Goodwill Hunting

This weekend I did some hunting at my local Goodwill stores.  I visited one in Central Square of Cambridge, and another in Davis Square, Sommerville. The first I decided to walk the 2 miles to, the other, I told myself it was going to rain and took the subway.

Since I have written about the ‘thrill of thrifting’ before, I thought it fun to post some of my recent finds.  I’m getting ready to move into a new apartment that has more space, better bones, and is only a few blocks away.  The fact of moving, combined with a recent gifted subscription to the magazine Traditional Home has me itching with the redecorating bug. And what better way to redecorate then by sifting through your local Goodwill? I know, rational progression of idea to solution.

My main goal was to find a few glass vases. I only have pottery vessels (not complaining) but there is nothing better to stage with than glass. Plus, with spring in full bloom, I need somewhere to put all these flowers.  The Goodwill in Central Sq has shelves full of assorted glass vessels ranging from 1.99-3.99$.

A happy assortment of glass. Tall open vase for stacking fruit, low wide bowl for flower bunches cut short, 2 skinny necks for single flower arrangements, and tall vase with curves for twig assortment

I also found one other, useful piece of glass. What’s the point of baking if you can’t show it off?

Glass dome, $3.99. Oatmeal raisin cookies from recipe under oatmeal lid- very good. Plate is from set I made at Dartmouth.

A random, small find was 4 teak, wooden slabs that could be anything from butter dishes to incense holders.  I, however, am going to call it a Dinglehopper.  Just kidding- a candle holder.

I know wood isn't the smartest thing to contain a fire, especially since wood is usually soaked with oils... but they were only 99 cents a piece!

A spur of the moment buy was what looks to be a small pseudo, apothecary. It’s only about 2ft tall, but should be perfect for containing and organizing all my craft odds and ends like markers, pens, thread bobbins, etc. The woods a little worn so I might spray paint the whole thing white, baskets and all.  The paint will protect the wicker too.

Cost was $7.99, which is a little high for Goodwill but well worth it. However, I did not appreciate the fact that whoever put the sticker on, left a surprise on the bottom. They must have been very adamant about their $7.99 because they put about 20 price tags on the bottom.

Last, but not least- is quite the conversation piece. I found this buried on the bottom shelf, the multicolored wood pieces snatching my attention. For a second, I almost didn’t buy it purely because I feared it may be cursed. Then I got a grip on reality and remembered that Mayan curses weren’t real, and that this piece was most likely Polynesian.

10" diameter, $5.99. The fundamental appeal to me is an appreciation of the amount of labor that must have went into cutting all those little pieces. I tend to directly correlate success in art with hard work, but have since been informed that art should be spontaneous and unrestricted. To each their own.

And of course with any shopping trip, there is always that one regret.  Either, ‘What was I thinking- why did I buy this?’ or ‘I wish I would have bought it, and now it’s probably gone.’  Or maybe this is a private dialogue that I share with no one.  Anyways, I regret not buying an F&M basket with leather straps and wicker in perfect condition. It was only $4.99, but at the time I did not know what the F&M plastered on the side represented, nor what I’d use a basket for.  Now I realize it would be great for staging books, or quite literally using as a basket- and that F&M is a fabulous store in the UK that builds custom baskets.

So, in the end, I really don’t need any of these things, nor to be spending money- but the money goes to a good cause and people who need it more, and my home redecorating itch is scratched. I must take care not to be a pack rat and must buy in moderation, but I tell you, I really wish I would have bought that basket…

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