This little penguin came from Goodwill in Newport, KY. He was mixed in with a batch of plastic deer and snowmen, sealed in a baggie and priced at about two bucks. Did I mention that Goodwill was having a half-off sale when I was there?
Savvy shoppers are always recommending that we buy holiday items off-season to take advantage of dramatic discounts. How's this for a bargain? Adorned in olives and plopped into a martini glass, this pre-lit desktop Christmas tree is a true one-of-a-kind keepsake. Red, feathery accents are glued to the glass to make a dramatic holiday statement. Purchased at the Joliet Goodwill store for a mere $3.99!
An eBay search for vintage ornaments just yielded 13,137 results. Although the Christmas decorations from my past are long gone, I've had some luck finding similar -- and in some cases identical -- items at practically giveaway prices at thrift shops all across the country. We had ornaments just like this one on our tree in Terre Haute in the 1960s. The ornament below is part of a set. Notice how the silver faceted interior reflects the light.