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(ABC Local)   Rare painting worth $12,000 discovered at Goodwill. Worker says he immediately knew it was special because it was the first one ever donated that didn't depict dogs playing poker   (abclocal.go.com) divider line 57
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2013-01-14 09:36:42 AM  
If it's not on black velvet I'm not interested.
 
2013-01-14 10:11:24 AM  
My best was buying a box of jewelry for $1,300.00.   Ended up flipping it for just over $40,000.00.   One piece, a brooch, went to auction and fetched $22,000.
I've found other little treasures along the way, but that Estate Sale was the best.
 
2013-01-14 10:14:57 AM  
I've gotten some good pieces from Goodwill. Nothing worth any real value, but not Dogs Playing Poker, either.

Two of them were beautiful Hindu prints; one of Yama, and one depicting the attained Nirvana of man.
 
2013-01-14 10:15:11 AM  
I don't know who should kick themselves harder; the person who comes home tonight and checks the news only to find out the painting they thought was worthless and gave away really wasn't or the employee who pointed out an item worth what they make in a single year to their boss instead of slapping a $10 sticker on it and purchasing/having a friend purchase.
 
2013-01-14 10:15:29 AM  
I'm taking my $20 and heading for the thrift shop to see if I can find something priceless..
 
2013-01-14 10:17:22 AM  
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2013-01-14 10:17:54 AM  

santadog: I've found other little treasures along the way, but that Estate Sale was the best.


Oh, now from Estate Sales... I got a full set of China valued at $4,500. Spent $180.
 
2013-01-14 10:19:01 AM  
www.gq.com

Approves.
//hot like your grandma's coat
 
2013-01-14 10:21:00 AM  

CapeFearCadaver: santadog: I've found other little treasures along the way, but that Estate Sale was the best.

Oh, now from Estate Sales... I got a full set of China valued at $4,500. Spent $180.


My grandmother sold my great grandmother's Depression Glass at a garage sale.  I went berserk when I found out.
 
2013-01-14 10:24:21 AM  
Was it an original Hitler?
 
2013-01-14 10:30:33 AM  

Diogenes: CapeFearCadaver: santadog: I've found other little treasures along the way, but that Estate Sale was the best.

Oh, now from Estate Sales... I got a full set of China valued at $4,500. Spent $180.

My grandmother sold my great grandmother's Depression Glass at a garage sale.  I went berserk when I found out.


Berserk?

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/The operator of that Estate Sale said that the elderly husband had died in a nursing home and the wife was moving in with her children in another state. She told the wife that a nice young woman bought the China and that the wife was so happy that a young person could enjoy the dishes and make them a new tradition. That gave me the warm fuzzies.
 
2013-01-14 10:42:07 AM  
Sounds about right for Northern Virginia. I've seen a Ferrari at the donation line at the one in Arlington, VA.
 
2013-01-14 10:44:29 AM  
Aren't all paintings rare?
 
2013-01-14 11:01:21 AM  

GoodOmens: Sounds about right for Northern Virginia. I've seen a Ferrari at the donation line at the one in Arlington, VA.


The one in Ballston? I really need to check that place out.
 
2013-01-14 11:02:24 AM  

PrivateCaboose: GoodOmens: Sounds about right for Northern Virginia. I've seen a Ferrari at the donation line at the one in Arlington, VA.

The one in Ballston? I really need to check that place out.


It would cost too much if they gave it too you.
 
2013-01-14 11:03:06 AM  
i45.tinypic.com

Also found on goodwill
 
2013-01-14 11:04:49 AM  

The Muthaship: PrivateCaboose: GoodOmens: Sounds about right for Northern Virginia. I've seen a Ferrari at the donation line at the one in Arlington, VA.

The one in Ballston? I really need to check that place out.

It would cost too much if they gave it too you.


Lulz not for a car - for kitchen supplies.
 
2013-01-14 11:06:24 AM  
While working donations at a Goodwill last year, I happened across a Peanuts book signed by Charles Schultz. Should've kept my mouth closed and bought it for a buck after my shift.
 
2013-01-14 11:07:15 AM  
"dogs playing poker" was good enough for a green?

