Secondhand shopping in 2020 is a very different beast from previous years. Going to thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets now means taking the utmost precautions because of the pandemic. With your hazmat suit and mask on and a jumbo supply of hand sanitizer by your side, you’re like an astronaut going on an adventure into Wonderland.
Despite major lockdowns worldwide, the Weird Secondhand Finds That Just Need To Be Shared Facebook group is still going strong. They’ve surpassed 2.1 million members and they’re still posting a steady stream of the bizarre but beautiful second-hand shop finds, some of them bought online, not just in physical stores. Check out the most interesting finds below and give your fave ones an upvote, dear Readers.
Are you in the mood for even more thrifting fun but are locked down and stuck at home? Don’t worry—we’ve got plenty of thrift shop posts to keep you busy and safe until we sort this pandemic business out. You can scroll through Bored Panda’s earlier posts about the coolest and most interesting things here, here, and here. We know you’ll love these cool things. And before you know it, we’ll all be back to vintage shopping without a worry.
My Hoarding Of Old Garage Sale Christmas Junk Finally Paid Off. My Sister Turned It All Into This Masterpiece
I Thought This Was Beautiful. A Person In My Apartment Complex Was Throwing It Out And I Grabbed It With A Smile. It Is Wood And Extremely Heavy. I Will Be Polishing It With Orange Oil Later. What Do You Guys Think? Good Find?
Not Crazy Weird But My Thrift Find Of The Day. I Couldn’t Turn My Back On Him So Home He Came With Me. His Name Is “2020”
Bored Panda reached out to the Facebook page's team and a representative told us that many local thrift stores have now actually moved to online ordering during the Covid-19 pandemic. "Some even have curbside pickup, so we recommend checking with your favorite stores to see if they've done this," they suggested what we can do in order to stay safe but keep our secondhand shopping habits intact.
Meanwhile, they pointed out that secondhand fans should use social media to keep track of their fave shops and what's new with them while also avoiding going to shops physically without knowing if you'll find what you want. "Following your favorite shops Facebook pages is also recommended so you can stay up to date on what they're doing as well as get quicker notice when they have sales, new items listed, etc. That way you can safely thrift from the comfort of your own home while still supporting your local shops."
So This Happened Today.. I Work For A Major 2nd Hand Store In Australia, This Morning While Opening Up The Store I Stumbled Across The Corner Of This Woodburning Sticking Out
Immediately I knew it was my mums who i lost way back in 2005. I didnt even need to see her signature. So this is 29 years old and i couldnt tell you when i saw it last, closer to 91. Also im about an hr and a half from where my mum lived her whole life. My birthday was just 3 days ago and i definitely feel this was her saying happy birthday and giving me the gift of something she made. I feel so lucky and am pinching myself still.
My Grandma Spent Years Collecting Broken Pieces Of Jewelry From Family Members With The Hope Of Creating A Jewelry Christmas Tree
When she got too frail to make that dream come true, she gave me the box of jewelry. After she passed away, I finally sat down to create her dream. I remember her wearing some of the pieces and playing with some of the others as a kid. My husband thought it was fitting that the back of Grandma Dorothy's "D" pin was the hardest to remove as she could also be humorously stubborn
I Was Always Super Skeptical Of Facebook Marketplace, Then I Found This Giant Tardis Reading Nook For $50
Previously, Bored Panda spoke with the Weird Secondhand Finds team all about how the thrift store and secondhand shopping industry has shifted because of Covid. According to the Facebook page team rep, the number of people buying things this way stayed more or less the same in Autumn, but how things are done have changed quite a lot. There’s been a rise in digital shopping while physical stores are taking more and more safety precautions.
“We've noticed that more people seem to be using online venues for their thrifting rather than going to physical locations, which given the current circumstances, we think is great. Thrift stores also seem to be embracing the option of going online just a bit more than they did previously,” they told Bored Panda. “We encourage people to stay safe and use precautions if they do decide to go out, and we do not allow posts that show people not honoring precautions, such as not wearing a mask or with their mask pulled down while out in public.”
