Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Goodwill "Winners"

I'll be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect with how this whim of mine would be received by you guys. This kind of felt like the Biggest Test Ever of how well we "get" each other.

Will they dig it?
Will they finally decide, after years of contemplation, that enough is enough?
Will they doubt my choices?
Will they break up?

The good news is, the wedding is still ON!
We're still a thing, you and me. You're Thelma, I'm Louise. In it to the end, minus the dying.

The comments were such a frenzy that was forced to Google "how to turn off comments blogger" for the first time in 6 years. Don't be mad, baby. I didn't have a choice. I couldn't handle more comments/new comments/all the wonderful, enthusiastic Goodwill-geeking comments BECAUSE I WAS BUSY CREATING A SPREADSHEET.

Another bloggy first.

This project required the careful tallying of each and every bid.

(I wish I could don my handy Martyr hat and pretend I hated it, but you don't work as a policy wonk at a political think-tank without emerging an even nerdier version of yourself. Bless it, Robert Rector.)

It feels impossible to articulate at this hour how much the bell curve distribution of said spreadsheet data blessed me. Who knew??? (I originally had a screen shot of the spreadsheet on this post, but it caused my blog to rebel and act fussy, so I had to take it down. Just know: Almost perfect bell curve.) I put exactly zero thought into the order of the outfits on the post. Honest to goodness, I was worried about ol' #6, with the lace and the gingham. It felt so FPFG that I was sure it was more of a niche combo.

I'll be honest though, I'm pretty disappointed at your overall disregard for outfit #7. Why you gotta hate, baby? My friends Sarah and Kim came over for dinner Monday night and of course Goodwill was a hot topic of convo. Of the poor, brown jacket, Sarah said something to the effect of, "It doesn't wow me," to which I hauled every last outfit down to my kitchen (where they still reside, cough cough) and we sorted through them.

Kim tried on the brown coat like a boss-lady and loved it. BECAUSE IT IS AWESOME. I will admit, perhaps I could have paired it with a different shirt. I'm working with some limitations here, people! Just trust that should you see her rocking her tweed faux-moto (fauxmo?) jacket around town, you will blaze with crimson shame over your loss.

Poor, poor people-coat.

Now, for our winners.

Listen. Silas chose them. It felt like the only fair way and I thought it could be insightful. It wasn't, really. But I had hope that it could have been.

Last night I hauled the laptop up to his bed and we went through each list of names (often multiple times so he could remember his options.) He picked the name he liked best. I will now list the names, along with his reasoning for choosing it, but please remember, it was late. He wasn't quite on his game. (And his game is WEIRD.) I annotated his rationale beside each winner.

Right up front, I'd like to offer my apologies to Darby.
He is 6.

One last disclaimer: I'm fairly concerned about things fitting the winners right. Should you find that your items don't fit or you just don't love them, there is a staunch no-returns policy, because it will be a miracle unto itself if I even get these sent out in the first place. (I believe! I do!) So, in a case such as this, you would have two options: 1) re-donate it. Look at it as a ministry. 2) comb through the comments on the original post and contact a loser. And by "loser," I simply mean "one who did not win." Just to clarify.

Without further ado...

#1 - Gray sweater/blue T - Darby (Because it sounds weird.)
#2 - Red blazer and cami - Kristin (It's a blah blah.)
#3 - Courduroy blazer and striped T - Elisha (It's so cool.)
#4 - Green sweater, polka dot T - Melissa (It's awesome.)
#5 - Black jacket, gray T - Ann (It's so short.)
#6 - Gingham - Bekah (It's a cool name!)
#7 - Don't wanna talk about it.
#8 - Plaid button-down, Gray T - Easton. (It's so cool. Easton. It is SO COOL! Easton!)
#9 - Blue loungey sweatshirt - Michelle* (Because it's cool.) (See? Not on his game.)
#10 - Oatmeal button down - Amanda* (He actually picked Keisha, the only other contender, because she is his aunt. But I thought we'd better do that thing where immediate family members can't win. No worries though, Amanda. I'm sure he thinks your name is "cool".)
#11 - Gray cardi, Mystery Man T - Becklist. (For Silas, I changed this to "Becky" because it was late and I couldn't chance another tangent. He immediately picked Becky, "Because it's such a pretty name." Little rat can't help how cute and lovable he is....)

Winners, you can Paypal me $16 at ( and be sure to include your shipping address in the notes.

Will I do this again? Oh, I think I probably will.
You guys are such enablers.


*Michelle - I spotted a couple small darkish spots on the back of the sweatshirt when Kim tried it on for fun. I didn't realize they were there before. They are small and not super noticeable, but I totally understand if that's not your jam. If you are still interested, the price is $5 (rather than $10) plus $6 shipping. Also, the striped T has super-fun sequined bling on the front stripes! I had forgotten about that...


  1. What could be better than the name Twyla? :) It flutters out your mouth. Oh Silas. Thanks for the fun of "playing the game." Wonderful idea!

  2. Work got in the way of my ability to get my vote in before you had to stop the posts! Silly work! Amazing outfits, please, please do this again. Such an amazing idea and for a girl who still needs granamals to pull an outfit together, I need a chance to win!

