Shopping at Goodwill

@Kowgirl (3490)
United States
May 19, 2009 10:13am CST
I find some great things at the Goodwill outlet in Sanford, Fl. Last year I purchased a "Precious Pink" dish for under $2 which is a rare depression glass dish. It is worth $195 at an antique store. Just recently a friend found a picture of the "Red Socks" team when they were called the "Red Stockings" and each player had signed it with their name just below their faces. He paid only $1.98 for it. We haven't yet been able to get a price on it but one dealer says it could be very rare because there weren't many pictures of the team ever put into circulation and the signatures alone are worth quiet a lot. He said it could be up in the thousands of dollars if not more. Do you ever look for these kind of treasures in a Goodwill store? Do you ever shop in a Goodwill store?
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@Barbietre (1439)
• United States
20 May 09
I went to one today and was shocked atbhow overpriced things were. from now on I am sticking with freeecycle and craigslist. At least then I do not have to waste gas to see I am not going to buy things. I saw a bedroom set there for $1300, come on this is used!
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@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
22 May 09
Was it antique? It may have been solid wood which is hard to find unless you have your bedroom set made. I have one in storage that was crafted in South Carolina almost 40 years ago and it still looks quiet new. Good reliable furniture is hard to find now days.
@Barbietre (1439)
• United States
23 May 09
The people shopping in a place like that are not looking to spend alot of money. If they were looking for real antiques there are plenty of antique stores around. When I owned a bridal shop girls would come in a try and sell thei USED bridal gown to me at for $400 when they paid $600 for it. As a retailer I could buy NEW things at wholesale for less than half of what they paid, why would I buy something not only used, but also altered , when I could order a new one is any size I like for less. Antique is still old, it only has value if someone is willing to pay for it. And those antique road shows are a farce, take an "antique" into an antique dealer and see how little they will really give you for it.
@CatGods (4588)
• United States
19 May 09
The only thrift store in my town is the Salvation Army. Since they have remodeled their store, they have jacked up the prices sky high. Especially any thing of value. I guess they feel why should you be able to buy it from them and be able to make a profit on it when they can make all of the profit for themselves. I would love to find some good deals like you and the other posters have stated. I could use to make a few dollars.
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@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
19 May 09
Oh my! That happens when they get someone who knows when an item is an antique and worth a few more dollars. We don't have a Salvation Army store here but I used to go to one in Kissimmee, Florida. Found a few items that were worth more than they charged. My problem is I don't like to part with the items I purchase.
@CatGods (4588)
• United States
19 May 09
I like to go to thrift stores, yard/garage sales and so on to find things that I can re-sell online and make a profit. The closest town to where I live is 20 miles one way. And that town is about the size of this one. Yeah I live in farmland U.S.A. I kind of envy you finding those really very nice treasures for cheap cheap cheap. But who knows, maybe there is hope for me yet.
@txgrl21 (819)
• United States
19 May 09
HI Kowgirl! I love going to thrift stores! You always find neat stuff that most people think is just crap. Another good way to find antiques is at garage sales or estate sales. People practically give away valuable stuff every day without knowing. Happy MyLotting!
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@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
21 May 09
I don't get to many garage sales. But I passed a new thrift store yesterday that I am going to check out Friday. They had some old looking furniture outside. I would like to find another table with the funny looking legs with claw feet. I think it was made back in the late 1800s. Never know what you might find at these places.
@txgrl21 (819)
• United States
21 May 09
I was watching the Antiques Roadshow the other day and some lady had an old table that her mother gave to her and she had bought it in the early 1900's. It turned out to be worth between 250,000 and 350,000 and the guy even said that if they had taken better care underneath it would have been woth another 100,000. Good luck and I hope you hit the jackpot! Happy MyLotting!
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@youema (11)
• United States
20 May 09
I love goodwill! It's the only thrift store in my area. I find most of my sons jeans there for $5. You can't beat that especially when he puts a hole in them in a couple of weeks.
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@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
21 May 09
Yesterday I purchased my son (who is a welder) some t-shirts. He goes through them so fast it's hard to keep him in shirts. Today I'm going to look for some crystal and some candles for my sconce. For some reason I have shopping fever this week. What gets me is some of their clothing still have store tags on them. 3 of the 4 t-shirts I found still had store tags on them. The children's clothes here are much cheaper. The mens and ladies jeans are only $3.69 and they have a half off color tag sale every week.
@stahir45 (103)
• Pakistan
20 May 09
Thanks for breaking a very good idea of shopping at Goodwill. Sometime before my friend told me that we can get some priceless stuff if we go and visit a goodwill store. I will certainly make it a try. In our country are are many such stores and we can get very cheap items there.
@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
21 May 09
Guess it true what they(whomever they are?)say that "One mans trash is another mans treasure." Some people don't like "old" stuff but I sure do. Got an antique desk at an estate sale that is worth hundreds more than what I paid for it. It even had the key to the "secret" drawer.
• United States
20 May 09
Hi Kowgirl:) You know, it's funny but I've never even thought of looking for things like that at Goodwill or the Salvation Army. I love to go to those stores and look around, mainly for books and I just never took time to look at old glass pieces and pictures etc... I just always assumed that the people who work there whould weed out the stuff like that and sell it for high amounts to dealers etc. I'm definately going to keep an eye out for good finds in the future. Oh yeah!
@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
21 May 09
I have found some good items in these stores. Got a pack of old baseball cards that were still in plastic. Have to check them out soon to see what they are worth.
@eweible (15)
• United States
20 May 09
I LOVE Goodwill. I do tons of vintage shopping and have found some of my favorite treasures there. they have sooo many things, its incredible. you should also check out goodwill outlets because the goodwill retail stores only keep things for about a week tops.
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@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
22 May 09
Where do you find an outlet? The one I go to is also a drop-off place. I don't think their sales people know too much about depression glass or of anything that may be valuable. They just consider it old and worthless..
• Lubbock, Texas
20 May 09
Cool finds! I do shop at Goodwill and other second hand stores also, but I usually don't find much of anything valuable. I do find good bargains on what I'm looking for though. I once bought a necklace of rice shaped mother of pearl beads for .50. It would have cost me several times that much to buy the beads, if I could even find them.
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@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
22 May 09
I have yet to check out the jewelry in this store but I have found some vintage pieces in the one I used to go to in Orlando and Kissimmee. I got a nice pair of emerald tear drop earrings and gave them to my friend on her birthday.Yeah, they were the real McCoy. The stores there are much bigger than the one here in Sanford.
@cher913 (25837)
• Canada
19 May 09
i love shopping at thrift stores. i have a favourite one that i quite often get old stuff there. i once got a loving cup for $2- and there was a sticker on the bottom that said $95-! so i guess i got a good deal. i also like garage sales, sometimes you can luck out there too. i once got a set of vintage children's blocks that i saw on ebay for $30-!
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@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
19 May 09
I found a Liz Claiborne purse that still had the price tag on it and still had the paper stuffing in it for $2.99. The tag read $54.99 and that was a sale price. It had been marked down from $79.99. I just had to buy it even though I really didn't need another purse, I couldn't resist such a bargain.
@Rtlsnk316 (1197)
• Mexico
19 May 09
That's so cool, I usually look for things at swap meets in my area, sometimes I keep finding things at my house that were practically buried for some time. I'll check any Goodwill store near by, I hope to have good luck just like you.
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@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
19 May 09
I may have to look for some more thrift stores and swap meets here. I haven't seen any swap meets but I have seen plenty of small thrift stores I haven't been in, yet.