They've Got Spirit, Yes They Do

Sadly we won't be needing Browns apparel for this Super Bowl weekend. In fact, not sure we'll need Browns apparel for a Super Bowl weekend, ever. 


But, regardless, there are still 16 Browns games that D and the kids get geared up for every Sunday in the Fall. As well as 15 Buckeye games, 82 Cavs games and 162 Indians games throughout the rest of the year! Because of that, Goodwill has become my go-to for all their sports gear. 

I visited the Goodwill Eastlake store a few weekends ago and here's just a small sampling of shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and a dress that I was able to find. The prices are unbeatable compared to what you'd pay at retail, especially when you consider that the pink tagged items were an additional 50% off!

A sampling of sports apparel available at Goodwill Eastlake.

And aside from professional and college team apparel, Goodwill has a ton of local high school team gear too. Always support the Boosters first, then head to Goodwill to stock up for the family. 

So when your co-worker gives you last minute tickets to the Cavs game, and you and your kids need to get geared up, consider stopping at Goodwill before spending a ton of money at retail. And all the money you save... will likely get spent at the concession stand. 


**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

New Use for a Cutlery Basket | Goodwill Project #25


This month I am focusing my attention on decluttering and organizing so that we can clear our minds and our home of “mess stress” as we enter into a new year.

The more excess stuff we can get rid of, the less messes there will be. I dream of clutter-free countertops, a stairwell without piles creeping their way up each step, a closet filled with only the clothes I actually wear, and cabinets that are so organized I could remove the doors and expose them to the world.

Big dreams are reached with little steps. So today I tackle the medicine cabinet with the help of this cutlery basket I picked up from the Goodwill location on Waterloo.



I customized the basket by wrapping red yarn through the wire grid to create the symbolic “red cross.”   



I filled the basket with all the kid’s medical necessities; rubbing alchohol, cough syrup, motrin, and of  course Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle band-aids. 



And now my medicine cabinet is exactly the way I wanted it – clutter-free and organized! 


**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Akron. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

December Donation Challenge



Thank you for participating in mine and Dina's Donation Challenge this month. Congratulations to Layali (donation featured at top center). You are the winner of the $25 Visa gift card!

If you didn't participate, that's ok, hopefully seeing this will inspire you to pull out some garbage bags and start decluttering your closets, cabinets, toy bins, and drawers. 

We tackled several areas of our home this month like our art cabinet, my flea market inventory, our closets, and our garage, resulting in nearly 15 bags of stuff and a few pieces of furniture. Good riddance! 


I'm looking forward to starting 2015 with a clean house, a simple wardrobe, and a garage that I can almost park in.

Happy New Year!

Oh What Fun! I'm Giving Away 4 of My Favorite Things!


I've teamed up with 21 thrifters and fashionistas on Instagram for the Oh What Fun Loop Giveaway. A loop giveaway is where you hop from account to account entering to win a bunch of great prizes! I'm giving away a collection of 4 of my favorite things; A vintage tonka truck, a vintage USA map puzzle, a strand of pom pom garland, and a vintage Maxwell coffee can.



To enter:
1: Follow @somethingtobefound on Instagram
2: Like the "Oh What Fun Giveaway" post on Instagram
3: Then tap the "Oh What Fun Giveaway" pic (on Instagram) to see where to head next

You can enter all 21 giveaways and you'll know you've hit them all when you end up back to my account. The giveaways are open today (12/22) from 11am EST to 11:59pm EST. The winner of my prize will be announced on the @somethingtobefound Instagram account tomorrow (12/23).

Go now and hop on the Loop train and enter to win 22 great prizes!!

5 Gifts You Can Always Find at Goodwill

Years ago I would aimlessly walk around retail stores and malls trying to find gifts for all the people on my list.

The aimless walking continues, but now I do it at Goodwill, where I save a TON of money, and walk away with some great one-of-a-kind gifts.

If you’ve never thrifted gifts before, here are five ideas to get you started!  

