Goodwill, Badwill, Questionable-will — Barack Obama and The Creepy Survivalist

by Katy on May 23, 2014 · 7 comments

One thing I like about going to Goodwill is that you just never know what or who you’re going to run into.

For example, you might come across our Commander in Chief catching a wave:


Or Señor y Señora Maraca. ¡Hola! (Cómo se dice “googly eyes” en Español?)

Senor y Senora

But sometimes you simply come across the “World’s Greatest Mom.”

World's greatest mom


Of course, there are exceptions to the suburban PTA meeting types. For example, a certain Mr. Trapper Jim:

Trapper Jim

Need more detail? Here ya’ go!

Trapper Jim detail

Of course, not everyone at Goodwill fits the creepy survivalist mold. Mr Dumpty is anything but frightening. Well, except for his tendency towards self-harm.

Humpty Dumpty

There are so many famous people, you might want to bring your autograph book! Did you know Rosie O’Donnell was a “Friend of Barbie?” Must be some kind of euphemism I’ve never heard of.

Rosie O'Donnell

At this point you may be worried that all bearded men are to be feared, but such is not the case. Just check out this friendly fellow.

Hello, sir. Would you happen to have any Grey Poupon a match I could borrow?


And you all know that wherever Barack Obama is, Bill Clinton is sure to follow.

Bill Clinton

Wow, you just met up with a lot of people at Goodwill. You’ll definitely need a nap about now. Here’s a pretty image to send  you off to dreamland.

Just try not to think about the brown stuff splattered all over the front of the photo.

Trapper Jim detail

Katy Wolk-Stanley

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

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle May 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Is your family okay? I heard that the whole city of Portland has to boil their water. Yikes!


Katy May 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Yes, we boiled water yesterday, and I just kept a big kettle of boiled water on the stovetop. Luckily, it was just for a day.


Allison May 23, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Lol. I’ll take Trapper Jim over any of those other guys any day of the week and any place. Those guys were original minimalists…..use it up, wear it out, make do!


BethAnne May 23, 2014 at 6:46 pm

OH, I wish I’d been there for the Rosie doll! I really wanted her when that was released!


Bellen May 24, 2014 at 4:35 am

My first born, now 40, had the Humpty Dumpty lamp in blue in his nursery. Went with the toy/nursery rhyme theme. Never thought of it as being sort of ‘creepy’ until now – especially since he started to fall apart arm by leg after about 5 years 🙂


Katy May 24, 2014 at 6:10 pm

I actually think it’s sweet, but I was going for a creepy theme for the blog post. 😉



Mairsydoats May 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

Hey! I had a blue humpty dumpty lamp like that one. It seems odd looking back over 40 years, but I didn’t make my mom relocate it until I was an absurdly older child. 🙂


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