Thrifty Thursday at Goodwill

Once again it’s Thrifty Thursday.  This week  I went to two Goodwill stores (Myrtle Beach and Carolina Forest) and both were packed full of shoppers putting together Halloween costumes. I also attended a Health Fair today at the Palmetto Goodwill Community Service Center.  It was a very informative event especially with me being new to the area.  Goodwill does so many amazing things for the community. I’m more than happy to support Goodwill Industries by shopping and donating!

I love things to help keep me organized.  I found this Buckhead Betties closet organizer for $3.93. It has 6 cubbies.  I’m not sure if I’ll use it in my sewing room or for clothing/accessories.

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I love the bright stripes.  It definitely has a beachy vibe.

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It’s in like new condition and will just need a little pressing on the sides.

All t-shirts are just $2.49 at my local Goodwill stores.  I’ve been scoping out the orange ones for a while now waiting for a nice Clemson one and today was the day.

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This one was brand new and it’s embroidered, not screened!  Now, do I leave it as a t-shirt or refashion it into something else?

My favorite find this week is this Old Navy Floral Trench for $3.99.  It almost makes me want the weather to cool down………ALMOST.

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I hate to rush the season, but I’m anxious to start getting ready for Christmas and this book caught my eye.

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It’s a collection of stories, recipes, and holiday tips from The Farmer’s Wife magazine, which was published from 1893 to 1939.  Books at Goodwill are just $1.29.

Of course I had a few 10% off coupons to use from recent donations to make the prices even less and Goodwill stores in South Carolina are tax-free.  What did you find this week at Goodwill?

 

 

Halloween Decor from Goodwill

Happy Thrifty Thursday!  This week I stumbled upon some retired Partylite décor at Goodwill.  The Pumpkin Patch Refillable Holders were sold by Partylite in 2009 and retailed for $18.95 each.  Goodwill price $4.94 and there were two of them.

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Not only are they perfect for Halloween, but I plan to enjoy them through Thanksgiving.

I also grabbed this Partylite Scarecrow which is actually a reed diffuser also for $4.94.  All three of these came from the Carolina Forest Goodwill location and were in their original boxes.

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Before I left Virginia this summer, I purchased a pair of Partylite Halloween Luminaries for only $1.25 each from the Colonial Heights Goodwill.

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Goodwill is the perfect place to find autumn décor.  Baskets, mason jars, owl figurines, pottery, lanterns, frames, cake stands, and candle holders are all items that can readily be found at Goodwill and are ideal for this time of year.  Personally I’m keeping my eyes out for orange, green, and yellow Fiesta Ware and vintage 70’s Pyrex in the same colors.

Are any of you planning on making a Halloween costume with clothing from Goodwill?  Here’s an inspirational Pinterest board from the Goodwill Valleys area.

I’d love to hear about your Goodwill Halloween finds!

 

 

Thirty Second Thrift Score

There’s nothing like walking into a Goodwill and BAM there it is, the item that is waiting just for you.  This happened to me yesterday at the Myrtle Beach Goodwill.  In less than thirty seconds, including trying them on, these were mine.

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Dansko clogs for $4.99.  These retail for around $120.  I used a 10% off donation coupon making my cost only $4.49.

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They are in excellent condition as in I can’t even tell if they’ve been worn or not. Can you believe I Got It At Goodwill?

So Long September

Wow, where did September go?  I can’t believe we are already in the heart of autumn.  This is one of my favorite times of the year!  Today I went to two different Goodwill stores and both had gorgeous displays featuring fall colors, fashions, and home décor.  Trendy, Thrifty, Now has a nice feature on the season’s top colors that you may want to check out. I came home with just two items, both from the Carolina Forest Goodwill.

Worthington Brown Short Sleeve Lightweight Jacket (JCPenney) Retail $36.00 – Goodwill $3.99 (new)

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This is ideal for fall in South Carolina. Not too heavy, perfect for layering, and just the right color.

Pretty Little Purses and Pouches $1.29

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I was happy to find this book that’s filled with instructions to make 29 different purses, my favorite things to make! Hopefully I’ll have a follow-up post on this book in the near future. I’m getting back into sewing, even though my craft room still isn’t unpacked yet.

Last week my Mom taught me how to make fabric pumpkins, and we spent an afternoon making a whole patch of pumpkins.  (The fabric to make these was all purchased secondhand.)  I’ll keep these out right through Thanksgiving.

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As promised, here’s a picture of my filled K-Cup carousel.  It’s perfect for my kitchen. I enjoyed a cup this morning along with some banana nut bread.  The house smelled soooo good. I just love autumn!  Don’t you?

