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“Staycation” Ideas Using Thrift Store Finds

I really like holidays however I don’t all the time have the time, cash or inclination to pack/find a pet sitter/be away from house for lengthy, and so forth. And I know a lot of individuals in my similar state of affairs. We’ve all heard of “staycations”, which may embrace visiting native points of interest in your area or simply creating one thing at house. Right here’s just some methods you’ll be able to have enjoyable for much less and never resent the vacation you possibly can’t have this yr. I personally really feel that any vacation is more about how I really feel, the company I’m with, and the reminiscences created greater than where I’m going.

All of these things are from Uncover Goodwill at Circle. And keep in mind, relying on the day, these things might value even less since they have 30 and 50% off sales each single day.


Whether or not it’s in your personal yard, an area park or anyplace you possibly can unfold a blanket; a picnic is usually a fun approach to take pleasure in good climate and meals with the household, your folks, or your honey. Three of my favorite locations within the Springs to picnic at and which might be free are Garden of the Gods, Palmer Park, and Helen Hunt Falls. Up to now I’ve spent huge bucks on “picnic paraphernalia” solely to lose or break one thing, which may and does happen. In fact there’s nothing improper with using paper merchandise but why not make the picnic extra of an “event” with some fun gadgets that don’t value lots and gained’t wreck the enjoyable if one thing will get chipped or left behind.

Fairly plastic dishes which are low cost and gained’t break are often plentiful at thrift shops. The flower bowls and plates have been 79 cents each, the picnic basket, which was in good situation was $9.99, the pink tablecloth was $3.99, the tall blue plastic glass got here in a pack of four for $1.99, the blue plastic wine glasses have been 79 cents each, the steak knives have been 79 cents each, they usually have tons of forks, spoons and butter knives for 29 cents every. And keep in mind, every little thing doesn’t need to match. This complete set-up value lower than $30 for four individuals.


Citrus slices will add flavor to odd water…this plastic gallon container is BPA free and price $1.59.

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$3.99 for the 7-section Rubbermaid Serving Server…good for veggies and dips, meats and cheese, fruit, and so on. This was in good situation, included the lid and makes transporting meals super straightforward.


Any basket large enough to carry what you want can turn into a picnic basket…this was $four.99. And I picked up the white towel to line the basket with for 79 cents.


I personally assume this can be a nice picnic format! You will discover a lot of serving utensils at Goodwill too. The black ladle was 79 cents and the tongs have been 99 cents. Add a blanket for some nap time ($6.99) and an insulated cooler ($2.99), and just hang around and have a soothing, good time.


When you’ve got an area water park, seashore or pool out there, yow will discover very reasonably priced bathing suits at Goodwill for each age and measurement. Water parks aren’t often low cost however once you go on holidays, you do often go to the local points of interest so why not treat your personal metropolis as a trip, and go to these locations you don’t normally go to once you’re house. A whole lot of occasions you’ll be able to sort in the place you need to go to and find coupons. Or you’ll be able to flip your backyard right into a “water park” with an reasonably priced smaller pool for the backyard and simply have a foolish, cooling day…who cares what the neighbors assume once they see you “floating” in a kiddy pool! We do that for the grandkids, with them within the pool and me on the lounge chair. You can too find tons of plastic toys for the youngsters to play with within the water.


I really like this little woman’s Swim Faculty UPF50 go well with that comes with a built-in flotation gadget ($3.99.) The lady’s go well with is Maxine of Hollywood, which has comparable suits that sell new for $45 and up however was priced at $3.99. The boy’s bathing go well with is Maui And Sons (priced at $3.99 but on sale for 30% off that day making it $2.79.) Model new, this brand sells for $30 and up. And the lads’s bathing trunks are Speedo, which may promote for $40 to $50 but solely value $3.99 at Goodwill.

In the event you’re fortunate enough to have a pool or perhaps a home on the lake, you’ll be able to decide up inexpensive suits to have available for firm too. And for those of you who don’t wish to wear used clothes, likelihood is there were multiple one that already tried on that new merchandise you buy.

You can even find accessories like this sunglass case, towel, or sarong.


Glass case 99 cents however on sale for 69 cents, seashore towel $5.99 and the sarong is $4.99.


There’s all the time a wide array of journey books at Goodwill that are super low cost and who cares if they are “used.” You should use these to seek out locations in your area to go to or choose a e-book with an exotic vacation spot you’d like to go to should you had the funds. Plenty of the books have descriptions, footage, and knowledge on what the locals eat, drink and put on. You possibly can plan an entire “destination” getaway duplicating that info at residence. Prepare dinner up a French meal with the family and let everyone wear one thing they assume they’d see somebody in France sporting, like a beret. Reader’s Digest Off The Crushed Monitor e-book $$2.99.


