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I *heart* Goodwill

Obviously I must have some way to finance my yarn hobby. I achieve this by shopping for almost everything else at my local Goodwills and thrifts. I shop at Goodwill so often that the employees know Marc and I by name. I have managed to procure a very nice (and really huge) wardrobe for myself by rifling through the racks like a hawk and giving the evil eye to anyone who approaches my cart. I would save more money, however, if I could manage to avoid the temptation to buy the absurd. For instance:

Why yes, that book is titled “Psychic Discoveries behind the iron curtain”. And it’s every bit as awful as that title would suggest, being filled with overly long physical descriptions of “strapping, vodka loving Commie psychics” and how our government is foolishly unconcerned about the “Psychic Gap.” God I adore this sort of thing.


I must confess to being a big giagantic Star Trek fan. It’s entirely possible that I currently have “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” in the DVD player. It’s even possible that I may, at one time, have attended a convention. I’m not saying.
But even if you aren’t a fan, how awesome is this book? It’s teenage Worf, complete with a pretty unrealistic narrative voice and a little wispy moustache in the picture on the cover. And this one, unlike the psychic book, I actually finished. It wasn’t bad – a little rough in the characterization, and in randomly throwing in a meeting with Geordi that changes Worf’s life, but whatever. If I had had this book at 12 I would have been awfully happy.

When I haven’t been thrifting in awhile I start to actively worry about all the cool things I’m missing out on. What if there were a cookbook called “Making the most of meat” (no, I already have that one…) What if I could have added to my collection of souveneir piggy banks from unlikely places?  Someone else has my pig from the Leaning tower of Pisa, darnit!
I haven’t been this week. Hopefully this weekend will afford some opportunities.  Tomorrow we go to Cincy.  Perhaps thrifts there?  Or at least the giant store at the Gap company distribution center. I have more than once bought brand new Banana Republic leather coats there for 20 dollars.

2 thoughts on “I *heart* Goodwill

  1. Ha! Stitchywitch, there’s nothing that makes me happier than realizing that I’m not alone in being a big geek. Star Trek? Vodka loving commie psychics? You’re so awesome. 😎 Thanx for the comment. I’m in envy of your new Knitpicks. . .I seriously considered the sale yarn, and then let it slide, mostly because I’ve bought 2 separate packages from them in 2 weeks!

  2. I used to have that set of three colors of flat enamel “pans”, they came with a metal handle that attached to the little handles and one was indeed supposed to cook in them. Heating them immediatly made the enamel look bad so I only use one once for cooking and kept them for years until finally giving them away! I think I used them for crackers or something like that every once in a great while. My mother gave them to me in the 1970’s when I was in college. Set the Way Back Machine……
    -Martha in OKC ,formerly from Upstate NY origin of the gifted pans……

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