Snuggle Up This Winter With Goodwill® Finds

The e-reader vs. real books debate rages on! Many people have made the switch to paperless readers like Kindles or Nooks because they take up less space and are easier to carry around. Then there are those die-hard book readers who still prefer the thrill of cracking open a new spine and inhaling the distinct smell of a good old-fashioned printed book. Either way, there is one thing that can’t be denied: snuggling up with a new read (whether digital or physical) is a sure way to cure the winter blues.

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There is one undeniably wonderful thing about having an e-reader: buying your new reading material is as simple as making a few quick maneuvers with your fingertip. No need to head out into the cold this winter if you don’t have to! Then again, you may need to find the perfect cover so that expensive piece of equipment stays safe. If I had a Kindle, I’d definitely give this tutorial from Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc. (Indianapolis) a try. This is such a cute travel-friendly case and since you choose the book cover and fabrics yourself, it’s fully customizable! Is it a little ironic to cover a paperless reader with the shell of a real book? Maybe. Then again, I’m one of those die-hard old-fashioned book readers.

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If you’re in the same camp as me, but it’s too cold to make the trek out for a new hardcover or paperback and you find yourself starting to envy those savvy techie readers, I have good news. You can buy books online through Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska (Grand Island) and score those fantastic thrift store prices without leaving your home! Of course, you’ll have to wait a little while for shipping, but in just a few short days you will have your new novel and the satisfaction of knowing that you helped to support an organization that provides services — including child care, financial education, transportation, youth mentoring and other services— that enable people from all backgrounds to obtain and maintain economic independence and an increased quality of life.

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Before we get too far from the subject of Nooks and DIY projects, let’s talk a little about our favorite reading nooks. Is there one place in your home that you favor when it’s time to snuggle in with your newest page-turner? I know mine! It’s my big, fluffy couch topped with lots of pillows and a blanket. Katie of the blog Something To Be Found made this pillowcase from a skirt and sweater that she found at Goodwill. It’s a no sew project and the perfect way to make your favorite reading nook a little cozier this winter. Check her blog for the instructions and pass time feeling productive while you wait for the new book you bought online to arrive in the mail!

Now I’m off to snuggle into that couch I mentioned with my current read! The chill of winter won’t be able to find me if I’m off in another world. Here’s hoping that book you’ve been meaning to read jumps out at you the next time you meander through the book section in your local Goodwill!