october giveaway = girl’s night in!

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the lucky winner will receive the girl’s night in package:
one adorable clinique makeup bag with a clinique full-sized lipstick and powder, mascara, small step 2 clarifying toner, and moisture surge relief; a gorgeous fall shade of Sally Hansen nail polish; my favorite trident gum; a cranberry mandarin orange candle; two books- mom… and loving it! and Seven Life Principles for Every Woman; and the Strength and Toning Deck- 50 fitness moves you can mix and match!
 
 
Let’s keep it simple with just two ways to enter:
step1

enter your email address to receive {bh} every day:

{oh, and don’t forget to confirm your subscription to be entered}

step2 
Since we are featuring 31 days of thrifting around here, let’s go with that theme!
 

what is the craziest item you’ve ever seen at a thrift store? {or retail store if you aren’t a thrifter!}

 
the strangest, the most hideous, or maybe the most amazing, or the best find or deal ever- you name it to be entered! Winner will be chosen randomly, but feel free to “like” the stories that are the craziest!
 
You can also just leave me a “enter me please!” if you wish! :D

 

Good luck! I can’t wait to hear your stories! This is going to be fun!

Giveaway ends at midnight CST on October 31, and it is open to US residents only {sorry, sweet Canadian friends}!

 

linking up at market your biz & giveaways

81 comments

Jessica said...

My sweetest find at a thrift store was the retired owl print Vera Bradley Hipster with matching wallet and mini makeup bag. I spent $5 on all three. They would have been over $120 retail!!!!

Angel said...

I'm not a thrifter, though I really wish I were after seeing your amazing finds, and I really can't think of any amazing/weird/unusual things I've spotted lately...but can I be entered into the giveaway anyway? ;-)

Stacie Mc. said...

My house if full of lots of thrifting finds!! I have come across several "unique" items but nothing too weird! I can't wait to continue to read all your updates! Thanks for the insperation to continue thrifting!! It's so much fun!!

Stacie Mc. said...

My house if full of lots of thrifting finds!! I have come across several "unique" items but nothing too weird! I can't wait to continue to read all your updates! Thanks for the insperation to continue thrifting!! It's so much fun!!

Ashley Werner said...

I can't think of a really crazy item i have seen at a thrift store but i did see someone trying to sell an old toilet on Etsy about a month ago! ha!

MorganMuhlhausen said...

matching his n hers sequined and embroidered western outfits.

Pamela said...

I don't get out much-so it's a treat to do thrift stores and flea markets. I can't think of anything really strange that I saw though. I did buy a book at a flea market and sold the following week. It paid for everything else that I bought, so I felt good about that.

Ashley Weaver said...

Best find at our local "Fashion Junkie" thrift store was a pair of Daisy Fuentes capris. Only $3! Fit me perfectly after having my first baby and are so cute!

Ashley Weaver said...

Oh my goodness!!

Natalie Timmerman said...

I just found your blog and I love it! I'm a new thrifter and I'm really enjoying 'the hunt' for great items as well as being a good steward of the money God trusts us with. The craziest thing I've seen at a thrift store was a pink knit top. I pulled it of the rack to look at it and it definitely had a snap crotch/onesie bottom. And no, it wasn't a kids' top it was womens! I laughed out loud and ran across the store to show my thrifting buddies!

kevinandnicoleplus2 said...

I am already an email subscriber! Two of my all time favorite items found at the thrift store was a Burberry coat (like new) and a pair of Frye boots. Not at the same time of course! But I just about fainted when I found them. Bummer they weren't my size but I sold them on ebay an made a good profit!

Dplaney13 said...

Sorry meant for that to go to the blog you have linked on you page. Got too many windows open on the iPad.

P.J. said...

I like Five days 5ways on FB

Timtooh said...

Well I hate to admit but I really did find some poop in a blanket in a thrift store bin! My teenage son hates the thrifts stores anyway and he happen to be with me at the time so that definitely sealed the deal of him never going in one again~! But when I am in need of finding something, the Lord usually blesses me by letting me find it in a thrift store. I love them!

Kelli@morebangforyourbucks said...

haha Bethany, so true!

Kelli@morebangforyourbucks said...

hmmm I can't think of anything too bizarre... unless you count old, stretched out undergarments. :)

forr2girls said...

enter me please...

