A savvy saver could snag a vintage designer bag for just $25 — people got jealous when they bought the same item for $100.
A Reddit user spotted the Coach bag — a black leather bag originally made in 2001 — at her local thrift store.
The Redditor shared the find on the Thrift Store Hauls community, shocking several people in the thread.
“Oh jealous!” wrote one person. “I’ve been looking for one of those old twist-lock carriage bags for ages! I can only buy them at vintage stores for $100.”
“Keep searching!” wrote the original poster and spoke words of encouragement. “You will find it [a vintage coach bag] when you least expect it, like me!!”
Others joked that the bag was called “vintage” even though it was made just over 20 years ago.
“Wait… 2001 is vintage? Oh I feel old.”
The original poster replied, “I mean, I wouldn’t say that, but apparently it is, hahaha.”
Thrift is gaining popularity among shoppers as people share their exciting purchases on social media.
A 2022 report found that North America leads the global used market, which will double to $82 billion per year by 2026.
Shopping and buying second-hand also helps reduce the overall impact of the fashion industry on the environment.
Thrifting also helps save money and delights shoppers when they land a bargain.
Meanwhile, a charity shop pro shared her top tips for finding the best bargains in store – and which items not to buy.
Paula Brannigan, 33, regularly shares her second-hand swag on social media (@brantastic_x) with her mission to “make second-hand products trendy.”
Her stunning purchases, from bargains for £1 to a designer Prada handbag, prove you don’t have to spend a lot to look good.
And Paula from Lanarkshire tells us her best tricks for finding hidden treasures.
“Be sure to check out the local and small charity shops,” said the fashionista, who is on the lookout for bargains.
“The smaller charities that support the causes of your local community are always the ones with the best donations because the locals really care and choose to give more.”
“I would also shop at stores that cater specifically to what you are looking for.
“So if you’re looking for designer pieces at bargain prices, go to the charity shops in affluent areas.
“If you want discount prices with hidden gems, go to areas with a lower-income demographic and visit the discount stores.”
“Shop within your budget too – it’s not a bargain if you don’t need it or don’t use it.”