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26 Common Thrift Store Finds You Can Flip To Make Money

One man's junk is another man's treasure.

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1. Stalk thrift stores near colleges for textbooks you can resell online.

3. Some sports video games are actually very rare.

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Some discontinued and/or vintage sports video games are rare and can be worth anything from $30 (still a mark-up from the $1.50 you bought it for at Value Village) to thousands of dollars. Read a primer here.

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5. Easily make a small profit on vintage Pyrex.

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People go nuts on Etsy and eBay for this stuff, and it's easily overlooked at thrift stores and garage sales.

Just remember: don't put 'em in the dishwasher. The heat will destroy the finish.

6. Don't underestimate the endless sea of gross old mugs.

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If you find any vintage Fire-King, Glasbake, or Federal glassware, a 50 cent mug could go for $10-15 on eBay. Especially if it's emblazoned with a well-known pop culture icon.

Check out more examples of these vintage mugs here.

9. Depending on year and condition, vintage boardgames can be a hot sell on eBay.

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Just be sure to check that all the pieces are intact. Check out BoardgameGeek.com for a more thorough list of board games that could be valuable.

11. If you see anything silver that looks tarnished, it could be sterling silver.

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Contrary to common belief, sterling silver is usually never shiny. Real silver tarnishes with age. To be sure though, you can bring a Neodymium magnet with you to test out metals. For more instructions, read this post.

If you're lucky enough to stumble upon sterling silver dinnerware or silverware, you can resell it for a LOT on eBay. These silver goblets are worth close to $950.

13. Look at the stamps underneath.

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With any kind of pottery, vase, or dinnerware, the embossed sign underneath could be a sign that an item is a collectible. Do a quick search on eBay to see if it might be worth something.

15. You might not make a fortune with name brand workout clothing, but you'll at least turn a profit.

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Under Armour, Nike, FILA, and Adidas brands are all extremely easy to find at most thrift stores and can be sold online for $15-50. But if you're lucky enough to stumble upon some '80s or '90s vintage, a $1 Air Jordan hat could earn you $75 on Etsy or eBay.

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16. These gooseneck desk lamps that look like they're from the '60s or '70s can be easily found at thrift stores.

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If you clean it well, you can probably turn a nice profit. This lamp is going for $33.99 pre-shipping costs on Etsy.

20. In fact, if you see any patterned translucent colored glass, you may have stumbled upon depression-era glassware.

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Whether it's original Fenton aqua or vintage cobalt glassware, someone probably wants it.

26. Check the tags on your clothing — anything union-made or made in the U.S.A. denotes an older item that could be worth money.

Offshore production didn’t dominate the clothing industry until the ’80s, so an American-made item is probably pre-1980.

Get a full guide to identifying vintage labels here.