Monday, April 30, 2012

Why my garage has no furniture!

I have exactly one piece of furniture in my garage right now. And that's kind of a good thing because I really do like parking my car in the garage. But I really like painting furniture more. And even though we just wrapped up our spring tag sale, I know that our summer sale will be here before you know it. So I need furniture!



There was a time when my side of the garage was full of furniture. I had a nice little routine going. I would go to the gym a few mornings a week, then I would swing by the Goodwill on my way home. I could pretty much count on a good find at least once week.  Now I rarely even stop at the Goodwill. The reason - a dramatic rise in prices. But yesterday I was out meeting a client and thought maybe I'd give the Goodwill another try. But it was the same story I've been finding for the last few months. Case in point -  adorable dresser, right? It has a few veneer issues and the drawers need a little work, but nothing I haven't dealt with before. I should be doing the happy dance, right?


But here's my problem. Yes people, that is a $300 dresser at the Goodwill! We don't even sell dressers at our tag sales for $300 AFTER we work on them. ... Now please tell me, is this happening everywhere? ... My theory is that it's not just a reflection of the economy, but that thrift shopping has become quite trendy. That is a good thing for our tag sales, but it makes finding good pieces at reasonable prices more difficult. ... I'd love to hear your thoughts!


I'll be honest, going to the Goodwill was just so darn easy. Yard sales and auctions are not my favorite things, but I maybe I need to learn to love them. Craigslist is not all that great in our area and there are not a whole lot of thrift stores or flea markets. ... So let me know, where are the best furniture finds in your area?


Now let me tell you about Karla's garage. You saw it here a few months ago. Remember all the chairs?  Well, Karla had slowly worked it down to almost nothing ... until her husband went to a barn sale and brought her four truck loads of new stuff!!!



Yes, it's all filled up again!












I love this little blue enamel top cabinet. It has the cutest door that just needs to be reattached. With a little love, it will be adorable! I told Karla that is was meant to be blue, no painting it a "neutral" color.


And just look at this old workbench that Karla found a spot for in her garden. There is another one just like it in the garage under all that stuff! Hmmm, I'm pondering!



And this is the stuff they decided not to keep. It was headed for the dump, but I intercepted it just in the nick of time!


And a few other pieces somehow found their way into my vehicle. So now that one dresser won't feel quite so lonely in my garage. But I still need furniture!!!



I guess we're all just one barn sale away from a whole garage full of furniture!








44 comments:

Connie @ Sensible-Redesign said...

I too have found Goodwill prices HIGH. That and Salvation Army also. I guess everyone is now shopping there and they feel they can get those high prices. Sad.....I know. Now a barn sale looks like just the thing to find. :)

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

I'm in Ontario, Canada and I agree about the much higher Goodwill and Salvation Army furniture prices. I have seen lots of dressers needing work for $200+ and little single night tables really really needing attention for over $30. Kijiji, Craigs and yard sales are the best spots around here, but I would love to find a truckload. Lucky Karla!

Ali Richardson said...

Ugh! Goodwill in my area has ALWAYS been over priced. I have actually never purchased a piece of furniture there. I often want to ask who does their pricing when I'm in there, but don't have the guts. They will have $1 items from the dollar bins at Target, and they charge $.99. It makes me so mad! I barely ever go there and we are seriously lacking other thrift shops around here :( Bummer!

Lisalulu said...

We have a new goodwill in town (less than a year old) and YES always such high prices, I just don't understand, not in great shape either? what gives?

CindyLou said...

I totally agree!! I actually get really angry when I go to the Goodwill. What's up with that??!!! I've seen Dollar Store items listed for $1.25 and more - are they for real??? Just means more yard sales for me I guess!!

Tammy said...

Lafayette, IN here with 3 Good wills that have also gotten ridiculously over priced in the last year or so. I'm also irritated and want yo know who is pricing the stuff. Most of the time i wouldn't pay half of what they are asking. They're not going to do much good for others if we all stop shopping there.

Heather @ The Junktion said...

Same exact story here in Niceville, FL...insanely high prices at Goodwill. I pretty much stopped even looking. Every now and then if I have a bit of extra time I will go in and then it takes me about 2 seconds to remember why I don't go there. I couldn't even afford to buy anything there for my own house; let alone for resale.

Danielle said...

Wow. I haven't found prices high here where I am, but they don't always have pieces of furniture at my one. That barn sale looked amazing! My guest room is currently filled with painted and soon to be painted furniture :)

Chrissie said...

Thrift store prices have been that way here for quite a while. I rarely make good find. Same thing, they charge what I would plan to ask latter the fact. I do have a little more luck on pieces from the 1970s and later. Auctions are the best source for me. Good luck with your finding!

Pamma said...

