It would be harder to find a greater temple to human creativity than the thrift store. Places where unneeded items are abandoned are so often a stop for so-called bad ideas, from hardly-useful inventions to rejected art and clothing that was never in style in the first place. But these items haven’t found their final resting place… they’re just waiting to be found by people who they truly speak to.

To quote a saying that the Facebook group Weird Secondhand Finds lives by, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Their hauls, taken variously from thrift stores, yard sales, and relatives’ closets that haven’t been cleaned in decades, prove that among the items that people decided they didn’t need are some seriously fascinating creations. Sometimes you can even find incredibly valuable and educational artifacts that you won’t believe somebody let slip away.

If you can't get enough after looking through this gallery of oddities, check out our previous lists of the best secondhand finds.

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#1

Found At A Thrift Store On Whidbey Island, WA -This Old Battered Book Caught My Eye Because It Looked Like It Fell Off A Pirate Ship

Found At A Thrift Store On Whidbey Island, WA -This Old Battered Book Caught My Eye Because It Looked Like It Fell Off A Pirate Ship

Upon further inspection, I found it was a Mark Twain, first edition, printed in 1883 which makes it 137 years old. I bought it for $5

It is a delicate old thing. The pages are chipping with age, and like all secondhand finds, I wonder about its history. How did it get from Little Rock, AR (per the handwriting) to a little island in the Pacific Northwest? Who’s hands have touched it over the course of 100+ years? At one point it rolled out of a printing press into a world that still utilized horse-drawn carriages. I’m unsure of its value, but I treasure this battered old book and will continue to keep it safe

Kelly Sims Report

Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

this is amazing!

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#2

It Started With One Dinner Plate In A Oregon Thrift Store In 2003

It Started With One Dinner Plate In A Oregon Thrift Store In 2003

I thought, oh that's nice! And bought it. Then I found the tea cups about 6 months later... Piece by piece, every one of them hunted up at a thrift store in the PNW, building up to this marvelous collect you see today. 17 years in the making. I didn't find anything for years, then recently found a second serving platter and serving bowl

Nashyra Tuininga Report

Kandi Sofia Dahlan
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow! I admire this person's persistence !

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#3

At $29.99, This Was The Most Expensive Thing I've Ever Bought At Goodwill. A Mr. Christmas Musical Bell Symphonium

At $29.99, This Was The Most Expensive Thing I've Ever Bought At Goodwill. A Mr. Christmas Musical Bell Symphonium

It came with 8 disks, and even had the velvet pouch for the discs, the instructions, order information paper for additional disks, and a survey

April Castonguay Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 month ago

Beautiful!!!

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In summer 2019, somebody found a pencil drawing of a nude girl composed of distinctively warped lines in a Habitat for Humanity thrift store in New York City. Suspecting that it was drawn by Egon Schiele, he contacted a scholar of the artist’s work, who was surprised to find that it was genuine upon analyzing the materials and comparing it with a sequence of Schiele’s drawings.

The newly discovered Schiele piece was determined to be from 1918 and was valued at $100,000 to $200,000. The gallery that the observant thrift store buyer brought it to confirmed that a portion of the proceeds from selling it would be donated to Habitat for Humanity, the charity that the thrift store benefits.

#4

My Daughter Was Driving Down The Road And Found This Gem At The Curb For Trash Pickup. He Is Now Protecting Her Porch

My Daughter Was Driving Down The Road And Found This Gem At The Curb For Trash Pickup. He Is Now Protecting Her Porch

Patti Meadows McClain Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow - what a find!

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#5

I'm Afraid My Walk Has Become Rather Silly Now

I'm Afraid My Walk Has Become Rather Silly Now

Ryan Gardiner Report

Iggy
Community Member
1 month ago

Fantastic!

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#6

So I Picked This Up Today At Goodwill. My Daughter And I Love It. My Mom Thinks It’s Gross. I Am A Nurse I Think I Should Take My Lunch In It

So I Picked This Up Today At Goodwill. My Daughter And I Love It. My Mom Thinks It’s Gross. I Am A Nurse I Think I Should Take My Lunch In It

Gloria Stogsdill Report

Ni La
Community Member
1 month ago

You I share your sense of humor, I would have bought this in a heartbeat!

