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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Lightning Bonus Weekend at the Goodwill

I expect. That either you’ll get this post. And say, “Wow!” Or you won’t get it at all. It probably depends. On your relationship with thrift stores.

The marido’s parents took him and his siblings to a thrift store to buy clothes when he was a child. He, consequently, doesn’t like ‘em and does not understand their glory. My parents took me to Marshall Fields as a child, but we then walked to J.C. Penney to find something comparable to what they had in Fields. I guess that’s neither here nor there. That said, I love thrift stores.

There are 3 Goodwill stores in my city. Because I seemed to be on a roll, I went to all of ‘em. And came home with bags with the following delights. I’ve numbered my top 3 favorites.

A small image of an Indian women (in the photo) made from crushed semi-precious gemstones (amethyst, agate, jasper, sodalite, etc.). This is my number 1. It is so cool.

2 pair pastel jammies, 1 for summer, 1 for winter

2 small botanical water color vignettes by Cross Plains, WI, artist Beth Ann Hamilton

A large Indian block printed table cloth

A small heart-shaped Bennington Pottery dish, cobalt blue sponge painted. My number 2.

An orange to gold pressed glass grape-motif footed dish

Small porcelain doll parts, 4 arms and 1 head, for my art stash

An all-purpose Coldwater Creek black dress. My number 3.

A stone apple. I don’t think it’s onyx because it’s bright yellow, but I’m not sure what it is. Probably made in Pakistan.

A like-new yoga mat in its mesh bag.

Brown onyx tea light holder.

One of those crank-the-handle mixers

A medium-sized frame make of twigs

A small blue and white lidded talavera tile box that says, “Hand painted Puebla, Mexico” on the bottom.

A couple of sweaters, one Liz Claiborne

An Italian hand painted small decorative plate with a bird in the center.

An oval birch bark basket

3 tops

A medium-sized glass pan. We've switched over to nearly all glass and cast iron, because of heebie-jeebie worries with metal pans.

A pair of recycled Mexican glasses, stemmed, green tint with blue rims

Various beads, caboobles, and doodads

All told, it was a very good weekend at the Goodwills.

12 Comments:

Blogger thailandchani said...

When I was a kid, my mother took me to Mackie's Deb Shop.

But I never found anything in that place that could match up with the things I've found since in a thrift store!

Sounds like you got some great things!



Peace,

~Chani

4:40 PM  
Blogger meno said...

You totally scored. I love the picture made with crushed stones.

Can an ebay career reselling these cool things be far behind?

6:22 PM  
Anonymous caroline potato said...

Wow Lucia,
That's prime thrift shopping. You must know how to pace yourself. I really enjoyed reading your list.

I went to Goodwill last week and was so surprised at the high prices. I'm all for passing the money on to worthwhile programs, but at this point, I AM a worthwhile program in myself.

8:30 PM  
Blogger amusing said...

I love the handcrank mixers! I have one two and love the gentle clackety-clack whir.

11:28 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Oh yeah, totally get it. Great haul.

My kids, on the other hand, will probably end up like your husband. Too many second hand clothes.

11:56 AM  
Blogger QT said...

Wow - see, I am a person who loves the theory behind the thrift store possibilities, but in reality, I never find anything cool. Especially not anything like your list!

11:56 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

*Drops jaw* I NEVER find that kind of stuff at Goodwill! I think it's because I live in Redneckville. On a good day I might find a clean pair of overalls and a leather cowboy hat.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Susan as herself said...

I think I would like the birch bark basket the best.

I love thrift stores too---and about the only things I will not buy from there are:

1) shoes, undergarments and sleepwear (Because someone had potentially bare flesh against them)

2) cosmetics (see above)

3) towels (same reason)

But everything else is open market!! Wooohoo!!!!!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Sally Forth said...

Holy cats are you lucky! My goodwill stores resemble tinks with a 70's twist. Plus, I never find cool housewares.

6:40 PM  
Blogger kat said...

Thrift stores RULE!!!! I just bought two HUGE pillows with elephants embroidered on them in burgandy and rust beading for four bucks. FOUR BUCKS.

And I got two costumes for a party.

Hooray for Thrift Stores, Goodwill, Salvation Amry, et al!

9:16 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Thrift stores in your area carry a great variety! Big score on the trip. I like the crushed stone picture too. And I'm a sucker for pottery.

6:50 AM  
Blogger dimples said...

love the picture too... i visit thrift shops occasionally but never see those finds you scored... maybe i don't know how to judge a good find or maybe need to go more often... i'm curious though, with all those finds how much did you end up spending...

12:52 PM  

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