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Thursday, February 25, 2010

"Blog People -- COME ON DOWN!! It's time to play the Price is Right!"

I haven't been junk shopping in a LONG time. Mostly because right now I have too much stuff. But yesterday I had a junk itch that I just had to scratch and I'm so glad I did.

For several years, every Friday I would visit my favorite Goodwill outlet, the area warehouse service center where all junk (good and much bad) goes to die. The prices were great, but so was the chaos -- but I loved to go. About a year ago, they changed buildings and the pricing system and it no longer seemed worth my time, so I stopped going. And then that itch I thought I'd give it another try. Good thing I did! Apparently they've changed the system again and it's even better than the "old days".

SO...I'm issusing a little challenge to see who can guess how much I spent at the Goodwill yesterday (before tax)!

Here are all my treasures, in no particular order.

I believe this is a log holder of some sort, made of quite heavy metal. I don't like the finish or details, but that can be dealt with -- love the base.

Your basic cutely shaped lampshade -- a staple for any junker.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Do I really need another suitcase? (maybe, I think my count has fallen below 80). But the price was SO right.

A bag of wooden acorns and pears, ummm, sure. But I knew it's one of those things that if I didn't grab it, I'd think of a use as soon as I got home and would be kicking myself.

Looks like a little Goldilocks chair. Cute as can be. Slight damage on front corner of thatching but other than that in great shape.

Nothing too exciting here, but again, for the price I couldn't pass it up -- it's pretty good size rustic basket.

Yes, a pair of scissors -- but the good kind! It will be put to good use at one of my workshops.

Ahhh, yes. The REAL prize of the day. Totally cool birdcage. Quite large as you could see (could it become the world's biggest cloche?). It's wire and painted white and just a little rusty.
The handle on top IS plastic but wouldn't be for long.

Wooden folk art chicken. It needs a little doctoring in the beak and tail areas.

So weird! I had just been thinking to myself "Wouldn't it be cool if I found a hamster wheel" and soon after, there one was! Why would I want a hamster wheel? Check out Amy's post at her blog, All Things Home, and you'll know why.

I don't know. I saw metal -- I grabbed. They might just be angel wings in the future.

Metal box -- nuff said.

Vintage potty chair. Sweeeet! (I think.)

I'm assuming it's some sort of breakfast tray or laptop desk. Hey, you can't go wrong with white wicker, some things never go out of style.

And lastly, some glassware. I don't think I need to tell you the possibilities here.
So what do you think? Do you want to play along and guess how much I paid for my pile?
I'll leave a few days for replies and then announce the grand total. Whoever comes CLOSEST (you can go over) will be declared the winner! And what does the winner get? Well not much, afterall I'm very cheap (hint, hint), but I will plan something fun on my blog for the winner.
Slight hint: The total amount could be paid with just bills or quarters.
Have fun! And maybe I'll do more junking games in the future. (And maybe someday I'll do a REAL giveaway. Yeah, right, maybe.)


Patricia said...

Awesome finds!!!
This is a guess but I am thinking a cheap $15.75!!

alice said...

Hey Midge,
How about $7.00? We had a fun day yesterday at Home Goods. Not as much fun as you! Fun game! Glad you got back out to your old haunt.
smiles, alice said...

that is a lot of loot! Love the birdcage!
I bought 2 $2.00 chairs last night! :) woohoooo Of course curb would be better, but it's not good pick'n weather!

Tricia said...

Woohoo for a Goodwill Outlet! I'm so jealous! You are a lucky girl.
Now it's a snow day here and Jason is home, so we're all going a little loopy. So we have four guesses.
Paige-$95.00 (uh, obviously the 7 yr. old needs to spend some of her own $ once in awhile. ;)

judi said... first guess would have been $20 but after reading your "hint hint" I'm now thinking its probably much more like $10! You are the queen of good junkin' ya know.
I can't wait to find out what you paid!
~judi ;)

Traci said...

I'm going guess $14.00.
Love the birdcage.

Laurie at The Turner Farm said...

oh, that base is great. I'm thinking of all the ways that could be used. Great finds!

Chic Cottage Junk said...

Wow, Midge, some great haul! I'm going to guess $8.50. I can tell you had a blast!


oliveoyl64 said...

Well, glad to hear someone else has a GW outlet to shop. I haven't been to mine in over a yr.

Price depends if it is by the pound or by piece. I am going to guess you spent $13, just b/c I like the number.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

My guess is 7.25--which if it is really that low, that is amazing deal!

Nora said...

I'll say 9.25.....

What great stuff. I was trying to pick my favorite but have decided I love it all....

Keep On Junking

red.neck chic said...

i say....
$7.01. LOLOL

Girl - every bit of that would sell down here in the Southern state. The bird cage is GORGEOUS!!! Here's a laugh for you...

in Hobby Lobby (the 80% stacks) I bought... 3 wooden apples and 3 wooden pears - they are gray. Gray? But... I was skeert when I got home I would think of a use for them and then they would be gone. LOLOLOLOLOL

Okay - I'm going back to drool over your pictures some more!

;-) robelyn