When I began to review the pictures of my Goodwill finds...boy oh boy...there is so many Goodwill treasures that I think I'll take it room by room. Today...we'll get the kitchen and I'll show you how you can decorate your kitchen with Goodwill finds!
My kitchen has gone through a few colors. When we first bought our home the paint in every room was a flat painters white. The usual. Growing up my parents house always had white/cream walls. It was just the thing to have. My mother can't get over the bold colors I use in my house now. Generation Gap big time. The first color I tried out in the kitchen was a burnt red sort of color. I liked it a lot. But, soon grew tired of it. I wanted to go bolder with my color. Now..the kitchen is a dark brown. My mother always told me that dark colors will make a room smaller. This is probably true...but the richness of the color takes over and to me...white walls are out! Plus, brown goes with so many different colors. Yellow. Red. Black. Salmon. The color choices for decor are endless with brown. The next thing that would thrill my soul would be to paint my cabinets white. Long term goal I think.
So...here are some finds at Goodwill that I added to the kitchen to spruce things up!
My roosters ended up all together perched on the shelf. I don't know how I got started with Roosters in my kitchen...but is it not THE THING to have now or what? My mom always says..."if you like it, I like it"...which means..she hates it!
These roo's were another Goodwill find. The roo tray above....Goodwill find!! Is that really chicken wire on that tray?!
These little vases caught my eye...I decided to put a candle in them and use them on my kitchen table. I can change this up with fresh flowers...ivy....the uses can be endless. For now...they are candle holders. I've been thinking that a bit of baby's breath would look nice in these vases. Maybe later...
A silver pineapple. I originally used this on my countertop with fruit in it. Look where this find ended up?! and what a find!!! The glass and limes were all from Goodwill. It really brought out a mixtures of colors on this shelf!
These canisters were once three. Thanks to my dear hub...on the way in from the car he dropped one and broke it. Oh well....I had to deal with it.
Can you say dessert dishes?? I bought this set of 8 for $3!! My old, really small dessert dishes from the 70's went straight to Goodwill. These are going to come in so handy around the holidays.
This vase for $.99 with dragonflies was just to cute to pass up.
Every kitchen needs a bird cage, right? Ummm no. My family hates it. It's right under a couple of chairs for the table. In my defense, those 2 chairs are rarely used unless we have guests. It's been head banged a few times. I get the "glare" when it happens. My family knows to DEAL WITH IT.
I did a little dance when I found this! A Paula Deen plate for my kitchen, say what?! Perfect colors to go with those brown walls...and I just love Paula Deen. I've cooked enough of her recipes to have her represented in my kitchen!
This is the top of my book shelf in the kitchen. The roo lamp was $10 at a local store here in town and the poster was $.99 at Goodwill. I ended up spray painting the frame black to spruce it up a bit. The colors were right up my alley! I just love my brown walls!!
So....am I a Goodwill crazy person or what?! Two years ago, I never went into a Goodwill...now...I HAVE to go at least once a week. Honestly...there is more cart shoving going on in Goodwill than at Walmart. I've also been able to find out that locally here Target donates there merchandise to Goodwill. Here...the tags are pink and that let's you know it's from Target. It is a little more pricier than Goodwill pricing, but it's certainly below retail value. Also, if you ask a cashier at Goodwill when they rotate their stock...they will let you know when they are expecting a Goodwill truck from another location. Some Goodwills have dates on their items...this is how they determine whether or not they will price the item down for you. It doesn't hurt to ask? Even though I purchase a lot of Goodwill items, I also donate a lot to Goodwill. When I'm purging...it's going to Goodwill and the tax right off helps at the end of the year. If I'm finding these deals in our small town, can you imagine the larger cities? If only! I did have the opportunity to do some thrift shopping in Nashville, TN recently....there was clearly not enough time! We live about 30 miles from the Florida line and there is actually a Goodwill for nothing but holiday items. It's called the Goodwill Holiday Store. I almost fainted when I found this. Yes...'tis true. Wait until you see my Christmas goodwill finds!!
I hope this has inspired you to check out your local Goodwill. The money goes to a good cause and the treasures you find there are priceless. My 10 year old would not miss out on a trip to Goodwill....she tells her friends we are "antiquing"! Heh. Perhaps I can show you later what interests a 10 year old in a Goodwill store!
Now..go...do it...check out your local Goodwill store!! I promise you won't be disappointed!
Parties I'm linking to:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/ at Coastal Charm