Why 'My Mink Betty'?

Why 'My Mink Betty'?
I'm not your common, everyday twenty-something year old and when I graduated from High School I got an equally uncommon gift. My parents found for me a beautiful 1940's mink stole at a garage sale. It had belonged to the woman's Great Aunt Betty who had married late in life to a man with money and had only allowed him to buy her this one luxury. The unusually styled stole has the name, Betty L. Jones, embroidered in the satin lining so that's what I call her. They never had children of their own and the mink was passed to Aunt Betty's niece and on to her daughter. Until it got to me, no one since Aunt Betty had worn it. Now Betty the mink and I go to the theater together on special occasions and I hope that someday I can take her to the Symphony or the Ballet. Although Betty hadn't been worn or loved for many years she was waiting for someone to love her again as are most other things I look for when thrifting.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Goodwill Finds

The weather around here has pretty much settled into cloudy, with the probability of rain, daily. This will go on for at least six months, only to be occasionally interrupted for ice and snow. For a thrifter, that brings good news and bad news. The bad news is, there are few garage sales and you will get wet. The good news is, the only people brave enough to have a sale in this weather are probably liquidating an estate or selling everything for a move. That means they have my kind of stuff, and they really want to sell it. Fewer garage sales also means more things are showing up in the thrift stores, and it pays to check in more often.

I was able to find some nice bargains this week. We found an estate sale with a some 10c Tupperware. It was pretty grungy, so I'll spare you the photos, but after soaking overnight and a good scrubbing, it looked just fine.

But I will show you this Tupperware I found at Goodwill:

Deviled egg tray inserts for my cold cuts keeper for $1. I've been looking for them since I found the keeper in August.

A small parts cabinet full of goodies-$2. Mom brought this home for Dad, but he emptied all the little parts (hinges, screws, brass bits, etc) into one of his other cabinets and gave this to me for jewelry and craft supplies. I think I'll be painting it a brighter color next Spring. She also brought me a giant box full of scrapbooking supplies. She said they practically paid her to take it away.

Mom also made a trip to the Goodwill Outlet Store. This is where they send all the stuff that hasn't sold at the regular stores. Sometimes Goodwill's pricing system makes no sense to me.

These Currier & Ives pots were originally marked $6.99 each. That would be $28 for the whole set! They are very pretty, made in Japan, and look brand new, but really? I think $6.99 for the whole set would have been more reasonable. But they ended up at the outlet for $39c/lb, and Mom is very happy to have them for $1.11. She's thinking about an indoor herb garden.

This golf push cart will be fitted with a garbage can and used to haul gardening tools around the yard - $5, more than she wanted to pay, but she's been looking for a while, and she was feeling generous after finding this:

Maple child's table and chairs - $15.00

And everywhere we looked we found...

Some are from estate sales, some are from Goodwill. I believe the dark brown bss lid is Old Orchard, but I like it with the Woodland. The yellow bowl is a small hostess bowl I was very surprised to find at Goodwill for $3, and I really like the bright orange Daisy round casserole. It's holding the leftover Halloween candy now. We paid $17.00 for everything in the picture.

And my favorite this week:

My Letter Jacket, Laura.
There are a few holes in the ribbing, but they should be easy to repair. Since the sleeves are wool and not leather, it was actually affordable, at $14.60. I've been looking for a letter jacket at Goodwill for a while but haven't seen any. Now I know why. The tag says it came in last March. They've been saving it for Halloween. I guess next year I'll have to check all the GW stores when they first put out the Halloween stuff. I'd still like to have one with leather sleeves. What's your favorite find this week?

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  1. Cool finds Betty, my mom has that egg tray!!! Your jacket Laura is adorable,how cool!

  2. What a steal on the Pyrex!! The letter jacket is really neat too! I have a couple weeks of thrifty finds I need to post about... My favorite from last week had to be a 1953 Scrabble set with no missing tiles!!

  3. i always enjoy reading your finds. what a pile of pyrex! and i admire your patience to find the devilled egg insert.

  4. Great finds! Love the pyrex and the kids table and chairs are just gorgeous!!!

  5. Love all your great finds. I think the Pyrex is great and lots of pieces for a great total. I love that letter jacket! Wonderful fun find. Thanks for joining Junkin Finds!

  6. You are preaching to the choir about Goodwill. For all the amazing finds I get there, there are still times when I shake my head and wonder why the price. But again, the name of my blog is A Conversation at Goodwill.

  7. Your little children's set-a steal at only $5.00-lucky you!

  8. Love your finds. The child's table and chairs are darling. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet and imformative comment. I learned some things about my finds. I appreciate it so much. Hope you will come back again.

  9. Lots of treasure on post. My great grandchildren woul love the table and chair

  10. Great finds! The Currier and Ives pots are fabulous and the kids table and chairs are a steal.

  11. Oh I am loving those Currier & Ives pots! laurie

  12. I love those courier and Ives pots!! What a great deal~!~


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