Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Goodwill Hunting

Going to the Goodwill or any thrift store for that matter is quite the ordeal with a three month old. It didn't take me much time at all after becoming a mother to realize that going into any store without automated doors is pretty much impossible with a stroller. You usually wind up doing the backwards push-with-your-butt and hope you make it in without dropping your diaper bag thing which is just awkward and makes strangers feel compelled to help you out. So basically, thrift stores are a tough one to manage, especially since their aisles are usually small and you don't want to touch anything unnecessarily. So here's a little run-down of my adventure taking Evey to the Goodwill for the first time:

3:45 Debate going to Goodwill or not after picking Evey up after work and she's only been sleeping for fifteen minutes but will need to eat when she wakes
3:50 Determine I will give it a shot
3:55 Evey wakes up
4:00 Arrive at Goodwill
4:05 Take Evey out of her car seat and change her diaper on the back seat
4:10 Try to give her the extra bottle from today so I don't have to try and nurse in the back seat
4:15 She won't have it because it's colder than she's used to (ie: body temp)
4:20 Try to remember how the Baby Bjorn works and strap it on while avoiding eye contact with strangers parking their cars near by
4:25 Manage to get Evey in the carrier and off we go
4:30 Walk the aisles of Goodwill, find some sweet deals, and bounce Evey every now and then when she starts to fuss, regretting leaving the pacifier in the car while at the same time very happy that I don't have to worry about it falling on the Goodwill floor ::shutter::
4:50 Leave Goodwill satisfied with my spoils for the day and that Evey didn't start crying
4:55 Feed Evey the bottle that has warmed up a bit in the car, burp her, insert pacifier and snuggle with blanket
5:00 Head home while Evey drifts back to sleep and I plan my next thrifting adventure

So yeah, the amount of effort going into getting a happy baby in and out of the store was definitely more than the time actually spent in the store but it was worth it! I loved being able to go to the store I used to frequent all the time and the things I found were worth every second.

Now I went to the store looking for a few organizational items and I definitely lucked out but first up, some honorable mentions:

This tiered stacking thingy, not sure what it is but I debated buying it and using it in our pantry cabinet although I ultimately determined things would get lost in the back so I passed.

This file/paper organizer was a good find and can be used for lots of things other than paper.

This little organizer was cute and had four nice sized drawers that would be great for holding jewelry, makeup, or even tea bags.

And lastly these Target bins were a great find, just slightly cheaper than the store price.

Now for my finds...two fantastic kitchen organizers for only $1.50! Woot. I was SO thrilled when I spotted this under-the-shelf rack and was doubly thrilled to see the plate rack right beneath it!

Then when I got to the counter and saw that all yellow tag items were half off, making it only 50¢, well it just about made the whole adventure worth it.

Stay tuned to see how I used them in our kitchen!
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