A Trip to The Goodwill Bins With a Few Fellow Bloggers

by Katy on May 1, 2011 · 7 comments

A second silverware basket was exactly what I needed.

Last Wednesday, I skipped the knitting group I’ve been starting to frequent, (not a huge sacrifice since I don’t actually knit) and joined up with my friend Sara of Go Gingham at The Goodwill Outlet store, A.K.A., “The Bins.” When Sara first proposed this pilgrimage, I was far from tempted. I have been to this Goodwill multiple times, and once had someone push my son to the floor in an effort to get first dibs at a bin that had just been brought to the floor. But it’s been years, and I figured I would give it another try, especially since I would be sans kids.

I have become insanely picky about what I bring into my home since starting my decluttering efforts, so I mostly just watched Sara and her blog readers pull their pay-by-the-pound goodies from the bins. However, I started to get in the spirit when I saw a new looking dish drain exactly like mine, from which I plucked the silverware basket. Okay, that’s practical, I can defend this purchase. I had been wanting a second one. I then came across a bin full of silverware. My son’s middle school is switching over from plastic silverware to reusable stuff, and asking for donations. So I pulled out all the cheap-o stainless steel forks I could find, (maybe 20?) and then found a nice Wilton brand frosting spreader. My younger son had specifically asked for one of these, as he’s in the midst of a Cake Boss obsession, and his birthday is coming up.

Sara found much more stuff to bring home, including a nicely matted, but awfully tacky print of a baby, still in its shrink wrap. She then explained to me that she bought it for the mat. When paying by the pound, these kind of purchases are crazy cheap!

In all I think I spent a little more than a dollar, which is actually a bit high for the Goodwill Outlet. But the silverware was kind of heavy. Nothing too exciting, but still a fun afternoon. Thanks, Sara!

Katy Wolk-Stanley

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


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Annie Jones May 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

What a neat idea, to pay by the pound. I don’t think any of our Goodwill stores do that around here.


Susan May 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I just got two REI convertible pants from Goodwill for under $10.


Sara Tetreault {at} Go Gingham dot com May 2, 2011 at 6:04 am

Katy! So glad you could join us! It’s always more fun to go to “The Bins” with friends and without kid-lets. When Goodwill Outlet Store shopping is a social event and you get inspired from your friends (and their ideas) it’s always a good reminder that frugality can be fun!


Terri May 2, 2011 at 11:44 am

I’m jealous.


Vicki May 3, 2011 at 10:48 am

I love Goodwill! I do most of the shopping for our family there, not that we can’t afford new, but because reused suits our values. And because we don’t buy new clothes, we can afford local food. 🙂

I just found your blog today and I’m really enjoying it. Thanks!


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