GOODWILL OUTLET

June 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Posted in budget, Goodwill, NEAT STUFF, recycle, shopping, thrifting, thrifty, treasure hunting, Vintage | Leave a comment
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So here and there I’ve mentioned Maine’s first Goodwill Outlet called “Buy-The-Pound”. It’s located in the Gorham Industrial Park, off route 25.

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The wonderful thing that differentiates the outlet from the standard gw location is that the more you buy, the cheaper it is! Here is the basic pricing structure:

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If you find something wonderful but unusually heavy (and not cloth), ask an employee for a price. They are super nice. The furniture and appliances usually have a WHITE price tag with the outlet price. If you see a price tag of any other color, just ignore it. Those are the old prices from when they were for sale at the original GW location.

Here is a series of photos taken from the vantage point just inside the entrance looking from left to right.

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The bag bin contains purses, totes, hats, gloves, scarves, belts, and other random accessories.

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There is a set of large double doors at the back of this wall and as they open, you can watch them roll out the newly refilled bins. They emerge to replace a few of the existing long bins every couple hours.

The two bins of each row, closest to the entrance are taken away every couple of  hours. Then the two bins at the back of the row are pushed over to replace the ones toward the entrance. Then they will bring out two new bins to fill in the row. This is important to know because you will want to look through the bins that are about to be taken away. You will also want to pay attention when they start to roll away the “old” bins because, as soon as they are gone, the new “fresh”, refilled bins will be emerging soon!

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There are lightbulbs and empty outlets for you to test anything with a plug. I’ve purchased lamps, a breadmaker, and other items from these shelves and every one of them worked Great!

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This includes toys, pictures, kitchen items, you name it – anything that isn’t cloth.

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Once the bins have been picked over, any remaining pots & pans, rugs, dishes, pictures, books, stuffed toys, and luggage are taken out and put into their respective areas of the store.

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The restrooms have always been neat and clean. You go out the “exit” door into the main part of the warehouse and follow the green and white tape on the floor to find the restrooms.

You’ll notice in this photo that there are several filled shopping carts along the wall. STAY AWAY from them! These are the treasures that other people have gathered. If you fill a cart but have more treasures yet to gather, you park your full cart there so that you can get yourself another one and continue shopping. (Word to the wise…. You may want to cover your full cart with a sheet or blanket so that your treasures don’t tempt anyone. Out of sight, out of mind.)

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(This is one of my fav treasures found there.)

Happy Thrifting!!

If I just had a ……. I could…..

February 14, 2011 at 11:02 am | Posted in addiction, goals, hoarding, selling, thrifting, treasure hunting | 1 Comment
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Okay, I’m a borderline hoarder. Yes, it’s true.

Do I save garbage? No. Do I keep things that I will never use? No. If I see something awesome that is vintage do I take it home with me? Yes, almost always.

And therein lies the problem. I have yet to really get my ebay/etsy business off the ground. I have LOTS of merchandise. I have set up the accounts. Now I just need to get busy photographing and listing. Sounds easier than it is. VERY time intensive. And I keep thinking that IF I COULD JUST GET ORGANIZED then I could start. The trouble is, I’m perpetually disorganized.

So here’s what I’m thinking…. If I could list at least one thing a day, I could eventually get it all done. So I think that is what I’m going to do. One thing a day… sounds do-able right?

Goal for 2011 — GET OFF MY BUTT!

December 31, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Posted in exercise, goals, organizing, selling | Leave a comment
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My Goals for 2011…..

1 ) Getting my etsy.com shop off the ground. That will include properly setting it up with a kitschy banner and deciding whether to open another account that sounds more vintage related rather than use the name of the account that I’ve used for years to purchase from them. The advantage to using the current etsy ID would be taking advantage of all the good feedback I’ve accumulated. The downside would be that it wouldn’t be linked to anything and there is a possibility that no one would see it as a legitimate business and possibly not be willing to shell out their hard earned money to someone with no feedback. Tricky decision. Any thoughts?

