I saved at the Salvation Army – I only spent $30 but my finds are worth hundreds

Thrift stores are gold mines if you know what you’re looking for.

Two brothers go from store to store looking for incredible deals and in a recent video they turned an hour of shopping into a big win.

Bargain pros Michael and Jeremy can make hundreds from a single thrift store

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Bargain pros Michael and Jeremy can make hundreds from a single thrift storeCredit: YouTube/THE THRIFTING TWINS

On their YouTube channel, Michael and Jeremy, aka the Thrifting Twins, take viewers to some of their favorite thrift stores in search of treasure.

In a recent video, viewers followed Jeremy on a solo adventure to The Salvation Army.

“Today we’re back with the Salvation Army,” said Jeremy, who was sitting in the parking lot updating viewers on his shopping plan.

“We have about an hour to shop,” he warned. “Let’s go inside!”

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As soon as he entered, Jeremy found a box full of Blue Willow china.

“Ooh. Let’s take a look at this ginger jar,” he said, picking it up and discovering that it was made by Sadler.

Jeremy rescued a Sadler teapot and ginger jar from this china box

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Jeremy rescued a Sadler teapot and ginger jar from this china boxCredit: YouTube/THE THRIFTING TWINS

Although the ginger jar and a matching teapot were in a large collection, Jeremy was able to purchase them separately for just a few dollars.

He sold the teapot on eBay for $29 and listed it alongside the ginger jar for $32.

In the crockery department, Jeremy found another valuable piece in the beautiful blue willow pattern: a delicate set of salt and pepper shakers.

At $1.99 each, the shakers didn’t require a large investment—less than $4 total. But after some research, Jeremy and Michael priced the pair at $20 in their eBay storefront.

Jeremy also found a range of dishes with a fancy border design priced at $1.99 per dish.

“I wanted to see if those bowls were still here, and they are,” he said, rushing to the find he’d missed on his last trip.

The unassuming retro dishes were actually Optima bowls by Christopher Stuart. The twins have the set of three listed online for $34.

Jeremy picked up several plates and put them down before finding a $34 set

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Jeremy picked up several plates and put them down before finding a $34 setCredit: YouTube/THE THRIFTING TWINS
This whale figurine is actually a bench—but Jeremy didn't like the $20 price tag

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This whale figurine is actually a bench—but Jeremy didn’t like the $20 price tagCredit: YouTube/THE THRIFTING TWINS

Jeremy bypassed a number of tchotchkes and outdated home appliances on his way through the store. Then a particularly strange object caught his eye.

“A small cast-iron whale,” he said, looking at the strange figure.

The small sculpture represented the biblical character Jonah engaged in a conflict with a whale. Jeremy turned it over and tried to figure out what it could be.

“I don’t know much about it,” he admitted. He guessed, “Is it a bank?”

The item was priced at $20, so Jeremy left it on the shelf. And he was probably right about that: a subsequent search online revealed that the item was a bench, sold for $35 or more in good condition.

Since the thrift store had replenished the bank at a fairly steep rate, Jeremy wouldn’t have gotten much money back if he had decided to buy it.

Walking through the store, Jeremy picked up several other items, including a disheveled glass compote.

At $3.99, the compote was unique and pretty, but Jeremy debated its value. “I’ve never seen that before,” he mused. “I’m not sure how much this will cost as I’ve never seen it, but it goes in the car.”

The twins have since listed the Westmoreland glass compote on eBay for $16 but have yet to find a buyer.

The ruffled compote was one of a kind and Jeremy admitted he had never seen anything like it

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The ruffled compote was one of a kind and Jeremy admitted he had never seen anything like itCredit: YouTube/THE THRIFTING TWINS
His last stop was the huge pile of picture frames in one section of the store

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His last stop was the huge pile of picture frames in one section of the storeCredit: YouTube/THE THRIFTING TWINS

Jeremy also paid just a few dollars for a Delftware shoe planter (which he listed for $12) and a Portuguese-made ceramic planter (which was listed for $18).

In the final minutes of his trip, he discovered an excellent find among a tall stack of photo frames.

“I almost missed that,” he said. “This is a Lenox True Love autographed frame, brand new.”

The burly frame was a steal at $4.99, and Jeremy had another ace up his sleeve. He knew he already had a box for shipping at home, so he wouldn’t incur the additional cost of shipping the item to the buyer.

He listed the silvered frame online for $48 as soon as he got home with his purchases.

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Jeremy went to the car with his purchases and estimated the total value his finds could sell online — easily over $200.

“Our total spend was only $31,” Jeremy said, adding that he’s grateful he spent his free hour at the store. “I think we did great.”

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Jessica MacLeish

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