Heading down to the Goodwill Outlet on Market Street in Saint Louis is always an adventure. By adventure, I mean, an anxiety attack just waiting to happen. Or a cold just waiting to happen, depending on which way you like to look at things. It's dirty, it's unorganized, and the people that frequent this place, well they are usually pretty LOUD and pushy.
When they bring a new bin of goodies out, people will dive in.. fight.. push, pull, yell, and more. To be clear, this is what they're fighting over:
The bins are kind of organized, I guess. I mean, there are bins with books, bins with glass, bins with shoes, and bins with VHS tapes and records. The other bins, though, are just random piles of crap. Clothes, toys, and anything else you can imagine really… you can find it all at the Ghetto Goodwill!
By the way, it's called the “Ghetto Goodwill” because of where it's located. All of the buildings that surround the Goodwill have busted out windows, and it's located on a side road that needs lots of work done to it. It's not a place that you'd want to visit at night, so my friends that don't live in the city refer to it as “ghetto” when I drag them there to shop with me. :)
Jackpot! I can learn how to quit my job, start a blog, and become a clown. I love finding books at this Goodwill. They're only $0.39 a pound, so you can get college textbooks for $3 or less, as well as any other book you could ever imagine for less than $1. There are quite a few religious books, too, if you're into that sort of thing.
I'm obsessed with collecting vintage suitcases. I even made a DIY Suitcase Table out of the first one I found! I only grabbed the smaller blue suitcase in the photo above, and left the others behind. I'm going to let Nell decorate it and use it for her jewelry making supplies for her new shop, Slap Dash Things.
The photo on the right kinda looks like a bullet-proof vest, and it was kinda heavy, but I'm not sure what it was. Looked expensive, though. :)
Marvin's Room is a movie I had never heard of, but I saw Leonardo DiCaprio on it and it grabbed my attention! Next, I found an unopened gift set of body sprays. And on the right, it looks like a Pinterest craft gone wrong. Perhaps they attempted some type of wine cork wreath, and got too wasted to finish it?
I think my favorite finds of the day were this Mary Poppins book (1964), and this “Old Lady” doll. She's super creepy looking, and I thought she was a puppet.. but when searching for a way to put her on my hand and make her talk, I felt some weird things inside her mouth. I pulled them out, and discovered that this wasn't just ANY old lady. It was the Old Lady that Swallowed a FLY! And a horse, and a cat… and whatever else. This would be SUPER cute for a kindergarten classroom, but I still found her way too creepy to take home with me. I'd have nightmares. *Shivers*
Overall, this was a pretty productive trip. I got to go shopping by myself, and spent an our rummaging through all of the crap – but didn't bring most of it home. Rachel throws a fit when I bring too much home… so I have to pace myself.