Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

Plan a Perfect Summer Picnic with Help from Goodwill!

Looking for a fun, easy, and affordable summertime activity? How about a picnic in the park? July is National Picnic Month, after all!

Planning the perfect summer picnic is as easy as pie with a little help from Goodwill. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Choose an easy, breezy outfit

Picnic attire is all about staying comfortable and cool. Remember, you’ll be eating on the grass in the great outdoors! Head to Goodwill to shop for summer sundresses, shorts, and shirts in lightweight fabrics like cotton and linen. Don’t forget about sunglasses and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. You can find everything you need for cute picnic outfits for the entire family at Goodwill “” and for much less than traditional retail prices!

Orange Sundress from Goodwill

Sundress from Goodwill

Four pairs of sunglasses from Ohio Valley Goodwill

Sunglasses at Goodwill










Pack your basket

Now that you have an outfit, it’s time to prepare your picnic lunch. Pre-made picnic kits are pricey, but you can build your own when you thrift shop at Goodwill! First, you’ll need a wicker basket to hold all your supplies. Fill the basket with picnic essentials, like plates, cups, utensils, and napkins. Reusable serving ware feels fancier than plastic, and it’s better for the environment! You can find a great selection of mix-and-match place settings at Goodwill. Some easy-to-pack picnic foods include sandwiches, grapes, watermelon slices, salads, and chips. You can use glass jars with lids to pack beverages like lemonade or iced tea.

Basket from Goodwill

Basket from Goodwill


Set the mood

Finally, it’s time to find the perfect picnic atmosphere! Be sure to bring a blanket or tablecloth to lay on the ground. Then, find a picturesque spot in the park. Take plenty of pictures! If you get any of your supplies at Ohio Valley Goodwill, we’d love to see your thrifty picnic. Share your photos with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Do you love the planet? So do we!

If you’re trying to shop more sustainably, Ohio Valley Goodwill is your go-to thrift store in Cincinnati. Shop Goodwill for affordable secondhand clothing, accessories, and home goods at amazing prices. By shopping at Goodwill, you also support our mission to help people in the local community obtain meaningful jobs and personal fulfillment. It’s a win-win for you and the community!

Goodwill graphic with text: donate and shop. change a life.

Change a life!  

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