Goodwill Was Good to Me

by | Sep 29, 2009 | Antiques, Favorite Finds | 28 comments

Today I made a run over to Goodwill and it was very good to me. Lately, I have been scoring big time, but I do have dry spells, too…just wait. Anyway, I found all of this great stuff at one place for $24.00… This is an antique cobalt blue enamel roasting pan. A great find at $6.97.

I’ve been told you can tell a really old roaster by the bottom. If the sides are like the picture below, it’s an old and valuable piece.

This is the third mirrored vanity tray I’ve found in the last 3 weeks! Check out my other vanity tray makeover.

This set of 4 plates was $2.97! I bought a small green one exactly like this at World Market a few years ago for about $6.00. All of my dishes are blue & white, so these will fit right in.

The jury is still out on this basket…is it ugly or cute? It was only $1.97 and in great condition. There’s just something really neat about it, but kind of ugly, too…I just couldn’t pass it up. It was $1.97 and will go in the shop as is.

I really like parts of this lamp – the ceramic figure and the marble base, but there are these plastic cream connectors that I need to deal with. This will be so cute when it gets a little TLC.

This table was the find of the day at $4.97! I thought for sure it would be $20 or something crazy like that, but under $5.00…sold! The leather top and wood finish is a little rough, but nothing that can’t be fixed. I love the fret work on the sides and all of the little details in around the table edges and the drawer.

Look out for before & after picture on this piece.

Even the hardware is great…nothing a little oil rubbed bronze couldn’t fix! Gotta love Goodwill.


  1. Bev @ The 3 Clutters

    Love the enamal roaster. The plates are interesting, what a nice color.

  2. Leah

    Your Goodwill rocks! There is a similar style,laminate table at my GW for $9.
    You're going to make that table so pretty 🙂

  3. Kelly Lish

    That was such a generous comment you left for me-thank you very much-but you are a true artist yourself! I love seeing all the beautiful makovers you do-they are wonderful!

  4. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

    That table with the fret work looks like a fabric that is around. I just recently saw it on PK's Room Remix blog in a green and white. Love the dishes! Can't wait to see the transformation of the table.

  5. Annikke

    I am the same way with thrift store/garage sale finds…I go through spells of finding some of the greatest deals and then spells where I can't even find something ugly to walk out with!

  6. Jacey Autumn Photography

    wow great stuff you found there! I cant wait to see what you do with that desk 🙂

  7. Jane

    You have scored lately on your GW finds. That table was a great buy at under $5.00…I know you will turn it into something fabulous….and I will be anxious to see….I bought a similar table (without the cool fretwork) recently at a thrift store….mine is still waiting for a redo….maybe you can help me with some inspiration!

  8. Marla

    Ooh, la, la. You struck it again! Love your finds, especially the blue plates and the table with the leather top. I can't wait to see what you do with it! Thanks for visiting me, I joined your follower list as well, thanks for joining and I look forward to seeing more of your creativity. Marla

  9. Cindy (Applestone Cottage)

    Great finds! So glad you stopped by, love your blog and the wonderful things you do with the furniture. I know that end table will be awesome! Cindy

  10. Kim

    Those are all great finds, but I think I like the dishes best of all. I've always had a fondness for dragonflies.

  11. Linda@Coastal Charm

    Looks like I need to go to your GW…I have never found a piece of furniture for under $5.00…that was a DEAL!!!! Take care.


  12. Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig

    That's an amazing little table for $5!
    As for the basket, it does have a sort of Fall-ish charm.
    Great finds!

  13. bj

    O, Miss Mustard..what great treasures you have found. I just know that table, when finished, is gonna knock our sox off!!

    Come over and see my thrift store finds, too…we both lucked out this time.
    xo bj

  14. bj

    Dear Little Miss Mustard Seed…:O)

    Just wanted to mention (and you probably already know this..) to be sure to clean your brass really good with a spray cleaner before you paint it. It tends to puddle and spot if it's not really clean.
    By me telling YOU this, it's like telling Noah about the flood !! But…just wanted to mention the cleaning. Be sure to show us your big candle holder when you get it painted..ok?

  15. Newlywed Hostess

    I have a basket that looks almost exactly like that one. Hubby's grandmother bought it when she lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico. I am about to list it on EBay later this year. I think its cute, but not the style of the house I am doing.

  16. Melissa Miller

    ~Beautiful! You found some really good buys. 🙂

  17. Mary Ellen

    Great deals!! I adore those dragonfly plates! That table is going to be wonderful when you get done with it!


  18. Marigene

    Great finds, you have a better GW than the ones around here. Neat blue roaster….but, oh, those blue dragonfly plates I do love.

  19. Kammy

    O.K. – I love all your finds but…that basket – girl I hope you have a vision – make me like it k ? LOL ! (never ask me an opinion – cuz I will give it – I say that with hugs and kisses !)

  20. The Crazy Suburban Mom

    I haven't tackled any furniture ever but this makes me realize how much Ive passed up. Wow! And love that roaster!

  21. Patti

    I love the end table – do you have any idea how to clean up the leather top? I have 2 old tables with leather tops and they are crackled from dryness

  22. Mel

    Ooooh, I'm giddy with goodwill goodness. Great finds.

  23. Cindy@OldTimePickers

    Oh, I love those plates! The basket just needs a little of your love. Jazz it to reflect your personality.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Living it up at Lakewood,

  24. Holly

    I really like the roaster and the table, especially. Great finds this week!
    Thanks for linking up with TST!

  25. Dragonfly Treasure

    Great find on the roaster!!! Love the table too…I got a thing about littel tables! LOL


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