...a readers email...

I have been going quite hard with trying to source items for my small condo. Lately Ive been really lucky. Honestly, it isn't luck. The items I find are somewhat common in my area. Now on to the reader's email. I received an email from a reader which stated they felt I was lying about my finds and that I perhaps was bragging. I was slightly offended. However, instead of responding immediately I took time, thought about it and here is my response...via my blog.

I have no reason to lie about my finds. I CHOOSE to share my finds with people via MY blog. This is MY space in the blog world. If you do not think I am honest...maybe you should not be a follower. I have so many things I could blog about. I could blog about ministry...I am a preacher. I could blog about insurance...I am an insurance agent. I could blog about singing...I am a singer. There are so many things I could blog about, but I chose thrifting as my subject. So, I hold no salary or no contract to make anyone believe my finds.

It seems that EVERY week I have some great find to tweet or blog about. In all thruthfulness greatness is subjective. What you and I may feel is great my be mundane to the next person.

I read a comment a few months back about my finds on another blog. Somewhat bashing me. Honestly, I am excited that what I choose to buy interest them so much they would drop by and leave with a thought. Whether that thought be negative or positive.

I am cheap. So where are many people would shop Pottery Barn, Ballard, Neiman Marcus...etc, I cannot always do that. Sometimes I can.

I thrift daily, whereas many people thrift monthly...or semi annually. So NO you would not get the awesome sofa for $19.99 or a $1500 flatware for $30. Why? Because you aren't out and about thrifting.

The job I currently has me to travel all over my state. So on my lunch break I grab a quick bite and head to the local thirft shop. Easy. You can do it as well.

Blogland is full of AMAZING finds from Goodwill, Salvation Army, 2nd Hand and Consignment shops.

A few friends of mine Lakeitha Duncan from, Home to Three Duncan Boys, thrift as often as I do...and you should really head to her blog to see the amazing stuff she finds...serious.

Then there is Lynda from Focal Point who I met via Rate My Space on hgtv.com. Her first post was the Cash Cab Remix. I liked it then and I like it now. After looking and reading closely, she made it clear that many of her finds came from thrift stores. Her blog is full of amazing pictures of items in her area from thrift stores.

Every area is different. Some places don't have amazing deals. Others do. I happen to be in that place. The BIG thing is this...not EVERYONE has an eye for amazing stuff. The sofa sat there...people walked all around it. The didn't like it. I did. So I bought it...for me...so I shared it with you.

So my friends...by all means...don't sit in judgement...don't accuse. I'm sharing with you what makes me happy...no more than the shared song the Sparrow sings because she is happy...or the purrrs of a kitten because he is content.

We are all trying to live well...and on budget...and live well on it.

I encourage your comments...good or bad...positive or negative.

Mr.Goodwill Hunting
Twitter: MrGWhunting
Email: mr.goodwillhunting@gmail.com