How to Age Books with Tea and Tights

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Yes, you read that title right! It turns out that it’s really easy to make thrifted tights into spooky spider webs and for tea to stain the pages of a secondhand book creating the perfect antique appearance. These two projects partnered with our tips for aging the outside of Goodwill books will give your library a complete facelift just in time for Halloween. One thing that I love about creating custom decor from Goodwill finds is that they look more authentic than the plastic props you’ll find in chain stores. The other benefit to updating thrifted purchases is that since Goodwill donations are the beginning of job creation, when you support our stores you’re helping people within your community find employment. So, without further ado, let’s jump into these projects, shall we?

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Project 1: Turning White Tights into a Spider Web

Materials
White tights or nylons
Scissors
A microplane or food grater (optional)

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This project is so incredibly easy that I don’t even think I need to write out the steps! All you need to do is use scissors and/or a microplane/kitchen grater to put runs into the tights. Then with your fingers, stretch the runs so the fabric separates into web-like threads. Keep snipping, grating, and pulling until you like the way your web looks. I found it helpful to have the books I was decorating right nearby as I made the web so I could stretch it into place as I went. Since there’s so much elasticity in tights, it’s really easy to stretch them around items so they stay in place without tape or tacks.

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Project 2: Tea-staining Book Pages

You may have tea-stained paper before, but the process of doing it for bound books is a little different because you can’t bake the pages to dry or completely cover them with tea (that would dampen the binding and make it hard to properly dry every page). Thankfully, the way that books age usually shows a darkening of the page edges while the inner portion stays lighter. This is easy to replicate with tea! Here’s how:

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Materials
A book to age
Two large stacks of books to stabilize the tea-stained book as it dries
A heat-safe dish that is longer than the height of the book
2 cups of boiling water
4 tea bags (not herbal—I used Earl Grey)
A fan
A paintbrush (optional)
A kettle

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Step 1: Put the kettle on to boil the water. While that heats, build two stacks of books with the dish between them. The stacks need to be tall enough that the book can hang from it to dry (scroll down to see the picture of drying if necessary). Set the fan up so it blows on the area between the two stacks.

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Step 2: Place the tea bags into your dish and pour the boiling water over it. Let that steep for ten minutes.

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Step 3: Carefully remove the tea bags and set aside. Open the book holding both covers in one hand so the pages hang down. Dip the long edge of the pages only (not the cover or binding) into the tea. You can dip it in several times or hold it in the tea for a few seconds. Then pull it out of the tea and hold it above the dish for a few moments to let the tea drip off.

Step 4: Turn the book upright over the container and use the paintbrush or a tea bag to brush tea onto the top edges of the pages. Start on the corner that is already tea-stained then brush softly in toward the binding so the tea stain will fade slightly as it gets closer to the spine. Avoid getting the binding and cover wet. Then turn the book again and do this same brushing technique on the bottom edges of the pages.

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Step 5: If your book is still dripping, set it up to dry by placing its front and back covers between the two stacks with the container still underneath. If it’s not dripping, feel free to move the container so the stacks can be moved closer together. Turn on the fan to help the book dry. As it dries, the tea stain will darken.

Step 6: Wait for an hour then turn the book around so the other short side of the pages is closer to the fan.

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Step 7: Wait for a half-hour while that side dries then you can remove your book from the piles and stand it upright with the pages fanned slightly to finish drying. At this point, the edges of every page should be perfectly browned just as an old book is! Each page will also gain a well-read crinkle/warp so they appear to have been leafed through again and again over the years.

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And that’s it! Your spell-binding aged books are ready for display this Halloween season. You could use these to decorate around your candy dish on All Hallows’ Eve or as a centerpiece on your October dining table. We’d love to see your creativity if you decide to try these projects yourself!

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September at Goodwill

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Marion Goodwill Urges Americans to the #LABOROFLOVE Pledge to Spread Awareness About Goodwill and the Importance of Job Training

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5.6 million job openings on the last business day of June this year. In observance of Labor Day, between August 30 and September 6, Marion Goodwill is challenging people in the communities we serve to sign Goodwill’s #LaborOfLove pledge to spread awareness about Goodwill and the importance of job placement and training programs for people looking for employment. Visit http://bit.ly/LaborOfLove2016 and learn more about Goodwill and how individuals can support its efforts to put people to work.

 

 The Elder Beerman Goodwill Sale Helps Community!

