DIY Holiday Fun at Goodwill

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There is something so special about entering the seasons of Halloween until New Years. It’s not just the candy, the turkey, the family, or the delightful chill that takes over the entire state of Ohio; it’s also all about the fashion. It is like we are given three entire months to dress as quirky, festive, and tacky as we so desire and not a single person will judge us.. In fact they give compliments to praise our fun fashion choices.

Christmas in particular celebrates our bold sweater choices with parties and contests daring everyone to step out of their comfort zone and bring out their festive side. Some call them ugly sweaters, but I call them my everyday attire. Goodwill during the holiday season has racks of beadazzled cardigans, vests and sweaters featuring wonky snowmen, snowy village scenes, and the big man himself, Santa. I however, use this season to get crafty with my clothes and create unique outfits using items that are commonly found at any Goodwill location near you.

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What’s great about this project is you can create a unique sweater with virtually any saying on it for as little as 10$. I went a little over that budget because I went with a name brand sweater, but it still cost me less than 15$ for the entire project. I chose “Ho, Ho, Ho” as my sweaters design because it is classic and fits in with my vintage style taste, but the world is your oyster and you can use this technique to create something as simple or extravagant as your heart desires.

Goodwill Items:

  • Plain Sweater (I found a J.Crew sweater in perfect condition for 8$)
  • Christmas Fabric (Mine is from a vintage table cloth I found in the Christmas section for 3$, but there are many other fabric options like curtains, tree skirts, or aprons.) 

Craft Items:

  • Fabric scissors and paper scissors
  • Iron
  • Fusible adhesive for fabric (small package can be found at your local craft store for around 3$)
  • Print out of what you would like to patch onto your sweater
  • Pencil, pen or Sharpie
  • Plain sheet of computer paper

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Step 1: Cut out the letters/words from the printer paper.

Step 2: Place the cut out letters onto your Christmas fabric to use as a reference for how large you should cut squares of the fabric. This is a rough estimate and does not need to be exact, you will just need enough fabric to comfortably fit both letters. If you are doing the Ho-Ho-Ho design you should finish with 3 separate rectangles of Christmas fabric.

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Step 3: Cut out squares of the iron on material the same size as the Christmas fabric.

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Step 4: On your ironing board, lay your iron on material with the tacky glue side facing up. Then place your fabric face up on top of it. If your material is thin like mine is, you should place a piece of computer paper on top of your fabric to protect your iron from getting the glue on it.

Step 5: With your Iron set to the highest temp without the steam press it to your fabric/paper for only about 2 seconds at a time making sure to heat the entire rectangle. You do not want to rub the iron back and forth because you may skew the fabric off of the iron on material. To check and make sure the fabric is adhered enough, just make sure the edges aren’t lifting when your rub your finger across the back corners.

Repeat these steps until each piece of your Christmas fabric had an iron on backing.

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Step 6: Turn your fabric squares onto their back so that the paper portion of the iron on material is face up. Fit your cut out letters onto the fabric and use them as a stencil to copy your design onto the fabric.

Step 7: Carefully cut out the design with your fabric scissors. A trick to cut out the center of the ‘O’ is to fold the letter in half and slice into the middle to leave space for your scissors to fit and cut out the center.

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Step 8: Take the paper backing off each of the letters you have cut out. It should peel right off.

Step 9: Arrange them onto your sweater where you plan to have them ironed on. This step is just to make sure everything will fit onto the sweater exactly how you had imaged.

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Step 10: Time to start ironing on your letters. Because I have a very small ironing board I took all my letters off and did them one at a time to ensure my spacing was perfect. For each letter I placed it onto the sweater face up and covered it with computer paper. I knew my sweater was going to be heat sensitive so I applied my letters to the sweater in two second intervals, lightly pressing the letters with my fingers in-between iron presses to help the adhesive stick to my sweater. Repeat the 2 second intervals as many times as needed. Just like before, to ensure the letter has been fully applied I just check to make sure my edges aren’t lifting when I run my finger against the corners.

Step 11: Repeat this step until you have filled out your entire sweater!

