I'm a diehard thrifter and garage sale addict! I love the thrill of the hunt! And I love making CASH from trash so I also resell on eBay and Etsy. I share my successes to inspire you ... and my failures so you learn from my mistakes. Please join me on this wild and crazy ride of making cash from trash!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Auction at the Long Beach Goodwill Outlet

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In my continuing search for inventory at great prices, a couple of weeks ago I convinced DH to go with me to the GW outlet in Long Beach.  I was hoping to purchase a gaylord of jeans and maybe some electronics.

20140405_083129_thumb[7]We were there on a Saturday morning just as it opened at 8:00 a.m.  I was disappointed that there were no gaylords of jeans, but there were plenty filled with miscellaneous housewares and mixed clothing.  Nothing exciting.

It was a long drive and I knew DH would never want to return if we didn’t find something worth buying.  There weren’t many other folks so we were able to easily walk up and down the aisles and check the contents of each box. 

20140405_083159_thumb[3]finally zeroed in on a box of electronics.  DH was skeptical, but he was a good sport and went along.  It wasn’t much of an “auction” as there was no one else bidding on the same box.  I ended up paying $70 for a gaylord filled with electronics that I had no way of knowing if everything worked.

As we went through the gaylord, DH got a bit more enthusiastic and was like a little boy going through a box of hidden treasures.  There were a few worthless items we left behind, but I think we ended up with enough good stuff to make a few hundred dollars.


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With everything I was buying at the outlet stores, I was running out of space in the house.  Okay, I was really tired of the clutter.  So, we purchased a couple of industrial racks; and the following weekend, DH reorganized the garage and set up the racks.  One rack holds our personal stuff, but the other rack has eBay inventory.

The garage is still a work in progress, and DH is planning to put up some overhead storage racks to make more room for eBay inventory.  He’s a pretty frugal guy, so he’s planning a DIY project, similar to this:

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But little by little we’ve been clearing it out; and I can only dream that someday it’ll look like this …

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LOL … who am I kidding?!  

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: GW Outlet Santa Ana Adventure and More Outlet Sales

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Thomas The Train Wooden Roundhouse Shed Geoffrey Imaginarium Brio Compatible – Paid $1.21 – Sold $39.08

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Thomas & Friends Train Wooden Sodor Bay Bridge Ramps Tracks Wood 18 Piece Lot – Paid $1.38 – Sold $29.98

Since my first visit in January, I’ve been to the GW Outlet in San Bernardino several times; and, without going into detail,  I can say the honeymoon is over!  It gets pretty crazy, especially when new tables come out.  (Have you ever seen a piranha feeding frenzy?)

6a00d8341c00c753ef0168e7e1a643970cAs this article points out: A day at a Goodwill Outlet store ups the stakes from innocent thrifting to Hunger Games status, with women fighting to the death for the grand prize of scoring great deals and major bragging rights

Just call it “The Thrift Wars”.  The fact that they have security guards – not just one – speaks volumes.  It’s definitely not a shopping experience for everyone.

I usually wait until the frenzy is over to check out the tables, although on occasion I have joined the frenzy.  Even after the crowd clears, I still find some good stuff, like the Thomas Train pieces pictured above.  I paid a total of about $2.59 and total sales were $69.06.


A few weeks ago, I decided to check out another GW Outlet that is in Santa Ana and a good distance from home.

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I had high hopes for this place, but I was deeply disappointed.  Maybe I was there at the wrong time, but I pretty much walked in and walked out.  This location is very similar to the one in Long Beach in that it is a warehouse rather than a storefront.  Half the warehouse had bins with clothing and the other half was for auctions. 

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You can see all the “tents” in the parking lot which buyers can use while they sort through their auction purchases.  This is a very busy and large operation; and frankly, I just didn’t see anything that would make it worth the long drive. I left with nothing and knew I would not return.

I think I’ll stick with “my” San Bernardino outlet.  The honeymoon may be over, but I’ll keep going back.  It’s a love-hate relationship!