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I was in Wilmington on Thursday for a doc appointment and afterwards I drove over to The Salvation Army which is located by the train station. As a child I remember my grandmother taking us shopping at a Salvation Army on North Avenue in New Rochelle and it was never fun or exciting. However, when I walked into this Salvation Army my heart started palpatating and my mind filled with excitement! It had been over 16 years since the last time I was here and things had really changed, the lighting was bright, the merchandise was neat and the space was huge. It was here back in the early ’90’s that we bought our first dining room set, a Butler’s Pantry and a crib. The pieces were nice but I had to strip and re-stain the table, re-upholster the chair pads and disinfect the crib. Although we no longer have the dining room set or crib I did keep the Butler’s Pantry and it is currently in our living room storing the “good China” and wedding photo albums.

According to the history of The Salvation Army it was founded based on the gospel of Jesus Christ helping the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute and what William Booth started in 1865, is just as relevant today. Donating and shopping at The Salvation Army helps so many people and great causes that it makes you feel good about spending money in their stores.

Upon entering this location what struck me was the department store atmosphere, the bright lighting, the open landscape, overly organized and color coordinated merchandise. I spent the first few minutes just walking around checking out the signage, tags and watching and listening to the associates interact with customers. The associates were busy on the floor yet, when they passed, they acknowledged you with a smile and a few kind words, this really made me feel welcomed, wanting to linger longer and spend more. I was so impressed that I sought out an employee who turned out to be the store manager, Don Walker. I expressed my delight explaining that I was a Blogger and would be writing about my positive experience. He thanked me, provided an update on the changes at the Salvation Army and then took the time to explain and write down the sales policies.

  • Monday and Tuesday – 1 color tag in every department is 50% off

  • Wednesday is Family Day and 3 colors in clothing, shoes and books are 50% off

  • Thursday/Friday/Saturday – 1 color tag in clothing and shoes is 50% off (yesterday it was Blue)

I love the fact that they are closed on Sundays, and sometimes I wish Delaware would return to the days of the “Blue Laws”. Stores were closed and people went to church, rested and/or spent time with family and friends. I think we all need a day to shut down and just take time to relax especially during these crazy times of discord. Don also told me that they get new furniture from a local store and it’s sold at extremely reduced prices, so if you are in the market for a leather Lazy Boy Chair, come here first. I took a lot of pictures so you can see just how organized, and spacious this location is and I vowed to return to do more shopping and less documenting.

Please note, because I took so many pics inside the store, I need to write another post detailing just my purchases. Look closely at the pictures to see how neat and clean the floors are, the hangers are all set straight, no dust on the furniture and the mirrors sparkle…I need this at my house!

On Saturday after the power was restored the men and I jumped into the car and drove to New Rochelle, NY for a cousin’s Baby Shower.  Nothing makes you more aware of your own aging until your “baby” cousins start having babies, in this case having her 2nd – a boy!  My cousin was just a toddler when she danced at our wedding and now she has her own dancing toddler.  Traffic on the Jersey Turnpike and GW Bridge was terrible and we got a little lost but once we arrived it was  a fun, fun family affair.  I was also able to see my “friend-for-life” and hopefully this weekend she and her friend will be stopping in Delaware so we can do some more catching up.

I love my family and had a great time – Congratulations and God Bless India and Mike!

Do you hear the theme song from “Taxi”?

India and Mike and their “dancing toddler”

Me and my “little” cousin, India

Mommy-To-Be is glowing in her maxi dress and skinny belt

My men with Mommy-to-be

Me with “grandma”

Sherrie, “a friend for life”

Maxi Dress – Ross// Scarf – Burlington Coat Factory// Sandals – Bare Feet Shoes// Bracelet – Flea Mkt Vendor// Ring – Avon

Hubby and I

Have you ever gone to someone’s home and a smell, a sound or an object reminded you of a good childhood memory?  The other day I delivered an Avon order to Miss. Christine, a good friend of my grandmother’s from the MOT Senior Center.  In all the years that they were friends and before my grandmother passed, I had never gone to her house.  The moment I pulled into the driveway memories of going to Cousin Bessie’s house in Port Chester, NYcame flooding back.

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My grandmother raised my sister and me in the projects in New Rochelle, NY, I wouldn’t call it a concrete jungle but it wasn’t a grassy knoll either.  Entering Miss. Christine’s house reminded me of visiting and going through Cousin Bessie’s house, looking at all the nick nacks, sneaking candy from the jar and shaking the snow-globe then holding it still until all the flakes fell back into place.

Growing up in the 60’s/70’s life was simpler but the small things meant a great deal. You weren’t supposed to be in grown folks business and if you fell or got hurt you were told to just get up and next time don’t be so clumsy!

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Entering the back yard through the metal gate, there sits an old red wagon

Miss. Christine’s house was built in the 50’s and decorated in the 60’s and would now be considered retro in 2012.  From the paneled walls, metal hand rails to the big spoon and fork on the kitchen wall, it all just took me back to Port Chester, NY and the happy family times we had when visiting that home.

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The clothes line for drying clothes freshly
The brick bar-b-que pit reminds of the I Love Lucy episode when she and Ethel rebuilds the pit after losing her wedding ring.Image

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Miss. Christine - remembering the chair/step ladder

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We always entered the house from the back or laundry room

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The paneled walls, metal stair rails, retro kitchen table and chairs

 

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Back TV room for the "men folk"

 

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Wallpapered powder room with wall mounted Dixie Cup dispenser.

