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.
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.
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.
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 Take outdated textbooks or editions no longer useful and turn them into festive decorations, a new journal, or use the pages of your favorite novel as wallpaper.
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.
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.
What is your favorite goodwill upcycling project? We’d love to hear what you’ve been working on!