|It's mine. No, it's Mine. Photo credit: aardema photography|
Ok, I just went to one of these Goodwill outlets I had read so much about among the serious pickers/bloggers. It was quite the experience - and the most interesting part was to watch the serious pickers in action. They were like circling hawks, and every time the new carts came out, they staked out their territory and built barricades with their shopping carts.
I had my son in tow, and when one of the carts came out, I spotted a baseball glove and it looked to be perfect for him. I told him that he could grab it, but wouldn't you know it - a grown man, old enough to be his grandfather, snatched it right out of his hand and put it under his arm! My son was stunned, and so was I. I was a bit turned off from the whole thing after that. I mean - snatching a baseball glove out of the hand of a 7-year old?
The whole concept of the place was pretty neat though, once you learned to avoid the talons. Even though I didn't grab stuff out of other people's hands, I did find some cool things. I picked up a Babybjorn infant carrier in mint condition, a nice pestle and mortar from Portugal, some toys for the kids, a Dorothy Thorpe - style pitcher with silver rim, some vintage fish plates, an Yves Saint Laurent vintage scarf, a vintage scale and a vintage weekend suitcase. My total was $14 and change.
I might go back - it is a bit out of my way, but next time I will be more assertive against the hawks. Maybe.
Have you had any crazy experiences at a Goodwill outlet?