When you’re sorting through the housewares section of most thrift stores, it’s not uncommon to come across some rather unfortunate-looking artwork. But while it’s easy to dismiss paintings that haven’t been well looked after, take a second look at the frame – it might be far more valuable than you thought.
While the actual paintings aren’t always worth too much, the frame can be quite valuable. Even if you’re not looking to cash in on selling frames, these ornate frames can be repurposed or used for new artwork, helping you save tons of money while improving the look of your home.
A few years ago we marked the 50th Anniversary of the humble Lego Brick and since then, there have only been a few toys that just don’t seem to fall out of fashion, and one of those is the building blocks from the company, Lego. Children and even adults of all ages can’t seem to get enough of these brightly-colored building blocks.
From creating castles to spaceships, Legos are a common sight sprinkled on the floor of most children’s rooms across the world. While new Lego collections can be expensive to buy at a toy store, thrift stores often sell sets for far less. Parents can let their kids explore their creativity without spending a huge amount of money!
With the popularity of home improvement shows increasing, many have decided to tackle the messiest parts of their home - usually their closets. Interior decorators often agree that one of the biggest ways to change the look of your closet is by choosing uniform styles of hangers, especially those made out of wood.
But considering how expensive a good set of hangers can be, it’s no wonder that more and more people are choosing to buy large packs of hangers at their local thrift store. With so much money saved by buying discounted hangers, you’ll have plenty of money for a new wardrobe!
Most thrift stores get their inventory from private donations - typically when someone is moving, downsizing, or when someone passes. Because of this, most thrifters can find interesting items from a variety of time periods. Items frequently found on the shelves of most thrift stores are accessories for the home.
While many of these accessories and items aren’t worth that much, some items like McCoy brand pottery pieces are extremely valuable. Experienced collectors and pottery lovers are known to search thrift stores for this brand dating back to the 1850s. In fact, one floral-themed McCoy cookie jar fetched almost $3,500!
Vintage Tea Cups or Tea Sets
Blame it on our childhood obsession with playing “tea party” with our dolls, but most people dream of owning a beautiful (adult) tea set of their own. While most home accessory stores sell teapots and tea cups, there’s nothing like finding a hand-painted or completely unique tea set at your local thrift store.
Some people even choose to buy these vintage tea sets to display in their cabinets, while others like to use mismatched (yet still adorable) tea cups as mini pots for small plants such as succulents, that is if gardening is your cup of tea! Who knows! You might even find a full set to use for its intended purpose.