/what TF'er submitted this one?
//why yes, my butt does hurt
 
2013-01-14 11:08:00 AM  
I've built up an impressive wardrobe from thrift stores, high end clothes, sport coats, everything from casual to professional attire. Sure, it takes a while, but it's crazy to pay retail on clothing when you can find new or barely used clothing for pennies on the dollar. I've also made some decent money buying and selling items I've purchased, typically 500 and up to 5000 % profits. One day I will find that one thing and make a lot of money.

It's crazy what people donate, but I think everyone reaches a point in life where you just want to get rid of a bunch of stuff and don't care.
 
2013-01-14 11:09:38 AM  

PrivateCaboose: Lulz not for a car - for kitchen supplies.


Ah.

Carry on!
 
2013-01-14 11:09:41 AM  
One time at Goodwill, I picked up a Sega Master System with about ten games for 20 dollars.

Sold the whole lot on Ebay for over 120.

Good times, good finds!
 
2013-01-14 11:10:18 AM  

TheGogmagog: I'm taking my $20 and heading for the thrift shop to see if I can find something priceless..


What the hell 53 million views?
 
2013-01-14 11:10:57 AM  
The only reason you have even heard about this painting being discovered in a Goodwill is that it somehow slipped past the owners when it came in. The employee found it and knows about it so now the owners of that Goodwill have to play it straight and pay taxes on the sale and everything.

A judge once suggested that I spend some time volunteering at a Goodwill and I got to see the inside of that dirty rotten business. Trucks with donations come in, the workers spread it all out on the dock, the owners (rich Latinos) come in, wearing mink coats and Rolexes, and proceed to point at everything they want placed on "their" truck, which is then loaded with all of the stuff you NEVER see at Goodwill, like musical instruments, antiques etc. They acted like friggin' royalty and took great delight in being able to order people around. And being gauche as they were, they didn't recognize some things as being valuable - like a photo album of photos from WWI, full of pics of Fokkers in trees and trenches. "Throw it away", they said. OK. I have absolutely NO IDEA what happened to it after the dumpster.

It's a farking dirty assed business. They take all of the good stuff for nice, off the books profit. Get tax breaks for "helping" the virtual slave labor they hold and profit, profit, profit.

Somebody told me that Goodwill is historically right wing and that many of their franchises (or whatever they are) were handed out to Latinos in the Reagan era as reward for helping to death-squad their fellow citizens. Sounds about right.
 
2013-01-14 11:13:07 AM  
Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: While working donations at a Goodwill last year, I happened across a Peanuts book signed by Charles Schultz. Should've kept my mouth closed and bought it for a buck after my shift.

I've really been wanting to work at a thrift store, but I'd spend most of my time researching every item to see what it's worth, then developing a system to obtain these items for myself. And I'd find a cute girl who also worked there and have sex on a pile of dirty clothes.
 
2013-01-14 11:24:20 AM  
I'd probably buy dogs playing poker if it was at goodwill

but there's nothing at goodwill
ever
farking NC
 
2013-01-14 11:28:49 AM  
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Ah yes. The rare Dame Judi Dench Drinks Tea painting. It will go nicely with my John Cleese holds a Dead Parrot painting. I must have it. Henchmen 24 and 21! I have a mission for you!
 
2013-01-14 11:29:24 AM  

moothemagiccow: I'd probably buy dogs playing poker if it was at goodwill

but there's nothing at goodwill
ever
farking NC


Where in NC? There's some great ones in N. Raleigh where the rich people donate last season's clothes before they buy their yearly new wardrobe. It's a thing of beauty.
 
2013-01-14 11:31:26 AM  
"Doh.jpg"
 
2013-01-14 11:41:52 AM  

Insatiable Jesus: The only reason you have even heard about this painting being discovered in a Goodwill is that it somehow slipped past the owners when it came in. The employee found it and knows about it so now the owners of that Goodwill have to play it straight and pay taxes on the sale and everything.

A judge once suggested that I spend some time volunteering at a Goodwill and I got to see the inside of that dirty rotten business. Trucks with donations come in, the workers spread it all out on the dock, the owners (rich Latinos) come in, wearing mink coats and Rolexes, and proceed to point at everything they want placed on "their" truck, which is then loaded with all of the stuff you NEVER see at Goodwill, like musical instruments, antiques etc. They acted like friggin' royalty and took great delight in being able to order people around. And being gauche as they were, they didn't recognize some things as being valuable - like a photo album of photos from WWI, full of pics of Fokkers in trees and trenches. "Throw it away", they said. OK. I have absolutely NO IDEA what happened to it after the dumpster.

