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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Da Recent Junk
Most of my junking this month was just bits and pieces, gathered here and there but I made a good haul last weekend so decided to snap some pictures before I started the cleaning and sorting and storing. Believe it or not, most of this table full came from The Bins.
Goodwill leftovers? Seriously? Sometimes it amazes me how this stuff never sold and landed at The Bins. If you are not from Portland, The Bins is Goodwill's final stop. Kind of an Island of Lost Junk.
Really more of a tsunami of junk since they are constantly removing the "picked" bins and replacing with fresh ones. This is not pretty and you have to stand your ground and be ready to dig. I wear a dust mask and take my hand sanitizer. Some folks wear gloves but they feel too clumsy for me. I guess I'm a "hands on" picker - LOL!
Some things are priced but most is sold by the pound and starts at $1.79/pound, I think. Maybe it's $1.69. The price per pound goes down with the more you buy. You have to watch out a little because some heavy items are NOT a bargain when you are paying by the pound. Furniture, bikes, etc are all priced. Some great furniture shows up there. The other day they had one of those old treadle sewing machines with great drawers in the cabinet for $40. Man, did I hate to leave that behind but just couldn't figure out ANY place I could put it.
It has been kind of fun since The Husband got interested in old bicycles because he says crazy things like "let's go to The Bins" on Saturday. Huh?? Who are you and what have you done with my husband?? When he is finished looking at the bikes he comes over and tries to help me dig. He does a really good job manning the shopping cart.
They call out over the loudspeaker, stay behind the yellow line, do not begin to shop until the bin comes to a complete stop, be courteous, shop only in front of yourself. Pretty intense picking.
The Husband is especially handy at untangling the sewing trims that are wrapped around lamps, Christmas light strings and toys. Keeps him busy.
And lastly, a sweet little pile of doll clothes for the Grand. They are all washed and waiting for her now. Four teeny outfits for teeny money.
May all your picking dreams come true!