Hi there!  I’m Jasmine Roth, creator of this Blog, founder of Built Custom Homes, curator of my online retail store The Shop by Jasmine Roth and host of HGTV’s hit show Hidden Potential.  I was also on HGTV’s Rock the Block, but I won’t spoil the winner for you 😉  Building custom homes in Huntington Beach, CA is my bread and butter.  I love all aspects of the home building process and finding ways to make homes as personal, functional and beautiful as possible.  Join me as we explore my projects, DIY’s, behind-the-scenes peeks, and tips on how you can design beautiful, functional spaces in your own home. Let’s build something together!



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5 Things to Look For at Goodwill


5 Things to Look for at Goodwill, The Blog by Jasmine Roth

One not-so-secret thing about me is that I LOVE a good thrift item.  Or trash item.  No, really… I pull things out of the trash all the time and put them in my home.  Basically it comes down to this: I like older things that have a story to them, or a patina to them or just things that don’t look super new.  I think one good design rule to have in each room is to add something vintage.  So over the years of building and designing homes, I’ve definitely developed some solid tricks when it comes to scoring good finds.  Now, I don’t really have a formula for finding things in the trash or on the side of the road (because that’s pretty random!), but I do have a list of 5 things to look for at Goodwill.  And if you don’t have a Goodwill nearby you, this really applies to any thrift or second-hand store.

5 Things to Look for at Goodwill

5 Things to Look for at Goodwill, The Blog by Jasmine Roth

Cool, old lights always add a ton of impact to a room, so definitely be on the lookout for those.  This one below I found in a box at a thrift market, but you get the idea!

If you have a cool glass cabinet like this that you want to style, filling it with quirky, vintage dinner sets would look amazing!

And don’t forget pottery or planters!  Goodwill always has a ton of both.  Happy hunting!


  1. Andrea Records

    Do you have any hints on decluttering?

    • Marie

      Here are a few questions that could be useful to decide if something is à keep or if it should become a keep for someone else:

      ~If I did not have this, would I want to buy it?
      ~Does keeping it gives me the time to do what is important to me or does it keep me away from it?
      ~Do I like maintaining it? Using it? Looking at it?
      ~If I was away on holidays, would I miss it? Think of it?
      ~If it is stored out of sight, would it make any difference if it was still out of my sight.. in someone else’s place?

      And so on! Questions can lead to very interesting insights; have fun sorting!



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