Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I Love Goodwill

I mean seriously. I really, really love it. Originally, it boiled down to love of a good deal. Let's face it, who doesn't get a warm fuzzy feeling when they land upon a really good deal? These days, that love comes at least partially from necessity: I just can't afford new clothes.

For any of you who don't know me personally, its been a rough couple of years for me, in a financial sense. I've lost two jobs (we won't go into that morass), and now work part time in a department store. Even with a great discount, sometimes its next to impossible to afford things like a new pair of jeans, which I have been needing desperately for awhile now; my last nice pair of jeans have been repaired many times and now I think are probably beyond repair. My favorite brand of jeans in the whole world are Silver Jeans. If you are familiar with them, you know Silvers don't come cheap. At $75+ a pair they are definitely out of my reach for right now.

So, off to Goodwill I went. I don't always find something that I like there, but I usually have pretty good luck. After digging through the racks, I'd found two plain Old Navy v-necks, nothing spectacular, but not too bad. I moved to the jeans, and it was one of those moments when you could hear angels singing. A pair of Silver Jeans. They didn't look like they had even been worn. I had to take a deep breath at this point, because who knew if they would even be the right size. Silver doesn't size their jeans the way other brands do, and I couldn't remember what size the pair I had at home was. These looked pretty close, so I grabbed them and a few other pairs to try on. I didn't want to get my hopes up too much. But it was definitely my lucky day. Out of the three pairs I picked up, they were the only ones that fit, and they were perfect. I'm not ashamed to say I did a little happy dance in the fitting room. How good my butt looks in those jeans probably contributed to the happy dance.

So for $4, I had my coveted jeans.

Oh, yeah, and I got some books. One of my other obsessions.

So, even though I have to shop there because I just can't afford anything else, I still get that thrill from getting a good deal and am still able to dress myself the way I like. Can't complain about that.

Sorry I have been such a slacker lately. Keep your eyes open coming up soon I'll have a few recipes for green tomatoes. We have inherited tons of them. My mom is also coming for a visit (YAY!!!), and we plan on doing some cooking, so watch for that too!


  1. Goodwill is a wonderful place to shop for jeans. It seems like people part with them much more easily than other pieces of clothing - could that really be true??? I have always seemed to have good luck with jeans and dress pants at Goodwill. CONGRATS and good for you for finding exactly what you wanted for a price you simply cannot beat.

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  2. Goodwill in any town is a great place to shop. Be proud that you were able to buy those jeans at a discount, unlike the person who bought them first. I compare it to buying a car. I never buy new.

    All the women I work with buy at thrift stores and resale shops. Nowadays no one wants to waste money and pay full retail. We all compete to see who can buy items the cheapest.

    One of my sister's has a job that pays a 6 figure income but she is raising 3 teenagers by herself. She has taught them all to buy thrift items. All of her suits come from thrift stores and no one would ever know. I was completely shocked when she did not know the popular name brands of jeans or purses or shoes, etc. A lot of the furniture in her house came from thrift stores and it looks better than my furniture that I paid high dollar for. She is wealthy and I admire her for maintaining her wealth by shopping thrifty and for teaching her children to do the same.

    The only other thing I do is shop the internet. I go to the store to find what I want and look for it used or new at a reduced price. Ebay and Amazon is great for that. Then if I buy direct from a department store, I search online for promo codes for big discounts. I have saved hundreds over the past few years buying like that.

    Keep up the good work!!
    Rosa Jones