The best part about shopping at thrift stores is that you never know what you are going to find. Most stores these days have a generic theme – you have a basic expectation of what they sell. But thrift stores offer objects from all walks of life. You could find things that have been stashed in someone’s attic for 50 years; old books, LPs, trophies, clothes, electronics… All have belonged to others and have their own unique story to tell. Exciting, isn’t it?
Sure, 95% of it is junk. But, as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so there is always some value there if you look hard enough! This list finds value mainly in the weird and wonderful; there are some truly bizarre objects here. The Facebook group ‘Weird Secondhand Finds That Just Need To Be Shared’ is a goldmine of oddities and curios, and as a follow on to previous posts here here and here, we just had to share the latest finds.
Scroll down below to check out the best of them for yourself, and head down to your local thrift store this weekend!
Was In A Thrift Store With My Partner When I Saw This Painting
Thought It Was Just Abstract, Until Closer Inspection, When We Saw The “About The Artist” Paper Taped To The Painting – It Was Painted By A Snapping Turtle Named Marshmallow! I Knew At That Moment I Needed To Take It Home With Me.
I Found An Entire Bag Of Babies At A Local Thrift Store
Of Course I Bought Them And Put Them In A Bowl. I Didn’t Know What To Do With Them, But They Became My Bird’s Favourite Toy (He Would Toss Them Out Of The Bowl With Glee).
My Best Thrifted Find. I Especially Loved The Previous Owners Little Message, As It’s Now Used As An Art Studio In A Box
Thought I Saw Massive Vertebrae As I Was Driving Home Today
Whipped Around After About Half A Mile Of “I Need To Know” Repeating In My Brain; My Husband Was Mildly Annoyed When I Told Him What I Had Seen, But I Knew I Wouldn’t Be Able To Rest
ETA: They’re massive vertebrae. Husband wouldn’t let me put garbage bones in the car with our babies, because he’s a square.
Edit two: I have texted him to hurry home so I can get them. He is not thrilled, but I am so happy to see that I’m not the only one who thinks this is the coolest stuff ever.
Edit three: kids are loaded into the car, keep your fingers crossed that the remains remain!
Edit four, the final edit (?): It took some driving and some bonus tablet time for my 3yo, but your girl got not only the bones, but a full on spine section!!! My only regret was not having a small enough flat head on hand to remove the plaque, and the box, which was large and on castors, was dry rotted and full of spiders (I like spiders, but this was too many to put in my car).
Edit five: Who is finding us “Trash Bones” members only jackets?
Edit six: Husband has seen the light and majesty in the bones, and is even excited about how much fun the kids are going to have! He’s a keeper.
Edit seven: Couldn’t walk by my Bonehenge without hastily stacking it up after grabbing the mail. Photo attached!
Edit eight: I was told to make a hashtag, so…
Edit nine: Can’t stop thinking about the plaque. Gonna drive by and see if it’s still there.
Edit ten: I GOT THE PLAQUE!!!!!
I’m Not Sure What’s Going On Here, But I Had To Take It Home
I Bought An Antique (1910ish) Glass Eye At A Vintage Show
Had A Local Jeweller Set It Into A Necklace! I Love It!
My Daughter (11) Found This Today At Our Local Thrift Store
She Brings It Over To Me And Says “Mom I Don’t Understand What This Means What Does It Do! Oh My
Dinner Party Anyone?
Found This Jar To Put Your Coffee Grounds In. Love It. Bought It. Has A Fake Little Electrical Cord Too
Pac Man Suit
On My Way To Work, I Saw This Outside On Someone’s Lawn With A Sign On It
I Knew That If I Waited Until After I Got Done With Work, It Would Be Gone. So I Pulled Over, Folded Down The Seats, And Maneuvered It Into My Xterra. It Was Not Easy Going, And My Rear Visibility While Driving Sucked. And I Still Managed To Make It To Work On Time.
Found In Good Ole New Orleans
This Awesome (Albeit Plastic) Medusa Crown (Headband)! Found In Roanoke, Va!
Best Find Ever, A Certified Authentic Autographed Jesus Picture.
I Had To Have It
Found This At A Goodwill Today. Too Good
Now I Have My Very Own Pair Of…. These
Stuffed Raccoons Playing Cards. I Regret Not Buying This
My Husband Found This At A Local Op Shop. Such A Happy Bride In This Painting
Saw This In A Secondhand Store In Tn In 2011
I’ll Forever Regret That I Didn’t Buy It. Could Have Been The Best Conversation Piece Ever
Don’t Let The Wheelchair Distract You From The Perfect Coffee Table For Parents With Toddlers
Estate Sale Diary 1967
This was nestled amongst other older books in a lot donated to my online Shop. (I have no intention of selling it). Her name was Sarah W and she was btwn 10-12 when this was written. Filled with normal stuff like Girl Scouting, homework, go to church with your friends one day and try to SUMMON SPIRITS with a Ouija Board the next You know, normal stuff
Found This Rubber Chicken Pocketbook At A Garage Sale Last Weekend
So Far, I’ve Worn It To The Doctor’s Office, A Dinner Party And The Grocery Store Thinking It Would Get Lots Of Comments
Ugliest Doll I’ve Ever Seen…. I Wanna Scream With Her
I’m 240lbs 56 Years Old Dude And I Want These Xs Leggings. My Freak Wants To Shine
Found And Purchased…framed And Hung In Our Restaurant
My Mom Found This On One Of Her Thrift Store Adventures. I Gave It To My Husband For An Emergency
Got A Stack Of Baby Faces For A Dollar
Don’t Really Know What I’ll Do With Them Yet, But Scaring The Bajeezus Out Of My Children Is Pretty High On The List
And Then I Came Across This…
Weird Goodwill Find!!! Toilet Seat Epoxied With All This Inside
My Husbands New Coffee Cup!