Same here in Missouri. Have noticed prices creeping up. Garage sales are the better bet but then gas costs are a problem so I stay close to my house. Glad it is garage sale season again. Good luck something always comes along.

Sarah AKA The Thriftress said...

Where are these barn sales? I need one! I do alright scouring CL, thrift stores and yard sales but it is a full time job! I would love three truckloads of stuff from the inside of an old barn!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i definitely think that the goodwills have caught onto the thrifting trend. ours luckily is new and the prices are decent for the most part..... for now!!! and WOW i need a barn saling husband!

NanaDiana said...

Your garage is empty? I can't believe it. However, I do believe I am in total love with Karla's husband- sight unseen! xo Diana

Lee Hill Primitives said...

Is the same here in VA, our GW and TS' s prices have increased incredibly. Chests and dressers as well are over $ 300. Many times I have to stop and look 2 times to be sure if I enter in an antique store instead of a GW.

Imageremix said...

Holy cow! 4 truck loads!? Such cool stuff. I'm with you, Goodwill is overpricing their items. I go to one by my house every week and the same furniture is still sitting there because it's overpriced. Some things aren't too bad, but for the most part, they have raised prices and it seems to be hurting their sales.

Anyway, fun to see what you have been up to. Stop by my place sometime. I go for garage sales and picking. The picking makes up for the overpriced Goodwill purchases I made. :)

gail wilson said...

Goodwill... don't get me started! Their prices are outrageous these days. Ours don't ever have sales (color of the day etc)

Whoa, four truckloads... and still was going to take a whole load to the dump--so glad you intercepted!

Y'all are gonna have fun, and lots of blog content! hahaha
gail

Petticoat Junktion said...

Hi Sharon, thanks for posting those pictures. I'm like you, it's either feast or famine. Full up or empty. Kathy, Petticoat Junktion

Wendy said...

$300.00 is crazy. The Goodwill that I go to in Central Fla is very well priced. So is the salvation Army (but when it comes to furniture, our Goodwill has the best prices.) I found a vintage pair of wooden end tables by Lane - $8.00 total. They are painted a horrible shade of brown that I'm currently working on stripping off.

Laurel Stephens said...

Yup, same thing here in Boise; sky high prices everywhere. But, honestly, my jaw dropped at the dresser priced for $300. That's just craziness. May the furniture fairies grace you with your very own barn sale.

Amanda Triplet said...

I don't really go to Goodwill here because it's tiny, the people are rude, and the musty smell is overwhelming (i always have breathing issues for a day or two after going in there), but the prices at the Habitat for Humanity Re-store are pretty high. I usually go stuff hunting there every other week. They do have a clearance section though, and stuff that rotates through there is fairly reasonable...we got a $15 table earlier this month.

Stephanie Viens said...

Same thing here in MA. Goodwill prices are lower than Salvation Army. Furniture prices aren't as bad a clothing prices. Dress can run $30. I can get a new dress on sale from the price of an outdated used one. We have a couple of Savers here too. They tend to have the best prices

Allison@FabRehab said...

It totally depends on the GW around here, but the highest price I've ever seen at my fave GW is $120 and that was for a huge piece. I cannot believe they want $300 for that. I am finding garage sales the way to go...unfortunately, it's seasonal in MN.

The Cranky Queen said...

I am seeing rising prices at Goodwill and Salvation Army in AL! Ugh...thought it was just in our area, but guess not! My theory...during the recession, everyone started having to be thrifty and shop more frugal, thus turning to resale and thrift shops. These types of businesses saw the increase in sales and thought that their prices could increase due to demand...what a rude awakening do they have. Thanx for sharing your cute blog~ Visit me over at my blog palace sometimes! tiffany

Twice Nice said...

I've seen my GW go up in prices, but $300 is really wild! I rarely find something there, but when I do it is a really good deal. I need to find me a barn sale!

Lauren -aCommonersCastle said...

That is pure craziness! Ugh! I have definitely noticed the same thing at goodwill lately. sometimes I have luck at the salvation army, but there pricing seems to be random. I'll find ridiculously priced junk and fab priced treasures. (unfortunately, it is sometimes the other way around)
I have been having really good luck with craigslist lately, but it takes a lot of digging through overpriced garbage, and checking at least daily. It's worth it though. I just picked up a great hutch for $25. I posted about it here-
http://www.acommonerscastle.com/2012/04/hutch-day.html
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and for always having fun and fabulous projects to share! I'm so glad I found your site!

bonniegetchell said...

The Goodwill near my house has raised their prices as well! It absolutely amazes me-- I don't understand if it's a trend thing like you said, or if it's just the economy. Whatever it is, I don't like it! I find my best stuff on Craigslist or at garage sales. I like garage sales because you never know what you're going to get or find!

-Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
www.revolutionariesblog.com

Korrie Bastian said...

