Sometimes it’s possible to find genuine treasures at thrift stores, at sales, and even at flea markets. Here is an example: a diamond ring bought for $14 from a thrift store was sold in London for $847,000. The owner who bought this piece of jewelry at the thrift store believed that it was a piece of costume jewelry. However, it turned out to be a valuable piece of jewelry with a rare cut stone.

We at Enlighten feel happy for those lucky people who found their own little treasures among secondhand things. And though it might not be a diamond, someone’s newfound favorite thing will keep them happy for many years to come.

“I found a vintage Sunbeam stand mixer with jadeite bowls that GLOW!!!! As a chef, I’m SUPER stoked!”

Nayt Jarvis / facebook

“Yesterday’s big score consisted of a gorgeous Victorian wedding dress, an entire set of mid-century dinnerware, and finally, 2 1960s decanters.”

theundelicatecycle / reddit

“Snagged this amazing lamp for my son’s room since he loves dragons and dinosaurs, but I think I fell in love with it!!”

Alicia Miller / facebook

“I picked up this Victorian-era hat pin complete with the original box last month.”

Kelley Jacobson / facebook

“I became the owner of this 1960s genuine fur, custom-made coat found at an op shop!! Find of a lifetime.”

cleoapollo / reddit

“Hand-painted find — this cat has seen some things. I wish I could find out who painted this masterpiece!”

Shelby Albright / facebook

“Thrift store find for $2.99! Banana for scale. Also, they feel like real bananas…”

Katherine Young / facebook

“My husband saw this in front of an antique shop while on a business trip in Pennsylvania. It totally came home! We are both thrilled with the new addition to our family.”

Amanda Bowen / facebook

“Gargoyle is plastic — his red eyes light up and the hole in his mouth is to hook him up to a fog machine so he spews fog out of his mouth.”

Drennan Lindsay / facebook“He does not yet have a name. My long-suffering husband, with a heart of gold, has claimed he neither loves it nor hates it. The find is currently outside our front door, where he will stay year-round.”

“I think I just found my favorite sweater.”

medillaz / reddit“Found the prettiest vintage hand mirror”

VirtualApsara / reddit

“Picked up this banana dog at a yard sale today… Banana and dog for scale.”

Mike Sauder / facebook

“This is my cutie pie Poppi on her mini-seat/mini-trike found at an estate sale.”

<-32">Kat Johnson / facebook“Finally found a mushroom lamp today!!! I am in love!”

<-34">Alexandra McKay / facebook“Well chicks, how do you like this mug I found at a thrift store?”

Amanda Rudy / facebook

“I bought this at auction last year for under $10. I took a chance that it would work. It’s so cool.”

Shelia Dossey / facebook

“I thought, ’Argh cute chair,’ turned it upside down and giggled for 5 minutes.”