In our opinion "One man's trash is another man's treasure" should be the slogan for every thrift store in the world. Thrift stores are magical places where you can be thrown back a couple of decades back and find something that you've wanted for a very long time. If your hunt succeeds, your goodwill finds will be something you can definitely brag about.

Some people think thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets are nothing but places to find piles of junk that other people don't want. Others see them as veritable treasure troves full of goodies just waiting to be discovered. And, as you can see from this list of best thrift store finds compiled by Bored Panda, it seems like both of those camps are correct.

While some lucky folks have managed to add signed copies of Hemingway novels and Arnold Palmer's old trunk to their collection of thrift store finds other people have parted with their well-earned cash for...well...just see for yourself. Our picks of best goodwill finds are sure to make you at least a tiny bit jealous, so go out there and find your own pot o' gold!

#1

My Uncle Just Got This At A Yard Sale For Two Bucks

My Uncle Just Got This At A Yard Sale For Two Bucks

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#2

My Friend Guided Me To A Charity Shop That Had A Donation Of Brand New Wedding Dresses From A Boutique; This Had £1595 On The Tag. I Got It For £25 And It Fits Like A Glove

My Friend Guided Me To A Charity Shop That Had A Donation Of Brand New Wedding Dresses From A Boutique; This Had £1595 On The Tag. I Got It For £25 And It Fits Like A Glove

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Hope Floats
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's absolutely stunning and you were destined to wear this.... Congratulations!!!

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#3

Thrift Shop Score

Thrift Shop Score

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#4

I Found This Random Painting In A Thrift Store That Looks Unsettling Similar To Me

I Found This Random Painting In A Thrift Store That Looks Unsettling Similar To Me

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#5

Best Find Yet

Best Find Yet

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Ana-Maria Dan
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Omg I want this so bad. You should make a mould and start mass-producing these!

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#6

Thank You Thrift Store Gods. Just Found The Missing Piece To My 1978 Creators Hanging Rain Lamp, At The Same Thrift Store, A Month And A Half After I Found The Lamp Itself. Here Is It, Complete With The Swinging Couple And Original Foliage

Thank You Thrift Store Gods. Just Found The Missing Piece To My 1978 Creators Hanging Rain Lamp, At The Same Thrift Store, A Month And A Half After I Found The Lamp Itself. Here Is It, Complete With The Swinging Couple And Original Foliage

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#7

Prom Night! Our Outfits And Accessories, Minus The Headband And Hat, Are Entirely Thrifted

Prom Night! Our Outfits And Accessories, Minus The Headband And Hat, Are Entirely Thrifted

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#8

Found Some New Pictures For My Bathroom. $1 Each

Found Some New Pictures For My Bathroom. $1 Each

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#9

I Collect Old Purses From Thrift Stores. I Used One Yesterday For The First Time. I Pulled This Out Of A Hard To See Zip Pocket In The Side

I Collect Old Purses From Thrift Stores. I Used One Yesterday For The First Time. I Pulled This Out Of A Hard To See Zip Pocket In The Side

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did you give a silent "thank you" to the original owner? :D

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#10

Not The Best Find I've Ever Had, But Definitely My Favourite. $.99 At Goodwill

Not The Best Find I've Ever Had, But Definitely My Favourite. $.99 At Goodwill

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#11

Brother Said Said He Wanted "Art Stuff" For His Birthday. Best 20$ Ever Spent At A Thrift Store

Brother Said Said He Wanted "Art Stuff" For His Birthday. Best 20$ Ever Spent At A Thrift Store

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#12

10 Years Ago, I Played Bass In A Local Rock Band. Yesterday, I Found My Band's T-Shirt At Goodwill

10 Years Ago, I Played Bass In A Local Rock Band. Yesterday, I Found My Band's T-Shirt At Goodwill

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#13

Easter Island Head Tissue Box For $3 At Goodwill

Easter Island Head Tissue Box For $3 At Goodwill

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#14

My Mom Bought Me A Cane Off Some Dude At A Flea Market. Little Did She Know...

My Mom Bought Me A Cane Off Some Dude At A Flea Market. Little Did She Know...

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Mimis Nachbarin
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Classic. This or a hidden alcohol tank. Lucky you!

