Last weekend, we visited Gatlinburg, TN for a little rest and relaxations with my extended family. While there, my mom and I ventured to a couple of the thrift shops to see what we could find.
BOY OH BOY! What great shops we found!!! If you are EVER in this area and a bargain/thrift shopper, I would HIGHLY recommend that you go to the Goodwill, Sevier Medical Center Thrift Center, and the Salvation Army Thrift Store.... all 3 are within 3 blocks of one another, and Goodwill and the SMC Thrift Center are in the same shopping center!
Our first stop -- Salvation Army. (NOTE: The store location is incorrect on Google... it is located on Bruce Street, but it is on the West side of the Parkway, rather than the East side; its location is VERY obvious when you drive down the street.) The store is small, but it has lots of nick-nacks that can be used for geography studies or practical life activities -- at a dollar or less. On this day, I picked up a set of ice tongs for $0.59.
One additional note -- there is a 2nd Salvation Army listed on Google, but upon investigating it, we discovered that it is the Salvation Army CHURCH, and not a store.
Next stop -- Goodwill -- only 3 blocks away from the Salvation Army thrift store. THIS PLACE WAS A GOLDMINE! If only had more time, I'm sure I would have racked up on MUCH more stuff! From what I saw, books were 3 for $2 for hardbacks; 3 for $1 for softcovers; and just about any practice life items (baskets, ice cube trays, tongs, pitchers, etc.) were $0.05 - $1, with most being around a quarter.
So, what did I find?
- 4 Christmas cookie cutters for $0.25
- 12 small cookie cutters for $0.10
- long ice cube tray for $0.25
- woven divider tray for $0.25 (I wish I would have picked up the 2nd one too, as it matches the basket I bought a few weeks ago.)
... and a nice bag that they were giving away with each purchase.
YEP, I spent a whopping $0.93, including taxes, at Goodwill!
Unfortunately, the Sevier Medical Center Thrift store (only 2 stores down from Goodwill, in the same shopping center) had closed early that day, and we didn't get to explore it. However, it was just as large as the Goodwill, and looked like an equally excellent place to find some awesome finds!