Recently, while talking about our kids graduating high school and venturing off to figure out where they fit into the world, we also found ourselves daydreaming about helping them shop department store and thrift goodies for their first apartments.
I am as frugal as they come. For the longest time, I did not have décor on some of my walls because I seriously could NOT imagine spending $40-$100 on a single item from any department store that would hang on the wall and require dusting.
Then I had a good friend of mine – while sitting at her incredible kitchen table – tell me that she got it at Goodwill for $12. My mind was blown. She is the crafty creative type, which I am not. But, when she explained what she had done to restore and renew it, I thought, wow, even I could do that.
Both of our kids plan to join the military – so we may only ever get to daydream – at least for a while. But these various conversations sparked some ideas for my own home and filling those bare walls that I wanted to share!
There are SO many fantastic, quality items that you can get at Goodwill for a fraction of the cost of what you would pay at a department store. So, while getting a bargain, you’re also reducing your carbon footprint, and helping your community.
Here are some items that you will never find me buying from a department store again – and some items that I will always check my local Goodwill stores for before heading to the department store:
Cups, Glasses, Silverware
Plates and Bowls
Vases of any kind
Serving platters and the like
Name brand clothing & formalwear
Board Games and Puzzles
Throw pillows and Blankets
Baskets of any kind
I am sure there are things that I have left off and forgotten – but we literally head to our Goodwill store for 90% of anything we might need before hitting up the local department stores!
If you’re going to take my advice and shop at Goodwill, you may as well donate something every time you go! When you shop or donate at your local Goodwill you don’t just get a bargain for yourself, you’re helping Goodwill generate revenue to fund valuable employment training and job placement services for people in your community.
Find a Goodwill store near you at http://www.goodwill.org/locator/. The items you purchase or donate may just make someone else’s day a little brighter. Do you have a store that is your go-to for stuff like this? If you haven’t scoped out your local Goodwill, I highly recommend trying it out! We even like to look for Goodwill stores when we are traveling. You never know what goodies you will find in other areas that you might not find in your own. Have some great finds from Goodwill – share a photo with me on social media using the hashtag #ShopGoodwill or #DonateStuffCreateJobs!