Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bag Sale - February 13th!


February 13th is the day! 
Are you ready for this BIG sale? 

It's time again for Goodwill's famous BAG SALE! 

Yes, the rumors are true. Only $35 for everything* you can fit, shove, CRAM into the Goodwill Bag! (*some exclusions apply, see the flyer for details)

See you FEBRUARY 13th at one of the Goodwill of Michiana Stores!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

YOU aren't an MGB member?

 
Are you a regular shopper at Michiana area Goodwill Stores?

Are you an MGB Member?




Wait, WHAT?  You don't know what that is?


It seems everywhere we shop these days, we get enrolled in a new rewards program. These programs are amazing ways to save money... just by doing what we are already doing... SHOPPING! We at Goodwill love the idea of rewarding our regular customers for loyalty.

The Michiana Goodwill Boosters program does that and helps Goodwill employees too!  (tip: shopping insiders call this program MGB).  It was formed to help the community learn more about Goodwill's mission, programs and needs - and to show appreciation for Goodwill's employees.  Special holiday meals and employee awards are among the many things that MGB does throughout the year to encourage Goodwill staff.


Michiana Goodwill Boosters is a community based support organization that exists to assist in the work of Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. The mission of Goodwill is to provide jobs, training, and placement services for people with barriers to employment.


The other goal of Michiana Goodwill Boosters is to thank loyal customers with exclusive Membership Benefits...

 

  1. As a Michiana Goodwill Booster, you will receive a $5.00 off purchase of $10.00 or more Member Coupon for each month. 
  2. Exclusive special promotions are also available to MGB members only like special 50% off sale dates.
So I bet you are wondering, HOW DO I SIGN UP?


Well, all you need to do is fill out the application (click here to download), and take it to the Goodwill Industries of Michiana store closest to you

..and, of course, START SHOPPING!


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Black Friday and Giving Tuesday...all year 'round!

It's interesting, isn't it.

Black Friday and Giving Tuesday only come around once a year.

Why is it that only one time a year we are able to find great deals when shopping for the things our family wants and needs, and why is it that only once a year we are encouraged to do good in our community and give-back? 

In a perfect world, these things would happen all year around.
In a perfect world, these things would happen together...wait...THEY DO!


What's this all about?
We’re glad you asked!  

At Goodwill, we appreciate your donations.  We know many of you are moms who are clearing out the clutter at home and donating it to us.  Your donations help Goodwill fulfill its mission so others in our community can learn how to get and keep jobs.  


The Goodwill Loves Moms Reward Program gives us a chance to say: “Thank You” to those who donate on a regular basis.



How does it work?
It’s simple, really.  For just $5 you can sign-up at any Goodwill Industries of Michiana Retail Store.  You’ll receive a re-useable Donation Bag and a Reward Card.  

As you sort through things at home, fill your Donation Bag.  Then, take it to any Goodwill Industries of Michiana Drive-thru Donation Center.  Each time you fill the bag and donate, we’ll validate your Reward Card with a stamp.

When your card is full, mail us the card and we’ll send you a $25.00 Goodwill Shopping Certificate that you can use in any of our stores.  It’s just that easy!

More details about the program can be found HERE.
 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Last Minute Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

This year I get to host both sides of my family at my home for the Thanksgiving holiday so I have been in full planning mode over the last couple of weeks. As a hostess, I know that often our time is more focused on the food than the decorations, but you need not spend oodles of your time crafting or purchasing a lot to make your table beautiful. In fact, this post shows you that that by shopping your very own home and adding a few inexpensive items from Goodwill, you are just minutes away from the perfect Thanksgiving table. 

Here are six great last minute Thanksgiving ideas to pull together a beautiful time for your holiday feast.

Add Thoughtful Layering

I am seeing so many beautiful layers this year for Thanksgiving decor. Holly Mathis Interiors shows you a beautiful table that you can achieve easily by layering items from around your house or from Goodwill.

A couple of items to note in this shot, you can add backyard leaf branches in glass jars from Goodwill to add a rustic element, flannel throws add warmth to the table without a more formal tablecloth, pumpkins add another natural element, and you can mix and match your chairs or mix in chairs found from the store to create that homey detail that I love. How pretty is that?


Add Unexpected Textures

Once again, I am seeing that people are pulling away from the traditional tablecloth and going for the unexpected texture on table. In Home Stories A to Z, she has used a beautiful cabled throw to add warmth and texture to the table. White linens can be stamped with gold (I love my friend Michael's easy gold foil napkins tutorial for this!)

Check Goodwill for pretty knit blanket throws or white linens for stamping. You never know what treasures you can find in housewares until you go browse!

Additional details like pretty ribbon, personalized tags, and a few well-placed feathers never hurt either, do they?


Make Your Guests Feel Cozy

If I was going to design my perfect Thanksgiving table, it would look just like this. Gatherings of friends in the crisp fall air with cozy blankets are such a beautiful and lovely way to celebrate the season. 

Once again, we see how cozy the mismatched look can be. From mismatched pillows to blankets to chairs, it all comes together beautifully when placed around a table. A glass vase can hold a rustic bouquet from the backyard and pumpkins offer a beautiful detail leading up to the barn. 

This is definitely my dream tablescape and can be achieved just by bringing a few of the items you have from inside your house to the great outdoors. (image source: Lexington Company)


Personalize It

When something has my name on it, it immediately feels special to me. I love this idea for taking a simple Plexiglas circle and adding a little calligraphy to it to personalize each table setting for your guests. 

Is your handwriting as terrible as mine? I sure hope not! If it is though, Almost Makes Perfect provides the template you need to create your names and simply trace them, making this a beautiful and painless craft for the table. 


