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Reasons to Thrift Shop

I have been watching all the articles about thrift store finds, and I'm convinced these are valid reasons to make continuous trips to the local thrift stores. :0)

Child finds $1,300 in thrift store book
Associated Press
MCDONOUGH, Ga. - Rhiannon Barnes may be the luckiest 15-month-old ever. Or maybe her baby sitter is the fortunate one. While playing with a thrift store book bought earlier in the day for 25 cents, Rhiannon uncovered $1,300 in cash stuck between the pages. Her baby sitter Sheila Laughridge said she only bought the book at Rhiannon's insistence and was surprised when the toddler found a brown paper bag full of $100s, $50s, $20s and $10s.
Laughridge took the money, which dated as far back as the 1960s, to a local bank, where she received only $300 in exchange because most of the bills were in pieces. The rest of the tattered money was sent to the U.S. treasury department.
Rhiannon's mother, Shirley Barnes, joked that she's considering using her daughter's new found talent more.
"What I want to do is put pieces of paper with number on them out on the table and have her pick them so that maybe we can win the lottery," she said.

Declaration of Independence for $2.48

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A rare, 184-year-old copy of the Declaration of Independence found by a bargain hunter at a Nashville thrift shop is being valued by experts at about 100,000 times the $2.48 purchase price.
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Michael Sparks, a music equipment technician, is selling the document in an auction March 22nd at Raynors' Historical Collectible Auctions in Burlington, North Carolina. The opening bid is $125,000 and appraisers have estimated it could sell for nearly twice that.
Sparks found his bargain last March while browsing at Music City Thrift Shop in Nashville. When he asked the price on a yellowed, shellacked, rolled-up document, the clerk marked it at $2.48.
It turned out to be an "official copy" of the Declaration of Independence — one of 200 commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1820.
He didn't know he had such a valuable piece until doing some online research and then having appraisers at Raynors' offer an opinion.

So when hubby says, "Are you going to the thrift store again?" Just tell him it's an investment in his future wealth. :0)


  1. Wow! I haven't been fortunate enough in my thrift store shopping to find something with that much material value but I still enjoy going anyway. *Ü*
    I was glad to read your update and are praying for y'all while you're on furlough. If you're coming to the coastal NC area, be sure to email me. We'd love to met ya.

    ~ Christina
    HsKubes' Haven at Home

  2. WOW! That is great. I like the Declaration of Independence story best.
    I need to frequent the thrift stores more often. I've been doing it more recently and have found some good deals, but none like the ones you've shared. LOL


  3. Christina,
    We are going to be in the Carolinas so I'll ask hubby and let you know. :0)

  4. My daughter-in-law is always finding very good finds in the way of clothing and old books.They love going to thrift shops. I hope you all have a good furlough. Connie from Texas

  5. Hey, I like the reasoning behind shopping at a thrift store! It's amazing what good deals you can sometimes find, even if they don't make you rich! :)


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