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Finished! Now it is time to enjoy your new festive sweater! The iron on packaging claims you can wash your fabric with whatever care instruction are on the tag of your garment, but having experience with this product I would recommend hand washing because the edges tend to lift slightly. If hand washing is not your thing, then you can even place a few stitches in the lettering to keep them in place.

I styled my Christmas sweater with a few other Goodwill finds. I found a thin collared polka-dot long sleeve blouse for only 1$ a few months ago. I am a huge fan of layering, not only does it add a pop to a seemingly simple look but it also provides some extra warmth. What I love about this blouse so much is that it is thin enough not to look crumpled underneath sweaters or dresses.

On the same shopping trip that I found my polka-dot blouse, I also found these Christmas shoes! They were only 4$ and I could not help myself when I saw them in my size. These shoes are in practically new condition and I cannot wait to wear them all season long. 



Merry Thrifting: Decorating for Christmas at Goodwill

Blog written by Cheri P, an avid Goodwill shopper and area decorator who has an eye for sophisticated design on a dime.

My simple Christmas decorating goals this Season was to update the Christmas stockings from bright red and green with simple neutral tones to add a softer look to the Livingroom and add some bulbs to the “New to me” Christmas tree from Goodwill.

Last year, I scored a flocked Christmas tree from the New Philadelphia Goodwill location and added some inexpensive flair.

If you're like me, let's look at pictures and read less. It was a gradual process finding items and this year I was able to add another 50 bulbs with thrift store finds.

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Christmas tree had a brand new tag from Target on it.

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Instead of worrying about a tree topper, I prefer adding picks towards the top to add more height to the tree (the more the merrier).

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Small platters from the Dollar Tree to serve as a few large ornaments.

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 Goodwill find of Target ornaments and 50 additional bulbs added.

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Large plastic snowflakes from the Dollar Tree to fill in some spaces.

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Bottom tree base covered with an Isaac Mizrahi throw.

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Fireplace Thrifted items: 6 Ivory and gray stockings, Large mesh tray and ornaments attached for Christmas tree, and Flocked garland

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#DIY Therapy

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Thrifted stockings personalized with Target dollar spot letters and glitter clips.

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My splurge items this year was a pair of oversized lanterns from Home Buys. They are Pottery Barn knock-offs. However, the oversized cones, decorative balls, and vase fillers are thrifted.

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From our family to yours, We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy thrifting.

Be on the lookout for a special coupon for use at the New Philadelphia location!


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Back to School - Couponing with Rachel Style!


You may be still basking in the summer sun and trying to ignore the fact that school will be starting up in just a few weeks, but it's time to get a move on! Want to save a little dough while shopping? Here are a few tips and tricks that will save you a lot money while getting those kiddos off to school.

Buy early … or late:
With back to school sales in full swing, now is the time to buy. Each week stores put out a few super low price items to lure you into the store and shopping just these sales alone can save you a bundle. Be sure to buy what you need now but still stock up for the future because come December the prices won't be as low but you'll probably need to restock you kid's supplies.
If you don't need a lot at the beginning of school wait it out. Around mid to late September, the clearance items will begin and you'll be able to scoop up a lot of back to school items for a fraction of the cost. This goes the same for clothes. Buy just the basics before school and wait for those summer clearance sales. Oh, they are my favorite!

Get your thrift on:
Back to school shopping isn't just about school supplies, shoes, coats, and clothes are also a necessity. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a brand new wardrobe, shop second hand and save a bundle. These treasure troves even have new and brand name clothing! Stop into stores such as Goodwill and you'll probably find just about everything you need and best of all, for a fraction of the cost. On top of finding great prices, keep an eye out for the weekly sales promotions. For instance, Goodwill offers 50% off specific colored tags with an additional markdown on Sundays and Mondays.


Split items:
If you have several kids that are in need of back to school supplies, double check their lists. If you see similarities, think about buying multi-pack items and splitting the products between them. Things such as glue sticks, pencils and scissors are often items that you can find in bulk.


