Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cozy and Creative Flannel Crafts and more...

  • Cozy Flannel Projects
  • Love Your Pet Day
  • Shopgoodwill.com Spotlight
  • Donations Coordinator Internship

Brrrrr! This has been a cold February so far and looks like the deep freeze will last for the rest of the month.  That got us thinking about putting together a link roundup of cozy flannel projects. Last week we linked to our upcycled sweater Pinterest board. Here are more creative ideas using commonly found flannel at Goodwill.
Look for flannel shirts in both the men's and women's areas at Goodwill and also check linens for flannel sheets.  Here's the roundup!
Thrift Store Shirt Scarf  from bec4-beyondthepicketfence (bonus pillow project too!)    
Coffee Sleeves  Look closely - these cozy coffee warmers are made from the cuffs of flannel shirts! Found on thriftdee.com blog. Wouldn't your friends love a set of these to keep warm too?                              

Flannel Cup Warmers tutorial by thriftdee - ( teacher gifts, stocking stuffer, with coffee gift card )
Soft and Cozy Pillow  Visit Robin-happyathome.blogspot.com and read her cute story about buying a thrift store shirt not because it fits, but because she loved the color. We get that! She upcycled the flannel shirt into a cozy pillow.
Flannel Hand Warmers  iheartnaptime.net has a simple to follow tutorial for making these hand warmers with your left over materials.
DIY pocket hand warmers on iheartnaptime.com ...these would make a great handmade gift!

________________________________________________________            This Friday, February 20th, is Love Your Pet Day. The official day for pampering your pet with a little extra love and affection.
Meet three Marketing Dept. pampered pets!
This is Patty and Tilly - pampered pets of the Marketing Assistant.
and Tiger, the Director of Marketing's pampered kitty. 

More "Love your Pet" ideas can be found our our Must Love Dogs and Cats Pinterest board.
Find links to these projects on our Pinterest board.
 We have a new and exclusive product for dogs at Goodwill Industries of SWMI. Dog Town Ultra Ear Cleaner.                  
This ear cleaner will be available shortly on the store shelves of Goodwill stores (except the Half Off Store). ______________________________________________________________
We are shining a spotlight on Gooseberry Patch Publications. If you are fan of great recipes and country crafts - you will love Gooseberry Patch books. You will often find their seasonal books on shopgoodwill.com. Just search "Gooseberry". Here are four books currently up for bid.
Celebrate Spring    Celebrate Winter   The Cozy Home   Homestyle Favorites
Are you interested in joining the Marketing Team at Goodwill?
We have an opening for a Donations Coordinator Internship. Duties will include: 
*Assisting Marketing staff with events and communications
*Plan, coordinate and implement donation events in the community or online
*Initiate and/or build relationships with community agencies and businesses       
Follow this link to learn more about this opening and apply online.    

Monday, February 9, 2015

Vintage Treasures for Valentines Day and More...

  • New at Our Stores 
  • Tweed Trend
  • Upcycled Valentine Sweater Projects
  • Peace, Love, & Goodwill - Diva's Too
You can find Valentine gifts and home decor at our stores this week -  all at thrifty prices.                                                                            
Or find special red antiques and vintage collectibles online. Search key words "amber" and "ruby".        

Tweed is trending right now - what a sweet idea to add to your wardrobe to finish these last few weeks of winter! 
It is a hot look right now as it fits in with all things vintage '70s. Treasure hunt for tweed in all colors while you shop at Goodwill. 
Visit shopgoodwill.com for more new and vintage tweed pieces. Here are two currently up for bid. 
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Liz Claiborne Tweed XL Jacket
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Black English Tweed SZ 6P Skirt
Give a warm and cuddly DIY gift to your sweetheart this Valentine's Day. 
We have added new Valentine's Day inspired upcycled sweater projects to our Pinterest Board Re Use Thrift Store Sweaters . 
sweater heart tutorial
Is this not the most fabulous idea to recycle old sweaters? Colorful pillows made from old sweaters with crochet edge! Delicious!!!
Looking for sweaters to make these projects? Shop our new Half Off Store at 420 E. Alcott Street in Kalamazoo and find the perfect project sweater at half off prices everyday. 
Share some Peace, Love & Divas! Cute pink Thrift Store Diva t-shirts can be found at all of our stores and online at peacelovegoodwill.com 
Thank you to all who donate to Goodwill. Your donations support our Mission.

"Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan provides employment, education, training, and support services to individuals and families so they an achieve self-sufficiency."

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

2015 is off to a great start at Goodwill

  • What's Happening at Goodwill Stores
  • Mason Jars
  • Shopgoodwill Lingo
  • Pinterest 100
  • Unique Donation
January was an exciting month here at Goodwill. We temporarily closed our Alcott Street Store for some remodeling and opened it up as the new Goodwill Half Off Store.
Goodwill Half Off Store 420 Alcott Street, Kalamazoo MI
Everything at this store will be half off everyday! And you will be able to shop at this Half Off store on our last Saturday of each month, Super Saturday, and take an additional half off most items! Isn't that exciting?
Mason Jars - Love them! What's not to love? They are handy, pretty, functional, nostalgic, and crafty. Did you know that in 1795 the French government  established a 12,000-franc prize for whoever could find a new way to preserve food?  This prize lead to the discovery of canning. Napoleon was the French leader at this time and desired a way to feed his army on the go and the prize was the incentive to find a way. Read the whole story at famousinventors.org.
You can find mason jars at Goodwill stores on the housewares and Treasure Chest shelves and special collectible jars like this one on shopgoodwill.com :
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#9 BALL Green Pint Jar Screw On Lid
Shopping Tip: Learn the Treasure Chest & Shopgoodwill.com Lingo

NIB - New in box
Items listed NIB will be unused and still in the original box.

UIB - Used in box
Items listed UIB have been used, but are still stored in the original box.

NWT - New With Tag
Items listed NWT are new items that still have there original tags on them.

Vintage - These collectible items are generally from the mid-20th century.

Antique - These collectible items are generally from the early 20th century and before.

Retro - These collectible items are from the recent past.

Have you checked out the Pinterest 100? Pinterest has posted 100 trending Pins in popular categories for 2015.
Here are a couple that caught our eye:
Upcycled Lighting Ideas
The Pinterest 100 : Home.  Upcycled colander wall lights for the home.
Favorite Wall Vases
The Pinterest 100: DIY.  Wall vases from Apartment Therapy.
Spice jar organization with printable labels .
The Pinterest 100: DIY.  Spice jar organization with printable labels from the creature comforts blog.
Visit our Treasure Chest Pinterest Page!
Do you see a great pin that we should share on our page? You can send a message now on our Pinterest page.
Unique Donation:
These gorgeous 1950's era cordial glasses caught our eye.

They have a Victorian charm with a different woodland creature on each one. They were kindly donated this week and will be appearing soon on the shelves at our Milham store in Kalamazoo.

Happy Treasure Hunting!