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I wonder if there are any treasure maps still around, waiting to be found?

Have you ever been told a story about people finding a treasure map, usually a very old map and using it to go on a hunt for buried treasure?

I find treasure a different way , without a map. My wife and I go to thrift stores and even the local library to find books we have yet to read, and thrift stores with a significant number of treasures in a figurative sense of the word, like books, garden equipment, clothes and many other things that were simply donated, either from the sale of an estate where the owner died and left much of their personal belongings to be donated to the state or closeouts from retailers or warehouses that went out of business and so on.

I have found many things of value . Original paintings, with the artist's signature, framed and ready for hanging for under 20 dollars even. An office chair in perfect condition for around 24 dollars, that originally would be sold for 80 dollars. I know because I used to work for Bizmart, and they sold office furniture. I kept tabs on the prices of the office furniture sold there because I was saving for a desk a chair and a file cabinet for my man cave. I eventually ended up purchasing a cheap new student desk, made of particle board with fake wood covered surfacing, and a chair also from a retail office supplier, I think it was Office Depot, if I am remembering right.

But later , I decided to check out the desks, the chairs and other office items for sale at both Walmart and Target, then took a look at the items for sale at both The Goodwill Store and The Salvation Army Store. Both had a lot of good office furniture and many other nice things, from dining room and living room and bedroom sets, to books, records, dinnerware, electronics, coffee makers and even a few very nice original paintings. I became more inclined to search for the hidden treasures that are not on the map but right down the road in the neighborhood thrift stores.

Sometimes we will go to a supermarket and look at all of the manager's clearance and reduced items. At Walmart, you can easily find marked down items at the end of a season or holiday. Prices are reduced to as low as 75% from the original price. Items like bakery, seasonal candies, outdoor lawn and garden items like plants, bird feeders, garden tools. I found a pair of gloves at a Walmart for under a dollar. I found a bird house that was marked down from 15.00 to only 2.50. I mean, that was a real cedar wood bird house and it was a nice one. I have found candy like M&Ms peanut candies in a large 10 dollar super sized package reduced to only 2.50 or 3.00 per bag and when I run across these little treasures, I go all out and stock up on the things I really like.

If I go as far as purchase a charcoal grill , it will be when they reduce them during the fall of the season and when I decide to purchase Christmas wrap and decorations I will do this after Christmas is over and all of the items are marked down to very low prices.

Kroger has a reduced section in our local neighborhood. A random assortment of items, from items that do not sell fast enough, to items with a slight bit of damage to the containers and this includes mostly consumables. They were selling boxes of Hostess brand Ding Dongs by the boxes, at about $1.50 or less. I like to buy the generic soaps, storage freezer bags and generic cooking oils and sugar because they are always cheaper than the national brands.

The bests treasures are available at yard sales and in Dallas, during the springtime and summertime, yard sales happen practically every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every week. All we have to do is try to find a safe place to park, but the things people sell in these yard sales usually are baby clothes and toys for toddlers. Funny that. Seldom do I see a yard sale with lawn equipment or adult clothes but it happens sometimes.

You never know what kind of treasure awaits around the corner when the weather begins to pick up and more people get out walking at the local park and people feel better after getting over the flu season which, was terrible this past winter and spring. Now that people are getting their energy better and the weather is improving in our neck of the woods, treasure hunts abound in Big-D, Dallas, Texas.

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Kasman wrote on April 29, 2018, 4:32 PM

Mrs Kasman and I often browse the charity/thrift shops in our area. She looks for costume jewellery and scarfs and I look for books. We also occasionally go to a car boot sale (yard sale) and we have both picked up some good bargains there - she once found a complete set of electronic kitchen scales for only £1.

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MegL wrote on April 29, 2018, 5:03 PM

A lot of the furniture in our house is second hand, I often cannot believe what people are throwing out! I daren't go into book shops because our house is already coming down with books. When I was still working, I used to go to the auction each week at lunchtime and pay one of the people there to put a bid on for me. One time, I got a chest of drawers that I wanted for keeping kids' clothes in. It was full of old music sheets and I sold most of them on Ebay for more than the cost of the item in the auction! Another time, I found old music from a local poet, dating back to the first world war and also a song sheet that someone in Australia bought for using in a play.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 29, 2018, 8:10 PM

Yes indeed. You can sometimes find real treasures at these sales.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 29, 2018, 8:12 PM

That is amazing. Yes, one man's trash is definitely, another man's treasure. And you made a profit from recycling things.

VinceSummers wrote on April 30, 2018, 6:32 PM

If you come across a sheepskin with a big red X on it, please send it post haste, won't you? I once found a music box without a key for a penny. Then I found the key, for another penny. I've never forgotten it, as I was a small kid.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 1, 2018, 2:12 PM

I love music boxes.

VinceSummers wrote on May 1, 2018, 2:32 PM

Smart thinking!

Bensen32 wrote on May 1, 2018, 3:35 PM

I wish someone would give me a treasure map but till then I will stop at garage sales and see if I can't find a great deal on that missing treasure.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 2, 2018, 9:56 AM

I can simply take a walk around the immediate area where we live on any given Weekend and I will come across a few. People around our area do like to have yard sales.