I have another thrift store adventure to share with you. This one is going to make you mad, sad, and angry all at the same time…shocked for sure!
This is the “rest of the story”…
I told you that earlier in the week that Kalissa and I had gone thrift store shopping last Wednesday when Gannon had an appointment. While we were shopping Kalissa found a dresser she liked. She had plans to repaint and spruce it up for her dining room. It’s been a while since she’s had a project and was excited. Besides that, it was only $40.
The only problem with it was that we had other things in the van already and the two boys so the dresser wasn’t going to fit. Kalissa talked to the people at the store and asked if we could come back the next day and pick it up. They said sure and gave her a tag so she could pick it up.
The next day we went back, shopped at the thrift store, picked up the dresser, and started to head towards home when Kalissa said she wanted to pick up grass seed. The place we get that at is near Goodwill so I asked her to drop me off at Goodwill and then she could go get the grass seed.
She dropped me off and I found some good things that I told you about in the previous post…what I left you hanging over the story of this quilt. It is a brand new newly made quilt. It has never been washed as it isn’t the least bit crinkly. IT WAS DONATED and for sale at Goodwill. I started to look for a price on it. All I could find is the orange tag. I looked all around for a pricing sign. There wasn’t one. I saw a lady who was working and asked her. She said she typically works in the back so doesn’t know. Then she went to the front and asked the cashier and he said, “Blankets like THAT ONE are considered comforters so they go for comforter price.” I asked what the comforter price was…and he said…
$5. I was sick. I was completely and totally sick. $5. WOW. $5 wouldn’t even buy two fat quarters of fabric. Oh, I am sick about this.
I am positive that this was painstakingly made with love…even with custom quilting…gifted and the receiver didn’t want it so they donated it. Why else would anyone donate this amazing quilt?
Look…it even has curved seams. A talented lady made this. It is so pretty. All of it is quilt shop fabric. I know as I recognize several of the prints. Seriously…I am just sick.
I was so confused about what to do. I didn’t need another quilt but I’ll be darned if I was going to let this stay at Goodwill. It seriously has not been washed. Who couldn’t love this quilt???
The colors are awesome. It looks fantastic. The border and binding print are the same. The backing matches the border fabric too.
This is a time-consuming quilt as curved edges always require extra time and lots of pinning. How could anyone have donated it?
I bought it.
I just want the person who made it to know that I saw it. I love it. I appreciate the hard work. I appreciate the time, talent, and money that was put into making this wonderful quilt.
I only have two quilts in the house that I didn’t make because I don’t want to confuse my kids…one is from Ila and one is from Annie. I treasure both of them so much.
I thought about donating it to a worthy charity or benefit…or putting it on the postage auction. Hmm. I just don’t know what is the right thing to do with it. What would you do with it?
I know I am making assumptions to suggest that this was gifted and the recipient didn’t want it. But what else could be the explanation? How else would this have landed in Goodwill?
I just feel sick about this…and super confused about what I should do with it now. I just knew I couldn’t leave it at Goodwill. I am so confused and shocked at finding this. I just don’t know what to say.
Before I go, I do want to say:
If you live in my area and you made this quilt and want it back, feel free to drop me a note. I’ll give it to you as long as you have some kind of story so I know it was originally yours.