Use what you have:
Those scissors, that ¾ bottle of glue, and almost new notebook from last year can all head back to school. If your kids balk at the idea explain how spending less on school supplies means that more money can go towards a nicer pair of shoes or that cute top they've been eyeing.


Learn to shop for free:
Each office supply store in your area has their own rewards program that often offers “free after rebate or reward” items. If you aren't familiar with these, stop into the store or check online. By using these programs you'll be able to pick up many of your school supply items for pennies.

Getting your kids ready for school shouldn't break the bank. With the tips and tricks above you should be able to make the most of your budget when getting those kiddos ready for another year!

Thrifting for Baby

When we began planning for the arrival of our baby girl, we knew we were going to be spending a lot of time in the nursery so I wanted the space to be aesthetically pleasing of course, but one that's practical and won't break the bank. To be honest, I totally made fun of myself when I was decorating the room, considering baby doesn't know the difference between paper flowers and wall decals. But it was such a fun way to prepare for our little bundle of joy and thinking of the love that will fill that room brought a smile to my puffy, pregnant face. 

The first thing I did was to come up with a game plan and list. I wrote down everything I thought I was going to need, that way when I went thrift shopping, I wasn't feeling overwhelmed and forgetful (something I felt a lot when I was pregnant!) By doing so, I was able to cross a lot of items off my list! Here are some of my favorite ways to accessorize and organize the nursery with Goodwill finds: 

Frames & Wall Art

I'm a big fan of wall art so selecting the right piece for her room was important for me. You can either purchase frames for DIY wall art or look for ready-to-hang art with quotes, animals or whatever fits your theme.


Storage Bins

An absolute essential! I use them all around my house, and the nursery was no exception. Storing like-items together keeps things very organized and makes it easier to find items quickly. I use the storage bins for stuffed animals,  pajamas, pants, sheets, changing table essentials, diapers, and miscellaneous items. Seriously, anytime I see a pack of storage bins at Goodwill, I snag them!



Ah, the book section! I have so much fun browsing for books for the nursery and taking a walk down memory lane as I rediscover ones that I loved as a child. We love the process of building a mini library that can grow with baby. I had my eye on the classic book Love you Forever on Amazon and I almost spent $15 when I found it for less than $1 at Goodwill in Strongsville.  


End Tables

A nightstand or end table comes in handy next to the glider, but don't splurge on one! Goodwill's furniture section is packed with all sorts of unique finds. Best part: most of the donated items are already assembled so you don't have to worry about packaging or assembling anything when you're pregnant!


The perfect lighting is so important for the nursery as baby begins to wind down, Goodwill has a variety of new and secondhand table and floor lamps. I recently bought a Target-brand lamp, brand new with tags with an already assembled shade for $7. 


I kept the accessories and "knick-knacks" to a minimum and didn't spend a lot of time or money on these things, as they are not really practical or necessary. But adding a few accessories that have sentimental value can tie the decor together and can be something that you pass on to baby later in life. For us, we love to travel so a mini, pink globe was the perfect accessory. I also use a small ceramic canister for pacifiers or other small items on the end table. 



We didn't think we were going to need a clock in the room, but boy were we wrong! Late night feeds, nap times, you name it - you don't realize how much you check the time until you have a baby! Next time you're at Goodwill, look for a clock and take batteries with you to test them. 



We were gifted the "big-ticket" items including the crib, dresser, and glider. However you can certainly thrift or DIY a dresser / changing table and a glider or rocking chair. 

Happy Thrifting! 


Goodwill Thrifted Patio

Dover, Ohio- I was thrilled when Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio asked me to feature a Thrifted Patio for Spring 2018.

From the moment I pack the last of the Christmas decor away, I am planning for my spring patio.

It’s like getting a whole new room each summer, and the ability to change the color theme.

