They weren't kidding when they said one man's trash is another man's treasure. Thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales are great places to find items that you need for next to nothing and in some cases they can make you lots of extra money.
There are plenty of hidden gems among all the unwanted goods, and a little extra effort is all it takes to find a treasure within the trash.
Here are 7 items you should never pass up on at the thrift store:
1. Vintage Luggage Sets
Every so often antique hard case luggage sets turn up at thrift stores after they've been used as decorative pieces. But, did you know that these vintage trunks could be worth big bucks? Louis Vuitton is probably the most recognizable brand when it comes to antique luggage, but even the lesser known brands can bring you small fortune when sold in sets.
2. Jadeite Dishware
If you come across these seafoam green dishes, do not hesitate to snatch them up. Pieces from the Jadeite line by Fire-King and some of the collectors items from McKee and Jeannette can be re-sold for hundreds of dollars. The trick is to look at the bottom of the item for one of the recognizable logos to make sure it's an original.
3. Classic Books
Sure, most books lose their value over time, but there are certain classics that will always bring its owner a small fortune. Always keep an eye out for first edition books, especially signed copies. If you suspect you may be sitting on a treasure, enter the title onto Abebooks.com for an estimate of what your book is worth.