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Weekend Olympia thrift-haul

With our summer upon us, we are traveling more and more down to the Olympia area to visit with friends and family, spend time on the family farm and of course shop the Tacoma-based Goodwill stores!

This weekend my mother, sons and I hit the Olympia Goodwill and picked up some great bargains on their RED TAG sale!

This Ann Taylor navy dress was 1/2 off $5.99!  I also picked up a brand-new Target brand pair of pants for the little one for $2.00, a gift book for a friend (one of the first editions of Louise L. Hay’s “You can heal your life” a classic!, a $1.00 packet of Hanukkah tissue (thinking ahead, always thinking ahead!) and a book for my soon-to-be-sixth-grader about all the things a 6th grader should know.

When we got back yesterday I went to check on my container garden and weed the weeds and VOILA!  I had my first harvest of radishes to enjoy!  My container gardens are doing lovely and besides the radishes already coming in, the parsley and the tomato plant are thriving nicely and my basil is even finally making an appearance!

We are enjoying all this wonderful Seattle sunshine this week… how about you?


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Grads & Dads

June is a busy month.  Two birthdays, lots of parties, summer camps starting and of course Grads & Dads!

So here are a couple of ways to take items from Goodwill and make them into gifts for those June celebrations.

I knew that I had my own graduation in June so I started buying for those other graduates that I knew were coming up and what I looked for were FRAMES!  I know, I know… I’ve said frames are good for Mother’s Day too, but really frames are a quick, cheap gift item that you can throw into a combination gift-basket to help add that little UMPH to the whole of the gift.  Or sometimes the frames are the entire present themselves, especially if they have great sayings on them like this one below…

The brand-new from Macy’s (with a Macy’s gift sticker on the bottom!) “WISH like a child” frame was a perfect statement for one of my classmates and was only $2.99 @ the Shoreline Goodwill… and the other classmate is a parent, and as a parent I know that fridge magnet-frames (picked up as a pack from the Olympia Goodwill) are always welcome so I paired that with the little pink art pin I also picked up @ the Seattle Dearborn Goodwill for $1.99.

The other big holiday this month, Father’s Day, was a bit harder to buy for so I had to improvise here.  I purchased this awesome brand-new classic cocktail shaker at the Bellevue Goodwill last month (during my Mother’s Day shopping trip) for only $4.99!  It has great classic cocktail recipes on it like “Manhattan”, “Old Fashion” and “White Russian” so I paired it with what else?  A bottle of Bourbon & a bottle of bitters, oranges, lemons and some Maraschino cherries so our Dad can try out a couple of the recipes first hand!

Yes, I did end up buying something else (the bottle of Bourbon and bitters) that was not from the Goodwill, but I consider alcohol a “food/beverage” item and Goodwill absolutely does NOT sell alcohol BUT, it is nice to know you can get almost anything else you need for your Grad or Dad from a Goodwill store!

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Goodwill Gifts for a Green-thumb Grandma

It’s a bit past mother’s day (in fact about a month later) but we haven’t seen our Grandma (or Nana) since before then so we haven’t been able to give her the Mother’s Day gift until now.

So one of these items (the plant/flower fabric “basket”) was an item I picked up at my FIRST Goodwill run in January, right after I started this challenge.  I picked it up at the Port Townsend Goodwill and I can’t remember how much it cost but I knew it was going to be for my mom, the green-thumb in our family, as a gift.  So I’ve been purchasing things to go in it for months… the grandmother frame I posted back on May 6th in the “Mom’s the Word” post and I picked it up for only .99 cents!  The fridge-magnet photo of the baby I picked up was part of an entire set of them I purchased @ the Olympia Goodwill
for only $4.99!  The brand-new gardening gloves I picked up @ the Seattle Dearborn Goodwill for $1.29 and the cute, Hallmark (brand new w/ packaging!) caterpillar card I picked up again @ the Olympia Goodwill for only .99 cents!

The gift turned out really cute and perfect for our green-thumbed Nana!  Now only if I could get my little container garden to yield goodies like her garden gives her!  Practice, practice, PRACTICE!


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Adventures in Portlandia

Last weekend we had some GOODWILL STYLE adventures in Portlandia!

Our first stop was the main Portland Goodwill store, where we went 11th BDay shopping!  My son scored this awesome longboard (this week’s Buy of the Week) and a great Ferrari model as well as this brand-new Oakley sweatshirt that was retail priced @ $55 but we scored for only $13!

While there we had two local TV stations do interviews to share the Living the Goodwill Life challenge with Portlanders!

After the main store adventures we decided to tour Portlandia and headed over to the OMSI and then down to check out the Portland Goodwill Boutique store in the Pearl District and of course VOODOO Donuts!

I was just drooling over the Louis Vutton luggage set in the Goodwill Boutique window!  So if you want an EXCELLENT LV set for under $1k, then hit them up.  We walked away with a great Banana Republic jacket (originally $120, only $25!) and a secret wish that Seattle had a  Goodwill boutique all it’s own!

After some sushi dinner we ventured over to VooDoo Donuts.  Well, the lines were hella-LONG so we decided to make an early morning Saturday run to beat the crowds.  We ended up there @ 8:30am and that was a good time to go, NO lines!

This hole-in-the-wall bakery is world renown for its bizarre but brilliant baked goods and let me tell you they didn’t disappoint.  We ordered the VooDoo doll, the Bubble-gum, the Capt. my Capt. and of course their Maple/Bacon bar.  All were well worth going off my RAW diet for! 

We then decided to hit up the Vancouver, Centralia and Olympia Goodwill stores on the way back to Seattle.  We scored some more awesome deals that I will post this weekend… just in time for Spring.

All in all, the Portland trip was a great weekend adventure!  Just enough to get out-of-town, do it up differently and share Living the Goodwill Life with more people.

I will be posting more of the media links from the Portland TV and radio stations coverage so check back and if your down in the Portland area hit up some of the 43 Goodwill stores.  They have more donations than ANY Goodwill world-wide and 90 cents of every dollar goes to help FREE local job training!

An awesome title for those die-hard thriftpublic shoppers out there that also want to give back to a community!

So go VISIT Portlandia soon!


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President’s Day Thrift

Yesterday we spend the afternoon road-trippin to the Olympia Goodwill stores to not only tape our first of many interviews but to spend the beautiful day back in my old stoppin ground for some deals.  Well, I came down one day too early because today, Monday, is the Tacoma Goodwill stores BIG PRESIDENT’S DAY SALE were ALL donated items are 40% off!

But yesterday yielded some great finds as well!

Take a visit to your local Olympia (or Tacoma-based) Goodwill today and grab up the deals!

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