Goodwill scores from the past few months

I’ve had some Goodwill luck lately, and have wanted to tell you all about it, but I must have been waiting until last week, when I got the best thing ever from Goodwill (the last thing in the post). Since I’m pregnant, all truly excellent Goodwill scores have been accessories. I have gotten some maternity clothes, but they are nothing to blog about, believe me. And I have gotten some good kid clothes, though again, nothing outrageously exciting. Except maybe this outfit for Zuzu:

Psychedelic pink and green jumper dress, soft pink felty jacket with giant flower buttons. Handful of drinking straws and brother placing recycling on her head were not included.

Here’s something that is maybe completely crazy, but I do really love them:

When in my life I’m going to wear these, I’m not sure. They’re from Camper, and they’re pink leather with a big olive green rubber heel and overwrap thingie. Plus that giant elastic strap. They might be insane. I don’t know why I love them so much. They are incredibly comfortable, somehow. And I keep thinking that at some point in my life I’ll have a job where maybe I’ll have to/want to dress up but can still be kind of funky. At the very least, I think I can wear them with the Goodwill Anthropologie dress. These cost $7.20. I think they’d be somewhere around $150 new.

More shoes:

Excellent black clunky John Fluevog F Shoes. Now, I totally know why someone gave these up. They’re not very comfortable. They’re the first shoes I’ve had in ages that actually need to be broken in. But! I think that they can be broken in, and then they’ll be fine. Right now they’re just a bit stiff. And hard to get on. But they totally fill a niche in my shoe closet, because my 12-year-old black Dansko clogs died a very sorry death (the entire sole came off), and these are perfect for rainy days when you need to be elevated above the puddles a bit. They also cost $7.20, and looks like they’d be, I don’t know, at least $170 new.

This bag:

This one’s maybe a little harder to judge the awesomeness from the photo. It’s a purple suede Tignanello bag. It’s kind of slouchy, with lots of excellent compartments and pockets inside, and was just what I needed to feel somewhat fashionable over the past few months despite my burgeoning girth. It has become my everyday bag. Love it! Yet another thing that was $7.20. Probably $100 new?

And finally. Oh, this is my favorite Goodwill thing ever, I tell you. I’m not sure I can fully explain the magic of finding these. I have wanted these boots for years, really! I have an eBay search that alerts me to when they are up for sale on eBay! Just last week I was watching a pair that ended at over $100. And so then, to see them there, in Goodwill, looking brand new, and in my size (I probably would have bought them if they were two sizes too big, I tell you!), well, I just about fainted. Here they are:

Hanna Andersson embroidered black suede boot clogs. IN MY SIZE. $9.00. $9.00! I would have paid three times that! Or more! I still can’t believe it. I literally started to get a little teary-eyed, and then started quietly and manically laughing. And then hid them in my cart under a bunch of newborn onesies, just to make sure none of the other people who were in Goodwill had also been coveting these very same boots since 2007. I love them so much I can’t even tell you. Right now I just have them on display in the hallway because they are such works of art.

The day after I got them, I was wearing them (of course), and Dave and I had this conversation:

Dave: Nice boots! [he had seen them the day before, but knew I’d want them to be noticed]
Julie: Do you like them?
Dave: Yeah, I do.
Julie: I still can’t believe it. I mean, I know you don’t care about shoes or shopping, but can you understand HOW LONG I’ve wanted these EXACT boots, and then to find them at Goodwill? It’s like God put them there for me.
Dave: God was giving you a pregnancy present, maybe.
Julie: I got boots from God for being pregnant! Oh, though I guess most people would say that the BABY is the gift from God. But I still want the boots.

Goodwill, I love you.

Comments (12)

  1. liz March 12, 2010 at 6:45 am

    LOVE the boots, but even more than that i love that they found you at goodwill. i am also fond of the dr. seussian camper dress up shoes. i am inspired to scour goodwill today. did you see they’re opening a HUMONGOUS one in south portland near the mall??

