Has someone already been credited with inventing the word “thriftourist”? If not, I’m claiming it as mine.
We were in Oxford, Mississippi for a wedding, and I needed to go to a third thrift store as part of The Silver Experiment. So I took some time in the morning to visit the Goodwill.
I have to say, I was a bit apprehensive about visiting this location. The Google reviews on the location are (as of May 2019) more bad than good. There are some reviews saying that items get re-priced higher at the register, associates are rude, or the store is dirty. But I decided to give it a go.
I was pleased to see that the interior looked clean and organized.
One thing I did notice right away was that the prices did seem a bit higher. However, I also noticed that this goodwill seems to be more selective about what they put on the sales floor than some other Goodwill stores do. In particular, I noticed that they only had purses and handbags that were in excellent condition.
This piece of pottery struck my eye. But I’m ok, it didn’t hurt that much (*canned laughter*). I wonder who made it?
Ah, the well known master potter, George.
I like this bird. I think it’s a pheasant. If a pheasant is aesthetically pleasing, does that make it… a pleasant pheasant? (*more canned laughter*) I’m going to hang onto this guy for a bit, see how I feel in a few minutes.
Remember our discussion of depression glass? Well, since then there was a 70s revival of the look. This piece looks like it could be from the 30s…
but no! Copyright 1978.
Now this… THIS… is actually really ugly, but it was manufactured by Indiana Glass. Some people collect it.
This’d be great for pour over:
My guess is that someone was grieving Leonard Nimoy. But then moved on before the painting was done.
This is actually a canvas, not a “white board”. And it’s priced way too high.
Why doesn’t this pineapple bell ring?
Oh, because it’s a music box that plays O Come Let us Adore Him. Because that makes sense.
I feel important just looking at these chairs. I feel like they’d work well in Ron Burgundy’s mahogany library with his leather bound books.
My boy goes through shoes like Kleenex, but I’ve had And1 shoes blow open at the toe before, so I passed on them.
Now these are nice boys dress shoes.
I already have “nice casual” shoes for the boy that he’s wearing this weekend, but these are really nice. They’re a half size too big for the boy. I texted Husbandman. He reminded me that we don’t go to enough dressy events to warrant buying them, because by the time we go to another wedding he will have outgrown them.
Now it’s Public Service Announcement time.
One, Husbandman helps me think logically about purchases when I need it. Two, this was a stewardship moment.
I often buy items for my kids that will fit in 6 months to a year. But they’re items I know they’ll use on a regular basis, like shirts, jeans, or coats. But buying something to put up in the closet so that my kid might it use once, maybe, if it still fits, isn’t really good stewardship of funds.
There’s a great book called Let it Go by Peter Walsh, that is meant to help people downsize after a big life event. One of the things he says is that an item has to be “worthy” to enter your home:
Are you tempted to haul in dad’s like-new sump pump because the old model chugging away in your basement will probably wear out in a few years? Want to stash a nice rug away in your closet because your daughter is searching for a home with lots of hardwood floors?
…Items are worthy because they’re useful right now. If you don’t have a specific plan to use them now — or at most in the next few months — then they’re not really useful, are they?”Peter Walsh, Let it Go: Downsizing Your Way to a RICHER, HAPPIER LIFE
So that being said, which is the better option:
- Buying the handsome shoes and having them up in the closet until the next wedding (probably in a year, tbh), only to have them not fit, OR
- Leaving them so someone who needs wedding shoes for her son right now can buy them.
In this instance, I chose number 2.
Obligatory shots of brands name clothing. Because that’s the bloggy thing to do.
But I did find one thing from my ongoing list. A raincoat for one of my girls! It’s “water resistant” rather than waterproof, but seeing as we don’t go for long walks in the pouring rain, it will work. $6.41. Very reasonable.
This was a pretty nice little Goodwill. It wouldn’t be the one I’d want to go to most often; I prefer the larger stores, even if they’re less well-curated. I think one of the things I was reminded of on this trip was that Google reviews are often posted by the outliers, i.e. people who are either SO MAD or SO HAPPY about wherever it is they went, they just had to go and post a review.