People often ask me why I have such good luck finding great items by thrift shopping. I'm happy to share my base principles:

  1. To find a bargain, you have to look everyday. My personal schedule allows me to go 3 days a week. If you don't get to it first, someone else will.
  2. At my local Goodwill store in New Philadelphia, I start at the left and walk the perimeter then head to all the in between aisles that brings me back to the cashier for checkout (Amazing how much you can see in 30 mins).
  3. I have purposely chosen neutral colors pallets on my interior walls and main pieces of furniture so I can make almost anything blend in.
  4. Spray paint and chalk paint is your friend. Watch as many YouTube tutorials as you can. It really is easy peasy to use. 
  5. The beauty of thrift shopping is having a statement piece or “look” that no one else can mimic.
  6. Don’t be afraid to use indoor pieces on the outside. Add all the layers possible (pillows, blankets, lamps, buffet, stools...)
  7. Putting a look together is a gradual process. I have a space at home where I gather and store items over a period of months.
  8. All of the items you see featured on my patio, I will be able to pull inside and use during the winter months.

 Outdoor Patio Furniture

This year, working with my existing exterior furniture, I decided to go with a white and black theme and pops of green from nature.


Angle view Outdoor Patio Furniture

I added new-to-me items all from my local hometown Goodwill in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

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Cream knitted throw blanket (Goodwill)

Cream pillows with black Pom poms (Goodwill)

Side table (Thrifted find)

2 brass lamps (because brass is in! Goodwill as well)


2 Copper stools (Goodwill)

Copper stools to be used as small tables or pulled apart to add extra seating. I love the copper against the black.

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Pillow and end table

Above sources: Cream knit pillow (Goodwill)

Boho style throw that can be used as a table covering as well (Goodwill)

Large glass hurricane, mini white stacked dishes inside and candle (Goodwill)

Wicker stool spray painted copper by Rustoleum to match the other stools (Goodwill)


Stenciled Rug

I took my existing outdoor rug of 4 years, flipped it and used a stencil from to create a new design and pattern. The stencils is a great way to update your wood porch or concrete patio slab

White Dish Placesetting

I thrift shop for white dishes everywhere. They always match and compliment any theme party your might have.

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Inviting outdoor space that will be summer’s best living room for morning coffee and sunday afternoon naps.


My patio is long and narrow, so i treat it like a galley kitchen. Across from the grill, I have placed a long dining buffet to be used for storage and outdoor entertaining and parties. The mirror will act as a holder for any wreath, decor banners, etc…

I splurged on the boxwood orbs to place in my existing urns. I love english gardens and they tie in nicely for added greens.

Sources: Buffet and mirror from Genevieve’s On 2nd Street, Dover, Ohio


Wine Box for Dessert Plates

Wine box from Goodwill housing dessert plates.

Before and After Patio Views

A comparison of my patio from last summer to this summer. It always felt washed out with the tan and light grays. A rug flipped and painted with a stencil, a wicker stool repainted, thrifted items for layering, light cream with black and copper accents for the fix. Happy Spring and summer decorating!


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Dressing for Spring with Kristi of Trendy Teacher

Northeast Ohio weather can make Winter to Spring wardrobe transitions tough.  In a week’s time, we could have weather in the 60’s then snow/sleet and cold overnight.  I believe dressing for Spring can be simplified if you stick to the basics, which in my opinion are transitional pieces mixed with pops of pastel, neutral and or floral!  

First let’s start by talking blazers, long sweaters, and kimonos.  Sometimes I want to wear a cute floral top or pastel blouse, but it’s just too cold for me to pull off (I refuse to freeze all day!).  Remember that layers are your friend!  If I want to wear a thinner type of top with short or no sleeves, I’ll usually add a tank underneath and something over the top like a lighter colored cardi or opened button down.  Lighter colors, florals, and neutrals are my typical “go-to” choices. 

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Let’s talk florals, since I already mentioned them!  I swear florals have been going strong for years and Spring 2018 is no different.  What else screams Spring like pretty flowers and color?  I have thrifted many floral pieces over the past few years, including older/vintage pieces and newer/trendy pieces.  A quick tip; find floral that you feel good in and that makes you happy (even when the showers outside seem never ending!).  I love pairing floral pieces with solids, or for a more bold look, a complementing pattern (which also seems to still be pretty popular when worn correctly).I assure you, floral can be a part of anyone’s wardrobe!  

