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100 Times People Couldn’t Believe Their Luck In Thrift Stores

It’s true what say – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, especially when it comes to second-hand items.  We all know that thrift stores are loaded with amazing items that are yet to be treasured by new owners. Somebody created a facebook group to help people share all the amazingly weird things they encounter while browsing Goodwill’s shelves. We made a list of some of the most unusual specimens scroll below to see them!

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“This gem was found while cleaning out one of the outbuildings on our farm. My then 12 year son opened the box and asked me what it was. I glanced quickly at the device, golf ball, attachments and had no idea. I said, “Maybe a golf ball polisher? Just set it aside for now.” A while later I worked my back to the box and opened it again. I took out the golf ball and the appliance, and there at the bottom of the case was a manual: White Cross Vibrator. When it all clicked, I dropped the golf ball (in horror) and picked up the manual to peruse it more carefully. Turns out it was used to help treat “hysteria” among other things (the hysteria illustrated with a woman clad in Victorian garb collapsed into a chair). In the back of the manual there was a list of attachments one could get, including the Rectal Attachment. People. I plugged this thing in. Not only would the neighborhood know when you were suffering hysteria from the lights going down due to the draw on the local electric grid, but This. Would. Turn. Your. Ass. Into. Scrambled. Eggs.”

Anne Riotto Report

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“And……that was my exact expression when I turned the corner and saw this. Edited because I forgot to add this: when the lady dropped these off at the store she told the girl helping her “I’ve got something for you”, then pulled this bad boy out. She told the worker that this and others she dropped off were her ‘rough drafts’…. I’m both intrigued and horrified at the same time.”

‎Nicoletta Antonacci‎ Report

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“I found a wizard! (Ain’t even gonna turn it over ‘cuz y’all alllll know what’s on the back!)”

‎Scott Perry‎ Report

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“Im a home health nurse, and one of my patients bought this at Goodwill. She thinks it’s just the best thing ever. A miniature, resin toilet seat with real money inside. ….oh but wait .it’s also a clock!”

Sarah Ferguson Report

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“Mum bought this coffee cup for me when I was maybe 9 or 10, because I liked bunnies at the time. Didn’t realise until years later that it’s just a bunch of rabbits having an orgy. “

‎Angel Horrigan Report

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“So I finally have the right group to show off our shower curtain, purchased from our local Goodwill.”

‎Arielle Henry Report

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“I’m joining the jumpsuit party! This sexy 100 percent double knit number was 5.99 at Goodwill! Hat 50cents! Jealous much?”

‎Donny Carr‎ Report

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“Recent Salvation Army find. This sad and strange doll was called “Little Miss No Name” made by Hasbro in the mid 1960’s.”

‎Tim Reavis Report

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“One of my favorite moments was when I found the ad for my vintage bracelet in a 1972 Better Homes and Gardens I was reading WHILE WEARING IT. I feel like this is the place where the magic of that will be appreciated!”

‎Jessie Lee Fogarty Report

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“Told my husband I joined this group and he immediately said, ‘Ooh, show them your ugly cat.'”

‎Kortnee York Report

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“My latest and most fabulous tip shop purchase. Fibre glass and corrugated iron giant mushroom goat house! How much you ask? $25! Bargain! Theo and Leo love it”

‎Ruth Taylor‎ Report

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“Got this treasure for $5 my daughter wants to be Glenda the Good Witch for Halloween. This lady had an entire table of them at her yardsale. She told me she did pageants her whole life. #tackyisgoodgaudyisbetter”

Lauren Beth Anderson‎ Report

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“Found this shirt at my local Goodwill. My brother works at a Mormon owned boat/surf shop. I know what he’s going to be wearing Monday”

‎Tiffany Nicole Bender Report

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“I can not say this is weird but I can say this in one of my best finds new still in box 15 bucks. So yes it came home with me.”

