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    Get Your Garden On!

    Now that you’ve gotten some spring cleaning done inside your house, it’s time to turn your attention to that sad patch of earth on the outside that weathered a pretty harsh winter this year.

    Do you think you have to go to a nursery to get the supplies you need to perk it up again for summer? Nope! As you drop off your donation from that spring cleaning you just did, pop inside for a look—because your Goodwill has your grass covered, too.

    On my recent visit, I found plenty of summery garden inspiration, including planters, seed spreaders, books on gardening and even some decorations to put the final touches on your little piece of gardening heaven.


    Think about it—gardening itself is a pretty thrifty activity. I was always fascinated with the concept of victory gardens from my grandma’s day—when people rolled up their sleeves and did everything they could to grow the food they put in their mouths rather than buying it. So by getting at a thrift store what you need to grow your food, you’re doing the environment a double favor!

    And you don’t necessarily need gardening supplies or a piece of earth to garden in. I once had a friend plant a garden in an old dented-up filing cabinet that she got at a thrift store. She laid it down on its back and took out the drawers, filled it with dirt and voila! THRIFTY FOOD!

    So next time you go to the thrift store, take a look around and think about all the secondhand goods you can use for the outside of your home. Some are obvious and some aren’t—but they’re all a quick way to make summer a little brighter on a budget.

    Jenna Isaacson
    is a journalist, Midwesterner and thrift addict. She started her project All Thrifty States, in 2010. In 2011, with support from Goodwill and Kickstarter, she spent 52 days traveling 10,000 miles in an RV documenting items, people and scenes from thrift stores in 30 states. Now with 40 states complete, she intends to publish a book when it's complete. She lives in Washington, DC with a very patient husband.
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    • cschrum57@live.com
      April 30th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      I love the Goodwill every home I’ve lived in I’ve decorated them with Goodwill things furniture dishware knickknack’s linings everything except our TV,computer and cell phone. I even have my daughters shopping there if you really look you can find great things and create great things with them that you would not find in a regular store without them charging you an arm and a leg, plus your helping put people to work and its for a good cause. Best of all there prices are great and reasonable, Hope to see more people there.

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