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October 03, 2011

Goodwill Roundup

Sometimes, the things you find at Goodwill need a little perking up–a paint job, the aid of a sewing machine. But, sometimes, you strike gold and find things that you love, just as they are.

Recently, my husband built some shelves with a little nook for our desk. When I saw this lamp, I knew that it was perfect. I love that it’s masculine, but still has a classic vintage look. $4.00. Makes him happy, makes me happy. Score.

I found these cute plastic mugs on the clearance rack for a quarter a piece. Dear people of Goodwill, why did these make it to the clearance rack?? They are amazing. Snatch them up? Why, I think I shall.

Hold your breath because this one is gonna rock your world. This leather, Tourister, carry on bag was $5.99. I can hardly grasp that, but I did. I did grasp it and I carried it home.

Isn’t it lovely? I think that is just the right word for it. I don’t mind working to up-cycle an item, but it’s always nice to find something that feels special to you, right off the shelf.

I found these sconces and I knew I had to have them. They are so appealing to me–the round shape with the graphic design inside. They have great potential, but they need a little prime and paint. The problem is, I’m really not sure what color to paint them. Friends, would you lend your opinion? I would love your input on this project. Roll out the advice…

Enjoying the Good Life,

P.S. I would love to see what you are doing with your Goodwill purchases! If you would like to see your projects on the next “Reader Redesign”, email your pictures to



  1. Whoa! this stuff is amazing to find right off the shelf… I especially love the carry-on bag. Super nice!

  2. Love the bag. Not sure what color to tell you to paint the sconces but it should be a really solid color, like black or a really loud orange.

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks, Lindsay! I love the bag, too!

  3. I’m always drawn to geometric shapes that are really super glossy white- enamel-y! I love the sconces- they are going to look awesome no matter what color, as does everything you ever paint!

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks for the advice! : )

  4. I’m super jealous of your bag. And I think white would look good, too!

  5. LOVE the finds! The sconces would look awesome black!

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks, Samantha!

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