Browsing in a Thrift Store means, ‘You’re sitting on a gold mine’
Every Wednesday, I try to go the a local Thrift Store and just browse for a few hours. Some of the merchandise is first rate, and the prices are very low. There’s also some junk there, but sorting out the good items from the junk items is what makes it so much fun.
There’s another reason I like browsing in thrift stores. They have items that you will not find anywhere else, online or offline.
This week, I decided to go browsing on Monday, which was yesterday. You absolutely will not believe the treasures I found.
Rookie card for one of baseball’s greatest
Would you believe I paid 99 cents for a piece of paper? It’s true. But this piece of paper means something.
Do you remember the Hammer, Hank Aaron? He’s the guy who broke Babe Ruth’s home run record on April 8, 1974, when he hit his 715th home run. Incidentally, I was at the game when he broke the Babe’s record. Atlanta is about two hours from my home.
Here’s what I paid 99 cents for:
This is the Hank Aaron’s 1954 baseball card, which is the year he joined the Milwaukee Braves, the team that became the Atlanta Braves in 1966. It’s too bad this card isn’t graded. It would be worth close to $7 thousand. But I showed it to a baseball card expert, and found out that it’s easily worth $850. Will I sell it? Probably not. I probably won’t even have it graded. What I’d like to do is have it encased in a glass frame and keep it on my desk as a keepsake.
By the way, if you’d like to see Hank Aaron’s lifetime stats, click here.
First Edition Novel by one of America’s great authors
I usually find one great treasure in a thrift store, but finding two is a plus, which is exactly what happened yesterday.
Here’s an item that cost me a grand total of $1.99:
White Fang is a classic novel written by American Author, Jack London. It was published in 1906. If you’d like to read the book, you can download it free from several websites. But that’s a little different from reading the First Edition.
When I got home, I researched this novel, and found that it is worth from $600 to $1,200. Of course, if the book has the original dust jacket, and is in mint condition, my guess is that it would be worth about $7 thousand. But I’m not sure that there were dust jackets on books in 1906. Nevertheless, many enthusiastic book collectors would pay a high price for this First Edition.
Once again, will I sell it? Most likely, the answer is no. I’d like to keep it on my bookshelf as another keepsake.
As strange as this may seem, these kinds of situations are not rare. There are numerous treasures in thrift stores. You just have to know a little about the items you’re browsing and how to identify them. It would help to have your smart phone with you while you browse, so you can check certain items on the internet. But if you want to find hidden treasures, browse several of your local thrift stores. The valuable finds are there. You just have to look for them. What you may find will blow you away, but don’t be surprised.
In about two weeks, I’m going on another expedition. I plan on going dumpster diving, in the richest area of the City where I live. You’ll be the first to hear about my adventure. I hope to show you some very valuable finds.