Ode to Goodwill: A Love Letter with Pictures

Dear Goodwill,

I love you so much. You are always there for me when everything is going wrong–well, at least between the hours of 9am-8pm and 10am-6pm on Sundays. I can count on you to give me a lift even when my mood and my budget are at their lowest. We’ve been together for so long, yet you always find new ways to surprise me.

Remember that time that I found this school map of Georgia and this industrial barrel on the same trip? I thought my husband would hate both of them, but you knew better. We just turned that barrel into a table and hung up the map above that chair I got for $25 at a garage sale. Don’t be jealous of that garage sale. You know I’ll always come back to you.


Just like when I found that old Library of Congress record player for $11. It has a speaker right inside the case. You knew you had me then. I’m back every week digging through your musty piles of 77 cent records.


How do you know exactly what I love most? This store display dress form you gave me turned into the perfect lamp for sewing.



Speaking of lamps, you really know how to light up my life! This lamp I bought for $15 sells for $178 at Lowes.


I know sometimes others find your virtues difficult to appreciate, but I was over the moon when you found me this desk organizer. Did the makers realize that “tomorrow” and “manana” mean the same thing? Were they going for a more poetic meaning? We’ll never know. Just one of our many inside jokes.


All jokes aside, you know that you really had my heart when you urged me to pursue my love of skating–for only 25 cents.


Goodwill, we’ve had such good times! I can’t wait to grow old with you. Especially when we reach that milestone in the golden years of our relationship, 25% off Super Senior Tuesday.

Love Forever, Jaime



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