Donate Apparel at Elder Beerman Stores and Receive Discounts on New Fall Merchandise

Facebook JacketConsumers who want to save on fall fashion and support a good cause — know that Elder Beerman Stores are the place to shop this season. People who donate clothing, shoes, accessories or other household textiles for Goodwill will receive discount coupons to purchase the newest fall fashions for the entire family as well as home merchandise. The semi-annual Elder Beerman Goodwill Sale will take place from September 14 – October 1, 2016.

Donors will receive coupons of up to 25 percent off merchandise at Elder Beerman. The special Goodwill donor discount applies to women’s, men’s and children’s apparel; shoes; handbags; home items; and luggage, with 15 percent off on cosmetics and fragrances.

Elder Beerman stores will donate the items collected to Marion Goodwill, where they will be sold in Goodwill stores. Revenues from the sale of those items help fund job training and services in the communities where they are collected, and they help people find jobs and build their careers.

“When you take part in the Elder Beerman Sale, you can be certain your donations provide services that help people who face challenges to finding employment,” said Kathy Wink, Director of Marketing & Development of Marion Goodwill. “Elder Beerman shoppers get great deals on new fall clothing and other items, and Goodwill is better able to support career development programs that help individuals and families.”

 

Look Good and Help People Find Jobs This Halloween by Shopping at Goodwill

Create One-of-a-Kind Halloween Costumes for Less at Goodwill 2016_Halloween_Lookbook_FB_Tourists

Look no further than your nearest Goodwill store to find the unique Halloween costume guaranteed to impress your friends and family. Each year, millions of people come to Goodwill to find the pieces they need to create an amazing Halloween costumes for less. Whether you are looking for the perfect white shirt to complete a pirate or vampire costume or a vintage ball gown to become a zombie princess or prom queen, Goodwill has the clothing, shoes and accessories you need for Halloween.

“Whether you have a costume in mind or you have no idea what to be for Halloween, Goodwill has you covered. Browse the aisles of clothing and unleash your creativity with accessories from Goodwill to complete your unique look,” Lynn Deeter, VP Retail said. “Shopping at Goodwill is fun and helps the community. Your Goodwill purchase helps fund job placement and training programs for people looking for employment.”

When you shop at or donate to Goodwill, you help fund job placement and training programs and other services that help people find jobs, earn paychecks and care for their families. To learn more about the Goodwill career services or to find your nearest Goodwill store or donation center, visit http://www.mariongoodwill.org.

Be Your Own Monster this Halloween

PrintBefore you know it, Halloween will be here in all its spook-tacular glory. Goodwill’s new online Halloween Headquarters, goodwill.org/Halloween, shows you how to “Be Your Own Monster.” It has all you need for the season: costume ideas, makeup videos, Halloween party inspiration, home decorations, and more.

Once you’ve explored the site, join us at a Goodwill store to find your costume. Not only will your costume be unlike anyone else’s, but your purchase helps create jobs and build communities.

To celebrate this season, Goodwill® has teamed up with Sony Pictures Animation for the release of the monster comedy, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2, in theaters starting September 25. Together, we’re spreading the word that Goodwill is THE place to find and build your one-of-a-kind costume.

Get inspired, learn more and find the closest Goodwill store at goodwill.org/Halloween.

Create a Unique Halloween Costume at Goodwill

Looking for a unique and affordable Halloween costume? Visit one of our Goodwill locations! You’ll find everything you need to create an awesome, one-of-a-kind look.

Here are some easy costumes you can create with items from your local Goodwill. Find the store nearest you by visiting www.mariongoodwill.org.

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Witch: Grab a black dress and black pointed hat. Wear tights and black shoes. We love the subtle pink detail in this dress and the purple tights. Who says you have to wear all black? Accessorize with a broom, cape or cauldron.

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Pirate: Pair a white button-down shirt with black pants and black vest or suit jacket with the sleeves removed. Add a sash around your waist, a seaworthy hat and pirate makeup to complete the costume. Bonus points if you wear a pair of leather boots to complete the look!

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Baseball Player: Find a pair of sweatpants or baseball pants. Add a baseball-style shirt or the shirt of your favorite baseball team. Finish with baseball cap, bat or glove.

By purchasing items at Goodwill, you’ll save on your Halloween costumes and be able to use those clothes again once Halloween is over. You can also feel good knowing that your purchase will help provide job training and community services to people looking for work in the communities we serve.

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