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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Shopping Trip: Goodwill

Today we're going (virtual) thrift shopping together! 

We'll be stopping at two different Goodwill stores today. I'm lucky to have four within five miles of my house (two of them are less than two miles away), so I spend a lot of time at Goodwill. Every other Saturday is 50%-off everything, but it's always crazy busy in the morning/early afternoon. I usually don't go until later in the day, but I still find some good stuff (like my ironstone score a couple weeks ago). Does your Goodwill do half-off Saturdays too?

I always start at the clothing racks. The "better quality" section is my favorite. Sometimes I disagree with what they consider better quality, but there's usually some good finds on those racks. Although everything considered “better quality” is priced a couple dollars more…

After stopping by the fitting rooms, I usually head to the linens section. Here are some pieces that caught my eye:

I love this black and white damask valance. The pink accents are so cute and would be perfect for a girl's room. They even had a pair of them! $2.99/each. 

I also love these handmade knitted blankets. They would be so cute in a nursery (thinking of you, Vel). The pink one was the softest, most delicate blanket I've ever touched ($3.99) and who doesn't love white, pink and purple chevron ($4.99)?!

Next I like to look at all of the dishes, knick knacks, artwork, and furniture. Here are some of my finds:
This set of white canisters would work in almost any kitchen. If you wanted to jazz them up a bit you could add vinyl lettering, chalkboard labels, paint stripes, paint just the lids, etc…so many options! It would be $18.96 for the set of four. 

I really liked these coffee cups ($1.99 each). The pattern is Blue Willow and these were made in England. There was a set of four and I’m pretty sure I saw the matching saucers in the next aisle.

I didn't find any white ironstone on this Goodwill trip (you can see my collection here), but I did find a couple of other pieces for reference. Here are a couple examples of ironstone pieces that aren't white. The dinner plate was $1.99, the smaller plate was $0.99, and the creamer was $1.99. Actually, I think the cups above are ironstone too!

This picture could use an updated mat and frame, but I like the artwork. It's a large piece, but I still don't think I'd pay $49.99 for it, but I'm also cheap. I'd definitely wait for half-off day for this piece.

This dresser was in pretty rough shape, but I've seen some really cute makeovers on similar pieces, such as this mint green one. It was only $19.99 and I thought about buying it, but I don't really have a place for it.  

After all of that, here's what I ended up buying:

I'm kind of a book buying addict (one of the reasons I'll never get a Kindle), so of course I brought home a few books. The Pride and Prejudice "sequels" were $1.99 each. Bossypants and the Nicholas Sparks book were $2.99 each.  

I also found a dress ($9.99...ugh), 2 Lucky Brand shirts ($6.99 each) and two shirts for work ($5.99 for the purple ruffled shirt and $4.99 for the other).

So, do you shop at Goodwill? Any good finds lately?

 You can check out previous shopping trips here

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