Amazing Find : Revolutionary War documents found at yard sale prove a real steal.

Turns out this bargain was quite a steal.

A Toronto-area woman unwittingly purchased six Revolutionary War-era documents at a upstate New York estate sale for $3 about a year ago -- only to learn the state of New Jersey has long been looking for them.

"I thought I hit the jackpot; I was all excited, like I had a winning lottery ticket," Christine Ridout, 52, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Never in my lifetime would I have expected to come across anything like this. Then, I looked at the State of New Jersey website and felt like I was holding a lottery ticket that had expired.”

Among the long-lost papers was one dating to 1771, signed by William Franklin, the illegitimate son of Ben Franklin and reportedly the last colonial governor of the Garden State.

Another from 1710 sported the royal seal of the court of St. James in Britain.

Ridout recalled for the Inquirer the moment she spotted the aged, tattered document in a cardboard box sitting atop a kitchen table.  The estate sale had reportedly been one of several such garage sales the veteran bargain hunter had stopped by that day in Buffalo.

“I asked, 'How much?' and was told $3, so I said, 'OK, I'll take them,' " Ridout told the paper. "I had no sense of their history or value.”

Alas, the Inquirer reports that at least five of the six documents have been reported stolen by the state of New Jersey to the FBI, among other law enforcement agencies.

"That's my kind of luck," Ridout reportedly said. "I thought [the discovery of the 18th-century materials] really knocked it out of the park. But the State of New Jersey says, 'It belongs to us.'"

State officials have since requested the return of the materials – which the Inquirer quotes sources as saying could be worth thousands of dollars.

The Value Village Rewards card

     If you shop often at the Value Village, don`t forget to sign up for their Rewards card (if you haven`t already). Its totally free and it will allow you to access some of their deals (usually on used clothes).

Double Take Thrift Store

Double Take Thrift Store

Double Take Thrift Store is an employment initiative of Yonge Street Mission where gently used, high quality clothing, furniture and housewares can be purchased at very affordable prices.
The store provides “first time” employment for many community members. Participants in other areas of YSM can choose their own clothing through gift certificates given in programs.
SHOW[case] – This “store within a store” is a unique room inside Double Take where bargain hunters can find great vintage and antique items, unique merchandise and upscale clothing, at reasonable prices. Open Tues, Wed and Sat 2-6 pm, Thurs and Fri 2- 7 pm.
You can donate your gently used items during store hours or contact the store for a pick-up if you have a large amount to give. Check out our Double Take flyer for a list of most needed and not accepted donations.
Double Take is located at, 310 Gerrard Street East Toronto, ON M5A 2G7. There is free customer parking in the lot adjacent to the building.
Double Take hours:
  • Monday – Wednesday 10am to 7pm
  • Thursday – Friday 10am to 8pm
  • Saturday 10am to 6pm
  • Sunday 10am to 5pm
For more information contact the store directly at 416.925.7198 or
The Elegant Garage Sale
1588 Bayview Ave. Toronto, On.
Website :
Buy and Sell fine furniture/antiques
Monday-Tuesday 11-5
Wednesday-Thursday 11-8
Friday 11-9
Saturday-Sunday 11-7

Goodwill locations in Toronto

   Just added the Goodwill stores locations in Toronto. (Goodwill is similar to the Value Village. Used stuff, cheap prices, great finds.)

Garage sales season is pretty much dead right now, but...

     If you have a passion for used stuff and still want to get deals don`t forget to visit :

     The Value Village  : They`re open 7 days a week, and they always have now stuff!

     The Salvation Army Thrift Stores : They`ve been around forever, and that`s where the greatest deals are made.

Incredible Deals and Collectibles to Be Found

If you are looking for great deals at Garage Sale type prices, stop on by One Of A Kind Antique and Collectibles.

We have two floors of exciting and interesting items for you to browse. Our converted factory features over 50,000 square feet of antiques, collectible, furniture and just about anything else you can think of.

It is definitely worth the drive: to:
One Of A Kind
97 Wilson St. Woodstock
Open 10 AM to 5 PM
7 Days a week!
Exit the 401 at Hwy. 59 North and drive 5 minutes

Garage Sale Season is over but ENVIROSPONSIBLE is Open! 11-4 Sat

We're all sad that garage sale season is over. But don't despair, you can come and visit us on Saturdays! So sleep in, go out for breakfast, then come in and see our fun store.

We sell new and used building supplies, rain barrels and diverter kits, vintage and antique stuff, barn board and anything else you can imagine.

Open 12-4 Saturdays and 10-5 Monday to Friday.

