It was with great trepidation that I entered my local Goodwill this afternoon. I’ve not yet been to a thrift store in St Louis (my trip to the antique store doesn’t count), and I didn’t know how it would be–dingy and smelly and depressing? Too expensive? Too picked over?
I had absolutely nothing to worry about.
Turns out, the Goodwill that’s 2 minutes from my house is perhaps the best thrift store on the face of the earth. Check it, yo.
For $10, the file cabinet we’ve so desperately needed (our birth certificates, health records, and phone bills are all nicely intermingled in a paper grocery bag, currently):
(whoo! A photo of a filing cabinet! How exciting!)
But I really was proud of this find, and all the organizational opportunities it will afford.
So proud, in fact, that I used it as a pedestal to display my other goodies.
For Y.T., this was only $2.75:
And if that doesn’t say “dinner at a Mediterranean restaurant then go to Starbucks and people-watch”, then I don’t know what does. Who’s up for it? If you ask nicely, I’ll even wear a shirt.
The Goodwill had a lot of old Target clearance stuff for sale–lots of it with the Target tags still on–and the lady working there said Target donates its clearance to them. Which is awesome, in my book. Cause I got this:
The yellow polo is Express, gently worn, but the tees are all brand spanking new, still with tags and inspection stickers. They were between $1.50 and $2.50 each. Perfect for wearing under sweaters this fall
(Hint: when buying new clothes at a thrift store, make sure they’re not “irregular”–mismatched sleeves, hemmed on the wrong side, stained, etc. Some new clothes go to the thrift store because they’re last season’s clearance, some are irregular, and some have been shoplifted. Obviously, avoid the latter two All of my shirts above had clearance tags on them, and I learned why they were in the thrift store.)
All told, I spent about $30. And yes, I’m rather proud of myself
I do love a good bargain!
PS> Tomorrow: how I spent my weekend (or: why my hands may fall off).