Goodwill move their merchandise around, did you know that? Clothing dropped off at a Goodwill located in a well off side of town will likely be shipped to the poorer side. It makes sense if you think about it, only well(er) off people have clothing they don't need in decent enough shape to donate. So, moral of the story is that if you want to find good clothing and good furniture... drive to ghetto. Seriously. A friend of mine is a manager with them and he told me. That's why the Goodwill closest to me is so good, it's the only Goodwill in town with a furniture room so most of the furniture gets shipped there from others. Cool... and I don't live in the ghetto, but our Goodwill is between us and the ghetto.
Anyhow, I did find some stuff:
5 Williams and Sonoma dish towels and 5 matching dishrags. There were more in the store but they were not in good shape. The towels were 50 cents each and the rags were 25 cents. I have a small collection of red Williams and Sonoma products (apron, spatulas, measuring cups, etc.) Awesome find to add to my collection! :)
I also got another $1 down pillow:
Yum. Won't this look nice on the couch? No?
Yeah I'm rocking a friendship bracelet right now.
Yeah I know it's ugly, but it has a down pillow on the inside!
I read a tip a few months ago from the Nester I think... I can't remember. She mentioned that thrift stores are a great place to buy pillow inserts. It took me a while to understand what she meant since most are full of nasty baby vom covered ruffled pillows. Anyways, if you walk around the pillows and notice one that's still fluffy it's probably down. Then I take it down and gingerly sniff it (that's the scariest part). If it smells well enough then I unzip the pillow and see if it's got any weird stains all over it. If not then it goes in the cart!
Here are the covers of my recent pillow finds.
They look much nicer out of their covers.
Then, once you've brought them home and had a quality inspection of them...
... bundle them up tight until you can wash them in the washing machine. They might have bed bugs :( And make sure to dry them well too or they smell like wet dog.
It's a bit time consuming but getting them for $1 and cleaning them is much cheaper than buying them new for $20 a piece from west elm or something.
In short sale news: We don't have any good news, I'm feeling a bit sick at heart really. Bank is refusing to fix the HVAC, we can't buy the house per FHA rules unless it has heating and ventilation. Catch 22. We also aren't willing to sink $2500 into a house before buying it. So we'll probably walk. :( It's a good thing there isn't a Bank of America in Kentucky (the owning bank) or I might have torched it in my rage.