111 Industrial Drive, Unit 21
Whitby, ON L1N 5Z9

Value Village Locations in Toronto

1. Value Village
Queen Street #2047
924 Queen St E,
Toronto, ON M4M 1J5
Phone: (416) 778-4818
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

2. Value Village
Bloor Street #2038
1319 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M6H 1P3
Phone: (416) 539-0585
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

3. Value Village
Danforth #2040
2119 Danforth Ave,
Toronto, ON M4C 1J9
Phone: (416) 698-0621
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

4. Value Village
Rogers Rd #2050
605 Rogers Rd, #C1,
Toronto, ON M6M 1B9
Phone: (416) 247-7372
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

5. Value Village
South Scarborough #2078
1525 Victoria Park Ave,
Toronto, ON M1L 2T3
Phone: (416) 752-0060
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

6. Value Village
Wilson #2094
1030 Wilson Ave,
Toronto, ON M3K 1G6
Phone: (416) 633-2623
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

7. Value Village
North York #2073
2776 Victoria Park Ave,
North York, ON M2J 4A8
Phone: (416) 499-6177
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

8. Value Village
Steeles #2066
1520 Steeles Ave W,
Concord, ON L4K 3B9
Phone: (905) 761-7990
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

9. Value Village
Mississauga #2027
3130 Dixie Rd,
Mississauga, ON L4Y 2A6
Phone: (905) 949-4440
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

10. Value Village
Scarborough #2034
3701 Lawrence Ave E, #1,
Toronto, ON M1G 1P7
Phone: (416) 439-4464
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

11. Value Village
Vaughan #2110
101 Northview Blvd,
Vaughan, ON L4L 8X9
Phone: (905) 850-8535
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

12. Value Village
Rexdale #2041
45 Woodbine Downs Blvd,
Toronto, ON M9W 6N5
Phone: (416) 675-7450
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

13. Value Village
West Mississauga #2128
70 Bristol Road E.,
Mississauga, ON L4Z 3K8
Phone: (905) 361-1190
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

14. Value Village
Richmond Hill #2056
10620 Yonge St,
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3C8
Phone: (905) 737-7444
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

15. Value Village
Oakville #2095
2506 Hampshire Gate,
Oakville, ON L6H 6A2
Phone: (905) 829-1213
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-7

16. Value Village
Brampton #2030
150 West Dr, #12,
Brampton, ON L6T 4P9
Phone: (905) 451-7975
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 10-6

Toronto Sunday Antique Market

The Sunday Market is located at 92 Front Street East at Jarvis Street in the St. Lawrence North Market.  It’s within walking distance of downtown Toronto and many major hotels.  It’s also easily accessible by public transit, just a few steps south from the King St. streetcar which connects to the subway line.
Open for 12 hours every Sunday
From dawn a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Antique Store on Hwy #48


Did you see us on the "JUMBO" Episode of


History Channel, Monday's at 10pm

Multi-Vendor Antqiue Store Full of

Eclectic & Interesting Items


Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday

10am to 6:00pm

New Inventory Arriving Daily

Reasonable Prices

23906 HWY #48


Just South of BALDWIN, ON

North of Ravenshoe Road

East of Keswick

Tel: 647-281-8496

Fantastic Flea Market of Mississauga

Fantastic Flea Market (Mississauga)
Open Saturday and Sunday
All year Long

Fantastic Flea Market
Dixie Outlet Mall
1250 South Service Road
L5E 1V4


Toronto Weston Flea Market

TORONTO WESTON FLEA MARKETThe Toronto Weston Flea Market is an indoor market that opened in 1992. We have over 200 vendors within an area of over 60,000 square feet. Our vendors offer a wide variety of goods and services from their store. They sell just about everything you could buy at a large shopping mall where they have the big names and big retail prices. We have more than you would find in the discount store where they may have the cheap prices but you cannot find everything you want.

Address: 404 Old Weston Road, Toronto, Ontario, M6N 3B1
(Old Weston Road & St. Clair Avenue West)
Open: Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Web site:

Dr. Flea`s Flea Market


This flea market offers 400 stalls in a climate-controlled building, as well as outdoor facilities. You'll find a wide selection of household and personal items, ranging from clothing and carpeting to CDs and comic books. The stalls of the farmers' market stock fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fresh poultry and fish, deli meats, chocolates and bulk foods. Portuguese, Italian and West Indian food products can also be purchased here. There are free hourly giveaways, and parking and admission are free.
Address: 8 Westmore Drive, Toronto, M9V 3Z7
(Highway 27 & Albion Road)
Open: Sat. & Sun. 10 am - 5 pm
Web site:

Downsview Park Farmers and Merchants Market

This market has over 600 vendors offering some very good deals on fresh fruit and vegetables in addition to clothing, shoes, personal items, jewellery, CDs and DVDs, computers, electronics, toys housewares, furniture, and much more. There is a food court serving many different types of Canadian and International foods and the abundant parking is free. Check it out. Thanks to Kathy-ann for telling us about this market.

Address: 40 Carl Hall Road, Toronto, M3K 2B6
(Downsview Park - Sheppard Ave. W. and Keele)
Web site: