Every time I blog about something I’ve found at Goodwill for my home, I always get this response from several different people: “I never find anything there! What am I doing wrong?”
While shopping at Goodwill (or any thrift store) can certainly be hit and miss, it’s more about thinking/planning/imagining while you’re shopping. I certainly don’t find an incredible treasure each and every time I go, but I usually find something (big or small) to be excited about.
I usually hit the same areas of the store in the same order and try to keep an open mind all the while. Here’s a little rundown of a recent trip to my local Goodwill and what I found. . .
First stop–furniture. I usually scan the big items first since they’re the most obvious. If something really great is sitting out in plain view, I want to be sure I see it first. On this particular day, I found this great pharmacy style floor lamp sitting amongst the chairs and tables. Price tag? Just $6!
They’re used in all kinds of rooms–from modern to traditional, from formal to casual–and make excellent task lighting:
Almost without fail, you can find a random dining chair floating around the furniture section. I found one very similar to this style while I was there. Although it may have lost its mates, it can be instantly updated with some paint and used for a fun office chair.
Next, I take a quick look through the dishes. I’m always on the lookout for pretty plates, saucers and bowls. On this particular day, I found this silver serving set that would be great to display on a buffet or console table.
I also always check out the art selection. I found this fun canvas painting, which would be a great addition to an existing gallery wall. I also keep an eye out for pretty frames that can be painted.
When I shop the lamps at Goodwill, I’m always tempted if there’s a pair.
Old ginger jar lamps are pretty abundant and can be painted to look way more expensive. I found a pair of these and imagine them in a bright color with a modern shade.
And finally, our Goodwill always has shelves full of glassware and old vases. By itself, one of these vases may not have much appeal, but several of them grouped together can become a pretty centerpiece or a creative way to display family photos.
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-Emily A. Clark
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