Without a doubt, the Central Coast of California is a picnicker’s dream, with gorgeous beaches and landscapes, and temperate weather that makes alfresco dining a local pastime.
Whether it’s a beach party, a concert in the park, an outdoor movie, or a backyard BBQ, a few Goodwill finds can cover all your picnic essentials.
Pre-made picnic kits do not come cheap, but you can build your own through an easy roam down the aisles at your local Goodwill store.
Build your own basket
First, you’ll need a wicker basket to hold all your supplies. Goodwill has a wide range of baskets. Choose the perfect size and shape and use it as your shopping cart.
Fill the basket with picnic essentials such as plates, cups, utensils, corkscrew, bottle opener, cutting board, knife, napkins and a large blanket or tablecloth. 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. Consider buying Mason jars to hold pre-made lemonade, ice tea or even wine coolers.
When you customize your own picnic set from Goodwill, you will have exactly what you need (including money left over to head to the grocery store for yummy picnic goodies).
Choose an easy, breezy outfit
Picnic attire is all about staying comfortable and cool. Head to Goodwill to shop for summer sundresses, shorts, and shirts in lightweight fabrics such as cotton and linen. Don’t forget about sunglasses and a hat to protect yourself from the harsh rays. You can find everything you need for cute picnic outfits for the entire family at Goodwill — and for much less than traditional retail prices!
A win-win scenario
If you’re trying to shop more sustainably, Goodwill Central Coast is your go-to thrift store. You will find 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.