Spotlight on Success

Meet Judy Margulies. Judy M _fb

After 20+ years in the banking world, Judy decided to take an early retirement but shortly after realized she wasn’t ready for the world of retirement. She started searching for a new job but after several months with no job prospects, she became involved with the Women’s Opportunity Center of Burlington County.  They referred her to Goodwill’s JOB CLUB for career services.

From the moment she stepped through Goodwill’s doors, she felt at ease and confident that she was on the right path.  Goodwill Job Developer Sean Hinnegan quickly helped Judy update her resume, conduct job searches and follow up on submitted resumes.  Before long, she heard those magical words—“You’re hired.”

In her new position as branch manager for Beneficial Bank, Judy is responsible for all facets of branch management—ranging from new business development, sales, customer service and audits.  “This job means the world to me.  It has given me a sense of renewal and purpose,” she said.  Goodwill’s caring and compassionate staff of job developers certainly made a positive impression on Judy.

ABOUT JOB CLUB job-search
JOB CLUB provides local job seekers with the resources needed to conduct a successful job search-at no cost to them. JOB CLUB is held every Tuesday and Wednesday at Goodwill offices in Stratford and Maple Shade. Free and unlimited access to Internet-ready computers for conducting online research and job searches; to local job postings and career fair information; and to phone lines and fax machines is available. Come one, come all, our employment specialists and job developers will assist you in formulating a plan for career success! Call 856.439.022 for more information.

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Goodwill’s JOB CLUB meets:

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
222 White Horse Pike, Stratford, NJ 08084

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2835 Route 73, Maple Shade, NJ 08052

Thrifting 101 with Goodwill

Everywhere I turn lately the word “thrifting” keeps popping up. I hear it mentioned in TV shows and movies and see the term coined in magazines and online. According to Urban Dictionary, thrifting refers to shopping in thrift stores for trendy, vintage clothing and/or other items.

Have you considered thrifting?

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Not only has thrift shopping become socially acceptable, its also becoming a trend to find out who can land the best deals. You can be sure you’ll find the best brands for less at Goodwill. We make sure that our stores are clean, well organized and stocked full of awesome finds.

Since I started working at Goodwill, I have scored some major bargains! Like the BCBG MaxAzria dress priced for $8.99 with the tags still on it; or the Sarah Jessica Parker Smitten purse I found for $3.99. Both of which would have retailed well over $100. What’s even better than the savings, is the countless compliments I receive on these items!

In my years shopping Goodwill stores and filing through the racks and shelves of endless treasures  I’ve come up with some tips that I want to share with you. I promise, once you start, you won’t be able to stop!

TIPS THAT CAN HELP STRETCH YOUR BUDGET AND BECOME A THRIFT SHOPPING STAR

  • Plan and map out your trip: Visit Goodwill’s website to find the locations closest to you. Also, keep a running lists of wants and needs so you know what to look for. Need a lamp for your guest bedroom? New bookshelf for the den? Your list will help guide you if you decide to stop by a store.
  • Time is your friend: Be willing to look, for a long time, through a lot of stuff. Thrift stores have great finds, but great finds mean diligent hunting.
  • Try it on: Or at least do a rough measurement. It’s better to get something too big that can be tailored than something too small that can only be sewn into something else or given away.
  • Keep an open mind: Think creatively because everything can be altered, layered, or turned into and entirely different piece of fabulous clothing.
  • Buy what you LOVE: Keep personal style in mind since it’s easy to forget what you’ll actually wear and get excited about something that seems cool on the rack, but isn’t when you get it home.
  •  Check Labels: Look for brand names as these are items that are usually high quality and made to last.
  • Get creative: People are getting more and more creative with thrifted finds with the help of sites like Pinterest! Spot an old brass lamp? A little spray paint goes a long way. For those who have basic sewing skills, a ladies skirt or even a tablecloth can easily be turned into an adorable dress! Keep your eyes peeled for fabrics that appeal to you.
  • Shop Often. With thousands of items donated every day, you never know what’s in store!
  • Get some, give some:  Keep your wardrobe from overflowing by practicing “one item in, one item out.” Donate what no longer fits in your closet to the Goodwill store you just purchased from!

Thrifting is fun, helps you save money and best of all proceeds from the sale of items in Goodwill’s retail stores help fund job training programs and career services for people with special needs in the community. It also keeps perfectly usable goods out of local landfills-the ultimate recycling practice!

What are you waiting for? Visit one of Goodwill’s stores today!

Do you have any  “thrifting” tips?