Handmade Gift Idea – Distressed Chalkboard State Silhouette

            The early snowfall in October got me thinking about holiday gift giving a whole month early! While shopping at Goodwill I picked up a bunch of wooden signs that can easily be painted and personalized. Hopefully this should reduce the gift-buying- stress I normally incur in December.             This …

Goodwill Holiday Style

With the Holiday festivities raring up in the next few weeks, the wheels are already spinning on what to wear to social gatherings.  If you’re anything like me, you enjoy comfort and style. Key pieces that I look for are party dresses, pretty tops that can be easily accessorized, and versatile sweaters. A typical day can be running from a …

Preparing Your Table for the Holidays

With the holidays quickly approaching it is time to prepare for the gathering of family and friends. And under the baked turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie are the pieces that define the hostess’ holiday style. Whether traditional, contemporary, antique or newlywed new, below are a few items sold on www.shopgoodwill.com – maybe one of the pieces will be the …

Colorful Yarn Wrapped Sticks

Seriously, this was so easy to make this colorful fall vignette, you just need a few things:   1.  Vases from Goodwill. There are shelves and shelves of them. And they are cheap, like $1-$2.           2.  This is optional, but an empty frame is a simple way to create a focal point on your vase. I picked …

Easy Halloween Costume Ideas from Goodwill

Happy October Everyone! Halloween is only a few weeks away, and without fail every year I am scraping for a costume last minute.  Here are a few of my tips for finding a quick and easy costume at Goodwill. Pack your imagination.  I rarely go into Goodwill with a plan, because I never know what I am going to find …

What will you be this Halloween? Create a Unique Costume at Goodwill

Looking for a unique, affordable Halloween costume? Visit any of the Goodwill stores in Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland counties! You’ll find everything you need to create the one-of-a-kind look that you desire. By purchasing gently used items, you’ll save on your Halloween costumes and decorations, and no one will know that you didn’t buy new! Not only will you …

Upcycle Old Pillow Cases into No-Sew Garland

            I was given a sewing machine as a birthday gift two years ago.  Haven’t even opened up the box yet. Thankfully this project requires NO SEWING! All you need: 1: Scissors 2: Rope or Twine 3: Pillowcases from Goodwill – I chose colors/patterns with an Autumn vibe. Really any fabric will work (sheets, tablecloths, …

The Strange and Unusual

When most people think of online shopping, more than likely they think of clothing, accessories, electronics, or jewelry. Not many would think of shopping for a resin human skull model or a taxidermy cobra, but Halloween is right around the corner. There are numerous strange and unusual items that can be found on www.shopgoodwill.com. These can be used for science, …

Fall Fashion Trends

The leaves are changing and so is your wardrobe.  Here are a few of my favorite fall trends that can easily be incorporated into your closet. High on my radar is this season’s need for utilitarian style.  It is rugged and easily translates into a fall color palette.  Army green and deep oranges are key to adding this trend to your …

Custom Candy Cauldron for Halloween

              Other than Christmas, holiday decorating doesn’t really occur in our house. Not because I don’t want to. Check out my Pinterest boards — I have plenty of ideas for cute Valentines garland, and Easter egg wreaths. But the holidays always creep up on me and I am left doing things like handing out …