Thursday, February 06, 2014

Happy Hollisters at the Goodwill Outlet

Have you ever been to the Goodwill outlet? It's not for the faint-of-heart.  Picture the things that didn't sell at the regular store, all piled in huge blue bins on wheels. There are lines painted on the floor and people crowd around the empty space for the next bin to be wheeled out so they can be the first to dig through the stuff.

It's kind of the thrift store version of Black Friday. If you're in the right mood, it can be an adventure. Teenage Daughter is always in the right mood, and she wanted to go on her birthday. I wasn't anywhere near the right mood and wasn't even looking in the bins myself, just trying to keep track of my purse and my younger two. It was pure luck that I found the fabric.

And even better luck when Teenage Son came up to me with these...



When I was on my Nancy Drew kick, this series was mentioned over and over. I've never read any of them and I know nothing about them, but based on the recommendations of my readers, I decided to bring them home with me. Then my son kept digging and kept finding more and more...


I wound up with nine books from the series, all in very nice condition considering their age and the fact that they'd been buried in bin of torn up paperbacks and cookbooks. I never buy books at the bins, but I knew I'd never  find these cheaper, if I did find them again at all. I figure if I hate them, I can always pass them along to someone else.

Teenage Daughter found a stack of gorgeous clothes, in her size, including the most interesting vintage suede jacket on the planet. It's pink. And long. And has lots of metalgrommets for no apparent reason.

Teenage Son found an original Gameboy and a DS cartridge, both in working condition. I can't understand why those, or the books, had found their way into the bins.

This post is linked to Vintage Thingie Thursday, Thriftasaurus, Share Your Cup, Ivy and Elephants, We Call it Olde, Savvy Southern Style

11 comments:

Toni Macomb said...

I've been there! It's the best place to look for chairs! Office chairs, dining room chairs, accent chairs. Most needing work of course but the price is great! I've gone through some bins a time or two but I really don't have the patience!I love that your kids think it's fun!

LV said...

It is rare to find young people interest in vintage things You found some really nice buys.

Linda said...

I've never been to the outlet..but I love going thrifting...don't know where one is around here. You got some great buys! have a wonderful day!!

KaHolly said...

Never to one as fun as what you describe! Goodwill Outlet store, huh? I'll have to keep my eyes out for one while I'm here in the city!

Melanie, LostandFoundDecor.com said...

Visiting from Ivy & Elephants . . . I've never been to a Goodwill outlet but it sounds great! It's so fun to uncover a lost treasure, and I happen to be a lover of vintage books too. Fun post.

Jessica Hadden said...

Yes, we call them Goodwill Pound stores in my neck of the woods! Love looking for treasures in those bins at my own risk! My dd loves it too!

svensona said...

Congratulations to Teenage Son for finding The Happy Hollisters! Keep looking – there were 33 volumes in the series, and the later ones are especially rare. They were first published between 1953 and 1969, and were based on the real-life antics and adventures of the children of the author (who was my grandfather). The first 12 volumes have recently been reissued in paperback and eBook, and are being read and enjoyed by a new generation of young readers. Thank you so much for mentioning The Happy Hollisters on your blog, and we hope you enjoy the stories! Please feel free to visit our website www.thehappyhollisters to learn more about the family and the series.

Dawn WeCallItJunkin said...

It's incredible what y'all found at the Goodwill Outlet! There's never anything but junk when I go. But maybe I'm not looking hard enough! Thanks so much for sharing this at my History & Home link party this week! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I loved the Happy Hollisters series as a child... I'm sure I read every one.

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

Somewhere I have six of the happy howl lister books that were hand me downs. Mine dont have the paper dust covers though.

Jann Olson said...

I never knew there was such a thing as a Goodwill outlet. I would love to find such a thing. I am one who loves to dig for treasures. lol! the books were a great find and your daughter sounds like she had a great time on her birthday! thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

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