Recently I read about this man who walked in to a neighborhood Goodwill thrift store looking for a golf cart. While there, he took a look at the watches in the display case and discovered one that looked a bit out of place. He had recognized its unique quality and upon further inspection discovered that it was a rare diving watch.
Excitedly, he plopped down the asking price of $5.99 for the timepiece, rushed home and sold it for $35,000!
I guess it pays to be alert and “know” what’s out there.
While I thought this had to be a pretty rare occurrence, I soon learned of a couple more incredible thrift store finds.
At another Goodwill store in North Carolina, the buyer was unbeknownst to his find. He paid 58 cents for a black and yellow, collegiate sweater emblazoned with “West Point” on the front.
“Honey, doesn’t that look like the one you picked up at the thrift store the other day?”
The rare find is expected to fetch $20,000 at auction.
Lastly, a doctor shopping her neighborhood thrift store happened upon a suit that appeared too good to be true. What looked like an authentic astronaut suit worn by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield turned out to be the real deal. The doctor reached out to Hadfield via Facebook and he confirmed it was his old suit.
He’s just not sure how it got there.
While I haven’t had the fortunate as these thrift store shoppers, I do keep my eyes peeled on various items that I have familiarity with when perusing the aisles. During our last Goodwill Smackdown, I did happen upon a nice board game that fetched me a whopping $10 profit.
I also thought I had a rare find when I stumbled upon an old Ben Hogan putter. But that turned out to be a dud.
I’ll continue to hit up the thrift stores and enjoy that excitement of the “hunt”.
Have you ever stumbled upon a rare thrift store find or something unusual?