Just like some who look for vintage comic books or records, there are people who are quite interested in vintage or antique board games that are not only difficult to find but also pricey. Someimtes these games are often donated to thrift stores when their owners either got tired of playing them or emptied out their storage.
Their loss, however, can be your gain. One lucky thrifter found a vintage Monopoly Atlantic CIty edition from 1933 and you wouldn’t guess the going price for this collector’s item. It was valued at just over $100,000! Not bad for a board game that was probably just sitting on the shelf waiting to be played.
Many thrifters love that behind every thrift store item, there’s a story and that story gives it some character that a new item will never have. From interesting figurines to adorable salt shakers, it’s this history that makes the difference between picking up a piece of “junk” or picking up an interesting piece of history.
From home decor gurus on HGTV to the gems found on shows like “Antiques Roadshow”, many people have picked up extremely valuable items at their local thrift store. Even if an item isn’t worth too much, some items simply bring a smile to your face every time you enter a room - making them priceless!
While most of us use our cell phones or computers to look at the globe, some people are still fascinated by physical globes, especially vintage globes. Pinpointing where you are in the world really is an interesting experience. This is why many collectors frequent their local thrift stores or other stores carrying vintage goods to scoop up these old study room relics.
Many collectors are in search of special globes that were made decades ago. Though they may seem like bulky items to put in your cart at the thrift store and carry in your arm as your heading home, these globes can be quite valuable and make for a great decorative item.
Waterford or Other Valuable Crystal
While some visits to your local thrift store or used home goods store can make you leave empty-handed, others can be extremely rewarding - especially if you happen to find some very expensive pieces of crystal. Many of the items have been fashioned into practical items like glass and bowls.
Among the lesser-known home accessories brands, there are often treasures only spotted by eagle-eyed thrifters. Some thrifters have found crystal bowls or stemware from expensive brands such as the glass company Waterford. These items (if in good condition) can easily fetch prices in the thousands! Just try not to drop it!
One of the most important tips that many stylists stress is that you don’t need to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks - you can just thrift! And many thrift stores stock a variety of different premium brands, which costs less than a meal in a restaurant!
Thrifters have shared their designer brand-for-less hauls containing silk blouses, leather jackets, and even designer dresses with tags still on them. Because thrift stores typically get new items every day, it pays to go frequently and carefully examine each rack - there could be a designer treasure waiting for you!