Goodwill Hunting   2 comments

This morning I went out with a friend to go bargain hunting at thrift shops around Phoenix. There are a lot of these stores in town. People give their unwanted STUFF to the thrift store which turns around and resells it for about 1/10 of its current retail value as a new item. While you can’t always find what you want, you can usually find interesting stuff, and frankly, I don’t know why anyone would ever buy clothing new from a department store again. It is kind of like treasure hunting, only I’m not using a x-marked map or a metal detector, just my own keen instinct for a good deal when I see one.

So . . . we visited 3 stores–it took about 3 hours. My friend bought stuff in two stores, and I bought about $9 worth in the third. Her purchases weren’t very exciting to me, and I don’t think she was thrilled with the stuff I picked up, but that’s what makes it fun. Different strokes for different folks, and so on and so on and shooby dooby doo-beeee!

Anyway, I got a few pictures of the expedition, and thought I’d show you what passes for treasure when I go out hunting.

I like to take selfies that are unusual reflections of me. I really liked this faux metallic goblet, but have absolutely no use for it in my house, so I didn't buy it. Can you see my distorted image in it?

I like to take selfies that are unusual reflections of me. I really liked this faux metallic goblet, but have absolutely no use for it in my house, so I didn’t buy it. Can you see my distorted image in it?

The next bunch of pictures is all knick-knackery that I thought was cool–just not quite cool enough to actually buy and take home to an apartment already full of way too much junk. This is kitschy stuff–I am such a lowbrow.

This store in Glendale had all kinds of stuff that tickled my fancy, but didn't quite get me to break open my wallet.

This store in Glendale had all kinds of stuff that tickled my fancy, but didn’t quite get me to break open my wallet.

Porcelain bobble-head Uncle Sam. He reminds me of old pictures of President Andrew jackson.

Porcelain bobble-head Uncle Sam. He reminds me of old pictures of President Andrew jackson.

Buccaneer with pet monkey carrying off a lot of treasure.

Buccaneer with pet monkey carrying off a lot of treasure.

Painted porcelain snail. The other side of his shell features flowers and butterflies.

Painted porcelain snail. The other side of his shell features flowers and butterflies.

Princess Ariel in human form and the kitty. Only, this kitty is for collection coins--a kitty bank instead of a piggy bank.

Princess Ariel in human form and the kitty. Only, this kitty is for collecting coins–a kitty bank instead of a piggy bank.

Cute stuff, don’t you think? But none of it has any place in a manly man’s house. (ha!)

So what did I buy? A dozen plastic shirt-hangers for $1, a new light-weight belt to hold my pants up, and the three items shown in the picture below.

Here I am with my trasure finds of the day--none of which cost over $3.

Here I am with my trasure finds of the day–none of which cost over $3.

I have been playing Risk for more than 40 years now, but I’ve never owned the game. Got this one for $1.99.  My 23 year-old son has never played Risk. Gonna teach him the game before the day is over.

I have never been a fan of twinkly vampires and I did not read the Twilight series when it was popular, but this media tie-in game comes in a tin box worth the $2.50 price by itself.  If all else fails, I can wash it out and use it as a cookie container. The game board design shown on the back also looks interesting.

And lastly, another baseball cap, but not just any cap. This one has Jack from Jack-in-the-Box on it. I have never seen a Jack baseball cap before, and it is like new. Worth $1 for it? You bet! As an unregenerate fan of junk food, how could I pass up to show my allegiance to jaunty Jack? I couldn’t.

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If you’ve ever gone Goodwill hunting, why not leave a comment?

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Posted February 13, 2015 by atroll in Uncategorized

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  1. I’m a dedicated Goodwill hunter! I have a couple of routes that let me hit either two, two, or four Goodwill outlets, and a Salvation Army thrift shop. The GW shops in the Portland area are really well run and organized. Stuff goes on sale after it has been there a few weeks (color coded tags) then it goes into bins in these giant warehouses where it sells by the pound.

    I don’t get clothes there too often, but after losing weight I probably should make a point of donating my baggy old stuff and picking up some slenderer duds.

    Most often I get books, household stuff, and sometime computer or A/V cables.

    Once in a great while I’ll find an old Avalon Hill wargame, or OTHER GAME set, or some other role playing game item. A couple of years back I hit the mother load and got a stack of wargames, barely used.

  2. I don’t often stop in anymore but I have had some great finds — occasionally books, but also some games. I got a set of the Milton Bradley “BattleMasters” (a decent game with over a hundred nice GW minis) for $2 once, some SPI games i’ve nver heard of, and tons of videos to watch with my daughter — The Dark Crystal, various Disney titles, and whatnot. I will buy clothes (but not shoes!) at thrift stores too.

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