Thrift Stores

We regularly visit thrift stores. Perhaps the best known is Goodwill. Melisa looks for fabric and I look for books that might interest me and I take photos of stuff that I might use in a post.

We donate to charities, but not to Goodwill. Read THIS article to get an idea why not. It amazes me that people still donate a lot of stuff to the company.

“Why go there, then?”

I suppose we should boycott them, but if we did that to all the companies run by avarous and unprincipled people, we would not shop anywhere, ever.



That’s an interesting horse as it looks capable of supporting a child.

This horse is also large enough for a kid to have as a playmate.




This particular Goodwill store recently opened in Monument, and because it’s in a somewhat affluent area, the stuff they receive as donations, and what they put out, is a step or two above what one would typically find.

There are dolls . . .

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. . . frogs . . .


. . . pigs (really; it has a weird coloring and it makes it difficult to recognize, but it’s a pig) . . .


They also try to display it a bit better; the stuff is not all jammed in there like most of the other stores we occasionally visit.

These lumache, for instance.


Although, this was also there.


This sewing machine looked in great shape.


The other two thrift stores we visit (and donate to) are very different from each other.

Hangers is also in Monument, and I consider it a higher quality store with most things on the pricier end of thrift stores.

Of course, there are clowns . . .



. . . and poultry chefs (cooks) . . .


Fancy wall clock . . .


. . . and they have a miniature replica of a full-size chair we used to have . . . I don’t remember what we did with it; probably sold it at a garage sale.


I snapped these photos during our last visit and was somewhat intrigued by their collection of miniature shoes.


I suppose they can be incorporated into a room’s decor. If they are meant as replicas of actual shoes, them shoes must be very uncomfortable.




By far, the thrift shop I enjoy most is ARC Thrift Store. It’s also one of the stores we donate stuff to (good quality stuff).

The reason I like them is that they have four long aisles with five-high open shelves, and they are packed with all sorts of knick-knacks. While Melisa shops for fabric or other stuff for decorating, I arrange the items that catch my eye and snap photos.




Sometimes it’s single items that pose for me.



But arranging is where the fun is. For instance, these two were on the same shelf . . . no imagination, I tell you. I arranged them for this shot:


Sometimes I can arrange strange things . . .




. . . and sometimes it’s things that are somewhat related:


By the way . . . what I’m eating as I write this post:


It’s a Costco poundcake muffin sliced to form a bed for the sliced Costco strawberries and sugar (also from Costco), and topped with Costco whipped cream.

Anyway, back to the knick-knacks . . . I’m forever surprised at three things:

One, that many of these things got made. Two, that someone bought them. Three, that someone will buy them again.

Sometimes, I arrange stuff that is of immediate use:


Last month, I sent that out to my family. While they were in separate shelves, I think these were originally conceived as a pair.

I did find a representation of the Middle Class.


The clown suit threw me for a moment . . . I thought it was a politician. But it can’t be; their pockets are always full.

Here’s the other clown that goes with this one.


Definitely a politician.

Speaking of stuff that makes me wonder where it came from . . .




Sometimes, a visit to this place saves me a lot of money and traveling . . .


Well, I can take that off my bucket list.

Some things go back a few years . . .



It might not look it, but those are cologne bottles. They looked neat, but we are trying to pare down, not add to our stash.

For some reason, I liked this pig.

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. . . and this mouse . . . 


. . . and this frog . . . 


. . . and this horse . . . 


But my three favorite things were:


The Murderous Clown

The Murderous Clown

The actress from the original CSI

The actress from the original CSI

The Cobbler

The Cobbler

The Cobbler

The Cobbler

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29 Responses to Thrift Stores

  1. When I look at what you do I think “What a waste!”

    You have so much talent and just a few dead heads, dead beats, WP blog nutters, like me get to see all your “STUFF”.

    I think I must be getting near the end of the road, pontificating like that! Wish I’d met up with you sooner, arrogant bastard that you are


    • disperser says:

      . . . er . . . thank you? And yes, I know I’m wasting my time here; I could be doing something useful and beneficial, like scrubbing toilets or disinfecting door handles.

      On the other hand, my work here is viewed by nearly tens of people which, by the way, will really appreciate being relegated to the three categories you mention. Side note, I only know three Deadheads, and none of them read this blog. I too like some Grateful Dead songs, but I don’t qualify as a full fan. I also know a few deadbeats, and they also eschew the wonders of my blog.

      As for meeting me sooner, I patiently waited, burning a figurative candle on the sill of my imaginary window. I suppose we could dwell in regrets, of ships passing on the sea, of years of sarcastic and caustic (but humorous) insults just sitting there wasted.

      . . . but, what use is that? Let’s, instead, keep two things in mind. One, I look forward to calling you a gutless wonder for a number of years, and two, much like cinnamon, I am best enjoyed in small doses.


  2. Omg that was hilarious! I recognised the actress from the original CSI lol and I like the way you rearrange things. Not keen on the clowns though. An enjoyable post Emilio :)


    • disperser says:

      They say clowns are windows to the soul . . . no, wait; that’s eyes, and I’m soulless. Regardless, I don’t mind them as they seem to hold an enviable position . . . in plain view, but hidden from sight.

      . . . plus, they can get away with a lot because, you know, they’re clowns. If I were to walk up to someone and squirt them with my trick flower I would likely be beaten to a pulp. Instead, were I to put on a little make-up and a funny hat, people would laugh it off.

      Go figure.

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  3. sandra getgood says:

    I’m sure others will agree that it is wonderful that Melisa has found a place for you to play on rainy afternoons….and we get to enjoy the fun as well. Enjoyed the pictures and, as always, the commentary!


