I paid just $3 for a specialty essential at my local thrift store – it sells online for 28 times more

A savvy shopper has spotted some wondrous finds at a local thrift store — a $3 camera went for $85 when sold online.

Browsing your local thrift store has many benefits.

A Panasonic camcorder was only $3 at the thrift store


A Panasonic camcorder was only $3 at the thrift storeCredit: TikTok/liftthrifrepeat

The popular saying that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure is true, and not only may you find new clothes or furniture for your own life, you may also stumble upon an item with great resale value.

Many buyers go to thrift stores specifically, looking for the best deal on rare items that could bring them big profits.

TikToker @LiftThriftRepeat regularly creates content for his thousands of followers showcasing his best second hand finds and their selling price on eBay.

He recently had a particularly successful day of shopping – uncovering three finds that could bring him a total profit of more than $180.

I found a puzzle in the puzzle box I bought at the thrift store
I did some thrift shopping and was thrilled to find my find in a jacket pocket

First, he checked out the old album section at his local store, where a vintage Eagles “Hotel California” record was selling for just $2.

That’s not a bad deal considering the title is available online for well over $50.

A clean copy of the 1976 Eagles LP Record Ultrasound “Hotel California” poster is $53.95 on eBay.

This means that you can earn a whole lot of money with the random chance via the legendary rock record.

But that’s just the beginning of what’s possible when you check out the abandoned items at your local thrift store.

@LiftThriftRepeat also found an autographed Sabrina the Teenage poster, which is an especially rare find for loyal fans of the historical show.

Despite its rarity, the thrift store put the poster up for sale for just $2.

That ended up being a great bargain as a similar example was listed online and sold for $55.

With a little research, other buyers could also make a $50 profit from the simple secondhand purchase.

And for the best buy by far, @LiftThriftRepeat found a vintage Panasonic camcorder on sale for just $3.

Despite its vintage status, a camcorder of this type can give you a significant income boost.

On eBay, a simple find at a thrift store could put you a whopping $85 extra in your wallet.

Other versions have gone just as high than $100depending on what other accessories you sell besides the camcorder, which served as one of the first blogging tools.

If you were lucky enough to spot the three finds, like @LiftThriftRepeat did, you’d probably be $185 richer than when you walked into the thrift store.


Several other shoppers have shared their own stories of finding seemingly inconspicuous second-hand items, only to discover the secret fortune they’re worth.

A TikToker named Nancy Cavaliere decided to stop by a thrift store on her way home from work one day.

She said: “I don’t see anything, I’m almost walking. I go back when they come out with new stuff and I see those in the hallway.”

The products that caught their attention were four black plates painted in a style reminiscent of the artworks of Pablo Picasso.

While the Salvation Army was selling the plates for $1.99 each, Nancy noticed the name printed on the bottom and almost “fainted” as a result.

The plates were originals by Picasso and each sold for between $12,000 and $16,000.

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Another collector was surprised when she opened what she believed to be a puzzle box and found some precious family photos.

Other thrift dealers share stories of finding cash in clothes they bought at their local stores.

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing zackzwiezen@ustimespost.com.

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