I am always amazed at bloggers who find a myriad of goodies while on their Goodwill Stores shopping trips. And I’m even more amazed at the very reasonable prices they pay! The GW stores in the Dayton area never seem to have much in the way of “finds” or the best of prices when I do see something worth buying. So when I see something that I think is a good buy, I scoop it up immediately. In the past, I’ve let things get away from me while I pondered whether or not I wanted the merchandise. But now I either hold onto what I want or I put it in my cart and guard it with my life. My hand grip never leaves that cart because I’ve seen what other shoppers do. I’ve seen someone pick from someone else’s full cart while the “cart owner” left her cart unattended while she went around another aisle shopping for something else! And I’ve seen the fight that ensued when the theft was discovered! Two screaming women flailing their purses at one another and each one threatening to call the police was not a pretty site.
So it was with a little trepidation that I ventured out to our local GW early last Saturday morning looking for nothing in particular. And nothing was what I got after checking out the home area. I was on my way out the door when I spotted something shiny in the locked case by the cash register in the clothing area. I made the assumption that they must be expensive. After all- they were in a locked case. But I asked the sales associate to take them out, anyway. This is what I found….
Two silver plated bowls.
The small bowl is 6 inches wide.
The larger bowl is 10 inches wide.
They need some spit and polish to make them shine bright and beautiful, but even in this state, I like them. And at $10 for the both of them, they didn’t break the bank.
In the same case, I spotted a small blue and white floral bowl. It will be perfect for dropping odds and ends into it, and I’ll put it into the second guest room. It was $3.99.
I left GW feeling as if I had done okay. But I wanted more…. You know that feeling that you get when you just have to find a bargain like no other? Well I had that feeling. So I drove down the street to the Salvation Army Store. Now I have NEVER been able to find anything here. It is stocked mostly with clothing, a few ancient kitchen appliances like a broken Jack La Lanne juicer or a Sunbeam mixer missing its beaters, and torn scruffy sofas that even a college student wouldn’t want in his apartment. After a brief ~make that a very brief ~ walk through the store, I decided to leave. But out of the corner of my eye I spotted the cutest little table sitting on top of an old desk.
It has been “aged” with streaky, white paint and the drop-down latch needs to be re-attached, but it called to me! New hardware and a better paint job would turn it into a nice piece for the mudroom. How could I resist? It was only $4.99.
Now I have to admit that I’ve only painted a few things in my lifetime. I will even confess that on several occasions I’ve bought old chairs and parceled them off to the re-finisher that works at the family furniture store. Yup… I seem to have been born with out the “painting gene.” My talents obviously lie elsewhere and I am not ashamed to admit it. You see, Saturday afternoon, I attempted to paint the shelf that I mentioned in an earlier post, and it was futile. I had issues with the sanding. It needed much more wood filler in a job that was more than I was qualified to perform. I failed miserably at my attempt. So the shelf and my new purchase will be be going off to visit Al and I will gladly wait for him to finish them whenever he can.
And in meantime, I will continue my little forays to the Goodwill. But you better believe I will take my big purse, just in case…..
I’ve linked this post to Southern Hospitality’s Today’s Thrifty Treasures post. Click on the picture to see what others have found on their shopping adventures.