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Friday, April 6, 2012

Thrifty Treasures from Goodwill

Remember the Goodwill where I found the Gwen Stefani jacket back in November?  I decided today would be a good day to visit it again. 

Fifteen years ago, we bought our first house.  It has a formal living room, a family room, a large bonus room and a large master suite.  That means four sofa sets!  We brought with us one sofa set that we’d bought at the thrift store.  During the ensuing years, we bought two more sofa sets – inexpensive but brand new.   Then a co-worker gave me her old sofa set. 

But after 15 years of two growing boys and a menagerie of animals, two of those sofa sets are long gone.  And one of the “new” sets has seen better days. 

Buying brand new furniture is out of the question.  So I’ve been looking for a sofa set that would fit my teeny tiny budget for a LONG time.  I’ve seen some really nice ones at the SA but even at $200-$300, they are not in the budget for now.

This set was in really good condition and I really liked the style and colors.  I assumed they would be priced at about $200 each. Even so, I checked the price tag.  What?!  That can’t be right; it must be an error.  I doubled checked with the manager and couldn’t believe it when she told me the price was right.  Yes, THE PRICE IS RIGHT!  With my senior discount, the set was only $50!  I have no idea the brand name, but they were clean with no stains or tears. 

Turns out they had just been donated and taken out to the floor while I was shopping.  The donor was still in the store when I overheard her surprise that “her” sofas had already been bought!  I was tempted to approach her to thank her, but, no, I didn’t.

This store had some great stuff.  One of the employees told me they always have nice stuff, but had recently received some great donations.

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  1. I love the mix of the floral and plaid! What a great deal! Hope it is as comfortable as it looks!

  2. Those were a fantastic score. I wish our Goodwill store had furniture so reasonably priced.