Shopping & Thrifting

Goodwill Goods, Grimaces, and Giddiness

If you have read our blog for the past year or so, there’s one thing you know. Goodwill + Katie B + me (+ John with video camera) = all kinds of ridiculousness. This time we literally ran around the store supermarket-sweep-style and tossed things that we thought were cool into our cart.

Then in the name of keeping it real, we made a one-take-only video about everything that we found. No cuts. No corrections. John just pressed record and we jabbered on. So much so that we had to break up the video across both of our blogs since we went on (and on). You can check out the first half of it over here and the second half over on Katie’s blog. So to answer the obvious question: no, we don’t know what our malfunction is. And yes, we get weird pretty much as soon as John presses record. So think of us not as two adults/mothers but as two giddy girls who can’t help themselves. Tweens may get hyper over Edward and Jacob, but we’re like that for Goodwill.

A few things to note:

Oh and for those who can’t watch the vid (although it has a lot more items/ideas than these pics we snapped at the last second) here are just a few photos of some of the things we found. First we have this ceramic urn/vase thing, which we decided would look cute in a little vignette on a dresser/buffet/cabinet with this colorful stack of books next to it (Katie took the shiny book jackets off to reveal the soft beach-glass-colored bindings underneath). A few rice bowls on top and a white ceramic owl completed our little make-believe arrangement.

And because the back of that shelf looked less than charming, we held up some fabric (a dress that we thought could be converted into a pillow with a little sewing) to make a backdrop.

Here’s a wide shot to keep it real. Haha. I’d say it looks about 99% less chaotic in the shot above, huh?

Here’s another example of an inexpensive item of clothing that you can use for a house-project. This 99 cent dress could easily be made into a sweet little pillow.

Katie found this gorgeous giant coffee table book for just $2.50. It could be left open on a table to showcase one of the stunning photos inside.

We also had fun poking around in the sporting goods section, where they had an old racket and some colorful croquet mallets. We thought they could be fun hung on a wall in a collection – maybe in a kids room or a den/rec room with frames and other objects among the grouping.

Katie also found this little ceramic Napoleon. He needed a bit of cleaning up, but was in great shape (one of my tips is to put hydrogen peroxide on an old toothbrush and scrub anything that’s white & ceramic to brighten it up).

This ornate jewelry box was $2.90, and if the nautical/anchor details aren’t your thing, you could always unscrew the glass pane (it easily detaches from the  back) and cover it with fabric or decorative paper for a completely new look.

A few more finds were a giant queen sheet with polka dots for $1.91 that could be made into cute little placemats, a runner, pillows, etc. And the wood dish on the left would be nice for serving things like pistachios or using in a craft room to contain buttons, thread, ribbons, and other small odds and ends (change, keys, the list goes on and on).

I’ve had this weird obsession with the idea of collecting little Easter tchotchkes and spraying them each a fun modern color (teal, lime, bright yellow) and putting them on a table or mantel for a modern take on something a little more traditional/campy. In the end, it’s still a bunny wearing a hat, but in a solid modern color, it could look pretty fun.

This cheap yellow basket (77 cents, yo) would be great for silverware and napkins that you might bring outside for a patio or picnic scenario – or in a bathroom with hand towels and soaps in it. You could even stick a clear glass vase in it and use it to hold a bouquet of flowers or a bunch of leafy branches.

I actually got this guy – a bright green serving dish (for 99 cents) that could work for setting out cheese or snacks for guests (or as a place to put soaps in a bathroom).

We also dug up a bone-looking (it was really plastic) toothbrush holder that would make a great vase (the holes in the top could serve as a “frog” for keeping those blooms in check – or you could just take off the top and use it as a traditional vase). And this preppy ceramic cup with a pink background and brown repeating dogs was kinda cute (99 cents). Might be fun in a home office with a bunch of pens and pencils inside.

