Good Luck at Goodwill

Today, after dropping off donations at my local Goodwill, I wandered inside to see what treasures I could find. I love looking, but am never super optimistic. I mean, let’s face it, thrift-store stuff is the detritus of people’s lives. The castoffs. The stuff that doesn’t get sold at yard sales or given to family and friends.

My first port of call … the book shelves. I found two vintage books on needlepoint design that will make a great set. Not a huge money maker, but still nice.

Then I headed to the “art” area. Yes, it’s “art” in quotes because usually it’s generic posters and a few cheap frames. Today there was a nice oil painting of a 1940s/50s-era woman for $36 which I didn’t buy because it was so large (but I wish I had…she was rather lovely…maybe I’ll go back for her!) and a numbered print for $19 that according to the price tag was just put out today.

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I’m clueless about art, but I liked this print and thought, “Hey, it’s numbered, signed, in a nice wood frame. The frame alone is worth the money!” I was happy to buy it.

picot2Turns out “L’Hiver a Paris” (numbered 241/350) is signed by artist Jean-Claude Picot. In 2004, one appraiser valued it at $375. YES!!!  (I’m doing the happy dance!)

I haven’t found a more current valuation for this print. (Still working on that.) But I’m hoping to get between $300-$400.

So sweet to have a bit of good luck at Goodwill. Doesn’t happen often. And I’m going enjoy this print till it sells. It’s rather enchanting.

How about you?  Any good finds lately?

 

8 Comments

  1. The art print is just lovely. But I’m afraid I disagree with your negative assessment of thrift shops as carrying only “detritus” and “cast-offs”. Many people choose to donate good items not being worn or used any longer so that others can benefit. And what we used to call hand-me-downs can be of good quality even though slightly worn or sometimes not worn at all.

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    1. Hi Jean! Thanks for your comment. I am a bit hard on thrift store merchandise. There can be good stuff (and I have found some), but the stores I frequent tend towards a lot of inexpensive “Made in China” stuff. I really have to sift through a lot to find what I think of as the “good stuff.” But I do love thrift stores…I both donate to them and buy from them 🙂 Karen

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  2. Congratulations! Good luck indeed 🙂

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    1. Thanks thriftcycler! I want back today hoping the oil painting of the woman was still there…alas no! Though I did find a cool vintage globe. – Karen

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      1. Ahh I know that so well Karen – it happened to me A LOT of times. At least you got a globe to compensate for the “loss”. Is your globe blue or black ocean? – Dennis

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  3. Dennis, it’s a cool, vintage black ocean globe by Encyclopedia Britannica. Really happy I nabbed that! – Karen

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  4. I love that print–so pretty and great colors. Wonderful find for Goodwill. I hardly ever go into the Goodwill shops around here because I rarely find anything and when I do, it’s too much money. My husband and I went to a flea market recently and I found two vintage brass front drawers from a post office cabinet. I love them and decided to use them in my booths as props only–can’t bring myself to sell them yet!

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    1. I know Patricia…I rarely find super deals at my local Goodwill. (Hoping someone likes this print as much as I do!)

      Those vintage brass front drawers sound cool. Every once in a while I find something that I know I want to hang onto for a while!! I have a framed 1948 diploma that I bought at an estate sale that I haven’t listed in my store yet. It’s hanging in my family room 🙂 – Karen

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