Monday, October 10, 2011

Treasure Hunting Tips

Lucky?  Bargain magnet?  Nope!  I just have learned when, where and how to find treasures.   It's really easy.  As with many things in life, it's a numbers game.  Thrift stores, consignment shops, Craigslist, garage and estate sales are the typical places to find a bargain. 
I'm always on the look-out for stained glass, old books, pottery and unusual items. I found this small stained glass lamp for $2.99.

Silverplate items are fairly easy to find.  This is a tarnish free piece that I found for 99 cents at a local thrift shop. 

The detail is great!

This little guy falls under the category of "fun finds."  I haven't found another one like this online so far but those I've found (not as cute) are running $23 to $45+   I found this little guy for $1.49 less a 20% discount so $1.20.

I don't know that I can give him up.  Precious little face!

A random chair that I found for $3.99.  It's very sturdy and solidwood.  I've got it primed and plan to paint it and make a cute cushion.  Stay tuned for the "after" of this one.

I couldn't resist this little santa mug.  It's an old one!  Likely from 1920-1930.  It was 99 cents.
So here are my initial tips...
  1. Visit your local thrift shops often!  You never know when the leftovers from a large estate sale will be making their appearance!
  2. Shop on Mondays and Tuesdays when possible.  Most donations are made over the weekend so the new merchandise is placed in the stores early in the week. 
  3. Look carefully! I bought what appeared to be a silverplate bread plate.  It wasn't until I got home that I saw the "sterling" mark on the bottom.  It's worth $170 to $250 and I paid 80 cents!  I check marks more carefully these days!
  4. If it looks interesting, go ahead and put it in your cart.  It doesn't take long for other hunters to grab a good item and once it's in their cart, it can't go in yours!
  5. If in doubt, buy it.  Our Goodwill takes returns so if I decide to return an item I can. 
Best wishes for successful treasure hunting!!  Share your best with me!

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