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Thrift-writing is ALIVE!

LLAA Thrift storeThis week started my first official posts as a Thrift writer again and I couldn’t be MORE EXCITED!

I’ve been working with Lifelong Aids Alliance for years and was lucky enough to start administrating their new Thrift Facebook page  showcasing their awesome wares, YAHOO!

So come visit me over at Lifelong Thrift Facebook page and check out all our great treasures, say “hi” and meet the staff, volunteers and customers!

And my yearly-challenge blogs continue in 2013 by ONLY eating/drinking Starbucks!  You can see this and all future years adventures over at 1 Year Of my Life.

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The BUY of the YEAR!

So the recent media have covered the topic a little and I’ve given hints in the last week but here is the moment of truth about the BEST purchase during my Living the Goodwill Life 2011 challenge year.  In fact… I think this purchase is possibly the BEST of all my thrift purchases in my 20 years of thrifting!

So, with all “great finds” there is usually a story.  You see them on Antique Roadshow about how somebody found the $30k vase in Grandma’s attic or you’ve heard those stories at the dinner parties about the person that found an original Picasso ashtray at a 2nd hand store in the 60’s.  But how many “fish tales” do you know personally?  I know in all my years and those of my parents… there have been some good ones, but even I received kuddos from my parents for my find this year.

So here’s my fish tale (which is real).

I had already visited the Seattle Dearborn Goodwill once earlier in the summer to start the outfit selection for my modeling in the Glitter Gala so this day I walked into the store with both of my boys ready to be in and out quickly.  We went to the back and I tried on my dresses, the coordinators made their selections and took pictures and we were done.  Well, not really… my oldest wanted to look around a bit so we headed towards the back.  That’s when i saw the book, laying on the floor, all by itself.  It definitely caught my eye immediately because of the uniqueness of the cover.  Knowing rare books myself I could tell it was hand-bound and had care given to it’s creation so I dusted off the back that was all dusty from the floor and carefully opened the pages.  They were immaculate!  The pages looked to have no finger prints, no bending or damage… amazingly kept!  Then I moved to the back pages where I knew a signature would be and there it was!

This book, that the store charged me .97 cents for, is a gem to an art or rare books lover!  Rough estimates from two dealers (an art and a rare books dealer) put this piece into the thousands, possibly $8,000!  And one spoke about possibly putting it on display at their collection next year!

I will add that my 2nd place winner this year for the BUY of the YEAR was for this $350 retail watch that I picked up at the new Lynnwood Goodwill for less than $50!  This too has a great story… one of last-minute desperation to get the one item I was asked to find, the one item that I could not seem to locate even though I looked at different Goodwill‘s for weeks… a quality men’s watch.  But low and behold, one of the lessons I learned this year was to attend new store openings when possible because they stock the stores with quality items and that is indeed the case because one week to the day that the Lynnwood Goodwill opened, I found this beauty in the jewelry case!  Boy, when it was opened this last week was the recipient suprised!  And what a beautiful addition it makes to his collection!

So as I end out this last week of my 2011 Living the Goodwill Life challenge I want to challenge YOU about the BEST purchase you’ve ever received.  Was it worth thousands?  Was it something you once owned a long time ago?  Was it even your find?  Please… leave your comments on what you found (or heard somebody found) and where!

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PINK is the word

This weekend the Seattle Goodwill is making a “PINK” out of things!  (At least their PINK tags are 50% off!)

Look at the brand-new baby LOVE the Beatles and Gap are showing our little one…  and both for 50% off!

Or how about some brand-new PUPPY LOVE @ 50% off too?!

Check out the Seattle stores this weekend to grab up some of these awesome deals @ PINK prices!

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Portland Thrift-Haul

To all our Thrift-public readers out there I’ve put together the first Goodwill Thrift-haul video for you of our Portland trip.

Not only does the Portland Goodwill have more donations than ANY OTHER Goodwill world-wide, but they also have the #1 online title as well!  We are going to one of their “designer stores” tonight in Portland’s wonderful Pearl District and I’ll be sure to tell you about the wonderful items soon!

Enjoy the video!

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Dinner Parties

Last year I held a baby-shower-benefit called the “Bun in the Oven Benefit” to raise money, diapers, etc. for the Broadview Shelter.  I prepared a wonderful spread with chocolate-cheesecake-truffles from The Confectionary @ Pike Market, we had a local photography studio donate the space and we had numerous friends donate some amazing artwork to give away to our guests!  All in all the night was fabulous!

To prepare for the 30+ guests I started going to the Goodwill stores and picking up white appetizer plates, serving dishes, even extra serving silverware (like salad tongs, olive forks, etc.).  Some of my favorite items I picked up were all the white cloth napkins and tablecloths.  Since I’m pretty “eclectic” in style, it didn’t matter to me if they matched or not… that is part of the charm!

So I held a dinner party this week and we took the entire morning to clean our home from top to bottom.  While organizing the accessories for the dinner I realized that we really didn’t have that many larger, white dinner plates.  I had purchased so many appetizer plates last year that I’ve been using them most of the time (a great way for cutting down your eating portions!) and failed to realize that we now needed at least 10 more plates for all our guests!

So, with a house mostly cleaned and guests arriving in 4 hours… we headed to the Seattle Goodwill to pick up some plates!

