Since Nate and I had some free time on our hands while we were in North Carolina and were traveling a bit we decided to hit up some Good Will goodie huts to see if they had any treats for us to take home. Boy oh boy did I find some good stuff!!! I know you are probably going to say “Ashley, you don’t have a job and you’re apartment is so small, how do you afford this and where will you put these trinkets?” Already got it covered. My next apartment will hopefully be bigger than my current humble abode and I will be moving into that soon so for now my treasures can hang out in a random spots in my house. I have also been lucky enough to have found a family who is in need of some babysitting so my income has increase slightly and I ONLY SPENT $25 ON ALL THIS STUFF!!!!! Bazinga. We probably hit up 10 shops during the week and I found the real treasures.
Day one of thrifting we were in the town of Winston-Salem where I will be working and had to do some pre-employment screenings. The Goodwill’s in North Carolina are so nice, one had a café, another was set up like a bookstore and they’re pretty clean. I was digging through heaps of plastic ware, cheap cruise hurricane glasses and dingy pans and that’s when I saw it. Hanging out on the end of the shelf, hidden in the back. I discovered this super cool avocado green vintage Italian kitchen scale. It’s perfect for my future kitchen. I can’t tell you how many recipes are written with the ingredients by weight. I have always had to eyeball it and hope for the best. Especially in canning recipes. I had added a kitchen scale to my recent Christmas list but when I found this one for ONLY $5 I couldn’t pass it up.
Later that day on the way back Heather and Anthony’s in Carrboro we stopped into a brewery on the side of the interstate called RED OAK. They only sell German style lager as far as they can transport it. So you can only taste it in NC. Yummy brews. Back on the road we kept on seeing signs for J&R Super Store. I was almost like seeing signs for South of the border. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a deal on cigarettes; perfume and Wrangle jeans so we veered off the interstate again and checked it out. HUGE DISAPOINTMENT. I’m not sure why I’m surprised. It was full of junk.
Back on the road I started to feel the pangs of hunger hitting me pretty hard and we were still 45 minutes away from Carrboro. So we veered off the interstate again for something to hold us over. That’s when we discovered a Mexican restaurant in a shopping center. Ole! It was 3:00 on a Monday afternoon and the place was dead. The drop tile ceiling was painted black, the walls were bright orange, soccer was up on the TV and there were weird pieces of art on the wall. A mix between hotel lobby art and the kinds of art that you plug into the wall to create the affect of moving water over the scenic waterfall in the landscape scene. We were the only customers in the joint. We sat down and looked over the appetizers in hopes of getting some Nachos. We had a lovely waiter who I am guessing was the owner as well. They had Michaeladas on the menu, SCORE! When we placed our order I asked for a Michaelada. “No, we don’t have any of those today” Okay I said I’ll just have a Corona Light. “We don’t have any of the Coronoa Light” all right I’ll just have a plain Corona “We don’t have any of those either” Ok, WHAT DO YOU HAVE? As Nora would say “C’MON!” I settled for a BudLight with a lemon slice. I got a BudLight with a bowl of lime wedges. What Mexican restaurant doesn’t have Corona. It’s on the menu!
With a drink in hand, Nate and I Googled any nearby thrift shops. Coincidentally we were near Burlington, NC, which had a Good Will on Church St. What are the odds? Let me tell you, Church Street in Burlington NC was such a disappointment compared to the Vermont version. This town was tiny, run down and there was a whole lot of nothing going on there. This Good Will was sandwiched between a Dollar General and an Ollies Bargain with a Dollar Tree across the street. We thought for sure this would be a bust. I HIT GOLD! They had a set of Pyrex mixing bowls and a glass lidded casserole. SCORE!!! I practically danced to the check out. I still can’t believe my luck. Loving all my new kitchen goodies. Can’t wait to put them to good use.