Blogging has opened so many doors for me and I’m constantly amazed at how it brings folks together from all walks of life. Who would have thought that a middle aged white woman would become buds with a young black dude in SC all because of Twitter and a love of thrifting? That’s how it is in the blogosphere.
If you haven’t met him yet, you will now. Mr. Goodwill Hunting, as he is known on his blog, is Rashon Carraway, a talented young decorator who hails from Rock Hill, SC. Southern gentlemen, thrifter extraordinare and a Christian too, he’s a force to be reckoned with and thriftstores happen to be his favorite method of shopping. And he’s been featured on The Nate Berkus show THREE times. I’m very excited for his success as a new blogger since January. Good for him!
He’s a talented guy with lots of inspiring ideas and I love the fact that he is a thrifter like I am! We thrifters have to stick together. It’s a sickness and a love, this thrifting thing. 🙂 I got to meet him in person at an event here in Atlanta a few weeks ago and it was great to get to know him better.
This is Rashon’s living room. He found an old sofa with great bones, of course at a thriftstore and recovered it to fit his look and now it looks like a million bucks.
Another piece found thrifting, this chest was painted and takes on a whole different look. Take a look at it now….
Wow, huh? The power of paint once again.
This is a space he did for the Nate Berkus show for a couple on the show done on a tight budget and it turned out fantastic.
I asked Rashon a few questions and here’s what he said:
Me: What did you do before you became a full-time blogger/designer?
Mr. GWH: Before I became a blogger I was an insurance agent for a SC medicaid company. It wasn’t my dream job, but it was a job that paid great money.
Me: How did you get so interested in thrifty shopping, where did that passion begin?
Mr. GWH: This is funny. I am cheap. Stingy some say, so in order to get good deals I knew thrift stores were my best option. However, after shopping for clothes I saw furniture and the rest is what you see now.
Me: What’s next for Mr. Goodwill Hunting?
Mr. GWH: Well I am trying to take things one grateful day at a time. This exposure I have been given is nothing but God’s grace and his favor.
What a great guy! It was fun to get to know Rashon better.
Since so many of us love a bargain and love thrift shopping, here’s some really exciting news!
Rashon has put together an I Love Thrifting day and it’s going to be celebrated ALL over the country. I’m going to host a group here in Marietta and any of you in the Atlanta area are invited to join us on Saturday, July 9th at 9:00 a.m. I’ve got several places line up in the Marietta area that we can hit and I will call ahead to let them know we are coming. We’ll meet at the Woodstock Goodwill first:
1. Goodwill – Hwy. 92 in Woodstock
2. Wellspring Treasures, Barrett Pkwy., Kennesaw (offering 25% off that day to all who say that Rhoda sent them!) YAY!
3. America’s Thriftstore – Canton Hwy., Marietta
4. Canton Road Marketplace Thriftstore – Canton Road, Marietta
5. Goodwill – 1355 Roswell Rd., Marietta
There will be a lunch stop at La Madeleine on Roswell Road too, one of my fave places.
Rashon sent me this cute pink I Love Thrifting t-shirt and if you’d like to get your own, you can order here. Folks from all over the country are joining up for this fantastic event, just to show our support and love of thrifting. I can’t think of anything better I’d like to support. It will be a fun filled day, so I hope you’ll join me.
If you buy a T-shirt, you can upload your pic in the T-shirt to the I Love Thrifting Facebook page. This is going to be so much fun. If you’ve ever wanted to go thrifting or join me for a day out, this is the time to do it!
Can I count on some of my Atlanta readers to come out for the fun?? July 9th, 2011, put it on your calendar!
If you’d like to tag along, please let me know, I’d love to meet you. The more the merrier!
The winner of the $100 Homegoods giftcard has been chosen:
Vanessa June 1, 2011 at 6:45 pm
I have been searching for the perfect side table for my screened in porch. I’m also planning a kitchen re-do including paint & fun, unique items over the cabinets. This would be a great gift for my *ahem* significant birthday this summer! P.S. My hubby is from the Tucker area.
Vanessa, I’ve emailed you with the details, so just get back with us to claim your prize!
That looks like good fun, I am so envious here in England! Cant wait to see what you guys find.
As I was reading about your thrifting spree I saw that It had passed June 9th. Then as I read the entire blog, it says July 9th. Which is it? I hope I didn’t miss out!
Kimberly, that was a typo, it’s definitely Sat., July 9th! HOpe you can make it.
Ricki Jill Treleaven says
You are *rockin’* that t-shirt, Rhoda! Fun post!
That T-shirt is really cute. I swear you are going to be as famous as Paula Deen.
Cute photo of you girlfriend in that cute pink t-shirt!
I’ve seen him on tv and he is awesome. Wish I could join you on the 9th, but I think our daughter will be in town. If things change, I’ll let you know.
Kristi @ Creative Kristi says
You are too cute in that t-shirt girl! 🙂 Too bad I’m way up here in Maine otherwise I’d be there! 🙂 Have fun!
Meeting other bloggers is so much fun! Sounds like it’ll be a blast! Wish I could join you.
Mr. Goodwill Hunting says
Gonna be sooo much fun!!!!
Luciane at HomeBunch.com says
That’s so exciting, Rhoda!
So cool!! An you’re looking “HOT” in that pink t-shirt!!! 🙂
Hugs to you, my friend!
Luciane at HomeBunch.com
Rhoda, wish I could come, but we will be out of town. Sounds like fun.
Paige L. says
Oh my! He is awesome! And I have that EXACT chest in my son’s bedroom that I’ve been staring at for months, trying to decide what to do with it. Now I know, and I’ll be asking my husband to help me move it to the garage for some sanding and black paint! Thanks Rhoda!
Count me in, can’t wait! I explore a lot of thrift shops in the North Fulton area and can’t wait to explore your picks. And I look forward to meeting you. I was in a book club with your niece before she moved.
Joyce Ackley says
You look cute in your pink t-shirt, Rhoda, and you seem to be having fun wearing it! Rashon is one talented guy, and so nice and personable. He had a great presence on the Nate show, and I know everyone was impressed. Enjoy your thrifting adventures!
Great team-have fun with all your thrifting friends! You in your pink tee just made me smile to see how happy you look! ♥♫
Enjoyed reading this post. I’ve seen Rashon on Nate’s Show and loved his creations…very talented. Wish I lived in your area Rhoda because the thrifting get together sounds like a lot of fun.
Valerie @ Chateau A La Mode says
Amazing where we can make friends through blogging! You look so adorable in your pink shirt. Keep on thrifting Miss Rhoda.
Awwww….he’s so adorable and so are you in that t-shirt! I’m sorry I’ll miss the big thrifting event!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for introducing me to this guy. Can’t wait to check out his blog. 🙂
Ah, Rhoda, you look so darn cute in that pink tee shirt! Wish I live close enough to join your thriftying shopping trip. Looking forward to seeing all the great thing you find.
Heidi @ Show Some Decor says
Oh, Rhoda, I would love to do this with you! But sadly (!) I’ll be deep sea fishing with my hubs in FL… would love to try another time, though! Sure to be a great and inspiring day!!