Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Bins Update

Here is my much delayed update on my trip to the bins (The Goodwill Outlet). Class started this last semester of college!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!! Well, my last undergrad semester; I plan on starting my grad degree next fall...if all goes well! Anyways, here are my finds. The glass items above were purchased in the antiques part of the James Dean Museum mentioned in my last post. The rest of the items in this post are from the bins.

Let me say that these outlet stores are quite the experience. If you have one near you, I would definitely check it out. The basic premise of the outlets is buying vintage treasures in bulk. They put all the items in blue bins and you have to sift through them. For the most part, the items are not really separated. But, if you have the time and patience, you can really find some nice deals. The above mirror is my favorite find of the day...a whole fifty cents!! I think it matches well with my dresser set.
For the location I visited, the books produced the most variety of vintage items. And, the books are so cheap too -- can't beat fifty cents a book! I am in love with the zoo book from 1939. I plan on scanning in some of the images soon; they are some of the cutest vintage graphics!! The dressmaking book is from 1943 and has some really great tips for vintage sewing...I think I might be sensing another series coming!! The two books in the center are for a craft project I hope to get to soon.

I was a little disappointed with the selection of clothing. I have a feeling that most of the vintage stuff went to the stores so they could charge more for it. However, I did find a few things when some of the workers put out more stuff into the bins. I don't know how it is at every location, but the one I was at kept refilling the bins when they were getting low. Anyways, I love the blue shirt, mostly because it buttons in the back. And how sweet is that quilted bed jacket?! :)
This little dress set was still in a dry-cleaners bag. I am not sure if it was worn and if it was, it couldn't have been more than once or twice. I love this shade of pink and knit dresses. Anything knit is an instant favorite with me. Check out those details too. The stitching appears on the dress too.

Overall, my little trip to the bins was fun and I got some great stuff. Plus, I didn't even spend $20!! How great is that?! :)



The Thriftaholic (Leilani) said...

Nice, thanks for sharing your experience with the mythical bins... I've been to the Dig 'n Save in Wisconsin and I imagine it's a similar experience (sadly a lot of household items were broken there as they're all dumped together!). I'm hoping to take a mini roadtrip to the bins next month... aren't there a few locations in Indiana?

I'm also in my last semester of school EVER (I'm in a three-year graduate program). What are you planning to study in grad school? Are you in the throes of applications right now?

Protector of Vintage said...

I am not familiar with the bin experience, but it sounds like something I would enjoy. You found some wonderful vintage outfits!!!! Good luck with school.

Rosie said...

Looks like the mirror is a great match for your dresser set! I love the blue top. I have a vintage one just like it with buttons up the back, but its white and the pattern enbroidered on it is in GOLD thread. It's so pretty!

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