$4

We have three Goodwill stores in our area.  Throughout the week I will pop into each one at least once.  Sometimes there is nothing but junk.  Other times, all of my searching and looking pays off.
Yesterday, we popped into my favorite Goodwill.  I spied this HUGE box of what appeared to be a random assortment of Christmas decorations.  All I could see was what you see above but with a little peeking, I could tell that it just HAD to be full of treasures.  I could tell that each item inside had been wrapped in a sandwich baggie and I just knew that no worker at the Goodwill would do that.  That meant no one had looked through it.  With a price tag of $4, it was mine.  I couldn't wait to go through it.   
And wouldn't you know...it was FULL of over 150 vintage Shiny Brite ornaments!!!!!
I may have squealed a few times as I opened them.  And opened them.  And opened them. 




There were a few from pre-WW II and there were a few of these, made during WW II.  They have paper caps instead of the normal metal ones. :) 


There were hardly any plain ones...each was an odd shape or decorated beautifully.






We estimated that IF I wanted to sell them the whole collection would be worth $300-$500!!!  Not too bad for a $4 investment. :)

Have you ever found any amazing treasures at the goodwill? 

And a HAPPY HAPPY birthday to my wonderful husband!!  He is THE most amazing man a girl could ask to be married to!  I'm so excited to see what this new year holds for him!! :)
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22 comments:

Vera said...

Do you intend to sell them? Such treasures, they don't look too shabby either:)

cassie t said...

wow those are gorgeous definatly worth your investment xxxx

Anonymous said...

What a terrific find! I cannot believe the abundance of your purchase!! I have one box from my grandmother, and I love them and treasure them. Several of yours look like the ones I have. Way to go!

Melanie

sarahgilmour said...

That's so cool! What an awesome find! One of the things I miss most about the US (I live in Germany now) is that there aren't many good thrift stores!

This Christmas, while I was home for a visit, my grandma gave me several boxes of exactly this type of ornaments - even some of the same exact ones in your pictures! My fiancé did a marvelous job of packing them up and they managed to survive the trip back to Germany in our suitcases. I am really excited for next Christmas because we're going to have the coolest tree ever!

Will you use some of them, or do you think you'll sell them?

Paige said...

LOVE those ornaments! What a great find.

Jacomijn said...

First of all: happy birthday to your husband !!

And boy, do I envy you !! That is what I would call a TREASURE !!!!! :o)!!!!!

Lydia Thompson said...

that is awesome! what a great score. i would of been squealing too!

our local Goodwill is awful. They put near retail prices on some stuff. It is kind of crazy. My great scores are off Craigslist these days.

So are you going to keep them all? I totally would!!

lydia @ the adventures of Mommaloo

Pink Fairy Vicky said...

They are beautiful, what a find! x

Jessica said...

So pretty!

Diana said...

Wow -- that's a great score! I am a sap for Christmas ornaments. We had to expand to two trees (one in the family room and one in the dining room) just to hold them all. And to have such an abundance for crafting and gifting . . . . ! (or to sell for cash to use for something much needed or wished for). Very nice indeed.

Tara said...

We were given ornaments like the ones you scored at goodwill when my grandma passed away. They hold a special place on our tree. Think of the stories these ornaments could tell! They we're lucky to have found you!

Tara said...

We were given ornaments like the ones you scored at goodwill when my grandma passed away. They hold a special place on our tree. Think of the stories these ornaments could tell! They we're lucky to have found you!

a happy little life said...

you are a great shopper! what beautiful finds!
i would keep them all!
i have tried to shop at thrift stores the equivalent of good will here in finland. never find a gem, never a good deal. they price things way to expensive, close to new prices.
i had such grand hopes of the european goodies i would find... nothing ever, not even once :(
have a wonderful day!
i enjoy your blog very much!
xo tracie

Trish said...

so amazing! super jealous! i should go to ours more often. you could make a super fun ornament wreath with those!

Melissa said...

You have to follow this up later this year when you use them so we know what you do with them!

Judy said...

Oh, wow!
Now THAT is an amazing find!

Lorena said...

What an amazing find! Congratulations!

Mommy2Sophia said...

Wow! What a score! I am totally jealous of your find :) haven't found anything that amazing at my goodwills, but still some cool stuff. You wouldn't believe it, but yesterday I just happened to stop by a yard sale right down the street on my way home. I scored a real sterling silver bowl for just $2.50 and it is worth about $250! That has been my most amazing find to date. And congrats to you and your husband. So happy to hear that everything is working out how you were hoping! :) Lisa

My name is Becka said...

Oh my dear, I am so glad for you! What fun! And I love that I can just imagine an old woman carefully packaging up her collection hoping someone would find it and appreciate it as much as she did.

You totally would :)

Karen said...

I went goodwilling the other day and came home with a cast iron grill skillet and lid for only $14. I also found a cute vintage glass jar with lemons etched on it for .75!
Congrats on your find!

Rachel Reeves said...

You KNOW I love these!!
Sometimes living in CA stinks! We don't have stores like that....

:(

A Little Of A Lot said...

Get. out. of. town .. those ornaments are AMAZING. I was squealing right along side you as I was browsing the picture.
I don't do well at Goodwill or other thrift stores but I did take my 8 y/o to some yard sales on Saturday and she walked away from one with 30 almost new paperback books for $5

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