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Fashionista: Pastels and maxi dress are the perfect summer combo

It’s a fact that pastel colors are on trend for summer 2021. You can find pastels in everything from dresses to accessories. Maxi dresses are my summer go-to staple since they are comfortable, easy to wear and keep you cool. They are the classic piece for the season. Combine the look of trending pastel print… [Read More]

DIY Lamp Update

Give an old lamp an upgrade when you DIY this fun and eclectic piece inspired by Anthropologie that will add a pop of color to any room! This unique lamp is easy to make and will look beautiful in your living room or bedroom. You only need a few supplies: White spray paint Scissors Painter’s… [Read More]

How to shop thrift fashions by fabric

There is no one right way to shop thrift for fashions. Some thrifters immediately check the brand name, while others have a whatever-looks-good approach. Another way to shop thrift fashions is by considering the material of a clothing item, which is found on an inner care label. Each fiber type has unique characteristics that can… [Read More]

Fashionista: Right on with ’70s fashion at Goodwill

Let’s celebrate ’70s fashion in honor of Goodwill NCW’s founding in 1971 and its 50th anniversary this year. For ’70s inspiration, I talked with my sisters who were living in the era of groovy apparel. I remember my sister, Debbie, and her flare jeans and halter tops, and my oldest sister, Margie, with her plaid… [Read More]

How to shop thrift for summer activities

By Josh Crowe Summer seems to sneak up and go by in a flash, so it is important to fill it with fun memories and activities. Summer fun can be costly, but it doesn’t have to be! Shopping at your local Goodwill is the best way to stretch your budget and find awesome goods. Read… [Read More]

DIY garden art

Looking for a fun way to spruce up your garden this season? Try creating your own DIY garden art with items sourced from your local Goodwill! Here are the items you’ll need: Plates in a variety of sizes, with fun patterns and designs Glass candle holders Small vases or salt and pepper shakers Glass bond… [Read More]

Summer 2021 fashion trends

While summer is typically greeted with open arms, this year it is even more highly anticipated for so many reasons. After a long winter hibernation made even longer because of the pandemic, it’s time to turn our attention to the outdoors and warmth once again. While wearing comfy clothes for those work-from-home days has had… [Read More]

Camping on a budget with thrift-store finds

By Josh Crowe As the weather warms up and campgrounds start to open, we start to think of outdoor adventure. If you are new to camping, you will find very quickly that the cost of gear can stack up fast, or if you are a grizzled veteran looking to add to your needs, why break… [Read More]

Fashionista: ’70s-inspired outfit pays tribute to Goodwill’s anniversary

In honor of Goodwill NCW turning 50 this year, I’ve decided to dedicate two blogs to ’70s fashion-inspired looks you can wear now. Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Just coming off Woodstock in 1969, the apparel of that generation carried on into the early 1970s. Flare jeans, halter tops, fringed leather, micro mini-skirts,… [Read More]

50 and thrifty: Secrets to shopping secondhand

Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (NCW) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, and what better way to honor our special occasion by saying thank you to our shoppers for their support with thrift tips from the people who know best — our own team members. Here are 50 secondhand shopping tips as we… [Read More]

3 DIY projects inspired by Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’ve got three creative projects for the do-it-yourselfer who enjoys recycling, upcycling and appreciating the beautiful outdoors. Read on to see how you can use everyday thrift-store items in new and inspiring ways this spring. Upcycled cup rack Building a recycled cup rack for your kitchen is… [Read More]

DIY children’s book rack

This children’s book rack is a cute and functional piece that will add a whimsical flair to your child’s space while encouraging a love of reading. Turn your child’s books into colorful decor and ensure they’re easily accessible for story time. You only need a few supplies: Magazine rack Minimum of three acrylic paint colors… [Read More]

Fashionista: Spring outfit starts with one great thrifted find

Let’s set the scene. I casually walked into Goodwill and headed right to the boutique section of the store. I glanced around, and immediately my eyes fixated on this bow slip-on pair of gray sneakers. Love, love, love! I knew this was going to be a fun day at Goodwill. Later in this successful shopping… [Read More]

Fashionista: Goodwill comes through with getaway dress

I’m getting so excited for our warm getaway to Florida. With outings, a baby shower and visits planned, I’m in need of a summer dress. Once again Goodwill came through. Shopping during the pandemic can be a little tricky, but Goodwill has high standards to make it safe to shop and try on clothes. The… [Read More]

Fashionista: Thrifted travel look for heading from winter to warmth

I’m counting down the days until my Florida beach getaway. One of the big challenges about traveling from the cold into the sunny warmth is how to dress for the airplane and the weather transition. Most Pinterest looks are long sweatshirts and sweatpants with scarves. It’s warm but rather sloppy. I plan on wearing something… [Read More]