Lucky People Who Found the Best Things in Thrift Stores


– I keep hearing stories about
people who find priceless artifacts in thrift shops. All I find are melted breath
mints in clothing pockets. But I’m inspired to keep looking by people who make incredible
finds, like a copy of the Declaration of Independence, worth almost half a million dollars, or a Jackson Pollock
painting worth millions. Prepare to be amazed by this
list of fifteen of the luckiest people who found the best
things in thrift stores. (upbeat videogame music) Number 15, Vince Lombardi sweater. Many people browse thrift stores
for clothes to sell online, but not everyone scores a touchdown like Sean and Rikki McEvoy, who
picked up a West Point sweater for only 58 cents. When they got home, Rikki
realized it had moth holes and decided they couldn’t sell it. But then she put it in the
basement, thinking she’d mend it, and her husband could wear it. They both forgot all about
the sweater until they were watching TV one day, and
recognized their sweater on famous football coach Vince Lombardi. The couple looked at their
sweater again and found the word Lombardi written on
a cotton swatch inside it. Sean even drove to Dallas to
have the sweater authenticated, and received confirmation it
did indeed belong to Lombardi. It sold at auction for
a little over 43,000. I bet that sweater won
the McEvoys’ most valuable moth-eaten sweater award! Number 14, 26 dollar bag. Retired chef John Richard
was poking around a charity shop in Oxfam, England,
when he found a unique bag. It was brown, with
stylized pictures of Elvis done by Andy Warhol printed on it. Richard thought the 20-pound
price tag was a bit steep, so he tried to haggle with the clerk. She wouldn’t budge, and
ultimately he bought it anyway, then took it to the local
Philip Treacy shop to find out if it was theirs. Store manager Gee Brunet
confirmed it was, and noted that only about ten of that
style were ever made. Richard said he received
offers from buyers in China, for 250,000 and 350,000 pounds, the equivalent of half a million dollars. Guess he’s glad he didn’t
walk away from that sale over a five pound discount. Number 13, a painting
bought for three dollars. A South Carolina man, identified
only as Leroy, bought a painting from Goodwill, mostly
because he liked the frame. Leroy, a former antiques dealer,
said he thought the frame was worth 50 bucks, which
made the price tag of three dollars seem more than fair. He also figured the oil
painting was from the 1800’s and might earn him another
hundred bucks or so if sold online. Later, his daughter-in-law took
it to the Antiques Roadshow and received an appraisal
of twenty to thirty thousand dollars on what was actually a Flemish school painting from 1650. But, it ended up earning
$190,000 at an auction that included international bidders. Meanwhile, a man from Indiana
bought a 30 dollar thrift shop painting for a really simple reason. He just needed something
to hide a hole in his wall. One day, the man was playing
a game about famous works of art and noticed something familiar. His wall covering turned
out to be a piece by Martin Johnson Heade, an
American still life painter. Ultimately, the painting
sold for 1.2 million. Guess that leaves the thrifty shopper with a hole in his wall but enough money to buy a whole new wall. Number 12, Barack Obama award. Former U.S. President
Barack Obama received countless awards, including
a Nobel Peace Price in 2009. But Presidents and other
high-ranking officials receive so many awards they can’t collect or keep them all. In 2017, a Reddit user
browsing a thrift store found a plaque stating
the former President had received the National
Middle School Association’s Distinguished Service
Award in November of 2007. The original poster considered tweeting the former President to
ask if he wanted it back, but he might never have
received the plaque in the first place according
to one press release. On the date printed on the award, the former President was in Iowa hosting a discussion about challenges
working women face. If the thrifter decides
to sell the plaque, I hope they can change it
into a decent amount of money. If not, maybe they can be on the lookout for that Nobel Prize instead. Number 11, a cup and a bowl. In 2013, a shopper from Sydney found a weird looking cup for only four bucks, so he bought it. Later, he sent a picture to Sotheby’s, who told him it was a 17th century Chinese libation cup. Carved from a rhino horn, this rare piece ended up selling for about 60,000 dollars. Elsewhere, this family
purchased an ordinary looking bowl, which could be
mistaken for a small ash tray. In 2007, after paying
all of three dollars, they researched the piece, eventually bringing it to Sotheby’s where experts estimated its worth
at two to three hundred thousand dollars. But a lucky bidder paid
two million for the piece, a thousand year old Chinese
item known as a ding bowl. I bet the thrifty family was bowled over by that windfall. Number ten, an egg-spensive egg. A scrap dealer purchased a Faberge egg for 14,000 dollars, which
doesn’t sound cheap. However, he recognized it was real gold and felt he could profit by melting the egg down and selling
the precious metal. Fortunately, he first
conducted some research and discovered this particular egg was a gift from Russian Czar Alexander the Third to his wife, Maria Feodorovna, in 1887. Once he had it authenticated, the piece ultimately sold
for 33 million dollars. An egg-celent profit on his
14,000 dollar investment. Number nine, Declaration of Independence. One day, Michael Sparks
found an old yellowed, rolled up piece of paper at the thrift. After carefully unfurling it, he discovered it was a copy of the Declaration of Independence,