It's a farking dirty assed business. They take all of the good stuff for nice, off the books profit. Get tax breaks for "helping" the virtual slave labor they hold and profit, profit, profit.

Somebody told me that Goodwill is historically right wing and that many of their franchises (or whatever they are) were handed out to Latinos in the Reagan era as reward for helping to death-squad their fellow citizens. Sounds about right.


LOLWUT??? That is quality right there. +7
 
2013-01-14 11:44:55 AM  
 
2013-01-14 11:46:19 AM  

TheGogmagog: I'm taking my $20 and heading for the thrift shop to see if I can find something priceless..


Damnit. Just saw your post. I should read the comments before I post.
 
2013-01-14 11:46:41 AM  
The only thing I find at stores like Goodwill is beer glasses. Then again I found a delerium tremens glass for 39 cents and a vintage Labatt 50 glass for 69 cents at various Salvation Army stores. Then again it is kind of depressing since I figure these glasses end up at these stores because the collector dies and their wife or kids don't want to deal with trying to sell them. It is depressing since I am sure my beer glass collection will end up in the exact same place eventually.
 
2013-01-14 12:26:05 PM  

dchurch0: TheGogmagog: I'm taking my $20 and heading for the thrift shop to see if I can find something priceless..

Damnit. Just saw your post. I should read the comments before I post.


Youtube links are hard to spot. I give tonyfo98 props for the image. I just heard the song this weekend and hadn't seen the video until I looked up the Youtube link..

/The DJ pointed out his interesting history teaching incarcerated youth (wiki).
//Link
 
2013-01-14 12:31:33 PM  

Johnnyflash: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: While working donations at a Goodwill last year, I happened across a Peanuts book signed by Charles Schultz. Should've kept my mouth closed and bought it for a buck after my shift.

I've really been wanting to work at a thrift store, but I'd spend most of my time researching every item to see what it's worth, then developing a system to obtain these items for myself. And I'd find a cute girl who also worked there and have sex on a pile of dirty clothes.


Her nickname would have to be "Lassie".

needcoffee.cachefly.net
 
2013-01-14 12:34:43 PM  
The one thing I find interesting is that I find that a lot of items sell for far more on their website than on EBay. It's like people think that buying something off of goodwill makes it cheaper automatically. I wish I could be selling stuff on there...
 
2013-01-14 12:37:33 PM  
A friend bought a coat for $1.99. Sold the gold buttons for $1600.
 
2013-01-14 12:44:18 PM  

Insatiable Jesus: The only reason you have even heard about this painting being discovered in a Goodwill is that it somehow slipped past the owners when it came in. The employee found it and knows about it so now the owners of that Goodwill have to play it straight and pay taxes on the sale and everything.

A judge once suggested that I spend some time volunteering at a Goodwill and I got to see the inside of that dirty rotten business. Trucks with donations come in, the workers spread it all out on the dock, the owners (rich Latinos) come in, wearing mink coats and Rolexes, and proceed to point at everything they want placed on "their" truck, which is then loaded with all of the stuff you NEVER see at Goodwill, like musical instruments, antiques etc. They acted like friggin' royalty and took great delight in being able to order people around. And being gauche as they were, they didn't recognize some things as being valuable - like a photo album of photos from WWI, full of pics of Fokkers in trees and trenches. "Throw it away", they said. OK. I have absolutely NO IDEA what happened to it after the dumpster.

It's a farking dirty assed business. They take all of the good stuff for nice, off the books profit. Get tax breaks for "helping" the virtual slave labor they hold and profit, profit, profit.

Somebody told me that Goodwill is historically right wing and that many of their franchises (or whatever they are) were handed out to Latinos in the Reagan era as reward for helping to death-squad their fellow citizens. Sounds about right.


I'll take "what a disgruntled ex-employee would say" for $1000 Alex.
 
2013-01-14 12:59:39 PM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: While working donations at a Goodwill last year, I happened across a Peanuts book signed by Charles Schultz. Should've kept my mouth closed and bought it for a buck after my shift.


I find flat signed books at goodwill all of the time. Recently picked up a book club Star Wars issued before the movie. Book scouts will know what that is worth. Cost me $1.
 
2013-01-14 01:06:32 PM  

TheGogmagog: dchurch0: TheGogmagog: I'm taking my $20 and heading for the thrift shop to see if I can find something priceless..