One other fun method you may select a destination you’d wish to duplicate at home is to discover a coffee cup with that vacation spot on it. Sounds sort of goofy perhaps however there’s so many vacationer cups obtainable on the shelves, I feel it might be fun to take the youngsters to Goodwill and allow them to hunt and uncover a spot they’d like to visit…based mostly on what’s out there. Makes just the purchasing trip look like an journey. And when you’re at the store, you possibly can “hunt” for other gadgets you can decide up on your vacation spot experience. Each the Niagara Falls and Bahamas mugs are 99 cents each.

Along the same strains of the journey books, you should use cooking books for a “destination meal.” Make the meal much more enjoyable by choosing up local produce at a Farmers Market.


All three of those cookbooks are $three.99. Heck, you might decide up a cookbook, make a meal, pack it up in your picnic basket and make a whole day of it.


You’ll be able to go to a minor league recreation in your space, which often have discount days to economize in case you are a sports fan. You will get into the spirit of issues for much less by buying a group tee, jersey, jacket or different sports activities apparel at Goodwill before you hit the game. I all the time see tons of sporting staff gadgets there.

Or arrange a sporting event in your backyard with inexpensive sports gear like this soccer or basketball (each $2.99), bat ($three.99), or golf membership $1.50). Arrange a putting space within the yard or see who can hit the ball furthest. Plenty of totally different gear each day. There’s additionally a ton of reasonably priced and in good situation bikes (from tot measurement to adults), bike helmets, skate boards, basketball hoops and balls…the choice does depend upon what’s been donated and things actually do change from day-to-day.

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Until you’re truly out of town, it may be difficult to get the whole household together. In my thoughts, a “staycation” can embrace anything you don’t often find time for, like a film marathon or board recreation competitors. I personally assume this works greatest and appears extra like a deal with when everybody turns off any and all units and you make it an occasion by blocking that time out so nobody has a spot they need to run off to…which may result in everyone taking a look at their watches and never being in the second.


I solely buy games at Goodwill as a result of they’re so cheap. I’ve by no means received residence with a recreation that had lacking items but to be on the protected aspect, double-check. The Operation and Candy Land video games are $2.99 and the Skull recreation is $3.99. All three have been in good condition. You can even clear off a table and have a puzzle-thon, dedicating a certain time to only engaged on it. Or time it and see how briskly the household, working together, can full one. (1,000 piece puzzle $1.99.) Serve up some ice cream, or make an ice cream bar for some added scrumptious fun. Ice cream bowls have been 79 cents however 30% off that day for a price of 54 cents per bowl. And just FYI, my tablecloth can also be from Goodwill and price $three.99. You may also decide up fun “prizes” for board recreation competitions when you’re purchasing.

A lot of the films at Goodwill are $three.99 every and those I’ve bought, have all the time labored. You’ll be able to decide a movie a night or, for “out of the norm” fun, turn it into a film marathon and watch 2 or three in a row. It’s not being a sofa potato or losing time whenever you treat it as a “staycation.” Ensure you have loads of popcorn and or treats. Shut the curtains, dim the lights and luxuriate in. (The bowls have been 99 cents for all four.)

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Once we go out of city, I sometimes choose a restaurant or place to have a drink based mostly on the ambiance I’m in search of, which often consists of at the least one romantic place. My very favorite choices have been ones with the romantic flicker of candles or cool lighting. You’ll be able to arrange your personal romantic spot anyplace with candles, which all the time assist set the mood. I discovered this bag of white candles, which seemed like that they had solely been burned once, and not for very long at that, for $2.99 for all 6. I personally burn all our candles, even the “special” ones so I’ve no drawback buying used candles…good day? I’m going to burn them as soon as and then they will be “used.” And there’s literally lots of of candle holders or glass pieces you possibly can decide up. All of those ranged from 59 cents to $1.59. Cool glass bowls make nice containers for candles too.


Getting ready for a soothing evening, just ready for the solar go down…


A pleasant glass of wine or cordial is good so as to add to your romantic evening…wine glass $1.29 and the other glass, which is just like a set I already personal and was thrilled to seek out, was 79 cents. Numerous stemware to choose from.


This wine server is one in every of my all-time favourite finds at Goodwill. (A lot of the gadgets pictured have been borrowed for this publish from the  Uncover Goodwill location on Circle. Some I returned and some I bought!) This Lenox wine server was something I purchased final yr on the Kelly Johnson location. I paid $eight.99 and thought it was a terrific deal, particularly since it had the original sticker on the bottom, which was marked at $72.


And the relief and romantic evening begins…


And to recollect your staycation enjoyable, you will discover photograph albums and scrapbooks galore, for less in fact! This scrapbook had by no means been opened, was nonetheless wrapped and price $2.99.

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I didn’t get a picture of all the tenting gear but they’ve tons to select from in case you wish to camp. Every little thing from tents to grills to campfire eating. I did all my buying at Goodwill as I discussed but in the event you don’t have one in your area, you’ll find deals at any non-profit, thrift, consignment store, garage gross sales and even pawn shop. Should you don’t have the time or cash to get away, create your personal fun with some of these concepts and hold the fee down using “used” gadgets.

Don’t overlook to unplug and simply take some time to have enjoyable!