Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Thrifted Life: A Trip to Amish Country

This afternoon the family took a little daytrip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Aside from the roadside scenery of vast farmland, Lancaster is known for a few things.

  1. The Amish. The reserved, hard-working and deeply religious folk who toil away to make an honest living with their livestock, wood crafts and homegrown harvest.
  2. Antiques. Furniture, decor and relics of field laborers past.
  3. Outlet Shopping. From discount socks to designer goods, Lancaster County has it.     
Since my parents aren't especially fond of antiquing, I just admired the drive past the many antique shops and their porch and curbside wares. We, did however stop into a few outlet shops. Since I returned too late to photograph with natural lighting, some of the goods I did purchase will have to be visually supported another time. But I did happen into The Book Cellar...where everything was a cool 50 cents. Here were my picks:

Graphic novel on a weighty issue.

Band journal and 4 Track EP from The Hermans

Oh, the controversy!
While I didn't want to make everyone wait in the car without me, as this was a family outting, I did have one request: That I could stop into a Goodwill we passed while outlet shopping. While this wasn't a successful hunt because I fell under time contraints, I did manage to track down something that will hopefully be quite useful in the future:

The Goodwill Bargain Room.
I was beginning to think that the so-called Goodwill Outlet was the stuff of fiction. But today...some two hours from home, I finally found one. Oh the bins and boxes were filled to the brim, my friends. And the piles were high for the diggin'

Again, being that the family was waiting on me, I just stopped in for a few minutes to see what it was about. Fill-a-bag sales! Stacks of records! Bins of bags and totes! Oh it was magical. I will return again one day, Bargain Room.

What bargains have you found lately?


Wendy said...

I have been there! O. M. G. About 2 hrs from my house. I say we do a little road trip withOUT the fan!! Outlet prices way too high! Lol

Jackie Jardine said...

Don't worry, Wendy. I'll be taking a drive out there again solely for thrifting and antiques!

Amber Von Felts said...

We used to have a Goodwill outlet near my town where you could buy stuff by the pound! All clothes & textiles were $1 a pound. AH-MAZING! They shut down a few years back though, which was the end of an era. I had made a pretty penny re-selling the cool stuff I got there!

Jackie Jardine said...

I've actually heard of by-the-pound Goodwill. But I've never had the opportunity to see one in action. I can only imagine the thrill of unearthing some really awesome textiles and outfits and just running...full-on running to the checkout in glee!

Anonymous said...

Excuse me? Goodwill outlet?! Must find one! Hope you have fun on your Jersey trip!