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#7

I Found This Kids Chemcraft Chemistry Set At A Flea Market In Nashville, Tennessee. People Would Lose Their Minds If Something Like This Was Released Today For Kids To Play With

I Found This Kids Chemcraft Chemistry Set At A Flea Market In Nashville, Tennessee. People Would Lose Their Minds If Something Like This Was Released Today For Kids To Play With

And yes, that's real yellowcake and radioactive uranium ore in the two atomic energy vials. She was asking $22 for it but I think I ended up paying $10. She put a sticker on it saying it's from the 60's but the booklets that came with it state that this is kit no. 10 which was produced in 1947. According to research done in oak ridge, Tennessee, in mid to late 1947, porter chemical company produced laboratory kits for children that included an atomic energy component. Initially, they produced two kits. The no. 10 kit and the no. 25 kit. It's not in the greatest shape and I'm sure there are items missing, but I worked at a uranium enrichment plant for years so I had to have it

April Wright Report

Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

this one is so cool!

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#8

Tiny Peacock Chair I Picked Up Today

Tiny Peacock Chair I Picked Up Today

Marla Jenkins Report

Iggy
Community Member
1 month ago

Kitty is beautiful!

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#9

Fridge Magnet Find! It’s Okay, You Can “Call” Me Nostalgic. Push Me - Yep It Does Ring

Fridge Magnet Find! It’s Okay, You Can “Call” Me Nostalgic. Push Me - Yep It Does Ring

Teresa Shaefer Randall Report

Tee
Community Member
1 month ago

I want one now.

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#10

He Lives In The Bathroom And Holds Period Products. He’s The Bloodhound

He Lives In The Bathroom And Holds Period Products. He’s The Bloodhound

This wasn’t his first job, he previously lived in an all male house. Given to me by a friend moving out of town. Long island, NY

Kaitlyn Crosby Report

Nash Nopper
Community Member
1 month ago

haahhaaha - love it!

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#11

I Saw This Stunning Piece Of Stained Glass On The Side Of The Road Off Route 9 In Berkeley Springs, WV. I Turned Around Because I Couldn't Just Leave It There

I Saw This Stunning Piece Of Stained Glass On The Side Of The Road Off Route 9 In Berkeley Springs, WV. I Turned Around Because I Couldn't Just Leave It There

I paid $20 and struggled to fit it into the back of my car as it is about 30.5" x 42", catching the pieces as they fell out along the way. I took this beauty to Fogal glassworks in Chambersburg, PA to be repaired. I spent $320 on the repairs and was informed by the shop that if I wanted this piece made from scratch today it would cost over $1500. I am so glad I could save this beautiful piece of art

Jenni Elizabeth Report

Tee
Community Member
1 month ago

The colors are beautiful

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#12

We Just Happened To Go To An Antique Expo In Town Where We Found A Silly Cycle. My Grandfather, Reedy Ellington Mclellan Sr., Invented Them

We Just Happened To Go To An Antique Expo In Town Where We Found A Silly Cycle. My Grandfather, Reedy Ellington Mclellan Sr., Invented Them

The most wonderful thing happened today. After recently moving to a different state, we just happened to go to an antique expo in town where we found a silly cycle. My grandfather, Reedy Ellington McLellan Sr., invented them. There are probably only a handful left in existence. I burst into tears when I saw it. I had to bring it home with me, and the guy was nice enough to cut me a deal. I couldn't be happier

Golda McLellan Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Congratulations! What a wonderful find, with so much family history.

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#13

I Raise You One 1890s "Bryce's English Dictionary"

I Raise You One 1890s "Bryce's English Dictionary"

"The smallest English dictionary in the world comprising, besides the ordinary and newest words in the language short explanations of a large number of scientific, philosophical, literary and technical terms"

Ahmad Desai Report

Natasha Forchione
Community Member
1 month ago

I wish there was a picture of it opened!