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Welcome Back to Got It At Goodwill

It’s been a l-o-n-g time!  A lot has changed over the past nine months, but one thing that hasn’t is that I’m still shopping at Goodwill.  This summer I relocated to coastal South Carolina, an area I have loved for years.  Moving is always an adjustment and I’m still getting settled in, unpacking, and exploring all there is to do in the area. Thanks to everyone who has checked on me over the past few months.  I’ve been wanting to get back to regular posting for quite a while so why not just jump back in with a Thrifty Thursday post.  Here are a few of my thrifty finds…

New Apt 9 Geometric Ponte Peplum Top with Leather Trim Retail $40 (Target) – Goodwill $3.99

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New Decree Military Camo Vest Retail $40 (JC Penney) – Goodwill $3.99

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K-Cup Carousel (used) Retail $24.99 – Goodwill $3.70  / New Calphalon Fork Retail $6.99 – Goodwill $1.43 Housewares were 25% off this week. (The carousel is in excellent condition, but the picture looks horrible from the light glare. I promise an updated photo when I get it set up in the kitchen!)

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Books and bags are hard to resist! The 9th Girl $1.29 and a new ‘The Metropolitan’ cross body hard wallet $.99 

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My favorite item this week is the K-Cup carousel, which should free up some space in my cupboard! Can you believe I Got It At Goodwill?

Say Goodbye To Survival Mode

I am so happy to be a part of the launch team for Crystal Paine’s newest book Say Goodbye To Survival Mode. I’ve been a long-time follower of her blog Money Saving Mom. Crystal has taught me how to coupon, budget, plan meals, set goals, and “be a better home economist”. I’ve also read her other books The Money Saving Mom’s Budget and 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life. While I’ve never met Crystal, I feel like she is a friend and my personal ‘life coach’. She is smart, strong, passionate, and most of all….encouraging. If you are feeling worn-out, stressed, unmotivated, and like you are just going through the motions of day-to-day living, this book is waiting for you.

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I just finished a review copy of the book and I’m already putting it into action. I’m feeling rested, less stressed, healthier, and excited to get out of bed each morning. We are in the process of getting ready to move several states away and it’s a big undertaking considering I’m such a pack-rat and obviously a thrift-store addict. (Recently I have cut way back on my thrifting which is why my posts have been scarce!) Unlike Crystal I have a hard time getting rid of things, especially sentimental things. I am using her strategies to down-size and right-size. While I’ll never be a minimalist, I’m striving to have a simpler lifestyle. “Either you control the clutter or the clutter will control you.”

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I’m continually working on time management since I commute and work full-time, but I am prioritizing and making things simpler on the home front. I’m identifying and cutting back on time suckers like watching television and social media sites. I’m establishing routines. I’m changing bad habits and starting good habits. Small steps turn into big strides that will turn into milestones!

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If you feel like you are stuck in survival mode, I urge you to start with Crystal’s FREE Say Goodbye To Survival Mode 7-Day Challenge. You will receive a daily e-mail message and task to complete. You can sign-up at Money Saving Mom.

 

You can pre-order the book which will be released on January 21st.

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Are YOU ready?  When you pre-order the book you also get over $125 in freebies and discounts.

 

Old El Paso Review and Giveaway

Disclosure:  The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Thanks to General Mills and MyBlogSpark, I recently had the opportunity to try a new Old El Paso Frozen Entrée Meal For Two.  I absolutely love Mexican food and I’ve purchased Old El Paso products for many years so I was thrilled to be selected.  I chose the Chicken Fajitas, one of my favorite Mexican dishes.

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It was perfect for a quick dinner after an exhausting day at work, only taking about 15 minutes to prepare. Dinner was on the table at 5:30!  I pulled out my skillet and poured the bag in.   You can see the roasted onions, red peppers, green peppers, and chicken – full of flavor.

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While the entrée was cooking in the skillet,  I warmed a can of pinto beans, a can of Mexican-style corn, and made some quick nachos (chips, salsa, cheese) in the oven.

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Dinner was quick, easy, nutritious, and delicious! It definitely had an authentic savory Mexican flavor.  I will serve this again and plan to try the other Old El Paso Frozen Entrée selections.  There are eight in all: Shredded Beef Burritos, Chicken Burritos, Steak Quesadillas, Chicken Quesadillas, Shredded Beef Enchiladas, Chicken Enchiladas, Steak Fajitas, and Chicken Fajitas.  To learn more about the products visit the Old El Paso website.

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GIVEAWAY:  One lucky Got It At Goodwill reader will win a coupon for a FREE Old El Paso Frozen Entrée, a serving platter, and a $10 VISA card.

To enter: Leave a comment on this post with which of the new Old El Paso Frozen Entrée for Two selections you would like to try.  Limit one entry per person.  Open to US residents only. One winner will be randomly selected and notified by email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.   Got It At Goodwill is not responsible for prize fulfillment.  The giveaway ends on Friday, November 22nd at 8pm.

