Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Yay Goodwill!!

Today I got my first fall paycheck from my teaching gig, and I celebrated it with a whirlwind shopping trip - to the Goodwill. I know that sounds pitiful. I should be celebrating with a trip to the mall or lunch with the girls at a shee-shee bistro. But instead I celebrate the return of bi-weekly paychecks by digging through second-hand clothes.

The truth is, I've made it a rule that my discretionary clothing (clothing I want but don't necessarily need) should either be handmade or purchased secondhand. Even better is when I make them myself using fabric repurposed from secondhand clothes.

And I don't really shop at Goodwill that often. I prefer finding my secondhand clothes at church rummage sales, where they are priced MUCH lower. How sad is it that I think of Goodwill as being "expensive"? When the same shirt you can find at a rummage sale for a dollar costs $3.50, that's more than 3 times the cost. But rummage sales are only here and there and not open for shopping on a random Wednesday morning, so it's off the Goodwill for me today.

I did pretty well, even with the inflated Goodwill prices. I walked in to see a sign that the green colored tags were all buy one, get one free. Woohoo!!! I grabbed up a handful of men's polos and long-sleeved tees with exactly that color tag.

And then I took a stroll through the women's clothing. I snagged up a pair of embroidered chambray drawstring lounge pants for $1.55, a pair of stretch khaki cords for $3.75, and a long-sleeved tee in one my most favorite color combinations - gray and yellow.

Total cost for my shopping spree was $13.85. Yay Goodwill and happy paycheck day to me!!

Sorry - no pics of my haul. I had planned to lay it all out and snap some photos, but the pieces have already all migrated to various project stacks and laundry piles.



Chris said...

There is a certain high one obtains when finding great deals. Congrats. What a great way to "celebrate".

ElegantSnobbery said...

Ha! Sounds like my kind of paycheck spending! After living next door to a Savers, there's just no going back to department store/mall shopping for me!!

Awesome celebration!!

Denise Felton said...

You rock so hard. I can't wait to see what you make out of your finds.

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crafty geordi said...

Your post made me laugh. I never pay retail, even at the thrift store! I always shop the 50% off days at the Salvation Army. I even furnished my new house with S.A. half off furniture.

Kat said...

I love GoodWill! Here I thought ours was the only one that has ridiculous prices!!! I stalk the isles for books and clothes I can re-purpose...oh..and our Joannes donates to GW so sometimes I can get YARDS of fabric for pennies!!! Ahhhh I love second hand stuff! :)