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DIY projects for kids of all ages

By Julia Marchand Before I became a mom, I heard repeatedly how expensive kids are. Creativity becomes imperative for those on a budget who don’t want their little ones to go without the games and goodies that make childhood special, so here are a few kid-approved projects to keep the little ones and your wallet… [Read More]

Fashionista: Go back-to-school shopping for trends on budget

It can be hard to focus on a new school year when the temps are in the 80s and we are still dipping our toes in the pool, but it’s time to tackle back-to-school shopping. We can laugh at that but cry over how much we spend for back to school. Did you know that… [Read More]

Create a DIY children’s reading nook

Crafting a fun reading nook for your child takes as little as five supplies. In this article, we will walk you through the steps of how you easily can make this DIY reading nook with supplies from your local Goodwill! You’ll first need to visit the housewares, books, and sheets/curtains section of your local Goodwill… [Read More]

One cardigan three ways

Cardigan sweaters can sometimes get a bad rep because they can be a little stuffy and, well, boring. Recent trends, however, are bringing the cardigan back to life. With added details like lace and ruffles, peplum silhouettes and a variety of lengths (think dusters and boyfriend cardigans), cardigans have come a long, long way from… [Read More]

Fashionista: Shop summer clearance and really save

Goodwill shoppers, now is the time to shop for summer clearance apparel. Every Goodwill store from boutiques to retail stores and training centers are clearing out for fall. Not only can you get half off with the color tag of the week but you also can take advantage of additional markdowns. I really scored on… [Read More]

Back-to-school shopping on a budget

While back-to-school shopping is underway, parents are paying attention to price and waiting for the best deals, according to a National Retail Federation study. The average family with children in kindergarten through 12th grade plans to spend $697 on apparel, electronics and other school needs, up from $684 last year, according to the survey. It’s… [Read More]

How to style your denim skirt

Denim is a girl’s best friend, yes? Expand your favorite denim go-tos past jeans and cutoffs and into the world of denim skirts. We have some fun and easy ways for how to style your denim skirt. Read on! This first outfit is the perfect mix of casual and trendy. We paired this fabulous denim… [Read More]

Fashionista: Dressy summer shorts get a more casual look

In my last blog I paired these new-with-tags black shorts — a summer wardrobe essential — with a blazer and some accessories to build a dressy summer look. Here I’m taking the same starting piece — the black shorts — and creating a more casual look. I added some eye-catching pieces such as this brightly… [Read More]

Back-to-school looks for college

School might be all about the ABCs, but when it comes to college fashion it’s really about the Ls: leggings and layers. No back-to-school wardrobe is complete without these staples. These basics are the inspiration and building blocks for looks that fit college students’ individualized style and personalities. Look No. 1: Showcase the Ls with… [Read More]

Back-to-school fashion for high-schoolers

By the time they’re high-schoolers, teens have strong — did we mention strong? — opinions on what they like and what they don’t like. Embrace their fashion opinions and style sense by shopping secondhand and letting them put together their unique look for less. Look No. 1: This is a casual dress-up look featuring a… [Read More]

Back-to-school fashion for middle schoolers

Clothing for middle school is as varied as the kids themselves. One thing is for certain, though, the days of the matchy-matchy, coordinated look is over! Every year seems to bring a new it thing, but by shopping thrift, parents can embrace that ever-evolving sense of style experimentation that middle-schoolers seem to thrive on. Look… [Read More]

Back to elementary school outfits

Both parents and kids alike want the same thing for the start of the school year — to start it off right. While that includes establishing healthy habits early on and following the rules of the classroom, it also includes making a good first impression by dressing and looking the part. This back-to-school shopping season,… [Read More]

Bring Good Home with back-to-school clothes

Back to school is all about the right back-to-school clothes, and our Goodwill shoppers found new looks for school with thrifted finds. For elementary-age Christian, that means finding a mix of classic and timeless pieces like cargo and plaid shorts, khakis, corduroys, collared shirts and a vest along with traditional must-haves like jeans, and fun… [Read More]

Bring Good Home with this mom’s school supplies for kids

There isn’t much mother of two Megan doesn’t buy for her family at Goodwill for back to school. She’s a big thrifter and believes in shopping Goodwill first for clothing and other back-to-school supplies like a planner and calendar for herself and calculator, rules, pencil case, flash cards and more for her two girls. “I’m… [Read More]

Fashionista: Shop thrift for summer essentials

I love fashion trends, but, Goodwill shoppers, no summer closet is complete without these summer essentials. Here are a few pieces to look for while perusing the clothing racks at GW: A few solid-color shorts such as navy, black, tan White and tan camis Classic white T-shirt, preferably a V-neck, which is more flattering Solid-color… [Read More]