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#15

My Wife Is Still Calling The Cat Throne She Found At The Thrift Store A 'Chair'

My Wife Is Still Calling The Cat Throne She Found At The Thrift Store A 'Chair'

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#16

Salvation Army Find. Apollo 11 Cuff Links, The Exact Same Pair Are On Display At The National Air And Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Salvation Army Find. Apollo 11 Cuff Links, The Exact Same Pair Are On Display At The National Air And Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

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#17

I'm Done With Thrift Shopping. I'll Never Find Anything Better Than This

I'm Done With Thrift Shopping. I'll Never Find Anything Better Than This

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#18

Jackpot. 10k Gold, Diamond, And Emerald Ring For $1

Jackpot. 10k Gold, Diamond, And Emerald Ring For $1

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Hańka
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is not only valuable, it is beautiful too!

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#19

$12.99 For A Nikon D3200 And $9.99 For A Cannon Eos Rebel Xs. Both Basically Brand New. Thanks Goodwill!

$12.99 For A Nikon D3200 And $9.99 For A Cannon Eos Rebel Xs. Both Basically Brand New. Thanks Goodwill!

Goodwill_Gamer Report

#20

So I Bought A Wallet For 25 Cents At A Thrift Store Two Days Ago

So I Bought A Wallet For 25 Cents At A Thrift Store Two Days Ago

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Wanda Queen
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bet someone spent a long time looking for that at some point!

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#21

I Found A Smeagol Cutout At A Flea Market. I Live With Two Other People. Let The Games Begin

I Found A Smeagol Cutout At A Flea Market. I Live With Two Other People. Let The Games Begin

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#22

My $36 Wedding Dress From Goodwill! Luckiest Find Of My Life

My $36 Wedding Dress From Goodwill! Luckiest Find Of My Life

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#23

Best Thrift Store Find Ever

Best Thrift Store Find Ever

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#24

Found Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here Vinyl Still In Plastic Wrap. It Has The Numbers On The Record Of The First Pressing... For $1

Found Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here Vinyl Still In Plastic Wrap. It Has The Numbers On The Record Of The First Pressing... For $1

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#25

Went To Goodwill For A $3 Poster Frame - Came Back With A Wurlitzer Organ For $0.50

Went To Goodwill For A $3 Poster Frame - Came Back With A Wurlitzer Organ For $0.50

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#26

Found These Guys At A Thrift Shop And Decided To Recreate What I Assume It's Like To Have Cats Since I Can't Have Cats Of My Own (Damned Family And Their Allergies)

Found These Guys At A Thrift Shop And Decided To Recreate What I Assume It's Like To Have Cats Since I Can't Have Cats Of My Own (Damned Family And Their Allergies)

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#27

Chairs Like This Are The Reason I Thrift, $35

Chairs Like This Are The Reason I Thrift, $35

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Stille20
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

cool.. looks like they took it off the set of mad men

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#28

Thrift Shop Find For A Dollar. The Entire Thing Inside The Bamboo Is Complex And Handmade

Thrift Shop Find For A Dollar. The Entire Thing Inside The Bamboo Is Complex And Handmade

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#29

Should I Write Him On Twitter And See If He Wants It Back?

Should I Write Him On Twitter And See If He Wants It Back?

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#30

1894 Elgin Wrist Watch, 121 Years Old. Purchased At Local Thrift Shop For $10.00

1894 Elgin Wrist Watch, 121 Years Old. Purchased At Local Thrift Shop For $10.00

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#31

$2.98 For All

$2.98 For All

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#32

One Of My Favourite Finds: My Burger Phone

One Of My Favourite Finds: My Burger Phone

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#33

My Mom Finds The Best Gifts At Thrift Stores

My Mom Finds The Best Gifts At Thrift Stores

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YukinineJeager
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Heart attack inducing after a horror movie marathon! :D

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#34

Got This For $14.99. The Name Plate Reads: "Dr. William DeVries." He Was The Lead Surgeon For The First Implantation Of The First Artificial Heart On December 2, 1982

Got This For $14.99. The Name Plate Reads: "Dr. William DeVries." He Was The Lead Surgeon For The First Implantation Of The First Artificial Heart On December 2, 1982

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Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was expecting another picture of the box opened and fishing lures and a heart inside. Very disappointed.

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#35

My Favourite Goodwill Find. A Harry Potter Table

My Favourite Goodwill Find. A Harry Potter Table

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#36

I Think I Won The Thrift Store

I Think I Won The Thrift Store

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Damien McDallydally
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Should have worn this at his early release arraignment.

