Monday, March 9, 2009

Get Thee To The Goodwill

I have blogged before about buying books at the Goodwill. That post was a little long and serious, though, so for those of you who didn't make it through the whole thing here's the gist. Books are .50 at the Goodwill. All books. None of the random pricing like they do for the glassware where florist vases, the bane of everyone's life, are apt to be $5.00. Cause you always need another one of those. And they are so hard to find.
One thing on our very short shopping list has been a blue striped t-shirt for Travis McGee. He has one that is approximately twenty years old and has a big rip across the shoulder. He loved it because, I assume, it was worn in just like he liked it. I loved it because he looked like Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief minus the kerchief. Or something like that. Anyway, he found one at the goodwill that was a fairly close approximation to his beloved and purchased it for $4. And it looks like this: See, even Lucille likes it. She loves a bargain because she knows we cut corners so she can enjoy the most expensive food money can buy to keep her coat glossy and her little toes as pink and unused to work as the day she was born.

The moral to this story is that if thrifting is not on your list, you might want to give it a try. There are good bargains to be had, people. My new Goodwill books include The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, a literary vampire novel (yes, it's possible to be both) that was just published in 2005 and a collection of Cheever short stories. We also got Travis McGee a french blue Tom James custom-made (for someone else obviously) dress shirt for $2.50 that fits like a glove. If you've never been thrifting, visit The Thrifty Chicks. They have got it on the ball on all things thriftworthy.


Anonymous said...

Please, please, please take me to the Goodwill the next time you go!! I just joined WW again and have nothing to wear. I refuse to buy one full price article of clothing until I get this flubber off my body.

Robynn's Ravings said...

Love Goodwill - in all its forms!

Robynn's Ravings said...

P.S. Travis McGee - Lovely job on the portrait of the Treehouse Chef!! If I ever sit for a portrait, would you paint ME with clavicles? Haven't seen them in years but something must be holding my shoulders up.

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