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Going Green: Used holiday decorations save money, cut waste

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It's the time of year when homes are being decorated and ready for holiday guests, but not everyone wants to spend a fortune on new decorations.

Goodwill is the perfect option. If you step into their Winter Wonderland Room, you might think you've entered a department store. Walls and racks are lined with good-as-new items that are ready to spruce up your home for the holidays.

"A lot of people who can't afford, you know, to go out and do the real tree, or even the artificial  tree," Shannon Halverson, public relations and marketing manager for Goodwill of Northern Illinois says. "You know, if you come here, they're fantastic quality and a third of the price that you'd find if you bought it brand new."

The decorations are all used, and donated, but you'd never be able to tell. Good examples are the $0.49 ornaments still in their boxes, or even the tree toppers that used to cost close to $40, now being sold for just $3. For those that like to decorate differently every year, the store is a great resource.

Sharon Franklin is a frequent Goodwill shopper, and won't go anywhere else for her Christmas gifts. She's already bought angels, teddy bears, and Christmas cards for family members.

"I save a lot of money and they're like brand new, and I give them as gifts. Christmas gifts, some of them, so I really enjoy that, and everybody likes the gifts that I give them," she says.

So if you're looking to save a bundle, and get the same product, 'tis the season to reuse. Or, if you're in the giving spirit, Goodwill accepts Christmas donations all year round.

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