Trying something new: shopping at goodwill

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a pretty frugal gal. I’ve always been a saver, love buying things on sale, and live for BOGO free deals. So yesterday when my 86-year old grandma asked me to take her shopping at Goodwill, I thought it would be a great opportunity to look for some bargains since I had to drop off a donation anyway. In the past I haven’t spend much time shopping at Goodwill, but I’m a frequent donator, clearing out my cupboards and closets several times a year and dropping goodies off for some other shopper to snag.

We arrived at about 5 pm and the store was fairly empty. My grandma was looking for some plates and Christmas items, so we started in the housewares department. They had a huge Christmas decoration section with 3-4 aisles of wreaths, trees, wrapping paper, and home décor items. I was impressed! Within a few minutes of wandering the aisles, I had to go back to the front of the store to grab a shopping cart! I found some great items that I just couldn’t pass up. Here’s what I found:

Goodwill chair

This adorable little chair was only $5.99. It looks like something you’d see in an antique store or one of those shops that refinish old furniture in shabby chic style. It even had a tag on it, so it may have been brand new. The yellow upholstery on the seat is in flawless condition and will coordinate beautifully in my guest room. Something like this would easily cost $50-75 elsewhere, so I was stoked!

Picnic basketPicnic basket inside

Next up was this adorable picnic basket that was only $4.99. Again, it looked brand new and included some plastic dishes and cutlery that were still wrapped in plastic. I’ve seen similar ones for as much as $70, so this was an incredible deal. I love going on picnics and it just looks so cute I may use it as a decoration in my kitchen.

Christmas wreath

The next two items were from the holiday section. This wreath was $4.99 and in perfect condition. I plan on using it on my front door. Speaking of Christmas decorations, is it just me, or are people putting up lights way earlier this year? In my neighborhood, some people have all of their lights up and even those inflatable decoration in their yards. Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is so late this year. I’ll wait until after Thanksgiving to put this up.

Christmas cards

I also found these cute Christmas cards for $1.99 for a box of 21. They had a nice vintage look that I find adorable. I’m trying to get better about sending cards out to friends and family, so this is just perfect. They were made in the U.S.A, too…which is always nice!

So that was my little Goodwill shopping spree. We shopped for about 2 hours, and it was a fun time hanging out with my grandma and searching for treasures. She ended up buying some holiday-themed tins for Christmas cookies, a little plate from Germany that she’ll hang on her wall (my Grandma was born in Germany so she’s always drawn to things from the motherland), and a Christmas bell that was only 50 cents. She paid in coins, which I thought was pretty cute.

I’ll definitely be checking out my local Goodwill more often. In fact, they had a sign up in the store that a couple times a month the entire store is 50% off, and the next one is tomorrow. Maybe I’ll see what my grandma is up to…..

Reader feedback: Do you shop at Goodwill? What’s the best item you’ve scored?

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6 Responses to Trying something new: shopping at goodwill

  1. Ashley says:

    whoa awesome finds! I don’t think I’ve ever actually bought anything from a Goodwill… maybe I’ll have to check one out next time I’m in the market for home furnishings!

    • My Green Gypsy says:

      It’s definitely hit or miss. My advice: go when it’s snowing so there won’t be many people in the store fighting over the good stuff! LOL

  2. Marie says:

    I went through a second hand store/swap meet phase and found some of the most interesting things! It actually got me into refurbishing old trunks for a short period in my life. Now I wish I’d never gotten rid of some of my finds when I got married.

    • My Green Gypsy says:

      Old trunks sound amazing. I’ve always loved old things….I love antique shops and vintage clothing shops. They fascinate me! I’ve recently learned about estate sales and want to start checking those out, too! xoxo

  3. Those are some great finds. I would bought that chair as well. I have not shopped in a goodwill store before, but I am open to try it very soon.

    • My Green Gypsy says:

      Yes the chair was my favorite find! Thank you for the comment. Let me know if you try Goodwill and what you find. Xoxo

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