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#14

I Noticed An Old Reader's Digest On The Counter. Matter-Of-Factly, I Flipped To Page 118 And Showed The Cashier My Picture From 1998

I Noticed An Old Reader's Digest On The Counter. Matter-Of-Factly, I Flipped To Page 118 And Showed The Cashier My Picture From 1998

There I was, checking out of a random second hand shop in laurel, MD when I noticed an old reader's digest on the counter. Matter-of-factly, I flipped to page 118 and showed the cashier my picture from 1998. I was part of a feature because I had found my job on the {gasp} internet! Of course I bought it, and no, the cashier did not believe it was me!

Wendy Lee Report

Romadhoni Ririn
Community Member
1 month ago

Amazing

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#15

Here’s My Boy Bax Looking Regal Af In His Tiny Chair That I Found At The Goodwill. Someone Serve This King Some Tea & Crumpets Already

Here’s My Boy Bax Looking Regal Af In His Tiny Chair That I Found At The Goodwill. Someone Serve This King Some Tea & Crumpets Already

Mallory Chase Latham Report

Kaisu
Community Member
1 month ago

The king is clearly getting impatient

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#16

I Bought A Painting Of What I Thought Was A Flower In A Pond At The Goodwill In Glendora, CA And Hung It Up. Only My Husband Fixed It It's A Cow

I Bought A Painting Of What I Thought Was A Flower In A Pond At The Goodwill In Glendora, CA And Hung It Up. Only My Husband Fixed It It's A Cow

Michelle Cunningham Sandhu Report

misteriosa
Community Member
1 month ago

And such a pretty cow it is!

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#17

My Mother And Father Were Married In September Of 1954. She Was A Seamstress And Made Her Own Honeymoon Dress (First Picture)

My Mother And Father Were Married In September Of 1954. She Was A Seamstress And Made Her Own Honeymoon Dress (First Picture)

My parents both have since passed away so we kept the dress in storage for all these years. My sister thought it would be neat to have my oldest daughter try the dress on and it fit her beautifully

Patti Sanchioni Waterbury Report

Anna McHugh
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a lovely dress!

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#18

Here’s My 89 Year Old Grandmother And Her “Camera” She Is Also A Mini Find As She Is She Is 4ft 5 Inches In Height

Here’s My 89 Year Old Grandmother And Her “Camera” She Is Also A Mini Find As She Is She Is 4ft 5 Inches In Height

Orla Mahony Report

Sarcastic Cow
Community Member
1 month ago

Spy Granny!

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#19

My Mom Recently Passed. She Left Me Some Very Interesting Items. For Starters, This Jewelry

My Mom Recently Passed. She Left Me Some Very Interesting Items. For Starters, This Jewelry

Teersa Joy Report

Sarcastic Cow
Community Member
1 month ago

Your Mom´s taste in jewelry is great!

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#20

I Found This Beautiful Chaise For $6 At A Church Thrift Store. It Was My Cat's Favorite And When She Passed We Retired It To A Shelf In Our Library In Her Honor

I Found This Beautiful Chaise For $6 At A Church Thrift Store. It Was My Cat's Favorite And When She Passed We Retired It To A Shelf In Our Library In Her Honor

Rich Kiska Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Your kitty was gorgeous. You must have loved her very much to have retired the chaise longue.

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#21

$12. Damn Straight I Bought It!

$12. Damn Straight I Bought It!

Scott Perry Report

Sarcastic Cow
Community Member
1 month ago

Ready for Royal Ascot!

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#22

It’s Been Hanging On Our Porch For Almost 10 Years. I’ve Never Thought Much Of It... Today While Watching Edward Scissorhands I See This!

It’s Been Hanging On Our Porch For Almost 10 Years. I’ve Never Thought Much Of It... Today While Watching Edward Scissorhands I See This!

