Thrifting for a Classroom

Thrifting for a classroom can be a fun and budget-friendly way to gather supplies, decorations, and even educational materials. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you thrift for your classroom at Goodwill Akron:

  1. Assess Your Needs: Before you start thrifting, make a list of the items you need for your classroom. This could include furniture (chairs, tables, shelves), decorations (posters, wall art), school supplies (notebooks, pencils, markers), and any other materials you might require.
  2. Set a Budget: Determine how much you’re willing to spend on thrifting for your classroom. Goodwill offers affordable options, but having a budget in mind will help you stay focused and avoid overspending.
  3. Research Goodwill Akron Stores: Find Goodwill stores in your area that are likely to have the items you need. Check out Goodwill Akron locations here:
  4. Think Creatively: Think creatively about how you could repurpose items to fit your classroom needs. An old ladder could become a bookshelf, or vintage    frames could hold student artwork.

You can thrift a wide variety of items for your classroom, ranging from furniture and decor to educational materials and supplies. Here’s a list of things you can consider thrifting for your classroom:



  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Desks
  • Bookshelves
  • Storage cabinets
  • Bean bags or floor cushions
  • Rugs or carpets


Decor and Visual Aids:

  • Posters and artwork
  • Bulletin board materials
  • Wall clocks
  • Mirrors
  • Wall shelves for displaying student work
  • Framed pictures or prints


Educational Materials:

  • Books (both fiction and non-fiction)
  • Puzzles and games
  • Educational toys and manipulatives
  • Art supplies (paints, markers, crayons)
  • Science experiment equipment


School Supplies:

  • Notebooks
  • Pens, pencils, and markers
  • Binders and folders
  • Sticky notes
  • Calculators
  • Scissors and glue


Storage Solutions:

  • Bins and baskets for organizing supplies
  • File organizers
  • Drawer dividers
  • Plastic containers for art supplies



  • Speakers


Soft Furnishings:

  • Curtains or drapes
  • Throw pillows or cushions
  • Blankets


Musical Instruments:

  • Gently used musical instruments (e.g., keyboards, guitars)
  • Sheet music or songbooks


Office Supplies:

  • Staplers, hole punches, and other office tools
  • Desk organizers
  • Whiteboards or chalkboards


Plants and Greenery:

Indoor plants to add a touch of nature to the classroom


Outdoor Supplies:

  • Outdoor play equipment (balls, jump ropes, etc.)
  • Picnic tables or benches for outdoor learning spaces


Storage and Organization:

  • Filing cabinets
  • Plastic storage bins
  • Shelving units


Costumes and Props:

  • Dress-up clothes for dramatic play
  • Props for storytelling or presentations


Remember that thrifting requires some patience and creativity. You might not find everything you need in a single trip, but over time, you can accumulate a variety of items that enhance your classroom environment. Share with us what you thrifted for your classroom @goodwillakron.

Happy thrifting!