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Look For These Amazing Finds On Your Next Trip To The Thrift Store

You know what they say—one man's trash is another man's treasure


Have you ever experienced walking around the thrift store, finding some things you like and a few hours later, you find yourself drowning in random pieces you don't really need? Don't fret, you can avoid this situation by knowing which items to make a beeline for. To help you out, we've listed down a few top choices. Check them out below:

1. First-edition hardcovers and rare books 

Whether you're a bookworm, an avid collector or a reseller, the thrift store is the perfect place to find great gems. Depending on the selection and your luck that day, you may even find first-edition hardcovers signed by the authors. You can also take advantage of this opportunity to find titles that have stopped publication years ago. 

2. One-of-a-kind artwork (or valuable frames) 

It's no secret that thrift stores are art treasure troves, too. You may find some random pieces in the mix, but more often than not, you're bound to find a masterpiece. It's also a good idea to look past the velvet drawings and see the real opportunity—antique and ornate frames. 

3. Vintage, usable gadgets 

Many secondhand shops have a special area for old gadgets that can still be used or repaired. Most of these are collectibles like analog cameras. If you have a knack for photography, this is the perfect place to shop for hard-to-find models! 

4. Vinyl records 

From Michael Jackson's Thriller to a more recent John Mayer record, you never know what you're going to find among the stack of vinyls at the store. Get your hands on it before somebody else does and decides to sell it in an overpriced online auction! 

5. High-quality silver

Yes, you read that right—it's possible to find real silver in thrift stores. Some people who donate their belongings accidentally slip a few genuine pieces in their loot which means there is a high chance that you can take these home, too! 

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