I haven’t been doing a lot of scavenging lately, but with a second home in the works, I’ve started keeping my eyes open a little wider again. Yesterday I found this pretty piece of pottery at the the Goodwill for $2.99! I love the rich, deep blue of the cross pattern and the all of the crazing in the glaze.
I get asked about this a lot, but I don’t really have any secret tips for good scavenging—it’s just luck of the draw. I check Craigslist regularly (I have a list of keywords that I search for), and every now and then I buy something on eBay, but I don’t do a lot of going to antique or thrift shops. I’m too lazy! I do wholeheartedly recommend the DWR Annex in Secaucus (there are also Annex locations in Palm Springs and Cleveland, which I assume are similar), however, but not during the “sales”. You’ll get a better deal just going there on a regular day. It’s not as busy, there’s more stock, and the salespeople have more time to negotiate on prices.
And the Goodwill! I do love the Goodwill, even though 99% of what’s there is garbage. It’s that remaining 1% that gets me excited.