10 More Things to Look For on Your Next Trip to Goodwill (30+ project ideas inside!)

Hello, my pretty little readers!

The follow-up to my first 10 Things to Look For on Your Next Trip to Goodwill post is finally here! Be sure to look at that post for more upcycling ideas, and have fun poring over this one too.

The items are listed as headings, followed by a couple of ideas that can be made with that item.

Happy thrifting/upcycling!

1. T-Shirts

There are tons of no-sew projects that can be made from T-Shirts! Here are just a few:

Idea: T-Shirt Potholders – Mommypotamus


Idea: No-Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag – Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom


These no-sew reconstruction/upcycle ideas are not only cool, they’re also easy! There are tons more ideas out there, too!

Idea: Summer Tank Upcycle – Some Dreaming Tree


Idea: No-Sew Crisscross-Back T-Shirt Upcycle – WobiSobi


2. Neckties

Using neckties for projects generally involves more sewing than I can manage, but if you’ve got the skills, these projects look like a lot of fun.

Idea: Wine Tote – The Girl Creative


Idea: Upcylced Necktie Necklace – Aletha Israels


This one is a little tricky but the end product is so cool!

Idea: Necktie Baskets and Hats – ToolGirl


3. Popcorn Tins

Those big tins are great for upcycling projects!

Idea: Sisal-Wrapped Storage Bin – Homemade in the Heartland


Fido’s food container can be stylish, too:

Idea: Dog Food Tin Makeover – Frazzled Joy


Use the bottom as a lampshade, and the lid as a memo board! Two projects from one tin!

Idea: Popcorn Tin Lampshade – Bright Green Door


Idea: Memo Board – Crafting a Green World


4. Wooden Trays

I feel like I never see any wooden trays when I’m out thrifting, but I hope I find some soon because I have found some amazing ideas for them!

Idea: Jewelry Organizer – A Time for Everything


A little paint and some tile can go a long way!

Idea: Mosaic Tray – Reality Daydream


Add little legs and you’ve got yourself a bed tray! (This tutorial also shows how you can make your own tray, but you could obviously use one that’s already made, too.)

Idea: Wooden Tray Bed Table – Scavenger Chic


5. Glass Jars

It seems glass jars are never in short supply at thrift stores and yard sales, and now I have some pretty compelling reasons to hang onto some of my own!

Idea: Storage Jars with Knobs – Torie Jayne


If you have a jar without a lid and a vivid imagination, this next craft may be for you:

Idea: Mushroom Fairy House – DIY & Crafts


There’s always the age-old “snowglob from a glass jar,” but what about a pretty butterfly oasis?

Idea: Butterfly Oasis – Danee’s Delights


6. Cribs

This may seem like an odd item to look for, especially if you don’t have kids, but trust me, some of these ideas might have you searching for a crib of your own. These projects usually require a bit more in the way of resources, however. You might need power tools and special hardware.

Idea: Porch Swing – Lolly Jane


Idea: Magazine Rack/Shelf Unit – Eve of Reduction


This project uses just the siderails of a crib, but it’s so clever I had to share!

Idea: Craft Room Storage – May Arts


7. Belts

So many belt ideas didn’t have tutorials with them. 🙁 You would be amazed at the ways people upcycle them, though!

Idea: Hanging Shelves – Blue i Style


These next two ideas involve a few more tools/hardware than most projects on this list, but they look so cool:

Idea: Drawer /Furniture Pulls – Visual Heart


Idea: Bracelets from Belts – Linda Peterson Designs


8. Lamps

Even old, tired lamps can be spruced up to look amazing! Sometimes a coat of paint can go a long way, or sometimes something like rope can be used to cover the base:

Idea: Rope Lamp – Martha Stewart


Use the bases and some dishes for cute birdbaths!

Idea: Birdbath – SheKnows


You can even make a side table out of a lamp and a plate:

Idea: Side Table – The Shabby Creek Cottage


9. Cutting Boards

Who knew cutting boards were so versatile? Not me!

Idea: Wall Art – anderson + grant


Idea: Organizer – Organized Clutter


This chalkboard is too cute, not to mention super simple!

Idea: Chalkboard – Decorchick


10. Handkerchiefs

Handkerchiefs have such pretty patterns on them, and can be made into some really lovely things.

Idea: Anthropologie-Style Bracelets – Sadie Seasongoods


Here’s a super easy wreath idea! No sewing required!

Idea: Handkerchief Wreath – Bumblebee Linens


Try pressing and framing them for some lovely wall art!

Idea: Handkerchief Wall Art – Cleverly Simple


Final Thoughts:

Hopefully this list inspires you to look at things a different way, even things that you already have! Upcycling for the win!

As always, be sure to connect and share on social media. See you in one week!



