Recently my boys and I branched out and drove to a Goodwill Outlet Store in a nearby city. Unlike what I have read on several thrifting blogs this one does not weigh merchandise to price it. You still sort through bins for non-breakables and the breakable items are on shelves against a wall. When you find what you want you take it to the cashier and she or he comes up with a price. Anyway, imagine my surprise when I took this up and was told 50¢:
A Chemex coffee pot! When I found it it did have the rawhide leather tie holding the handle pieces on, but it fell apart when I went to disassemble it and wash the carafe. No worries ~ a replacement is under $2 and I needed to order filters anyway. I have wanted one of these for a long time.
Also starring in the photo is tablecloth I found at the retail Goodwill outlet in the same city. It is one we had never been to and while I would say they had fewer clothing items and the clothing wasn't as "nice" as the retail store in my town, it had a larger housewares section and more linens. My store never has vintage linens. This tablecloth and its matching napkins are clearly hand-stitched and sewn at home, but I actually love the wonky zigzag stitch that was used to create the border. The cross stitch work is beautiful!
As I said, they had linens, and much of what I chose was an additional 50% off:
These are the matching napkins for the tablecloth, two sets of vintage napkins (green border and retro floral), seven kitchen towels, and nine cheery cherry red-checked napkins that may not be vintage but will make great picnic napkins.
Speaking of picnic prints, look at these babies:
Three Fire King mugs! They were only $1.99 for all three, which doesn't jive with the fact that the same store wanted $3.99 for an Anchor Hocking Strawberry Shortcake mug from 1980. I had to leave that one at the store. These three will be going into a picnic basket, I think.
This Avon squirrel votive candleholder had to come home with us and join the party on our fall-decorated mantle. He was 25¢ at the outlet store.
And finally, I took a chance on a teapot that had no markings but looked to me to be Metlox:
Sure enough, it is a Metlox Poppytrail Sculptured Grape teapot, and the thrift price beats online auction sites by a mile. My husband asked if I planned to sell it, but as of yet I don't buy anything with the intent to sell it ~ I buy for myself and for gifts. Since I don't know anyone who drinks tea the way we do it will be staying here.