or so he thought. It was so beautifully done he initially thought it was an engraving. The clerk told him it was 2.48, and so he bought it. Sparks did some research, eventually bringing the
Declaration to an auction house, where experts discovered
it was no knockoff. It was the real thing, an official copy printing in 1820. Only 35 copies were known to exist in the modern age until Sparks’ thrift store find made 36. He ultimately sold the
Declaration at auction for 477,650 dollars. That’s a lot of Ben Franklins. Now the new owner just has to
hide it from Nicholas Cage. Number eight, photo worth millions. Randy Guijarro visited his favorite shop and found a box of
tintypes, old photographs. He found some he liked and
paid three dollars for them. After going home, he got
out a magnifying glass and studied the photos. In one, he recognized outlaw Billy the Kid and called his wife over to look. They discovered other people
in the photo, as well, who were part of Billy’s gang. After that, they spent another year authenticating the photo, ultimately identifying all eighteen people in the picture and even finding the ruins of the building they posed in front of. A similar picture sold at auction for 2.3 million in 2011, and Randy insured his for five million. Number seven, charity shop clothing. A bride-to-be wanted a good deal on a wedding dress. Her friend suggested she check out a local charity shop, and she was in luck. They just received a big donation of wedding dresses from a local boutique. One dress had a 1,595 pound tag but was only 25 pounds
at the charity store. It fit the bride like a glove, and she left happy and hopefully spent the more than 1500 pounds she saved on a seriously awesome wedding cake. Number six, an eight dollar video game. Paying attention to news about valuable antiques can really pay off, and it did for Jennifer Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2013, she was browsing
her local Goodwill and noticed a game behind
the counter for 7.99. It was an NES cartridge from the eighties called Stadium Events, and
the name reminded Thompson of a story she’d seen about a rare game that sold for thousands of dollars. Because so few of the game were produced, not many are left and copies
sell for a high price. Thompson rushed across the street to use the Wifi at McDonald’s and quickly confirmed her hunch. She hurried back to the Goodwill store and bought the game, later selling it on Gamegavel.com for 25,000 dollars. Number five, valuable books. Now these examples will
remind you to always check what’s inside books in thrift stores. One Goodwill shopper found an apparently autographed copy of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time that also included a fingerprint. Pretty amazing, right? Unfortunately not. Some commenters noted that
Hawking’s disabilities prevented him from handwriting anything and have since the 1980s. The 1996 suggests the handwriting must belong to someone else, although no one has been able to identify the fingerprint. Another thrifter’s uncle nabbed a copy of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. The handwriting is even pretty legible for a guy who liked to say, “write drunk, edit sober.” Number four, a valuable splash of paint. Teri Horton was searching a thrift store for a gift to cheer up a friend and decided that what she saw as a large ugly painting would do the trick. She negotiated the price
down to five dollars, and her friend did get a
laugh out of the picture. Unfortunately, it
wouldn’t fit in her house, so she gave it back to Horton, who stuck it in a shed and later tried to unload it in her own yard sale. There, an art teacher noted it looked like Jackson Pollack. Horton responded with, “who the frick is Jackson Pollock?” Ultimately, she did some research and realized Pollock was a frickin’ famous painter whose pictures were worth a frickin’ lot of money. Then she tried to get the
painting authenticated, even hiring a forensic
specialist who matched a fingerprint on the back of the piece to one on another Pollock painting. Although the art world still refused to accept her find, Horton was offered nine million dollars for it, which she turned down because she believed it was worth fifty million. Excuse me, fifty frickin’ million? Twenty five years later,
she’s still waiting for someone to pay it. Number three, a rare diving watch. Zach Norris was looking for a golf cart at Goodwill when he made a quick detour to the watch selection. Digging through cheap watches, he spotted a diamond in the rough, a 1959 Jaeger-LeCoulter
deep sea alarm watch. Only 900 were made, and Norris recognized it was worth a lot more than
the 5.99 Goodwill wanted for the slightly worn watch. He was right. After having it authenticated
by a brand dealer, he sold it online for 35,000 dollars, plus a 4,000 Megir Speed Masterwatch. Now there’s something to watch
out for at the thrift shop. Number two, lookalike paintings. Sometimes going to the
thrift store isn’t just about finding valuable items. It’s about finding items that really speak to you. This shopper found a painting that looked eerily like him, complete with a red sweater and glasses. Another thrifter found
the perfect t-shirt. It had a picture of a guy
who looked like his twin, with similarly styled brown hair, a beard, and glasses. The caption? Hipster. Never has a more accurate
caption been written. Number one, a loaded purse. Finds that are worth a lot of money are great, but sometimes
it’s nice to just find the money itself. This shopper purchased an
old purse at a thrift store and was thrilled to see it came with a bonus item, cash! When she posted her find online, commenters suggested the
currency looked brand new and could be worth even
more than its face value. An extra good find. What’s the best thing you’ve discovered at the thrift? Let me know in the comment section down below. Thanks for watching! (upbeat marimba music)

