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Four Ideas to Give Old Tins a New Life

I’ve been staring at this Ritz container my entire life. On sick days, my mom would reach into this tin and pull out a sleeve of crackers to keep me and my ginger ale company on the couch while we watched Little House on the Prairie. This year, while doing spring cleaning, she asked me if I wanted the old Ritz tin, and I couldn’t help but say yes. That got me thinking about how useful, versatile and gosh darn cute tins can be. So I set out in search of others (obviously I went to Goodwill first!).

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Adventures in Outlet Shopping: The St. Louis Edition

The last time I was in Missouri, I had a chance to take a tour behind the scenes at the new St. Louis Goodwill® outlet, probably one of my favorites in the country. The light alone in this place is amazing, unlike a lot of outlets I’ve seen -- or thrift stores in general. The exposed brick and giant windows make it feel like shopping in a gorgeous loft that happens to have the most random things you could ever love.

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Set a Spooky Candy Table This Halloween

I love to shop at Goodwill®. I never know what I'm going to find, I get to reuse something that might have otherwise been thrown away and the prices can't be beat. Recently, I went on a little shopping spree in order to create the perfect Halloween candy table. I can't believe the treasures I found: vintage lamps, a red and black tablecloth, candle sticks, glass cylinders and jar, a gothic mirror and frames. I even found a jack-o-lantern candy bucket, a plastic skull and four decorative crows!

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How to Shop Goodwill for Your Halloween Costume

New Halloween costumes can start at about $30, but when you add in all the pieces and accessories, they can add up to more than $150. Spending that much for one night is completely unnecessary, especially when most store-bought costumes are mass produced, making it almost impossible to enjoy your night without running into another person or even multiple people wearing the same exact costume as you. If you want to stand out for being smart and creative, than Goodwill is your best option. Goodwill stores across the country have organized Halloween sections that include costumes as well as decorations. Prices vary, but it’s completely possible to get a head-to-toe costume for less than $20. Just follow these simple steps.

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Five Ideas for Turning Thrifted Items into Halloween Candy Bags

As Halloween approaches, I’m thinking about how to make this holiday a little less disposable. The candy-carrier has bugged me for a long time. I love how cute those plastic pumpkins look, but to think that they’re only used once a year then stashed in a closet taking up space for the other 364 days (or ditched entirely!) really bums me out. Here are some ideas for things that can be found at Goodwill and used to tote around candy while trick-or-treating.

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Get Your Halloween Costume at Goodwill®

It’s that time of year again -- you know what I’m talking about. As Halloween creeps closer by the day, thrift stores like Goodwill® slowly start flooding with wide-eyed newbies, wandering the aisles in packs searching for that perfect costume. Because the selection of clothing and accessories is so vast, it’s easy to find what you need. So whether you’re going as Tan Mom, Honey Boo Boo, Clint Eastwood’s chair or Snooki and her baby (lots of dolls available at Goodwill stores, folks!) you’re sure to find what you need.

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Give Thrifted Chairs a New Life

I found this not-so-broken chair at my local Goodwill® store. I thought this chair would look good on the front porch. It's always good to have an extra chair for guests, and if I put it next to the door, it would be a great place to remove muddy shoes. Even though it looked like someone had used it as a step stool and broke the caning, the chair's frame was sturdy. It just needed a new seat.

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Give Your Fall Wardrobe a Kick with Affordable Shoe Styles

If there’s one thing that women cannot have enough of, it’s shoes. A great pair of shoes can transcend seasons, and can very often give a simple outfit its “wow” factor. Shoe choice is also pivotal when expressing a modern edge in vintage dressing. Just like in clothing, many of today’s biggest shoe trends are simply recycled from past eras. Therefore, it is entirely possible to find a trendy shoe score at your local Goodwill® store.

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Make a Little Thrifted Fabric Go a Long Way

Goodwill® is my all-time favorite place to buy fabrics. Why? With a lot of really unique patterns and colors ranging from brand new to 50 years old or more, and still unused, the selection is remarkable! Plus, you can buy bulk yardage without paying the price for it. At fabric stores, it isn't unheard of to pay nearly $10 a yard, but at Goodwill you can buy six or seven yards for less than $5.

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Goodwill® Stores: Breaking the Thrift Shopping Mold

It’s been a few years since I took a little stroll through the thrift stores of Florida, so a few weeks back on my trip down to the Goodwill Summer Conference, I got a chance to pop in and check out some I locations I hadn’t been to before. I’ve always said, I’d fly back to Florida just to thrift -- and the stores I went to only reinforced that statement. Yes, folks. It's that good.

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Goodwill® Stores: Breaking the Thrift Shopping Mold

It’s been a few years since I took a little stroll through the thrift stores of Florida, so a few weeks back on my trip down to the Goodwill Summer Conference, I got a chance to pop in and check out some I locations I hadn’t been to before. I’ve always said, I’d fly back to Florida just to thrift -- and the stores I went to only reinforced that statement. Yes, folks. It's that good.

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Three Ideas for Reusing Old T-Shirts

There's nothing like an old T-shirt; it's cozy, comfortable and familiar. But what can you do with T-shirts that are becoming a little worn out or kind of stained? Here are three ideas that can transform your old T-shirt into something new.

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