Goodwill Outlet Adventures

When my friend Marsha asked me what I wanted to do on my birthday  I knew exactly what I wanted to do and I knew she would be up for the adventure!

But first I wanted to start my day out with Jim going out to breakfast.

I enjoyed this yumminess at a little Scandinavian restaurant, Cafe Broder, that we went to – Abel skivers with lemon curd and lignonberry jam!  Our fun friends The Watts joined us too.

After breakfast Marsha and I headed out for our adventure.  For my birthday I wanted to go to the Goodwill Outlet.  This is not the regular Goodwill.  The outlet is where things go after they leave Goodwill.  Going to the Goodwill Outlet is almost like dumpter diving!

We quickly learned that there is protocol and a certain etiquette you need to follow at the outlet.

Tables are rotated in and out on a regular basis.  When I new row of tables is brought in they  are rolled in one at a time in a long line.

You must line up on either side of the line on the floor and wait.

You may look but you must not touch.  Once the entire row is in place (about 8 tables or so) you are then allowed to go for it!  You may dig away to your hearts content.

Let’s just say we met some interesting people.  A lot of people who have an ebay business and resell what they find.  One man had found a old movie camera for about $50.00 (you pay by the pound) and turned around and sold it for $2,000 that afternoon on ebay!

We did find some treasures – including this vintage tablecloth that is now on my kitchen table. (I washed it of course!)

Things are a little dirty and grungy so I recommend wearing a pair of gloves while digging through the bins.

My favorite bins were the ones with books in them.  We found quite a few treasures.  An old copy of Gone with the Wind, some sheet music and an old dictionary to use for some crafting as well as some other fun vintage finds.

Anybody have any idea what a 1898 copy of War and Peace might be worth!?

After we accumulated all our treasures we headed to the checkout where you pay by the pound except for books which are $2.00 for hardback and $1.00 for paperbacks.

I also found a cute Banana Republic sweater which ended up costing me about $1.50.  Here are some of my other finds which include a vintage quilt!

I actually can’t wait to go back.  We decided next time we are taking our husbands so they can experience it!

We got home, showed off our treasures and cleaned up so we could enjoy birthday dinner!

We reserved Gloria’s Secret Cafe, a teeny, tiny El Salvadoran restaurant in Beaverton.  Sixteen of us squeezed into Gloria’s for a yummy dinner. We filled the entire place – it’s little!

There were four of us celebrating birthdays this month so it was fun to share the evening with them.  They all got share my favorite birthday cake, a lemon poppyseed cake from Beaverton Bakery which is just down the street from Gloria’s.  Happy Birthday to Darlene, Jane and Gerry too!

There is no better way to celebrate a birthday than with good food and good friends and of course a toast!

The whole day was a great way to kick off my new year!! I am lucky to have such wonderful friends and a sweet husband who shared my day with me.

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Shelly says

    I love the Goodwill Outlet! I get TONS of fabric there. You never know what you’ll find But I think it’s not for everyone some of my friends wouldn’t be caught dead there! LOL :) I’m glad you had a wonderful birthday!

  2. Kathryn says

    I think the Public Broadcasting “Antique Roadshow” is coming to Oregon this month or next so you might see if you get “Gone With the Wind” appraised there.

    • says

      The one I went to is out in Hillsboro/Aloha area. It is on TV Highway, just west of 185th. Near where the movie theaters are. Someone told me there is one on the east side too – think on McLoughlin or in that area.

  3. jessica says

    Happy Birthday…! Sounds like you had an awesome day..! I am going to so checking and see if there is a Goodwill Outlet here in Michigan…! I am so jealous of all your wonderful restaurants .. thanks for sharing…!

  4. melissa says

    WOW now that is a nice outlet what great finds. I have only been to the one in Albuquerque one time, walked in and walked right back out, it was so filthy and crowded. The employees were chucking things into bins as people were digging through them and I could hear stuff breaking.

  5. says

    There is no better Goodwill Outlet (or as the locals call it, The Bins) than the Portland location. Coincidentally, it’s also the one with more broken glass and “stuff” on some of the clothing. It’s interesting to see those movable tray-type things, instead of the permanent “bins” they used to have. We know the fun of a treasure hunt there! Do people still steal items, or your whole cart, if you turn your back on it?

    • says

      I’ll have to check out the one over in Portland next time. People were putting blankets over their carts and I finally figured out why – to keep people from taking things!

  6. kelly says

    my husband would rather die than dig through bins at goodwill:) he says he has a job and can buy clean new things, he just doesnt’ get it! although i have never found a vintage quilt or anything close to that good! it’s more like candlesticks or platters to make cake stands with! good birthday!

  7. Linda Hill says

    I found one only about 15 minutes from my house…even with all the “thrifting” I do, I haven’t heard of the outlets! Thanks, Leigh Ann!

  8. Melody says

    Oh my gosh,,, I’m so glad I found you!!! My daughter and I were at the outlet later in the day – we saw the outlet on our way towards downtown Portland and thought we should stop. We walked in and didn’t read anything (thought it was like other Goodwills). We quickly walked through it (only had a few minutes) and didn’t do a lot of digging. Through your experience – I know we need to get there early for the goodies…Thank-you!! Wooohoo another treasure seeker!!!

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