Spotted: Goodwill

On my way to pick up our groceries last Saturday (Walmart grocery pick-up*…life-changing…order online, they shop for you, and you just park while they load your car!), I did a quick run by the Goodwill that’s across the street from Walmart.  I walked out empty-handed but here are a few things that caught my eye:

These chairs:
IMG_3137I always make a beeline to the furniture section because #fomo is real and I just know that if I don’t, someone is going to beat me by seconds to that one thing.  Okay, so maybe that’s a smidge dramatic but 1) I really do suffer from #fomo and 2) the furniture section is the most exciting section imo.  Anyway, you probably already know that I have a love for all things bamboo so you can understand why I loved these.  My head went right to how amazing they’d look reupholstered with some Swaying Palms fabric (Deme, I know you’d agree wholeheartedly!)  The bamboo was in great condition but the foam, not so much.  I hemmed and hawed over whether or not to grab them but, in the end, I felt like the $24.99 per chair was a little high so I moved on over to…

this chair:
IMG_3138It was obviously someones guinea pig for a reupholstering project that I wouldn’t exactly call successful.  There was more puckering on that chair than on a millenial female’s insta feed but, the legs.  It’s always about the legs.  I did an awful job of documenting prices on this quick trip but I think it was $14.99?  Don’t quote me.  It obviously needed a fabric facelift but it had the potential to be a great accent chair!

I didn’t think much of this chair upon my first pass through the furniture arena but decided later that it would be so lovely painted a bright color.  Mint, fiery red, jade green, or even toned down to a distressed, creamy white.  Heart eyes.  :)
IMG_3139Also, I hate to admit it, but I’m not a farmhouse decor fan.  It’s just not my style.  I mean, I LOVE Chip and Joanna but I wouldn’t want them to fix up my house.  However, they must be rubbing off on me a tad because this chair definitely falls into that category.  :) 

This was an odd-shaped basket thing I thought might be cute in one corner of a kitchen countertop:IMG_3140Or really any little lonely corner.  In a bathroom it could be the corner basket to toss your straightener/curling iron or in an entry way it could hold keys atop a foyer table with one side against the wall and the other along a row of books.  The color was on pointe too.  It’d bring a natural element to a space.

This planter was gorgeous as is:
IMG_3141Had I a plant in need of a home, it would’ve come with me.

This planter was cute too.
IMG_3142I wasn’t a huge fan of the colors but spray paint does a quick transformation make.  The scalloped edge up top is what reeled me in.  It might even make a great pendant light – upside-down with a hole drilled into the bottom for the light kit to fit?  Can you see it?

When you’re thrifting, it’s always helpful to look at pieces individually without gazing at them amidst their gawdy surrounding neighbors.  Such is the case for this tea pot/vase thing:
IMG_3143There were some pretty ugly things around it and, in fact, I glanced right over it at first but was drawn back to all the colors.  It was so, so pretty.  I pictured it on our kitchen countertop with the white subway tile backsplash letting it be the star.

And finally, had we more space on our kitchen countertops, I would’ve snatched up this spice rack: IMG_3144It was just downright cool…much cooler than the jumble of differing spice tins and jars we have going on in the bottom shelf of one our our cabinets…

I’m going to drop back into this Goodwill this weekend again, I think, to see if those bamboo beauties are still there and to see if they’ve been reduced.  What do you think?  Is $50 for both a steal or too steep?  I don’t know if we’d keep them or not…I might love them so much I’d sell two of our current bamboo chairs in turn.  Or, I’d could set them at the ends of our dining room table…ooh, there’s an idea!!  But then again, they might make a fun project and a great profit to be shoveled towards student loans…ugh.

Want to see more of what I’ve spotted in my thrifting adventures?  Click here. 

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9 comments

  1. I LOVE those bamboo chairs! However, I am really surprised at that price tag... It does seem incredibly steep. I'm on the lookout for some great planters; I love what you found. Hopefully I'll be as lucky! P.S. I get #fomo too...

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one...on the fomo and the price tag! Thanks Lauren! :)

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  2. Haha, I definitely get fomo too when I go into thrift stores. That one (hypothetical) thing is always bound to be snatched up in seconds!
    And I love the idea of a palm print for those chairs!

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  3. Yes, agreed, the price on those chairs should be lower. Also, I used to have a counter top spice rack. Not a fan. It ended up being another dust collector with lots of little surfaces. No bueno, IMHO. 😉

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    1. Ooh, I didn't think about the spice rack collecting dust. Thanks for the tip/reality check Lisa!

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  4. I always make for the furniture section first, too (I see all those other people racing back there, wanting my treasures! ;) )

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    1. Haha! Seriously. It's a rat race. ;)

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  5. I love these posts! I've gone meandering around Goodwill looking for some hidden gems that would be fun to make over but I'm afraid I just don't seem to have the eye for it... I get totally lost and overwhelmed! I love your ideas here though :) Keep them coming!

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you love these! I always wonder if they're helpful or more annoying since no thrift store is the same. It's funny that you mention you get lost and overwhelmed because I was in a thrift store today and I completely felt that way. I don't usually feel that but this one was so filled to the brim with stuff, too full, that it was hard to concentrate. I know there's no such thing as a relatively empty thrift store but many of ours are well organized and so it's easier to think. Maybe yours are the opposite. :)

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