I was pleasantly surprised when I toured the plate isle because there were plenty of white dinner plates AND it looked like somebody had already sorted them for me beacause they were all RED TAG plates, which were 50% off at the time, SCORE!  When the cashier rang up all the 18 plates I ended up saving $18.32!  DOUBLE SCORE!

Now I did go off my RAW diet a bit that night.  I just couldn’t help the multiple cheese platter… it was like crack to me!  I also indulged in some gelato… BUT I was good and made a RAW lasagna recipe that turned out FABULOUS as well!

If you’re in need of dinner party items check out your local Goodwill.  I’ve never had a problem picking up anything/everything from dinner plates to Holiday napkins to those vintage silver salad tongs.  Again, the Goodwill never disappoints!

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Finders Keepers

We ventured up to the Shoreline Goodwill store today to check out their selection.  I have never been to the Shoreline store (check another one off my “To Do” list of Seattle stores!) but it’s a quaint, north-Seattle neighborhood store with lots of little surprises!

Like the set of 2 brand new Joseph Malone perfumes in a gift box!  I was hoping that one of them was my “Red Roses” scent but alas… neither were so I passed up the $20 price tag but if one or both of these scents are your favorite, what a steal!  Brand new @ Nordstroms these fragrances go for $55 EACH!

Or how about the JCrew Orange 50’s style dress RED TAGGED for 50% off $7.99!  (just not my size or color)

Yes, the store was looking up for deals so we meandered around and found a couple of BDay and Valentines gifts like this “The JOY of…” book I picked up for my Valentine!  

My arms were full (why do I NEVER get a shopping cart?  Do I really think it’s going to stop me from buying?!!!) when I spotted this lady in the kitchen area looking at a set of yellow, baking pans.  I could tell immediately that they were great quality pieces but the lady walked off with them.  I walked to the next isle and kept my eye on her secretly.

Low and behold she went back to the section and put them back on the bottom shelf… then proceeded to shove them to the back and place items in front of them!  As soon as she walked out of the isle I nonchalantly (but quickly) walked over to the area and pulled the set out to check the bottom marking.  They were a set of 1970’s Dansk daisy-yellow enamel baking pans!  I turned around and went straight to the register.

As we were leaving we the lady and her shopping partner looked at us… Dansk pans in my hand!  Neither were RED TAGS but I didn’t mind paying $2.99 for them!  They are barely used and lightly chipped.  SCORE!

Only 48 hours till the big VALENTINES Day! I’m finishing the TABOO Lingerie video as I type!

Coming S….O….O….N!

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RED TAG VALENTINES

Hello everybody!  This weekend is Seattle Goodwill’s RED TAG VALENTINES weekend and let me tell you there are TONS of deals to be had!  Just look at these beauties I picked up already!

Don’t forget to check back this weekend as we explore the Goodwill’s Lingerie section for your SWEETHEART!

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Mellow-Yellow

Today is a M E L L O W – Yellow kind of day for us.  I walked into the Lacey store yesterday after my big tour of the Tacoma Goodwill Milgard Center (watch for my post on this amazing place later) and picked up these Yellow beauties!

A brand New Carter’s Rubber-Ducky jammies!  We have LOTS of new little ones this year to share the Goodwill-finds with!

A (what looks to be brand new) Frederick and Nelson Designer collection dress with belt -AND- it was RED TAG 50% off!

More brass bracelets (ah, the donation attendants luckily haven’t got smart to these yet!) and another birthday gift for later this month.

Sometimes you just have a GREAT DAY, and yesterday was one of those!  Today looks to be turning out pretty SUNNY-YELLOW itself and we will just have to take in some of these beautiful rays as we relax from our adventures!

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OMG, TOYS Mommy!

Today is 30% off toys @ the main Seattle Goodwill, and since we have a growing little one that’s ALWAYS curious for new things (my bangles were a good deterrent for a while, then it was my hair… OUCH!) we sorted through the isles for quality toys and scored!

We needed another soft book for the car, got it!

We -HEART- wood toys, and found a great PinToy pull-along and a brand new abacus-type toy all for $6.00!

 

 

 

 

 

The look in their eyes when you give them the new item…. PRICELESS!

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Which noose around your neck sir?

Okay, they are NOT nooses, scarves are an absolutely necessary accessory (boy that’s a mouthful!) for those that live above the equator during winter.  But I like punchy headlines in the morning…

So, one of the items on my list was my partner’s noose (I mean scarf) and Tuesday’s Goodwill action (yep, the one where I SCORED a DVF!) also somehow had a plethera of scarves to choose from as well.

I could have just picked them all up and brought back the ones we didn’t want, but I attempted to email a picture to my partner and ask his opinion first to save a trip back to the Goodwill for the returns. (yeah, what WAS I thinking?  I could have had an excuse to go back to the Goodwill?!  I’ll have to play that card soon since I missed this opportunity)  After a couple of suggestions from the partner’s co-workers the winner is….

The dark plaid Pendleton scarf!  (I rooted for the ultra-soft part cashmere antique Nordy’s beauty on the top right, but it was for my partner not me)

If you need some super-fab accessories for your winter wardrobe stop by the main Seattle Goodwill soon!

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