Edgar J. Helms a Methodist Minister and social innovator in Boston, Mass opened the first Goodwill in 1902. What a brilliant man he was. He invented my favorite kind of tool, a thing which has a complete cycle and serves everyone. From donation, to creating labor, to selling donation to fund the operation, to pay for labor, who generate donations, it’s a perfect revolution.
Wikipedia cites” In this pledge, Goodwill promises to fulfill the goals of success within each individual:
“We at Goodwill Industries will be satisfied only when every person in the global community has the opportunity to achieve his/her fullest potential as an individual and to participate and contribute fully in all aspects of a productive life.”
But all that History aside, we get to have fun with all the creative benefits, a store full of potentially fun things to recycle and use. A found objects paradise! And if your creative idea turns out to be uglier that Aunt Ra-Ra’s macrame plant hanger, then your not strapped for cash on your next project.
So here’s my latest Goodwill Goodfun, for my daughter who is needing a lamp in her bedroom:
One $ 2.00 Lamp Base + One $ 2.00 Dented Ivory Lamp Shade
and note this simple white lamp base with a clean classical shape would be beautiful in any decor, not just on goofy lamps. When shopping, don’t overlook simple designs.
PLUS, 2 bags of 50 cent colored puff balls, (and I had the glue gun, they run about 5.00, new. I’d avoid buying them used…..)
Here’s how it looks all it up! She loved it, and it cost 5 bucks. Yeah! Now we can afford that. It’s not a style for everyone, but if your starving to do something creative, go peruse through your local Goodwill and see what magic you can find….
(WARNING: You already know this, but if you should try this at home please use low wattage bulbs and large shades for safety)
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