Goodwill Outlet Finds

by Katy on July 12, 2017 · 26 comments

I met up with my new friend Sarah for a morning of thrifting at the Goodwill Outlet. We enjoyed wonderful conversation and our shared love of thrifting. Here’s what I bought:

  • A Hartstone brand mug that matches the ones I use at home. I’m ridiculously obsessed with these mugs which are the perfect size and thickness. Many of them of kind of ugly, but I’m a fan of form over function when it comes to my hot caffeinated beverages. This one wasn’t so ugly.

  • a Pyrex measuring cup. I’ve been keeping an eye out for a four cup size for awhile, and this one looked almost new.

  • A $2 bent wood stool in the same finish as my husband’s armchair. We’d been borrowing the exact one from my son’s room as a spot to set a coffee mug, so I’d been keeping an eye out for an extra. The top was sort of gummy, but it cleaned up quite nicely. This should solve the problem where I pass by my husband’s chair and invariably kick over this coffee.

  • A booklet about “Agates of the Oregon Coast” for my geology obsessed sister. A vintage booklet about how to make potholders for the same sister, as the graphics were to die for. Plus . . .  potholders! Both are now packaged up and ready to be taken to the post office.

  • An official Chivas soccer jersey to sell on eBay.

  • A Bodum glass coffee press. I’ll sell this as well.

  • A wonderful antique 8 X 10 photo of high school or young collegiate athletes. I’ll likely list this on eBay after giving it a spot of research and then fawning over these likely long gone handsome fellas.

  • Two blank books.

  • One reusable nylon shopping bag that folds up into its own pouch. Perfect for keeping in the glove compartment of the car.

  • I probably bought something else, but I need to clean myself up so I can visit with my friend who just had a baby.

Total cost?

A little more than $10! Considering that those mugs alone sell for $20 apiece, I made some major scores.

Now, off to snuggle a baby!

Katy Wolk-Stanley

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

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane July 12, 2017 at 8:51 am

Here’s a Facebook group dedicated to reuniting lost photos with their family members: . The Genealogical Forum of Oregon (headquartered in Portland) also might be of help: , or the Oregon Historical Society:

You also can post it on sites such as DeadFred and Ancient Faces .


Karen July 12, 2017 at 9:22 am

Great finds, Katy! I adore Goodwill. The one nearest our home provides me with awesome stationery from the UK and Europe. I am grateful for whoever gave this great stuff up, as I love to write letters. I also find vintage pottery, McCoy etc there, so I always enter this GW as if I am beginning a treasure hunt. Last time there, I snagged an adorable pot with kid in the kitchen area. I didn’t know its function but for 1.99 had to have it. I did research online and found it’s probably 45+ years old, and a French pâté pot. eBay ones sell for quite a bit, but I like this one so much I can’t part with it! It fits perfectly with the French goodies I have in my kitchen. Yay, Goodwill!


Karen July 12, 2017 at 9:52 am

Pot with lid, not kid My kids are grown, so I am not looking for more!


Mary July 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Too funny!


Jennifer July 12, 2017 at 10:51 am

I love my 4 cup Pyrex. I even drink soup and eat cereal out of it which of course makes it a kitchen tool with multiple functions.


Marcia July 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm

We visit the Corning Ware factory a couple times a year (three hours away and when we pass it on the Thruway, we have to stop)—in their cafe, they use the Pyrex measuring cups to serve chili, soups, etc. in. The cafe itself has quite good food, so if it’s near mealtime, we often eat there as well. You can get great deals in their shop if you happen to need something they are overstocked on at that point in time. I got a wine carafe that I love for $3 once after admiring my daughter’s, which was considerably more than that! It’s like the Goodwill-great deals if they happen to have what you need when you’re there. My current “everyday dishes”–which are clear glass—cost me $20 for 8 place settings when they were new. Which was 20 years ago, probably.


Sarah. July 12, 2017 at 12:22 pm

It looks like you got some great finds that will net you more than you spent. I like that kind of deal.

I recently broke my 2 cup pyrex (glass) measuring cup and almost replaced it for $2 at our local thrift shop this week. I decided to wait because they often have sales (especially in the summer) and I thought that I might get it for 70% off next week (not that it would be there, those things sell fast). When I got home, I took a closer look at the mason jars that I recently was gifted (love freecyle) and noticed that two of them have measurements on them for 1/4 cups (up to 2 cups). My 4 cup pyrex dish is lonely but my wallet is happier and the jar serves a dual purpose for me.


