Even though hunting for secondhand goods has changed radically over the past year, people’s love for thrift stores and all the treasures that lie there is still burning strong. And the proof is in the pudding—or, rather, this list.
The ‘Thrift Store Hauls’ subreddit is a massive online community with a whopping 1.6 million members. Active since August of 2011, r/ThriftStoreHauls has been drawing in lovers of secondhand things ever since. We’ve collected some of the best pics of interesting, cool, bizarre, and jaw-droppingly nifty finds they’ve featured for you to enjoy. As you’re scrolling down, give the pics that impressed you an upvote, and think about the most awesome things you’ve ever brought back home from a secondhand bargain hunt—we’d love to hear all about your secondhand hauls, dear Readers.
The founder of r/ThriftStoreHauls told Fashion Life that they started the community because, at the time, there were no strong subreddits dedicated to thrifting. "I wanted to have a place where people could share the items they found, but the subreddits that existed at the time were not active at all," they said. Read on for our the founder's insights about the community and the possible future of the hobby after the pandemic.
Needed An Emergency Dress For An Event Yesterday And Found One For £6.99 (9 USD) At My Favourite Charity Shop
I've Had My Sassy Green Teapot For Years, Just Found His Baby At Goodwill Yesterday
My Friend Guided Me To A Charity Shop That Had A Donation Of Brand New Wedding Dresses From A Boutique; This Had £1595 On The Tag. I Got It For £25 And It Fits Like A Glove
The subreddit founder explained to Fashion Life that moderating the huge community is "fairly simple" and doesn't eat up as much time as you'd expect. Approving new posts, going through spam and reports, and removing posts, as well as taking care of bans eats up around 30 minutes each day. Which is efficient, quality work for a subreddit of this size.
According to the founder, they want to make the community all about the items to make the posts simple and to-the-point. "I don't want people selling or advertising their blog or anything like that. A picture of the thing you got, that is it. That makes the subreddit easily digestible," they said. What's more, this straightforward content feeds into how moderation is simple. In short, focus is r/ThriftStoreHauls' main strength. "We thrive in having a singular focus."
I Was Told This Was A Green Amethyst, And Haggled To $42. Took It To A Jeweler To Have It Appraised—it’s A Rare Green Diamond, 4.4 Ctw, Over 100 Years Old, Conservatively Worth More Than $8k
My Greatest Fb Marketplace Purchase To Date. $300. Do I Have Enough Friends To Fill It? No. Do My Dogs Treat It Like A Racing Track, Absolutely
Drove Home In A Snowstorm With This Hanging Out Of My Trunk But It Was Ten Dollars
Not having gone to any thrift shops since January, the founder told Fashion Life that they've only heard about how the stores have changed. "There was a lot of talk about how great it would be once they opened since people were stuck at home and probably were cleaning out their garages/attic/closet. From the content I have seen, nobody seemed to get amazing scores. So, other than a limit to how many people can be in a store, I really don't know."
They also had some great advice for anyone and everyone who enjoys the hobby or wants to start things up. It's all about having fun and being social. "There is always the hope of finding something awesome when out thrifting. Not finding anything can take its toll and take away the fun of going. What I tell people is to go and just enjoy looking at stuff. Bring a friend and have some laughs. Buy a random CD and have that be the CD you listen to while out thrifting. Then, if you do happen to find something awesome, it's a bonus." Some awesome advice that's perfect for life, not just thrifting.
$30 For The Dresser, $15 For Paint And $25 For Legs And Handles
Went To Goodwill To Pick Up Something, And Saw A Painting That Looked Just Like One My Grandmother Would Have Painted. It Was Her Painting!! To My Knowledge, They Were Sold About 25 Years Ago
75 Cents For This Basket. Cat Was Found For Free At The Dump 5 Years Ago
The ‘Thrift Store Hauls’ community is all about people coming together and sharing their “thrifty finds” from garage sales, flea markets, and—yes—even pawn shops and estate sales.
However, if you got something at a discount at a department store, found a long-lost heirloom in your attic, or used an online store, the subreddit’s rules state that this is not the place for those photos. Seeing as more and more thrift stores are having to move online because of the coronavirus lockdowns, this might make some of the community members confused.
I Was Starting To Lose Hope That I’d Be Able To Thrift My Wedding Dress. I Bought This Today For $60
I Thought I Was Hallucinating, All For Under $25
Brooks Brothers Suit, $10, Community Aid. Tie, $2, Salvation Army. Waited Til Some Nice Weather To Wear It
Fashion Life previously spoke all about the changing face of thrift stores and secondhand shopping during the Covid-19 pandemic with the team of the Weird Secondhand Finds That Just Need To Be Shared Facebook group, another thrifty online leviathan that has 2.1 million members. They confirmed that local thrift stores have moved to online ordering and some are even offering curbside pickup.
Another way to support your local thrift shops while we’re fighting the Covid-19 pandemic is to give them all the support you can on Facebook and other social media channels. This way, you can give them the attention they deserve while also staying up to date on their sales, offers, and newest finds.
Many thrift stores also have plexiglass barriers at registers, require you to wear masks, have a limit on the number of people that can enter, and have a whole bunch of other safety protocols in place. The things they sell might be secondhand, but your health is a priority.