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!