100 thoughts on “Lucky People Who Found the Best Things in Thrift Stores

  1. I bought a brand new Gucci cashmere and wool throw for $4.50 at my goodwill. It was and still is retailing for $1100.00.

  2. The only reason I came to this video was because I knew someone found the Declaration of Independence in a thrift store and I wanted to see if it was on this list

  3. I found a greenish yellow cut stone for 15 buck , like I suspected in was a 50 carrot heliodor . Sold it for 8000

  4. found a cool old bottle for $3… it turned out to be a 1964 jim beam bottle, same as the one jeanie lived in from the "i dream of jeanie " show. got $125 for it on ebay.. not too bad.

  5. at 6:10 it not the same hoouse as the old house cause in the old photo theres only 2 windows
    but in the new photo that house has three widow

  6. Is no one actually gonna point out that Declaration Of Independence was missing a letter E? It was spelled
    "Declaration Of Independenc"

  7. 00:28 burger king foot lettuce, the last thing you want in your lettuce is someone else's foot fungus.

  8. Bought a old looking Captain America comic at a rummage sale for 25 cents…took it to my local comic book shop…The owner bought it for 30$ ! It didnt make me rich…but I felt good!

  9. Found a really good helmet condition I saw a signature on it at the time I did not know what it was also it was in really good condition
    Then years lady it was a tony hawk signature and it’s worth millions

  10. I found a gold key comic from the 1940s….only netted me about $75 though. To be fair. Donald duck comics are everywhere

