Native Treasures at Goodwill?

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown February 11th, 2014 Last Updated on: February 11th, 2014

They say one man's trash is another man's treasure. A lot of famous paintings have been found amongst the racks of posters, dishes and old clothing at your local Goodwill. Have you ever seen any Native American items up for sale? Last year a Goodwill in Seattle found a beaded vest, which they quickly donated to a museum. Recent Goodwill online auctions have showcased beaded gloves and a breechcloth from the 1880s.


A quick glance of current items listed under Indigenous Art show kachina dolls, baskets and sandpaintings. A quick search for “Native American shows various necklaces, bracelets and earrings, although I am not sure if these are authentic or “inspired by” pieces.

Whatever your interests, keep your eyes open because you never know when you might find at Goodwill. Happy hunting!

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Christina M Maher

I would like to find out how to make Navajo white leggings like Miss Navajo wear. Video would be helpful

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