5 fall thrifted kitchen items to buy now

It might seem hard to believe now as we soak up the sunshine and look for meals that get us in and out of the kitchen as quickly as possible, but fall is on its way. And with it comes a return to comfort foods, football and baking as we spend more time indoors. If… [Read More]

3 dorm and bedroom ideas to create a space you love

By Sophie Leppanen Whether you’re off to college or headed back to high school this fall, now’s the time to plan your personal space. With as many purposes as your room serves, it’s worth giving it some serious thought. How can you ensure it’s a quiet retreat, a welcoming space for friends, a place to… [Read More]

Must-haves for college students to thrift

By Josh Crowe College is expensive, and many college students don’t have extra money to spend on making their dorm room or apartment their own. One way to save money and add personal style is by shopping thrift at your local Goodwill. Buying clothing, household items and décor from your local Goodwill will help you… [Read More]

DIY Trinket Trays

These colorful trinket trays offer an easy way to personalize your workspace. They’re a pretty and practical place for knickknacks, makeup, car keys or whatever else needs a home. You only need a few supplies: Wooden trays Sandpaper 3 or more acrylic paint colors Protective sealant Paintbrushes First, find a wooden tray (or two) at… [Read More]

Thrift finds for back-to-school shopping and saving

We moms will be welcoming back to school 2021 with new levels of excitement than ever before as we return to a bit more normalcy and in-person learning after a year plus of pandemic-induced academic challenges. It’s also a welcome change from a fashion perspective, too, as students get back into regular clothing rather than… [Read More]

Fashionista: Find designer looks for less at Goodwill

Goodwill is THE best place to find designer looks for a fraction of the cost. When I shop Goodwill, I always check the boutique section first. Make sure to look through all of the racks. I’ve found clearance prices on a few items. All the more reason to start there! I am familiar with the… [Read More]

Thrift picks for back-to-school styles

It’s back-to-school time when parents start planning for another school year and kids begin counting down how many days of summer they have left. No matter the possible differences in that level of anticipation, both parents and kids alike want the same thing — to start the school year off right. While that includes establishing… [Read More]

3 DIY projects to do with kids this summer

By Sophie Leppanen With kids home in the summer, plan some do-it-yourself projects and activities to do together. While some activities are purely entertaining, others can teach kids new skills and encourage them to explore their creativity. Check out these three DIY projects that you can do with kids of different ages. Sandbox Treasure Hunt… [Read More]

How to shop thrift and pack for a road trip

By Josh Crowe Road trips are as much a summer family tradition as barbecues, fireworks and festivals. Packing up the car, heading out for adventures unknown and cruising along the open road make for the best memories made together, especially if you can keep everyone along for the ride happy by planning a route to… [Read More]

DIY tabletop terrarium

Add a touch of farmhouse style to your home when you build this easy tabletop terrarium out of picture frames found at Goodwill. Terrariums are an easy way to bring a bit of greenery into your home. You only need a few supplies: 6 picture frames that fit together into a home shape Scissors Hot… [Read More]

Fashionista: Christmas in July celebration

Have you ever thought about throwing a Christmas in July party? Because of losing a year of celebrations to the pandemic, I’m looking for even more reasons to celebrate. Why not Christmas in July? Let’s head to Goodwill to find something fun and sparkly. As a devoted thrifter, I believe GW can read my mind…. [Read More]

Show off love for America’s pastime with these thrifted finds

By Josh Crowe Baseball has been America’s pastime for more than a century, and the history of baseball is filled with heroics and failures, larger-than-life characters and endless tales shared by fans. Goodwill NCW supports that love of baseball through three Miracle League programs —  the Miracle League of the Fox Valley, Miracle League of… [Read More]

Fashionista: Refresh your summer tops with stylish finds

Is it time to refresh your summer tops? Well, you couldn’t pick a better time to shop at Goodwill. Are you looking for camis, a boho style, graphic tees? Need I go on? Find all these styles and more at Goodwill. You also might want to think outside of your usual style and try something… [Read More]

3 ideas for upcycled summer totes

Whether you want to pack a picnic, go to the beach, check out the farm market or attend a festival, a tote can help you transport the fun, stay organized and bring items home from your summer adventures. Check out these three DIY tote ideas that you easily can make yourself with items from Goodwill…. [Read More]

5 tips on how to decorate your home with thrift finds on a budget

A little creativity and some sustainability motivation can go a long way in turning thrift-store treasures into must-have home decor. With secondhand finds you can style your home in a one-of-a-kind way that will save you big time. Modern farmhouse chic Think about what’s trendy now and try to recreate the look you love on… [Read More]