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 . . .
. . . 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.
. . . and this mouse . . .
. . . and this frog . . .
. . . and this horse . . .
But my three favorite things were:
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