  2. Clog March 12, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Your Goodwill is awesome. I covet the cable knit wool J. Crew sweater I got there for $4.99. I also got a very cool vest with a color from J.Jill for $2.50 at Pittsfield GW. As you know, I was anti thrift shops until you introduced me to SoPo Goodwill….now I am hooked.

  3. Sutswana March 12, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Love all of these things, and those camper shoes are fabulous, no question.
    What is up with Goodwill and $7.20? I have a few personal favorite finds but my kids would tell you the best thing is the two American Girl dolls for 2.99 each.
    The story of your karmic meeting with the Hanna boots is just, well, almost tear-jerking.

  4. emily March 12, 2010 at 9:37 am

    wow! pocketbook karma – now that’s just magic. because I can’t, can’t, can’t choose the right one for me, and so carry around sport daypacks and plastic shopping bags more than I’d like.

    Now, as for the camper pumps- my most stylish friend ever, holly (hi holly if you’re reading) wears these (her’s are orange-soled and green on top I think) with everything – jeans, skirts, leggings, whatever. Like a dad wears loafers. this might be the reason she’s my most fabulous looking friend ever. after 2 kids. blurg.

  5. Julie March 12, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Sutswana — the $7.20 is because they were all $7.99, but then I have my Goodwill discount card.

    Emily! Wearing the Campers with jeans! I’m totally going to do that when I’m not pregnant (unbalanced) anymore. They really are comfy.

    Liz, I’m somehow kind of nervous about the enormous Goodwill. I mean, I’ll go, but somehow it seems like it will not be as great to have it be so huge. Not sure if this makes sense, other than that giant Salvation Army near Home Goods is gross, and smells bad.

  6. bethany actually March 12, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Those. Boots. Are. Awesome! I think ALL the Goodwill finds are God’s pregnancy present to you. 🙂

  7. Julie March 12, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Maybe, Bethany! I’d better go back more often to see what else the universe is offering me for the troubles of being pregnant for the fourth time.

  8. Christina March 12, 2010 at 11:30 am

    What amazing finds! All of the shoes look brand new. I am betting the Fleuvogs were even more new- like over $200. And those prices are really good- the goodwills out here are way overpriced

  9. LoriO March 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I wonder if the purse and shoes were donated by the same person? They all go together somehow. Such a thrift score! You have the best luck, and it seems the best Goodwill store, ever. I’ve never seen that quality in any Goodwill store here.

    I once found a pair of red Dansko clogs in my size that I carted around the store with glee thinking they were 9.99, and when I got to the counter the woman said “You know these are $49.99 right?” I was crushed. I know Dansko’s are at least twice that, but… it’s a thrift store! I could have justified 14.99, or maybe 24.99, but not 49.99.

  10. Julie March 12, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Christina and Lori, we really have an exceptionally good Goodwill here. There is still the usual load of gross stuff, but I almost always find SOMEthing good. The kids clothes are usually pretty stellar, and I have found some amazing shoes. I think it’s so great because we’re one town over from a kind of fancypants town, where maybe the people buy expensive clothing, wear it once, and then get rid of it all to buy more each season.

    And yeah, the prices are pretty decent. Sometimes they seem kind of random, I think depending on how knowledgeable the pricer is (the same day I got the Hanna Anderssons boots there was a pair of Ugg boots for 29.99, so not sure what that says about the pricing policy) (also found a pair of Prada flats for $4.99, but left those there for someone else who has been wanting them, so they can have good Goodwill karma). Kid clothes are generally 1.99, but sometimes there’s something randomly priced at 7.99. I don’t think they’d ever put a pair of clogs at 49.99, though, Lori! That’s crazy!

    You all just need to come out here. Emily, come up for a visit this July and we’ll go find you a bag for cheap.

  11. SereneBabe March 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm


    And I’m not even a boots or a shoes woman at all!

    We do have good Goodwills.

  12. Mo March 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Amazingly cute boots. Once I get a break on my shopping ban I will need to investigate our local Goodwill.

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