I've noticed that prices keep going up at our thrift stores, too. But then there are other times that there is NO rhyme or reason to how things are priced at all--so sometimes I get lucky ;-) Happy furniture hunting!

Gisel Calvo said...

Hello, I live in Argentina and here's the same with the prices. We do not have garage sales or barn, but if there are certain places for the sale of artidulos used with good prices . Call chatarreros.
CariƱos Gisel

Transformations By Jacqueline said...

Hi Sharon!
Yes Goodwill is very expensive! And other thrift stores same story! Is really difficult to find good stuff and good prices, each time worser if you live in a city the resources are few and high in prices!
Good luck on your finds!

House Revivals said...

Our Goodwill is still somewhat reasonable (except their lamps), but I don't even bother hitting the local SA anymore -- I can get better prices at the local antique stores! Good luck filling your garage :)

Claudine from CondensedLoveHome said...

Hi, Elizabeth!
I live in Vancouver BC Canada. I just started painting furniture and have the same problem, although I don't know how it was before... hehe!
But here the prices are quite expensive. Salv. Army has crappy stuff and expensive. Craigslist is where I get most of my stuff, I need to search a lot to buy a dresser for $50, $80 sometimes $100. I have been to a few garage sales but nothing really nice and cheap. So I guess Craigslist is still my best bet.

Westendpieces said...

I live in Brisbane Australia and have to agree that op shop prices have gone crazy. Its because they are now trendy.. Unfortunately they have taken away a lot of the thrill of finding a bargain and giving it a new life. Sometimes though if you go to the not so popular suburbs you can pick up a great find. The great thing about something used is it has history and character and sometimes you just have to have it. Even if it does cost a bit more and you know that it is going to a good cause.
Cheers

imsteelefullofscrap said...

GW and hospice stores are getting outrageous in prices at least your GW has fancy tags ours just take a piece of paper with description like a tag sale lol and you take to the counter looks like were all have to start hitting more yard sales and stop buying from them and there prices may go down

Rani @ La Maison Jolie said...

I love the dresser....but I also know what you mean...furniture in goodwill stores are expensive in Melbourne as well....hard to believe since it's a goodwill/charity store and almost all furniture has been donated to them.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

I agree, Sharon! I was floored with the prices I saw at the Goodwill in our area. I have found much better deals on CL. Karla's garage looks like a goldmine. :) I can't wait to see what you do with that dresser. I know for the next tag sale to come early because you all have amazing stuff!!

Imperfections said...

I have never bought furniture at Goodwill because the prices are laughable. I find the smaller mom and pop type thrifts to be more reasonable.

Jane Craske said...

WOW! Can't wait to see what you do with everything. I've never had any luck with Goodwill either but the yardsales in my area are usual aces.

Elizabeth said...

I needed a dresser, went to Goodwilly, found it, price tag $1,000.00. After my heart calmed down and my mouth shut, I left shaking my head.

Katie said...

This is such a problem around here as well. I always complain to my husband that Goodwill is too expensive. Haha, never thought those words would come out of my mouth! Even our craigslist is getting expensive. I think it is definitely due to furniture renovations becoming so popular. Guess I need to get out and yardsale more often! :)

tomasdinera said...

there has been so much publicity over the last coupla years of the great prices and fabulous finds to be had at, and they always seem to mention Goodwill, thrift stores....personally, I've never seen anything fabulous in furniture at several in my area...and a l930's dresser with half the veneer gone will be priced $350. or more....ridiculous. The fault lies with newspaper and magazine articles, DIY, and yes, bloggers such as yourself...It's a shame cause some of the people shopping there could really use decent furniture at a good price. I refuse to purchase anything from Goodwill or Salvation Army, but am still able to shop at other thrift stores of which there are many in my area....without a major wake-up call, no changes will be made. I've read that Goodwill had a huge profitjump over the last few years, so guess corporate greed has reached non-profits....

joanne said...

geez, i think i had better check out our goodwill again. $300? ludicrous! i am all for shopping at goodwill to contribute to the good will...but wowzer!

i found a couple of nice pieces of furniture at our community yard sale (held only 2x per year)...even our antique mall has better prices than goodwill....

i bought an old rocking toy that i perceived to be some odd animal such as a rabbit for $6...however, after getting it home and really looking at it, i realized that it is a headless rocking HORSE....sigh...okay, guess what? it is now a conversation piece.....lol

i am going to look more at the lesser known thrifrts...let goodwill have their higher profits, but they won't get it from me.....

emmanoelle said...

Wow! It is really pretty. Thanks for the update. furniture

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

$300!?!?! Thats crazy! And I thought our Goodwill was bad geez...

Jenny Clerk said...

I have a garage that I hires to store car. Now I need space to store furniture. Should I keep them in garage or I should look for other websites for self storage.