Thrift Store Scavenger Hunt List

If you want to plan a thrift store scavenger hunt, here’s a list of items you can use for players to find.

It’s a fun game for adults as well as being perfect for using as a youth group activity. It also has the benefit of helping local charities in your area.

Here’s how to plan it:

Resources

  • Scavenger hunt list
  • Pens
  • $20 per team

Preparation

None

Teams

This can be played individually if you only have a few people participating, but it can be more fun to play in small teams. This can therefore be a good opportunity for team building.

Instructions

Give each of the players / teams a copy of the list below. Explain to them that their task is to go to a thrift store(s) and find as many of the items as they can.

Budget

Each team should get $20 to spend at thrift stores on these items. If playing with adults, they should provide this money themselves – for teams of 4 adults, that’s only $5 each.

If organizing for a youth group though, you’ll probably need to provide this money yourself.

List

Here’s a list of items for players to find – enough to make it hard to find, but not so many items that they wouldn’t be able to afford them all on a $20 budget.

There are also 3 bonus items for teams to find – details for how they should be scored are in the Points section below.

Beneath this list, there’s also a free printable scavenger hunt list – please feel free to make as many copies as you need when organizing this thrift store game.

  1. Def Leppard cassette tape
  2. Plate with a blue flower on it
  3. Book by John Grisham
  4. Dress with at least 6 different colors on it
  5. Fake flower
  6. Something with a plug
  7. Coloring book
  8. Clothing with a Christmas design
  9. Driving video game on CD Rom
  10. Video game T-shirt
  11. Snow globe
  12. Fork, knife and spoon

Bonus Items

  1. Ugliest ornament
  2. Cheesiest vinyl album sleeve
  3. Toy that looks like it’s 100 years old

Printable Thrift Store Scavenger Hunt List

Points

Teams should earn one point for each item that they find, so 15 possible base points.

You should then award one bonus point to whichever team(s) find the best bonus item. i.e. the ugliest, cheesiest and oldest-looking items.

The winner will therefore be whichever team scores the most points after the bonus points have been taken into account.

5 Easter Scavenger Hunt Ideas For Adults

Why let kids have all the fun?! Here are 5 Easter scavenger hunt ideas for adults that are perfect for helping you organize some fun activities.

1. Charity Scavenger Hunt

Make a difference in your local community this Easter while also having some fun with your adult friends.

For this idea, the adults will all need to contribute a bit of money to the game – about $5-$10 each depending on how many will be participating.

Split the adults into teams and give them a list of Easter-themed items. They have to pool their money, then go and hunt for all of the items on the list so that they can create some baskets. The team to finish first will be the winner.

The baskets can then be given to a local children’s hospital, group home, women’s shelter or another charity in your local area working with women and/or children. Contact the charity in advance to find out what items would be most beneficial for the people they serve, but here are some ideas of items that could be included on the scavenger hunt list:

  • Basket
  • Easter grass
  • Plastic eggs
  • Cadbury’s Creme Eggs
  • Whopper’s Robin Eggs
  • Marshmallow Peeps
  • Other Easter candy
  • Bunny stuffed animal
  • Easter book(s)
  • Jelly beans

2. Indoor Easter Egg Hunt With Your Kids

If you’re a parent, spend some time with your kids putting candy inside plastic eggs. Then, instead of you hiding the eggs around the house for your kids to find, have them hide the eggs for you to find.

Your kids will love this reverse Easter scavenger hunt idea, especially if they manage to pick some good hiding places that you’re not able to find straight away.

3. Outdoor Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

To prepare, get some plastic eggs and pick out two colors to use. Next, plan some places in your neighborhood to hide the eggs. These should either be places that people wouldn’t normally come across while going about their everyday business, or enlist the help of some of your neighbors and leave the eggs in their front yards.

Once you’ve picked the locations the Easter eggs will be hidden in, create a route that you want to take. Write out clues to the next location on slips of paper, then put these inside the eggs. It’s worth numbering the eggs with a marker so you know what order to hide them in.

Create these scavenger hunt clues for the route in both directions – put one route in one colored set of eggs and the route heading the opposite way round in the other color. That way, the teams will travel the same distance, but will be doing it from opposite directions so they’re not just following each other around the course.

On the day of the hunt, split the adults into two teams. Give each team their first clue and send them off. The winners will be the team that makes it back to the original location first having found all their eggs.

4. Easter Scavenger Hunt List

The fourth of our Easter scavenger hunt ideas for adults is a regular old scavenger hunt. Download our free printable list of Easter items and have the adults go out and find all of them – either individually, in pairs or in teams.

5. Indoor Easter Egg Hunt With Your Partner

Instead of having your kids hide the eggs like in the second of our ideas listed above, hide the eggs for your partner yourself. Hide them in some really obscure places so that they’re searching all around the house and it’s not too easy for them.

The hiding places will vary depending on the layout of your house, what rooms and furniture you have, etc, but here are 10 ideas of difficult to find Easter egg hiding places:

  • In a kitchen drawer beneath items
  • Inside a pillow or cushion
  • In the attic
  • Balanced on top of a ceiling fan
  • Behind some books on a bookshelf
  • Inside the microwave
  • Inside a board game box
  • In a coat pocket
  • Taped on the underside of a dining table
  • Buried beneath the soil in a plant pot

In case your partner struggles to find the Easter eggs, it might be a good idea to prepare some clues or riddles in advance so that you can give some hints.

Make sure you also make a list of where you hid them all, otherwise you might forget where some of them are yourself!

If you liked these ideas, make sure you check out all our other Easter scavenger hunts where we have loads more free ideas, clues, riddles and lists that you can use.