Totally Forgot To Share This!! Look At The Bookchair I Found At The Thriftstore Here In The Netherlands. And Yes, I Totally Bought It
The Rugrats...not Bad For $8.00 From Gw In Dallas Texas. So What I’m 55 Years Old I’m Still Going To Rock This!!!
My Beautiful Find On The Facebook Marketplace! I Could Not Love It More!
Meanwhile, physical stores require customers to have masks on, have erected plexiglass protectors at registers, keep the fitting rooms closed, and have a hard limit on the number of people that can be inside the store at one time.
“Perhaps the biggest change is in the 'bin' type stores where they have had to significantly decrease the number of bins in order to allow for social distancing, as well as create a path for customers to follow rather than being able to choose their own path like they could previously. It's a lot less chaotic than it used to be at the bins,” the Weird Secondhand Finds team member explained.
I Love Stained Glass And Found This Piece In An Antique Mall. It’s My House Number!! Installed It On Our Front Porch
I Just Found This On The Side Of The Road. I Guess Out For Trash
My Grandmother Made This Many Years Ago. She Passed In 2012 And It Is Now In My Uncle's Possession, But He Sent Me A Photo And Hopefully It Will Eventually Be Mine!
It's one thing I really looked forward to seeing at Christmas every year. It even has pieces that actually belonged to family members, including a boy scout pin from the 40s
The Facebook group started out as a page for family members and friends to share the goofy things they found online. Eventually, the page grew immensely and the wholesome community began to take form.
It’s not just about fun, though. The Facebook group has brought the discussion about shopping secondhand to the forefront of social media. It’s something that’s positive for your wallet, for your community, and for Planet Earth. Without the stigma attached to it, secondhand shopping is a great way to spend your time. Just remember to put your hazmat suit on. Or shop online!
My Teenage Daughter Was Walking Through A Thrift Store When This Great Curved Mid Century Blue Couch Came In The Door
She sat down on it until the manager walked by to find out how much it was selling for. It was over the amount she had in her pocket so she sat on it until her sister came with the rest of the money. My daughter wanted to surprise me for Mother’s Day! When we went to pick in up the next day, the manager was so moved by my daughter’s gesture that it brought her to tears!
Helping My Friend Move Today And Scored This Little Beauty
Before And After The Makeover! This Garden Dog Had Seen Better Days 10 Years Ago When I Found It By A Dumpster. The Florida Sun Did Even More Damage. It’s Spot On Now!
I Ran Into This At A Yard Sale And I Had To Have It For All My Crystals. What Do You Guys Think. It Came Home With Me
Got This Amazing Shelf, With A Lamp Yesterday At An Antique Store In Buffalo, Mn. I Plan On Repainting It. Not Sure If I Will Do It All One Color, Or Make It An Alice In Wonderland Theme
My Favorite Mug. Got It At A Garage Sale A Few Years Ago
I About Squealed When I Found This Frank Lloyd Wright Glass Panel At The Salvation Army In Elk River, Mn For, Get This....$4.99! I Display It Proudly In My Kitchen Window
Was Wandering Goodwill In Elkton, Md Today And Thought I Recognized Soemthing...the Resemblance Is Uncanny
My Friend Added Me To This Group Just So I Could Share This Amazing Find From The Renew/Reuse Emporium In St. Thomas, Us Virgin Islands. Vintage Villeroy & Boch, Style Called “Acapulco”. I Am Wild About These Birds!
Yall. This Is It! This Is My Greatest Goodwill Find !!! A Starwars Rocking "Horse" Queen Creek Az
Found This Unique Little Bulldog Sugar Bowl On Marketplace For $10, His Tongue Is A Spoon!
Probably The Coolest Chair I Have Ever Purchased! Twenty Bucks At A Yard Sale
Look What I Found For Free On The Side Of The Road!
Yes This Big Boy Totally Came Home With Me From Goodwill
Rescued Last Year From A Facebook Seller. $22. It Was Faded And Neglected, But I Brought This Sweet Vintage Santa Back To His Jolly ‘Ol Self With A Little Paint And A Lot Of Christmas Spirit
Found These Beautifully Buggy Dishes At Goodwill In Ukiah Ca. Paid 2 Dollars A Plate And 1 Dollar Each For The Cups
Might be my favorite thrift find ever! Edit- wow! This post blew up! So thrilling. I love this group so much! Also I added a pic to the original post with the manufacturer's information. Happy thrifting wierdlings!
Our Neighbors Sold Us This Bike They Made From Different Bikes Welded Together On A Steel Frame. The Seats Are Boat Seats. They Named Her Frankie, And We Already Love Her!
Handmade Swan Centerpiece From A Giveaway Group Near Me. If Anyone Would Appreciate This It’s You Bunch Of Lovely Weirdos
The Yarn Vest Of Rainbow Dreams! Found At Value Village For $10 In Ontario, Canada. The Endless Possibilities Of Future Halloween Costumes Made It Come Home With Me
Yesterday I Thrifted What I Have Always Wanted!!! This Gorgeous Mirror, So Happy I Finally Found One
My Grandmother Passed Away Years Ago And I Was The Only Grandchild Who Helped Clean Out Her Home
I had just turned 16 and didn't have my own place for furniture or large pieces, so I chose this ring. It sure doesn't look like much now, but my Great Grandfather gifted this to my Grandmother on the day of her high school graduation in 1950. She earned a regence scholarship to go to college, but turned it down to get married and have a family. At 36, I still wear it almost daily as it reminds me of the amazing, stubborn, loving woman I got the pleasure of calling Grandma. I took it to a jeweler who told me it is cherry quartz and is so worn it has little value (don't care, I won't ever get rid of it).
Although Quite A Few Of The Items In This Picture Were Obtained At Thrift Shops Or As Gifts, The Bookshelf Is One Of My Favorite Finds From Fb Marketplace. It Was Handmade And Needed A New Home. It Was Free And Now It’s Mine!
Found The Most Amazing Stained Glass Window I've Ever Seen In My Life At Canyon Collectibles In Loveland, Co. Perfect For Spooky Season!
Scored This Evening Off Of Market Place. Mid Century Table With Geode Slices
My Son Scored This Awesome Beaker Head Sitting On The Curb. Now He Needs To Find A Lab Coat. He Is A Ver Happy Muppet Fan Right Now. Appears To Be Handmade, Very Well Done
Dream Find At Southern Thrift In Nashville Tn! I Found This Beautiful Crystal Ball For $8!
Hello Friends! Here Are The Pictures Of The Fantabulous, Exquisite, Scandalous 1970’s Red Velvet Sectional I Purchased Today For $100. I Went Back To Goodwill When They Opened This Morning And Boom.... Here It Is. It’s In Fantastic Shape. I’m Thinking A Grandma Owned It And It Was Barely Sat On. However....i Have No Intention Of Ever Doing A Black Light Test Over It. So Happy This Is Making All Of You Smile. It Sure Makes Me Happy
I went back to goodwill when they opened this morning and boom.... Here it is. It’s in fantastic shape. I’m thinking a grandma owned it and it was barely sat on. However....I have no intention of ever doing a black light test over it. So happy this is making all of you smile. It sure makes me happy.
Found At Arc In Lakewood, Co. I Didn't Buy It And I Have Regrets
I Went To A Consignment Store In Naples, Fl Earlier Today And Out Front They Had A Goddamn Disco Elephant
Sooo I Grabbed This Guy From A Man On The Way To Dump With Him!!
Sooo i grabbed this guy from a man on the way to dump with him!! Seems he used to be a dancing Santa but the electrical box was sent to dump and didn’t look like it worked. He is a great shape!! Just a few cobwebs and dirt lol. I was soooo happy to get this! I followed the guy to dump and said heyyyy can I have that? He squeezed Santa into my small trunk and now I am a proud owner of a wonderful black rare Santa