When a bride envisions her dream wedding dress, a thrift store is likely the last place that comes to mind. It’s easy to get swept up in the idea of a brand-new, expensive gown. But the truth is that beauty can be found in unexpected places, and Ophelia Nichols, who goes by the nickname Mama Tot on TikTok and ophelianichols on Instagram, showed us that we can still find treasure in thrift stores for a small fraction of our intended budget.
You can find almost anything in a thrift store or at a flea market, it can be a dress decorated with fur, a vintage pink coat, or even Victorian earrings. And sometimes, we can come across something really unique, like a 1910 lantern or a 1923 violin. We decided to put together photos of interesting things Internet users found while thrifting. And in the bonus section, you’ll hear a story of a woman who thought she found a scarf she’d dreamed about forever.
There are 2 types of people — some prefer buying only brand-new things, and others are okay with going to flea markets and thrift stores. And the latter are often lucky enough to find treasure in piles of ordinary stuff. And the things people from our compilation found prove our point.
Finding hidden treasures under the sea or at the end of a rainbow is something that many of us dreamed of as children. Now, as adults, we can try to find a discount in a thrift store, and the truth is that many times we may be surprised to find a unique object that could even far exceed the price for which we acquired it.
One main characteristic of today’s modern products is that many of them look alike, and thousands of people can have the same things as you. And since people like to feel unique, turning to vintage items helps them get a hold of something few people around them will have. Not only that, but thrifting is also a great way to step away from mass-produced items and look for one-of-a-kind pieces.
Going to a regular store to purchase something has long stopped being the norm for some people. In fact, in online communities, such as Reddit’s r/ThriftStoreHauls, Internet users showcase how fantastic shopping for second-hand items can be. From vintage designer clothing to peculiar products like wingsuits, these folks are able to buy real gems for low prices.
You don’t need to be an archeologist to discover mind-baffling, extraordinary objects — simply head down to your local thrift store instead. People have come across many weird and wonderful things all over the place, such as things hidden from time in their basement or abandoned on a local beach. And there’s something strangely exciting about coming across puzzling objects because we can’t always understand what they are at first.
One English tradition says that getting married on a Monday brings health, on a Tuesday brings wealth, while Wednesday is the best day to tie the knot. No matter what, not everyone is ready to wait until wealth favors them. The easiest way to accomplish this is to reconsider your approach to the big day and not overspend funds wherever possible.
If you think that there is nothing left in our world to surprise or shock you, don’t rush to such conclusions. Even one visit to a thrift store can turn into a real adventure. Just take some photos to share with your friends later and have a few laughs.
A thrift store is probably not the first place that comes to a bride’s mind when she’s looking for a perfect wedding dress. However, Reddit users have proven that in such stores you can find a wedding gown of your dreams at a very low price (or even for free). The heroes of our article fell in love with their bridal attire in thrift stores, and they look truly amazing.
If you have ever visited a thrift store, you know you can find many confusing old objects. However, if you dig further, it can turn out that they are very meaningful, rare, and even expensive. Every mystery should have an answer and Reddit users can help find it.
Earrings appraised at $4,682 and finding love letters from 1918, for some people thrift stores seem like good treasure hunting grounds. Luckily these people also acted fast and they didn’t miss out on rare finds that made a huge difference in their pockets.
Halloween is coming, and if you still have not decided what costume to wear or how to glow up your house, try to drop by a thrift store or a flea market. As it turns out, it’s here that you can find everything you need for a terrifyingly cool Halloween, from costumes to home decorations, for more than reasonable prices.
A sewing machine you can hold in the palm of your hand, a skillet big enough to fry only 1 egg, or an alarm clock so tiny that it can easily get lost in your purse — these are not imaginary artifacts from fairy tales, but the real life things people were lucky enough to find at thrift stores.
Not everyone likes to use vintage items in their home décor because modern design seems more appropriate to them. However, even old, second-hand items can make your house look stylish with a little effort and creativity.
We’re pretty sure while doing one of those thorough spring cleanings at home, when you were going through your stuff and checking to see what you can get rid of, that you’ve suddenly found something weird. You stumbled upon a strange object whose function nobody could figure out. You probably got the same feeling that you’d have if you came across a beautiful object at a second-hand shop and, because you liked it, you took it home, even though you have no idea what it was. Then it’s just there, mysterious, waiting for its real function to be discovered.
