Goodwill Finds for 11/22/08

Goodwill Finds for 11/22/08 - What I found shopping for bargains.
United States
November 22, 2008 8:27pm CST
One of my most frequented shops is the Goodwill store. There is always a good bargain to be found if only you take the time to look around. I have been looking for knitting needles in various sizes to replace my old ones. When I went shopping for them they were priced at $3.99 a pair. Way too much for my pocketbook. Today I found them at our local Goodwill for .79 cents a pair. What a bargain. I also picked up two old bottles that sold for .79 cents each. One is a Fletcher's Castoria bottle and I have found it on various sites selling for $3-$8.00. The other bottle is a FOSS' 2 oz LIQUID FRUIT FLAVORS. This was on ebay for a set of 3 bottles starting at $6. I have a few other old bottles that I have collected over the years so these 2 will be added to my collection. I usually drop by our local Goodwill store at least twice a week to see what they have for special sales. You never know when you'll find a good bargain.
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@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
23 Nov 08
I have to drive at least a half hour to the closest Goodwill store. I like old bottles as well. It seems that the one Goodwill store I go to knows what I might like and has them priced higher than what I am willing to spend.
@DiDeCo (50)
• Canada
23 Nov 08
Have you thought of talking it over with them? After all it is a goodwill shop where things are supposed to be at a reasonable price. Try to bargain with them. Leaving them there certainly isn't productive for them. As a matter of fact, it must be costly. For not only do the bottles pick up space that could be used for other things. If it doesn't get sold there is no advantage to having them there. Unfortunately, for you, if they have other people who are willing to pay the price then it is rather unfortunate.
@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I think the person who prices at that store has some idea what they would sell for in an antique store or on EBay. The items do sell. The other thing that I like to buy I believe is called panelled grapes. It is white milk glass, and I have fruit plates and glasses and compotes etc. in that pattern. I think they used to come as premiums in detergent or in oatmeal.
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@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
23 Nov 08
My gram got me into goodwill and thrift stores ! She was always there and finding the best of things . I like to go there for books, paintings , and you never know what you just might find . I found a really nice blue wing tip chair there and they gave it to me for 50 bucks and that sold in store few years ago for 300 ! I go there from time to time and even find cool decor there too
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• United States
25 Nov 08
The book prices are great! This is my main place to buy books. I never pay full price.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
23 Nov 08
We have the Salvation Army Store, we also have a Mission Center, but we don't have a Goodwill store. We have mostly religious places that aren't open as much as the Salvation Army. Good Will seems to have more variety. Wish we had one. I've never been to one.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
23 Nov 08
We don't have a goodwill around here.....but when I go see my friend in Wisconsin they have a wonderful one...and I have found tons of things there that I like. New things actually. Last year I got a bunch of brand new collectors snowman plates I used for gifts......don't tell anyone! LOL
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@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
23 Nov 08
we have a local thrift store called 'Bibles for Missions', staffed by volunteers, the money goes to just what the name of their store says. anyways, they always have really great prices and get new stuff in all the time. i try and go there every couple of weeks. lately, they have been selling antique stuff (i guess they got it from a dealer who couldnt sell it at their booth) i have gotten some really great stuff from there!
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Good job! I keep an out out at the Goodwill and Salvation Army for good deals, too. I'm always looking for yarn (no luck there lately), and will even look for afghans and such that are already made if they're in good shape and can be unraveled and used again. I bought some lace curtains some time ago, enough to frame both living room windows and I think I paid around $3-4 for them. Another visit brought me some real nice curtains that were perfect for my bedroom, and those were a bit more, maybe $8. I love my thrift stores!
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• United States
23 Nov 08
Goodwill in my area has had an increase in prices. My favortie store was Salvation Army but yeah you can find tresures at these stores everyday, right time I guess. Thanks for sharing your insights. Makes me think more about investing in these kinda of things.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov 08
Wow! You sound like my mum, she is forever finding bargains and she knows exactly what shops to go to, we have a lot of 99p shops here in the UK and you can pick up stuff there which you would have to pay double or even treble the price in the big supermarkets, for example I like lucozade power drinks for the gym to help me training as it has added caffeine in it to give me the extra push, well mum buys four for 99p! Yet in the supermarket they are 4 for £2.99!!!!! And both shops obviously make a profit, I thought that was so cute you saying pocketbook! We call them purses and wallets! Happy shopping my friend!
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
23 Nov 08
I need to go to mine to look around. It has been forever since I have been in the one in my town. They always have great stuff. I loved when I worked there I got a lot of nice things then.
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
23 Nov 08
Good Grief I need to move to the US. I have paid 7.99 for knitting needles, I am just left speachless lately. One of my friends told of how he bought a heater and paid peanuts compared to what the same thing would cost here. I asked for advice on what would be an appropriate dollar figure for a wedding gift and some of the answers were very interesting, now you tell me you can buy knitting needles for 3.99 WOW. You did of course make a wise choice and good for you that you have a local Goodwill store. You bennifit and so does someone else. I would just love to find some crochet hooks in stainless steel. The only stainless steel crochet hooks you can get here are the tiny tiny ones only good for cotton. I will need to check out Ebay thanks for mentioning ebay, one never knows. Thanks
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
23 Nov 08
there isn't any around where I live, I sometimes go to the dollar store and I pick up my items there.
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@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
23 Nov 08
I call that treasure hunting. It can be so much fun. Its almost as much fun as going to the flea market and garage sales. Happy hunting.
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@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
23 Nov 08
That is wonderful. I have been there a few times myself. I found some good deals for my daughter mainly at the time though.
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
I love to rumage through these places, I have bought a few things to sell on Ebay but I haven't been doing Ebay for awhile but some things I have found have been such good bargains i just had to buy them...i had a lot of toys stocked up which I was a little sorry i had bought but they were like new but they did come in handy a couple of weeks ago, i was introduced to a single mother who was a friend of a friend and her little boy had nothing so the toys i had bought came to good use, I piled them all into a big bag and took them to this little boy...the joy on his face was worth a million dollars... I call that recycling to bring happiness...