Lplday05 said...

I agree with the underwear section in goodwill!

Kelli- AdventurezNchildRearing said...

a real stuffed dog- sad but true- antique dealer - crazy!

Cassie said...

I'm always amazed to find items still in the package. Brand new!

Jenny said...

I already subscribe to your blog through email.
Enter me please!! :)
mcdanieljenny@aol.com

Barbara Francek said...

i'm not sure what the craziest thing i thrifted was, however, there are some doozies for sure. :) i love GW stuff too! i always buy all my frames there, and then paint them how i want! cheap and homemade. :) cute site, and BEAUTIFUL hair/style.

Monk5 said...

Enter me please.
I am enjoying reading your blog!
monk5 at charter dot net

Kasondra Morin said...

The best find I ever stumbled upon was a knee length full leather skirt in black...for $8.
Then there was a white leather jacket (with tags still on valued at over $100) for something like $25.

Heather @ Mrssouthernbride said...

I signed via e-mail! :)

Let's see...weirdest thing? One day I was at GW and they had just received a large barrel filled to the brim with flat irons. There was a girl in the corner, plugging up a handful of them and testing them out. Kinda funny! But, hey I guess if you need one and it still works...

The only thing I could think of, was that a local beauty school replaced all their flat irons, or Rapunzel lived near by! Ha!

Leigh Anne said...

don't get to thrift as much as I want to, but on my recent trip I was surprised at how many polo shirts with logos there are in the men' section. I'm wondering who is gonna purchase a shirt that says Jiffy Lube or Taco Bell or from a Golf Tournament in 2003? Maybe somebody out there....

Rachel said...

My best find was a brand new designer red winter coat with black trim for my daughter. The coat was in perfect condition and only $10!! I felt very lucky that day and my daughter got a beautiful winter coat!

mandyBH said...

ahhhhhh! oh my goodness!

mandyBH said...

definitely! I hope you have luck! :D

mandyBH said...

ohhhhh that's bad! I wonder if anyone bought it! I'm dying over here! that's hilarious!

mandyBH said...

ok, that's amazing! Um, can I get one dead smoked monkey please?! That takes the cake!! So glad you found some pants that work well!! That's awesome!

mandyBH said...

LOL! no worries, friend! I love comments!! :) the more the merrier, and you got entered with this one! I'm so impressed with your deal!!

Mwimp1 said...

yes this is my second time posting this i suppose my subconsius thot it was such a wonderful deal i needed to list it twice. lol yes, why yes i'm sticking with that story and not the fact that i have no memory hehe. plus it has some corrections after i did some more research - it's an even better deal than i originally thot. yes the heat u r feeling is some texas weather but mostly my embarrassed checks blushing!

Kristen said...

I am new to thrifting, so I don't have a crazy find. But I did pick up a small desk at a yard sale for my daughter for $5 and they told me to take the ugly chair with it, so I threw it in the van. It's a wooden ladder back chair, but once I got it home and looked at it closer, I found a stamp on the bottom from a local, now out of business furniture maker...it is an antique! Started sanding it down, it had about 4 different colors of paint on it, so I left it partially sanded with the different colors showing, and it is super cute, and I get lots of compliments on it!

Katy said...

Enter me please :-)

Anna Wegner said...

I live in the Congo and do most of my shopping at the market. I love the market here; there's something different every time. It's quite an experience. You can buy things like smoked monkey (or even a whole dead monkey), along with lots of plastic baskets and buckets, other food, and new and used clothes. I found my current favorite pair of pants (other than jeans) for only about $1 US. I couldn't try them on, so I was really hoping that they fit!

Jerri Lynn said...

I even have a picture....a jock strap.....no joke!

mandy said...

hmmm...not sure what odd things i've found. as much as i adore thrifting, our GW and the like here just aren't nearly up to par with what it seems like the rest of you haul! and ours is quite spendy, way more $ than your clothes you post! fun nonetheless.
enter me please:)

mandyBH said...

I have access to a list of email subscribers so you are good to go, no need to do anything but verify, which you did! Thanks girl! Enjoying your series btw!

Carmen Laird said...

a really pretty chest of drawers in great shape for $20!

Melanie said...

enter me please :)

Bethany said...

