Sunday, May 1, 2011

I heart Goodwill!

Ok, so just a few years ago I would have turned my nose at anything from a thrift store. I gave to Goodwill, not shopped at Goodwill. Then one day, my life changed. I was taking several bags of donated clothes to a local shelter and they gave me a coupon for 30% off just for donating. I said "oh, no thank you" but the worker gave the coupon to my hubby anyways. (So really this is all HIS fault!!!) So we thought, what the heck let's see what they have. I had always been curious if I would find things I had donated inside lol 

I stick to looking at home goods and have found some AMAZING things! I always feel guilty as if I am stealing when I find something that is in great condition at an amazing price. Usually that price is 1.99. I have a hard time paying $30 for something but I will easily buy 15 things at 2 bucks a pop. So if I am bored or have an urge to shop, I stop by our local Goodwill, Savers, or Salvation Army! I think of it like this...Many people hunt for animals. I hunt...for treasures! Most times I don't find anything, but when I do, I always find something cool! I also always wonder the story behind the items. I wonder why this person gave something so special away. Did they not know the significance of it or how valuable it was? Well, whatever their reasons were, they helped out the community by donating and helped me too! 

My favorite finds so far
-The Better Homes and Garden desk and 2 chairs
-Grapevine Wreath covered in Hydrangeas
-Jim Shore Christmas Angel
-Tons of milk glass
-Vintage Carnival glass pieces
-Silver platters
-Brand new books from my favorite author, Patricia Cornwell
-A glass and bamboo cloche ( I will post a pic soon! LOVE it!)
-Spice rack that fits my kitchen perfectly!
-tons of candlesticks for projects
-random stuff to craft with.
 I am going to start posting all my finds on here!

So that brings me to my latest find.
I am sorry that I did not remember to take a "before" picture as I started working on it as soon as I got home! It is a wooden serving piece. It was 2 bucks at Goodwill and was in great condition. I painted it with Krylon Black Satin paint and then mod podged some scrapbook paper to the bottom. It is fabulous! 

Does it remind you of anything??? For those of you who know me, you know I am obsessed with these!!! I am planning on giving you a tour of my kitchen soon, so you can see just how obsessed I am with black and white and damask :)

Another great source to give and receive from is Freecycle. I heard about it when we moved to Arkansas and was excited to join. I have given plenty of awesome things that I was tired of but were still in perfect condition. It is a great thing to donate than to just throw away! "upcycling" is fun and I highly recommend it! Do something good for others as well as our environment.


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