‎Marsha Alderman Harris Report

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“My buddy Ashley turned me on to this group, and I have something y’all might find interesting. Obviously, if I’m here, I love all things weird, creepy, and unusual. I found this picture at an antique shop in Edgefield, SC. I saw it tucked away in a back room and knew I had to have it. It was in the frame it is still in, but there was a ton of mold underneath the glass and photo was torn. It’s a pretty big piece at about 16″x36” in the frame, but it was in pretty nasty-looking. There was no price tag, so I asked the owner what he would take for it. He said it came from his aunt’s estate and told me would take $75. “Ehhhh,” I said. “I was thinking more like $25 since it is in such bad shape.” He looked at me, smiled, and said, “Okay, but I have to tell you the story behind it.” I was totally pumped to hear this creepy-ass nun picture had a backstory! He told me it is a photo of his great-aunt Helen Gardner who was a silent film actress. She was the first actor (male or female) to start her own film production company. She is most remembered for starring in an adaptation of Cleopatra which was produced by her production company. Apparently, this was the first 6000′ feature length film. Once the industry advanced to talking films, her career didn’t last much longer. I brought her home (for $25!), and cleaned the photo and glass and replaced the backing. Thankfully, the original mat, frame, and glass were in great shape. I’ve done some research on Ms. Gardner, and it sounds like she was a real pioneer. I haven’t been able to find a digital copy of this particular picture online, but I’m thinking it may be from her 1914 film “Pieces of Silver: A Story of Hearts and Souls.” She hangs in my hallway, and she creeps my husband way the hell out!”

‎LeAnn Walton O’Neill‎ Report

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“Funky extra-tall chair and matching ottoman with Lucite legs – at the Pasadena City College flea market, Pasadena, CA.”

‎Michael Cosgrove‎ Report

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“Channeling our inner 90s kindergarten teacher w/ these handpainted dresses of course we bought them”

‎Hannah GH Report

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“These two need names! Found at an estate sale yesterday and I couldn’t leave them there.”

‎Elisa Ramsey Report

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“Add this to the ugly furniture pages..I went back to the thrift store today. for all of you that loved this sofa, you can still purchase it for $238.00..seems like everyone loved it but me..”

‎Delores J Houser-Swigart Report

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“This is my best find. We didn’t know anything about it when we bought it. At first we laughed at it, but couldn’t get it out of our minds. Had to go back and get it. Thought it was a woman. After a little research, found out this is an early piece by famous sculptor Gwen Gillen. She made the Mary Tyler Moore statue. To make it even cooler this haunting face is Anthony Hopkins! We love it!”

‎Bonnie Boucher‎ Report

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“Weird second hand find story with a happy ending: I was at a local op shop (thrift store/charity shop) last Friday and picked up what I thought was a vintage knitting pattern for doll’s clothes (bottom right of pic). But when I opened the package it was full of family photos dating back to the 1950s. The photos had so obviously been left at the op shop in error and I felt a bit ill knowing that they could be lost to the family forever. But, thanks to the power of social media, I was able to reunite the photos with a family member on Monday evening. The end”

Ali McPhee Report

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“I thrifted every day for years to sustain my eBay store and ran across many gems. This is one of my favorite pieces of art and is displayed prominently now that I own it.”

‎Catie Kuhn‎ Report

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“Thought y’all might appreciate my favorite thrift store find – very very old taxidermy alligator (or a caiman???) for only $25. His name is Honest Abe and he lives on my bookshelf now”

‎Mika Kuhn‎ Report

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“For those playing along at home…tried to do my best Leslie Hall poses and face”

Shannon Brink Report

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“I’m so happy to have been added to this group. I give you one of my favorite wtf finds from the last few years.”

‎Sean Marlow‎ Report

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“Found this very Southern Belle gown at Salvation Army. This woman told me I was very brave for putting it on.”

‎Dan Olsofka‎ Report

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“I forgot about this Christmas present I got. Back story on this is… My daughter goes to a thing called ‘Kids Christmas’ each year where kindergarten to 4th grade go shopping on their “own” (high schoolers help) for super cheap second hand and some new items… this was what she got me! Her cow brother still sits on our shelf”

‎Billie Jo Smith Report

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“Since there appears to be a theme (a la clothing in one piece) I figure I can finally show off this thrifted outfit. Background: every year my neighbor throws a Thrift Shop Party. The rules are simple. Your outfit has to be purchased second hand, under a specific denomination (you wear your own underwear and shoes). There are prizes for thriftiness, and other categories all dependent on what weird items were purchased as ‘awards’ by the hostess. (Options have been ‘Murica, Crazy Cat Lady, Sketchiest, and others). I got this leotard as is, ivy and all, and paired it with the weird washed out leggings. I have outfits in reserve for this year, all dependent on what prizes come around.”

‎Kehvren Crabill‎ Report

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“Adding to the jumpsuits! I found this really cool lingerie jumpsuit from the 60s! It’s really comfortable and soft!”

