Thursday, August 26, 2010

Goodwill Score Saved Me $318

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Okay. I was on my home today. And guess what was on the way. Yup. Goodwill. Now, I don't really "need" anything...y'all know I find stuff left and right. But a girl's always curious about what is out there to be seen, adopted, and/or refurbished, right? Good...we're on the same page.


So, I was going to skip Goodwill altogether. But then the voice of reason kicked in. "I'm already on this side of town. It's right on the way. I won't have to waste gas on a separate trip." Yada. Yada. Yada. Since I always listen to the voice of reason, I turned on my signal and took the exit. After parking, I scampered into the store (isn't that how everyone enters Goodwill?). I started on my usual Goodwill shopping route (Y'all have one, don't you?). Skipped the jewelry section, glanced around the vintage knick-knack section, and went over to the antique-y lamp & odd finds section. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. 


And THEN...I saw a great backpack...it was a really nice one...for hiking. But I don't plan to go hiking in the mountains any time soon. Darn. Oh, there's a couple more backpacks. Another hiking one. Um...yeah...not really workin' for me. BUT WAIT! What's that third backpack? Does that say Lowepro on it? As in Lowepro camera bags? Why, yes it does!! As an owner of four smaller Lowepro bags for my camera stuff, I knew this was a quality piece. AND I have been needing a larger camera bag for all of my gear. Marked at 19.99, I was sure I was getting a deal. I grabbed it quick as can be and threw it in my cart!


When I got home, I looked up Lowepro Photo Trekker AW II online. My $20 backpack would have cost me $337.99 at full retail value. Booty pop...pop...pop! (Can't remember the show this is from...it's the lady that owns the dress shop with her two daughters...she says this all the time. UPDATE: the show is Jersey Couture [thanks, Theresa!]...it plays on Oxygen. Anyway...)

Retail price: $337.99

Goodwill price: $20.00

Lesson learned: PRICELESS

The lesson? Never skip Goodwill if it's on your way home.

35 comments:

  1. I love my Lowepro rolling bag...saved my sanity at many a wedding shoot....smiles.

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  2. SCORE!!! Gotta love a great find at the GW! Theresa

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  3. OMG! That is so awesome!! What a score!

    ~mary~

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  4. Great find, good thing you listened to your inner voice. The show is Jersey Couture. That family is too funny.

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  5. yes, gotta love goodwill - I live down the street from goodwill in my little corner of the world - so often, its on my way home (plus I can walk there if I need a mid-afternoon break!) its amazing what you can find - you hit the jackpot! and you're right - one does scamper into the store!
    amy of four corners design

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  6. I do - I do - I DO believe in GOOD WILL! Fun too! Jennifer

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  7. Super find and it looks perfect. Good for you. Always have to listen to that little inner voice. Hugs, Marty

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  8. Ohhhhh, I love the Goodwill.... but not as much as I love a good deal! Nice!

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  9. what a fabulous score!!! and a wonderful lesson to be learned. i will always top at goodwill from now on.

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  10. AWESOME!!!
    What a deal!!
    I LOVE Goodwill..
    My hubs loves that I love GW..
    (he really enjoys the Jerry Garcia Ties..
    and name brand shirts I find for him!)
    keeps me entertained..
    fulfills my inner shopper..
    all for low prices..
    plus we are helping keep folks employed!
    warm sandy hugs..
    Loui♥

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  11. It looks brand new, what was the person thinking to get rid of it? I wonder if it was a marital spat and out of anger maybe the wife or husband thought this would sting a little! Ouch, well good for you!

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  12. That is such an awesome find! I can't believe the things people get rid of.

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  13. What a wonderful find!! I love goodwill...hmmm, I may just have to wander over there after a few hours of cleaning!

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  14. wow! that's a steal! I though it was a hiking bag before reading your post.....we spent about that much on our hiking pack -
    you must have a really great camera to have all the need for those compartments!

    how handy that will be!!
    great score!

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  15. ~*~That is awesome! Im with you on the goodwill routine~ Love that place..especially when your heart starts beating harder because you find that one special gem!! ;) thanks for sharing~*~*Rachel

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  16. That's my kind of reasoning! Sadly I don't have a Goodwill around but I frequent(sometimes daily) my Salvation Army....It's kinda on my way to pick up my daughter from school.....Yeah so I've been late a few times getting her....no biggie......

    Great find! See those kinda of deals is what makes me keep going back!

    Jody

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  17. You've inspired me. My sister and I have been meaning to make a Good will run recently. Need to do it. What a great find!

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  18. Awesome for you, Amy. I'm tickled that you got it.

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  19. Ahahahahaha. I'm still laughing from the Booty pop...pop...pop. What a great score.

    Jami

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  20. Yeah mama! PS... my knees buckled and I may have rolled on the floor regarding your 'scamper' comment. :)

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  21. Great deal on the camera bag! I've been searching for a hiking one for my son. Glad to know they are out there too. I'll keep looking :)

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  22. Oh, wow. Sweet! I'm going to tell David. He's gonna be all over this. Goodwill. It's a good thing. Congrats! ~Mindy

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  23. Wow! I have two Lowepro camera bags. They're awesome and I don't even want to mention what I paid for them! Good going!

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  24. Wowzers!! What a fabulous find!! Good for you!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  25. wow! this is so awesome! I too have found some great finds at the goodwill, but nothing in comparison to this! wow... congrats on saving a bundle of money :)

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  26. holy.moly. My husband just bought that for himself. He doesn't really understand my love for the G-Dub, but after I show him this he might just understand. I have to bookmark this as a find of the century. As tomorrow is the half off day at my G-Dub, I have to do the pre-scout tonight!! Come check out my recent finds! www.ALittleJunkInMyTrunk.blogspot.com

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  27. I kinda feel like this post was simply just to taunt me. Hate to say that it's all about me, but I'm just stating the obvious. ;)

    You are a lucky girl! Enjoy that score!

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  28. What a super great find! I wonder why someone donated it? Don't you always wonder why people give up such good stuff sometimes? I am thinking a backpack like that would be great, toting a heavy shoulder style camera bag can be a pain (literally) after a while! ;)
    ~michelle~

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  29. woohoo! I'm so glad for you! Great find. Kelly

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  30. I just LOVE it when that happens.
    What a great buy!

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

    What is your favorite lens?

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  31. Great find! It PAYS to be a GOOD LISTENER!!!

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  32. I cannot believe that you got that for $20! What a steal!!!

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