A Gathering of Goodwill Finds: Kitchen and Dining Edition

My posts lately have been a little heavy, so I wanted to share something fun with my readers that I’m passionate about:  Goodwill!  In 2012 I participated in Project XII, in which I committed to 12 months of not buying any new clothing or anything new to decorate my home.  I enjoyed the project so much and learned a lot, from shopping discipline to Goodwill hunting.  Today I want to share with you some of my favorite Goodwill finds for my kitchen and dining room.  Later I will share some of my favorite clothing finds and items for other areas of my house.

Just a little warning, my kitchen is the one area of my house where I allow myself to go crazy with color.  It doesn’t necessarily match, but it is filled with items I love and that make me smile.  That’s what decorating should be about, right?

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I’m not sure why I love this plate so much, but I do.  I have never in my life had a plate hanging on any surface of my wall… until I found this plate.  This plate got me into Wal-Mart looking at plate hangers.  Something about it makes me smile.  I bought it at Goodwill for $1 or so.  It is something cheerful to look at while I wash dishes.

Below is one of the bare walls in my kitchen where I have added pops of color.  The clock is from Ikea.  I had the idea to hang our paella pan, and Jimmie had the idea to put our magnetic spice jars on the pan.  I love the way it looks!  Then on day at Goodwill I found the sketch of the plants on a plant stand, already matted in the right colors and framed.  I was so excited.  It was less than $5.

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This is a close-up of the sketch:

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Below is a red chair I got at Goodwill for $5!  It is sturdy and bright and I love it.  My kitchen table seats four, so when my niece moved in with us, we were always dragging a desk chair into the kitchen.  This was a perfect solution.  I love the way it looks against this wall.  It is also a convenient place to sit when we are coming in or going outside to the backyard.

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Alert! If you don’t like the decor of the 70’s and chenille, avert your eyes. This is possibly one of my favorite finds ever at Goodwill. I had been looking for cute window valances for this window in my kitchen to no avail. When I saw these for $2, I snatched them up and have loved them every moment since. I also recently bought another set at a thrift store that I will be putting up for summer

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This isn’t technically a Goodwill find, but it is a thrift store find.  A couple years ago when I was visiting my friend Whitney, I saw a cute little box she stored her silverware in on her counter.  Ever since then I have had my eyes open for something similar.  When I found this for $1, I snatched it up.  I love having the napkins and silverware together.  It makes setting the table so quick and easy, especially when the girls want to help.  Also, shout out to my mom for the adorable Pyrex dishes she got for me.  We have nuts in one and dried cranberries in the other.  It helps our girls have healthy snacks on hand.

IMG_2553Last spring I went garage sale-ing with my friends Heidi and Tasha and all of our girls.  When I found this green utility shelf for $2, my gracious friends agreed to cram it into the car (along with a massive plastic slide and other finds).  So, again, this is not specifically Goodwill, but cheap nonetheless.  My mom gave me the fruit basket and the vintage mixing bowls.  I found the basket where I keep extra napkins at a garage sale.  The yellow Pyrex casserole dish is from my friend Linda.  I love having my cookbooks out and handy, even though I don’t use them much.  In my ideal world, my friends would come over and browse through them when they are at my house.  That never happens, but my mom does sometimes.  And she is my friend, so I guess that counts!

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Moving on to my dining room table…. last year I got really bored with my dining room table and wanted some kind of centerpiece that was very inexpensive and easy to move when we needed to use the table.  I have had this white tray for years and years and decided to search several Goodwills for glass pieces that matched my decor.  I thought I would have to go to a handful of stores before I would find the colors and shapes I wanted.  You can imagine my shock when I found ALL 5 at the first Goodwill I visited.  I really love the way this turned out.  I also love that it is portable when I need to use the table.

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This is a closer-up look of the glass pieces I found.  I especially love the two jars with lids.

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I am now a Goodwill convert.  This week I spent money on a new bunk bed for the girls’ room, bedding and sheets.  It felt so weird when I am so used to getting things at a steal of a price.  Anytime I need to decorate, Goodwill is my first stop.  I love the thrill of the hunt and the money that I don’t spend!

Which of my Goodwill/thrift-store finds is your favorite?  Do you shop at Goodwill, garage sales or thrift-stores?  What have been some of your favorite finds?  I would love for you to comment!  Also, if you haven’t subscribed to my blog, please do so by entering your e-mail address on the top right of my blog, just above my photo!  It will only be used to send you a link to new blog posts!  Thanks!

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Comments

  1. belinda says

    my favorite piece is the silverware napkin box. what a great idea to have so close. i might have to copy that idea

    • Rachael says

      I love it! I have seen them from time to time with outdoor picnic items. This is probably a good time of year to find one!

  2. Whitney says

    Aaaah, your kitchen is so cute! It just makes me happy. :) Invite me over and I’ll spend time browsing through your cook books – as long as you guys make me some Cuban coffee. Ha!

  3. Jen says

    I love all the colors, it’s something I’m trying to be more bold with. Currently our master bedroom has the most color but no one hardly sees it! My favorite find of yours is the green utility cart. I was finally able to start garage sale-ing last year after not having to work Saturdays anymore, and it’s so much fun! :)

    • Rachael says

      Too bad we don’t live closer to each other! We could hit the garage sales together. I love garage sale season.

  4. Belinda says

    Well I found one but it didnt go so well. I put it on the table filled with flatware and napkins and already had plans of what to do with the empty drawer…until kaleb started climbing up into the chair and taking everything out. Kenneth told me we needed to wait awhile for that. So I guess I will ;)

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