Blazer Refashion

On a recent afternoon of thrifting I came across this vintage blazer.  I loved the variety of colors and the price.  It was only $1.00. It would look great with jeans.  What I didn’t like was the size.  It was a six.  Way, way, way too small for me.  The story of my thrifting life.

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I had put it back on the rack, but I was drawn back to these buttons, a pearly purple shade.  Three buttons for a dollar…..purchase justified.

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I planned on cutting off the buttons and tossing the rest, but the fabric was great quality so I decided to hold on to it.  Today I pulled it out and started cutting.

Using the back panel I made a fold-over clutch featuring one of those lovely buttons.  I lined it with a purple chambray.

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I turned the sleeves into an infinity scarf and made floral embellishments using the remaining buttons.

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The scarf is thick and will be perfect when the weather turns cool.  I plan on styling it with a solid color t-shirt and denim jacket.

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I love my thrifty new accessories and I still have some fabric left!

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Inspiration From The Farm

Let me start by saying this did NOT come from Goodwill.

Darby Mack Designs - Surf's Up

Darby Mack Designs – Surf’s Up

I was blessed to have won this camera bag in a giveaway hosted by Warthan Farms Photography. Jennifer allowed me to choose any bag from the Darby Mack Designs collection that I wanted.  It was one big, tough decision. They all looked amazing! The quality of the fabric is perfect.  I will have this bag for many, many years to come.  I’m already in love with it and it just arrived today.  It holds so much…my camera, a few lenses, and even my laptop.  There are outside pockets and inside pockets too.  It comes with a padded insert to protect my photography gear.  I love the details, even the smallest ones.

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I chose this particular bag because it had both handles and a cross-body strap and these lovely purse feet which will hopefully help me to keep it clean.  Oh, and it’s beachy!

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If you are working on your wish list, you might want to let Santa know about Darby Mack Designs.

I met Jennifer last month when I took one of her Beginnings Workshop classes at her farm in Waverly, Virginia.  As a beginner, the class was ideal for me and introduced me the basics of photography and how to take my camera off the automatic setting.  In one afternoon I learned what all those buttons and dials on my camera were for, how to shoot in manual, and how to capture a beautiful photograph. I’ve let her know several times how amazed I am that I’m now able to take a great photograph without using a flash.

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She holds all of her Workshops at her studio, a cozy country cottage on her family’s farm.  If you love antiques, quilts, tasty food, and everything country ~ this is the perfect fit for you.  All of her Workshops include a practice session where she gives you the opportunity to shoot photos out on the farm, cotton fields and all.

I’m looking forward to purchasing some editing software in the future and then I want to take one of Jennifer’s full weekend Farmgirl Workshops.  All of her classes are small so she has time to work with you individually and answer all of your questions, no matter how silly you think they are.  She also offers individual mentoring sessions and portfolio reviews.  I hope you’ll see a continuous improvement in the photos here at Got It At Goodwill.

Please take a moment to check out her blog as well as information about her upcoming Workshops.  Be sure to tell her that I sent you by.

 

 

Fall Bucket List

Happy First Day of Autumn!  I’m officially ready for fall now that I am back from my summer vacation at Myrtle Beach.  It was a wonderful week,  simply perfect. There’s just something about the warm salty breeze at the shore. It’s so refreshing, healing, and relaxing. It’s been less than 24 hours, and I’m missing this already.

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But now we’re on to autumn, one of my favorite seasons. I love the colors, scents, and tastes! This morning we picked up some pumpkins for the front stoop and I’ve got my Fall Bucket List ready so here we go…

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(1) Try out three new recipes. One made with apples, one with pumpkins, and a soup.  Do you have something good to share?  Please leave me a comment.

(2) Make an autumn craft project.  I really need something for my front door, maybe a wreath? Last fall I made these 3 pillows.

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(3) Go to a fall festival.  They are abundant this time of year!

(4) Go back to the beach.  Plans are already in the works.

(5) Declutter, declutter, declutter.  Some things are headed to the trash, some items I’ll sell, and some of my things will be donated to Goodwill.  I have a goal of a minimum of 5 items a day out of the house starting today.

(6) Purchase a new (to me) fall outfit from Goodwill.

(7) Go to Starbucks or McDonald’s for a Pumpkin Spice Latte or better yet, make my own at home.  Surely there’s a Pinterest recipe out there.

(8) Head out for dinner and a flu shot with my husband.  It’s an annual date night event for us.

(9) Read three books.  It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s often hard to squeeze in time to read.  Any recommendations for me?

(10)  Watch It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Have you made your Fall Bucket List yet?

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