So next time your thrifting, make sure you find the hidden treasures often missed from thrift stores.
Hidden Treasures #1: Tools with Lifetime Warranties
There are a ton of tools at every thrift store you go to but did you know that some Craftsman tools carry a lifetime warranty? That’s right! The ones under warranty can be over 20 years old and rusted through but Sears will still swap it out free of charge. For a complete list of what has lifetime warranty and what doesn’t, check out the Craftsman’s warranty page. After you replace the tool with a new replacement, keep it for yourself or flip it for a huge profit.
Hidden Treasures #2: New Clothing with Tags
Clothes with tags on it mean they are new and can be sold as new. So whenever you see clothes with the tags on them, see if you recognize the brand and check prices on eBay. If you can flip it for a profit great, if not they make great gifts for friends or family.
Hidden Treasures #3: Make Infant & Toddler clothing sets
A lot of mothers tend to take hand me downs or buy used clothes for their infants or toddlers simply because they know their little ones will outgrow their clothes very quickly. Because of this a hot and profitable thing to do is to make infant or toddler clothing sets. There are a ton of tops, sweaters, pants, skirts, etc… that can be found individually but not sold in sets. If you have a eye for fashion, start putting things together and create clothing sets. Then sell them on eBay, Etsy or Instagram for profit.
Hidden Treasures #4: Furniture Pieces
If your pretty handy and have some talent, you can make a killing from rehabbing or redecorating dated furniture pieces. Most of the wood furniture pieces such as end tables, drawers, chairs can be sanded down, repainted and/or reupholstered into catchy new pieces that many are dying to buy. And because these furniture are from the 60s, 70s and 80s they are made from solid wood and not the fake stuff you find from Ikea. For some ideas, check out Pinterest.
Hidden Treasures #5: Art in Great Frames
Just like furniture pieces, you can find a ton of solid metal or wood frames that would make great decoration pieces if they were redone. Ignore the bad art that might be in some of the frames, look at the frame itself. With some sanding, staining, or spray painting, you can turn old frames into masterpieces that can be used to hold mirrors or an updated artworks.