1. I don’t thrift with children. I’ve done that before, and my children fall out of carts and land on their heads.
2. I don’t thrift on 50% off days or any other “special” days.
3. I don’t do Grand Openings.
And I most certainly never EVER EVER EVER:
4. thrift within 48 hours of Halloween. Because I mean business when I shop, and those frat dudes searching for bridesmaid dresses just get in my way and make me crabby.
But then I heard about a new Goodwill opening up here in Indy, and because I’m a glutton for punishment and it being ugly sweater season and all, I decided to load up the boys head out to the new store.
You guys, it was magical, and I’m not just saying that. I mean, it was completely crowded and I may of hyperventilated a few times, but we totally came home with a huge bag treasures, for only a few bucks.
When I shop secondhand, I always go through the store in a particular order.
Home goods and furniture are always first. I quickly search for vintage pyrex, milk glass, and any other interesting type of mid century serving pieces.
On this particular trip, I found my mouth hanging open at the selection of milk glass and pyrex. I did witness a tragedy of epic proportions when a little kid with butterfingers dropped a small pyrex bowl on the concrete floor. I think I audibly gasped and had my own little moment of silence right there in the middle of the chaos.
Plus, I was just glad it wasn’t my kid. Bringing Gage down the glass isle is exactly like letting a bull run wild in a china shop.
My big home goods find was a vintage Bake a Round glass tube, complete with original box and instructions. I’m going to try to fire it up later this week, I’ll let you know how that goes.
Next I hit up the women’s sweaters to see if I can find anything ugly or anything anthro-esque. I did walk away with 5 Christmas sweaters and yes, one sweater (in my size) that I know was sold at Anthro two seasons ago. I’m on the fence if it’s really my style or not, but picked it up anyway and figure I’ll just give it to a friend if I decide against it.
Since I had Gage with me, we hit up the toys next. We found this old school Schilling kids accordion buried deep in the plastic wasteland, and even though I have even more rules about toys that make sounds and how they’re not allowed to enter my house, we threw it in the cart anyway. Because it was far too cool not to.
You guys, I’m changing my grandma ways. Rules are dumb, and this store proved me all wrong. Friends, you can find good stuff on opening day. And you can thrift shop with kids in tow, especially if you bribe them with as many suckers as they can suck.
Goodwill in Avon, Indiana? We will be back.
Got any burning thrifting questions for me? I’d love to try and answer them. While I’m no expert, I do have a ton of junky hours tucked under my belt.
*I was gifted a small Goodwill gift card as a thank you for attending opening day. I spent it, spent it all! Like a moth to a flame, you cannot keep me away from other people’s cast-offs.