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Take those layers and florals and pair them with neutral and pastel solids for a finished Spring look.  When I think Spring, I think light and bright.  I tend to stick most of my darker clothing (cardigans, dress pants, sweaters etc.) back on the hanger unless I find inspiration on how to spin them into a Spring look (via an Instagram post or a pic found in Google images). I’ve got myself all pumped up about Spring and I think I should share some specific pieces that I think are clutch in any wardrobe: 1) light beige/oatmeal colored open cardigans/sweaters 2) a light, longer style kimono/duster 3) a white t-shirt that has a looser fit 4) colored/white jeans 5) some type of floral!  I have been on a shopping hiatus since participating in a 3 month no-shopping challenge, but that all ended on April 8th!  I plan to thrift wisely for key pieces to compliment my existing Spring wardrobe!  Wish me luck and happy thrifting! 

 Check out more from Kristi on Instagram @trendyteacher 

Thrifting: A Family Tradition

Hi, I’m Sarah Gott, an Arts educator and freelance artist and upcycler who has a passion for everything recycled, handmade or vintage. I’m teaming up with Goodwill to chat with you about projects and ideas I’ve not only worked on in my home, but around town and in the classroom. 

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Spring is the best time of year, isn’t it?  While I do enjoy the nicer weather and the days growing longer and warmer, it has more to do with the fact that it is the start of thrifting season! There is nothing better than waking up early on a Saturday and heading to a rummage sale, thrift store or flea market.

This love of thrifting started at an early age. When I was around 6 or 7, my mom ran a flower shop in Medina and my dad worked for the county so I stayed at my grandparents’ house during the day when I wasn’t in school.

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My grandma filled their home with carefully selected pieces that were always so perfectly put together no one would ever guess that she thrifted quite a bit of it. Her outfits, home décor, and DIY furniture were so stylish that even at a young age, I couldn’t help but find her fascinating, and I truly enjoyed spending time at her home.

I always looked forward the afternoons she would ask if my brother or sisters and me would like to go “treasure hunting.” She’d grab her running list of items she wanted to find, then we’d grab some snacks, load into her beige Crown Victoria, and head out, hopeful the thrifting God’s would grace us with bountiful gems. Putting $5 in our hands, she’d send us off to explore.

Of course, I would usually buy toys with the money she gave me. One that I still have and that I am saving for my future child is my doll, Kate. I’m not sure what it was about her, perhaps her gorgeous curly red hair or her perfect 1980’s laced dress but I was drawn to her immediately and I have loved her ever since.

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She always had useful advice about thrifting, which I still use today. She said to go often so you can stay up-to-date on what’s new, and go on like a Wednesday when there are not as many people and the shelves are more likely to be filled. Have a running list of things you want to find so you don’t buy stuff that you don’t need, and think outside of the box when looking for items you could repurpose.

She believed that if you were true to yourself and only purchased quality items, you’d discover your style and be able to fill your home with things you truly love. It doesn’t matter if someone has used it before or that you found it at the bottom of a bin. There was a story behind it and you could give it new life and make it your own.

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Now that I’m older and she has passed, I find myself in the aisle of thrift stores feeling that connection to her. There is an internal spark I get when I find a deal. It’s like a gift she has bestowed on me. Whether it’s now shopping with my Mom, or project I’m working on for a client, or something I’ve upcycled for my home, I hear her voice or remember the times we spent in the exact same place so many years ago. I truly believe her influence fuels a large part of my style, creativity and drive as an artist and maker. I am forever grateful for that.


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Your local Goodwill is turning 100 years old this year – a very significant milestone! For a century now, Goodwill has stayed true to its mission of helping people become the best versions of themselves. 

How do we do that? In many ways. Most commonly, we provide the kind of skill-building programs and services people need to train for, find and keep good jobs. In other cases, we help parents reunite with their children through parenting classes. And we even provide 24/7/365 advocacy service to survivors of sexual assault through our affiliate, COMPASS.

