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    What’s Your All-Time Favorite Find?

    You’ve spotted it across the store – your dream find. There it is, on the shelf, partially obscured by a glass figurine, but you’re sure that’s it; you’d know that pattern anywhere. Your blood flow increases, your breathing becomes shallow. You’ve been searching for years and now it’s there in front of you. You make a beeline for it, accidentally bumping racks as you close in on your treasure. Then it’s in your hands. You flip it over to look at the price – $2.99. Suddenly, it’s as if the world fades around you. This – right here – is a thrifter’s most cherished moment.

    I spotted my all-time favorite find years ago at a Goodwill in Maine. My friend had just moved to the area and asked me to show him the best thrift stores around. With limited time that day, we were on a mission to hit every shop on my list without looking around. As he and I looped quickly through this location, shimmering chrome flashed into view in the form of a 1950s dinette set. Although we didn’t intend to shop that day, I went home with something I’d been hoping to stumble upon for years.

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    Photo via GoodwillWM.wordpress.com

    For Liz Witzer of Goodwill Industries of West Michigan (Muskegon), the holy-grail came in the form of a raku-fired piece of pottery that she found in a Goodwill store for $3.00. She doesn’t know who made it or what its monetary value is, but even as a life-long thrift aficionado this is one of her favorite possessions, and that’s all that matters. Now it has a home right in the center of her living room coffee table where she can admire it daily.

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    Photo via GoodwillAZ.org

    When my sister was planning her wedding, she was faced with a tight budget. She wasn’t an avid thrifter at the time, but somehow knew to look for her wedding dress in a second-hand shop. Falling in love with the first dress she tried on – price tag and everything – she then made one of the most important purchases of her life, and her favorite thrifting find to date. Happily, Goodwill stores across the country stock wedding dresses and accessories. Goodwill of Central Arizona (Phoenix) even recently announced the opening of a new Bridal Clearance Center. This is the perfect option for brides on a budget as it houses everything from veils to bridesmaid dresses in one location (and at great prices)!

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    Photo via MoxAndFodder.com

    In this blog post, Kathryn of Mox And Fodder shares her most cherished chair. It’s beautiful, it’s comfortable, and, of course, it’s from Goodwill! By the way, I love the look of mismatched dining chairs. Stylistically speaking, if Monica Geller approves, then you know it’s a good look. Check out the post for more photos!

    Now it’s your turn. What is your all-time favorite thrifting find? If you haven’t found it yet, don’t give up! Earn some good thrifting karma by making a donation to your local Goodwill. When you donate stuff, you create jobs. You may also help a stranger purchase their dream find. Everything comes back around eventually. Good luck!

    Julia Marchand
    is a home decor/DIY blogger at LITTLEroost. From her little roost in rural New England, fueled by coffee and fresh air, Julia blogs for Goodwill Industries International creating sustainable DIY, home decor, and fashion content from thrifted finds.
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    • Roy
      November 1st, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      I purchased a Lionel train set on your internet site. Real nice bargain and find

    • Virginia Sterling
      November 1st, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      My all-time favorite find is a Pittsburgh Steeler purse that I came across while shopping at Goodwill. Actually, someone else found it, but decided the price was too much. I just happen to be in the right place at the right time. I have always been a Steeler fan, and this was just a perfect match to my wallet and my keychain. I love Goodwill, and I am very addicted to shopping there. Thank you Goodwill!!

    • Kawana Wright
      November 2nd, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      My favorite Goodwill find is the line of Miche bags and totes I have collected. I was so excited to find such designer apparel from my favorite place.

    • Catherine
      November 3rd, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      We found a brand new Beyer horse barn for our 4 year old granddaughter. We had more people come up to us and tell us how lucky some little one would be. And yes, she loved it and couldn’t believe she got it. We valued it at 300-400 dollars and paid 30 for it.

    • Sharon
      November 3rd, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Found brand new jeans for 25 cents. After losing 20+ lbs I needed new clothes. I do most of my shopping at Goodwill, I do not purchase any clothing at any “new clothing stores”. I find brand names and NEW with tag items at goodwill and other thrift stores.

    • philip
      November 6th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      I was looking over some glass items when my girlfriend spotted a windshield for a Harley Davidson motorcycle. we took it home and put it on my bike and it fit perfectly. best $10.00 ever. Thank You

    • Deborah DuVall
      November 8th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      A complete bedroom set.

    • P. Duke
      November 22nd, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      I was really debating buying a $200 pair of UGG boots but after researching and finding out how fragile they were (and not water proof!) I decided against it. That day I went to Goodwill and found tons of pairs of similar styles. I left with a NEW pair of Roxy boots that cost me $4.50! Wow. Glad I decided against the others and glad I checked out Goodwill :) I need a wardrobe update, I know where I’m going.

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