We all have that dreaded pile somewhere in the house. You know the one…
It sits there forever and you’re not sure what to do with it. You’ve probably kept it around “just in case” you need it one day.
But you and I both know, that we just need to get rid of it.
Goodwill is one of those “everyone wins” opportunities. You donate items to help your local community and get the opportunity to declutter your life piece by piece.
You’re helping to fund opportunities for people with disabilities and disadvantages. Goodwill, in turn, uses those funds from items bought at the store for job training and placement of those individuals.
Check out this donation impact calculator. It will help you determine just how much you could be helping people in your community by donating things you will likely never use.
On the flip side of donation, you can be super frugal and do some great repurposing with items that have been donated by others. You’ll save a ton of cash and help others while you spend.
Having two young boys, I’m big on prepping and self-sufficiency. Goodwill has been one of those hidden gems you can’t stop shopping at.
Here are my best finds at Goodwill – like a true thrifter.
Preparedness Items You Can Find Second Hand
- Clothes – Focus on high-quality, durable items that will hold up well. Buy in the off-season for extra savings.
- Bedding (Blankets, sheets, towels) – Some of these are good as new.
- Shoes – If you see a pair in great shape that is only a size or two ahead of your kids, pick them up and set them aside for later.
- Activities (Books, board games, toys) – Non-electronic activities will be important during a power outage. Grab some of these on the dollar to keep your kids entertained.
- Cooking utensils – Manual can openers and pots/pans that would be good on a fire are perfect at Goodwill.
- Candles – Can you ever really have enough? Make some fun candle holders to go with them.
- Old jars – canning jars, baby food jars and other small jars for remaking candles can be easily found.
- Mutli-purpose tool – Screwdriver, bottle opener, scissors and other multi-purpose tools are in abundance here.
- Baby supplies – bottles and reusable diapers can be found at nearly all Goodwill locations.
- Sewing items – safety pins, thread and needles are a must for every prepper.
So many of these items can be used for more than what first comes to mind. You can use t-shirts and towels as first aid items or even as diapers. Candles that are half used can be melted down to make new candles. If you have a big stock pot, it can be used to wash clothes.
All of these survival items can be purchased at Goodwill, plus so many more. So before you head to your local big box retailer to spend big cash, think about heading to Goodwill instead.
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