My wife picked this up at a thrift store years ago for $2. Is it the same one?! Now I like it more

Jason Smith Report

Vanessa Robinson
Community Member
1 month ago

This is made by Curtis Jere and called Over Sun. In good condition, these can sell over $200. Even more if it's signed!

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#23

2015, I Found This Lovely And Large Portrait In A Local 2nd Hand Story

2015, I Found This Lovely And Large Portrait In A Local 2nd Hand Story

2015, I found this lovely and large portrait in a local 2nd hand story.

The card on it really caught my attention.

I’m very familiar with Manazanar, the former WW II U.S. interment camp for Japanese American residents and citizens.

My grandfather was a farmer in coastal San Diego county and some of his fellow farmers were Japanese. At the time of the war, only US born Japanese Americans could buy land for farming. My grandfather stored their belongings when his neighbors were sent away. Many others, including churches also stored internees personal possessions.

I had a feeling that this portrait might have been stored for a family and for some reason, they had not recovered it.

A few calls and emails, I was able to get help from the ranger at Manzanar.

Although Itoko was a newlywed when she arrived at Manzanar with her husband, parents and in-laws, the ranger was able to connect me with her nephew Fred who lives in San Diego, not far from me.

He told me that they had never returned to their home in Pacific Palisades and instead relocated to San Diego where they farmed celery. She and her husband never had children and Nephew Fred took care of them in their older years.

Most amazing of all! Itoko was still alive! She was in a nursing home and has memory issues but she recognized her portrait immediately. She told Fred that it was her and that it hung in her bedroom when she was a child.

Susan Frazee-Kurner Report

Sofie Lazaro
Community Member
1 month ago

I love this story

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#24

Found This Fairy Dress In A Second Hand Thift Store Called Twice As Nice In Tucson. Rainbow Antler Headband Is The Best

Found This Fairy Dress In A Second Hand Thift Store Called Twice As Nice In Tucson. Rainbow Antler Headband Is The Best

It's my favorite outfit, I donned it out for my birthday last February with my best friends. We like to dress up and feel fancy. It seems hand stitched

Jackie Kristine Report

Ni La
Community Member
1 month ago

It suits you, you look lovely in it!

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#25

My New Lucky Cricket Tea Cup And If You Don't Like It... Dishonor On You, Dishonor On Your Cow

My New Lucky Cricket Tea Cup And If You Don't Like It... Dishonor On You, Dishonor On Your Cow

Shannan Stubbert Report

Clinton Yew
Community Member
1 month ago

Cri-Kee!!

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#26

Bob Ross Pancakes Anyone?!

Bob Ross Pancakes Anyone?!

Ashleigh Taylor-Kugler Report

Kirun Njmx
Community Member
1 month ago

Happy Little Pancake

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#27

My Grandmother Passed This Year And My Aunt Was Kind Enough To Give Me Her School Uniform From The 1940s. It Fits! I Feel Very Proper

My Grandmother Passed This Year And My Aunt Was Kind Enough To Give Me Her School Uniform From The 1940s. It Fits! I Feel Very Proper

Johanna Willis Report

Jane Thorne-Gutierrez
Community Member
1 month ago

Even the photo looks vintage! I love it!

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#28

“Babe! I Found Everything!” “I’m Not Buying It.” “But Babe! Just Be My Yukon Cornelius Pleeeeease!” The Things I Talk Him Into At Goodwill. At Least I Got Photographic Evidence!

“Babe! I Found Everything!” “I’m Not Buying It.” “But Babe! Just Be My Yukon Cornelius Pleeeeease!” The Things I Talk Him Into At Goodwill. At Least I Got Photographic Evidence!

‎Ellen White‎ Report

Ni La
Community Member
1 month ago

I love it!

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#29

Pardon My Ridiculous "I Just Paid $20 For Full Chainmail" Face

Pardon My Ridiculous "I Just Paid $20 For Full Chainmail" Face

Maddox Marcus Report

Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

pure joy in his face!

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#30

I Would Like To Raise You These Limited Edition Bmo Doc's

I Would Like To Raise You These Limited Edition Bmo Doc's

Found at a salem, or goodwill they definitely came home with me! No one sells them anywhere anymore, they're super rare!

