Guest blog written by Aaron of Three Thrifty Guys
One of my favorite things to do while shopping at Goodwill and other thrift stores is to scan the aisles looking for hidden treasures. With all the items dropped off every day (Goodwill adds over 1,000 items to the stores daily!), you just never know what will show up.
I recall reading about this guy who found a timepiece at a Goodwill and noticed that it was actually a rare diving watch. He plopped down the $5.95 asking price and then promptly sold it for $35,000. While these major finds are rare – it does keep me intrigued every time I visit thrift stores.
The other day while browsing my neighborhood Goodwill, I stumbled on a few other items that caught me a bit by surprise: brand-new, packaged goods. I guess I was surprised because I generally think of the thrift store as selling only used or slightly used items – never anything still in its package (yet this does happen – I’ll often find CDs, clothing with tags, etc.).
The items I found on this visit were common, everyday-type items. From hardware goods to beauty. And many of these items were at dollar store pricing.
In one aisle, I found household items on the shelves – things like cleaning supplies. All were brand new. While generic, many of the items were regular sized and priced as low as $1.99.
In another aisle were health and beauty items. Band-aids with cartoon characters and gel and shampoo at the $1.99 price tag.
I also spotted some hardware goods. Metal and plastic clips – as well as small cans of paint sat on the shelf. I never expected to find these package-sealed items at a thrift store.
All this to say – while you might be on the lookout for traditional items at Goodwill, you just never know what you might find around the aisle!