This large metal bowl was two bucks and it was another item I purchased. I thought spraying it a bright color (like red!) could be fun – and you could use it to store almost anything (it might tame a bunch of ribbon that has been sitting in a heap on a shelf in the closet where we keep our gift-wrapping stuff).

We also thought these lightweight woven trays could make for some awesome wall art. Either kept au naturale and hung on a single nail each, or sprayed a fun color like robin’s egg blue or a soft metallic gold.

And this giant Crate & Barrel popcorn bowl for $4.94 could make for a fun gift. Just take it home, wash it out, and fill it with popcorn, a soda, and a video or gift card for one.

I also got these guys (they were a dollar twenty). I’m a sucker from homemade pottery (ceramics was my favorite class in high school) and the pop of blue in each container totally called my name. I thought the creamer could be a fun makeshift vase for a single bloom and the sugar holder could actually hold sugar cubes (or something we use all the time, like tea bags) on the counter.

Here are some suitcases that we found – one for $1.91 that could make for awesome storage if it was tucked under a side table or coffee table, and a shiny new $2 one that could look cute in a kids room full of small toys or art supplies (it could even work as a sweet little lunchbox).

And then there was this. And yes, we bought it for our cousin who went to Georgia Tech. Couldn’t. Resist. The. Cheesiness. Upon further reflection, I totally should not have held that Goodwill tissue up to my nose. Although I haven’t gotten sick yet, so it probably boosted my immunity tenfold. I’m like a cockroach now. Can’t take me down.

As for what I ended up buying (some of which I called out above) I got:

While we’re on the Goodwill subject, what treasures have you found there or at other places of the like? Any favorite things to find there (for me it’s probably cute dishes/bowls/plates and kid stuff that I can adapt for Clara). Come on, it’s Thursday morning. Let’s gab about thrift store scores.

Psssst- If you’re in the mood to watch some other terrible KB + SP = gigglefest videos, here’s one, here’s another, here’s yet another, here’s one more, here’s another one, and here’s another one, here’s another one, and here’s one more. That’s a lot of giggling.



Window Shopping: Around The World (Market)

We’re doing our best to keep our word to those who have requested more window shopping posts, so we decided to keep the fun going by hitting up World Market (and taking you with us). For those who remember these things, we just stroll around a store (we’ve done big chains, small local shops, and even random little stores that we find while road-tripping) and take photos of all of the things we love. Not for compensation or anything – these sprees are just for fun. So let’s all go skipping through World Market together, shall we?

First there were the pretty drinking glasses that were the reason for our visit (we got a few green and blue ones a few years back, but realized we didn’t have enough to fully set the table for bigger gatherings, so we grabbed three more green ones and three more blue ones).

At $2.99 a pop they rival some pricier versions we’ve seen at Sur La Table and Anthropologie, and we love that they come in four colors (blue, green, purple, and clear).

These nested dishes were $7.99 for the set of three, and I loved how they looked like they went together but weren’t completely matchy-matchy. They would look so pretty with little snacks like candy and nuts set out on a table (and could make a really sweet hostess gift).

These pretty butterfly bowls didn’t feel too saccharine (no glitter or bubble gum pink) so they were sort of sciene-y and cool. I thought a bunch of them would have looked sweet stacked on our open shelves, but I somehow resisted.

There were also these awesome colorful bowls that once again went together without feeling too matchy. Instead of buying all turquoise or all yellow I think it would be fun to get a few different colors and stack them on an open shelf or in a glass fronted cabinet – like the stack on the right of this pic:

But somehow I left the store without them. Might have to go back. Haha.

There were also butterfly mugs as well as pretty ceramic coffee cups with those handy rubber lids and bands that can be reused again and again. I also thought one of these could make a sweet gift for a coffee drinker.

These $14.99 tea kettles were fun and colorful too:

I thought these $9.99 cast iron trivets were really intricate looking and I loved the bold colors.  Not only could they protect counters or tables from hot dishes, but they’d also look really cool hanging in a grouping on a kitchen wall (you know, like how you might hang a group of plates for some graphic interest).

