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E-NEWSLETTER October 2017
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PIC OR TREAT CONTEST

Marion Goodwill Industries and iHeartMedia Marion are hosting the Goodwill Pic or Treat Contest. From Now through October 2nd customers and listeners can submit pictures of their best homemade Halloween Costumes online at wmrn.com, buckeyecountry943.com and majic959.com to win a trip for two to Savannah, GA courtesy of Marion Goodwill!

Photos will be gathered and listeners will vote on their favorite costumes beginning October 6th. The winner will be announced on October 27th.

Need a little inspiration deciding what to be for Halloween?

Are you going MAD trying to find the perfect costume? Hop on in to a local Goodwill to find wonderful costume ideas.

Wonderland

Aloha! Hula dance your way into your local Goodwill and find the pieces you need to complete a uniquely sunny costume.

South Pacific

Howdy! Best you mosey on down to your local goodwill to wrangle up the pieces you need to complete your unique Halloween costume.

South Pacific

Hey there stud, is your costume ready? If not, jump into your hot rod and get you the pieces you need to complete your look at Goodwill.

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How to Age Books with Tea and Tights

Yes, you read that title right! It turns out that itís 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 youíll 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 youíre helping people within your community find employment. So, without further ado, letís jump into these projects, shall we?

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Project 1: Turning White Tights into a Spider Web

Materials

  1. White tights or nylons
  2. Scissors
  3. A microplane or food grater (optional)

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This project is so incredibly easy that I donít 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 thereís so much elasticity in tights, itís 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 canít 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! Hereís how:

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Project 2: Tea-staining Book Pages

Materials

  1. A Book to Age
  2. Two large stacks of books to stabilize the tea-stained book as it dries
  3. A heat-safe dish that is longer than the height of the book
  4. 2 cups of boiling water
  5. 4 tea bags (not herbalóI used Earl Grey)
  6. A fan
  7. A paintbrush (optional)
  8. 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, setit up to dry by placing its front and back covers between the two stacks with the container still underneath. If itís 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 appearto have been leafed through again and again over the years.

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And thatís 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 Hallowsí Eve or as a centerpiece on your October dining table. Weíd love to see your creativity if you decide to try these projects yourself!

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