Add a 5-Minute Detail

Centerpieces can be pricey and feel tricky to pull together especially if you lack that designer instinct. I have found that the simpler the centerpiece though, the easier it is to see and chat with my dinner guests. 

My sweet friend, Julie Blanner, is the queen of beautiful and simple decor and she shares her easy 5-minute centerpiece for the holidays on her blog. With a quick trip to the grocery store and a stop at Goodwill for a platter, you can add a little natural beauty in no time flat! 

I also love these give thanks printables to tuck in your cutlery from Craftaholics Anonymous. That is another 5-minute detail I feel confident that I could execute! 


Put the Leftover Herbs to Work


My kitchen is filled with sage for our favorite stuffing and herbed turkey that I have loved to serve over the years. If you have any leftover, it can add a beautiful detail to your table. Simply place the herbs in a glass jar from Goodwill and tie with a simple satin ribbon to finish. Not only is this pretty to look at, but it also smells so good too! (image source: Buzzfeed)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and I hope these easy last minute ideas inspire you for your holiday meal! 





Thursday, October 29, 2015

Goodwill Ambush Makeover - Rachel

Rachel is a typical 30-something Mom

She has spent so much time over the past few years being a Mom, she's forgotten what her style is.

She wants to look cute and sassy, but it seems the things she adds to her wardrobe only add to the confusion. Random shopping has caused her to spend a lot of money, and end up with a closet full of clothes she doesn't like.

We took Rachel through a very simple process of figuring out what her style is, and creating a great outfit at a Michiana Goodwill Store...for a fraction of the price she had been spending on new outfits!

See how we did it here!


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fall Wreaths that Wow


I have just been loving our style features this year especially when it comes to Fall decorating. I hope you didn't miss our gathering of Halloween decorating ideas as well as fun items to upcycle for your Fall decorating needs

Today I want to talk about dressing up a doorway, mirror, window, wall, or frame in your house. Ever since I began piecing together my first wreath for holiday-giving when I was in high school, I have really appreciated the beauty of a well-dressed door. It doesn't have to cost a lot to create a beautiful wreath and I have a stunning collection to share with you today of unexpected ways to decorate. 

Just as a reminder, Goodwill often has donated wreaths and various floral decor that is donated. It's a great place to start gathering items for your wreath projects and it is always a fun place to check for an unexpected detail. 


Dye Flowers to Match Your Style

Never ever feel limited by the colors you might find at your Goodwill Store because chances are really great that you can utilize a product like Rit Dye or even items in your pantry to achieve the colors you are after. Songbird Blog shows you how she utilized tea to stain white roses into the natural hues she was after. I love this so much that I can't wait to try it on a wreath of my own! 


Fake an Expensive Wreath (Inexpensively)

One of a decorator's best kept secrets is the ability to achieve full wreaths without spending a lot of money by simply stacking them together. I did this one year with Christmas greenery wreaths by wiring the two together to create the optical illusion of an expensive wreath. Ella Claire shows you how to wire two wreaths together to do this with two thin wreaths to make a full and visually stunning wreath for your front door. Consider buying not one, but two wreaths to create the look you are after! 

Add Charming Detail to a Pie

Wreaths don't just have to be on doors, in fact, imagine adding a wreath detail to a wrapped gift or homemade treat. Proper shows you how she takes a beautiful homemade pie to another level altogether with a quick handmade wreath detail to shape over it. What hostess wouldn't be wowed by this charming pie? Be sure to check Goodwill's housewares section for beautiful pie tins that you can place your pies in for gift-giving! 


Add Unexpected Texture

Wreaths don't need to boring and flat, in fact, some of the most beautiful wreaths incorporate fluffy feathers, burlap textures, felted details, and yarn. One of my favorite projects I have done for my own home was to replicate a ridiculously expensive Anthropologie pom-pom wreath into a beautifully affordable handmade detail for our home. You can get the scoop on how I made this with some inexpensive yarn and a few Netflix binges. I still count this as one of our favorite things in our home and love its cozy warmth all year-round!

 

Skip the Wreath, Try a Basket

Not everyone is an arranger of wreaths so I love the idea of adding that floral detail with a basket instead of a wreath form. Four Generations One Roof adds a beautiful floral decoration in a small basket that hangs on her door. Luckily for you, Goodwill always has loads of baskets to choose from that can be spray painted or left natural for your door decorating needs. How fun is that?


Feed the Birds With Beauty

I can't even begin to tell you how inspired I am by this beautiful bird seed wreath made at Study At Home Mama created with her kiddos for their birds. What a thoughtful project to partner with learning about wildlife or for a day of bird-watching. I hope to try making one of these with my kids this winter for our birds!


Add a Pop of Color

There is nothing I love more than a vibrant pop of color with an unexpected texture and The Wood Grain Cottage achieves both with this beautiful apple wreath. I love how she weaves in natural elements to fill out the holes around these apples to create a cohesive piece. This would be one apple gift that a teacher really would love too when thinking of gift-giving for the holiday season. Be sure to check the store for a wreath form that you can repurpose from Goodwill. 



Get Back to Nature

Don't want to spend a lot to create the perfect wreath? Consider hunting around the backyard for the perfect materials. House Full of Handmade made this incredible wreath out of her neighbor's castaways when they had a tree cut down. I love the idea of filling in these details with a little moss from the craft store!  Be sure to head to her blog to see how she secured these heavy materials! 

I hope these ideas inspire you to get crafting for your own front door! Be sure to leave us a comment and let us know your favorite ways to dress a doorway!