“There’s nothing I look forward to most, after returning home from a trip to the French Riviera, than anchoring the yacht and enjoying a stein of ale with the members of my Yacht Club. Cheerio!”
Another Goodwill of Central Arizona Costume : $20.00
Remember the time you purchased this incredibly cute and stylish dress for $1 at Goodwill of Central Arizona’s, Thursday Dollar Day?
Then you wore it to Game Night with the ladies?
That was AWESOME!!!!
The Goodwill Gal
I’ve been shopping around Goodwill of Central Arizona for some costume ideas.
With my first costume idea, seen here , I had dreams of defeating tennis player, Maria Sharapova. In my next costume role, I’m dreaming of bringing down the house and channeling my inner gospel singer, Yolanda Adams. – Step aside. Step aside.
For less than $8.00, I’m living my dream.
Gown – $5.99
Hymn Book – $1.99
Like I said before (here), I adore owls, and this year for my H-OWL-oween decor, I’m using them in a grouping.
Raise your hand if you think these bookends are cute?
Some people might say, paint them or get rid of that 70’s style,
but I say, nope, I’m leaving them just the way they are. Cute and full of detail.
How do you like them OWL’s now?
Yesterday, I stopped into Goodwill of Central Arizona to look for a Halloween costume. It’s no wonder Halloween is sponsored by Goodwill. There were so many costume options to choose from, it was hard to choose just one.
For less than $15, this is the only way I can be the Wimbledon champion I always wanted to be!
Move over Sharapova!
I’ll never forget the shirt my mom purchased for my from JCPenney when I was in the fifth grade. It simply was a picture of an owl sitting in a tree branch and I loved that shirt. I’ll even admit to making a latch hook rug with an owl on it when I was in my teens! With those two vivid memories, it’s no wonder I’m still a fan of the bird.
This year, I’m using owls in some of my H-owl-oween décor. Here is a sneak peak at one beauty whoo’s taking center stage this year.
The cooler weather we had in Arizona last week motivated me to do some organizing around the house. The organizing included weeding out my closet of clothing and shoes I haven’t worn in the past 6 months to a year.
Knowing what to donate to Goodwill is quite easy to do with the inventory system I have in place.
First, I start with the hanger hooks hanging over the bar. After I wear a piece of clothing and it comes back into my closet, I place the hanger hook behind the bar. This system helps me keep track of the pieces I wear and which items go neglected.
At the end of the season, or when the temperature goes below 100 degrees here in Arizona, I simply pull the clothing with the hangers facing forward.
My recent donation to Goodwill yielded 10 dresses, 20 shirts, 5 pairs of pants, and 3 pairs of shoes.
After tackling my kid’s closets, I loaded up the car and headed to the Goodwill Donation Center around the corner from my house.
With an organized closet, I’m quite satisfied to know my donation will put people to work and support job training for those in my community, not to mention I feel 10 pounds lighter. Really, it’s that liberating, you should try it!
The Goodwill Gal
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Welcome to my House of Goodwill.
I’m glad you stopped in, would you like to join me for some refreshments by the pool?
I’ve made some fresh lemonade.
Okay, so it’s a powder drink, but I put it in a nice, thick glass pitcher and added a few slices of lemons to give it that fresh squeezed, lemonade taste.
Pleasing to the eye and it tastes great too.
Let me pour some for you into a sturdy, mason drinking glass, filled to the brim with ice cubes.
Would you like to add some fresh raspberries to your lemonade?
Go ahead, live a little.
They are like sweet little bursts of joy.
Now, go ahead take a sip from the straw or disregard the straw and guzzle it down, it’s your choice, you’re among friends.
Delicious, isn’t it?
I brought these frozen treats out for the kids.
Who am I kidding, I’m going to reach for one right after I have a cookie.
Please, help yourself.
Okay, okay, so I didn’t bake the cookies.
I believe if I serve them on an adorable apple shaped plate it will make them taste like a million bucks.
It’s got to work, right?
Now let’s just sit back and enjoy each other’s company.
I’m glad you came to visit.
Stop by anytime!
My Goodwill Shopping Guide:
Small lemon napkins. $.69 each
Small apple shaped glass plates. $.99 each.
Small Pail. $2.99.
Heavy Glass Pitcher. $4.99.
Marson Jar Drinking Glasses. $.69 each.
Small Glass Pedistal Bowl. $.69.
While the temperature is boiling outside, I decided this Goodwill Gal needs a little dose of freshness and cheer inside.
When I think of fresh, I think of lemons, do you?
Maybe I’ve heard the term “lemony fresh scent” one too many times.
It has definitely worked on me.
I believe one way to perk up your home and possibly the people in it, is to set the table according to the mood you’re trying to create.
Today, I’m going with fresh and cheery.
I pulled out my yellow and lime striped napkins and matching table runner.
Six napkins and table runner purchased from my local Goodwill.
In my opinion …
yellow and green make a great refreshing combination.
I gave them a quick laundering then a quick press.
When I say a quick press, I mean a quick press.
Let’s not get crazy, the last thing I want to do is linger around anything throwing out heat when it’s 100+ degrees outside.
I have accumulated a nice collection of vintage green glassware and whether serving family or friends, these pieces get their fair share of use.
Each and every piece of my collection came from Goodwill. I really have to be selective about the pieces I fall in love with or else I’ll run out of storage space and funds!
These pieces go great with the lemon and lime theme I have in mind.
Two different styles of glasses will be perfect.
Who says everything has to match?
Of course, the centerpiece needs to speak lemony fresh so I added some daisies to a clear glass vase and filled it with water and sliced lemons.
Pretty and simple.
These make me smile.
I used white plates for my place setting and added a lime, just for fun!
If you’ll notice, I used the solid side of the table runner, instead of the striped side, to add a nice contrast to the napkins.
When I purchased this soup tureen from Goodwill, I had every intention of using it for soup.
Well, hello, it is a soup tureen.
The truth is,
it has not seen one savory spoonful of soup come it’s way.
The soup can wait, today I filled it with juicy, green grapes.
You’ve seen my vintage glassware collection but I happen to love vintage milk glass even better.
Meet the ladies in white.
(White pitcher on first shelf is not milk glass)
Again, these pieces came straight from the shelves of Goodwill and now live in harmony with the greens.
I chose an adorable little milk glass relish tray,
to serve crisp celery, broccoli and pickles.
I added a little dollop of veggie dip right in the center.
I added some green apples here and there
and some limes too.
My fresh and cheery table setting is complete!
Suddenly, Phoenix in August just got a lot cooler.
Okay, a little cooler but it sure does make me feel cheery while I’m stuck inside.
What makes your home cheery?