I am so excited to share another Goodwill shopping experience with you guys! And of course, my favorite thrift shopping partner is my darling Sher-bear of Young House Love fame.
This time around the shopping cart, we decided that our Sunshine State vacation wouldn’t be complete without a quick and dirty shopping post (no Goodwill pun intended). Since the boys were outnumbered with kids and were physically exhausted from sea kayaking, we agreed to make the 14 mile trip, get in, get out, and snap i-pictures on the fly and return all within an hour.
Basically it was like shopping on speed. without drugs.
Since this was a brand new Goodwill to both of us in a completely different area, we had no idea what to expect. Would it be filled with old life jackets and bathing suits with the bottom worn out? Because count me in on some of that :)
But even with no idea what this particular Goodwill was filled with, I knew that all thrift stores have one thing in common….something that I can always fall back on….listen up because I am gonna say this with great confidence. All thrift stores have a strength zone. It may not be something you ever need…aka paperback romance novels….or want…but it will be an area where the price and the number of decent items is better than the rest of the store. In this particular store, the strength zone was linens.
Let’s share some of the stuff we found…this darling quilt was just PERFECT for a girly tween room. It totally screamed Lilly Pulitzer with it’s bright turquoise and lime green (I know the color is off in the picture. Forgive the iphone. It knows not what it does.) In fact, I found this picture later and it was similar to how this thrift find would work. I thought…yup…at under $20, this queen was a heart stopper.
One neutral queen cover with feather down duvet…cost $23.
But the duvet isn’t your style?! Oh well…I guess you can throw it at your brother in law that still sleeps under a beach towel and just use the FEATHER DOWN DUVET with a different cover. Seriously people…a queen duvet for under $50 is almost stealing. It’s practically a crime.
Here is a $20 comforter that is neutral neutral neutral in a fun diamond pattern. I love what West Elm has been doing lately with their bedroom stuff…(that’s what she said)….and they even have an organic diamond textured comforter out right now that can help you get an idea on how to make this cheapo version work. Granted…this is not organic….but it is recycled…so two green thumbs up for you!
Please excuse my appearance and apparent thrifting excitement.
Try to focus on the shower curtain that I am holding. It was from Martha Stewart…in great condition…and only $5. Boom. Winning. Crazy face winning.
This may not be anyone’s jam but mine but I love vintage looking dishtowels. This one was actually frame worthy too…it had the cutest little botanical drawings and Italian writing on it. Totally kitchen worthy…especially for two Italian girls like us.
Now let’s move into some of the non-linen finds…
First up…this cd rack. Remember those round thingies that we used to buy with music on them? The ones that would get scratched and you would be able to check your eye makeup with it? It had artists like Alanis and the Cranberries and Weird Al. Oh just me then.
Recognize this? It’s the Ikea wine bottle holder that mounts on the wall. Sadly it doesn’t hold the big bottles. And the big bottles are what we all really want, right fellow mothers?! So what’s a girl to do? Put it in the bathroom for towels. Hang it sideways and make it into a herb garden. Or organize those garage tools. The possibilities are endless!
And these wooden bowls?! Seriously. Be still my wood-lovin’ heart.
There was a complete set…big salad bowl and six little guys. All with scalloped edges and only $15 for the whole shebang. Someone go there and buy these. Rectify this situation. And then put them over your vintage oven and call yourself awesome.
So what did I buy?!
Glad you asked.
Linens of course
I scored this plaid gold and silver metallic tablecloth. At $6 it was priced a little high. At half off though…it was just right. I’m thinking it might be a great start to a fun new year’s tablescape.
I also found some faux bois placemats (still new with the tags from Target) at $3 for both. I’m still debating whether or not to keep them as placemats or if they would look cuter as fun winter accent pillows.
And speaking of pillows, I scored this Threshold from Target pillow that is still in the stores. It was marked $13 but when I got up there, they gave me 25% off because it was the right color tag and so it came in under ten bones. Also still new with the tags.
In the end, I am super happy we ran in and explored a new-to-us Goodwill. I feel like I was doing the thirty minute Macklemore challenge…twenty bucks but to get good stuff…not grandma’s old jammies or a broken keyboard.
NOW you must go visit Sherry and see what she scored. (hint hint…it’s also in the linen’s department! No it wasn’t the FACE/BUTT towel that she was eyeing. It was a mistake to let a treasure like that go. )