This Back-to-School Season, Remember the Three Rs

Before students can get back to their desks and pick up the traditional three Rs — reading, writing and arithmetic — there’s one end-of-summer hurdle to get out of the way: back-to-school shopping! Parents, before you run in horror, hide your car keys and tear up your checkbooks, you should know that the back-to-school shopping season doesn’t have to be …

Turn Something Old into Something New – a Planter

I’ve got an easy one for you this month. It requires no paint, no glue, no scissors… …Just a few containers from Goodwill… and some flowers and soil!               We’re makin’ planters! This Pfaltzgraff ceramic bundt dish was $8 from Goodwill of Akron.             Exactly what I needed for …

Comparing Pricing on Fashion Finds

Greetings Everyone! As we are nearing the end of July… (Can you believe it?), I am already starting to think about fall and back-to-school fashion.  I’m sure that makes some of you crazy hearing the word fall, but after working years in retail, the back-to-school mind set usually starts for me in August.  I have always been a sucker for …

Works of Art

Whether it’s an abstract sculpture, impressionist painting or indigenous objects, there is a style of art for every collector and admirer. Amazing works of art are donated to Goodwill agencies across the country each day. Most have little value. However, there are those treasure finds or, better yet, rare pieces that make their way through our doors. The website www.shopgoodwill.com …

Fourth of July Fashion Recap

The fourth is always a forgotten favorite for me.  Every year it creeps right up and BOOM (your que to imagine fireworks) … it’s time to pull out the red white and blue!  I usually have an array of things to choose from, but I thought I would keep it simple this year and incorporate a few classics that I found …

Coffee Table Makeover

This month I’m taking on a $15 coffee table from Goodwill Northfield. I happened to be there on Customer Appreciation Day so I got an additional 35% off! (FYI – the next appreciation day is August 8th so mark your calendar!)           Picking a paint color was easy. White, white and more white. My quest of …

The 1980’s-Bright, Colorful & Fun Fashion!

    The 1980s often get a bad rap for the over-the-top fashions.  But, hiding among the shoulder pads and perms is some interesting history behind the styles.  The early part of the decade was influenced by a style called “New Romantics”.  This was characterized by Victorian-inspired clothing which featured lace and very feminine silhouettes. This dress is a Gunne …

Fabric Hoop DIY

I recently purchased these fabric filled hoops from Christine of Mama’s Happy Stuff. I really like how they brought some color and texture to the walls in our kitchen so I decided to add to the family by making a few more of these hoops with some fabric I’ve picked up from Goodwill. Supplies Needed: 1 – Embroidery Hoops (pick …

Warm Weather Clothes

Hi Goodwill Shoppers! I hope everyone is enjoying this weather.  I sure am!  A couple weeks ago my best friend and I went to the Greater Cleveland Goodwill Fashion Show!  We had a great time, and of course I wore Goodwill in honor of the occasion.  This dress my husband actually picked out for me.  It is a beautiful, lined, Banana …

Under Lock & Key

So you’re cleaning out your garage or attic and you come across a set of old keys or antique metal padlocks. Your first instinct may be to throw them away. Don’t do it! UNDER LOCK AND KEY Vintage keys and locks have become quite collectible, especially if they are stamped with the maker/manufacturer. Some of these keys are over a …