Damnit. Just saw your post. I should read the comments before I post.

Youtube links are hard to spot. I give tonyfo98 props for the image. I just heard the song this weekend and hadn't seen the video until I looked up the Youtube link..

/The DJ pointed out his interesting history teaching incarcerated youth (wiki).
//Link


Thanks, I've never had Fark props before! I became aware of the video after I saw a Midshipman produced "spirit spot" parody prior to the Army/Navy game in December and have had this song in my head ever since....

//Mid Shop FTW
/// Is that the Dant-ie's Coat?
 
2013-01-14 01:07:58 PM  

Insatiable Jesus: Somebody told me that Goodwill is historically right wing and that many of their franchises (or whatever they are) were handed out to Latinos in the Reagan era as reward for helping to death-squad their fellow citizens. Sounds about right.


Holy crap. Awesome troll attempt, or true loon?

From Wikipedia (I know, I know.): In November, 2010, for the first time, Goodwill opened a store specifically designed to hire employees who are transgender and gender-queer in San Francisco, CA.

How "right wing" of them.
 
2013-01-14 01:29:45 PM  

TheGogmagog: dchurch0: TheGogmagog: I'm taking my $20 and heading for the thrift shop to see if I can find something priceless..

Damnit. Just saw your post. I should read the comments before I post.

Youtube links are hard to spot. I give tonyfo98 props for the image. I just heard the song this weekend and hadn't seen the video until I looked up the Youtube link..

/The DJ pointed out his interesting history teaching incarcerated youth (wiki).
//Link


I thought it was awesome for a rapper to sing about shopping at Goodwill instead of the usual gibberish. It's a catchy tune. The horn riff is sweet.
 
2013-01-14 01:44:18 PM  

santadog: My best was buying a box of jewelry for $1,300.00.   Ended up flipping it for just over $40,000.00.   One piece, a brooch, went to auction and fetched $22,000.
I've found other little treasures along the way, but that Estate Sale was the best.


i met one of your type some weeks ago, selling off contents of my moms house so she can sell the home. to that guy everything wasn't worth much but oddly enough he still wanted to buy it. it was a demeaning and humiliating day overall. i sold merchandise at flea markets for years and have seen a wide array of humanity. the term 'Estate Sale' brings out the most low life people looking to get over and take advantage i ever saw in my life. i noticed many of these people knew each other. They're a pack of wolves out regularly looking to suck the marrow from the carrions bones. i'm a realist that knows most people put little value on items not new in their carton so my prices were already give it away low. a few of lifes experiences make me understand why some folks snap and run amuck hurting others.
 
2013-01-14 01:53:43 PM  
I work the church rummage sale every year, sorting stuff and hanging it up, etc. One time I was sorting a pile of old books, and this one book was kind of strange looking. I realized it was not really a book, it was one of those things you hide valuables in so the burglars don't find them. So me and this other lady opened it up, and it was full of gold jewelry. It turned out that they knew who had donated the books (a 90 year old lady), so we brought it back to her. If I hadn't stumbled across it first, some customer at the sale could have been very lucky.
 
2013-01-14 02:00:50 PM  

moothemagiccow: but there's nothing at goodwill
ever
farking NC


Whereabouts are you? I live near Charlotte and I find great stuff on the regular.

I've been thrifting for over ten years. I go a few times a week. Things have changed a bit since the economy tanked. There are a lot more people shopping at thrifts and a lot more re-sellers. Understandable, I guess.

My big problem with my local Goodwills is the number of aggressive shoppers that hang around. (I'm guessing they're mostly re-sellers.) They stay by the stock room doors to get at the furniture and other big stuff as soon as they roll it out and they attack the frickin' clothing racks the minute the pull them out to the sales floor.

Also at the GW's around here, they get Target's clearance merchandise. They price it all way too high and they'll put it out even if it's very obviously damaged or missing parts. I don't care if it did come from Target, junk is junk!
/Wishes we had more 'independent' thrifts around here. Mostly get GWs, SAs and Value Village. :/
 
2013-01-14 02:08:22 PM  
TeaCozy: moothemagiccow: but there's nothing at goodwill
ever
farking NC

Whereabouts are you? I live near Charlotte and I find great stuff on the regular.