Kind of in the middle.... is there any thrift store that doesn't have several copies of "what to expect when you're expecting"? Heehee. ;)

Amanda said...

I'm not sure if we are supposed to leave a comment that we subscribed by e-mail - but I did! And verified it!

Amanda said...

It always cracks me up to find games with missing pieces at GW. Or a deck of cards that is incomplete. Yup.

Mwimp1 said...

my best thrifting i found was just this past sunday. and 8'x12' surya rug that normally retails for $1400 for $60! i almost didn't get it cuz it was $60 but it will cover my whole "formal-dining-room-turned-craft-room" horrible floors that the original owners installed, lol. i feel so much better abt spending that knowing i got a 96% savings!

Brittanydalomba said...

an open pack of maxi pads.

Luann said...

the vintage coverlets that i've been wanting. $3. i also have found my dream kitchen table twice . sigh. have had to leave it there as we cannot house it right now.

Stephanie Smith Kirk said...

enter me please =)

Vicki said...

Shopping in TJ Maxx, I spotted a pair of panties with pockets...Pockets, in panties, why?

CBguest said...

Always horrified to see the underwear section in goodwill...

Heatherwhaley said...

My best find was this wooden hutch that I bought at Goodwill for $20. My husband had sanded and helped me refinish my sons old dresser to use as a buffet in our dinning room but it needed a hutch. I saw the hutch and new it would be a perfect fit. My husband picked it up and painted it to match and it is beautiful. Looks so expensive but (it wasn't) :) Happy Dance!!!!!

kw said...

I'm always amazed to find items that obviously don't work (and never will) with a price tag on them.

Jamiethespunkysister said...

I cant think of anything to out of the ordinary I have seen while I have been thrifting so I will just say "enter me please!" lol

Laura Kooistra said...

Long time thrifter, brand new to your blog. Enjoying getting to know you...Do you ever thrift with only one eye half open? I mean, I'm sure I've missed all kinds of frightening gasp worthy things b/c I'm pretty strict with myself about what I'll cast my eye on! Otherwise my creative-would-rather-dream-up-a- use -for-it-brain takes over my practical how-much-do-you-think-you-can-fit-in-a -full-size-van-anyway brain. Maybe it's just my memory...no recall on the crazy stuff. Best deal? Brand new Ugg boots for me and Ugg slippers for my son for- wait for it- $20!

Lara said...

I can't think of anything off the top of my head for thrifting, but in a flea market this weekend, we saw a wheelchair in a booth. My friend's husband said, "I feel like I walked into this booth and someone had died." Weird thing to see at a flea market!

Kristal said...

Since I mostly look at close at a thrift store I'd say some ugly shirts... the kind that you look at and go "I know why that's been donated". I can always find a shirt there for "ugly shirt night".

Quantumnarumi said...

Probably some really straaaaaange books. Like, don't want to admit you had them in the first place books. Needless to say, I passed on those 'bargains'!

Laurin Beardsley said...

i once saw a cup/drinking tumbler(?) made out of the leg bone of a hairy cow or moose! Hoof attached, bone cleaned out inside and meant for drinking!!

Karen said...

"what is the craziest item you’ve ever seen at a thrift store?"

A hot pink Christmas tree. Talk about an eyesore! LOL!

Edolbina said...

I am a proud thrifter and have seen some...odd.. items. One that threw me for a loop was an open pack of diapers. Also, the amount of sequinned sweaters! Who is wearing these?!

Traceylynnbartula said...

let's see....I am still new to the Thrifting thing (thanks to your blog :)) but so far, though its not too out there....it's crazy to me that I have found numerous shoes without a pair....and of course they are always the shoes that I really want....really? Really? Who buys just one shoe...or drops off just one, or whatever the issue is.....I just don't get it!

Stephanie said...

Underwear. That's just gross

aubrey said...

i had just gotten my home broken into and they stole a packed box of glasses that reminded me of juice glasses my grandma used to have. i then went to a thrift store the next day and they had the exact collection my grandma had. i bought them all :)
littlegray88 at yahoo dot com
oh and i subscribe!

Sarah Frederickson said...

I bought a practically new looking Coach purse. It was one of four name brand purses that I have bought there. It helps satisfy my purse obsession without going over my budget.

Carla said...