2 ) Reestablishing my eBay selling account. I hate using them to sell stuff because they charge for each little photo and you have to pay through the nose to set up each item for sale and then they charge you another percentage when you sell it and then paypal takes a cut of that too. It’s ridiculous!!! Thus the need to FIRST set up the etsy account whose fees are much more modest. Plus I wouldn’t be pandering to the big eBay corporation. Hate those guys.

3 ) EMPTY OUT my dining room. All the great items I’ve accumulated over the last six months or so have taken up residence there in totes and boxes and teetering piles. It looks like a hoarders paradise. Not cool. Every so often I empty the room out and the dining table becomes usable again. That needs to happen like yesterday. You have to step over and around stuff just to get through the room to the other side. Again, not cool.

4 ) List my bazillions of books on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, etc (using alibris.com). A lot of the stacks of boxes in the dining room (spilling over into the back of the livingroom) are full of books that are just waiting for their chance to shine online and get snatched up. I’ve got some really great ones in there! I read today that these winter months are the best time to list books because everyone wants to snuggle up with a good book when it is cold outside. GOTTA GET A MOVE ON THINGS if these books are going to see the light a day!

5 ) And last but not least, I need to get up and get moving around. After hearing so much about Zumba and what fun it is to jump around and do latin dance moves (yes, I was sucked in by an infomercial) I decided that this would be the perfect exercise program for me. I get the most accomplished around the house when my headphones are blasting in my ears (like now, for instance). The music is my best motivation. Now if those dvds could just somehow magically get out of their cases and into the dvd player (which requires changing settings on four different boxes using three different remote controls — the humanity!!), I might actually watch them! (inferring that I would also be following along and exercising)

Day 3… and counting

July 30, 2010 at 11:41 am | Posted in addiction, Goodwill, Gymboree, Starbucks, thrifting, treasure hunting | Leave a comment
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So here’s the deal. The first step to solving a personal problem (especially when that problem is any form of addiction) is to admit that you have a problem.

So I admit I have a problem.

I love to shop. It doesn’t matter if it is at the grocery store, Goodwill, the dollar store, Marshall’s, or Macy’s (I really don’t like Macy’s). As long as there is treasure to be had, it is an adventure that calls my name like a sweet siren of the sea.

I consider myself a ‘thrifter’ and a bargain hunter. But the sad fact remains, if I find treasure, my pulse races and I get SUCH a gush of serotonin.

I’ve decided not to buy anything for two weeks, as a show of faith to my husband that I’m really going to get this addiction under control and not throw our financial lives under a bus. So this is day three of my two weeks. I will admit that I did buy a single song on itunes yesterday. I stopped at that one song (that I’ve been trying to find the name of for weeks). ITunes tried to tempt me with lots of other cool songs that they recommended to me that yes, I will likely also like. I also wrote down songs from a movie soundtrack that I watched, but I put the list away for another day instead of bringing up iTunes and immediately downloading them.

I also resisted the temptation of using my own personal SPECIAL discount at Gymboree if I hustle on down there by Sunday and buy more school clothes at a huge discount off of even sale merchandise prices. (I love how rugged their clothes are and my daughter loves how everything matches everything else.) I have resisted buying more on Sephora even though they are currently running a special on my favorite mascara. I resisted the fabulous items found on etsy while researching a price and potential history of an item that I currently own and am thinking of selling. I also resisted purchasing more neat vintage stuff when researching “Mid Century Modern” on eBay. There is just so much treasure to be had everywhere I turn! And don’t even get me started on the special deal that Starbucks is running. If you buy VIA in a 48 pack on their website, it is only 34$! That is an excellent bargain!

So far, with exception to these online bargains that I am turning away from, I haven’t felt too deprived so far because past purchases have still been arriving in the mail over the past couple of days. My last Sephora purchase came an hour ago. The sound of the UPS truck engine slowing down in front of my house is music to my ears! It means that there will be a present arriving for me at any moment! It gets my pulse racing every time I hear it….even when I’m not at home. How sad is that?

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