6 Tips for Shopping Goodwill

Decorating or even changing up a space in your home with new items can be a lot of fun. With the busy lives we all lead, it can be years before you look at something like your dining room set or those décor photos on the wall and think – WOW I really need a change! Or maybe you just purchased your first little vacation home and you want to decorate it to be the perfect space for getting away and relaxing.

Whatever you are looking to do – you shouldn’t have to break open the piggy bank to get your shopping done. With a little patience and a lot of fun – enjoy the shopping and the thrill of the chase – you can find some incredible and unique deals at places like your local Goodwill. If you know me at all, you know I am a sucker for a good bargain! So, with thrift stores like Goodwill – there is really no reason to go shopping and spend an arm, a leg, and part of another leg on some great décor items.

Shopping Goodwill

As you can clearly see – I love shopping at my local Goodwill store! I recently did a fun project with some chairs that were a great Goodwill find. I spent about eight dollars each on the chairs, I used about eight dollars in spray paint and fourteen dollars in fabric. These were so much fun to makeover. So with a little imagination and a few bucks you can really score.

Shopping Goodwill

Let me start by saying – I am NOT your average DIY queen. So, if I can shop and find great items and spruce them up, you certainly can.

A few tips to help you get the most out of your shopping:

Go regularly and go early – If you know the days of the week that new items are stocked, you are almost always going to score something fantastic

Know the sale days and types – Goodwill has “color of the week” days when certain items are discounted even more than usual. Use those days!

Look for quality and only buy things you’re excited about – There are lots of really nice items that will work great for your makeover. Make sure it will hold up to you refurbishing it. If you don’t love something – it is okay to walk away from it. You will know when you find the perfect piece.

Visit multiple stores if you can – If you are lucky enough to have multiple stores around you, and even some stores in higher-end neighborhoods, you have that much more power to find the perfect item and the best bargain.

Remember that paint can fix just about anything – there are so many types of paint these days. From your average spray paint to the fun chalk paint. Use your imagination (and YouTube, Google, and fabulous DIY blogger posts).

Donate something every time you go – Remember, when you shop or donate at your local Goodwill you don’t just get a bargain for yourself, you’re helping Goodwill generate revenue to fund valuable employment training and job placement services for people in your community.

Find a Goodwill store near you at http://www.goodwill.org/locator/. The items you purchase and donate may just make someone’s day a little brighter. I’d love to see your shopping finds from Goodwill – share a photo to your social media using the hashtag #ShopGoodwill and #DonateStuffCreateJobs!