  3. Waaaahhhhhh!!!!! I really wanted outfit #4..... Definitely do this again! It was fun to hope for awhile (before Silas dashed my hopes because of my boring old fashioned name....I might change it to something more exciting next time! ha ha). Besides it would save me scouring RACKS AND RACKS of clothes to find just a couple nice things if you do it for me! :)

  4. Woohoo! Thank you Silas! Yep Darby is a weird name but I guess it stands out:)) Thank you Shannan and look forward to you doing this again!! You are such an inspiration is so many ways!

    1. I love your name! It was just new to him, and "new" to a 6 year old is weird.



    2. Thanks! I was typing so fast with excitement in my previous comment that I failed to proofread.. what I meant to type..You are such an inspiration IN so many ways:)

    3. Hey, lady!
      Did you want to Paypal or send a check?
      I'm sending out a "Contact me asap or lose the duds!" note tomorrow.
      I know you touched base, so I don't plan to put you on that list. ;) But wanted to check in!

    4. Hey, Friend! This is my last attempt to wrestle payment from you for the outfit. ;)
      If I don't hear back by tomorrow I'm going to offer it to someone else.

  5. so sad that i was nowhere near the internet yesterday or I would have totally jumped on claiming #7!

  6. There were 2 Beths in the running for #4. Clearly I need to use a more original name next time. :)

  7. PS I think the guy on the orange T shirt is Buck Henry of SNL fame

  8. wahhh fine fine. at least i found that grey tshirt on the internet SECONDHAND of course to purchase.

  9. Hilarious!
    Thanks for liking my name, Silas.
    As soon as my husband gets home and tells me how to paypal you, I'll get you some money. Thanks for always make me laugh and think.

    1. You can send me a check if that's easier??

    2. Figured it out on my own. Super proud. Thanks!

    3. Hey, lady! I just wanted to check in bc I don't see a payment from you. It's fine, but I was worried since you said you got it figured out??

      There's also a Rebeccah that won and paid, but I don't think that's you.

      I'm all out of sorts! haha. Just let me know and I'll get it in the mail to you.

    4. Hmmmm....I got an email confirmation that the payment went through for #6. I forwarded you the email. correct?

    5. It says sent on October 16.

    6. Gah! Just saw it is shannAndmartin with an a. Let me call Paypal. So sorry.

    7. Okay, I sent payment to the correct email and am going to work on cancelling the wrong one I put in. I thought I had done so well. Sorry for the delay in payment.

  10. It's okay, Silas. I realize, being a child of the 80s, that Amanda is not a cool name. I was Amanda M. for most of my life, except in third grade I went by Mandi (with a heart over the i). (As soon as I remember my paypal password I will send you the money!!)

  11. Thanks for doing this and yes, PLEASE do it again! :) Now, I'm going to go scour our second hand stores for some royal blue gingham & mint...loved that combo!

  12. I loved all of the outfits that weren't my size. I just wasn't sure if I could rock the gingham and lime outfit. Instead, my daughter and I stopped by a (new to us) thrift store. I think they have a perpetual bag sale for $5. We fit 7 items in it. My daughter was layering items like you had done in your Goodwill runway show. Thanks for inspiration!

      Happy to have inspired your search. :)

  13. I knew I liked you! I am a former research need and spreadsheets and data management are my jam

  14. So funny because I LIKED number 7! I was ready to comment when I was distracted by some member of my family. So if it's still up for grabs, I'll bid on it! Poor, poor number 7 with no friends...... Hope Silas likes my name!

  15. I actually thought to myself, "Number 6 is SO Shannan. If I win that one I will look like a midget asian version of her!" And then I was so creeped out by myself that I just closed the window completely and walked away from the computer. But seriously. I would have paid $16 for the grey cardi alone in #10 no probz except orange is not a friend to the asian complexion. Think of me when you're shopping for Round 2...just take Calvin and hold anything size Small up to him to see if it "works".

  16. I just have to say that I, obviously, wasn't vying to buy an outfit, but #7 was my favorite and if I had bought one - that would have been the one. If that makes you feel any better. ;-)

  17. Wow! I'm so excited! Thank you for this inspiring idea! I'll send the money tonight. :)

  18. Well, crap. However, I must say that "not winning" to a Darby gives me yet another "SEE! I TOLD YOU SO!" argument for why in WORLD my mother named me Sharon and not Veronica. She loved the name but didn't want her daughter's initials to be "VD" (my maiden name starts with a D)...but by the time my little sister was born, she was over that fear and thus lil sis got it (and of course, she never got made fun of for those initials bc what kid is ever gonna know that?) Anyway. I always thought bc I looked nearly Hispanic and my little sister was blue-eyed and freckle faced that that made me better qualified for the name given it's Latina flare. Anywho, now I go "not winning" a great cheap sweater vest because I could easily be confused to being a 65 year old woman (love them, however I am not one) and when a 5 year old hears my name, it gets passed over.
    That being said, I'm totally fine with not winning, I just find it oddly hilarious (in a Seinfeld episode sort of way) that my name "not won" me a contest.
    Last bit, then I'm done: These posts about thrifting really have inspired me and my hubs to go thrifting for our "winter" clothes needs. I totally miss thrift stores and yard sales while living overseas and this was just the encouragement to make plans to make the most of them while we're home! We'll only need them for one season, we're saving for adoption, and it's Florida and we just pretend for like 2 weeks that we NEED to wear boots and scarves. So thanks! Hope I find something good!