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Thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales are basically new versions of ancient archeological sites.

Upon entering them, you never know what you're gonna find and hours later, it's usually one of the two: either you leave empty-handed, asking yourself why spend so much time for nothing, or come across a hidden gem that makes even those disappointing endeavors worth it.

Interestingly, the Facebook group 'Vintage and weird things you have found' has the best of both. Its 185K members regularly share pictures of their most memorable discoveries, and if they don't inspire you to check out your local second-hand store, honestly, I don't know what will.

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    Chances are, online groups like 'Vintage and weird things you have found' are going to be getting more and more content. As inflation continues driving shoppers to reach deep into their pockets, many are doing what they can to make or save some extra cash. One of those options is second-hand selling and shopping.

    "We purchase 200-300 items every single day," Style Encore at Lake Charles, Louisiana, owner Stacey Buller said. An industry that was hurting during the height of the pandemic is now seeing more business with inflation-propelled costs.

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Has to be the luckiest find ever!! It would be hard to find anything like it.

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    "During Covid, it was pretty slow but then within the past couple of months, we've seen our foot traffic get heavier and heavier," Buller explained.

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    The market for bargains is growing and Buller said women are coming in looking for anything from work to athletic clothes.

    "Ladies come in to look for a dress for church or their casual clothing, their athletic, a lot of people are getting back into the gyms."

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    Inflation price hikes are leaving many customers questioning, why pay full when there are racks and racks of steals and deals at second-hand stores?

    "A lot of ladies are coming in to sell for that quick cash, or they're even shopping. All of our prices are 50-90% below retail of the big box stores so they can get a really, really good deal," Buller added.

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    But it's not just the physical stores where people can make an extra buck. An average American has 36 unwanted items in their homes, worth $3,675, that they could turn into cash, according to a 2021 report by online marketplace eBay.

    The document took a look at what motivated its sellers of secondhand products over the past year, and learned that a majority of sellers who were new to eBay said they began selling pre-owned goods to simply make some cash.

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    The report reflects that the pandemic caused more people to buy and sell on its platform. Fourth-quarter revenue in 2020 was up 28% and gross merchandise volume - the value of the goods sold on the platform - was up 21%. For the full year, revenue was up 19% and gross merchandise volume was up 17%, to over $100 billion.

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    My ideal kind of chair 👌🏻 Looks pretty comfortable, and stylish!

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    While sellers said they need to make money, buyers were spending freely on collectible sneakers, luxury watches, and trading cards.

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I do genealogy and I always feel sad by vintage photos with unidentified people. How could anyone throw out family photos? Or not label them for future generations?

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    "When times are tough, people have told us that they go back to the things that make them happy, and oftentimes that’s a passion - collecting things like comic books or trading cards - things that bring people joy,” Bradford Shellhammer, vice president of buyer experience at eBay, said.

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I feel like it's got a "Henry" vibe. Henry has been married since just after high school and has six kids. He is all out of eff's to give about looking good, but LOVES to embarrass his kids. This is him at the beach. Kids are right there and people are staring.

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    What an awesome find!! Little Woman is one of my very favorite books!! Jo was also my favorite literary character!!

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    Weird Doll Found In Michigan Goodwill Left It There

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    The next person took it home. Their posetions were donated to goodwill after their untimely demise and the cycle continues.

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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    My family had the same one. My mother sometimes made my dad take it in so it doesn't get stolen.

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