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    Light, Bright and Airy: Gorgeous Goodwill® Style

    These days I’m in love with all things light, bright and airy. Maybe it’s this spring/summer season, maybe it’s the latest décor and fashion trends, but I’ve noticed that I feel the most inspired and motivated when my surroundings and apparel feel clean and luminous. Let me show you what I mean…

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    Image via SalvageSisterAndMister.com

    Shedding a little light on the subject, I’ll start with this lantern that Salvage Sister and Mister revamped for their pantry makeover. Have you ever thought about how important lighting is to set a mood? No matter what you’re trying to achieve in your home (or workplace!), there’s a certain type and degree of lighting that will best compliment your needs. A dining space, for example, does well when it’s aglow with candles, but a workspace is best when it’s bathed in brilliant light. As it turns out, a thrifted lantern is just perfect for the pantry! Don’t take my word for it, though – you’ll definitely want to check out the full post because there are some other great tips waiting for you there (like how to get that gooey price sticker gunk off of your new favorite finds)!

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    Image via The-wanderlusters.blogspot.com

    When it comes to fashion, I tend to keep my attire pretty neutral. However, I’m always drawn to sunny bright pieces like this jacket purchased by Rockie at a Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Astoria) store. Pairing a beaming statement jacket (or cardigan) from Goodwill with shorts and wedge booties is a flawless way to create a brilliant and breezy look for less. This aura is exactly what I aim for in my home, too, which is why I was lured into the following image!

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    Image via LiveLoveDIY.com

    Keeping a space airy like in the pictures above makes it appear effortlessly chic (even if you’ve spent an entire weekend sanding, priming, and painting your thrift finds). I discovered this image on Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region (Tacoma)’s “Finding Goodwill Treasures” Pinboard, and loved the look as well as the ten tips. One simple piece of advice given by this avid thrifter was that investing your time and a little paint can make a huge difference in the look of an object. After studying her images, I realized that she very often chooses white paint, which creates this perfectly polished atmosphere and keeps things just as I like them – light, bright, and airy!

    Ready for my new thrifting mantra? “When in doubt, paint it white or add some light.” I’ll be repeating this over and over as I poke through my local Goodwill this weekend looking for buried treasures. I love shopping at Goodwill because I get to revive old home décor and clothing, plus I’m giving back to my community since Goodwill creates 25 jobs per brick and mortar store and generates essential revenue for mission services. I hope to see you browsing the racks!

    Julia Marchand
    is a home decor/DIY blogger at LITTLEroost. From her little roost in rural New England, fueled by coffee and fresh air, Julia blogs for Goodwill Industries International creating sustainable DIY, home decor, and fashion content from thrifted finds.
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    • Anne
      June 7th, 2015 at 5:55 am

      I am a daily shopper, I just love the Racine store, the employees are all so friendly and helpful when needed

      • Julia Marchand
        June 9th, 2015 at 11:11 am

        Hi, Anne!

        It’s great to hear from you! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. A daily shopper, huh? You’ve got me beat! I bet you find all of the best treasures! I’m happy to hear of your favorite store. If I’m ever out that way I’ll be sure to check it out! Happy thrifting!

    • aktod@yahoo.com
      June 10th, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Wonderful finds at mundelein and round lake beach!

    • Deborah
      June 30th, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks so much for the feature!!! WE LOVE GOODWILL! Half of our home is from there. In fact our beautiful dining room table came from there and you can see that on our site as well – dining room makeover! Thanks again!

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