Ok, so I guess it’s not going to be a secret anymore, but I have a new thrifting obsession that I’ve been hooked on for the last couple of weeks. I know it might not be new for some people, but it’s something I had forgotten existed! So, what’s my secret thrifting source? Well it allows me to thrift from my pj’s, still get amazing scores and there is so much inventory! Enter, SHOP GOODWILL which is the online store of all GoodWill shops! That’s right you can peruse to your hearts content and bid on items from all over the US.
I have found it to be an amazing score for brass animals galore or actually anything brass, vintage vases, blue and white Asian jars and dishes, bar wear and vintage jewelry!
Here are some of my favorite finds:
1. Brass everything and anything, but you know my heart always goes for elephants.
2. I love hob nail and milk glass and this listing gives me both.
3. I love a ginger jar especially one with a pretty pattern and colors.
4. Eclectic home decor accessories that look unique and from far away are always nice to sprinkle in your home, which is why I love this brass vase with stones.
5. I love little elephant ceramic plant stands so this little guy had my attention right away.
6. I’m all about the blue and white and growing my blue and white ginger jar collection.
7. Items with an Asian flare always appeal to me. Love this vase with fretwork pattern and florals.
8. I always see vaseline glass at flea and antique markets and they tend to be on the pricey side, but there were a bunch of different options in a variety of colors here like this pitcher.
9. I love open shelving where there is a collection of colored glass. This little blue glass collection would be a great starting part for one or sprinkle the grouping in bookcase styling.
Now, since it’s online the majority of the items are done in auction form, which is similar to ebay, where you need to watch your item and then place a bid to get your item. So far I haven’t had any real issues with this. Sure somethings passed me by, but it was because I didn’t want to go to a certain price. For the majority of the items I’ve wanted many have sold for prices comparable to my local thrift store. There is also a Buy It Now section if you aren’t interested in auctions.
Some tips for the auction:
1. Use your watch list to monitor your item.
2. Pay attention to time zone for when it ends. (Learned this lesson the hard way.)
3. Put a google calendar alert for the ending day/time so you don’t forgot to bid.
4. Do a little research and check sites like etsy and Chairish to get an idea about the item is worth and how much you want to spend.
4. If you want to bid early then go with the highest amount you were willing to spend. That way the auction will continue to raise your bid if others bid against you until you get to your high.
5. Make your bid a unique number like $10.25 instead of $10. Those .25 might be helpful in winning your bid.
Good luck! I just got my first winning auction item and I’m in love! It come promptly and they wrapped it perfectly with a lot of care.