A snazzy trim-fitting Black leather jacket for $9.99! (Of course it cost $40 to get it cleaned, but still!!!) My favorite part is the lavender colored lining inside. :)

LisaIvy said...

A few years ago, I was a stay at home mom and money was always a little tight. It was Christmastime and I decided to go to my local GW to try and make my Christmas money stretch. I went over to the toy section and about fell over when I spotted an American Girl doll and an American Girl doll bed!. I honestly couldn't believe I had found these two items that were on my daughters list, but what was more amazing is that the doll look just like my daughter.....green eyes and same hair color and cut! Then I looked at the price.......$3 for the doll and 3$ for the bed! Cha-Ching! I had one happy little girl Christmas morning!

LisaIvy said...

It was around Christmastime a few years back and I was a stay at home mom, so money was always a little tight. I was at my local GW looking through the toy section... trying to stretch my Christmas money for our kids. I couldn't believe what I had found! An American Girl doll and an American girl doll bed! The fact that I found it was completely amazing, but the doll looked exactly like my daughter....green eyes and same haircut! She had wanted one and the bed was a HUGE bonus too! Guess how much?......$3 for the doll and $3 for the bed! My daughter was one happy little girl Christmas morning!

Christina said...

My weirdest/grossest find: one of those sonic toothbrush cleaners. Like I want to stick my toothbrush in something that someone else's has been in!

Jacque White Burke said...

A man's glass hospital bed urinal! Apparently they are quite collectible!

Jennifer Moore Umphlett said...

I've already shared this with you on facebook...but its just so awesome, I'm going to share it again! I stumbled upon a Fieldcrest Egyptian Cotton Duvet Cover & Shams at Goodwill this week. They were BRAND NEW! Priced out on Target's website @ $119! I paid $20! Definitely the most amazing thing I've ever found at a thrift store!

Susan Crawford Mongeau said...

i saw partially used bottles of suave shampoo selling for $.75 each!!! seriously, used shampoo!!! but despite that one crazy thrift store, i am hooked....just today i found a battat magnifying bug jar with tongs for a quarter!!! my girls love it!

Denise H said...

I can't think of anything super strange, really. :/ I live a sheltered life. LOL

Susancnw said...

Yeah, I've seen those adult potty chairs...guess when great great great great g'ma goes...you're not wanting to keep that around.

I'd say one of my favoritest finds was a Corningware blue/white percolator. It gets used pretty much every day and I adore the way it looks on the counter (with a trivet under it---that sucker gets HOT!) But it also doesn't taste 'stewed' after a while.

Ebethtellis said...

Hate to say used and stained little boys underwear! Gross! That same day at GW they had some halloween costumes and one vampire costume had used empty fake blood capsules and they still wanted $13 for this! Like someone just used the fake blood and left the rest of the costume.....Very strange visit to GW:)

ShootingStarsMag said...

The craziest item? Well, I just did find a giant wine glass a week or so ago. It was pretty cute though, and I bought it for a friend of mine!!

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

P.J. said...

I was able to pick up several organizational plastic stacked drawers and storage boxes to organize my cross stitch closet. Was inspired by my girlfriends project. Also found some matching quilted place mats to add some color and style to tops. Spent less than $20!

P.J. said...

The most hideous thing I have seen at GW is the adult potty chairs; really not something I would want to re-use.

Ashley C. said...

I found a wonderful kit to make your own sugar skulls for the day of the dead. The mold is awesome and the whole kits only cost me $2. We make and decorate little skulls every year now!

Rebekah said...

I went into a thrift store in my grandmothers town where they let animals run free inside. I know you have to be somewhat thick-skinned to shop second-hand but this entire store just reeked of animals and their droppings. I only lasted about twenty seconds, especially when I saw the employee (owner?) eating at the front of the store. Gross!
I also don't get why the stores will price the shirts with logos/names on them, open toiletry items and once I saw a cheap $3 dollar store item with the price tag still on marked for $8. I even pointed it out to an employee and she just said "the price is what is marked" Oooookay, doubt they're going to sell that one.

Amy said...

I don't know the best thing I have found at a thrift store before...my cousin found Longaberger baskets at a Thrift store when she was living in California...I wish that was me that day!

mcmillian said...

an empty monistat applicator in the drawer of a chest