Nicole Beckett Report

Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

These are so cuuuuuuute!!!!! ♡

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#31

My Hedgehogs Eating Mealworms From A Tiny Thrift Shop Teacup

My Hedgehogs Eating Mealworms From A Tiny Thrift Shop Teacup

Shana Couillard Report

Ni La
Community Member
1 month ago

This is too adorable!

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#32

My BF And I Went To A Thrift Store To Get A Toaster For Our New Apartment, Didn't Realise The Toaster Made A Duck Until I Went To Toast Some Bread

My BF And I Went To A Thrift Store To Get A Toaster For Our New Apartment, Didn't Realise The Toaster Made A Duck Until I Went To Toast Some Bread

Michayla Hanson Report

Clinton Yew
Community Member
1 month ago

Razer Toaster concept is workable!

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#33

Was Looking Through The Ugly Sweater Section At Goodwill, And Found The Sweater, I Was Wearing!

Was Looking Through The Ugly Sweater Section At Goodwill, And Found The Sweater, I Was Wearing!

I definitely got a good laugh out of it, and so did the people around me!

Jena Wolkens Report

Harry Larter
Community Member
1 month ago

Still ugly?

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#34

Crocheted Maxi Skirt. Yes It’s Ugly, But I Will Rock It With Leather And Chanel

Crocheted Maxi Skirt. Yes It’s Ugly, But I Will Rock It With Leather And Chanel

Danyelle Bridgewater Report

Kaisu
Community Member
1 month ago

She can totally pull it off!

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#35

This Is A Portrait Of My Grandmother Seated In A Chair That She Needlepointed. I Am Sitting In A Chair She Helped Me To Needlepoint Wearing The Same Suit. I Inherited All.

This Is A Portrait Of My Grandmother Seated In A Chair That She Needlepointed. I Am Sitting In A Chair She Helped Me To Needlepoint Wearing The Same Suit. I Inherited All.

WeirdSecondhandFinds Report

Lyop
Community Member
1 month ago

Ok, your grandma was very talented!! Wow.

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#36

Found At An Antique Shop. The Prototype For Toilet Paper Showing That It Clearly Is Supposed To Be Over

Found At An Antique Shop. The Prototype For Toilet Paper Showing That It Clearly Is Supposed To Be Over

WeirdSecondhandFinds Report

Layla Corman
Community Member
1 month ago

I never quite understood the "under" concept. It gets stuck all the time. I would have bought this too and hung it in the loo!

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#37

Found These Red Velvet Chairs At A Garage Sale For $1 And Had An Overwhelming Compulsion To Paint Crows On Them

Found These Red Velvet Chairs At A Garage Sale For $1 And Had An Overwhelming Compulsion To Paint Crows On Them

Sheri Gillett Report

Anna McHugh
Community Member
1 month ago

Go you! They look fantastic!

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#38

I See Your Tiny Pets With Mini Furniture- I Give You “My Giant Hare On A Victorian Chair!”

I See Your Tiny Pets With Mini Furniture- I Give You “My Giant Hare On A Victorian Chair!”

I found this Victorian chair at a thrift store and decided quickly I couldn’t live without it! It’s antique velvet with carved wood.

This is my Flemish Giant Rabbit, Leroux, aka Big Bun. He sadly passed away last year at the age of 9. He was about 19 lbs. and such a character! (Picture on the left for size comparison). He lived everywhere with me including downtown Chicago! He was my world.

Big Bun was always a house rabbit. He even had his own room (included in the photos)! He lived a little longer than normal (lifespan is 7 years or so.) I fed him the best of the best food (Oxbow brand) with plenty of Timothy hay, fresh veggies, and digestive tablets. He was litter box trained and never had accidents in the house. He loved to snuggle and would watch tv with me! Flemish Giants are a wonderful breed of rabbit and make fantastic pets!

I included a picture of him with his dog brothers and my favorite photo of him in his Christmas bow tie. He was always a legend.

