvin Klein on the children’s racks at consignment shops as well. And, if you’re lucky enough to live close to a shop that hosts $1 days like the one Allison Martin of Money Talks News lives near, you’ll get those designer labels at a steal!
6. Brand New Items
You can get some pretty good deals on used stuff at thrift stores, but if you’re like a lot of people, you probably think that everything there is old, smelly, and dusty. Well, you may not believe it, but you can also get some pretty good deals on brand new merchandise at thrift stores as well. Yep, it’s true. According to an article published by Reader’s Digest, some thrift stores sell brand new merchandise. “When a boutique goes out of business, I’ll pick up the inventory and flip it to you,” one thrift shop owner told Reader’s Digest.
5. Baby Gear
All you parents out there know how expensive baby items can be. That’s why it’s a good idea to check out the baby gear selection at your local thrift stores. You can snag some good deals on clothes, playsets, cribs, strollers, and more. Just be sure to do two things before you make any purchases: 1) Make sure the items are in good condition, and 2) Check to make sure none of the items you’re going to purchase have been involved in any recalls. And, if you’re purchasing a crib, make sure it’s certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.
4. Picture Frames
Paintings are often encased in some very beautiful, elaborate frames. And, even if you don’t like the artwork inside the frame, you can still purchase it and take the art out when you get home and put in your own artwork. Plus, some of them–the ornate or antique-looking frames–are actually worth quite a bit. Sometimes they’re worth more than the artwork itself. But, of course that doesn’t mean you should overlook the artwork. According to Good Housekeeping, one woman found a painting at a thrift store that was worth over $27,000!
If you don’t use tools on a regular basis, there’s no sense in paying an arm and a leg for them, right? Instead, go for the gently used tools that can be found at many thrift stores for a fraction of the price. Who knows? You might even find some Craftsman tools there. According to Mental Floss, Craftsman tools come with a lifetime warranty that guarantees replacement, for normal wear-and-tear that is. So, don’t go around trying to hammer stuff to concrete walls and thinking you’re going to get that hammer replaced because you’ll be sadly mistaken if that’s what you believe.
I recently went into a DAV Thrift Store and purchased several DVDs for $0.99 each! The VHS tapes cost that price as well. Even the CDs were less than $1. It’s not uncommon to find some very good titles for a few cents, and you’ll get hours of entertainment in return. It’s an added bonus if you’re into oldies. Most of the time people donate the stuff they don’t want anymore to thrift stores. So, if you’re on the hunt for anything by artists who don’t record anymore or VHS tapes of your favorite 80s movies, check out your local DAV or any local thrift store for that matter.
1. Kitchen Items
Kitchen utensils are a steal at thrift stores. But, that’s not all you can get for a good price. Gently used novelty items like popcorn machines, bread makers and pasta makers are also available. So is colored vintage Pyrex. Not only is this kitchenware highly durable, it’s also worth some serious duckets–a few thousand dollars to be exact! So, you can either buy it for a steal and then sell it for way more than you paid for it or just decide to hang on to it. Either way, you’re getting a good deal.
NOTE: If you’re buying used items, make sure you clean them thoroughly before using them.
Do you go shopping at thrift stores? What items do you always look for? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks!