The other day before I headed off to a little work assignment, I popped into Goodwill. I am fond of my little neighborhood Goodwill thrift store (just a mile away) and am on chatting basis with many of the staff. Now I don’t know if it’s my imagination or not, but it seems to be getting harder for me to find things to buy. I am lucky if I find one thing to buy on a visit.
Here were my “almost finds” the other day:
- I spotted two Lladro Christmas bell ornaments dated 1994 and 1995. They were priced at $9.99 each. I did some quick research in the store and despite the Lladro name they aren’t worth more than that. I put them back on the shelf.
- I found a cool wooden box with vintage poker chips and cards…but alas it was a 2014 made-in-china repro. 😦
- I spotted a 1968 original painting of yellow fruit but I didn’t think it was appealing or good enough…or bad enough to be good, if you know what I mean!
- I found a nice crystal high-ball glass with an unknown acid-etched maker’s mark on the bottom and I was all set to buy but while waiting in the check out line I found a rough spot on the glass. I put it back.
And there it was. Thirty minutes looking and in the end I walked out without buying anything. That’s the part of this biz that most people never think about…the hours spent rooting around for stuff that yields little or no fruit!
Between the damaged goods, lack of vintage things and higher prices, my Goodwill has become a challenging picking spot, and it’s made me wonder if my “Goodwill find days” are over. But then I looked at some of my sales this month and realized a number of things that sold were fairly recent Goodwill finds (except for the quirky blue bird…I’ve had him for a while!).
I bought these four items for a total of $28.00 or so and sold them for $151. After subtracting the cost and fees, I will clear about $115. Not a huge amount, but not terrible either.
Perhaps I won’t write off Goodwill just yet…but thank goodness for estate sales, yard sales and rummage sales. 🙂
What’s your favorite spot to pick??