Goodwill Scavenger Hunt

Does the snowy and cold weather make you sad? Does it seem like summer will never come and you’ll never see the sun again? Are you constantly asking yourself what you can do when the weather makes your face hurt? Try a Goodwill Scavenger Hunt! It’s a great way to spend a couple of hours and a little competition always makes things more exciting. It’ll be a fun experience for the whole family!


Before heading to your local Goodwill, make a list of random items that you can find at thrift stores. There’s a sample at the end of this post to give you some ideas! The list can range from a specific article of clothing to a VHS tape that you watched when you were a kid. You should include about 20 – 30 items so you’ll be spending a good part of your day at the store. Each person can either have the same or a different list, depending on how ambitious you’re feeling. If you want to make it even more exciting, allow your scavenger crew to go to multiple stores in order to complete their list. Once your lists are made up, give it to each participant and head over to your local Goodwill to let the games begin!

The goal of the scavenger hunt is to find each item, take a picture of it, and be the first one to finish your list. The winner can receive a prize of your choice or just have the satisfaction of knowing they won.

Goodwill Hunting List

  • Red shoes
  • Stuffed dog
  • Phone with a chord
  • Santa Clause
  • Something blue and fuzzy
  • Peace Signs
  • Bunnies
  • Something that makes you LOL
  • Desk chair
  • A movie you’ve never heard of
  • Throwback CD
  • Valentine’s Day item
  • A doll that may be haunted
  • 1000 piece puzzle
  • Green belt
  • St. Patrick’s Day item
  • Something you’d find at your grandparents’ house
  • Purple t-shirt
  • Stripes
  • An item describing where you want to go on vacation
  • An obscure painting
  • Something with glitter
  • Something that rolls
  • A cookbook with a recipe you want to try
  • A funny mug
  • A dress for a wedding
  • Goodwill Hunting (pun intended)
  • The smallest pair of jeans you have ever seen
  • Fanny pack
  • A keyboard
  • A statue you’d want to display in your bedroom
  • A new centerpiece for your kitchen table
  • Zebra print

It is now time to let the games begin! Bundle up the family or grab some friends and head to your local Goodwill. A warm store full of treasure and fun is waiting for you!

#ThriftyThursday- What’s Cookin at Goodwill

Slider cooker for $4.99

Slider cooker for $4.99

Why shop anywhere but Goodwill for kitchen appliances, pots and pans!

Thrift stores always have such a neat array of different kitchen appliances from crock pots to cotton candy makers. A favorite appliance of mine is a Panini press that can grill almost anything you could imagine. While shopping at the Benson Park store I found an All-League Sliders cooker that caught my eye. Sliders are hamburgers that have the same great flavor but are shrunk down to a quarter of the size.

This Sliders cooker is only $4.99 (retails for $45 on Amazon) and can be used for summer cook outs with family and friends.

#ThriftyThursday – The Secret is Out, Goodwill Has it All

Don't Spill The Beans for $1.99 at Benson Park Plaza

Don’t Spill The Beans for $1.99 at Benson Park Plaza

One of my favorite sections to browse at Goodwill is the board game shelf. There is nothing I enjoy more than spending a weekend night playing different board games and competing to win as many as I can. The best part? Board games can be fun for anyone – ages 1 to 99.

I was browsing through the Benson Park Plaza store and the 1986 classic game “Don’t Spill the Beans” caught my eye, for only $1.99.  The point of the game is to get as many beans into the pot without shaking the pot and spilling the beans. This game would be perfect for the kiddos to play together and after looking through the description I think I might want to jump in and play!

After snapping some pictures of “Don’t Spill the Beans” I was approached by a customer who seemed to know exactly what I was doing; writing for The Good Times Blog. We started talking and she applauded all the great aspects of Goodwill. She told me that her favorite three places to shop were the Warehouse, the Benson Park Plaza store and finally online at ShopGoodwill, our online store. It’s always nice to hear great words about Goodwill, so thank you for talking with me Barbara!

Don’t take Barbara’s word for it, head to Goodwill today to find your very own treasure.