Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Wild Goodwill Weekend

So this is the story of four (count them, four) different Goodwills here in the good old state of Maine.

This past weekend my daughter went out for the weekend to Portland, ME with her aunt, and hit the plus-sized Goodwill. While she was down there she bought these:

She picked these up as a gift for me, knowing how much I love the Gremlins. These guys are from 1991, measure in at about 9.5-10 inches (depending if you count ear height...) and cost her a measly .99 cents apiece. I flipped out when she brought these home for me. She's a good kid. But that's not all! She brought home a big rubber dinosaur for her youngest brother (not pictured)... but for our middle child she brought home the toy of his dreams:

My son has just recently been introduced to the Transformers through Transformers: Prime (he's 3), and he has a general idea of who Unicron is. My daughter brought this home and gave it to my son, and he was ecstatic. I was blind with envy. I was extremely impressed with my daughter's Goodwill savvy. She paid 2.99 for this hulking guy (price tag still attached), who was produced back in 2003, and measures about 14 inches tall from head to heel. His right hand still flashes a red light, so he's still functional, electronically. He's missing a handful of snap-on parts, which is one of those risks when one hunts for geeky goodness at Goodwill... but my son didn't care. GIANT ROBOT!!! 

After my daughter's trip to Portland with her aunt, she went for a girl's-day-out with her mom, to look for school clothes and do other girly things. While she was out, I took my two sons out on a trek to three different local (and semi-local) Goodwill stores: Ellsworth ME, Brewer ME, and Bangor ME.

Here's a highlight shot of just some of the haul:

I say highlight because this is only a small sliver of the books I brought home, but these were the most immediately exciting, and the ones I chose not to pack away so I would have something to post on this blog (We're in the process of a move in the next few weeks). There were also some toy cars and things I picked up for the boys, but those would mostly bore you. 

I'll talk about the books first, as Ray Bradbury's "The October Country" is a book I have been HUNTING for for months now. It's out of print currently, and I have been desperate to find a copy. I think I let out an audible gasp in the book section of the Bangor Goodwill when I found this book. It is hailed as a masterpiece for fans of Halloween (and of Ray Bradbury) so I've been trying to track it down. .99 cents baby!

The Dungeons and Dragons Endless Quest books were found in the Ellsworth store. I looove these old books, and I always pick them up whenever I see them. If I find duplicates, I pick them up for the kids (my copies are mine, sorry kids). These were .99 cents apiece. 

I never turn away a Madball either. Only the second Madball I've ever found by chance while out hunting, this is the real deal, "Crack Head" as he was originally named, from 1985 (it's stamped on the back). This was another find where I'm sure someone else in the store probably turned around to see whose little girl was squealing in joy. Between this and the copy of October Country, it made Bangor my favorite Goodwill of the day. another .99 cent purchase. 

Here we have an Astro Boy Happy Meal toy from 2009, and a Sigma 6 Sky B.A.T. from 2006 (also missing all of his clip-on accessories, which frankly, I can live without. He looks awesome without them to the point where I think I prefer him wingless and without the weird fire-extinguisher-looking things that go on his elbows. He kind of reminds me of Scud the Disposable Assassin just the way he is.) I just really liked the Astro Boy toy, especially the half-cutaway view where we see his robot guts. These guys were .99 cents apiece at the Ellsworth store. Domo arigatoMrRoboto!

This is a Sesame Street Honker bean bag toy from 1997. I bought it because I love Sesame Street, and because this is a weird character to have produced. It's not Oscar or Elmo or Grover or Cookie Monster. He's a Honker. And that's awesome. .99 cents from the Ellsworth store. 

Last but not least, I found this bag of plastic guys. I can't figure out why blogger won't let me put the picture in here sideways... so tilt your heads to the right please. You may or may not be able to tell that these are mostly astronaut figures in red, white and blue. There are a handful of other little plastic figures mixed in too, such as an odd yellow dog, a little pink cowboy guy, and a red plastic camel with a palanquin on it's back. I got the whole plastic pack of them for 1.99 at the Brewer Goodwill. There were no date stamps on any of these, so I have no idea when they were produced. 

So that entire pile of loot above cost me less than 10.00 and since I have a discount card (yes, shit just got real) it cost me even less than THAT. 

I'm just beginning to scratch the surface here people. You have no idea what second-hand  nerdy goodness is hiding out there if you're just willing to go Goodwill Hunting. 

1 comment:

  1. Yeah...lets say She bought them ;) I'll give her full credit for the Gremlin find. The rest were my picks.


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