Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

4 College Essentials to Find at Goodwill

It’s that time again: college is starting back up and students everywhere are heading back to campus for another academic year. Whether you’re moving into dorm-style living or your first college apartment, Goodwill is the place to find everything you need for your home away from home. Here are some must-have college essentials you can easily find at your local Goodwill store.

Space-saving furniture

Because most college dorm rooms and apartments have limited space, it’s a great idea to shop for furniture that can fit into smaller rooms and serve multiple purposes. Think of things like stools that can also be used as a nightstand, or shelves with hooks for your keys or jewelry. Goodwill has a variety of different furniture options that you can customize for your college living needs. Plus, with a little creativity and elbow grease, you can turn secondhand furniture into something entirely new! Shop for gently used tables, desks, chairs, stools, or shelves at Goodwill, then paint or reupholster with fabric to give your pieces a refreshed, modern look. You can save money and decorate your space in style.

Kitchen equipment and utensils

Your college apartment kitchen isn’t complete without cookware, dishware, utensils, and appliances. Shop at Goodwill for basic kitchen supplies like pots and pans, plates, silverware, and a coffee maker to fuel those late-night study sessions! At Goodwill, you can find great deals on everything you need to equip your kitchen so you can enjoy the fun of cooking for yourself and your roommates.

Stylish artwork, frames, and décor

Thrift stores like Goodwill are perfect places to find unique, stylish artwork, frames, and other decor for your dorm or apartment. From vintage paintings or posters to picture frames and mirrors, Goodwill has a variety of home goods you can use to decorate your new living space.

Professional clothing

As a college student, you’ll need a few items of professional business clothing for class presentations, interviews, and even internships. Fortunately, you don’t need to break the bank to start building your professional wardrobe. Shop at Goodwill and stock up on basics like dress pants, blazers, ties, or pencil skirts for far less than department store prices.  

Ohio Valley Goodwill makes it easier to shop for back to school while staying within your college budget. You can even take advantage of our special sales promotions to save more on your back-to-school shopping trips!

Best of all, when you shop at Goodwill, you’re not the only one who benefits from a great deal. Items you purchase from Goodwill’s stores help fund our mission to provide valuable job training and employment services to individuals with disabilities and our nation’s veterans so they can lead more fulfilling, independent lives.

Find your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill store location and check out our monthly sales calendars for even more opportunities to save! Then, share your fashionable finds with the hashtag #IGotItAtGoodwill!