1. T-SHIRTS
There is never a lack of t-shirts at Goodwill! There are hundreds of them that are thankfully separated by size and color. Consider finding a t-shirt for your recipient that features:
  • Their Alma Mater (high school or college)
  • Their Favorite sports team
  • A funny saying
  • Their favorite band

2. MUGS
Like t-shirts, there is an endless supply of interesting mugs at Goodwill. Even if your recipient isn’t a coffee or tea drinker, that’s ok, fill the mug with some soil and a succulent for them to display on a shelf. Consider finding a mug for your recipient that features:
  • Their favorite city
  • Their name
  • Their favorite sport’s team
  • A funny saying



3. BOOKS
So. Many. Books. Children’s, young adult, fiction, non-fiction, self-help, cookbooks, how-to’s, best sellers, travel, art, series, religious, mystery, romance, science, poetry…  And they’re only 50 cents to $1.50.



4. TOYS
Big or small, you can find all sorts of toys at Goodwill including board games, puzzles, cars and trucks, blocks, sporting equipment, and bikes. Goodwill of Akron has supplemental NEW goods too so you can pick up brand new/never been used merchandise at reduced prices.



5. FRAMES

Framed photos and artwork are popular gifts for the holidays. Pick up a frame at Goodwill and either use as is or paint it a color to give it a new look .  



December Reader DONATION Challenge



A few months ago I wrote about our family's attempts to live simply and our interest in the concept of minimalism, which is to rid your life of excess and clutter so that you can lead a less stressful, more meaningful life.

At that time I had challenged myself to clean out several areas of our home that were disorganized and full of stuff we didn't need, like our out of control tupperware cabinet and my mess of a jewelry collection. I'm proud to report that both are still in great shape and I don't miss any of the stuff I got rid of.

There are still plenty more rooms, closets, cabinets, and drawers that I'd like to tackle. And with it being the season of giving, Dina and I agreed this was the perfect time to clean, organize, and purge all of our excess stuff so we created the Donate Challege! Join us in donating your unwanted and excess items to a non-profit, a charity, or a thrift store like Goodwill, and be entered to win a $25 VISA GIFT CARD!

DONATION CHALLENGE DETAILS:
  • Donate your stuff
  • Post pictures on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter. If your account is public, be sure to tag Something to be Found and Dina's Days and use the hashtag #dkDonateChallenge 
  • If your account is private or you don't use social media, simply email one of us your picture(s). 
  • Gain additional entries by tagging your friends and encouraging them to participate and donate.
  • The winner will be drawn and announced on Wednesday December 31st.
Let the donating begin!

November Thrift Challenge Reveal: Thrift List



Dina and I challenged ourselves this month to find items from our thrift lists. It was a little more difficult than either of us expected, but in the end five of the items on my thrift list were found, and 4 were purchased.

A few weeks ago while Dan and I were in New York City (he ran the marathon!), I stopped in at two Manhattan thrift stores: Valley Thrift and Goodwill. All three of my purchased items were picked up at these two stores!

I've been on the hunt for a cozy sweatshirt for well over a year. I've come across many, but they were either too tight, too short, or too wide in the neck.The "perfect" sweatshirt was seeming impossible to find at a thrift store. When I stopped in at Goodwill Manhattan I only had about 15 minutes to shop so I headed straight for the women's sweatshirt section, and there it was. The perfect grey sweatshirt!


It's by American Apparel and was $7.99. Not only is it nice and looooong, but it's not too tight, it has a small neck, PLUS it has a hood and a pocket. This has now become my go-to outfit for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.... EVERY day of the week!

The other New York thrift store, Valley Thrift, had BOTH the kid's snow boots and snow pants, amazingly in the sizes that I needed!



The boots are LL Bean and were $7 and the Snow Pants are Columbia and were only $5! It was good thing I bought these when I did because they quickly went into use!


Kids chairs were on my list and I found FOUR of them at the Wadsworth Goodwill, but they were in need of some serious cleaning, which I just don't have the energy for right now. 


And this is when it pays off to know an elementary school teacher! My friend Erin offered to give me two of these!! 


Duck boots were also on my list. I found a pair by Sperry at the Manhattan Goodwill but they were the ankle version, not the calf-height boot. My friend Christine also spotted a pair of red Khumba boots at the Goodwill in North Olmsted, but sadly they weren't my size. 


And last but not least was a plaid mug. I have been looking for one at the thrift stores since LAST YEAR and have yet to come across one. Who knew that plaid mugs were such a rarity? Someone, anyone, please find me a flippin' plaid mug!

