Long time no see!
I have another Goodwill trip to share! You can read about my first one HERE.
So, I had a rare afternoon free yesterday (thank you, dear husband) so when my friend Janis posted on FB that she was heading to the Goodwill OUTLET (woop) I jumped at the chance. Janis is a hardcore thrifty lady, and I am excited to learn from the Master. You can read all about her talent on her blog, The Magic That Is...Thrift.
I had no idea until recently that a Goodwill Outlet even existed. When I heard about it, I admit, I figured it must be ...er....not very good stuff. Because when I go to Goodwill, I have to REALLY dig to find treasure - wouldn't the Outlet just be the bottom of the barrel stuff that NO ONE wanted? Boy was I wrong.
How do things end up in the Outlet? I have no clue. My best guess is it goes by date, and things get turned over and rolled out as the constant donations keep flowing in. It was a goldmine I tell ya. You had to be prepared to dig, everything is just thrown in bins, but, I like a challenge.
I spent a grand total of $23.06 and walked outta there with THIS:
Girl clothes, including Hannah Anderson, Gap, Nicole Miller. (I am quite sure many people don't give a crap about designer labels, but I admit it does give me a little thrill when I find an item in great condition at Goodwill that I know went for a hefty price tag new.) Not pictured: about 20 child sized plastic hangers. I can never get enough of those.
Household stuff! A bag with wooden purse handles! Fate? And 2 canvas bins I will use in baby girl's room. I just liked the glasses, I really didn't need 'em.
Books! Including 2 other hardcover cookbooks that didn't make it into the picture because I couldn't locate them. I looked EVERYWHERE, er...almost. My husband had put them on our cookbook shelf. Of course, that is not where I looked because that is too obvious *ahem*. Oh, and a big pack of construction paper.
Toys! The cookie tin is full of crayons. The spiderman playing cards are a complete set! The Spiderman laptop is THE find of the day. When I fished it out of the bin, I wasn't sure I should take it, cause who knows if it would even work? It it was a gamble, but it paid. Fresh batteries and it works like charm and my son ADORES IT. Yes! That metal plate thing is a gingerbread man press, it should have gone in the household photo. I just thought it was interesting, I'd like to hang it in my kitchen. Missing from this photo: a wooden Melissa and Doug puzzle in mint condition, and a Scramble Squares puzzle new in it's bag, with tags. I have NO IDEA where they went, but I am guessing they are in my son's room. This is the problem with trying to take pictures after the fact, little hands walked off with interesting items. Oh well.
Quilt! A beautiful faded soft full sized patchwork quilt. We have several of these, most handed down from family. I love them, we keep them piled here and there - perfect for guests on chilly nights or for kiddos to curl up in. I will dry clean it and add it to the collection!
So there you have it. $23.06 and something for everyone in the family. I am now ADDICTED to the Goodwill Outlet and can't wait to go back. It will probably only be a special occasion type of trip, because I was there for THREE HOURS pawing through bins, and it is not often I get 3 hours to myself let's be honest. But, I WILL go back. Because, duh. Awesome.