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Show a little thrift love for Valentine’s Day with a short roam through the aisles of Goodwill

Show a little thrift love for Valentine’s Day with a short roam through the aisles of Goodwill

If you’re cynical enough to believe that Valentine’s Day is for the birds, you’re actually not that far off.

During the Middle Ages, people in France and England believed that Feb. 14 was the beginning of the mating season for birds, so they proclaimed St. Valentine’s Day as a day for romance.

English poet Geoffrey Chaucer was the first to chronicle this in his 1375 poem “Parliament of Foules.”

“For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.”

We’ve come a long way since the Middle Ages. Today, love birds are decidedly human — and we spend Feb. 14 looking for any possible way to spread the love.

Goodwill can help you celebrate St. Valentine’s Day no matter what your focus. Thrift something special for your human companion. Or maybe the current love of your life is a furry friend. If you’re rocking the single life, doing something special to celebrate yourself is essential.

But spreading a little love with your community is important, too, and it’s as easy as shopping at Goodwill. Nationwide, every 27 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill earns a life-changing job. Every three seconds, another person accesses Goodwill opportunities to build careers and strong families. You can be a part of that just by shopping at Goodwill for Valentine’s Day.

Still single? What’s the problem?

Remember one thing: Valentine’s Day is just a day — a commercialized holiday. Why not engage in some extra self-care and TLC to make it through the 24 hours.

Even if you have no true Valentine, a little self-love can go a long way toward feeling confident and productive in life. There is one simple way to treat yourself for Valentine’s Day — indulge your vanity. And Goodwill can help. Head to one of our stores for a number of gifts. Or head online to opens in a new windowshopgoodwill.com for a treasure trove of higher end items, from gold jewelry to clothing, musical instruments and more. While the average price of an item in Goodwill’s brick-and-mortar stores is between $4-$5, the online platform sells items averaging in value between $30 and $40.

Whether you’re being extra thrifty, or want to splurge a bit, you’re covered at Goodwill.

Romance doesn’t have to break the bank

Your gift could be as simple as a home-cooked dinner at home, enhanced with a little heart-themed décor. You don’t have to go overboard with decorations for Valentine’s Day, but a bit of red and white here and there throughout the home might set the tone for romance.

For example, we love this simple idea from the Goodwill in Wichita, Kan., that turns a deck of cards into a queen-of-hearts garland. It’s easy to do, doesn’t require a whole lot of supplies, but it still makes a bold statement. Check out the post for directions, then head to your local Goodwill store for a small list of supplies: Deck of cards, red ribbon for stringing your garland, decorative accent ribbon, scissors, single hole punch and measuring tape.

Another sweet and simple idea? Create your own candy jar by starting with any container made of clear glass. Then layer in your favorite treats. (Don’t forget sweetheart candies, those iconic, heart-shaped sugar candies printed with messages such as “Be Mine” or “Kiss Me.”

Don’t forget your four-legged friends

Make no mistake, puppy love is stronger than ever. Last year, pet owners spent more on their fur babies for Valentine’s Day than ever before, totaling $1.7 billion.

Nearly 30 percent of pet owners say they will buy a Valentine’s Day gift for their pets this year. But did you know that you can spend a fraction of the price for goodies at Goodwill?

Keep a sharp eye out for pet supplies, toys and useful items such as leashes. But it’s fun to also put on your DIY hat to transform everyday items into unique pet gifts. For example, paint a large tin container that becomes a DIY dog food bin. Turn two old wooden chairs into a doggie dining center with rounded cuts in the seats perfect to inset food and water bowls. Or transform a large dresser drawer into a stylish dog bed. Pinterest has an array of ideas for you to consider.

And remember to shop at any of our Goodwill Central Coast locations on Wednesday, Feb. 10 to benefit opens in a new windowMax’s Helping Paws Foundation. Round up your purchase to the nearest dollar or donate a set amount. It all goes to this important local nonprofit.