You may - or may not - know that when you donate or shop at a Goodwill store, you are helping to raise the funds that support all of the above and more. (You could wish Goodwill a happy birthday simply by going on a little shopping spree!)

In the coming months, you’ll hear some extra buzz about our organization as we embark on a whole year of grass-roots celebrations that YOU are invited to! First up is the grand opening of our brand new retail store in North Canton – please stay tuned for the late April date, because you won’t want to miss all the fun we have planned for you.

Would you like to directly support the good work that Goodwill will do this year? You can always make a financial donation to us here that makes an instant impact on someone here in your community.

Happy birthday to us - and thank you for your support along the way.

Unicorns, Peace Signs and Cats

As a mom of three young girls (two of which are school age), I’m focused on buying the essentials for back to school. What are the essentials? To me, that means practical purchases that will last my little ones through the school year.

On our way to a Goodwill shopping trip this past weekend, I asked my seven and five year old daughters what they thought were ‘essentials’ as they headed into second and first grade.

After explaining what the word ‘essential’ actually means, they gave me their answer: unicorns, peace signs and cats.

Okay. This should be interesting.

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After years of being a savvy thrift shopper at Goodwill, my focus has always been on shopping with an open mind, and not shopping for a specific item. You know….like unicorns, peace signs and cats.

I was going to have to work hard to either find these ‘essentials’ or convince these little ones that this isn’t the way thrift shopping is really done.

By the time we entered the sliding doors of the Massillon Goodwill store, my daughters’ list of essentials had become more specific. Unicorns were now pink unicorns. Regular cats would no longer work; they had to be kittens on the clothes, now. And, peace signs needed to include sparkle.

Anxiety was creeping in.

Without sharing the step by step shopping experience, which may or may not have included a few ugly mommy moments, here’s a spoiler alert: We found unicorns, cats and peace signs. And, here’s how we did it.

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  1. Bribe them. Our Goodwill had a massive bin filled with all kinds of little toys and gadgets near the register. Everything in the bin was $1. We made a stop there first and they each picked out a favorite tchotchke. The catch? Mommy will buy this toy for you if you behave while we shop for our ‘essentials.’
  2. Always get a cart. Even if you think you won’t be buying much, you will need a place to put your purse. I hang items for each daughter on either side of the cart. It allows me to have a clear idea of what we might be purchasing.  It makes it much easier to find tops or bottoms to match.  Once we have a match, it goes into the belly of cart.
  3. #defineyourself That is the theme for this year’s Back to School Shopping at Goodwill. Really, it’s one of the few places I can let the girls pick what they want and create a personal style, while staying in budget. Most of the items we purchased were $2 or $3 each, and some were the Color of the Week tag which only cost $1. Maybe that hashtag should be #defineyourselfatgoodwillbecauseitdoesnotbreakthebank. Probably too long for marketing purposes.
  4. Shop sizes smaller and larger.  Although my seven and five year old daughters technically wear the size in clothes, their body types are very different. As a result, we are best to search other sizes for our treasures. Leggings, for example, can fit up to two sizes smaller or larger than what they typically wear. These bad boys are meant to stretch! Also, one size up works for many sweaters or cotton shirts that may have shrunk. The result? A perfect fit for my gals. 
  5. Check out all departments. Keeping the kiddos occupied and engaged during an hour-long shopping trip is not an easy task. I mixed it up with frequent stops in the wares section where they could peruse through bins and shelves filled with toys, pre-teen décor and new products. As a result, we walked away with some great toy organizers and some cute décor items. BTS Mo 6

The trip was awesome all around. Goodwill is big enough to have a great variety (even those ‘essentials’ they wanted) and small enough that I wasn’t worried about losing my kids in a mega-store. Prices were more than fair and I was surprised how many Color of the Week $1 items we found without even trying. I can’t imagine anywhere you can purchase three overflowing bags of back-to-school fun for less than $65, other than your local Goodwill.

The total haul:

  • 6 tops
  • 2 sweaters
  • 1 scarf
  • 4 pairs of pants/leggings
  • 1 jean jacket
  • 4 toys/misc décor items


Boymom Shops Goodwill!

