Fashionista: Take look from office to festive night out

At the office and need to jump from office apparel to festive? With just a few quick tips I can show you how to maneuver that look. The star of the show is this leopard shift/swing dress. Leopard print was all the rage this fall and isn’t stopping. Consider it the new neutral. I gasped… [Read More]

DIY accent tray perfect gift for special person on your list

Looking for a quick, homemade DIY project to give someone on your list this holiday? You’re in luck! This DIY accent tray is easy to make, and all you need are a few simple and inexpensive supplies: Old wooden picture frame (with glass intact) Can of spray paint (or regular paint if you’d prefer) Set… [Read More]

Fashionista: Shop Goodwill for festive New Year’s Eve outfits

Can you believe it’s going to be 2020? I may be dating myself now, but I remember the song by Prince and the Revolution titled “1999.” That song was released in 1982, and I remember dancing to that song on New Year’s Eve thinking that 1999 was SO far away! New Year’s Eve is such… [Read More]

DIY ornament tree

If you enjoy the holidays as much as we do, then you probably love decorating for the season! Decorating the tree with ornaments of sentimental value, untangling the lights (and hoping they work), and filling the walls with holiday decor. It’s one of the best times of the year for decorating, but the decorations themselves… [Read More]

5 thrift store sweaters you’ll love

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! When you love thrift store sweaters as much as we do, the arrival of winter is like being reunited with a friend you haven’t seen in a while but have missed like crazy. Like comfort food, thrift store sweaters are comfort wear for the winter. Count us among those… [Read More]

White elephant gift exchange ideas

The holiday season is the perfect time of year for hosting or attending a white elephant gift exchange. Goodwill is THE place to find a unique and fun white elephant gift. If you are having a white elephant party this year, there are a few ways to approach the gifts. Visit for different ways… [Read More]

Find your ugly Christmas sweater at Goodwill

There’s nothing like an ugly Christmas sweater to show off your flair for fun and make you forgo your fashion sense. Adorned with lavish landscapes, rosy-cheeked Santas and reindeer, glistening snowmen, decorated Christmas trees, smiling gingerbread, poinsettias and presents and topped with tinsel, bows, jingle bells and pom-poms, these thrift store sweaters are garish, no… [Read More]

Fashionista: Moto jacket adds style to winter

When I found this cozy moto jacket I was over-the-top happy. I love, love, love everything about this tartan-like piece. It has so many cute details with the zippered sleeves to the adjustable buckled sides, and when you zip it up to the top you are enveloped with a cozy soft collar. It’s like wearing… [Read More]

How to get your thrift store Black Friday shopping on

If you’ve got a budget — and who doesn’t?! — and want to take advantage of all the Black Friday deals you can muster, look to thrift store Black Friday shopping at Goodwill to save big by scoring on some amazing treasures. “If you set your sights on second hand clothing, you’ll not only get more… [Read More]

Fashionista: Shop butterscotch color trend for less at Goodwill

One of the color trends this cold season is butterscotch. It’s a much warmer version of yellow, and if you visit any department store, you will see this color in shirts, dresses, coats, scarves and more. Do you need this color in your wardrobe arsenal? Yes! It brightens up your mood, and when you feel… [Read More]

DIY tablescape features eclectic Goodwill finds

The holidays are filled with gatherings of family and friends, so what better way to create some conversation than curating a unique tablescape? Your local Goodwill is filled with wonderful houseware treasures that pair well when creating a holiday tablescape. Here are a few key steps to consider when creating a dynamic look that’ll have… [Read More]

Artificial Christmas trees are the real deal

This time of year, it’s like our very own festival of trees celebration right in our Goodwill retail stores and training centers. Come check out our indoor tree farm and find the perfect artificial Christmas trees for your home. Our Goodwill NCW stores offer a variety of trees in an assortment of styles and sizes,… [Read More]

DIY Gift Basket Ideas from Goodwill

Looking for an easy but creative gift idea this Christmas? Create your own custom gift baskets using thrifted finds. Start by finding a basket in our home wares section that fits the theme of your gift. Then, fill it up! By shopping at Goodwill NCW for pieces to fill your gift basket, you can get… [Read More]

Bring Good Home with DIY Christmas gifts

Julie Braun sees nothing but potential in sweaters that no longer are in style by giving them a second life as DIY Christmas gifts. The Appleton mom of two and do-it-yourselfer shops thrift for sweaters throughout the year so she can provide homemade Christmas gifts by repurposing them into warm mittens. She also sells the… [Read More]

Bring Good Home with ugly Christmas sweater

No holiday gathering would be complete in Lainey’s family without wearing an ugly Christmas sweater and a friendly competition to see who can one-up the other. For the Appleton teenager who “loves to thrift” dressing up in a cheap ugly Christmas sweater each December is a family tradition. Adorned with lavish landscapes, rosy-cheeked Santas and… [Read More]