 

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Upstairs living room for the grown folks - "stay outta grown folks business, now get your candy and git!"

 

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Love these stools and kitchen chairs - never replaced or worn out

 

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I think every kitchen had the large spoon and fork hanging on the wall

 

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ceiling mounted glass cabinet

 

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Fluorescent lights mounted to the side of the cabinets

 

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There were always some gardening tool around and parents weren't concerned - if you got hurt it's because you shouldn't have been touching it! Kids today are too protected from every day disappointments and mishaps!

 

 

Have you ever gone to someone’s home and a smell, a sound or an object reminded you of a good childhood memory?  The other day I delivered an Avon order to Miss. Christine, a good friend of my grandmother’s from the MOT Senior Center.  In all the years that they were friends and before my grandmother passed, I had never gone to her house.  The moment I pulled into the driveway memories of going to Cousin Bessie’s house in Port Chester, NYcame flooding back.

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My grandmother raised my sister and me in the projects in New Rochelle, NY, I wouldn’t call it a concrete jungle but it wasn’t a grassy knoll either.  Entering Miss. Christine’s house reminded me of visiting and going through Cousin Bessie’s house, looking at all the nick nacks, sneaking candy from the jar and shaking the snow-globe then holding it still until all the flakes fell back into place.

Growing up in the 60’s/70’s life was simpler but the small things meant a great deal. You weren’t supposed to be in grown folks business and if you fell or got hurt you were told to just get up and next time don’t be so clumsy!

Image

Entering the back yard through the metal gate, there sits an old red wagon

Miss. Christine’s house was built in the 50’s and decorated in the 60’s and would now be considered retro in 2012.  From the paneled walls, metal hand rails to the big spoon and fork on the kitchen wall, it all just took me back to Port Chester, NY and the happy family times we had when visiting that home.

Image

The clothes line for drying clothes freshly
The brick bar-b-que pit reminds of the I Love Lucy episode when she and Ethel rebuilds the pit after losing her wedding ring.Image

Image

Miss. Christine - remembering the chair/step ladder

Image

We always entered the house from the back or laundry room

Image

The paneled walls, metal stair rails, retro kitchen table and chairs

 

Image

Image

Back TV room for the "men folk"

 

Image

Image

Wallpapered powder room with wall mounted Dixie Cup dispenser.

 

Image

Upstairs living room for the grown folks - "stay outta grown folks business, now get your candy and git!"

 

ImageImageImageImage

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Love these stools and kitchen chairs - never replaced or worn out

 

Image

I think every kitchen had the large spoon and fork hanging on the wall

 

Image

ceiling mounted glass cabinet

 

Image

Fluorescent lights mounted to the side of the cabinets

 

Image

There were always some gardening tool around and parents weren't concerned - if you got hurt it's because you shouldn't have been touching it! Kids today are too protected from every day disappointments and mishaps!

 

 

Have you ever gone to someone’s home and a smell, a sound or an object reminded you of a good childhood memory?  The other day I delivered an Avon order to Miss. Christine, a good friend of my grandmother’s from the MOT Senior Center.  In all the years that they were friends and before my grandmother passed, I had never gone to her house.  The moment I pulled into the driveway memories of going to Cousin Bessie’s house in Port Chester, NYcame flooding back.

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My grandmother raised my sister and me in the projects in New Rochelle, NY, I wouldn’t call it a concrete jungle but it wasn’t a grassy knoll either.  Entering Miss. Christine’s house reminded me of visiting and going through Cousin Bessie’s house, looking at all the nick nacks, sneaking candy from the jar and shaking the snow-globe then holding it still until all the flakes fell back into place.

Growing up in the 60’s/70’s life was simpler but the small things meant a great deal. You weren’t supposed to be in grown folks business and if you fell or got hurt you were told to just get up and next time don’t be so clumsy!

Image

Entering the back yard through the metal gate, there sits an old red wagon

Miss. Christine’s house was built in the 50’s and decorated in the 60’s and would now be considered retro in 2012.  From the paneled walls, metal hand rails to the big spoon and fork on the kitchen wall, it all just took me back to Port Chester, NY and the happy family times we had when visiting that home.

Image

The clothes line for drying clothes freshly
The brick bar-b-que pit reminds of the I Love Lucy episode when she and Ethel rebuilds the pit after losing her wedding ring.Image

Image

Miss. Christine - remembering the chair/step ladder

Image

We always entered the house from the back or laundry room

Image

The paneled walls, metal stair rails, retro kitchen table and chairs

 

Image

Image

Back TV room for the "men folk"

 

Image

Image

Wallpapered powder room with wall mounted Dixie Cup dispenser.

 

Image

Upstairs living room for the grown folks - "stay outta grown folks business, now get your candy and git!"

 

ImageImageImageImage

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Love these stools and kitchen chairs - never replaced or worn out

 

Image

I think every kitchen had the large spoon and fork hanging on the wall

 

Image

ceiling mounted glass cabinet

 

Image

Fluorescent lights mounted to the side of the cabinets

 

Image

There were always some gardening tool around and parents weren't concerned - if you got hurt it's because you shouldn't have been touching it! Kids today are too protected from every day disappointments and mishaps!

 

 


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