It may not seem like, but thrift stores are an absolute goldmine. Chances are if you need something, you will find it at thrift store, flea market or even garage sales for next to nothing. A lot of treasures are sold there when they are worth much more. Even if you’re not looking to sell, a lot of great high quality things can be bought at a thrift store.
But if you’re like me you’ll be most interested in the hidden gems that will make you some extra money. Check out the list below of the 7 items you should immediately buy if you see them at a thrift store.
1. Vintage Luggage Sets
Every so often you will come across these antique hard case luggage sets at a thrift store. You may not think much of them as they are often used as decorative piece, but they actually could be worth a lot of money. Louis Vuitton is probably the most iconic brand when it comes to antique luggage but even smaller brands can bring in a decent chunk of change. Be sure to grab them if they’re in great quality!
2. Jadeite Dishware
While these may not be the best lookers, if you come across these seafoam green dishes, you should immediately put them in your cart. Pieces from the Jadeite line by Fire-King and even some collectors items from McKee and Jeannette can be sold to collectors for hundreds of dollars. Always be sure to look at the bottom for one of the recognizable logos to make sure you’re getting the real thing.
3. Classic Books
While most books will slowly lose their value over time as they get older there are certain classics that will actually go up in value. Keep an eye out for first edition books, especially if those books are signed by the author. If you’re curious about the value, be sure to enter the title into Abebooks.com and see just how much that book is worth.
4. Antique Frames
We’ve all heard of paintings that were sitting around that were so valuable they turned their owners rich overnight. But many don’t know that it isn’t just paintings that are valuable. The frames that hold the paintings into place are very valuable as well. Back in 2012 a clever woman auctioned off a painting she bought from Goodwill for just $9.99. It sold for $27,000 because of the frame. Even if a painting isn’t very good, be sure to pay attention to the frame as ornate antique borders can be worth far more than the artwork itself.
While the iconic low-thermal-expansion borosilicate dishware is still being made today, the dishes that were made prior to 1998 still hold massive value. Just one original Pyrex dish could be sold for as much as $3,000 depending on the color and design. Be sure to keep your eye open for things like that!
Utensils made out of real silver are still very valuable today. So if you’re at a thrift store or garage sale, don’t overlook the silverware. Even if they look really old, you can still get them all shiny with a bit of baking soda and some water. To make sure you’re looking at real genuine silver tap on a piece of silverware. If the silverware rings, then it is real. Keep your eye open especially for high-end brands like Tiffany if you want to get the most money.
7. Vintage Canning Jars
Before these jars became really popular in recent times due to their ability to do a ton of things, they were mostly used for preserving food. These jars were a staple of every household from the 1840s all the way to the 1920s when refrigerators were finally invented. If somehow you can get your hands on an original canning jar, you can make up to $1,000 from these delicate little gold mines. Keep an eye out for popular brands like Ball, Violet, Willoughby and Hero.
Have you ever sold a thrift store item for a lot of money? Do you have any hidden treasures like these in your home? Let us know down below!