I am happy to report that the 30-year-old me just spent the day hunting for bargains at 3 Goodwill stores and a Salvation Army! I am on a tight budget this year since moving into my new house but I was able to make my dollar stretch quite a bit by finding several key items that I can mix and match into my existing wardrobe. Here's how the day went:
First I hit up the Salvation Army store off of Warren Ave. in Portland (Maine). This is a really large store, but kinda dingy so bring your hand-sanitizer! They definitely have lower prices than the Goodwill stores but the store itself isn't as nice. I found a few cute skirts but alas, none of them fit! I did, however, find a sturdy black coffee table priced at $20. It definitely needed some TLC in the paint department but I really like the long, narrow shape as well as the shape of the legs. I asked the manager if I could get a discount because of the rough paint situation and she took 50% off! So, I walked out with what will now become a bench at the foot of my bed for only $10!
Next, I ventured to the Forest Ave. Goodwill, just down the street from the Salvation Army. Again, I found a few things to try on but only one item fit, a really cute cropped cotton jacket for only $4.99! Actually, almost every clothing item at Goodwill is priced at $4.99, unless it is tagged with a colored barb that indicates it's 50% off. Today, for instance, any item with a green barb was half-off. I only found two items with green barbs :0( Here's the cute jacket mentioned above paired with a strapless cotton dress from GAP that I found at the next stop!
I also bought a skirt and I bulletin board for $2.99 that will reside in my classroom!
I have big plans for turning this bulletin board into something fabulous!
I bought the embellished pink skirt but the striped skirt didn't fit
This cute striped gray and yellow sweater was a winner!
I also picked up a wooden apple and two wooden toys for $.99 each that are eagerly awaiting a fresh coat of spray paint in fun colors!
Here's the break down of what I bought:
-1 bulletin board
-1 coffee table/bench
GRAND TOTAL: $77!!
I think dad will be proud when I tell him about my bargain hunting!