The savvy shopper can find a multitude of useful items at local thrift stores, and if you know what you're doing you can easily upcycle commonplace items found at Goodwill locations around New Mexico into unique and trendy home décor. Goodwill not only provides an awesome, inexpensive shopping environment, but they also turn revenue from thrift stores sales directly into services for the community. So, when it’s time to do a little redecorating around the house, I recommend you shop at Goodwill to save money and give back! Here I've compiled a few easy DIY projects for you to upcycle easy to find items from Goodwill into stylish decorations that are on point for this spring season.
Vintage Scarves When it comes to vintage scarves, Goodwill has them by the bucketful! These decorative silk accessories look good when paired with an understated outfit, but they can quickly and easily be transformed into a number of decorative household items, as well. With the array of colors and patterns you can find on vintage scarves, you can find styles that suit your tastes and repurpose them into unique curtains or covers for old pillows. Bright and beautiful vintage scarves can even be transformed into kitschy pieces of art simply by arranging them in a frame.
Frames Speaking of picture frames- they're another easy afternoon upcycling project. Gallery walls are very fashionable right now, and Goodwill makes it easy to create your own with their selection of uniquely shaped picture frames of all sizes. Don't like the color? Repainting a unique frame from Goodwill makes it new again! And don't worry if you don't have a lot of art or photos that you want to frame- you can easily mount frames over corkboard, mirrors, or paint a flat surface with chalkboard paint to create a classy writing surface to display your 'to-do' lists.
Maps Just like roadmaps, globes and world maps become outdated and are frequently being cycled through Goodwill locations. Old maps are not only fascinating to look at, but are great for home décor upgrades! Using old maps for decoupage projects offers lots of creative possibilities. You can use old maps to update lamps, clocks, furniture, and more. Add rustic, old-world charm to your home by altering some of the furnishings you already have with some fascinating maps or other art work!
When you're feeling creative, make Goodwill your first stop for supplies. You'll find tons of material to work with, all at unbeatable prices!
About the Author Maggie Grimason is a blog writer living in Albuquerque, NM. She grew up in a family of social servants and teachers in northern Indiana and finds that blogging for Goodwill Industries of New Mexico satisfies creative energies as well as her commitment to ethical living and community service.