‎Candy Henderson Report

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“I’ve been having AMAZING luck with jumpsuits lately! (I’m the one who got that super Evangelion looking one lmao) Entirely lace, vintage 1980s, made in Canada Edit made within 15 minutes that I assumed would go without saying: please do not send me unsolicited friend requests or even messages, thanks”

Leanne Pond‎ Report

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“Someone found a coffin filled with little skulls on here and I’ve been jelly ever sinc I’ve been looking for my own, well today I found one !!!!!!”

‎Angela Mendoza Report

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“For my second post of the day, I present Huggies Diapers brand sneakers and THEY’RE MY SIZE”

‎Angie Cunniff Report

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“I want to participate in the jumpsuit party!! I have no photo of me in it, just of a woman we dressed as a fake super hero.”

‎Roxanne Sanchez‎ Report

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“I found these fabulous space kitty leggings at an ARC a couple weeks ago & I love them. 😻 P.S. In light of recent posts, randos should be aware that their messages & requests will be reported to admins. If we have never interacted, I’m not sharing my personal info with you. Kbye”

‎Rae Johnson Report

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“Y’all best believe this came home with me. $11 and I’m living my best life. I put my clothes in it this morning and just…. So happy.”

‎Alyssa Freeman‎ Report

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“My great-grandpa had dementia. When he died, everything in his house went up for grabs in an estate sale. The estate also found a weird house out in the woods he had built in his altered state of mind, and the house was filled with clocks and owl-themed items. This painting was back in that house, and I snagged it at the estate sale”

‎Ashley Krystine Report

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“If your Latin is rusty, it says “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” and it is perfection in hat form.”

‎Matthew Randall‎ Report

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“I won the creepy doll lottery at a hoarder estate sale yesterday. These are just a few that came home with me.”

‎Dana Laureano‎ Report

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“Someone’s dear grandmother hand painted this sign surely without knowing it could have a double meaning…I got it for $1 and it now hangs over my back door !”

‎Nicole Jennosa Report

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“Picked this up at my local thrift store about a year ago. At first i thought it was just a carrying case and then i looked inside and it had the board in it! Couldnt pass this up.”

‎Miranda Kreuz‎ Report

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“Um, thank you 90’s, for dropping off all of your stuffed animals at my thrift store this morning. The whole crew is coming home with me for $3 Update *** ooook, I’m sorry, 80’s “

‎Elizabeth Daniel Report

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“My Nana always buys me strange things when she’s out about, she likes unique stuff… She bought this monstrosity at Goodwill in Tifton, GA for $2. It’s a Canvas bag…..painted and textured with latex stuff. It’s also Three Dimensional, the nose and all sticks out. I’m going to get some strange looks at the beach!”

‎Brooke Rivers‎ Report

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“Found this beauty at a garage sale for $20!!! All the stickers were still on the sheets and the only thing missing was the megaphone. ***UPDATE for clarity this was last spring. We put it together and hid all the small pieces, box and paperwork and let our two kids play with it for a couple of weeks. I was offered $1,000 for it and even my kids could see how turning $20 to $1000 was AWESOME.****”

‎Zoie M. Conrad Report

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“If you’re not into dreamcatchers, perhaps I can interest you in this nightmarethrower?”

‎Jaime Pereira Report

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“Found at a thrift store… gotta love clash of the titans! Ray Harryhausen autographed picture… framed.”

‎Jerod Gilliam Report

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“I present to you the wonder aunt mug. I had to remove the price tag just to make sure that it didn’t say “wonder [email protected]”.  it sure got my attention at least!

‎Jenny B Lively‎ Report

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“Was at a thrift store today looking at jeans, and there was a very somber looking Hispanic guy next to me. I pulled these out and said “Here, I found the ones you are looking for!” He said “But I don’t have a pair of saddle shoes to go with them.” I laughed and went to look at other things. Later (minding my own business) I hear a whisper and glance over my shoulder. It’s the guy and he whispers “Go back and get them pants, I know you want ’em.” And then he walked away….. I have met my thrift store soulmate…..”

‎Jann Pflieger‎ Report

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“This is Ian. He was a 1970s supermarket manager.

We do not know Ian, he was rescued from an antique shop.

Ian now lives with us, and has inspired many a meme from a national vintage/retro group.

Please allow him to assist you.”

Daniel Pickering Report

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“Found this picture in the back of an old dresser from the thrift store. How ya like these Jumpers???”

Bradley Gilbert Report

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