Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Goodwill Outlet - Birthday Adventure

When my friend Marsha asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday I knew right away!  I had been looking for an excuse/opportunity to go to the Goodwill Outlet.  I knew Marsha would be up for the adventure.

The Goodwill outlet is where everything goes after it leaves Goodwill.  It's a little bit like dumpster diving!

We learned there was a certain etiquette you needed to follow not to get in trouble.

They bring everything out in these bins - they are movable tables.  They switch the bins out all during the day.

When they switch out a row of bins everyone must stand along the line on the floor.  They are not allowed to touch anything in the bins until the entire row of bins is in place.
 You may look but you must not touch!

 O.K. - once the row is in place it is a free for all.  It was interesting to watch people and what they would pick out of the bins!  There was something for everyone.

 We managed to find quite a few treasures.  I found a vintage quilt, tablecloth, a Banana Republic sweater, some cool old books and a few other treasures!  I think I spent a total of $25.00 for all my treasures.  You pay by the pound.
 We wore gloves on our hands!  Things were a bit dirty!!  We are actually excited to go back and see what other treasures we can find.

Birthday Breakfast

Lucky for me my birthday fell on a Saturday this year.  That meant I could play all day!

We started out the day with breakfast.  We love finding new places to have breakfast and one place I had been wanting to check out was Cafe Broder, a Scandinavian restaurant over in SE Portland.  We headed over and got there early because I knew there was always a line.  We were second in line.

Jim kept himself entertained while we waited with the camera.

 When they asked how many were in our party I answered two and then Jim said FIVE!  He surprised me and had invited our friends the Watts to join us for birthday breakfast!  Everything is always a little more fun when the Watts are around so I was excited to have them join us!
 Cute Lindsey was still home from college so she came too!
 Love this picture Merrill took of Jim and I.
 Merrill had fun playing with my camera.

 What we had for breakfast.  The presentation was so pretty and the food delicious.  Jim had the eggs, all their eggs are baked in these cute little cast iron pans, along with potato salad and toast.
 I went for the abelskivers with lemon curd and lignonberry jam!
The food was delicious and the company excellent.  A great way to start off my birthday!!