Marcel has a fascination with Goodwill that sometimes annoys me. However, I must admit we have found some good stuff there. I also like the idea of re-using discarded items. It is environmentally-friendly and buying from Goodwill helps support their mission. Here are just a few of our finds:

This console table cost us only $15 and fits quite well in our guest bedroom. Both magazine racks were also from Goodwill.

This $3 cookie jar may look ordinary but what makes it special is that it looks just like the one Marcel had when he was a kid!

Although I do not support the values that South Park promotes, I get some good laughs out of it. Having lived in Colorado and visited South Park a few times, it is close to my heart. We saved Kenny!

A brand new bar stool for $10! Apparently, Target donates “damaged” goods from time to time. Originally $130 at Target.

How about you? Do you like to re-use or re-purpose stuff?

* My photos are looking grainy again. What am I doing wrong? *

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  1. Posted July 10, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Most likely the ISO setting is at auto on the camera. This will force it to a high ISO like 800 plus for low-light and indoor situations making the photo grainy. Try turning auto ISO off and force it to 200 using a manual setting on the camera. Then use a tripod and experiment with a longer shutter speed to get the right combination.

  2. Posted July 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Those are admittedly cool finds! I rarely have any luck when I go. That console is awesome.

    I am no camera expert, but Marcel’s info sounds good. Also, since I’m only seeing graininess on the bottom indoor photo, there might not be enough light, in general, or maybe you need to set your image file size setting to a larger size. The other ones are being viewed smaller on this post, because they are horizontal, but your vertical image is a lot larger, which shows the grain from being enlarged?

  3. Posted July 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Yup, it is the ISO. It shows 800 on the details. I need to watch for that. I took the picture during the day so I did not expect that there would be lighting issues.