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DIY Festive Candlesticks project

Festive candlesticks can add a bright pop of color to your holiday décor – perfect for the winter season or any time of the year! With some simple, thrifted pieces and a couple of paint colors, you can achieve this fun look. Supplies needed: Thrifted candlesticks in a variety of shapes and sizes Multiple colors… [Read More]

6 stocking stuffers under $6

If you are on the hunt for stocking stuffers, we’ve got solutions that keep the costs down and the excitement up. Here are six of our favorite stocking stuffers for under $6 that you can find at your local Goodwill. With St. Nick’s coming up Dec. 6, it’s another good reason to stop by your… [Read More]

White elephant game ideas

When it comes to white elephant gifts, Goodwill is THE place to find the best ones! We all know of a white elephant gift exchange as a party game where amusing and sometimes impractical gifts are exchanged during festivities, but where did the idea originate? According to The History Guy, it comes from Siam, now… [Read More]

Fashionista: Thinking thrift for monochromatic pink

I don’t know why, but I always thought of soft pink as an early spring color, but I’m rethinking this and embracing pastels for any season. On a recent Goodwill thrifting trip, I was on a mission to pull together a monochromatic pink look for late fall as it transitions to winter. The first piece… [Read More]

Fashionista: Shopping Goodwill for favorite color combination

Some pairings are just meant to be – peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, aged cheddar with a great wine. When it comes to apparel pairings, I can’t get enough of black and white and those fun beachy colors turquoise and coral. But my all-time favorite would have to be kelly green and navy…. [Read More]

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Tips to keep holiday spending in check

By Teri Horner Do you feel pressured to make the holidays perfect or think you can’t get through them without spending a fortune? It can be easy to go overboard on holiday shopping, but with a little bit of planning and budgeting, it is possible to celebrate without spending all of your cash or maxing… [Read More]

Gambling addiction leads mom of two to Payment Partner

“When I was in my early 20s I discovered I had a gambling problem,” 39-year-old Anna Angell of Fond du Lac said. With two small children and living paycheck to paycheck, struggling with creditors and facing surmounting debt, Anna found the resource and help she needed when she was referred through her employer to Payment… [Read More]

Payment Partner helps teen get control of finances

A Goodwill NCW program helped a teenager struggling with money become a young adult with financial freedom. As a then 17-year-old moving out on his own in an apartment through Agape of Appleton, Josh Fry was referred to Payment Partner, a program of Goodwill NCW that helps eligible participants pay their monthly expenses and manage… [Read More]

Team member has place to live, with help from Goodwill NCW program

Sarah, a team member at the Lake Hallie Retail Store and Training Center, can sleep easier knowing she and her 4-year-old daughter are home, thanks to the Goodwill NCW Career Navigator program. Sarah and her daughter moved into their two-bedroom apartment on June 1, capping off a nearly six-month process that started tumultuously with her… [Read More]

Team member with visual impairments part of success in Antigo

As a team member with visual impairments, James Randel relies on his other senses to help him do the work. James, who said he is 100% blind, was hired in May as a part-time team member at the Antigo Retail Store and Training Center after starting with Goodwill NCW as a program participant through North… [Read More]

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