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Treasure Hunting

May 23, 2011

One of my favorite activities is finding hidden treasures at Goodwill Stores. This may seem like a strange activity, but it is so much fun! I have found countless books to read, artwork, picture frames, and kitchen decor, just to name a few. It’s amazing the very inexpensive items you can find that are unique and can bring such new life to your home. And I love that these items were once important to someone else.

So today I’ll  share with you some of my favorite Goodwill purchases.

I found this 1960’s herb and spice cabinet at my local Goodwill a few weeks ago. Look how cool this is! When you open the cabinet door, the inside is brimming with descriptions of the herbs and what goes best with what dishes. For $4, I’d say this was quite the buried treasure.


Doesn’t the new spice rack look great next to my other one?

I found this Betty Crocker’s Kitchen Gardens book at the Goodwill bookstore. It was truly made for my kitchen since the green of the 1950’s book matches with the green spice rack.

I wasn’t sure what I’d do with this colorful flower pot, but it called my name. And for 99-cents, I figured I could find a use. I think Sophie’s color pencils and markers make a wonderful addition to the color of the flower pot.

I have found that globes at traditional antique stores are quite expensive. But I found this one at Goodwill for the affordable price of $7. I love it!

One of my new projects is decorating the house with 8″ x 10″ photos I’ve taken. I like buying all different frames at Goodwill. These are a few of my recent finds. If you’re curious to see the actual photos, most of them are in the Project 365 page or can be found in the Autumn section of the Seasons and Holidays page.

I love this painted wood piece that (for now) is located above our photo towers.

So this one drew me to it because of my love of doors. It hangs on a hallway wall along with my door photographs from Santa Barbara.

Not the best photo, but this “Cafe” sign hangs above the kitchen window. And it was only $2!

Here’s another treasure that I’m not quite sure what to do with yet. But I was so intrigued by the intricate woodwork design of this little box.

And of course, my kitchen window mantel herb box (originally featured with the Goodwill Americana clock in the Scenes from Memorial Day Weekend post of 2010).

20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2011 11:33 pm

    I have that same spice cabinet! I bought it new back in the mid 80’s when I was married to my first husband. It followed me into my second marriage and now to our relocation to a little village in Italy. I also love Good Will type stores and yard sales too, but alas, they don’t exist in Italy. Enjoy your treasures! (I found you through She Writes website)

  2. May 24, 2011 2:57 am

    I love shopping at Goodwill, too — although I mostly buy clothes, great deals! And guess what? I have that exact same carved wooden box (I got mine when I lived in Kenya)! I keep tiny toys and tokens and keepsakes in it, that we’ve collected over time. Cool photos!

  3. May 24, 2011 5:09 am

    Some great finds here! My neighbor is a diehard Goodwill shopper and often returns from her trips with a car overflowing with treasures. (Most of which she sells on E-bay).

    I, too am a big fan of doors, as well as windows and alleys — there are so many amazing photos out there. I really like your idea of framing your own pictures. I’ve done it for a few of mine and every time I see them it makes me so happy and reminds of where I was when the photo was taken.

    Happy hunting!

  4. May 24, 2011 5:12 am

    Oh my God, I’m a thrift store/consignment shop/garage sale junkie! One day I looked down and realized that my outfit was adorable, and made up solely of clothes purchased at yard sales. For all I know, the ensemble cost me 75 cents!
    LOVE your finds, especially the spice compatibility chart. How cool is that??

  5. May 24, 2011 5:22 am

    I do love finding a good bargain. Goodwill stores are so much fun – just to wander around and see what you find. Great pictures, too!

  6. May 24, 2011 6:12 am

    I love consignment and donation shops! Lovely finds! Like you, I love pics of doors!

  7. May 24, 2011 7:10 am

    I love the “Home is Where our Story Begins” sign!

  8. May 24, 2011 7:30 am

    You are an expert treasure hunter. What fabulous finds!

  9. May 24, 2011 8:20 am

    I love this post and your pictures are great. It is fun to peek into your life!

  10. May 24, 2011 8:30 am

    I love the picture with blue door. So beautiful!
    Did you study the spices and herbs rack yet?

  11. May 24, 2011 9:00 am

    Leah, I used to have that spice cabinet! My mother gave the same one to me when I moved into my first place back in the 70’s.
    I haven’t gone to a Goodwill in years…but now you’ve reminded me of how fun it can be. I love consignment shops and estate sales, too. 🙂

  12. May 24, 2011 11:55 am

    Everyone has been talking about Goodwill Stores lately around me — I need to check them out!

  13. May 24, 2011 12:28 pm

    Leah, one of my favorite activities is to visit Goodwill stores or the Salvation Army or any other thrift store and find treasures! I love the thrill of discovering something beautiful, handy or useful that someone else didn’t need or use. You unearthed some wonderful things with this lot! I especially love the spice rack. What a beauty! That would look wonderful in my own kitchen! 🙂 I hope you’ll do another post like this the next time you find treasures!

  14. May 24, 2011 2:39 pm

    I love your spice cabinet!

  15. May 24, 2011 3:43 pm

    This is TOO fun, Leah. I’ve never even thought to check out the decorations in a GoodWill. We do have a similar place near us, The Golden Goose, and hubby and I find it fun to poke around to see what they have. You have a way with your decorations, lady. I love what you’ve chosen – and the storyteller in me is even more intrigued by the owners of the pieces you bought, and the stories the objects bring into your home. Great photos! I love the herb box.

  16. May 25, 2011 6:09 am

    I am dying for that herb and spice chart… and I LOVE the seed holder. Seriously, they both look like something that Anthropologie would charge $100+ for. I love treasure hunting too… although furniture is my favorite, favorite thing to find!

  17. May 25, 2011 9:35 am

    Wow! You’re not kidding when you say you’ve found a “treasure” of things 😀 These are wonderful finds, Big Boo. I love the wooden engraving, too. So much time and beautiful work in that piece. The spice rack is a rare one, too. Can’t wait to see the next “treasure”!

  18. May 25, 2011 11:31 am

    I admire you…
    a) You have the patience to look for this stuff. I have a friend who furnished her entire house in estate sale furniture, and it’s gorgeous. Wish I had the inclination to search!
    b) You obviously cook. One cannot have so many cool spice-related items and not be a great cook!

    Especially love the spice chart! I’d have to start cooking to justify one…

  19. May 25, 2011 10:23 pm

    I just love the painting with the blue shutters! What a treasure!

    visiting from SITS

  20. May 26, 2011 5:25 am

    Love your treasures! My daughter is addicted to Fridays at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Amazing what some people throw away.

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