You’ve heard all the legends, right? Someone finds a (fill in the blank) at a thrift shop and it turns out to be a thing worth tons of money. This has never happened to me. Ever.
But it could.
Here’s three stories I’ve either heard of lately or have known for a while:
The Green Jacket
This is one of those things that you’d never expect to find in a thrift shop. Who gives away their Master’s Jacket? I mean, people fight so hard to get this thing, to win this tournament, and then to just give it away? Wouldn’t you donate it to a museum or something? So the person who finds it, pays $5 and sells it for over $139,000. That’s a hole in one. You can read the story here.
Maud Lewis Painting
My hubby and I just saw Maudie, a movie about Maud Lewis’ life, and I highly recommend it. I’ve been to Halifax twice now and have yet to go into the museum that holds her house – yes, her whole house is so small it fits in a museum. The painting was donated to an MCC Thrift Shop in Ontario, and it’s being sold by auction which makes me feel good, because I know that the thousands it sells for will go to support those in need around the world. The bidding is online, opened April 20th and closes May 19th – so there’s still time for you to get your bid in!
I LOVE John Fluevog’s shoes. So much. I’ve tried on several pairs at his signature store in Gastown, Vancouver and they feel like you’ve been wearing them forever, as soon as you put them on. Sigh. They cost a small fortune. When I first thought about blogging, I did some research on thrift bloggers and fell I love with Apron Thrift Girl, a blogger out of California. She hit the motherlode when she visited an estate sale and found 3 pairs of Fluevogs, in mint condition, all in her size. $3 each. Seriously. This should happen to me. It really should.
Have you ever found anything of exceptional value at a thrift shop?