Chicago Goodwill Finds that Got Away

Last weekend we traveled to Chicago for our good friend Jeff’s 50th birthday party.  I was a bad blogger and forgot to take pictures at the birthday party but I did take photographs to share from the many Goodwill stores that we visited.

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I know that normal people when visiting Chicago would head downtown, but we aren’t normal, and immediately headed for the suburbs to enjoy the charming small towns surrounding Chicago.  We did a lot of driving and a lot of house gawking.  I could spend weeks walking around admiring homes there.

Mr. SP gets the husband of the year award because he took me to at least six Chicago Goodwill stores.  The furniture selection and prices in Chicago are amazing.  The prices are so reasonable and if I didn’t have to be at school on Monday, I might have rented a Uhaul, shopped until it was full, and then driven back to Virginia.

This dresser was my favorite piece and it was only $12.99.  I would have loved to give it a makeover.

Chicago Goodwill Finds

This six drawer matching dresser with storage in the middle was priced at $59.99.  It was a long dresser and someone would need a large bedroom to house it.

Chicago Goodwill Finds

I really liked this magazine holder and wish now that I’d bought it and carried it home on the plane.  It was just $4.99.

Chicago Goodwill Finds

This adorable typewriter was just $6.99.  I definitely would have bought if if we had driven to Chicago.

Chicago Goodwill Finds

 

This lamp also would have come home with me.  I forgot to take a picture of the price of this one.

Chicago Goodwill Finds

This chair with the unusual back was just $4.99.

Chicago Goodwill Finds

 

 

Paint would really bring out the legs detail in this $9.99 piece.  This would never be this cheap at Goodwill in my town.

Chicago Goodwill Finds

This buffet was just $9.99.  Sob!  I would love to give it a makeover!

Chicago Goodwill Finds

This $14.99 desk was missing a handle but was fine otherwise.  This also would be so pretty painted.

Chicago Goodwill Finds

This end table was just $6.99.  I like the shelves and cabinet for storage.

Chicago Goodwill Finds

This antique dresser that was in great shape was $49.99.  I hope the new owner keeps the paint away from this one.  I love the wood grain.

Chicago Goodwill Finds

While we were in Chicago I also went to Hobby Lobby for the first time.  My town doesn’t have a Hobby Lobby and Mr. SP and I both enjoyed looking around there.

We toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and office.  I bought a photographer’s pass which allowed me to take pictures inside the home.  I’m not allowed to share them on my blog but I can share them on social media.  Starting today through April 1, I’m sharing pictures from the tour on my Facebook page.  I’m posting three or more pictures each day at 9 am.  If you don’t follow my page, I invite you to like it so that you’ll see my posts.

We also spent a good bit of time walking around looking at Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.  It’s not my style, but I admire his work.  I’ll share some of those pictures another day.

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Comments

  1. Wow! What deals they have there! My Goodwill charges crazy prices for furniture! I’m surprised you didn’t rent a UHaul Paula!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      If I didn’t have to work on Monday, I would have rented a Uhaul and shopped my way back to VA!

      Paula

  2. I completely agree about the prices. It’s because there are so many people with similar items and there’s a surplus of these kinds of things. That last antique dresser you posted is beautiful. I’d paint the outside/frame but leave the drawer fronts alone to showcase the gorgeous grain. What a fun trip.

  3. Those prices are amazing! I have never seen furniture tagged so low…that is worth a few days off and a road trip for sure! I am like you, I would’ve headed for the housed and the Goodwill stores, too! Sounds like fun!

  4. Such a great set of finds, we always head straight to Ikea when we’re in Chicago. Looks like we need to get our thrift on next time!

  5. Wow!! Those prices really are amazing! It sounds like a really fun trip. Go husband for being awesome and going to Goodwill with you (I bet he secretly enjoyed it too). My favorite was your favorite too. Both those dressers were beautiful!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      I am lucky that my husband doesn’t mind going to Goodwill. He has learned that it is a great place to find books for a super cheap price.

      Paula

  6. I love that your travels include stops at the Goodwills. I recently had a 2 month stay in Houston and one of the first things I did was to find the thrift stores in the area. Only a fellow ‘thrifter’ can appreciate the thrill of the find. That’s my kind of vacation!!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Isn’t it fun to thrift shop in a town that isn’t your own? I’m lucky that my husband is patient and will thrift along with me.

      Paula

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