A just January 2024, my fellow gifted thrifters and thrifty gifters!  Second month of Winter, Tevet and Sh’vat of 5784.  Month of New Year’s Day, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and Tu BiShvat (Jewish tree holiday).

This month, I’m taking you to my local Goodwill here in Gaithersburg with me.  I’m very fortunate that it’s so close to my home.  Partly because I can walk there, when I’m feeling up to it…and because I sometimes need to get a ride home due to thrifting so many things.  

As my regular readers know, I adore the shore, and am always fishing for seashore-themed items.  And DC Goodwill always has great ones, online and off.  Even by my high standards, as someone who moved from the Massachusetts Bay to the Chesapeake one in 2014.  On this visit to the G-Burg GW, I added three seashore-themed signs to my collection of those, and treated myself to a shore-themed journal.  

Here are the other fin-tastic finds I spotted in-store.  The beach IS my happy place.  But I need a lot more than a few days there.  Why do the chairs have their backs to the water, though?   

We made hot sandwiches in one of these shell-shaped cooking things when I was growing up, but I’m having a junior moment about what they’re called.  I think all Goodwills in Maryland are required by law to carry some crab items.  I was tempted to get the framed artwork for my significant other.    

I’ve seen a lot of rocking horses, and some other animals, but never a rocking boat!  

Look at all these home decor items in seashore-y blues!  I wish this nautical dress had been my size.  However, I found a beautiful dress in shades of blue that fit me perfectly, and I took it home.    

Warm Winter wishes!!!  One way to keep the chill away is to meet me back here next month, when I’ll be talking about dragons.  The next Year of the Dragon starts on February 10th!      

About our fabulous guest blogger:

Mycroft Masada (they/them) is a nonbinary trans and queer Jewish and interfaith leader with 30 years of experience, particularly called to pursue LGBTQ+ and fat liberation.  A Fat Torah Advisory Team member, Food Psych transcriptionist, and TransEpiscopal Steering Committee member, Mycroft is an advocate, organizer, consultant, educator, trainer, writer and artist.  They’re also a lifelong and at least second-generation thrifter and thrifted everything is seen (and unseen) in this photo.  They are easy to find, Friend and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram