Goodwill, Badwill, Questionable-will — Getting Freaky With The Amish

by Katy on December 29, 2013 · 8 comments

Today’s Goodwill, Badwill, Questionable-will post will both delight and horrify. Okay, mostly horrify.

Like this one, where I am trying to mirror the facial expression on an unfortunate Goodwill doll. Do you see how one of her eyelids is swollen?! It’s molded that way. Someone actually designed a doll this way on purpose!

Little doll of horrors

Luckily, I can balance that photo with a selfie of me with a rare post-Goodwill Starbucks treat. Why did I take that photo? Because I am the proud owner of my husband’s hand-me-down iPhone, which includes a Starbucks app. (I’d never used it before, as my husband is the one who loads it with money.) I thought I would torture him he would enjoy seeing me spend his Starbucks credit. 😉

Starbucks thief

Because I am the nicest wife ever. Hey, at least I’m not stepping on his decapitated head!

Woman steps on decapitated head

Luckily, not everything at Goodwill is super disturbing. I was able to find not one, but two painted Mrs. Butterworth bottles for my mother’s Christmas gifts! (And you thought your mother was hard to shop for!)

Mrs. Butterworth

I was sorely tempted to buy this $25 vintage club chair, as it’s the exact twin of one I bought years ago. It’s a fabulously comfortable chair, and I love its clean lines, but I sadly left it behind. I have no need of another insanely heavy armchair. I kind of regret it though.

Sniff . . . 


I did not regret leaving this particular Goodwill goody behind though, as its . . . ahem . . . dimensions  gave me an uh-oh feeling. 

Amish back massager

I was compelled to snap a photo for my Instagram account, which brought this rather fantastic comment from an old college chum:

Freaky Amish

I love technology.

As much as I mock the wild, weird and wonderful selections to be found at my Portland area Goodwill stores, I would be lost without them. Hey, I just recently learned that they are a donation spot for e-cycling:

Goodwill e-cycles

Ahh, Goodwill. Will your wonders never cease!

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Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Carolyn December 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm

If someone gave me a sad doll, I’d give it away too.


Katy December 29, 2013 at 1:37 pm

But first you’d pose for pictures with it. Right? 😉



ilona December 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm

the interesting thing about the “head” statue is that the head is smiling but the owner of the foot is not … hmmmmm


PoppyEcho December 29, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I hadn’t noticed that! That really made me laugh.


Lori from Michigan December 30, 2013 at 4:27 am

Katy, you crack me up. Love these peculiar shopping trips of yours.


Patti December 31, 2013 at 7:27 am

Makes me want to go to Goodwill today!! Your posts always inspire me!


Van December 31, 2013 at 11:24 am

The eyes on that doll, aaah! This reminds me to get busy making “Things I Didn’t Buy” posts, hundreds of trips to play catch-up on 😉 haha.


Betsy (Eco-novice) January 1, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I love these posts. Now that I have MY husband’s hand-me-down smartphone, perhaps I’ll snap a few photos next time I’m thrifting.


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