10 Things to Look For on Your Next Trip to Goodwill

(For crafting/upcycling purposes, of course!)

Hello, my pretty little readers!

Do you love a good bargain? I know I do.

As someone with not a lot of spare money to spend, I love thrift stores like Goodwill. I could spend hours poring over items, but I don’t exactly have a ton of time on my hands, either!

Enter this list: the things I (and anyone else with a wandering eye) should look for at thrift stores. May it save us all time, which, as the saying goes, is money.

After each item are some projects that the item can be used for. Handy, right?

In case you missed it, I have a post about reasons to upcycle. Now, you have no excuse not to put those reasons into action!

1. Wooden Bowls

By themselves, wooden bowls can be plain or even downright ugly, but a fresh coat of paint can make them look so much better!

Idea: Jewelry Storage Trays – Jennifer Rizzo

Idea: Color Blocked Wooden Bowls – Brit + Co

They also look great as planters for succulents!

Idea: Wooden Bowl Succulent Planters – Live From Julie’s House

2. CDs

The shininess of CDs lends itself well to many crafts, like sun catchers and mosaics.

Idea: Glass Sun Catchers – Suzy’s Sitcom

Idea: CD Mosaic Mirror – Intuition Physician

Their shape makes them ideal for clocks, too!

Idea: CD Clock – Morena’s Corner

And their flat surface also makes it easy to hold things:

Idea: Storage and Display Tower – A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts

You can even ward off bad dreams with whimsical dream catchers!

Idea: Woven CD Dream Catchers – Pink Stripey Socks

3. Vintage Suitcases

Vintage suitcases add charm to any room, whether as pet beds, tables, or something else entirely!

Idea: Vintage Suitcase Cat Bed – Sadie Seasongoods

Idea: Vintage Suitcase Coffee Table – Design Sponge

This next project only uses the top of the suitcase, but if you poke around you’ll find ways to use the other half!

Idea: Breakfast Tray – Mother Earth Living

4. Hardcover Books

Who knew books could be made into so many wonderful things?

Idea:  Book Wall Shelf – A Piece of Rainbow

Idea: Book Clock – Pretty Simple Ideas

I love this headboard idea, although I don’t think I’d ever have the patience to do it myself!

Idea: Book Headboard – Design Everyday

There are so many more ideas that I didn’t have time to include here, like purses and planters, too!

5. Jeans

What can’t you make from jeans?

Idea: Storage Baskets – Always Be Flowers

I love this journal idea!

Idea: Denim Journal – Life Made Creations

This next project is VERY similar to an idea from my post about things to do with scrap fabric.

Idea: Denim Scrap Wreath – A Fish Who Likes Flowers

6. Board Games

There are so many ways that board games can be made into new things that I couldn’t possibly list them all, but here’s just a few!

Idea: Game Board Table – My Repurposed Life

Everyone could use more storage boxes, right?

Idea: Clamshell Box – Secondhand Sandwich

There are also plenty of ideas out there for game pieces as well! The internet is full of them!

7. Picture Frames

Even tired old frames can be brightened up and made into something new!

Idea: Cork Board – Tea Rose Home

This next idea never would have occurred to me!

Idea: Tiered Trays – What Treasures Await

I’ve seen a lot of picture frame upcycles before, but this one was new to me:

Idea: Table Organizer – Wishful Tinker

8. Glass Candleholders

These are so versatile! They can be decorated in so many ways.

Idea: Snowman Candleholder – A Mom Not a Pro

Similar to the CD Sun Catcher, above:

Idea: Christmas Candleholder – Coupon Closet

Here’s a pretty wedding décor idea for cheap!

Idea: Gold Glittery Candleholders – weddingstar

9. Teacups

I love teacups. They’re so delicate and, as you’ll see, can be made into many things!

Idea: Teacup Pincushion – Sincerely, Kinsey

Teacup candles look like so much fun to make:

Idea: Teacup Candles – Meg Perotti

They can also be kept as-is and used to store jewelry in a pretty way:

Idea: Tea Cup Jewelry Holders – Paige Smith Designs

10. Globes

I found so many great globe upcycles while compiling this list that I really want to go out and buy an old globe now.

Idea: Star Wars Death Star – Simply Darrling

If a normal globe has too many colors for your liking, it can be painted to fit a more minimalist color scheme:

Idea: Globe Makeover – Sum of Their Stories

Altered globes make awesome décor pieces too!

Idea: Altered Globe – Hydrangea Hippo

Final Thoughts:

Hopefully this list inspires you to look at things a different way, even things that you already have! It was supposed to be a list of 20 items, but compiling this took so long that I cut it down. If this post is successful, I can do a sequel, however!

Happy thrifting, and as always, connect and share on social media.

Come back Thursday for a new pretty little post!