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As a boymom with two kids ages 2 and 9 months, I have yet to experience the “Back to School shopping” panic. But the “shopping with a toddler and a baby in public” panic on the other hand, I know that feeling quite well. It’s one of the main reasons my husband and I signed up for Amazon Prime two weeks after our second was born. 

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So needless to say, I was a little worried to venture into Goodwill’s Middleburg Heights Store for some shopping with my kids. But this mama was smart and we brought Grammy along for our shopping adventure. Our goal was to find a few fall clothing items for the boys and maybe a treat or two. Get in and get out as quickly as possible.

 Items in our cart at checkout?

  • 2 sweaters - $2.00 apiece
  • 1 Winnie-the-Pooh outfit - $2.00
  • 1 pair of overalls - $2.00
  • 1 Cars3 coloring book - $0.50
  • 1 slinky - $0.50
  • 2 dog toys - $3.00
  • 1 Fisher Price Little People Wheelies City Skyway with car for Grammy’s House - $7.00
  • 1 Minnie Mouse Shopping Cart - $2.00

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Total? About $20.00. In my opinion, you can’t beat that!

BTS Crista 3How did the kiddos fare? Pretty well!

We made the trek across the Goodwill parking lot without incident and my toddler let me hold his hand (Phew! He’s been exercising his independence lately, which is great, but not in parking lots). After we got inside the store I quickly got the baby in a shopping cart and my toddler decided he wanted to walk – but only after we got a special shopping basket for him to carry around his green frog stuffed animal in, of course. BTS Crista 4

We headed towards the kids clothing first and I was genuinely surprised at how easy it was to quickly find things right away. It’s so nice that Goodwill stores size and colorize clothing. I can’t even imagine trying to find the right size hanger by hanger with my kids in tow!

BTS Crista 5I immediately went back to MY childhood when I pulled a Winnie-the-Pooh sweat suit off the rack. It’s clear this outfit had been worn once or twice as a Halloween costume or something. It’s practically brand new with the sweat suit material still super soft. And for $2.00 I just couldn’t pass it up (even though I knew the hubby would role his eyes at it!). I think Disney is so expensive, so I was happy to find this deal.

The sweaters I picked up were from OshKosh and Children’s Place (awesome, but expensive brands). Again, both in like-new quality and for $2.00 apiece. And I finished up with a cute pair of bear overalls from Koala Kids. BTS Crista 7

Even though I have two boys, they were born at different times of the year. I’ve had to add a few seasonal items into the baby’s wardrobe and found Goodwill is a great place to find brand new or like-new baby clothes for $1.00 or $2.00 apiece.

BTS Crista 8On our way over to the toy aisle, we stopped to pick out dog toys for each of our dogs. The dog toys are brand new and are one of the products shoppers can always count on to find at Goodwill with our “New Goods” program. 

The kids toy aisle was actually fun. The toddler played with a couple cars and a fire helmet while my mom and I shopped. Grammy found a great deal on a Fisher Price Little People Wheelies City Skyway car ramp for her house. Both my boys are really into cars. I was so happy she found it!  

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The Minnie Mouse shopping cart? It was either buy it for $2.00 or endure a public toddler meltdown at my place of employment. You’ll guess which option I wisely chose. 

Finally, on our way over to checkout, I noticed fabulous closeouts for new parents or grandparents. Goodwill had three brand new pack n’ plays and a brand new Eddie Bauer travel system! I couldn’t believe my eyes!

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BTS Crista 11The checkout process was quick and painless (except when we had to hand over the Minnie Mouse shopping cart for 30 seconds). And just like that, we were on our way.

It was an enjoyable shopping trip with the boys and my mom. I think we walked away with some wonderful merchandise for a small investment. While I’m probably not ready to give up my Prime membership EVER, I think a trip to Goodwill is a fun experience for kids and parents alike.  

Stay strong out there fellow boymoms! I know you’re working hard to keep the chaos in check from son up to son down!