July 23, 2012

Only in the south: 10 Bucks for a Buck

While visiting my parents recently, my mom and I stopped in at one of her favorite hang-outs: the local Goodwill. We’ve been shopping at Goodwill (or as we sometimes refer to it, GW Boutique) for as long as I can remember. I'm not opposed to retail shopping, but I prefer thrifting. When I do shop retail, it's usually because I've scored some amazing coupons to help save money. Before my hometown got a Goodwill store of its own, we’d make regular treks to the next closest location, about 50 miles down the road.

Some people travel to sightsee or gain cultural experiences. My family travels for thrift shops. You’ve heard of people will innate extrasensory perception? I believe my family has that for thrift shops, junk stores, estate sales and flea markets. My mom even sniffed out a Goodwill while we were in the quaint hamlet of Franklin, Tennessee recently. Yes, we stopped. It was $.99 day, after all.

When I saw the lovely latch hook rug (pictured above), I couldn’t help but share it here on the old blog. Latch hook is one of the under-appreciated crafts, I think…based on the amount of time and effort that goes into creating them. I tried doing one as a gift for a friend years ago and never actually finished it (sorry Rach).

The deer one above probably took many hours to complete and I’m sure someone loved him very much. Hopefully he won’t have to live at GW for very long before another proud owner takes him home.

Have you found any thrifty treasures lately? Do tell!


  1. I had friends in SC who shopped at GW all the time...we got our goods from an influential part of Charlotte. MS has discovered the benefits from shopping thriftly...he recently bought about 14 name-brand items fro $35! He was so proud of himself!

  2. I browse on occasion but never find much of anything at the ones near me. I tried to do the latch hook one time and didn't finish it either.

  3. Bwahahaha!! That's awesome. GW is certainly full of treasures, isn't it?

  4. We go to SE Florida every year and I love their thrift shops! This has been my best year so far. We popped into a Habitat for Humanity re-store one afternoon and I discovered a beautiful pair of slipper chairs exactly like I'd been looking for for a couple of years. Not only were they the perfect design, they were upholstered in fabric that co-ordinated perfectly with my existing furniture! Upon inspection, we discovered that they were made in Hickory, N.C. (A rare find these days...) They had been marked down, but that day, there was an additional 25% off any furniture purchases. SOLD!! :)


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