Friday, December 16, 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweaters at Goodwill

For the third year in a row we have had an Ugly Christmas Sweater Afternoon Party with our team members at Goodwill. We have a lot of fun creating and wearing our Ugly Christmas Sweaters and having popcorn. We give a little prize for "Best" Ugly Sweater but mostly it is bragging rights! 🙂
Here is our Party!

This year's Winner is Stasia and her ode to the movie "A Christmas Story".

Hot Tip: Like our background? It is a shower curtain! 

There are lots of easy and inexpensive festive holiday shower curtains out there, and they make a great backdrop for photos! 
Find your perfect ugly sweater at Goodwill. Visit our website for store information:
Happy Treasure Hunting! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fun Ways to Wrap Goodwill Gift Cards or Any Gift Card!

Do you have a thrift store loving person on your gift list? Perhaps a frugal friend or penny-pitching college student or treasure hunter? Get them a Goodwill gift card!

You can get a Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan Gift Card in any amount at any of our stores. (Find our locations HERE)

We have put together a round up of fun ways to give your Goodwill card or any gift card!
_______________________________ shows you how to give a yard gift ball (you can often find the yarn at Goodwill too!)
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Cute DIY snow-globes. Find little Christmas trinkets and even jars at Goodwill and follow along at to create these snow-globe gift card holders.
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How about candy sleigh treat with a Goodwill Gift Card! Sweet! We found this idea on
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These are repurposed sweater mini mittens, but they would be adorable gift card holders! has the DIY details!
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Thank you for supporting Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan! 
When you donate and shop at our stores - you are supporting our mission! 
We provide employment, education, training and support services to individuals and families so they can become self-sufficient.
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Velvet is having a moment and we are ready!

Do you love velvet? It is a favorite for little girl dresses and beautiful dress shoes for the holiday's, but right now it is having a moment throughout the season and for everything! Dresses, jewelry, shoes, accessories... velvet in blue, black, red, and more.

It's On Elle Online

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We see it on
And on
This DIY Velvet Dress Tutorial is representing TWO fashion trends for 2017 - velvet and bell sleeves!
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You can treasure hunt for velvet at our stores and search velvet on
This Brooks Brothers blazer is up for bid right now. It is unused with original tags "Brooks Brothers" Black Velvet Blazer in size 10. The chest is 38 inches, sleeves are 24, waist is 33, width between the shoulders is 16 and the length is 28 inches. Material is cotton blend and lining is bemberg cupro. Follow the link to purchase it online:
We did a quick treasure hunt for velvet at the Goodwill Half Off Store - 420 E. Alcott Street, Kalamazoo, MI and found these velvet delights...
This velvet dress with a few sparkles could be matched with boots and a jean jacket for that glam trash look that is trending right now.

Mix this velvet blouse with a pair of jeans and you will feel pampered and comfortable.

We spotted this black velvet skirt and matched it with a three different tops... and we are now convinced that a black velvet skirt is a staple piece!
Hot Tip - If you purchased all of these items- the dress, skirt, all three tops, and the sweater at the Half Off Store - your total would be less than $20! Now that is treasure hunting!

Goodwill makes it affordable to try a bit of this glamorous velvet trend! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Five Upcycling Ideas for Winter from Things You Might Find at Goodwill.

So the winter months are upon us. This is the time of year when a lot of people reach for their knitting needles and crochet hooks, dust off the glue guns, and dig out the craft paints. We have a round up of fresh ideas to use your crafting skills and upcycle a thrift store find.
ONE - This vintage planter pin holder is one of those "why didn't I think of that" ideas! So cute! Get a step by step tutorial on
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TWO - This is a labor of love - but, WOW! You can find a dollhouse that needs a make-over like this at Goodwill, you might just have to treasure hunt for a while. Go to to see how she did this incredible transformation.
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THREE- There are many ideas for upcycling thrifted salt & pepper shakers on Pinterest. We love these little ponies with a touch of gold. Find full instructions on
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FOUR - This is a beautiful winter wreath - so unusual and stunning. (And it was found at a Goodwill store!) Visit to see many more of her ideas.
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FIVE - Upcycle a cheese dome. These are called water-less snow globe, great name and what a fun idea! Visit
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Looking for unique vintage items? Have you visited Goodwill Industries of SWMI on will find amazing treasures, antiques and colletibles. And often new items! Find things like:
Bulk Vintage Jewelry Bags

