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Can Goodwill help make a house (well, a studio apartment) a home?

Life is taking me on a little journey, dear reader. Turns out, living in a house with three boys isn’t all the New Girl television series has it cracked up to be. So I’m escaping with my sanity (mostly) intact, to my own little abode. The catch is, for the past few years, all my housewares have been living a cozy life in storage unit I share with my parents. In Pennsylvania. What’s a girl on a budget to do? Grab a friend and get thee to Goodwill!

I took my shopping list on a thrifty mission to the Glebe Road store this past Saturday. First of all, I must comment on the donation line. Y’all had your cars backed up all through the parking lot in line with your donations. It made my heart warm and fuzzy.

Knick-knacks at Goodwill!

A Chia bust of Hillary Clinton was not on my list of things to search for at Goodwill, although it would have been an inspirational piece to add to my home. Here’s what was actually on the list:

  • Plates
  • Bowls—mixing and cereal-size
  • Glasses
  • Silverware
  • Curtains
  • Pots and pans
  • Throw rugs
  • A bath mat
  • A table cloth
  • An electric kettle (A girl’s gotta have her tea piping hot without the wait, you know.)

 Tiny piano at Goodwill

So, how did I do? It’s almost more fun to show you all the things I didn’t get. For example, this fine grand piano. It would be fun to know that I could fit a “grand” piano into my tiny apartment. But without a child to actually use such a small piano, I couldn’t justify the purchase. I bet some fun family snagged that piano for their little Mozart the very same day.

Easy-Bake Oven at Goodwill

Now here’s something I probably should have bought myself: A genuine Easy-Bake Oven. I asked my parents for one of these for Christmas for just about every year of my youth. Finally, my parents gently explained that the Easy-Bake oven cooks things with a lightbulb, and with supervision, I could just bake things for real in the oven in our kitchen. I took the news as well as a young lady of 16 could. And thus my baking phase officially began.

Plus, let’s face it, there’s no room on my kitchen counter for an Easy-Bake Oven.

Brand-new toaster from Goodwill

Now here’s something I actually did purchase. A brand-new, nary-a-crumb toaster with lovely yellow accents. And lucky me—my vintage bread box just so happens to match! I’m looking forward to making toast in a snazzy toaster that cost just under $8.

I promise I’ll do a big reveal of everything I found for my home and how much it costs. But I have to unpack everything first! Check back next week for the details and some glamour shots from my new bite-size kitchen.

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4 Comments for Can Goodwill help make a house (well, a studio apartment) a home?

Meg G.
April 24, 2013

I bet the toast will be extra yummy from such a cute toaster! Enjoy your new place!

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