7 Things Quickly Disappearing From Thrift Stores

1. Original artwork

Anyone who likes to do things for fun? Thrift stores used to be full of old Paint-by-Numbers wonders, one-of-a-kind sculptures made by hand, and memory jugs. These never were works of high art.

2. Hand-embroidered textiles

If you're "of a certain age," your childhood home probably had a laundry room full of pillows, tablecloths, and towels to die for.

3. Solid wood furniture

Furniture made of particle board and MDF (medium density fiberboard) has been around for decades — long enough to trickle into thrift stores everywhere. But it appears millennials and Gen-Z are rejecting disposable furniture.

4. Authentic midcentury decor

The world is crazy about everything from the 1960s to the 1980s. Back in the early 1990s, I would trip over Tiffany lamps, cool teak furniture, and boxes of Russell Wright dinnerware.

5. Colored glass

Have you noticed that some colored glass sold in retail stores isn’t colored at all? The tiniest scratch will reveal that a tinted coating is applied over a base of clear glass.

6. Vintage comic books

When I was a kid, there was a little thrift shop in town with an entire wall of shelves devoted to used comic books. Back then, the going price was 10 cents each. (Ahh, the 1970s.)

7. Non-stretch denim

All of us need a "forgiving fabric" now and then. But where did freedom go? Most pants and denim coats today are made of a cloth that is a mix of cotton, polyester, and spandex.

8. Pendleton shirts

Men's Pendleton shirts used to be so common in thrift stores that it became a cliché to find one. Grunge changed everything in the early 1990s, though. The "slacker style" of alternative rock included these simple wool shirts.