  4. I hate shopping. Browsing. Any of it. I read about Goodwill a while back, worker exploitation isn’t it? A bit like Walmart. Are thrift shops what we would call charity shops except different?

    The re-arranged birds were my fave. Lovely pic :)


    • disperser says:

      Thank you. I like that photo as well and wondered why they were not arranged such right off the bat.

      So, let me parse the question . . . are thrift shops not like charity shops?

      No; they are exactly like charity shops. They sell second-hand clothing, experienced books, experienced furniture, and items who’ve already lived at least one life and are now looking for another.


      • But where does the money go?


      • disperser says:

        The only one I know for sure is the local one, Hangers (Part of Tri-Lakes care). They are strictly local, and proceeds go for running a food pantry, medical care, and a few other local programs.

        ARC is larger and national. Reports are mixed; employees are generally happy but not well paid. I could not find their financial, but I do read and hear of first-hand account of good stuff they do. Of course, it could be like Goodwill, where the public image and the actual running of the place are in great contrast.

        We tend to support the local place more than the other two.

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  5. oneowner says:

    There’s some scary looking toys! But I do like the shoes.


    • disperser says:

      Don’t tell me you are afraid of horses . . . but are into women’s shoes?

      Seriously, I thought the upright horse of limited use; I think most children would get bored within seconds of being on it and it not doing anything. The second horse can at least be used as a pillow, backrest, or to train Dobermans how to take down small ponies. Come to think of it, the first horse could also serve the latter purpose.


  6. This post took some doing on your part with excellent photos. I was well entertained as I scrolled through the vicarious stroll in a thrift store. Your stores are a cut or two above the ones that I visit here in central Texas.

    I love going to thrift stores to browse mostly junk that I would never buy even if I had money to waste. My opinion only. But now and then there happens to be a “good find” of some thing that I can put to use. The one real “local charity thrift” is the best one in my town. It’s run to benefit the women’s abuse center. Goodwill has inflated prices of everything and sells lots of cheap looking new items and new clothing.


    • disperser says:

      Thank you; it’s what I do for relaxation, and I’m glad it offered up some entertainment.

      We used to buy more stuff, but in these last few years we’ve been trying to stop the impulse buying and switch more to impulse selling or donating.

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  7. YAY!!! What fun fun FUN! Thanks for taking us along! I love thrift store and antique store browsing (rarely buy) as you never know what you’re going to see! :-)
    Great pics! and I love your rearranging/arranging those photo ops! :-P
    That chef is staring at two chickens, but then I see a chicken chef! :o Ha! :-D
    I’ve been told all my life that I am like Tigger…so I enjoyed seeing your photo of him! :-)
    I share your ponderings of knick-knacks. Some of them are so weird. Ha. But, someone must buy them! :-P
    Love the little shoes and the four big-lipped girls!!! :-)
    HUGS!!! :-)
    PS…Oh, man, your strawberry dessert looks heavenly! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Thank you.

      For many years, I had no interest in visiting thrift and antique stores . . . because I had not thought about them being giant studios with lots of subjects.

      The dessert was very good . . . it did not last long.

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  8. Eddy Winko says:

    Scary photos! Although some are fun. My experience of charities are mixed, having viewed the pay cheques of some n the past I walked away, others such as hospice care, would get my money any day of the week. As for the concept of thrift stores, we are happy to live with others cast offs, one mans waste is another’s essential!


    • disperser says:

      I don’t have an inherent objection with used stuff. However, my experience is that other people, as a rule, don’t take as good care of their stuff as I do.

      So, for instance, tools, books, and anything I can visually inspect for wear is fine . . . machinery, electronics, anything with internal workings I can’t examine, I am a lot less likely to consider as used. I do buy factory refurbished if offered, as often those item carry a warranty of sorts.


  9. thejeremynix says:

    Thrift stores are such an interesting place to explore, A few years ago I captured some thrift store shoppers at the local Goodwills around Denver.
    The clowns are freaky, and the sheer number of images you captured is impressive, you left no stone unturned. :)


    • disperser says:

      That is a nice capture.

      My shooting involved purposefully avoiding including people in the frame. Different strokes, and all that.

      Also, if you are new to the blog, know that this post was not a particularly long one, nor one with an above average number of photos.

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  10. haydendlinder says:

    I have to agree with HighSeas, the ducks were brilliant once you got them positioned. And thank you for the cologne bottles. I had forgotten about those. My Grandfather had several that I played with as a kid..


    • disperser says:

      RoughSeas . . . and thank you for reading. I was not sure what those were; it was Melisa who told me those were used for cologne. That was before my time here in the US (I came to the US in 1966).

      If those were around then, I never knew anyone who bought them.

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      • haydendlinder says:

        I “think” they may have been around until the 70’s but I can;t say for sure. Some of his bottle just didn’t seem that old. They’ve just always held fond memories for me so I was happy to be reminded of them.


      • disperser says:

        In the early 70s I was attending college (university) and cologne was not big on campus.

        I never saw them in stores, but they might have been sold by outfits like Avon.

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  11. mybrightlife says:

    Love thrift stores. Twenty bucks in my pocket and half an hour in a junk shop is one of my “happy places / spaces” but never, after reading this post, will I be able to wonder around in quite the same frame of mind as before! Perhaps I too will start rearranging, which if I am lucky, (by I, I mean my husband and kids) it might work as a distraction from bringing home more unnecessary rubbish! They thank you in advance…


  12. AnnMarie says:

    I like the lumache pots the best. Cute and practical. But now that I think of it (and having a second look) I’ll take the two geese, too. Good and colorful post.

    Liked by 1 person

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