WeirdSecondhandFinds Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Leroux (Big Bun) was so handsome. And, thanks to you, he lived a wonderful life. He is a legend.

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#39

Finally Gave This Gem A Night Out It Deserved. This Was Perfect For Harry Potter Yule Ball Event That Hosted At My Favourite Little Geek Themed Bar

Finally Gave This Gem A Night Out It Deserved. This Was Perfect For Harry Potter Yule Ball Event That Hosted At My Favourite Little Geek Themed Bar

Kirbie Humber Report

Layla Corman
Community Member
1 month ago

I love it when beautiful dresses get to live again!

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#40

Merry Christmas... Found My Dress For The Christmas Party

Merry Christmas... Found My Dress For The Christmas Party

‎Keeli Dollar Russell‎ Report

Chancey
Community Member
1 month ago

Would 100% buy this fabulous dress!!!

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#41

Found At The Goodwill Dunn Ave. Jacksonville, Fl

Found At The Goodwill Dunn Ave. Jacksonville, Fl

‎Kelly Kaler‎ Report

JuJu
Community Member
1 month ago

Lovely.

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#42

The Envious Cashier As We Laid This Beauty Down On The Checkout: "You... Bastards"

The Envious Cashier As We Laid This Beauty Down On The Checkout: "You... Bastards"

Chrissy McCoy Report

Kaisu
Community Member
1 month ago

This is so amazing, as a Tolkien fan I would've bought this too!

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#43

Brass Miniatures, All Thrifted. I Think I Have The Whole Collection

Brass Miniatures, All Thrifted. I Think I Have The Whole Collection

Danielle Morris Report

A Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

oh these are pretty cool :D

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#44

I Found A 2 Dollar Morph Suit At My Local Goodwill!

I Found A 2 Dollar Morph Suit At My Local Goodwill!

I'm now either a PNG, a ska band stage backdrop, or maybe I'm the floor of a fifties-styled diner! The possibilities are endless!

WeirdSecondhandFinds Report

Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

The dog looks very concerned.

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#45

Found For $15 Dollars, Signed By An (Unknown) Artist. I Absolutley Love It, Would Like To Find More Pieces Like This One!

Found For $15 Dollars, Signed By An (Unknown) Artist. I Absolutley Love It, Would Like To Find More Pieces Like This One!

John Barrington Report

Kaisu
Community Member
1 month ago

This is really gorgeous, I would've bought it too!

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#46

Oops. Someone Didn't Listen

Oops. Someone Didn't Listen

Justin TrailMixx Davis Report

Sivi
Community Member
1 month ago

I need this for my dad.

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#47

My Mom Found This And Said, “I Should Bring This To Sample Things, ‘I Just Want A Spoonful.’”

My Mom Found This And Said, “I Should Bring This To Sample Things, ‘I Just Want A Spoonful.’”

Allie Davidson Report

Mary Montejo
Community Member
1 month ago

Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down...

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#48

Got A $1 Trump Mask At A Yard Sale In Australia. My God I Have Never Got Such Comedic Value From A Sale

Got A $1 Trump Mask At A Yard Sale In Australia. My God I Have Never Got Such Comedic Value From A Sale

clamshanks Report

Iggy
Community Member
1 month ago

That would give me nightmares! I couldn't have it in the house.

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#49

Here's My Dog In The Tiny Chair I Recently Got At A Flea Market In Western MA

Here's My Dog In The Tiny Chair I Recently Got At A Flea Market In Western MA

Carla Lia Report

ERIN W.
Community Member
1 month ago

HEY IT FITS!

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#50

This Is A Box Of Mortuary Lipsticks (Make Up That Was Used On The People Being Prepared For Burial)

This Is A Box Of Mortuary Lipsticks (Make Up That Was Used On The People Being Prepared For Burial)

They were taken from a funeral home that closed in 1997. These lipsticks were originally in a display case but for ease they now live in this box. They are all in various stages of use

Elizabeth Moore Report

Kjorn
Community Member
1 month ago

why did you bought it?

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