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Thrifted Holiday Decor

Here’s a little secret about thrift shopping at Goodwill that many people don’t realize….the stores have a HUGE inventory of Christmas trees, wreaths, linens and décor.

Seasonal items are oftentimes items that people choose to donate, especially when families are looking to downsize their homes. As a result, there is a great variety and volume of Christmas items to find at each and every Goodwill store.

Thrift shopping for holiday décor is easy and inexpensive. Here are a few go-to Goodwill items and ideas this Christmas season:

BULBS, BULBS, BULBS

Christmas bulbs are readily available in the Christmas section of most Goodwill stores. Why buy new? Instead, you can purchase two or three times MORE bulbs at Goodwill than a new goods store. Bulbs have endless uses for decorating and crafts at the holidays.

Fill any glass container with your Goodwill finds. Follow a consistent color scheme or mix and match bulbs.

 Bulb Vase
Credit: Amanda Jane Brown

Tie bulbs together to make a dramatic garland or table runner.

 Garland Table Runner
Credit: Livingly

Or, if you are feeling crafty, break out the glue gun and begin on a bulb wreath for your front door or wall décor this Christmas.

 Bulb Wreath
Credit: Amy's Balancing Act 

ARTIFICIAL TREES

Maybe you are on the hunt for a new artificial tree, or maybe you are considering putting up more than just one tree this year. The price of new artificial trees is a little overwhelming with prices ranging from $200-$2,000.

Goodwill has a large selection of new and donated artificial Christmas trees. Goodwill prices are typically 50-90% less than traditional retailers. During a recent visit to the Jackson Township Goodwill store in Canton, we spotted several 9’ trees, more than ten 7.5’ trees, most of which were still in their box, brand new, along with oodles of small decorative trees.

Still not convinced? Here are two of the Christmas trees I have purchased from Goodwill.

 White Tree

The white tree was a brand new 7.5’ pre-lit tree for only $20. And, the 8’ unlit pencil tree was a great quality donated item, just perfect for an open corner in our kitchen and only $30.  

 Green Pencil Tree

 

HOLIDAY BOOK BASKET

Baskets and books are items that can be found in great supply at Goodwill stores, especially around the holidays. Pick out a festive bin or basket that you could display at the holidays, then stop by the book aisle to find children’s Christmas books. This will quickly become a favorite tradition for kids or grandkids.

 Book Basket

 

DIY WALL ART

Make your own wall art this holiday with three easy steps. Find inexpensive frames at Goodwill that you can spray paint with festive colors. Then find free printable Christmas art online to print and insert in those upcycled frames. For less than $5, you can create a gallery wall.

 Free Printable Christmas 1
Credit: Kaleidoscope Living

Free Printable Christmas 2

 Credit: The Navage Patch

 

UPCYCLE SWEATERS

For a more advanced crafter, we have moved beyond the traditional Christmas department at Goodwill and discovered new ways to use clothing as part of our décor. Scour the aisles of the sweater department during your next Goodwill shopping trip. Find a cozy sweater and cut out a shape of a Christmas stocking. Sew along the edges, leaving the top open for Santa to fill with goodies.

 Sweater Stocking 
Credit: Imperfect Homemaking

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