Ahoy there!!  Believe it or not, August is almost over!  Yes, the last month of Summer.  Although, having lived in Boston until 2014, it feels like Summer to me in Maryland from May until September.  And my lifelong Marylander spouse and I have enjoyed some Summery vacations in Virginia and the Carolinas in October.

We love the seashore!  We got engaged on a local shore.  And, we both collect seashore-themed things — clothing, jewelry, tchotchkes (knick-knacks, bric-à-brac, small decorative items), and more.  Too, because a family that thrifts together stays together, we trawl most of our treasures from thrift stores.  Our favorite is Goodwill, and during the pandemic that’s meant ShopGoodwill.com.  My spouse is also disabled by chronic illness, which makes us more appreciative of being able to see and shop the shore without having to leave home.       

Our love of the shore includes lighthouses.  We’ve visited seven together — six in Maryland and one in Virginia, and we hope to visit the others in the DMV and beyond.  We also want to do the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge someday soon.  Of course, CoViD has made even this kind of travel more challenging.  But, one of the good things about lighthouses is that a lot of the experience takes place outdoors.  And, it’s free — though donations towards lighthouse restoration and preservation are more needed than ever.  My spouse and I would also love to vacation in the lighthouses that offer that — you’d be surprised by how comfortable, beautiful, and affordable the accommodations are.    

One of my spouse’s pandemic projects has been creating a miniature museum in a room of our house.  This includes a nautical collection, and the centerpiece is a group of local lighthouse figurines — some of them thrifted from Shop Goodwill. 

Just this month, we almost added this piece listed by Goodwill of Greater Washington — “Coastal Journey”, from Harbor Light’s Sky Bound line.


And did you know that August 7th is Lighthouse Day?  On that day in 1789, Congress approved an Act for the Establishment and Support of Lighthouses, Beacons, Buoys and Public Piers.  In 1989, for the 200th anniversary of the Act, they began to establish National Lighthouse Day.


One of the ways I observe Lighthouse Day is by presenting a day of lighthouse-themed posts on Facebook.  And the stars of that show are my favorite lighthouse-themed items I’ve seen on Shop Goodwill in the past year.  This year, that included jewelry, clothing, linens, tableware, tchotchkes, paintings and other wall art.

Enlightening, right?  And couldn’t we all use a little more light in our lives?  Now more than ever!  So, let’s shell-ebrate by looking at some of the best lighthouse and other seashore paintings I’ve seen on DC Goodwill’s Shop Goodwill site this year.   

This one takes us back to a time when lighthouses were new.  

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/128266576  – Signed Women On Seashore Painting 8×10″

Smith Point Lighthouse in Virginia — very similar to Sandy Point Lighthouse in Annapolis, which you can see from Sandy Point State Park.  

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/124530375 – Signed Smith Print Of Lighthouse With Coa15x17

Sunrise, sunset….  These two have such beautiful colors!  They remind me very much of Thomas Kinkade’s work. 

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/122816665  – Shoreline Lighthouse Landscape By Duggan 30×42

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/126593554 – Signed Seaside Lighthouse & Birds 22.5x18x3″

You can almost feel the sea breeze!

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/124320661 – Tomson Signed Lighthouse Painting 12×14

This reminds me of my brother and I as children, back on the New England shores.

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/124276456 – Sehring Print, A Walk To The Beach, 19×23

Mycroft, row the boat ashore….

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/128203728 – Landscape Of Beach Shore Signed Painting 29×41

So pretty and peaceful.  

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/126223334 – Vintage Fan Signed Seascape Print 18×22

I wouldn’t mind having these as the views from my second home — or my first!

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/127623679 – Signed Painting Of Water Trees Flowers 18×14
https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/123770347 – Impressionist Style Ocean Villa Painting 32×44

The way they’ve captured the water!

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/128273235 – Signed John Hancock Shore Painting 32×44

Dramatic and impressive.  

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/125120839 – Painting Of Mountains And Ocean Waves 28×33

This shore could be on another planet!  Which appeals to me as a science fiction and fantasy fan.

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/123269569  – Signed Danson Waves at Sunset Oil Painting 29×41

About our fabulous guest blogger:

Mycroft Masada (they/them) is a nonbinary trans and queer Jewish and interfaith leader with 30 years of experience, particularly called to pursue LGBTQ+ and fat liberation.  A Fat Torah Advisory Team member, Food Psych transcriptionist, and TransEpiscopal Steering Committee member, Mycroft is an advocate, organizer, consultant, educator, trainer, writer and artist.  They’re also a lifelong and at least second-generation thrifter and thrifted everything is seen (and unseen) in this photo.  They are easy to find, Friend and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram