This post marks our 1 year anniversary here at Goodwill Hoarding! Thanks for reading! The past year has been full of adventure and great discoveries.
This Road Trip started with a trip down memory lane.
Ten years ago my husband and I got married. Beginning the rest of our lives together meant starting out with sacrifices. We moved out of Seattle down to a suburb of Tacoma called Lakewood (about an hour Southwest-ish of Seattle) where he would attend school and we’d save money on rent. From liberal-organic-granola-bike wielding-fitness enthused-single-Seattle to mullet- flannel wearing-republican-conservative-child-rearing-Lakewood, my life drastically changed. Soon the newness wore off and we grew accustomed to the small suburb town life and made new friends.
Initially, one thing saved me from loneliness; the Lakewood Goodwill opened the year we moved in. I attended the grand opening and spent many days searching through the cluttered racks of that store. It served as a little piece of home just a few miles away. Those days I obsessed over sewing projects and homemaking. I searched for good fabric and cheap clothing; anything to save a buck.
Not a lot has changed since then…. I still love to search through the shelves of Goodwill. My priorities have changed and my tacticts are more refined, but that’s how life goes. Right?
First visit back to Lakewood Goodwill: Road Trip stop #1
I haven’t set foot in Lakewood since we moved back to Seattle 8 years ago. Today’s the day! Make sure that when en-route to Lakewood Goodwill you understand your directions. The location sits quite a few miles off the freeway and the location proved somewhat confusing for me even though I am familiar with the area.
GWH Rating Strategy (if you need a refresher click this link)
GWH Rating: 6
- Store Size: M
- Prices: 3
- People Crowded: 3
- Furniture: 3
- Quality & Quantity: 3
- Clothing and Accessories: new/trendy
- Housewares: new/trendy
First things first… Bathroom! After an hour drive sipping on coffee, I was slightly desperate. Walked all the way to the back of the store to find I had to get a key from the front. Walked all the way to the front and then found out I had to walk back to wait for an employee to let me in. Thank god most Goodwills have bathrooms.
The housewares section boasted the best Pyrex finds of the day. A Butterfly Gold baking dish $7 and a piece of Copper Filigree Pyrex dinnerware $2. The square baking dishes are actually pretty hard to find. So I was enthused with this purchase.
Butterfly Gold Baking Dish
Copper Filigree Pyrex Dinnerware
Cute Little Mushrooms
Clothing appeared typical to most Tacoma Goodwills. I found an awesome Pegasus shirt and my jeans were falling down so I picked up a belt as well.
Hmmmmmm…. not sure I can get behind a used underwear section. I’m pretty open minded when it comes to thrifting, but I think I’d rather not……
Not so sure about this…
The Media section was nicely organized and well stocked. RIP Tom Clancy. There was an entire section devoted to Western and Sci-Fi.
Overall I enjoyed this location. Well stocked and bright in a newish building. The bathrooms could use a re-model (or deep cleaning)… but that is really my only gripe.
Of course, while traveling to unknown places, I have to cram everything into one day. So I had arranged a Pyrex trade in the parking lot that morning. After waiting in my car for a few minutes, my date arrived. A beautiful tall blond with a German accent. She was so lovely! I had never met her before but she greeted me with a hug and a huge smile and as we exchanged our Pyrex trades she inquired after my finds for the morning. I showed her the Butterfly Gold Baking dish. Her eyes lit up obviously in love. I gifted it to her knowing that it would have a happy home. It seemed the right thing to do and she was so happy that it was definitely the right thing to do! (I hoped secretly that my Pyrex Karma would be boosted.)
My road trip continues and I visit 4 more stores in the South Puget Sound! Stay tuned…..