Thrifting Finds & Tips (part two)

I thought I would go into more detail about the Goodwill Outlet today since many of you seemed so intrigued yesterday. As luck would have it, my 9AM appointment flaked on me yesterday morning so I had time to hit up the Outlet before my next appointment. Was this destiny? I think yes.So this is what the Goodwill Outlet looks like from the outside. (If you follow me oninstagram you would have seen this yesterday morning.)

And this is what it looks like inside. The big blue bins are what you dig through. They are rotated throughout the day. Look out when the guys are wheeling them into the area. My butt was once clipped by one.

I’m so happy my 9AM decided to sleep in instead of answering their door because I had the Outlet score of my lifetime yesterday. Oh my goodness. Even Brad was impressed with my find. I cannot wait to share it with you. (Don’t worry, the client finally woke up and called me to reschedule. Their child will not go without therapy this week.)

Let’s move on to some more of my thrifty finds.I found this vintage Glasbake mixing bowl last spring at Goodwill for $3.99, which is a steal because a comparable bowl was listed for $35 on Etsy when I did a search at the time. I absolutely LOVE the color of the bowl. We use it to store and display our non-refrigerator vegetables in our kitchen.

I have a thing for vintage kitchen bowls. The clear mixing bowl is Fire King. The milk glass mixing bowl doesn’t have a stamp on the bottom so I don’t know that maker. It doesn’t matter though, I still love it.

I also have a thing for hobnail milk glass, as seen in this post. Yes, I purposely bought 3 of these vases. I also have a larger version of them.

I also own 3 of these same exact vases. Yes, 3. Did I forget to tell you that I’m actually an 85 year old woman who hoards vintage knick knacks?

Here’s some unsolicited advice for you:  buy alstroemerias (the flowers in the vase above). They are cheap and last up to 2 weeks with little upkeep. I buy mine at Kroger for $4 a bundle. Be sure to read the display date before you buy though. I bought these yesterday and the display date read 5/8/12 so I know that they’re pretty fresh.

I do have some pricier thrift store finds. These vintage Fenton hobnail milk glass pieces were found by my best friend in Chicago. They were slightly more expensive because they’re Fenton. I think the candlesticks were $12 and the candy dish was $7.

I hope you enjoyed this short thrifting series. My best advice for you is to go often and have fun with it. Thrifting is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

If you’ve never been in or seen a Goodwill Outlet, what do you think?
Are you a closeted old lady hoarder like me?

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  1. I am so intrigued by the Goodwill outlet! And jealous you have 3 of them! I love milk glass somuch, and vintage Pyrex! Goodwill has my heart. I definitely have an old lady trapped in my body 🙂

  2. I’m so inspired by this blog. I used to stop in Goodwill on occasion, but I’m going to make it a weekly thing now! Also, garage sale season is coming, so I’ll be hittin’ those up, too!

  3. I have them same love for Milk glass and just picked up 2 amazing candy dishes to coordinate with my cake stand that is handed down from my great grand mother. Its just so pretty!

  4. i have my grandma’s old fire king 8 cup measuring cup/mixing bowl. it’s my favorite. 🙂

  5. I collected so much milk glass for our wedding reception and I’m bummed that I let it go to my planner afterward. I was too lazy to even *think* about what to do with it after the fact so I gave it to her as a “tip” hahaha

  6. Thank you for sharing! We have a Goodwill Outlet about a mile from us and I have never ventured in – I think i will finally check it out this weekend.

  7. I am SOOOO envious of those vintage mixing bowls…ok, and the milk glass, and the hobnail…so pretty much like all of it. But seriously, those bowls make me want to cry. I am in LOVE with that aqua bowl.
    I kinda wish there was a Goodwill Outlet nearby. Although I’m not sure I’d know where to start.

  8. I love that mixing bowl! How awesome! I wish I was more patient with Goodwill, but I’m a “browser” and just wait for things to pop out at me.

  9. Great finds!! And yes come to Richmond next year for Homearama! We will be your guides!! 🙂

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  10. i never even knew there WAS a goodwill outlet! that place is amazing, and looks overwhelming at the same time! i can’t wait to see your awesome find!!

  11. I love the bowls. That aqua one is beautiful. I would be a hoarder but my kids take care of the surplus so no problem there 🙂

  12. Following you from Kelly’s Korner Blog hop. Love that you are so thrifty, it makes my whole world spin a little easier knowing I got a bargain 🙂
    Follow back …

  13. Which Goodwill Outlet Indianapolis location do you visit? I’m new to Indianapolis and have been wanting to check one out and three locations come up. They’re all pretty much the same distance from me just in different directions, so I was wondering which is the best to check out? thank you!

  14. My house is full of white hobnail vases and Peruvian lillies from the grocery store!

  15. Billy Nage says:

    I would love to be able to find the Blue Glasbake bowl you found. I have the Mixer that goes with that bowl and I haven’t been able to find one that matches. Consider selling it to me? It would be in a loving home where I would treasure it forever.

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