Tuesday, December 16, 2008

You're listening to Goodwill Radio....

I was on my way home from Pilates tonight, planning my first post on the blog, when I decided to stop at a Goodwill for inspiration. There are about five Goodwills within a few miles of my house; this one is the closest, on Broadway in NE Portland, in a former Barnes and Noble store. It's not the biggest, but I've had really good luck finding outdoor and athletic clothing -- lots of Lucy and Prana and Patagonia -- and the books section, while small, usually has a good selection of contemporary literary fiction. As I parked, I came up with the fifth item in my "Top Five Finds of 08" list, a cashmere cardigan I found last summer. More on that later.

I didn't expect to find anything spectacular -- that would be too much -- but while I was in there I was reminded of why I love this particular Goodwill so much. There's a young man who works there, maybe 25, who cultivates a sort of old-timey politeness with all the customers. "How are you tonight, young fellow?" he asked a young Hispanic kid. "Any travel plans for the holidays?" he asked a middle-aged woman. He often serves as in-house DJ for Goodwill Radio, in which role a few years ago he delivered one of the funniest lines I've ever heard: "That was Michael McDonald, the first bad boy of soft rock, singing 'You're All I Need to Get By.'" I don't know anything about this nerdy hipster with strangely awkward confidence, but I like the way his mind works.


As it turns out, I did score a pretty good find -- a steal, really: a Calphalon griddle, still in the box, for $9.99. The kind that covers two burners. Whoever gave it up never even took it out of the plastic. Of course I have to speculate that it's a leftover wedding gift from a marriage that didn't take. I'm pretty sure I registered for one, and pretty sure that since my ex-husband was the pancake maker I let him have ours when we split up. So maybe this is poetic justice.

6 comments:

Ms Shopping Golightly said...

As for Goodwill Radio, I was at Goodwill today and had "Santa Baby" by Carol Channing shoved in my ears. It hurt but the hunt for treasure kept me focused. But, I felt like falling to my knees and crying "Why? Why not Eartha Kitt?" But I didn't.

Good Wilhemina said...

Blech, no Santa Baby...ever! Not even Eartha Kitt can croon that in a pleasing way.The calphalon griddle was a score, I'm envious. I stocked up at my local Goodwill this week on snow pants, jackets, hats and gloves to give to a family of Somalian refugees who are probably wondering how in the world they ended up in Vermont. Could the climate here be any more different than Somalia? While I was there, I spotted a beautiful, unique Mexican nativity set that someone will treasure forever, just not me because I was focused on warm gear.

Anonymous said...

wow, this site is crazy.

I am glad to see it. I know the NE good will you speak of. I am in vermont now, but used to love going into that goodwill. I too had some good finds there-- and the people working were wonderful/

anyway. sweet place to talk about a very therapeutic passion - thrift shopping - glad im not the only addict.

warm in cold vermont

pablo

Prudent Homemaker said...

That griddle is about $60 brand new. I use mine all the time. How wonderful to find a new one!

KentuckyGal said...

Gosh...now I'm going to have to make a special trip to the Goodwill tomorrow on the way back from my interview to see what they are playing in the store! *lol*

Anonymous said...

So how do get the Same music as goodwill?