Mairsydoats July 17, 2017 at 7:21 am

Also, if you have a smaller 8 oz mason jar (I use them alot for jam, as a pint of jam is tooooo much for just me), you can eyeball quarter and half cups on it, since you know it’s a cup measure. (half-inch from the top is a cup).


Sandra July 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm

Good thrifting, Katy. Oh, and thanks for sharing about selling the chairs. I had wondered how that turned out.

I stopped by a local thrift store after my dentist appointment today to find that they are doing away with pricing by item and going to category pricing. I did find two mugs for 10 cents each in red, white and blue motif, good for the rest of summer. I can’t tell yet whether I am going to like the new pricing or not. Right off hand it looked like prices were up by about 20%, but there were some sales, too.


Joanie July 12, 2017 at 1:33 pm

That picture is certainly interesting. It evokes Princeton in the ’20s or ’30s (looking at the style of the man in the suit).
Too bad they left the broom in the picture. (Unless it’s that sport where they use a broom.)
Let us know what you find out.


The One Income Dollar July 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Yes- I too am quite interested to know what happens with this photo!


Krystal July 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm



Beth Ann July 13, 2017 at 5:35 am



Joanie July 13, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Princeton does have a curling club.


Katy July 13, 2017 at 6:23 pm

However, I don’t think the broom is supposed to be in the photo, as it’s set to the side of the paint backdrop. If they wanted it in the photo it would be closer. Also I deciphered that Freedom, Wyo and “T.E. Robinson” are hand written on the back. There are no college beginning with the letter “P” near there though. Would be a long journey from Princeton, NJ before air travel.

Katy July 13, 2017 at 8:55 am

I vote for this!


Joanie July 13, 2017 at 7:03 pm

OK, I’m going to stop thinking about this, but I did Google that information and found a Portland connection. An obituary came up for a man in Freedom, Wyo., who had a brother named Dr. T.E. Robinson and a sister who lived in Portland.


Mairsydoats July 17, 2017 at 7:24 am

Whoa, you are GOOOD. I’ve been going through and identifying misc unmarked family photos with my mom, and consider myself a bit of a Nancy Drew in terms of being able to triangulate place, age of children, and other clues to narrow down dates (and mysterious other folk in the pix). But you’re functioning on quite another plane of sleuthing!

A. Marie July 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm

Great stuff as always, Katy!

(1) Re: the photo: The “P” guys are fabulous. Is there a “P” college in your area, to help with targeting your potential buyers? Several years ago, DH found an album of photos on a curb in a local historical-preservation neighborhood, many of which were of young ladies from a long-gone local girls’ private school. He eventually sold the album for $50 on eBay, and probably could have gotten a lot more nowadays.

(2) Re: the Pyrex: I admire Sarah’s use of mason jars, but I have the whole stable of Pyrex measuring cups (1, 2, 4, and 8 cups) and would hate to part with any of them–especially the 4-cup, which I found in a clump of bushes near a local park. No clue how or why it got there, but I took it home, ran it through the dishwasher, and have been using it ever since


Linda M July 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm

Wondering if the picture is of Purdue students/grads as their sweaters have “P” on them….since I am from Indiana. Or…Princeton….?
Love your finds! What a fun way to spend time with a friend.


Beth Ann July 13, 2017 at 5:35 am



Linda @ A La Carte July 12, 2017 at 5:25 pm

Some really great finds. I’m all about finding the things I need used. Saves so much money. Recently found your blog and love it!


AFS July 12, 2017 at 5:33 pm

Do you know what determines if a donated item ends up at a thrift store or the outlet? I went to the Seattle outlet once and the stuff appeared to be rejects from the regular store, pretty junky. I did come home with an exercise ball and a flower pot. However I wasn’t impressed enough to ever go back. Maybe part of that is its not a convenient location for me to stop at.


Krystal July 12, 2017 at 7:59 pm

Chivas as in the LA one (RIP)? There’s a broken-hearted fan out there somewhere. A solid soccer jersey is always a great resale, I keep my eyes out for them too!


Triss July 13, 2017 at 6:39 am

I find the same kind of stuff at most thrift stores and also Salvation Army.


Amanda July 13, 2017 at 8:52 am

Goodwill finds and a baby snuggle–I mean what else does one need in life? 🙂


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