Top 5 Goodwill Finds You Can Repurpose

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Add these Goodwill staples to your shopping list. Photo: Beneaththemagnolias.com

Add these Goodwill staples to your shopping list. Photo: Beneaththemagnolias.com

Ask anyone who has ever been thrifting and they will tell you that leaving with a cool find is two parts ingenuity and one part luck. Think about all of the items with unlimited potential lurking at your local Goodwill store. So we ask you what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your DIY on and repurpose your untapped creativity. If you don’t know where to begin, check out our list of 5 easy up-cycling projects you can get started on today.

1. T-Shirts

Top 5 Goodwill Finds You Can Repurpose

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T-shirts are a dime a dozen at any Goodwill or resale shop so take advantage of the low price and buy ’em in bulk. You can use old tees to make lots of chic accessories like a cool t-shirt necklace, a multi-colored accent rug, and even a knotted headband.

2. Dishware

Top 5 Goodwill Finds You Can Repurpose

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There’s no easier way to give your kitchen some character than an eccentric collection of dishware. Turn some vintage plates into a mirror set or a transform a simple teacup and saucer into a cute birdfeeder or candle votive.

3. Books

Top 5 Goodwill Finds You Can Repurpose

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Books are by far, the most inexpensive items in Goodwill with weekly sales discounting paperbacks to pocket change. Take outdated textbooks or editions no longer useful and turn them into festive decorations, a new journal, or use the pages of your favorite novel as wallpaper.

4. Frames

Top 5 Goodwill Finds You Can Repurpose

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Frames can be expensive, so the thrift store is a great way to stock on well-made frames on the cheap. Consider re-finishing and staggering the frames on a wall as a focal piece or add a plain back to make a gorgeous serving tray. If the artwork is still attached, rehab the entire piece for a one-of-a-kind modern wall art.

5. Blankets

Top 5 Goodwill Finds You Can Repurpose

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Blankets are often overlooked, but are an unbelievable bargain for the amount of vintage fabric you can get. Think of large oversized sweaters and cozy blankets as the perfect reupholstery finish to a much needed chair or window shade.

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What is your favorite goodwill upcycling project? We’d love to hear what you’ve been working on!

 
  • Simone Colina

    Thanks, Stef. We hadn’t considered offering them for sale- since they’re genuinely PUNK, so def not for everyone… I’ll encourage my daughter to get it going, though because they are absolutely unique.

  • Wow, this is a great idea! Do you sell them on Krrb?

  • Simone Colina

    Favorite Thrift Upcycle at the moment: Cutting & Sewing Cashmere Sweaters (donated after machine wash shrinkage, by all appearances) to make perfect Winter pillowcases, Hot water bottle covers. We also make ‘alien’ dolls from the sleeves, stitching to shape & stuffing them with shredded, played-out cotton tights. Another way we use the sleeves is to make boot, arm & leg warmers, depending on the size. All make great gifts for others & ourselves!

  • These look fantastic! The Ikat fabric was a great choice.

  • Janeane

    I just completed a makeover on a couple of great vintage cantilever chairs I found at Goodwill. I just love how they turned out!
    http://designwithj9.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/cantilever-chair-makeover/

    Janeane