Vintage Pyrex
Vintage Portable Aircraft Receiver

Check out today! You never know what you will find! 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Did you know you can find bulk vintage jewelry on

Goodwill Industries of SWMI often has bulk vintage jewelry listed on
Think of all of the crafty possibilities with these beautiful pieces! We have gathered several ideas right here:
Vintage modern art - very unique DIY project from
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 Plant Pokes with vintage sparkle - Love! Love! Love! Visit for details.
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New life for a vintage ring. This is a pretty intense tutorial, but the results are amazing! Found on
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Upcycled key (maybe do this with your first house key?) another "gem" of an idea from
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Check back often to Goodwill Industries of SWMI page as we list bulk vintage jewelry, bulk gold pieces, bulk broken jewelry, and other bulk items such as watches, cuff links, and more!
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Here is how to find everything Goodwill Industries of SWMI is currently listing on 
Go to and search by Seller and type in:
MI-Kalamazoo-Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan
Search key words like, vintage jewelry, bulk, bag, costume, gold, sterling silver, etc.
Having fun treasure hunting!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Make Up Tutorials that are really really GOOD!

We scanned YouTube for some really really good makeup tutorials that you may want to try and are just plain fun to watch! Here we go.....
Trippy Double Vision Halloween Makeup Tutorial - "trippy" is the perfect word for this makeup. 
Comic Book Zombie Makeup - done right in a Goodwill store!  
Ice Queen / Snow Queen - being a queen or princess is a timeless choice - beautiful! 
Mermaid Makeup - super cute!
Snapchat in Real Life! Dog Filter Makeup Tutorial - this is a really really good idea!
Check out the Goodwill Halloween Lookbook for great costume ideas for the whole family.
Goodwill Halloween Look Book

Happy Halloween! 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dressing a skeleton?

We have a Team Member here at Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan that really has the Halloween Spirit at her house. Over the years she has had fun dressing up her Halloween skeletons in Goodwill dresses and such. Have a look!....
A rather debonair look! 

 Getting ready for a girls night out. Fancy!

 Ready for a ride in a antique wagon. 

 This witch would surely be scary in the dark....
Have fun shopping for prom dresses, formal dresses, and wedding dresses at Goodwill for Halloween. And if you spot one for yourself to wear... you may want to check out this previous post:

Happy Halloween! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

5 Fall Ideas with Goodwill and Southwestern Michigan....

Falling in love with fall all over again in Southwestern Michigan......
We have gathered together a few ideas that mix the autumn season and Goodwill.

We hope you are inspired to make something, do something, and enjoy the blessings of living in Southwestern Michigan.
Refashion a sweater....
Take a look at this amazing sweater refashion. Take your time shopping at Goodwill and find two sweaters and then follow along with tutorial.
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Try a pallet sign....
Recycled pallet projects are Hot Hot Hot. If you have been wanting to try one, here is a simple one to get you started. has the tutorial with video.

We love pallet projects here so much at Goodwill that we started a new event called PalletPalooza! Check out our event website at and see the winners of PalletPalooza 2016 and get ready for PalletPalooza 2017!
Collect plaid blankets from Goodwill...
When you are shopping through the year at Goodwill, be sure to always take a quick look at the blankets... you could have a basket full in no time! (we always thank you for shopping and donating to Goodwill... our stores are our main fundraiser for the programs we provide to the community!) has so many yummy and cozy ideas for fall picnics and bonfires.
Yes! You can make this Apple Cheesecake breakfast in your quesadilla maker! has a delicious recipe using farm fresh fall apples. Find more unusual recipes to use in your quesadilla maker on a previous post Yes! You can make that in quesadilla maker!  - and if you don't have one, you can often find them at Goodwill!
Southwestern has so many places to pick apples. Check out and plan on going apple picking with your family and friends.
Plant these forever flowers.... Garden flowers are fading... but you can make these recycled dishware flowers and they will be a bright spot all year long. has step by step instructions and of course, Goodwill is the place to treasure hunt for the perfect dishware!
Happy Fall and Happy Treasure Hunting!