The Most Valuable Garage Sale And Thrift Store Discoveries

The popularity of shows such as Garage Sale Wars and American Pickers has led many people to believe that valuable treasure awaits around every corner at yard sales and flea markets. There are plenty of examples out there of people who stumbled upon truly valuable finds while they were sifting through piles of things at their neighborhood Goodwill or church rummage sale.

Read on for some amazing found treasures that will have you out scouring your neighborhood yard sales this weekend. You might also get an idea of what to look for when you’re shopping for yourself!

Boredom Led To A $34,375 Find

Goodwill-painting
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Talk about lucky. When many of us are bored we scroll through Instagram or flip the channels on the TV. In 2012, an artist named Beth Feeback was bored and she headed on down to Goodwill. While scouring the home goods department she found two oil canvases and bought them as a group for $9.99. She intended to paint over them.

However, Beth’s friend thought she should have them investigated. It turned out that they were done by Ilya Bolotowsky, a famous Russian artist. Sotheby’s estimated that each painting might sell for $15,000-$20,000. The one pictured here, called "Vertical Diamond," sold for $34,375 on its own.