I was straight up charmed by this $9.99 ceramic container. Isn’t it retro and sweet? Might be great on a counter for holding anything from cookies to flour.

This $29.99 compost container was also pretty old-school sweet. We just use a white bowl for our scraps between trips out to the compost bin in our yard, but a charcoal filter would definitely be an upgrade.

These magnetic spice containers were fun, especially the turquoise one in the middle of the stainless steel cluster.

While this isn’t exactly decor-related, this Orange Blossom cream soda had our mouths watering. And if you were hosting something at your place or attending a little get-together, it might be a fun thing to pick up just because they feel special and less common than a six-pack of Coke. Update: Just learned this stuff’s alcoholic (we assumed it was like how birch beer is really soda). Still sounds delicious though!

These worldly turquoise and royal blue bathroom vessels (the thing on the left is a soap dish and the thing on the right could be for cotton balls or q-tips) were really pretty and I think the price was good (forgot to take a picture to capture it, boo!).

This funny little whale soap dish was $6.99, and I thought it could add some nice whimsy to a serious bathroom (maybe something with navy walls and a bit of a grown-up nautical theme, just to show people that you don’t take yourself too seriously).

These grilling planks are meant for… grilling. But they could be fun to use in a bathroom with a glass dome over them to create a little cloche – or even just as a place to put soaps and stuff for a natural look by the sink. Sort of like the soap display in this post.

These $3.99 glass knobs would look really pretty as the new hardware in a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room (we actually used something similar in our laundry room last year).

This giraffe hook was $9.99 and I loved the bright color. Wouldn’t he be cute in a kid’s room or a mudroom for backpacks and jackets?

This sparked a little DIY idea so I thought I’d share the pic. If you have a frame that you could paint and then remove the glass, you could then add some burlap and a few hooks that you could twist into the frame backing to hold your jewelry. I especially loved how ornate the frames were and how simple the small hooks were (which could probably be found at a craft store).

These pretty open weave baskets caught my eye as a great place for anything from kids toys to books or magazines next to the sofa. They weren’t cheap (I think the biggest one was $34) but they seem like one of those things where you’d buy them and use them for years and really love that they’re a little more special than a plain old neutral-toned basket.

This tin pendant was $69.99 and I loved the bronze exterior with the happy turquoise interior – and all the little cutouts looked like they’d toss such pretty shadows around a room. I also thought it could spark a fun DIY idea (if you already have a pendant, you could paint the inside or outside of the metal with a bright color to punch things up). Just be sure the bulb doesn’t touch the paint (it shouldn’t ever do that anyway) and that the heat from the light has enough room to escape to keep the lamp from getting too hot (again, it should be made so there’s not a worry about this).

The winner for the item I was most in love with was this guy (so of course I got home and realized this picture was blurry- figures!). I was head over heels in love with this red, blue, white, and brown curtain panel. Perhaps because we’re loving our red patio chairs with our blue hydrangeas these days?

They also had them in an ochre, gray, charcoal, and white color scheme, which are also really cool.

Speaking of colors, their collection of bold storage baskets in nearly every color of the rainbow is always fun to stare at. I like to stand there and think “someday my linen closet will be full of these guys.” Someday…

Oh and although it’s going to be a while until Clara’s third birthday, these fun containers did catch my eye as a cool idea for party favors (you could get them in any color and stuff them with whatever pertains to your party theme). Even using the red ones to wrap small Christmas gifts and lining them up on your mantel or sticking them into a few stockings could be fun.

They even had adirondack chairs (and we all know how we feel about those!). These white and blue ones were a bit smaller than ours, but at $99 each they were priced to move!

So that’s what we found on our whirlwind World Market trip. Have you guys been window-shopping lately? What caught your eye? Any favorites from the items we shared above?

Psst- Once again for the people in the back, we weren’t paid or perked for this post, I just like taking you guys shopping with me. Check out all of our other Window Shopping sprees (both here in Richmond and on the road, in big box stores or small local shops) here.