The Greatest Goodwill Haul EVER!

Two weekends ago I hit the mother load at Goodwill. Seriously. It was impressive. I scored enough stuff to redo Spencer’s nursery into Spencer’s Super Awesome Kinda Vintage Big Boy Room. Wanna know the best part? The total for everything you see here was less than $50.
This is how it all went down…

It all started on a lazy Sunday afternoon. My cousin and her family were in town and staying at our house for the weekend. The men were watching football and the children were playing nicely. We decided it was time for a girl day. So we gathered our things and headed out to have lunch…

And it was good!

Then it was off to Goodwill. We thought we’d just run in and browse, maybe find a few good things. Boy, were we wrong! But, in a good way…

The first thing I laid my eyes on when we got back to the housewares section were these awesome, mid-century end tables.

These babies have definitely seen better days. But they’re still in solid condition. I’m sure with a little bit of TLC, they’ll be amazing. Nothing a little elbow grease can’t fix. Plus, just look at those legs! I also like that they’re two tiered but still small enough and short enough to be bedside tables.

Can you believe these lovelies were only $9.99 each?! I couldn’t, and so I snatched them up and loaded them in the buggy.

After the shock from such an awesome deal wore off, we made our way over to the textiles section. This is where everything started to come together. It all started with this one little pillow case.

It was exactly the style I was hoping to find to jump start his big boy bedding. Into the cart it went.

As I continued looking through the rack of random curtain panels, table clothes, and sheets, I started to find things that I thought I could work with to complete his bedding. First, there were a couple of curtain panels and then, quilted white pillow shams.

The blue with the squares is a curtain panel that I plan to repurpose. I’m thinking about using it to upholster the bed I’m planning to build.

The white pillow shams are king sized and quilted, super soft. In my plan I’ll put a king size pillow in one to become the backdrop for the bed. For the other, I’m thinking of turning it into a throw pillow.

At this point, I thought for sure that my luck was running out. I mean, what are the odds that I would find enough random stuff to coordinate a whole bedding set? Apparently, on this particular Sunday, the odds were in my favor…

Chocolate brown corduroy standard shams, one for a regular pillow, one for a throw pillow. A taupey-grey twin sized flat sheet that I plan to remake into a duvet cover. Bright goldenrod fabric for accent pillows. And a burnt orange table cloth that is either going to find new life as a curtain or as a throw on the end of the bed. I haven’t decided yet.

At this point in our shopping trip, I was feeling a little bit like leaving while I was ahead. But I just can’t go in Goodwill without looking at everything (because you really never know what you’ll find). So we made our way through the aisles of mismatched plates and funky home decor.

And, what do you know? We also found…

A perfectly coordinating lamp shade and base. Seriously, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was getting in one trip. Usually it can take a few trips to Goodwill to find all this good stuff. But to find it all in one trip, at one store was just amazing, and it totally felt like it was just meant to be.

I even happened to find this cute little orange snail chalkboard and, of course, I had to have it, too.

This is the reason why I always shop at thrift stores first. Because you never know what you’re going to find that you can work with, or transform into something beautiful. Not to mention, there’s  no way I could have gone into a retail store and bought everything for new bedding and side tables, too, for less than $50. No.freaking.way! I’m still trying to work out all the remaining details, like wall color. And I still need to buy a few more things… curtains, sheets, a couple of pillows… before I can actually get started on his room makeover. I’m hoping that I can get it done before his second birthday at the end of April. haha. We’ll see!!

Now that I can officially say that this was my greatest Goodwill haul ever, I’m wondering, what’s the best thing you’ve ever found at a thrift store?


6 Comments on “The Greatest Goodwill Haul EVER!”

  1. Jenn says:

    Nice scores! I would have flipped for those end tables, too!

  2. What an awesome haul!!! I love days like that. Kind of like the day I found a beautiful original painting for under $5! Didn’t even need a new frame!

  3. ScullyPA says:

    Wow, I would never have put all of that together! I will have to come back and see what you did, so intrigued! My best find at a Goodwill was a cookie jar of a hockey player penguin for $4 that my oldest boy spotted at a friends over the summer, that has not been made in decades. (My boys love the Penguins and hockey.) Not anything that required creativity.

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