Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

Create a Beautiful Backyard Oasis with Goodwill Finds

‘Tis the season for outdoor entertaining, lounging in the sun, and spending nights gazing at the stars! Summer is the perfect time to give your backyard the makeover it deserves, and Ohio Valley Goodwill is here to help you transform your outdoor space into your dream oasis — even if you’re on a tight budget.

Shop at Goodwill and upgrade your backyard for less with these helpful tips and tricks:

Glass jars from Goodwill

Glass Jars from Goodwill

Let There Be Light

Start by looking for items that will illuminate your outdoor space so it can be enjoyed both day and night. For example, string lights provide a simple and easy way to light up your backyard area. Another idea is to search for lanterns and glass jars that you can fill with small battery-operated votive candles or string lights. If you’re feeling crafty, you could even paint the lanterns or glass jars gold or bronze to add a warm glow to your patio. With the right level of lighting, your space is sure to feel cozy and inviting all summer long!

Get Creative with Plant Pots

Plants are another fantastic way to liven up your outdoor space. Whether you choose to go with the real deal or faux plants, Ohio Valley Goodwill has plenty of unique containers you can use to house your plants.

Porcelain teacup with white and pink flowers from Goodwill

Porcelain teacup with white and pink flowers

Blue boots from Ohio Valley Goodwill

Boots from Goodwill

Unleash your imagination with alternatives to traditional planters such as teacups, teapots, candy dishes, or serving bowls. These pieces can make great homes for succulents or other trailing plants. You could even get ultra-creative by repurposing a pair of old boots into outdoor planters! All you need to do is drill some drainage holes into a pair of boots that are past their prime, then add soil and a few small to medium-sized plants. Now you have a fun, quirky decoration that’s sure to be a conversation starter!

Take Your Tablescape to New Heights

There’s nothing better than dining al fresco (outdoors) in the summer months! The next time you get together with friends and family for a backyard meal, consider restyling your patio table. From serving pieces to glassware, Ohio Valley Goodwill has everything you need to create a stylish and affordable tablescape. If you’re going for a vintage style, shop at Goodwill for plates with floral designs or drinking glasses in a solid color like green or iridescent pink. For a modern farmhouse style, pick up some mason jars to serve refreshing drinks like lemonade or iced tea.

White vase filled with white flowers from Goodwill

White vase filled with white flowers from Goodwill

Green glassware from Goodwill

Green glassware from Goodwill

Another way to spruce up your tablescape without replacing your dinnerware is focusing on the centerpiece. A colorful table runner with intricate details can quickly elevate the look of your table. Add some vases and pitchers to display flowers for the finishing touch!

Spruce Up Your Seating Space

If you already have an area designated for seating, try looking for an outdoor rug and pillows to make the space feel even cozier. You can protect indoor pillows for outdoor use by spraying them with a waterproofing spray or re-cover old pillows with a sturdier, water-resistant fabric. A few pillows in vibrant, summery colors and botanical patterns will help to brighten up any outdoor space!

Bring Your Outdoor Oasis to Life!

With a little help from Goodwill, you can create the perfect outdoor oasis in no time, without blowing your summer budget. If you can’t find what you’re looking for at your local Ohio Valley Goodwill retail store, you can always visit Goodwill’s online auction site, shopgoodwill.com, to search for specific items!

Remember, when you shop at Ohio Valley Goodwill for all your backyard projects, you’re also helping individuals within your community go to work. That’s because every purchase you make from Goodwill supports life-changing employment services and job training programs for people facing barriers to employment, ultimately helping them achieve personal and vocational success!

Head to your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill retail store today to start building the backyard of your dreams!