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#37

WW2 Champagne. Found At A Garage Sale

WW2 Champagne. Found At A Garage Sale

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cassiushumanmother
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm french, you have to give it to me for free because it say " (purchase and resale prohibited)". Haha^^

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#38

Found This At A Goodwill. I Laughed Out Loud In The Store When I Found It

Found This At A Goodwill. I Laughed Out Loud In The Store When I Found It

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Jennifer Hunter
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG I wish I could upvote this a million times.

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#39

Usually I Hate It When People Write On Vinyls But This Is Pure Gold

Usually I Hate It When People Write On Vinyls But This Is Pure Gold

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Zsoldos Szabina
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

actually he is a hungarian music composer, and his name, LISZT means flour :)

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#40

Unused Picnic Set With Wine Glasses And A 12 Year Old Bottle Of Wine. $15

Unused Picnic Set With Wine Glasses And A 12 Year Old Bottle Of Wine. $15

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#41

Forget Everything You Knew About Ties. Because This Thrift Store Find Just Took It To A Whole New Level. Presenting: The Feather Tie

Forget Everything You Knew About Ties. Because This Thrift Store Find Just Took It To A Whole New Level. Presenting: The Feather Tie

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#42

Dog Translator. Worth It

Dog Translator. Worth It

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#43

Apparently There Was A Ship Captain Who Had No More Need Of His Coat

Apparently There Was A Ship Captain Who Had No More Need Of His Coat

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Tim Fischer
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who cares about the captain? Look at my future husband on the left side!

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#44

Found This At A Flea Market For $35! Already Framed And With The First Moon Landing Stamp

Found This At A Flea Market For $35! Already Framed And With The First Moon Landing Stamp

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#45

I Bought This Incredibly Rare 1851 Smith's Illustrated Astronomy Textbook For $0.25! The Last Similar One Sold On Ebay For $227

I Bought This Incredibly Rare 1851 Smith's Illustrated Astronomy Textbook For $0.25! The Last Similar One Sold On Ebay For $227

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#46

I Found Found A Keyboard Keyboard

I Found Found A Keyboard Keyboard

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#47

Thrift Stores Always Have The Best Books

Thrift Stores Always Have The Best Books

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Claire Kidd
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

EVERYONE should read this book. Or just the title, and follow it!

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#48

Got This Amazing Globe

Got This Amazing Globe

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#49

Heaviest Thing I've Ever Bought From Goodwill. Paid 57.77 For This 1939 Schumann, After A Little Adjusting All The Keys Work

Heaviest Thing I've Ever Bought From Goodwill. Paid 57.77 For This 1939 Schumann, After A Little Adjusting All The Keys Work

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#50

$1. The Best Yard Sale Find Ever

$1. The Best Yard Sale Find Ever

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#51

Quite Possibly The Best Thrift Store Find In History

Quite Possibly The Best Thrift Store Find In History

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#52

So I Just Found Two Old Elvis Tickets Behind The Drawer Of An Old Jewellery Box From Goodwill. I Don't Know If They Have Any Value But I Thought This Was Really Cool

So I Just Found Two Old Elvis Tickets Behind The Drawer Of An Old Jewellery Box From Goodwill. I Don't Know If They Have Any Value But I Thought This Was Really Cool

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Kevin Donegan
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So quickly did an "inflation calculator" to see what this ticket would cost today. $53.72! WTF? I practically pay that in service fees when buying tickets. College costs have gone up by 156% ... Concert prices have skyrocketed by at least 2534%!

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#53

Found At A Flea Market. Vintage Creepy

Found At A Flea Market. Vintage Creepy

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#54

Pretty Royal Typewriter Scored At Savers For $15

Pretty Royal Typewriter Scored At Savers For $15

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#55

I Have Been Thrifting Cameras For A Few Years Now

I Have Been Thrifting Cameras For A Few Years Now

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Connie Martin
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like the cats interspersed with the cameras. That's a good eye for display.

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#56

Undeniably My Favourite Thrift Find Yet! What Makes Them Amazing Is That They're Actually From The 80's

Undeniably My Favourite Thrift Find Yet! What Makes Them Amazing Is That They're Actually From The 80's

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#57

It's Yard Sale Season In My Town

It's Yard Sale Season In My Town

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#58

Leveled Up My Crazy Cat Lady Game This Weekend With A Tiny Couch, Toy Piano And Paw-Shaped Rug For $8 At Goodwill