Monday, March 15, 2010


I am joining Diane at A PICTURE IS WORTH A 1,000 WORDS  for 2ND Time Around Tuesday And

Linda over at COASTAL CHARM for
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

And Trey over at I REFUSE TO RECEDE for Tuesday Trivia Tie-In

Today I took a trip to Goodwill and found some fun stuff.....
I found these little fun items...
A cute little girl with a rabbit
 A really cute coffee cup with a bird and orange on it
Little green glass cup
This wonderful two handled dish
This very cool bowl
 Very interesting edge, if anyone knows anything about this dish I would love some information
And this set of green bowls
So this is what I found at GW!  As I was deciding what I was going to write my Trivia on I had a thought, what do I know about the Goodwill?  So here is some info on a place most of us have shopped at one time or another.


Goodwill Industries International
The Reverend Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister who developed innovative ways to help his community's immigrant, jobless and poor citizens, developed the Goodwill concept in the late 1890's. His church-based "industrial school" in Boston's south side offered skills training and a fundamental job placement service was developed in 1896. Later, during the Spanish-American War, Helms took a burlap bag and went door-to-door asking his affluent neighbors for clothing and anything else that could be carried away. Impoverished men and women were hired to repair and refurbish the donated materials, which were then sold. The income from the sale of these items was used to pay the worker's wages. Thus, the original Goodwill Industries method of self-help enterprise was born.

In 1902, a new facility was built under the name Morgan Memorial Cooperative Industries and Stores, Inc. It was not until a group in Brooklyn, New York who adopted Morgan Memorial's methods of operation that the term "Goodwill Industries" was coined. With Rev. Helms as the driving force, the Goodwill Industries concept spread across the United States. By 1926, Helms was touring the world telling the Goodwill story and laying the groundwork for an international movement. Although people with disabilities were never excluded from Goodwill Industries programs, they were not the focus of the organization's efforts until the mid-1930's. Goodwill was one of the first organizations to address the long neglected needs of America's citizens with disabilities.

Today, Goodwill Industries International, Inc. (GII) is a network of 205 community-based, independent nonprofit organizations, making it North America's largest nonprofit provider of employment and training services. With locations in the United States, Canada and 22 other countries, Goodwill serves people with workplace disadvantages and disabilities by providing job training and employment services, as well as job placement opportunities and post-employment support. Goodwill helps people overcome barriers to employment and become independent, tax-paying members of their communities. While the basic goals of Goodwill have not changed greatly over the years, the types of people served have. Goodwill serves people who face a variety of barriers to employment, including physical or mental disabilities, illiteracy, homelessness, inadequate education and welfare found here

I found this interesting and I hope the rest of you did also.



Jane said...

You are getting some good shopping in on your trip. Very informative post about GW.

Oliva said...

I really love the dishes...they're all so unique! TFS GW's story...I learn something new it!

Chatty Crone said...

I'm not sure about the history of the dishes, my two favorites are - the green cup and the last clear bowl with that pretty edge. Very nice.

I didn't know that about the GOodwill Industry.

Hope you are having fun,

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Goodwill was around that long. Love your treasures. Especially the dish with the bubble looking edging. So unique.

CC said...

Hi Linda..
I love your finds..and the history was wonderful. I also was at a Goodwill today..and only found a couple of things. Well,I did find a Pyrex large bowl,but was kinda stunned at the I didn't buy it. It's getting to the point with that one store,I could go to a really expensive antique shop,and find things priced lower. Their pricing has gotten outrageous. *sighs. I really wanted that bowl,I should have just bought it..and enjoyed it,even at that price.

Annesphamily said...

That lil bird on the cup looks like the Florida Orange Juice Bird who was in commercials years ago! What a great collection of treasures! Have agood week!

Sandra said...

I like the dishes and the history was very informative.

My name is PJ. said...

Where do you store all your finds? I'm particularly fond of the green glass pieces.

sissie said...

You found some very nice piece at GW, some appear to be antique glass.
Thanks for the history about Goodwill. Very interesting.


Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I just adore the green dishes. Be blessed. Cindy

Sherrie said...

We have a grand opening today of our Good Will. I am hoping to find lots of goodies there. Love your pretties you got. Have a great day!

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jaz@octoberfarm said...

nice finds. i think that bowl is called bubble glass. it is pressed glass.

Diann said...

Hi Linda!

Oh, you got some fun finds today! I love the bubble glass dish. I have a couple pieces of this design and think it is wonderful. Also, the green glass is a fav.

Loved the history lesson today. I never really knew the beginnings of goodwill. now I do!

Continue to have fun!

Victoria said...

You found some really great stuff! I love Goodwill, it's so much fun searching for treasures there:)

Linda said...

Looks like you have been busy gal while in that COOL bowl too! Thanks for the GW info:)


alice said...

Cool finds! Thanks for the GW info.
smiles, alice

Leanne said...

I love those green bowls and the glass. So pretty. Good buys!

Troy said...


Thanks for linking up this week. We love thrift stores. We only have one Goodwill in the area, and it is the oposite direction from most of our other thrift stores, so we go there less often than the others, but we still try to get there regularly.

I gthought your information was fascinating. I never stopped and asked myself the history of Goodwill. Now when we shopthere I can look at it n an entirely different light.

It looks like you found some fun treasures!