  11. old rakes made before 1980; don't break, quality, durable, pick up leaves, last a lifetime,
    OLD LEATHER BELTS; they don't make 'em like they used to
    Levi's; quality, cheap and last a lifetime
    quilted shirts; quality and durable..can't find any good ones now
    silverware; great durability, cheap, last a lifetime, sturdy
    garden tools; quality not like today's, last a lifetime
    shoes; no quality shoes nowadays – they fall apart when you use them
    luggage; sturdy and quality, inexpensive and so much more
    trinkets, gnomes, holiday decorations, plates, cups, vases, lamps, bowls, Tupperware, Pyrex, cooking ware
    short sleeve shirts, shorts, yard chairs, suits, ties, old sturdy toys – bad today, ladders, rakes, cross stitch –
    gorgeous finds for me, paintings, exotic and durable coffee mugs or cups, baking tins and pans, frying pans, quality blenders like Osterizer, milk shake makers, LEATHER BELTS again, exercise weights, comforter, blankets, pillow cases, sweatshirts and pull over sweatshirts, slippers,, religious items, sweaters, coats, mittens, scarves, jackets, leather jackets, cartoon character clothes and other stuff, globes,, aluminum chairs and sun bathing chairs, hand made projects, plastic shelves for basement or bathroom, plastic cups, match box cars, Fisher Price toys – no quality toys now; just fall apart, sheets, canisters, OLD STEEL RAKES with sturdy wooden shaft – again, baby clothes, hats for winter, LEATHER PURSES AND BAGS, pet toys, magazines, COOKING BOOKS, and towels to be used as rags to clean up around house, basement or garage

  12. I bought a 2$ necklace with little seed pearls on it at the Sally Ann, it was 14K gold. Sold it for scrap value, 142.$

  13. There was one that didn't make it in the list. Two couples went to a thrift store (think it was a furniture thrift store) and they had a audio cassettes variations. They saw a Michael Jackson cassette and they bought it for 50 cents. When they read the booklet inside it at home, it shockingly has Michael Jackson's signature in it. They may have sold it or not. I'm not sure, but its 100% true.

  14. My step-sister found a Kate Spade purse for $15, and a wallet for $8. My mom didn't believe her and kept asking her about them and being pissy. We go thrifting every other week.

  15. A friend SISTER was moving & she always wore custom jewelry so she gave us alot , one bracelet stood out that I love a Tiffany that I had no ideal what Tiffany was til I was watching storage wars🤣 came across some Tiffany & co. Items which theirs turn out not real mean while mine was ….damn thing was worth 9,000

  16. One day I went to Good Will and I came across a navy blue trench coat and I took it off the hanger and try it on and then I stuck my hand in the inside pocket and found $97.00 and a receipt from 1997 and I said thank you God

  17. Last week at my local Goodwill I found a beautiful new black leather MAXX New York handbag for 99c that at first glance seemed to be that price because the clasp did not fit properly so would not close. I looked a bit and realized it was magnetic and not meant to go into the slot. The price tag was still attached and it was $120. The leather is croc-embossed and on trend now but the style is classic so it is a major keeper.

  18. I've found paintings, prints, mirrors, assorted antiques and fine furniture at many different 2nd hand stores, each worth in the high hundreds..and lots of them. But, with the fuckin' Hispsters, along with "2nd hand clothing" now being "socially acceptable" (I grew up un the 80s; think "Pretty In Pink"), now every jackass sitting in the store–researching with the latest IPhone (thanks Daddy) what something is worth right then and there, has ruined it for those of us who did this before it was a "trend". And the people back in the Production Department? Some of them think they are Israel Sacks!
    And some stores have been closed down by their corporate offices–without notice, cos of the cherry picking going on in the production departments.

  19. I waited for 15 yrs for the guy at riggles used store to mark down a painting of daisies that I loved. I paid 10 or 15, I forget. I got it home and started looking at it and it had 150 written on the top. So I looked at the name and started researching. It was Nancy Lee, a 19th-century painter. Amazingly enough, I had a frame that I kept even though it was heavy and never found anything to put in it until this painting came along. It's like a match made in heaven.

  20. If you are going to be an announcer. Learn to pronounce words properly. The faberge’ egg. You pronounced wrong. A gift from the czar of russia. Also wrong. It’s pronounced
    Zar. Ignore the C

  21. I have found numerous small finds in my years of hoarding. My favorite is a $15 Merle Haggard autographed picture. Another prized possession is a Colonels suit worn at the Pentagon during the Reagan years- I paid $30. Now time to cry, I went to a gun show 2 years ago, I missed out on an intricate 1700s camel gun for $100 bill. It was dog ugly but had hand cut ivory with fine brass inlaids, it was terribly gawdy and dirty so it looked like tramp art but it was indeed real. I only had $80 cash on me and the local friggn ATM was out of money but I had $300 on my debit card!!!