So, four out of six. Not bad! The boots and mug will remain on my list until I find them... even if they go out of style. Can't stop won't stop. Once the search is on, it never ends. 

Time to go check out what Dina was able to find from her Thrift List

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The Cleveland Flea Holiday Kickoff Market


Chestnuts will be roasting, bells will be jingling, mistletoe will be hanging, and Something to be Found will be selling (along with 75 other vendors) at The Cleveland Flea Holiday Kickoff Market this weekend -- Nov. 21-23 at 6555 Carnegie Avenue.

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

The market opens Friday night with a sneak peek party from 5-9 that will include appetizers, drinks, and people in festive party attire. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased here.

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

General admission shopping will be open from 10-7 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday.

Something to be Found will be located on the 4th floor next to the Fitting Room and Lounge.

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

In addition to shopping the incredible collections of vintage holiday decorations, attire, and kitchenwares, you can grab a bite to eat at the Pop-Up cafe...

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Wrap your presents at the handmade wrapping station...

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Decorate a Gingerbread house...

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Take a class with the Agrarian Collective...

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Or kickback in the lounge with a warm (or cold!) drink!

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Photo: Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea

Hope to see you there!

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For more information on the Holiday Kickoff Market, visit www.theclevelandflea.com or check out these articles from The Plain Dealer and Freshwater Cleveland.

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All Photos by Suzanne Price of Suzuran Photogarpahy for The Cleveland Flea.

November Thrift Challenge: Thrift Lists

Happy Halloween!! Before getting to the November Challenge I want to thank Emily and Tina for submitting their kid's costumes to the October {Reader} Thrift Challenge. The winner of the custom, hand painted sign is... Emily! Congratulations!

Sources: 1. Mug (source unknown), 2. Kids Boots, 3. Snowpants, 4. Sweatshirt, 5. Kids Chair, 6. Duck boot

One of the tips that Dina and I share at our thrift classes is to be prepared with a list. I wrote about this here a few months ago. Having a list keeps you focused, saving you time and money! For the November Challenge Dina and I will be tackling our own thrift lists. We each picked a few items and will be on the hunt to find them within the next 30 days. 

1. The plaid mug has been on my list FOREVER and I have yet to find one. Thrift stores will be putting out a lot of Christmas stuff starting next week so hopefully the odds are in my favor.

2 & 3. I've found one set of snow pants and snow boots at the thrift store but I still need another set. I've come across a lot of boots lately, but they've all looked pretty worn out. I'm feeling confident that I'll be able to find these.

4. A stylish, cozy, long sweatshirt is another item that's been on my list for a long time. I've come across several that are close to what I'm looking for but the either end up being too tight, too short, or too wide in the neck.

5. I've had a lot of luck re-selling kids chairs at the Cleveland Flea so I am always keeping an eye out for these.

6. For a long time I've wanted moccasin boots that I can wear in the winter when these are no longer weather-appropriate. I found a short pair like these at Plato's Closet last week and they looked kinda stupid on me. So, I've moved on to duck boots. I have a feeling of all the things on my list these will be the hardest to find. 

Wish me luck!! Let's go see what Dina has on her list. 

Easy Polka Dot Pumpkin | Goodwill Project #24


I broke my own rule.

I went to Goodwill Northfield, two kids in tow, without a specific list or a plan.
Normally this wouldn’t be too much of a problem because I love browsing, digging and spending entirely way too much time at the thrift store. But those two kids – nope -- not on their watch.

I was hoping to find something I could DIY into Fall decor but after 45 minutes of aimlessly browsing the housewares section, I had nothing…except a crying baby and a 3 year old repeatedly asking “when we go to Chick-Fil-A?”

One last quick look and I spotted – GASP! – a white milk glass pedestal cake plate hiding underneath a stack of metal pans!



But hold the ovens. No cake would be pedestaled upon this here plate. It was fit for pedestaling a pumpkin. A polka dot pumpkin!

I picked up this striped shirt from the kid’s section to use for my colorful polka dots.



I traced a quarter and then cut out the dots using fabric scissors.


I then glued the dots to the pumpkin using fabric mod podge.



And there it is! An EASY, pedestaled polka dot pumpkin!