Found Him At A Booth At A Local Peddler’s Mall For $15! Had To Get It
The Souls Of The Broccoli Scream To Be Released
Rubber Fingers Had To Come Home With Me
That’s $1.25 Per Person. What A Deal!
My Tissue Box On My Wall At Work
I Found Thing At Hartville Flea Market For $4. Of Course, He’s Now Mine
Found It In Canton Tx. Her Name Is Mrs. Bocephus Buck
Best Yard Sale Find Of The Day, And It’s Not Even 7am Yet!
We Found An Actual Pie
It’s Been Hardened Somehow. It Feels Like Stone. Smells Just Like How You’d Imagine An Old Pie Would Smell
Introducing The Dwight Schrute Swimsuit… Yes I Definitely Brought This Home For $4
Id Really Like To Know The Origin Story Of This One Piece Covered In Stuffed Animals
It Was Also Found With A Bubble One Piece And A Flower One Piece, Are They All Related? Did Not Come Home With Me, $65
This Creepy Shrunken Apple Head Doll… Yes It Came Home With Me
I Don’t Know What In The Actual Heck This Is!
It Was Very Heavy And The Underside Was A Brown Terra-Cotta Type Clay. I Did Not Buy It… The Tag Was $60
This Little Beauty That Was Found At Work Today
Today The Antiquing Gods Smiled Down And Blessed Me With This Absolute Beauty
Okay So I Found This T-Shirt In Winnipeg, Manitoba At The Vv Boutique
Spotted This Cauliflower Cow In In Woolston, UK
A Lady Bought Him And I Named Him Caulin
Keep A Loft Of Bread Beside U At All Times At Night Never Know When U Wanna Toast
My Mum Found This Bear In A Local Op Shop, Left It There Went Home And Told Her Husband Who Said ‘You Gotta Go Back And Get It To Scare The Grandkids’ So He Now Needs A Name
Found At A Flea Market Years Ago… Just Bizarre That These Even Exist.. Love It Though
This Is My Fav Goodwill (San Diego) Find. Wool Ottoman On Wheels
Cost Me A Pricey $15. Everyone Made Fun Of It. Said It Looked Like Spaghetti-O’s, Cheerios Even Maggots. But I Loved It Just The Same. After I Got It, I Did A Little Research And Found Out It Was A Piece That Retails For Around $2k. Lol. I Use It Every Day And Love, Love, Love It. My Hairy Find.
I Tried This Dress On Over The Dress I Was Already Wearing, But I Have To Say It’s Definitely A Hole In One!
Now That’s A New One
I Was Told Not To Bring This Home
Antique Shopping In Delaware, Ohio
I Have Questions… Is This For Good Luck? Do You Use It In The Bed? What Are It’s Powers? But For A Mere $5 You Could Have It.
I Need Ideas For What I Can Make For My Firefighter Husband With This Lovely Bit Of Fabric I Found At A Small Town Thrift Store
Goodwill Find, Definitely Went Home With Me
A Jeff Goldblum Shower Curtain!!! We Had To Buy It! Found It At A Local Goodwill
Hairy Belly Button Fanny Pack, Ok. My Kids Were Mortified. Can’t Wait To Wear It To Their School
Now That’s A Tall Drink Of Water. Yes, I Bought Them. No, I Don’t Know Why
Found At A Yard Sale This Morning! Can’t Wait To Try It Out!
Found At Ohio Thrift In Columbus, Ohio! Salt-N-Pepa Salt & Pepper Shakers
My New Salt And Pepper Shakers
My Most-Prized Goodwill Find. A Taxidermied Dog, Only Cost Me $3
I’m In Love
Oh My,it’s Almost Dog To Banana,time To Go To Bed
Love Pizza But Want Abs? Now You Can Have Both!
Pink Dinosaur Tea Pot. Goodwill Fort Worth Tx. It Came Home With Me
Found At Salvation Army In Ankeny, Iowa. Play With Me!!
This Find From Around 3 Years Ago In Franklin, Va. He’s A Pillowcase But I Can’t Deal With That So He’s On My Wall
Found At Savers St. Charles, Mo And Yes They Came Home With Me
Hes 8 Ft Tall
A Friend Gave This To Me. A Congratulation Letter 1941, From A Dentist To His Patient, On The Birth Of Her Son. Since The Baby Was Born With No Teeth, The Dentist Sent A Set To The New Baby. Teeth Attached At Bottom Of Letter
For Only $350, Possibly The Most Powerful Curse Ever
Greetings From The Amsterdam Design Scene
Didn’t Buy, Might Have To Go Back For!
