Monday, May 8, 2017

Have you seen this idea? Glass Garden Angels

These glass garden angels are beautiful! Many of these angels can be crafted from thrift store plates and dishes and what not. Create these angels for your garden and make more for gifts.
__________________________ has a tutorial (and so many more ideas!)

No tutorial - we see dishes, a glass orb, a vase, light fixture?
Spotted this lovely angel on ADelicateTouch1 Etsy Shop

Another shining example of a Garden Angel found on Pinterest.
Find More Thrift Store Garden Ideas on our Pinterest boards Thrift Store Gardening and For the Birds

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Round up of pretty thrift store finds and lilacs

Lilacs are blooming all over Southwestern Michigan. Just for fun we searched Pinterest thrift store items and lilacs. Take a look at all of the pretty things we found. (find links to all of these pictures on our Pinterest Board Flowers & Thrift Store Finds)

Links to these pretty pictures are here →
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Thrift Store Ideas

We went on a Google search hunt for thrift store repurposing ideas with a Beauty and the Beast theme and look what we found!
This bell jar book display found on mixes Belle's love of reading with the covered rose. Beautiful!
Transform a Goodwill teacup into Chip! Cute! Details found on
This cupcake stand made us think of Lumiere. Lot's of pictures for this vintage wedding at
What fun! These hanging vases can be created out of recycled bottles or thrift store vases. The tutorial is at
How about this free printable from Create something beautiful and repurpose a thrift store frame.
Upcycle a small hand mirror into this enchanted mirror created by

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When you donate or shop at Goodwill, you are part of supporting the mission!

Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan provides employment, education, training, and support services to individuals and families so they can achieve self-sufficiency.
Thank you!  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Super Hero Storage Cabinet from a $5 Goodwill Find!

Goodwill Treasure Hunter & Guest Blogger Lisa McDowell has done it again! Lisa has been so kind to share her Goodwill discoveries and transformations. (See her coffee cup centerpiece guest blog) This time she has refinished an old cabinet she purchased for $5 from Goodwill into a vibrant Super Hero Cabinet.
Lisa McDowell: 
This is a cabinet I purchased at the Stevensville, MI  Goodwill Boutique.

It truly was $5!!  Of course, it was like Brady Bunch simulated brown wood. ;).  Wish I had the "before" pic...

I primed it in white, added a few coats of blue and black acrylic with sponge brushes (check your craft section at Goodwill!) and let it dry thoroughly between coats. 

Obviously, I repurposed some plastic lids to avoid painting the cabinet shut! 

 After plowing through many comic choices, I selected a Captain America comic book, cut apart individual cells, and arranged them temporarily for the look I wanted.

Using a furniture grade ModPodge product, I coated the individual cells, let them dry, then arranged them again and fastened them down with the ModPodge.

I hit the little handle with some black spray paint.

Allowing the product to dry, I gave the piece several protective coats re-attached the handle, and....TaDa!!!
Thank you Lisa so much for sharing your project! We appreciate your creativity and being able to see a kindly donated item to Goodwill with new eyes. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

6 Goodwill Finds Upcycling Ideas for Spring

It is still February - but when the temperature outside is reading 50 degrees then our corner of Michigan is going to have spring fever. 😃
Here is a round up of ideas that will get you ready for spring using commonly found items at our Goodwill store:
This thrift store tissue box cover is pretty in pink! See how Diane at transformed her find perfect for her house and her style.
You can find plenty of baskets at Goodwill - why not try this Tribal painted style? Follow for step by step instructions.
How about a pop of color? added paper flowers to her painted thrift store vases. 
What is not to love? Re-purposing a vintage umbrella, thrift store flowers, and a fun twist for a front door wreath! has the idea (and more!)
Gorgeous! Just Gorgeous! Learn how to create a beautiful brooch wedding at  
And see below for a HOT TIP! 
A great source for bulk sorted jewelry is Search keywords like Broken, Scrap, Jewelry, Grabbag
This super cute denim journal is a good upcycling project. Instructions are on
Winter snow will surely be back here in Southwestern Michigan, but it has been nice to Think Spring for just a little bit. 
Happy Treasure Hunting! 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Did you know that today is Clean Off Your Desk Day?

For the third year in a row, we have observed Clean Off Your Desk Day here at Goodwill.
Source -
We mark this day by encouraging everyone to take a little bit of time to clean their desk or work station throughout our headquarters and at all of our stores. This is what we do....

We set out cleaning supplies for the day:
We share a few tips by email:

Clean your Desk from 

Take everything off your desk. Remove absolutely everything and place it all in one large pile. When it’s time to reorganize your desk, you’ll go through this pile methodically. However, don’t try to organize it now. First you need to create a clear space. Read more....

Try the Kon Mari method

Step 1. Hold an item from your desk and ask yourself this one question:

Does this spark joy?

Step 2. If you answer “yes,” keep the item.

Step 3. If you answer “no,” get rid of the item.

An Easy Way to Deep Clean Your Keyboard, Mouse and Monitor (No More Excuses!)
How to safely remove streaks from your screen, smudges from your mouse and grime from your keyboard—in three simple steps from the Wall Street Journal.  Read more...

We then have a "tag sale":

How does this tag sale work?

Any items that team members have that are unwanted are brought to a central location.

All items are free for other team members to take and use for their office or work space.
Any left over items are then processed through our donations department and sent to a store!

This is a win win for us because often times an item is not needed in one department, but exactly what another department was needing! And just like home, we often accumulate things throughout the year that served a purpose at one time, but are no longing needed.

We add a little fun by having a "before" and "after" contest with a secret judge giving a "most improved" award. 😊
If you are inspired to celebrate Clean Off Your Desk Day, don't forget about donating your unwanted items to a good cause... Like Goodwill!  #CleanOffYourDeskDay
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Treasure Chest Etsy Store

The Treasure Chest Etsy Store is no longer on hiatus and we are filling our shelves with pretty things. Take a look!
Antique Petit Trianon Collection of 3 of Books. 
These 3 books are works of art in their own right. The colors and graphics are beautiful. Part of the Petit Trianon Series published in 1901-1902. They all show wear from age but are still intact for reading. Each book measures 6.5" X 4" Etsy Link
Set of Six Vintage Enesco Japan Hand Painted Shabby Cabbage Rose/Floral Nut Dishes
Here is a sweet set of 6 Vintage Enesco Nut Bowls. Hand painted with shabby cabbage roses/florals in green & pinks.
This set has no chips or cracks, however each piece does need a gentle soapy soaking! Etsy Link
Lot of 3 Vintage Silver Charm Bracelets with Charms
3 Vintage Charm Bracelets. Two of them are Sterling Silver the other is a Monet (not sterling silver). A large assortment of charms, most of which are Sterling Silver. Etsy Link