The official start of the summer season is still weeks away, but once the weather warms up it’s easy to forget that fact and look for excuses to get outside. While you’re fixing up the yard or decorating your porch, remember that every 23 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill earns a good job. And, every second of every day another person accesses Goodwill opportunities to build careers and strong families. So, if you need new outdoor decor, don’t forget to check at Goodwill first where the dollars you spend are invested back into your community. Here’s what other thrift shoppers are doing with their outside-inspired Goodwill finds…
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Lemonade is the name of the game in this display shared on Goodwill of Olympics and Rainier Region (Tacoma)’s Facebook page. I love how simple and fun the booth looks—just stack some crates on a trunk, whip up a quick sign, and get ready to sell summer’s favorite refreshment. Goodwill often has these supplies plus a huge selection of cute pitchers and cups for serving. The citrus-colored kitchen towels add such a nice touch, too. Chatting with neighbors over a cool drink sounds to me like the perfect way to pass time outside.
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In the heat of mid-day, you may even be ready to take a quick swim. Or, maybe you’re just looking to start your summer tan. Either way, it’s a nice treat to get a new suit for the new season, but buying bathing attire brand new can be so expensive! Check your local Goodwill for swimwear that’s the right fit then customize it as you wish for a unique design. The blogger over at Tale of a Settled Down Wanderer decided to update this basic blue bikini with lace she cut off of a dress from Goodwill! I love the beachy boho vibe and the fact that it’s personalized with a thrifted find. Don’t you?
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If cookouts are more your style, check these tips for planning a great barbeque on a budget from Goodwill Industries of New Mexico (Albuquerque). They suggest that you find a few serving staples like jars and jugs to carry you through the season (and onward!) and they even offer insight into relaxed event invites that match the mood of a casual BBQ party. Because, really, you don’t need to be stressed about such an easy-going meal no matter how many people will attend. Decorations are easy, too, when you thrift inexpensive options or get the kids involved. The bottom line is that you have fun so at the end of the day that’s all that should matter.
How will you be getting yourself outside this season? Now’s the perfect time to make plans for the upcoming months and with so many fun occasions on the horizon, you’re sure to make the most of your summer.