Give Goodwill a Chance

I got ‘let out of school early today’ (i.e. I left after nap time began) to ‘get stuff done’ before I leave for vacation this Saturday…to be honest, I did run some vacation related errands (picked up some road trip snacks and groceries to take with), but somehow had just enough time left to make a quick stop at Goodwill.  I had to see what .99 Wednesday had to offer.  It had a few things. 

For one,

this amazing framed wall art for &7.99, in perfect condition. 

If you all don’t know by now, or are just joining this fun blog, I. Love.  Flowers.  If I went to count the number of flower related art that I have hanging around my apartment right now, well…it would be high.  That’s really about it.  I have a lot of it, and this adds to my collection quite nicely.  A nice bouquet of yellow flowers to display on my wall morning, noon, and night. 

Continuing on with the home goods theme, I found this interesting piece of furniture…

and since I couldn’t put my finger on what it was supposed to be (a wall hanger to hang coats, etc, a shelf…), I decided to make it a bench to put at the end of my bed. 

It will be covered with pretty pillows and what not, and probably some shoes beneath.  Construction phase has not been completed, or started, yet.  I plan to take the knobs off that I am guessing are meant to hang stuff with, and refinish the painting, but I wanted to share the item just the same.  A finished version will come soon, I’m sure.  With my defnition of soon being very loose, hooker-esque if you will:) 

And as far as .99 wednesday goes (the color of the week is .99 on Wednesdays and Sundays), I found four items.  Here is my favorite of the four:

A light pink cropped jacket from Forever 21….0.99.  I think I already noted that, but hey, the $0.99 price tag can’t really be noted enough. 

I realize the above photos are not in prime viewing position, but my computer has been acting up, and this is how you are going to see these items.  It’s a-better than nothing.  And better than me screaming at my computer. 

All in all, I would say it was a half hour well spent.  Which, on that note, I would like to add an argument in favor of shopping at Goodwill.  Often, in my discussions with some people, whose names shall remain….nameless, about shopping at Goodwill (which not so surprisingly happens in discussions with me), they will say “yeah, if you want to take time to look through the racks.”  And I say, “I beg to differ” (except in a much cooler way).  This shopping trip proved my point marvelously.  I would like someone to show me where they can get wall art, a bench for the end of their bed, a cropped jacket and two short sleeve shirts in just a half an hour (and for $24 I might add, if we’re even going to include price in this discussion).  It doesn’t take long.  Yes, you have to look through racks of clothes you may not like that much in order find two or three that you do, but you have to do the same thing at department or ‘regular’ stores.  It’s just not as glamorous.  The difference is, in malls, you have to walk from one store to the other; at Goodwill, you get hundreds of different brands all in one little package.  You’ll have to get your walking in elsewhere. 

So, don’t come to me saying, “yes, Goodwill is great, if you have the time to look”, cause I will wholeheartedly disagree, and will probably, if I am feeling like myself at all, give you many examples to back that up.    

Happy shopping!! (at Goodwill)

Time with Puppy, or Goodwill Hunting; a Five Year Old’s Decision

You’d think the answer to this an easy one, no?  Especially if you knew my animal LOVING (putting it mildly) five year old niece, Alex.  But you also know me, her 28 year old Goodwill loving (putting it mildly) aunt, Jaime.  Apparently, I have trained her well.  Five month old black lab puppy, recipient of her love and many affections, got a little QT in the car, as Goodwill hunting won out, and we went in to search for treasure. 

In her defense, one of her finds was a badly needed green retractable leash for the pup that he will grow into very nicely.  I have still been using the sad purple rope excuse for a leash that they gave me at the Nashville Humane Associaton the day that I took him home.  Now thanks to Alex,and of course Goodwill, Baker now has a proper leash for a mere $2, half off its original price of $4 because it was the color of the week.  Ask me what my favorite color is, and you may just get a different color week to week…one that possibly correspons to Goodwill’s current half off color…just maybe.

Now to get to the good stuff.  And are. they. good- my finds.  And my nieces’.  And my sister’s friend Tara’s.  All good.

Number 1:

Shirt/dress by ANGIE.  $3.99. 

I am wearing it in this picture with a black pair of leggings from NY&Co for $5 from the store.  Also notice the purse to my left, a yellow bag by Report, purchased at Goodwill in the past several months for under $15.  And I can’t not mention the Rose colored sunglasses crowning my head.  Not Goodwill, but very worthy of a shout out.  Betsey Johnson from T.J. Maxx for 14.99.  And all my sunny sights will be rose colored from now on.  Happy girl.  Anyway, I am at the new frozen yogurt place in my hometown, where you pour your own froyo, mix in your own toppings (from strawberries to coconut to crushed butterfinger, etc.) and pay for the whole creation by weight.  I hope that no one ever tries to pay for me by weight.  It just wouldn’t feel right. 

I met my sister there with her three young ones after the oldest two tumbled around in gymnastics class for 3 hours.  And they still had energy to sprint race up and down the sidewalk afterwards.  It must have had something to do with the giant cup fulls of sugar we so willingly gave them. 

We also met my sister’s friend Tara there, whose daughter had on these:

Brand new imitation Tom’s for $6 from her local Goodwill.


And here is the happy owner herself.  I do think that picture says it all.

Another happy pair of feet, decked out in shiny pink birkenstocks just purchased that morning at Goodwill, and put on on the car ride home. 

And the other happy owner, my second niece, face covered in chocolate froyo. 

And lastly, my other niece’s new shorts, Hello Kitty.  I am fairly positive their could have been a pile of poop with hello kitty’s image emblazoned on top, and she would have taken it home.  Something about that little feline really gets those girls’ motors running.  She wore these shorts immediately after buying them to gymnastics that afternoon.  Making all the other little gymnasts jealous, I’m sure.  And don’t ask about the pose.  This was clearly the best way to get her whole body in the shot. 

Now no more documentation, but I did have a few more finds, including a miniature mannequin used to hold necklaces and earrings for $3, two books for $1.50 total, and a wall art plaque that reads:

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storms to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

A lot of wisdom to hang on my wall for just $2.  The older I get, the more those seemingly cliche phrases start to mean to me.  Dancing in the rain.  We really knew what we were doing when we were four and five.  I’m gonna be full of em by the time I’m…well, older.

Picture from a storm I got caught in while driving across the east coast from CT to TN.

So go, dance in the rain, and try to find some enjoyment from those storms you may be in.  And if you’re not, go find someone who is and help them dance.  And oh yeah, do some shopping at Goodwill while you’re at it, cause that is just good for everyone involved.