I've been thrifting for over ten years. I go a few times a week. Things have changed a bit since the economy tanked. There are a lot more people shopping at thrifts and a lot more re-sellers. Understandable, I guess.

My big problem with my local Goodwills is the number of aggressive shoppers that hang around. (I'm guessing they're mostly re-sellers.) They stay by the stock room doors to get at the furniture and other big stuff as soon as they roll it out and they attack the frickin' clothing racks the minute the pull them out to the sales floor.

Also at the GW's around here, they get Target's clearance merchandise. They price it all way too high and they'll put it out even if it's very obviously damaged or missing parts. I don't care if it did come from Target, junk is junk!
/Wishes we had more 'independent' thrifts around here. Mostly get GWs, SAs and Value Village. :/


Lol, I go about the same amount. There are several small stores around me that are awesome, one in particular is too small and jam packed with items. You have to dig through and be carefull not to tip the balancing items over, and they don't always know what an item is worth.
 
2013-01-14 02:58:17 PM  

Freschel: Insatiable Jesus: The only reason you have even heard about this painting being discovered in a Goodwill is that it somehow slipped past the owners when it came in. The employee found it and knows about it so now the owners of that Goodwill have to play it straight and pay taxes on the sale and everything.

A judge once suggested that I spend some time volunteering at a Goodwill and I got to see the inside of that dirty rotten business. Trucks with donations come in, the workers spread it all out on the dock, the owners (rich Latinos) come in, wearing mink coats and Rolexes, and proceed to point at everything they want placed on "their" truck, which is then loaded with all of the stuff you NEVER see at Goodwill, like musical instruments, antiques etc. They acted like friggin' royalty and took great delight in being able to order people around. And being gauche as they were, they didn't recognize some things as being valuable - like a photo album of photos from WWI, full of pics of Fokkers in trees and trenches. "Throw it away", they said. OK. I have absolutely NO IDEA what happened to it after the dumpster.

It's a farking dirty assed business. They take all of the good stuff for nice, off the books profit. Get tax breaks for "helping" the virtual slave labor they hold and profit, profit, profit.

Somebody told me that Goodwill is historically right wing and that many of their franchises (or whatever they are) were handed out to Latinos in the Reagan era as reward for helping to death-squad their fellow citizens. Sounds about right.

I'll take "what a disgruntled ex-employee would say" for $1000 Alex.


That seems like a rather fantastic story. I rather doubt it. But OTOH I've heard some weird things about Goodwill.

Personally I don't care. I take them bags and bags of stuff. It's all worthless stuff that my wife and I would otherwise pitch into the landfill. I'm still a happy camper because a) I don't have to directly pitch it into a landfill myself, and b) I get a tax deduction for it.
 
2013-01-14 03:21:18 PM  
I don't go to Goodwills anymore, well, except the outlet store (That's a whole different beast). I go to other thrift stores, though.

It's mainly because of the story listed here. When they find something of value, it goes on their auction site. Since that started happening, I've had a hard time finding much of value in GWs.

csb

My wife saw a clerk putting a couple hundred comics on the shelf. Nothing major, but she brought them home to me to look through and we could return the rest. She could hear the manager yelling at the clerk because he hadn't looked through them yet in case there was something that could go on the auction site.

/csb
 
2013-01-14 03:44:49 PM  
I remember one of the Goodwills I used to go to in Texas, they had a high value case. Bought a Gold-plated Russian tea service, and a promo Budweiser bowling ball, with the botlle in acrylic, unused in the box.30 bucks to buy the ball, sold online for 450. While not exactly high end, it made someone happy. I've shilled a few auctions too. One time, there were 2 Dooney purses on auction. I could tell this woman wanted them, so bidding started at 50, and we went back and forth to 250. I 'let her have them, since I never wanted them. Told her as she was paying for them. She was pissed.
 
2013-01-14 04:28:24 PM  

liltingbanshee: I work the church rummage sale every year, sorting stuff and hanging it up, etc. One time I was sorting a pile of old books, and this one book was kind of strange looking. I realized it was not really a book, it was one of those things you hide valuables in so the burglars don't find them. So me and this other lady opened it up, and it was full of gold jewelry. It turned out that they knew who had donated the books (a 90 year old lady), so we brought it back to her. If I hadn't stumbled across it first, some customer at the sale could have been very lucky.


That little story might generate a lot of ridicule around here but good for you.
 
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