March 27, 2013 in Thrifty Thursday
I wanted to share a FUN shopping excursion from earlier this year. I love thrift store shopping – probably more than most people – and this trip exceeded my expectations!
Goodwill Outlet St Louis
3728 Market Street | St. Louis, MO 63110 | website
If you live anywhere near St. Louis, you’ve probably heard of the Goodwill Outlet. It’s like Supermarket Sweep meets American Pickers…. with a whole lot of JUNK in the way. The Outlet is the last-stop on an unwanted item’s way to recycling/trash. When you donate an item to your local Goodwill store, it will be offered for sale for a set amount of time. If it doesn’t sell during that time period, it’ll be boxed up and sent to the Goodwill Outlet… and that’s where the fun begins….
Big Guy and I were headed downtown for a Saturday night event so we swung by the Goodwill Outlet St Louis just to check it out. Let me tell you… It’s a cultural experience! There were people everywhere and the parking lot was packed. They roll out new bins every few minutes and the people go CRAZY.
Items are tossed in giant, rolling blue bins. Really no rhyme… no reason. You better come prepared to dig! Next time I’ll be armed with a pair of gloves, a bottle of hand sanitizer and maybe even a can of Lysol!
I’ll admit it – I made the Big Guy nervous on more than one occasion as I tried to wedge my way into the madness so I could snag some “fresh” items rolling onto the floor in a new bin. It was comical – you’d think they were bins full of money with the way those people were scrambling! One bin held a large cardboard box with aging styrofoam and a light fixture inside. You pay for items by the pound – not per item – so people like to discard packaging and just hold onto “the goods”. Well, admidst the chaos, someone tried to yank the light fixture out of the box. The disintegrating styrofoam exploded into the air like a snow globe and the group of people were showered in tiny pieces of white foam. I only wish I had it on camera – it was magical… in that thrift store Disney sort of way.
I watched bin after bin roll out, laughing at the bargain blitz and keeping my eyes peeled for something worth snagging…
and then I saw them…
Several wooden yardsticks being nudged around in the bottom of a bin as people scrambled and sorted. I grabbed the big guy in a vintage-loving-frenzy and told him I neeeeeeded them. It’s a good thing he was there! With his go-go-gadget arms and big-guy height, he was able to weasel his way into the pack and snag every. last. one. of them!
Forgive my crazy hair… I’d been to battle in that store!
Can you believe it?! SIX of them!!! Many of them are printed with local St. Louis stores. Oh happy day!
Big Guy found himself a wooden spoon to use as his “shovel” in the bins. He cracked me up as he poked items out of his way and lifted potential purchases from the bin with the tip of the handle.
When you finish your shopping, you simply take your goodies up to the register to be weighed. They have large scales that you can roll your cart right up onto or smaller counter scales if you’re just buying a few things here and there.
All in all – an AWESOME shopping trip. I’ll DEFINITELY go back… but next time I’ll have gloves!
Curious about what I found? I snagged some great vintage and antique finds! A few of them are currently listed in my Etsy store, but you’ll have to wait to see them all. I know… I know… I’m holding out on you.
If you want to visit the Outlet and see it for yourself, visit the St. Louis Goodwill Outlet website for hours and location!
You guys won’t believe it when I share my next thrift store adventure… Two Words – Plunder Palace.