Found This At A Yard Sale Last Summer. The Guy Wanted It Gone Asap!!
I Scored It For Only $10!!! It Still Turns!! I’m Currently Using It As A Safe Since I Can Get Inside It!!
“The Lonely Life Of A Thrift Store Matador”, Starring: Adam Lambert
Litterally Just A Rock With A Cord, Didn’t Really Do Anything When I Plugged It In Lol
Y’all!! Call Off The Search!….i Found Him!! The Placement Of The Eyes Is The Best!!
My Thrift Store Had $1 Mystery Boxes For Stuff They Can’t Get Rid Of. I Decided To Buy One, And It Ended Up Having 35 Lorax Plushes Inside
$7 At A Local Thrift Store (Indianapolis, In)
Goodwill Find, Somebody’s Wedding Shirt Lol… Honestly Couldn’t Pass It Up
I Was Walking Back From The Sales Floor And We Locked Eyes I Just Had To Have Him Best $1 I’ve Spent In A Long Time
Weird Flex But Ok
I Pity The Fool Who Gave This Away
His Name Is Stewart, And He Just Looooves Secrets!
My Favorite Yard Sale Find Ever. Proudly Displayed In My Basement Bathroom
Found This Painting A Couple Of Years Ago At Salvation Army. I Took This Pic And Put It Back. I Couldn’t Stop Thinking Of It So I Went Back The Next Day. It Was No Longer In The Spot I Had It Last. I Made My Teen Daughter Look For It ( As She Shook Her Head) And We Found It! Best $15 Ever Spent! My Mother Hates To Visit When I Have It Up
The Hotdog Hat Did Not Come Home
Regrets? I Have A Few. Number One Is Not Buying This Masterpiece That I Saw Last Year
You Will Absolutely Not See Me In This So Here’s A Photo
Weird Find That May Be Used To Close A Bottle?
In Honor Of The Other Bold And Brash Post, May I Present My Lucky Goodwill Finds Of Bold And Brash And One Very Handsome Squidward
Round2resale Denison, Texas
She Was Judging Me As I Walked By. Let’s Give Her A Name
I Can Honestly Say I’ve Never Thought Of Combining The Two
Why? And What Does The Rest Of The Set Look Like? And Why?
Weird Find Doppelgänger. No Relation Whatsoever.
Saw This Coffee Cup At A Local Flea Market And Was Prepared To Pay Whatever It Cost Since It Looks Exactly Like My Husband. I Put A Cactus In His Head Cause He Can Be A Real Prick. Septum Piercing Added Due To Public Outcry
Psychedelic Baby Tie For Only $6.99 Anyone? Sadly It Didn’t Come Home With Us Because My Boyfriend Was Not Hooked On The Feeling
Found This Sweet Hoodie From Goodwill Today And Now I’m Lookin Like A Snack
I Feel Attacked By This Relatable Dish
My Most Favorite Fridge Magnet
Speaks For Itself?
On My Way Home From An Estate Sale. Bought The Only Barbie They Had
Made Out Of Cardboard
Scored This Mushroom Lamp A Few Years Ago. Added The Green Light And The Christmas Lights
Looks Like Samusl L Jackson
Found At Goodwill A While Back. It’s Hanging Up In My Bathroom Now
My Favorite Goodwill Find! It’s Always Entertaining To Watch People’s Reactions When I Wear It
Who Knew There Was An Audience For This Kind Of Story
My Favourite Second Hand Planter At First It Was A Chip Bowl Lol But He Just Kept Staring At Me Name Please?
Found This At The Antique Mall In Alvin, Tx For $65.00. Did Not Buy
As A Hasselhoff Fan, I Screamed In Delight When I Found This. Is One Of My Fav T-Shirts And A Good Piece Of Conversation
First Time Posting, I’m A Bit Excited!! Here We Have A Beautiful Vase Arrangement For Only £1.50. Empty Red Bull Can With A Gold Pine Cone
From A Store Window In Munich…
$6 For A Bag Of Shredded Money…. Value Village, Lynnwood Wa
I Love Garage Sales
The Whole Gang. They Did Not Come Home With Me, They Were $15 Each. I Love The Spice Girls, But Not That Much
Elvis’ Favorite Recipes Book
Wait….what? I Guess Back In The Day Tobacco Companies Started Targeting Children Early!
I Like To Buy My Brother Items I Find At The Local Thrift Store
We Found This Good Looking
*Slaps Top Of Chair* This Bad Boy Can Fit So Many Legs In It. Found In Antique Shop In Long Beach, Wa
Larry The Lobstah! Found This Bad Boy In Massachusetts And Yes I Bought It. He Now Lives On A Shelf In My Bathroom
Somehow I Managed To Resist This While Looking For A New Nightstand Lamp Years Ago
Found This Jug At An Antique Shop In A Barn On Some Back Road. Had It For Years And Finally Got The Courage To Display It!