  22. Bought a filing cabinet for $10. Once home I was removing old papers and found a copy of the first Sports Illustrated magazine.

  23. Where in God's name do you people find these unsuper ignorant things that cannot correctly pronounce the words printed on their script? Anyone with minimal knowledge hearing this butchered language will conclude everyone in this country are totally ignorant about anything more sophisticated than a printed gum wrapper. Pathetic YT narration.

  24. I know someone that bought a coat at Goodwill, she found a $100.00 in the pocket. I think I will go search through all the pockets of clothes and all the purses LOL.

  25. best i discovered in the thrift was a spinner that i bought for 1 dollar became a 10 dollar because i sold it to my friend

  26. I was going up stairs to my apartment. I found a bunch of 20 dollar bills got in my apartment to count the money and it was 180.00 dollars lucky me.

  27. In 2004 bought a Del Rey pocketbook "Star Wars Trilogy" (volumes 4, 5, & 6) for approximately $1. Though not selling it, I very much like the book. I'm just wondering how much is it today.

  28. I luv all these people lying in the comments about wat they found, I went to a thrift store looking for a cup, and I sh** u not, I found the holy grail

  29. I bought 25 banknotes off of Amazon for $15 when I sorted through them I found a Yugoslavian 1000 dinar which translates to about 583 dollars lol. Only problem is I can't cash it in. Yugoslavia merged with another country so I have to go to that country to trade in the dinar for their currency and then come back to the States and trade in that currency for American currency so I would lose money on the trip

  30. I just started reselling my thrift finds and the first thing I found and sold was a 1996 space jam shirt with the tags still on it. $3 in store, got almost $50 on eBay.

  31. Found a nintendo switch at costco inside the clothes this when u go in the middle of the loop thing

  32. The Vince Lombardi sweater was found at a Goodwill about 13 miles from where I live in Asheville, NC. It was found in the Goodwill Outlet store where you buy things by the pound. I know a person or so who knew the couple that found it. Sad thing though that all local Goodwills now double check almost everything. You cannot find anything of worth anymore. For a charity, they are extremely greedy.

  33. My grandpa took me to a thrift store and bought a $0.25 wallet when we got home we found 6 $100 bills in it. 💰 💴 💵

  34. Lol I was at a random thrift store and found some desk lamps bought them and someone asked me how much I bought them for, I said 10 bucks and discovered they were worth 2000 dollars (they were from the 1950s)

  35. one time I looked in an old purse then i saw some pennies but i checked the date and they were from 1941

  36. Charity shops are a brilliant place to buy good quality clothing at a fraction of the original prices. They are also a nice place to work, with friendly staff and a chance to meet many interesting people through out the day.

  37. I got a shirt that was like 10 dollars and when I brought it home it was full of spiders and they spread around my house apparently it had babies on its back but that shocked me and I had lots of spiders and I mean lots of them idk where they got food from but it was bad and I’m not scared of spiders but I don’t want them crawling in my bed on my tv in my food

  38. 10:44 looks exactly like my third (youngest) UNCLE 😱 I showed it to my mom and she was like:
    Oh that’s ur uncle haha
    And I oop—
    I even showed it to him, he thought I photoshopped it 😂 he told me to send it to him so that he can mind fuck his co workers lmao 🤣
    So the summary is that this thrift store shirt brought people from around the world together 😂💁🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️😱
    Shirt—> thrift store—> this guy —> YouTube—> Me(a random girl)—> my uncle 👏👏😭😂

  39. I went to a pawn shop and bought a old stuffed for 12.99$.Its a old painting of a small town.
    But I searched online about that and found it was worth thousands of dollars,sold it in a byt for more than 55,000$

  40. I got an original painting from the art director of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea that was research art for the movie with a certificate of authentication for $2 from Salvation Army.

  41. I wouldn’t pay $50 million or even $9 million for a painting where someone just threw paint at a canvas. IMO, that’s not art. If a toddler can replicate it, it’s pretentious junk.

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