Shop 1 is a regular Goodwill with regular prices. Shop 2 is our As-Is center, where the prices are deeply discounted. It brings in items from 15 area Goodwill's that don't sell on the first try in the regular retail shops.
I digress. I had just about an hour before I needed to be at the meeting point to pick my older two kids up from school. I could explain why there is a meeting point, but really, I would simply be digressing and getting off point.
I decided that if I spent 20 minutes at Goodwill, and 20 minutes at Dollar Tree, with a 5 minute drive between Goodwill and Dollar Tree, I could get to the meeting point on time.
I am SO glad I stopped in. My first stop was the As-Is center, looking for sweaters and whatever else I could find to use for crafts. I found a gorgeous Angora mix pale pink sweater. It was too small for me, but would make a soft, warm hat for my niece Alex for Christmas.
I also found a stool, brand new with tags from Target on it. The original Goodwill tag said $19.99, but because that side is a discount side, I got it for $3.29! It did have a crack on one of the spindles between the legs, but a little glue, and some weight on it for a night, and the crack is glued together nice and tight.
Better yet, when I looked the stool up at Target.com, I found that a 2-pack retails for $99.99! I got 1 for $3.29! I love it, too.
On the other side, I found a few small things, nothing big. A tub for craft storage for $.99, a Christmas coffee mug to send my Grandpa in Florida, and a Garfield mug from McDonalds from back in the 80's.
As I stood in line, I saw a big gold basket with what looked like craft items in it, all taped shut. I left my cart in line, and looked for a moment. It was marked $2.99, and I could see wire garland, wooden objects, and tea light candles in it. I decided to hedge my bets, and grab it.
I figured at the very least, I would use the basket for Christmas. It's painted metallic gold with some glitter on it.
When I got home, I realized just what a treasure I found. It was packed down with all sorts of craft items.
3 Christmas Frame Ornaments, retail $.99 ea
1 Bag Sparkly Pom Poms, retail $2.99
10 Assorted Wooden Spring Clips, retail $1.49 ea
An assortment of partially finished & unfinished wooden objetcs
Handful of unburned Tea Lights
1 Gold Glitter Basket, retail $4.97
1 Wooden Trinket Box, retail $1.49
1 Bow Maker, with original instructions
1 Wire Garland, retail $1.00
I am so excited with my find!
To give you an idea on the size of the basket, I used it for our Family Movie Night Christmas gift. It has 2 1-Liter bottles of Jolly Rancher Soda (1 red, 1 green), 5 movies, 2 bags of candy, 1 jar of unpopped popcorn, and 1 popcorn seasoning. It's a BIG basket! I want to add a big bow to the front of it, though.
If I were to have bought all the craft supplies full price, and the stool full price, it would have cost me at least $80. Instead, I got all of it for under $10!
For those of you out there who don't check out Goodwill for the good deals, you should start!!