Each new season is a chance for a refresh and, like the world outside that is bursting with buds and blooms, a colorful revamp can rejuvenate your home on the inside, too. With Easter right around the corner, here are some new springtime ideas for your halls, walls and wardrobe, too.
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This upside-down wine glass Easter display that I found on Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth’s (TX) Easter Headquarters Pinboard is both brilliant and beautiful. I can’t believe I’ve never thought of this! Functioning now as both a terrarium-type display and a tea-light holder, this thrifted stemware gets a whole new use. It’s darling with Easter grass and candy eggs inside, but I’m also picturing themed arrangements of seashells in the summer, fallen leaves for autumn, and — dare I say it? — tinsel and ornaments when winter rolls around again. It’s lovely as a table centerpiece, but it could also cheerfully greet guests on an entry hall table.
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Kimberly from A Night Owl blog did a lovely DIY round-up, too! Her post 10 Spring and Easter Goodwill Projects has so many sunny ideas inspired by this vibrant season. This floral thrifted picture frame display gives a backyard party such a whimsical touch, but can you imagine it inside on a wall, too? What a fun way to brighten up your home for a brunch. I can’t think of a better place to snap a selfie. Click through for more ideas and to get a better look at the floral frame display. Goodwill® is an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social innovator in the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice, and these reimagined frames are the perfect example of that.
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Whether you work hard to stay in style or you’re feeling stuck in a rut, you’ll love these tips from Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina (Greenville)’s blog. Its Spring Fashion: How to Look Luxe on a Budget post has some easy rules that will inspire your shopping, not stifle it. My favorite? Save on clothing, splurge on accessories. Why? To get the most use possible out of a high-priced item, it has to be something you can wear every day this spring. You can only don a cute dress or skirt once a week without raising eyebrows, but a designer bag, shoes or jewelry can be worn again and again.
In the ensemble above, Dulce has thrifted a shirt several sizes too large and belted it as a dress. Grabbing a great deal on clothing items frees up your budget for higher-priced accessories. Of course, don’t forget to check the shoe section as well as under the counter at Goodwill. Designer items get donated all the time, so there’s a chance you could save money by thrifting this whole outfit!
What are your favorite spring home and style insights this season? Do you have any great ideas for Easter decor or bright wardrobe updates? However you choose to celebrate the season, enjoy!
Blog shared from Goodwill Industries International
We would like to say THANK YOU to all of our customers! Because of loyal customers like you, in 2016 Goodwill has been able to provide over 22,000 employment services to people in our community.
Please join us for a 2-day sale! All customers will receive 10% off, and if you are a Goodwill cardholder, you’ll receive 20% off!
During our sale we will be having popcorn, refreshments and we will be doing merchandise credit drawings, goody bags and coloring pages for children.
And don’t forget to also sign up for our big giveaway!
Two lucky winners from each store will receive 20% off for a whole year!
The leaves are beginning to change colors. The temperature is dropping (slowly), and that can only mean one thing: Halloween season has arrived!
Of course, there is no place better to shop for this spooky holiday than your neighborhood Goodwill. Whether you are browsing for a decoration to make your house the creepiest on the block or looking for the perfect costume for your little one, I guarantee you can find it at Goodwill.
There are nearly two whole aisles dedicated just to different assortments of costumes – and that doesn’t even include the multiple shelves full of pumpkins and other necessary decorations. In the short time I riffled through the collection I found a brand new Mario costume, an eerie witch costume and a detailed superman costume (it even comes with the muscles!).
Why look anywhere besides Goodwill for your Halloween essentials?
September always proves to have the best weather of any month. We are blessed with mild 70 degree temperatures, along with all the other benefits that fall brings. The leaves change colors and the anticipation for Halloween and the holiday season begins to grow.
What better way to spend a Fall Saturday morning than outside with family and friends? Golfing is an activity that is enjoyable most of the year, but especially during these perfect days. And when it comes to golfing, Goodwill has you covered. Our selection ranges from the old school wood head clubs all the way up to the new age advanced gear. The best part about these clubs is that none of them are priced any higher than $5.95. Whether you are a seasoned professional or brand new to the sport, this time of year is always a blast on the course!
Summer’s winding down and the new school years finally arrived (with cheers from parents and groans from kids). While it is difficult to find some school supplies items such as pencils, pens, scissors and highlighters at thrift stores; it is more than likely you will find other important school supplies for the year.
