Sunday, August 30, 2009

Goodwill OUTLET.

Thought I forgot today, didn't ya?


So the Goodwill Outlet. 

Picture Nordstroms. 

Now picture Walmart. 

And that's the level of difference between Goodwill and Goodwill Outlet. 

It's a large, dimly lit warehouse where there are large crates (probably 12 feet long by 3 feet deep) on wheels full of the goods in three big rows. Nothing is sorted--there's quilts in with Men's jackets, women's bras and kids jumpers. Burnt potholders, stained pillows, used underwear, dirty sheets...this is the stuff no decent Goodwill accepts. 

BUT...hidden in the soiled mess can be some decent stuff. 

After I got over the initial shock of the place I dug in. 

I sneezed. 

A woman next to me sneezed. 

The dust and dirt from the clothes was making everyone sneeze. 

There were only about 30 people in the whole warehouse, but they gravitated towards one another, anxious not to miss out on what someone else may be finding. I would be sorting through a pile and a woman literally came over and reaching in front of me began sorting before I could touch the pile beneath my hands. Good grief! Some clothing had tags, some didn't. Though it was gray and cool outside inside was muggy and hot. I could feel my cheeks flushing red as I pushed mounds of clothing aside--determined to find a jewel in this treasure hunt.

I did found a nice gray wool coat (dbl breasted pea coat) that had a missing button and a torn lining--but the wool was completely intact and the cut was really nice. Hmmm...project in the making? When I got home I googled the brand and found that the coat was worth over $200! I also found a button down brown shirt and a plaid country girl style button down shirt. Both were large ( I got guns, what can I say?) but what better way to learn to tailor them than with really cheap shirts I don't care if I screw up?!

The kicker of this place was that they weighed what you the POUND. I got that coat and two shirts for $4! Score!

So here's my first attempt at tailoring shirts, and I think I did a decent job!

And I got some gorgeous magenta acrylic fabric fabric and fun magenta buttons to remake my jacket...wish me luck 'cause that's a much larger bull to ride!

Onto my walk with Roy this afternoon. You know how (those of you who walk your dogs) sometimes you just brush against shrubs and plants that are overgrown into the sidewalk? Well I was about to do that today and quickly sidestepped after seeing this:

Uh...GIANT Spider! A Wolf spider! AAAAAAAHHHHH!!!! For those of you who may be unaware of this fact, I hate spiders. Hate. So I nearly peed in my running pants almost running smack dab into this sucker! I stooped to watch it and it was wrapping its most recent victim around and around in its silk. Creepy. Want to know how big it was?

And your humor for the day? On a corner near where we live there's a run down house that's recently started to be renovated. The sign they've posted by their front door?

I was afraid to take the picture but it was worth the laugh!

And Laurie asked about our Roy Boy. Oh he's fine and dandy. This is his face when you ask him if he has dog breath. "who me?"

The little stinker managed to open the metal scroll we keep our marriage license in and chew off the right edge of it. Does that mean we're not married anymore? JUST kidding! I was pretty irate at first and was about to throw the torn up thing away and order a new one, when I decided to stick it in a book, flatten it all out and eventually I'll tape it back together and frame it. We'll laugh in a few months :-). Ok, we're already laughing. Having a dog has really taught us not to become too attached to material things because it could end up food tomorrow. Oh Life's little lessons...

till's a little quote

“Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant? I’m halfway through my fish burger and I realize, Oh my God....I could be eating a slow learner.”

1 comment:

  1. This post was HILARIOUS!!! I loved it!
    And you tailored so well!!!!