Shopping at the NEW Goodwill in Cleveland (and soo much buffalo check!)

You know the feeling you get when you see an unexpected package on your porch? Or when you hear a knock at your door and you peek through the window to see a delivery person with flowers or a fruit bouquet, or a cookie bouquet!!!? This is exactly how I felt when Goodwill announced on Facebook that they were opening up a NEW store in Cleveland! 


It's located at the corner of Harvard and Lee in Cleveland at 4071 Lee Road and it opened up last Thursday. I wasn’t able to make it there on Thursday (which gave me major anxiety), but I made it there on Friday and it was like having an awesome date... with myself. Just me and my shopping cart and aisles and aisles and aisles of clothing and housewares to dig through! 


Like most Goodwill stores in the area, they separate all their clothes by style, size and color or pattern, which is super helpful if you have something specific you’re looking for! I’ve been on the hunt for a red buffalo check button-down so my first stop was to scan the patterned long-sleeve shirts. Do you see what I see… 


Miley Cyrus Buffalo Check Button Down Shirt | $3.50

Unfortunately it was a size too small. DANNNNNGIT!

I didn’t have anything else specific I was looking for so I just dug through all the clothes in my size and plucked out the pieces that caught my eye. This can be time consuming, but I find it relaxing... other than the pulsing shoulder ache that results from shoving clothes down a packed rack.

Here’s everything that made it’s way into the dressing room with me:  


After eliminating the things that didn’t fit, were unflattering, or that I knew wouldn't be worn often enough, I had it narrowed down to the pin-striped button down and the buffalo check skirt. 

Black Buffalo Check Skirt by Talbots | $6

I was on the fence with the buffalo check skirt so I used some lifelines and texted three people, all of whom had varying opinions! Dina sent me this pic and this pic from Pinterest and I was immediately SOLD! I shared the above pic on Instagram and got sooo many great suggestions on how to wear it. I'm definitely going to switch out the belt, and I'll probably get it shortened if it's not too expensive. 

The children’s section was my next stop. I’m always looking for new things to add to Baby B’s wardrobe since he wears all hand-me-downs that I'm tired of seeing for the THIRD time. I had no luck with the red buffalo check shirt for me... but looksie what I found for him!! 

Brand new Circo Red Buffalo Check Sweatshirt | $5.99

We could have been red buffalo check twinsies.


Now off to housewares, toys, and furniture! 

Soooooo many baskets. Like an entire aisle of baskets! Prices ranged from $8 for the larger ones to $2 for the smaller ones. These are perfect for houseplants (like this)... and a lot cheaper than new ones! 


Aren't these adorable toys for a little boy? Had it been closer to one of the kid's birthdays I definitely would've got that wooden truck.


Ahhhhhhh! Look at all this beautiful gold and copper! I limited myself to just one of the mini vases in the middle ($1) and that taller aztec patterned vase on the top right ($3).


The furniture and lamp section had a few gems. How about this aztec patterned couch?!! And I am KICKING myself for not following one of the key thrifting rules -- be prepared with necessary dimensions!!  We have a nook in our bedroom where we want to place a desk and this $25 one (bottom left) would have been perfect (painted of course) but I didn't have the dang dimensions for that nook! Wahhhhhhhh.


Next to the furniture sections was an insane amount of  Halloween stuff. Like two aisles of decorations and two aisles of costumes! 


I about died and went to pom pom heaven when I saw this Lalaloopsy costume!!! And of course it's yellow buffalo check! It was $7 and retails for $30



Then I asked myself why I was looking at a Lalaloopsy Halloween costume and knew it was time for me to go!! 

My final haul included:



Larger copper vase with aztec stamped pattern | $3
Talbots black buffalo check skirt | $6
Forever 21 pin-stripe button down | $4
Circo red buffalo check toddler sweatshirt | $5.99
Small copper vase | $1

If you make a visit to this new Goodwill store, I would love to hear/see what you found! And seriously, someone with a little girl needs to go buy that Lalaloopsy costume. 




**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

9 comments:

  1. Love this post, love your finds, love the almost-buffalo-check-twinsies and love love love that final pic of your goodwill haul (especially that gorgeous brick background 😉 )

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  2. P.S. Those questions marks are winks. And I don't even know who Lalaloopsy is and I want that costume. Maybe Lucy could dress up this year...

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    1. Oh my gosh, Lucy would look incredible in that costume! She would be LalaLucy :)

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  3. That twinsies picture is hysterical!

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    1. My 4 year old saw it and said "Why don't you guys have any hands?"

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  4. Guess what - here in Oklahoma (where you visited last summer?) on October 24th from 10PM to Midnight everything in every Goodwill store will be 50% off! I am saving my money and planning a visit to a brand new GW store in Norman that night - very exciting. I hope I find as many nice things as you did!!

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  6. I love to thrift shop and I pride myself on doing so. Whenever I'm in a new city my first stop isn't the mall but a local thrift store. I attended the grand opening of the new Goodwill on Lee and Harvard in Cleveland and I was able to snag a few good deals that day. I decided to visit this week but I was disgusted with the prices thru out the store. Don't go here expecting a deal,mens wool hats were priced at $10-15 dollars and coats as high as $50.00. I was so astonished that I asked a lady working in the office why the prices were so high? In a tone of agreement she said she wanted the manger to hear my concerns. I explained to the manger my concerns about such high prices and how in all my years of thrift store shopping locally and in many cities I've never seen a thrift store price items so high. She gave me the reason of "the staff prices items based on what they would pay and to honor the donators donation". WHAT?? I thought to myself "this is a nonprofit thrift store not a retail store at the mall. I could tell by the mangers attitude I wouldn't get anywhere talking to her so while visiting a reasonably priced goodwill across town on Snow road I voiced my concerns and got a corporate phone number that i will be using. I was surprised to hear that the clerk had heard my concern before from another customer.

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