Okay, maybe I’ve been hitting the Goodwill Outlets a little too much.
But hey, when you see what I’ve found lately, can you blame me?
When we lost Bailey early January, I found that in the first time in forever, I didn’t like to be alone at home.
The house felt so empty without him that I’d find pretty much any excuse to get out and stay out until the kids came home from school, and this meant that I was hitting the Goodwill Outlets (both the Milwaukee and the Airport one) quite a bit, sometimes even popping into one or another a couple times in a week.
And just for the record, I’m not here receiving any renumeration from Goodwill for my fan-girl raves.
I’m showing you all this, because I think what’s out there at these Outlets can be amazing.
Of course those who’ve ever been know that my finds are in no way predictive, but I can say that if what you’re looking for is varied enough — and you’re both patient and a bit lucky — you too will find things that you’ll really enjoy– at bargain prices.
Friends who come to my house can’t believe how much of what’s in it has been bought by the pound at the Goodwill Outlets.
Let me show you what my newest bumper crop of bargains includes.
First off, here are some of my favorite finds– something I’ve never been lucky enough to find here until recently:
Vintage (or vintage inspired) blow molds (now in my messy attic).
This one below is HUGE– maybe four feet high?– and can be lit up and put on a wall or siding of my porch.
He looks similar to another one I had on my porch last season, but he’s much, much bigger.
Here’s the one I found last year at the Bins.
The first Santa, like the other holiday molds I found over the course of a month, need a good scrubbing, but are so much fun.
Here’s another vintage fella I found.
A week later I found another snowman (marked separately at $5.00) and I snagged him right as he was brought out by a Goodwill employee.
Within seconds a dealer tried to buy him off of me, but it was love at first sight and I couldn’t bear to part ways.
He too is giant, maybe three and a half feet tall?
If you look at the above picture clearly, you will see another find I snagged by the pound.
Black Dansko Mary Jane clogs– in my size!
And in no particular order, here’s an array of other random things picked up at the Goodwill Bins.
Shiny Brite ornaments, including some of these in luscious ombre colors.
And on another day, more in my favorite color.
And milk-glass like vases that I’m going to use for succulents.
I love mixing modern items (like these plants) with vintage holders.
I scrounged throught one bin and found a number of florist picks that I will use to festoon Easter deliveries. The rest I will share with my friend Laurie, the amazing vintage crafter) who will surely do something really clever with them.
But wait, there’s more.
I picked up a number of vintage Bake King loaf pans (I wash them up and then bake banana bread in them and give them as gifts) and as you can see underneath, a sturdy vintage tray in a wonderful teal color that will live in my car (occasionally I need to eat or write a note in my car and I like to use a tray for this).
Speaking of loaf pans, I also found these paper baking ones still in their original packaging with its price tag ($7.95).
Heaven only knows how much I love my gingham.
By the pound these were a particularly good value — maybe a quarter for all?
There’s been lots of ribbon added to my stash recently, too.
These are on really nice oversized wooden spools, had the Home Goods price tags still on them and didn’t look touched or used.
The blue velvet is especially pretty.
Don’t go anywhere quite yet — I still have a couple last things to show you.
Like a really cute oversized paper mache owl that will look terrific on my porch next October.
Perhaps it will sit next to another find — a giant black-velvet tree, perhaps two and a half feet wide.
There’s been a little more holiday, a dash of glam
and something I’ve never seen before here, and now something I wear a couple times a week because I love it so much.
This pearl necklace with a silky black ribbon tie.
Sure, I’ve spent so much time wading through the giant bins, but I love that you never know what you’ll find here.
Like a horse paint-by-number gem.
Or an oversized piece of 1950’s gift wrap.
And a tiny vintage robe I will give to a neighbor’s daughter to adorn her doll baby.
And sometimes I never know who I’ll bump into while shopping.
I was wading through a huge pile of stuff last week when I looked over and saw my pal (and talented designer) Rebecca Ringquist right next to me.
I showed her a giant roll of vintage gift wrap I’d just found,
and we had fun unrolling it and gathering sections of it to purchase.
But here’s my little guilty secret.
We laughed and shopped alongside and I walked out of there with my big piece, but then I turned the car around 5 minutes later and went back for the whole roll.
Sure it was expensive (22 pounds at roughly $1.50 a pound) but I’ll have– and share!– this roll all my years.
(Live in Portland and want some of this sweet paper? I’m happy to drop some off!)
And one last reveal.
I sorted through a giant box of vintage instructional tools (records, papers, and this large wheel that enabled you to rotate questions and answers) and I picked out the enormous paper wheels with graphics I liked.
I think what I’ll do is save some of the images but in the meantime I’ve turned a handful of them into gift labels.
Any other thoughts on these images or uses for all that gift wrap? (kindly insert brilliant crafty thoughts here).
Happy Weekend, all!