Finds in 15 Minutes

Typically after my workout class I run a few errands. I’m all sweaty and disheveled, but many of the places I frequent are on my route home, so it makes sense to take care of them when I’m already out and about. But today my youngest daughter (home from college for a month) had gone to the gym with me and was not ready to be seen all sweaty in Goodwill. So she waited in the car and I promised to be “just a few minutes.”

First I was enchanted by this small 1950s/60s tapestry evening bag (made in Hong Kong) with rhinestone clasp. Strangely enough it was in the Halloween section. Thought that was a mistake, but the price tag had it listed as “Seasonal, Halloween”!! Good grief…really?? It’s not worth much (I probably shouldn’t have bothered with it), but still it’s a nice thing. I’ll be listing this for $18.

tapestry-purse

I also found this vintage Vera Neumann chiffon butterfly scarf/shawl that had just been put out on the racks. Personally I don’t wear these colors, but I thought it was quite fun and in beautiful condition. I can picture someone throwing this over a little black dress as she carries her little orange Hermès Kelly bag. (Photo from TheRealReal.com) While this pre-owned purse is $4,700, I will be listing the scarf for a modest $30. 🙂

I found one newer item that I was waffling over in the store…a heavy, unmarked glass perfume bottle for $7.50. Hmmm. As I was looking it over, a woman kept hovering around me. (Well, honestly!) I put the bottle in my basket and that ended that! At home I discovered the bottle was a “Modern Morocco Crystal Glass Perfume Bottle, Double ‘O’, by Zodax.” Other than a bit of sticky residue on the outside (easily cleaned), it appears to be in unused condition. Brand new these sell for $42-58, so there is “meat on the bone,” but this isn’t my usual type of thing. Still it is rather nice. Might be worth selling on eBay. (Still waffling!!)

perfume bottle

So I was in and out of the store in 15 minutes with three nice finds. This reminded me of all the times I had driven to estate sales, waited hours in line before they opened, got jostled when they finally opened the doors and sometimes came away with only a few things. I would drive home, the morning gone, with the distinct thought, “That wasn’t worth it.”

Nowadays I’m more selective about how I spend my sourcing time. I still go to the occasional estate sale, but typically an hour or two after they’ve opened so I can just walk in. I love yard sales, but don’t bother with ones that list baby or kid items. I’m also fond of finding things online. Here’s something I bought from an eBay seller a few days ago just because they were lovely and a good bargain ($17.25 including shipping)…a set of 6 Rogers Bros. silver-plated fruit knives in the Arabesque pattern. These are circa 1887, in remarkably good condition and ready to be used to cut cheese and fruit or spread butter and tapenade. I love the textured paisley detail. It’s amazing to think that these have been around for 130 years and are still so beautiful and usable. Brie anyone??

arabesque-knives

But to be honest, my small neighborhood Goodwill still remains my prime sourcing spot. Here’s why…of my last nine sales, six were items I purchased at this store. After subtracting cost of goods ($51) and fees, I made $277 profit from these six items, which is okay in my books. Bonus, it’s less than a mile from my house. I zip in. I zip out.

Wishing you happy hunting this Labor Day Weekend!!

4 Comments

  1. Joyce Hayden

    Sure wish I lived near your Goodwill! Ours is just ok. but not fascinating….

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  2. Joyce, I am realizing how fortunate I am to live near this Goodwill in CA! It’s been good to me. 🙂 I’ve been to others in TX, NY, NE and PA and have never found anything stellar. – Karen

    P.S. Thanks for being a faithful reader!

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  3. Tess

    Paisley is my favorite pattern.
    I love finding Vera scarves as well.
    best scarf for me was a thick silk Hermes one with horse and native American motif. only 3 dollars.
    smiling at your daughter waiting on car.
    that is often the case in our family .
    shoppers and nonshoppers separate…

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  4. Hi Tess. Paisley is a passion of mine too. Hermes scarf for $3!!! That’s the holy grail. 🙂 I found a fake one for $5. Yah, our family is evenly split between shoppers and non-shoppers. – Karen

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