It’s often believed that to make a good purchase and get a quality product, it’s necessary to spend a significant amount of money. However, people with extremely good luck can find and purchase a luxury item for a tenth of its original price. How is it possible? They’re great thrift store hunters, and they love to share their findings on the Internet.
There are 2 types of people in the world when it comes to wedding celebrations — those who adore big celebrations and invite all their friends and relatives to share their big day with, ready to continue the feast for several days in a row; and those who are more prone to having a small cozy party, wearing a self-made dress or one bought from a thrift store, and carrying a bridal bouquet made of garden flowers. The characters of today’s article can definitely relate to the latter.
Whether it’s unusually-sized fruits or vegetables or unique items we find in the thrift store that are worth big bucks, we can’t help but feel satisfied, as if we hit the jackpot. It’s a special kind of feeling, and we want to tell everyone about our amazing finds. Bright Side found some people that wanted to share their lucky experiences with us.
Raising kids is a complicated activity. Parents need to manage to keep their authority but at the same time not overstep the mark. The most difficult thing is to not start laughing when a kid figures out everything in their own way and when something turns out completely different from what you expected.
Walking into a thrift store can be a failure most of the time. But sometimes luck is all it takes for us to find a diamond in the rough or a treasure. That’s why an online community came together to display the things they found for crazy amazing prices.
Buying second-hand clothes can benefit your wallet and the environment. Just by increasing the lifespan of one piece of clothing to 4.5 years, it could save up to 60 million cubic meters of water and prevent the emission of 160,000 metric tons of CO2. And some people are lucky enough to find beautiful hidden gems while helping to save the planet. Prom gowns, wedding dresses, and designer jackets are some of the things they bought at a bargain price.
Donald Duck, a character in the Disney animated series Duck Tales, once said to his girlfriend, “Honey, I wanted to buy you a diamond ring, but the jewelry store was closed, so I bought you a yogurt.” Some people seem to follow the same principle in life. With a poker face, they can present their loved ones with a pen they found in their bag, a frayed comb with hair sticking out of it, or a lint remover for cleaning clothes. These situations have even happened to a 12-year-old birthday boy, and the people who give these presents can be your own grandmother, aunt, or mom and dad.
Today, in second-hand shops, thrift stores, and at flea markets, rational (not poor) people do their shopping. They know that it’s only there that you can buy a valuable but inexpensive item. And you can even find completely unique items that could end up claiming the title of a family heirloom.
An adrenaline rush, a rapidly-beating heart, and heavy breathing — no, these aren’t symptoms of a heart attack, it’s just how we feel when we land that perfect deal at a thrift store. Whether it’s perfect designer clothes, brand new furniture, or one-of-a-kind appliances, the feeling we get when we discover these hidden gems without having to pay a fortune is indescribable.
Our hearts can beat in a special way when shopping at a thrift store and finding an antique that seems meant for us. It’s like finding a small treasure! It’s a feeling that can be compared to the satisfaction of recycling some small token that our granny was especially fond of. This is the case of the bathtub that was turned into a sofa or the drum that was turned into a flowerpot.
You don’t have to spend a fortune at expensive boutiques when you can go to a thrift store and make an amazing outfit for very little money. Of course, you’ll probably spend a little more time on your look but it’ll definitely be worth it.
Everyone wants to buy something valuable and well-made for cheap. But there are some people who are lucky enough to get these things almost for free. Some of them just happened to stop by a thrift store and some spent hours looking for their treasures.
With enough creativity, any trip to the thrift store can result in an upcycling wonder, and old items around the house can become treasures. You just never know how much some tender loving care can breathe fresh life into old objects, even if it’s trash!
A hair clip that contains a wrench, a ruler, and a screwdriver; a calculator with a built-in chessboard; and a die that has 100 sides — in a world where we’ve seen everything, there’s still a place for little wonders. Search through your attic or visit a thrift store and who knows — you may find a gem or two in there. And don’t forget to take a couple of pics and brag about your trophies on social media!
Every house has a bag with plastic bags, empty boxes left from household appliances, and a drawer with unnecessary wires and flash drives. And if you’re planning to throw things away, remember that you don’t have to throw everything away. There are many examples of when seemingly useless things get a second life and make a house cozier.
People that always go to garage sales and thrift stores say that if you want to find something valuable in a pile of junk, you need a lot of time and a lot of luck. Sometimes, it is almost impossible to find something good, but if you try hard enough, you most likely will.