Abigail Cahill O'Brien

The Fruit of Goodwill

In Feathering the Nest on March 16, 2010 at 6:30 am

Remember the Goodwill online auction discovery and the ensuing flurry of ridiculously good deals?  The mint green Big Ben clock, the flapper photo, the brass justice scales?  Well, they’ve been arriving in drips and drabs and reams of bubble wrap, and I’m starting to find homes for them.

Several landed on the fireplace mantle.  Eventually I’d like a painting there, but for now the ever-changing assemblage of books, pictures and accessories is doing just fine.  The cherub in the oval frame?  Yep, that’s Goodwill, too.  Oh and yes, those are the Penguin Classics I’ve been after.  My husband knows the way to my heart.

The picture below is the chest/bookshelf combo near our entryway.  The orange pitcher and the antique kitchen scale are both Goodwill scores, as are the brass justice scales. You can barely make out a turquoise Dansk pitcher on the second shelf.  DING-DING-DING!  Goodwill online!  I’m telling you, there’s nothing more satisfying than thrifting from home.

The justice scales, which are destined for our den when it’s finished, are decidedly lopsided.  Should I straighten them out, probably by bumping up one side with a piece of adhesive felt, or just leave them as a visual commentary:”Life’s Not Fair”?

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  1. Definitely leave the scales in all their wobbly glory. Goodwill online? Who knew? Thanks for the tip.

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