Goodwill like the thift store. Don't get too excited about well-doings. I do that too - but not today....at least not intentionally. My sister (let's call her Sis #2) and I embarked on an adventure of epic proportions. Our goal: 4 Goodwill stores before lunch. After a pleasant breakfast at Bob Evans surrounded by retired folks (for whom I am quite jealous), we started our circle about town.
Stop 1: Wards Road
Sis #2 is a more frequent thrift shopper than I, and she thinks this one has the worst odds of good finds. And let's be honest - isn't that the dream? The perfect piece of hardwood furniture to refinish for mere pennies. Or a Kate Spade purse with the tags on hidden behind the straw purses. I'm obviously a realist about what I might come across. What's the harm in dreaming? But back to the adventure. She came up empty handed, but for a whopping $1.50, I left with two items. A de-piller! I'm sure it has some other technical name, but I hadn't seen one of these in years. My mom had a white and pink version when we were kids and my sister's and I fought more than once over who got to shave off the fuzz balls on all the sweaters. We were special children. And now I have my own! A fuzzball remover - not a child. Just to be clear. I'm sure the hubs will be fighting me for it this fall.....or not. Next up was a pair of Tarheel earrings. After a quick sanitizing wipedown, they will be perfect come basketball season. Only after we got in the car did I realize they were both the same foot and not a literal pair. What did I expect for a dollar? I'll still wear them with Tarheel pride.
On a side note - this is what I love about thrift shopping. Memories. Walking around, seeing games from my childhood, or a glass that my grandmother once had, or a cookie press my mom used. Even if I walk away empty handed, there has never been a time I haven't reminisced a little bit. And for me, that's worth the trip.
Stop 2: Timberlake
There wasn't much happening here. That is until I discovered a byo lunchbag for 50 cents. It wasn't the repurposing find I was hoping for, but the hubs needs a lunchbox, and this will totally do the job. I figure I probably saved $14.50, which I then proceeded to spend (plus a teensy-ish bit more) at Target later. So I'm even. Or something like that. Sis #2 found a baseball glove and a signed copy of a Left Behind series book she had been looking to re-read. For two dollars. Needless to say we were breaking the bank. Amazingly enough, signed merch will become a theme this post.
Stop 3: Forest
A dud. In the past I found a huge mirror with a trefoil type frame for $7. It's still sitting in the garage with 1980's stickers stuck to the mirror awaiting a good coat of spray paint. But it has been my favorite Goodwill find to date. And I found it here. It was a good reminder that you never know what you will (or won't) find - and to keep looking. Once quick look through the stack of records offered up this beauty....
How exactly do you exercise to a record? Right behind it was a Jane Fonda audio workout. Special. My Tae-Bo videos circa 2000 are looking modern. Good Housekeeping - you have come a long way.
Stop 4: Old Forest Road
And here we hit the mecca. Sis found the cutest purse which she recognized from Anthropologie hidden in the back of the accessories. I had long given up on finding my next Kate Spade by now, so she beat me to it. A $40 regular price bag for $2.60 or so, thanks to the change someone left in it as bonus savings. The biggest prize of the day was, for lack of a better description, a stool/box thing. I think it was originally used as a sewing chest of some kind. But whatever it is, it was a $9.95 gold mine. Not only did Sis end up with a vintage & unique furniture find, but also with some hidden bumper stickers in the inside pockets. Remember the whole signature theme? She lucked out with a mint condition bumper sticker signed by none other than Ollie North during a Senate campaign. Can I say Ebay?
Most importantly, remember: If you must drink and drive, drink Pepsi. Now that's a treasure.
As for me, I left with an original Fiddler on the Roof record. Ironic to pick this up and then get "If I were a rich man" stuck in my head. In Goodwill. We inherited the hubs' great-grandfather record player recently, so this will happily amp up the number of Broadway tunes in the house.
My favorite find of the day I officially dubbed as the Flock of Seagulls (insert 80's music reference).
I know the birds are getting a quick coat of white paint and will likely go for a permanent landing on the wall of the hall bathroom.
Then came the Tiki Mirror. It's about 1.5 x 2 feet and will be totally transformed with the right color paint. It doesn't really match my decorating style, but it's growing on me. I always lean to white paint to crisp things up for contrast, but I'm tempted to pull out a bold color on this one. Thoughts?
All in all, it was a cheap shopping spree that was full of laughs, memories, and all around good times. If thrifting seems like "just too much" for you, give it a shot at least once. I always go in trying to find a hidden purpose in something that I can uncover. You never know what discovery you will make. Happy shopping!