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Thrift Store Find Turns Out to Be Salvador Dali Artwork

Purgatory Canto 32 has since been sold for $1.2K

(Newser) - Plenty of people would've passed by the art print in the dusty, old frame at Hotline Pink Thrift Shop in Kitty Hawk, NC. But Wendy Hawkins, who volunteers at the store twice a week, thought it looked rather unique, sitting on the floor, waiting to be sorted. "I... More »

Sketch Bought at Thrift Shop Is Worth 6 Figures

It's by expressionist Egon Schiele, and it could fetch up to $200K

(Newser) - A sharp-eyed customer who picked up an unusual sketch at a Habitat for Humanity thrift shop in New York City is going to make a handsome profit. Turns out, the sketch (see it here ) is by a renowned Austrian expressionist named Egon Schiele, and it could fetch up to... More »

Marie Kondo Craze: Thrift Stores Much More Cluttered

Inspired by tidiness guru's hit show, people are emptying out their closets

(Newser) - It's a good time to turn into a hoarder: Marie Kondo is sweeping the closets and junk drawers of newfound neat-freaks nationwide, and the contents of newly tidied spaces are turning into something of a boon for thrift stores and consignment shops. Since the tidying guru's Netflex series,... More »

'Space Oddity' Astronaut's Suit Turns Up in Thrift Shop

Chris Hadfield doesn't know how it got there

(Newser) - Remember that astronaut who sang David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on the International Space Station? Chris Hadfield is making headlines again—or rather, his flight suit is. Somehow the blue outfit ended up in a Toronto thrift store, CBC reports. "I thought, wow, what is a flight suit... More »

Guy Finds $35K Watch at Goodwill Store

Rare 1959 diving watch had $5.99 price tag

(Newser) - A Phoenix man who went into a Goodwill store looking for a used push-pull golf cart ended up leaving with a $35,000 watch—and getting change from $6 (it cost $5.99). Zach Norris, who became interested in vintage watches after inheriting one a few years ago, says he... More »

Goodwill Reunites Family With 1812 Heirloom Bible

An employee's search turns up NJ descendant

(Newser) - A centuries-old heirloom Bible has found its way back into family hands thanks to a dedicated Goodwill employee. After the 1812 Bible, originally published in England, turned up in a box of donations at a Denver location, Goodwill's Chief People Officer Joyce Schlose knew she had to track down... More »

6 Now Dead in Philadelphia Building Collapse

Death toll rises

(Newser) - Five more bodies have been pulled from the rubble of today's building collapse in downtown Philadelphia, bringing the death toll to six, reports AP . The collapse happened when a building under demolition unexpectedly came crashing down this morning, destroying an adjoining Salvation Army thrift shop and crushing some who... More »

Accused Shoplifter Blames Name of 'Finders Keepers'

He says he thought items were for the taking

(Newser) - Ruben Pavon swears he didn't mean to steal a grill and a DVD player from the porch of a New Hampshire thrift store—he just thought the business's name, Finders Keepers, meant they were free, WCVB reports. "I'm thinking to myself, 'Finders Keepers. They probably... More »

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