Goodwill’s Ultimate Upcycling Contest

Reusing, repurposing, and recycling has become a popular trend over the last few years. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to create these items. Today’s Good News? With the help of Goodwill you can make one of a kind treasures for you and your home and enter to win the title of Goodwill’s Ultimate Upcycler! The ideas of what you can do are endless. Sometimes you just need a little inspiration. Check out a few of our favorites…

Goodwill vases getting a new look with the help of rubber bands and spray paint!

Goodwill vases get a new look with the help of rubber bands and spray paint!

Tie wreath created with Goodwill ties!

Tie wreath created with Goodwill ties!

A Record Bowl made from a Goodwill Record!

A Record Bowl made from a Goodwill Record!

A serving dish made from Goodwill Plates and Candle Sticks

A serving dish made from Goodwill Plates and Candle Sticks

Now are you ready for inspiration? We will be hosting How-To Workshops in our stores.

Date: June 7th
Time: 10am and 11am
Location: Waynesboro Goodwill Store – 132 Lucy Lane

Date: June 14th
Time: 10am and 11am
Location: Roanoke Goodwill Store at Hunting Hills – 4335 Pheasant Ridge Road

Date: June 21st
Time: 10am and 11am
Location: Christiansburg Goodwill Store – 255 Peppers Ferry Road

Date: June 28th
Time: 10am and 11am
Location: Wytheville Goodwill Store – 195 East Commonwealth Drive

Date: July 12th
Time: 10am and 11am
Location: Forest Goodwill Store – 18366 Forest Road

Can’t make one of the How-To Workshops? No worries! Visit our Pinterest page for hundreds of ideas! So now that you are inspired…Goodwill is calling all artists, crafters, and innovators! Here’s your chance to show off your skills, be named Goodwill’s “Ultimate Upcycler”, and enter to win $250 VISA gift card! Visit Goodwill today and find the items that you want to upcycle, using your imagination to create the winning project. Here’s how to enter the Goodwill Ultimate Upcycler Contest: 

June 1st through July 27th
Submit your before and after pictures of an item from Goodwill that you’ve transformed to:
ReBecca Franklin at

What to submit:
1. Your Full Name
2. Email Address
3. Phone Number
4. Mailing Address, including City, State, and Zip Code (Entries are open to those who reside in Goodwill Industries of the Valleys service area. Please click here for details on Goodwill’s 31 county, and 13 city service area in Virginia).
5. Information regarding your entry:
– How you created this item and what items you used.
– If you purchased items from Goodwill be sure to tell us which store.

Entries will be accepted until July 27th at 11:59pm Eastern standard time. On July 28th, a team of Goodwill representatives will vote to choose the top three entries. The top three will be placed on the Goodwill Works blog to be voted on by the public. Voting will begin on July 28th at 12pm Eastern standard time and run through July 31st at 12pm Eastern standard time. On July 31st, at 4pm Eastern standard time the winner of Goodwill’s Ultimate Upcycling Contest.

Click here for Goodwill’s Ultimate Upcycling Contest Terms and Conditions.

11 Responses to “Goodwill’s Ultimate Upcycling Contest”

  1. 1 Karen fernatt July 1, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Cannot get to web page where I can post my before and after photo’s for the new contest. I have tried the address for rfranklin but could not find out how to load photo’s .

    • 2 goodwillvalleys July 2, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      Hey Karen –
      At this time we are not able to have entrees uploaded to our webpage. If you could email and attach your before and after pictures in the email or copy and paste the pictures in, that would be the easiest way to submit your entree for the contest. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.

  2. 3 Hailey Garbee-Coles July 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Can you have more than one entry?

  3. 5 Brittany July 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    How many times can you enter? Can you send more than one project with one email?

  4. 7 Brittany July 18, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    How can you tell if a picture someone entered is their work and they didn’t sell the pic from online?

  5. 8 goodwillvalleys July 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Hey Brittany-

    We ask for Before and After pictures of the entry. We also hope that people are being honest that it is their actual work when they submit something to us.

  6. 9 Brittany July 21, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Yeah I hope that people are honest and responsible enought to do the right thing and turn in there own work. I’m looking forward to finishing mine and entering it

  7. 10 Will July 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    How do we know our entry has be accepted?

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