My grandma has loved the Goodwill for forever. One year, she gifted me a the most beautiful deviled egg platter she found while shopping there. I make deviled eggs for all of our family get togethers, and I always had to borrow a serving plate from my mom. So when she saw it, she scooped it up for me, and I have used it over and over again. You can see it pictured here in a blog post I wrote sharing my recipe for deviled eggs.
Since then, I frequent goodwill, flea markets and other thrift stores and websites looking for quality, used items for low prices. It makes zero sense to me to buy something brand new, when I can find it gently used for a fraction of the cost. Not to mention, things just aren't made as well as they used to be, so it's an extra bonus to find vintage items! Here is my list of the top 5 items you should be thrifting now instead of buying new:
2. Small novelty appliances- You probably don't want to purchase a toaster or regular coffee pot second-hand. Not saying that you CAN'T, but those are items that see frequent, everyday use- therefore, they will wear out much more quickly. I purchased a bread machine from shopgoodwill.com that looked like it had been used one time. It was in the original box, and had all of the manuals. Some pieces had not even been removed from the packaging, yet. A lot of people will use appliances like this a few times, and then it ends up sitting in their garage or attic for years...or if you are lucky, in a thrift store! I use this several times a month to make homemade bread. It also makes pasta dough and jam! Other novelty items to watch out for: quesadilla maker, snow cone maker, cake pop maker, and juicer.
3. Artwork- I LOVE looking for thrifted artwork because you never know what you will find! I found the most beautiful print of two raccoons in a tree that was matted AND framed at my local Goodwill for LESS than $5! It matched our decor perfectly, and I could not get over how stunning the picture was. Sometimes, you can even find original, signed pieces of art on shopgoodwill.com. In the evenings, I'm typically scanning the art section, drooling all of the hidden gems with 1 cent shipping.
4. Mirrors- Mirrors. Are. Expensive. I LOVE our home, but we don't get enough sunlight. Mirrors help brighten the space and make it seem larger. I found these two stunners at my local Goodwill as well. The smaller ornate mirror is in our entryway with a table underneath, and it costed $6.99. This large Ashley Furniture beveled mirror retails at some places for $162.00. I bought it for $20. It doesn't get much better than that!
5. Unique home decor- I saved the best for last. My favorite find was these 3 Vintage Masketeer flying geese from the 1960s. I participated in an intense bidding war on shopgoodwill.com to win these mid-century babies. Spoiler alert-I won. So many mid-century and vintage treasures are hiding out on thrift websites and shelves.
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Natalie from Deerwood + Jones