I popped into Benson Park looking for anything school related and right away, I found three vital items for any student. The first one, though small, is as important as it gets; a book cover. Almost every teacher requires book covers for their books and it can get a bit pricey buying brand new. But at Goodwill an unopened book cover is only 39¢!
The second thing I found is something that every kid needs going into the school year, a nifty looking backpack – being only $7.99 makes it that much niftier.
The final thing that caught my eye was a sturdy desk that any student could put in their room. The desk only costs $19.99.
We have gone through some big changes and giant leaps in the 240 years since the United States first became a country. Just when it seems there is no hurdle left to jump, our country extends inclusion to a minority group who has been oppressed. The specific minority group that Goodwill is in a close relationship with are the people with disabilities.
Before 1990 (and unfortunately even after 1990), people with disabilities have been discriminated against in the work place. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a law passed by Congress that prohibits discrimination based on disability.
As described by the law a disability includes both mental and physical handicaps. It doesn’t need to be severe or permanent to be considered a disability. This act opened the door to success for people with and without disabilities across the country.
There are five titles that make up the ADA; employment, public entities; including public transportation, public accommodations, telecommunications and miscellaneous provisions. These five titles make up one of the most important laws for every one with any type of disabilities.
As stated in the ADA first title, an employer can’t refuse to hire a prospect based upon an apparent disability. The second act is as important, making school districts and public transportation accessible to people with disabilities. The third act protects the disabled in public accommodations such as hotels, restaurants, stores and other public places. The fourth title requires that all telecommunication companies take steps to ensure equivalent services for consumers with disabilities and, more specifically, people who are hard of hearing or who are deaf. The fifth and final title includes technical provisions that relate to the ADA as a whole.
Nineteen percent of United States citizens currently have disabilities and The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the work place.
Since opening its doors in 1933 Goodwill Omaha has always been more than just a thrift store. has been dedicated to helping find jobs for those with barriers to employment, including those with disabilities. Goodwill is so much more than a retail store where it is common to find a good deal. Goodwill trains and employs people with disabilities and others who may be at a competitive disadvantage in the job market. Goodwill and the ADA work hand-in-hand assisting those with disabilities to find jobs and learn the necessary skills required in the work force.
Before the ADA was introduced in 1990 Goodwill was already a leader in training and assisting people with various disabilities through different programs including Work Experience. At that time it was only a one way street and work opportunities were merely a fraction of what they are today.
When employers hear the phrase “hiring a disabled employee” they might think of the overwhelming costs and the dramatic changes that they will have to make, but in reality it usually takes no more than a minor adjustment to accommodate these employees.
Businesses becoming more accessible is crucial to having a full workforce that includes everyone, regardless of their ability. The ADA shows us what can be accomplished when all workers are given an opportunity to use their talents. The Americans with Disabilities Act also makes it easier for wounded warriors and disabled veterans to be protected under the law as well.
Goodwill Work Experience, AbilityOne, and other programs focus on training people with disabilities in a similar way that the ADA has opened up the professional world for everyone with physical and mental disabilities. Goodwill workforce development programs are working harder than ever for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the work place. Here is to a great 25 years under the ADA and to many more!
It may still be summer, but it’s never too early to start getting ready for Husker season! Goodwill at Benson Park currently has a classic Fisher Price ESPN electronic table top football game for just $14.99. The game has controls that let you move the electronic player back and forth.
The interesting twist is that to go faster you have to actually run on the mat and your steps are aligned with the gameplay. This is a great way to play a video game while still being active.
The game is being sold on amazon by a few vendors for very high prices up to $275, what a deal at Goodwill!
The best part about the game is that the two joysticks resemble football players, one is in a jersey similar to the Iowa Hawkeyes and the other looks similar to the Cornhuskers jerseys. Go Big Red!
Welcome to our yearly review of the Annual Goodwill Cardholder Survey. Once a year we send out a survey to everyone with a Goodwill Card.
The Goodwill Card is our little multipurpose tool for shoppers and donors. It’s able to keep track of donor records (no more saving donation receipts). It provides discounts for senior citizens, military members, students and teachers. Signing up also allows us to keep you informed of any special promotions and offers throughout the year. If you don’t have a Goodwill Card we highly encourage you to get one. You can sign up at any of our stores in the Greater Omaha Metro.
Now then, back to the survey. We sent it to about 16,000 Goodwill Cardholders, and more than 1,000 responded. We entered all of those people into a drawing for a $100 Goodwill gift card, and Darryl S. of Omaha was selected as our winner. Congratulations Darryl!
Here are some highlights of what we learned from the survey this year:
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.