Goodwill is probably one of my favorite places to shop. I know some people would turn their nose up or rather die than walk into a thrift store. You don’t know what you’re missing, my friend! If you’ve never shopped at Goodwill, there are a few things you should know that will undoubtedly improve your shopping experience.
Large framed print, $7 @ Goodwill
1. If you shop at a Goodwill in a nice neighborhood, chances are the items they sell will be of better quality.
I mainly shop at one Goodwill that’s in a pretty well-to-do area, and I consistently find really nice things. I’ve bought tons of clothes at this particular store, with labels from places like Banana Republic, Ann Taylor/Ann Taylor Loft, GAP, Old Navy, J. Crew, and a bunch more. Seriously! Really good stuff, in good condition. I’ve even found items that still had the tags attached. The Goodwill I frequent also buys stuff from the local Target, which means brand new stuff at a great discount. My Goodwill currently has a bunch of Halloween costumes and accessories for sale, a good majority of which is brand new and still in the packaging.
Fun Machine Organ, $30 @ Goodwill
2. Shopping at Goodwill is often hit or miss, and you have to be willing to sift through duds to find treasure.
There are plenty of times that I go to Goodwill ready to burn a hole in my pocket only to leave empty-handed. It happens! I also make sure I have the time to really look through the racks (if I’m shopping for clothes). My store organizes clothes by type of item, then by size, and then by color. I usually start with clothes that are my size, but I will often look through the next size up. I normally wear a size S, but I often find things in a M that fit pretty well. There will be a hoard of ugly, outdated garments in any thrift store, but if you’re willing to go through everything, I guarantee you’ll find good stuff! Every once in a while I find superb vintage pieces as well. Example: I own a fabulous vintage black velvet blazer I found at my favorite Goodwill, and it only cost me $6. A piece like that would cost MUCH more in a vintage boutique or antiques shop.
Small milk glass vases, $1 @ Goodwill
3. Think outside the box and keep an open mind. Just because it’s ugly now doesn’t mean it has to stay that way!
I’ve found a lot of great home items at Goodwill that I plan on tweaking to fit my decor style. Like the piece of art, but hate the frame? Paint it! Pretty much anything can be improved with a little glue and paint.
Framed prints, $3 each @ Goodwill (I will be painting the frames to freshen these up!)
Items also need not be used for their intended purpose. For example, I bought a very large wooden magazine rack yesterday, which I plan on painting and distressing for use as a blanket caddy.
Large magazine rack, $10 @ Goodwill
I also found a cute wire basket that I loved but didn’t immediately have any idea concerning its purpose in our home. I realized I had no good storage for my belts, so I rolled them up and the basket is now their home.
Rose gold wire basket, $4 @ Goodwill
There you have it! Those are my three tips for having a great experience while browsing the racks at your local Goodwill.
Remember to follow me to see all my latest posts, and don’t forget to share me with your friends!