Goodwill Goes To The Beach!

BY PENELOPE CAKE, GOODWILL GUEST BLOGGER

When I went to the Goodwill in Egg Harbor Township, NJ I found this beautiful lace dress but it was size XL.  I thought maybe it would look nice on me anyway if it draped attractively over my body, which it did.  Another problem was the gaping armholes so I knew that I needed a cami underneath.  Going through cami’s at the Goodwill is quite a job, but they have so many great ones and a lot of them are brand new.

I knew that I wanted one that had a little lace around the top to peak out of the neckline of the dress and of course I was able to find the perfect one.  I just love the Goodwill.  You can always find what you are looking for, or better yet, an unexpected treasure!

The sunset over the bay in Cape May was so beautiful that it inspired me to dance!

I was also able to rescue a horseshoe crab by turning her over so that she could go back to the sea.

Happy Spring Everyone!

Do you get creative with items you find at Goodwill? Let us know how in the comments!

You can also read this post on Penelope’s blog at penelopecakefashion.blogspot.com/.

COUTURE FASHION FROM GOODWILL!

by Penelope Cake, Goodwill guest blogger


I shopped this complete outfit at the Goodwill store in Millville NJ.

The coat came first and it inspired me to go for a Chanel look.  After all, the 2015 NY fashion show begins this week and I have to be ready for the runway!

 The label says BB Dakota and the price was $6.99.
These similarly textured shorts ($2.99) were a perfect match for the coat and this lacy ivory T ($4.99) complimented both pieces perfectly.  But what about the bottom half of me?  I was feeling skeptical about completing the outfit when I found these shoes.
And like Cinderella, they fit me perfectly ($5.99).
I also found some pantyhose in a lovelyshade of beige for $.99.

I was feeling mighty fortunate with this treasure trove of fashionable separates and headed for the cash register to check out when lo and behold, a black patent leather bag with gold chains ($6.99) was staring me right in the face!

Who ever thought that I would be able to put together a couture Chanel look for less than $30.00?
Thank you, Goodwill!
See you again soon.

You can also read this article on my blog too at penelopecakefashion.blogspot.com/.

Welcome to Goodwill Mondays!

by Penelope Cake, Goodwill guest blogger

In partnership with Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia I will be visiting (and of course shopping!) at many different Goodwill stores, putting together outfits, and posting them on the ALL THINGS GOODWILL blog.

The style for today is casual hip.  Everything I am wearing (except the jewelry) was purchased at the Goodwill store in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, 6701 Black Horse Pike.
I like to wear a variety of styles.  It’s more creative and definitely more fun.  I don’t like being limited to one look.  I try to dress for the occasion and how I am feeling – what personality suits me today?
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I never thought that I would go for the commercially distressed blue jean style, but here I am.  I just couldn’t resist these pants and they fit me perfectly!
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Then I found the sneakers which are just right with the rolled up cuffs.

But its definitely the red belt that makes the outfit, don’t you think? I topped it off with this necklace that I made out of children’s plastic charms several years ago. I used to wear it when I was a teacher – of course the kids loved it. (Yes, the lunchbox does open and it has a thermos and an apple inside!)

As I was shopping my look, I met this stylish woman, Diane Wenzel, who happened to be sporting the same casual hip style in shades of red and navy blue. We had a lovely conversation about style and thrift store shopping.  I love the way her red shoes and vest pop when juxtaposed against her plaid flannel shirt and maroon top. And by the way, red and navy blue is a very hot color combination in current fashion trends this season and you don’t have to buy it off the runway.  Shop at your local Goodwill store instead, its good for everyone!

You can also read this article on my blog too at penelopecakefashion.blogspot.com/.

The Running of the Brides-Goodwill Style!

bridal flyer picCalling all brides-to-be!  We are gearing up for Goodwill’s 5th Annual Valentine’s Bridal Sale Extravaganza this Saturday, February 9th – and you should be too!  The sale will be held from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the Pennsauken Retail Store located at 5461 Route 70. Finding your dream dress for less can be a fun experience for grandmothers, mothers, bridesmaid, or friends. (Dads and fiancés, too!)

Brides-to-be can shop from a selection of brand new and gently-used designer gowns  at drastically discounted prices.2 alfred angelo collagedesigners New bridal gowns from including Nicole Miller, Alfred Angelo, Jasmine and Demetrios start at $99 and gently-used gowns start at $49.

 

A few key tidbits to help you plan:

  • Plan to arrive early. Last year brides starting lining up at 3 a.m. to get their chance to have the first pick of the dresses. 1 alfred angelo blog
  • It’s not just about bridal gowns. We also have a large assortment of bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses and flower girl dresses. Some of the designers include Bill Levkoff, Jim Hjelm and Amsale.

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Brides-to-be can feel good about shopping this event too! Proceeds from this fundraiser support Goodwill’s job training programs and career services that prepare individuals with disabilities or disadvantages for competitive employment in the community.

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?

Welcome!

We are so excited to launch the Goodwill blog, ALL THINGS GOODWILL. We will do our best to give you the “inside” scoop on everything happening at Goodwill. From thrift shopping tips, DIY projects and special events and sales to learning how YOUR donations turn jeans into JOBS for people with special needs in the community.  You can follow this blog by subscribing to our blog email list too!

Right now we are focused on all things “BACK TO SCHOOL” so be sure to check back next week for back to school fashions and savings!

~Mary

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