Vote for the Winners of Goodwill’s Ultimate Upcycling Contest

To all you creative, inspirational, reusing, repurposing, and recycling fans who submitted to the Ultimate Upcycling Contest: You are fabulous! Today’s Good News: We’ve received over 100 entries that showed your creativity, individuality, and “thriftiness”.  Visit our Facebook Page to see all submissions.

This morning a committee of four Goodwill representatives narrowed the selection down to 10 entires in upcycling categories including: clothing, jewelry, furniture, and decor. These entries were voted on by a panel of ten Goodwill Employees resulting in the top four entries (there was a tie).  It was a hard decision, but so much fun!  The top four upcycling entries are:

 

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Missy H.
Cushion and Storage Bench
How Missy made her Upcycling Project:  She sanded and painted all surfaces, screwed the end tables on top of the door, then added wheels to the bottom to make it movable.  She then made a cushion to put on top to sit on. Its perfect for shoe storage and for sitting to put shoes on. Items were purchased at the Goodwill Store on Brambelton Avenue in Roanoke.

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Kimberly V.
Bench
How Kimberly made her Upcycling Project: She bought a headboard and footboard at the Goodwill on Main Street Salem near the old Lakeside.  The footboard was chewed up by a dog.  So she brought it home and used wood filler to repair the chewed up leg.  She cut the footboard in half and screwed each side to the back of the headboard.  Using the footboard as the side rails to her bench.  Than she boxed it in with 2x4s and also used 2x4s to go across the top for her seat.  She filled all holes and repaired with wood filler and put primer on the bench.  After that she painted it with three coats of rustoleum black paint.  Now to decorate the bench… she wanted bright colors.  She bought lime green indoor/outdoor fabric, a piece of foam, and plywood.  She cut out the plywood to the dimensions of the seat and staple-gunned the foam and fabric to the plywood…. Making her bench cushion.  Than to add some fun, she found fun fabric to sew two pillows for each end. She then found black material and stenciled the word “welcome” on it with colors she matched up from the end pillows. Items were purchased at the Goodwill in Salem on Main Street near the old Lakeside.

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Kids Play Structure
How Lisa made her Upcycling Project: Her entry is a bookcase transformed into a play structure that is a market stand on one side and puppet theater on the other.  She removed part of the bookcase backing and lowered the shelves to create the market.  On the back she attached an empty picture frame and curtains (attached by velcro) made from a drapery panel to create the theater opening. She made puppets by glueing photos of her family members (and yarn hair) to wooden spoons.  They already had some of the play food but the potatoes and watermelons were made from large t-shirts.  The baskets turned into food bins and shopping baskets. Items were purchased at the following Goodwill Stores:  Cave Spring,  and Melrose in Roanoke, the Salem store on West Main Street near Walmart, and the Daleville location.

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Wayne & Lois
Ski Bench
How Wayne & Lois made their Upcycling Project: 
These are old water skis that they found at the Westlake Goodwill store… They cut some short & left a couple long for the back of the chair. What a neat bench to go on their dock !! Items were purchased at the Goodwill Store in Moneta. 

 

It’s time to vote for your favorite!

Vote here for the entry that you think should be the winner of our Ultimate Upcycling Contest!

 

1st prize:  250 Visa Gift Card
2nd prize: $50 Goodwill Gift Certificate
3rd prize: $25 Goodwill Gift Certificate

Click Here to view more information about our Costume Contest and the Terms & Conditions.

Voting will end this Thursday, July 31st at Noon.  Be sure to tell your friends and family to vote!

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8 thoughts on “Vote for the Winners of Goodwill’s Ultimate Upcycling Contest

    • Please understand that it was really tough getting to the final ten, with having 125 amazing entries submitted. The final ten were of a variety of different upcycling projects and categories. Those ten were then voted on independently by 10 other employees of Goodwill, so no one knew what one another’s votes were. The final four were the ones with the highest number of those votes.

  1. I was also disappointed that there wasn’t more variety in the types of make-overs chosen. They all involved wood-working, not something everyone is able to tackle. Should have had more artsy-craftsy items chosen.

    • Please understand that it was really tough getting to the final ten, with having 125 amazing entries submitted. The final ten were of a variety of different upcycling projects and categories. Those ten were then voted on independently by 10 other employees of Goodwill, so no one knew what one another’s votes were. The final four were the ones with the highest number of those votes.This was our first time doing this contest and were overjoyed and surprised by the amount of entries we received. We have received a lot of feedback from this contest and are taking everything into consideration for the next time.

  2. I think this contest, and all others like it, are wonderful for helping us to think about our garbage in a new way. Pretty soon the world will be overwhelmed by mountains of stuff we throw “away.” Better to refuse to buy stuff you really don’t need and start looking to reuse as much as possible in a new and creative way. Bravo for having given us so many!

    Having said that, I frequent a lot of these types of contests on-line and suggest that you might consider doing this the other way around next year. Let everyone online see and vote for everything by category (furniture, jewelry, clothing, decor, etc) and then you judges only make a decision between the top 3 or 4 yourselves. Seems it’d get more people involved (goodwill employees could also vote online) and be more transparent to all.

    Anyway, just my long-winded opinion, but again, hats off to you & yours for doing such great work!

    • Hey Rebecca – Thank you for your suggestion. We will definitely put it into consideration when we do this contest next time. This was our first time doing this contest and were overjoyed and surprised by the amount of entries we received. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and website for the latest contest going on at Goodwill!

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