Shelley the Goodwill thrifter’s two upcycling projects

I love to repurpose and upcycle things to make them more useful and beautiful. Part of that passion for me comes from an eco-conscious mindset. If I can reuse something, it’s one less item that goes to the landfill, making the future brighter for our children. When I shop at Goodwill, I save money and […]

Fashionista: Dark denim, gingham — all the fashion trends at GW

Dark denim is one of my favorite hues. We all love our faded light-washed jeans, but if you want a denim that takes you from casual to dressy, dark denim would be the one to look for. According to the Who What Wear blog, dark denim is one of the hottest trends for 2018. This […]

Going beyond the tee with 5 ways to wear white

White T-shirts are like a child’s favorite stuffed animal — comfy and well-loved. While we rely on our white tees as the building block of many outfits, it’s time to think beyond that. Not only do we need to make hay while the sun shines and wear white while it’s in season as much as […]

Boutique opens in Darboy Retail Store and Training Center

            Goodwill NCW opened a boutique at the Darboy Retail Store and Training Center, N189 Stoney Brook Road, Appleton, this week. It is the second boutique in Goodwill NCW’s 27 retail stores and training centers. The first boutique opened in January at the Rib Mountain Retail Store and Training Center. […]

How to wear Americana fashion without looking like Old Glory

Red, white and blue is a classic color combination that never goes out of style. While we love showing off our patriotism and pride with festive Americana-style clothing, you have to know how to wear it without looking cheesy. We can help with that! Here’s how to get into the spirit while saving money and […]

Fashionista: Go bold with colors

When I spotted this dark orange denim jacket, I knew I had to get it. I love bright colors and how could I resist this one? This jacket is very versatile. I paired it with a light floral blouse and dark denim jeans. Add a pair of cute sandals and you have a great look. […]

Fashionista: Fabrics to keep you cool this summer

Stay cool this summer by shopping your local GW for cottons and linens — two fabrics that are made to stand up to the heat. One of my favorite linen finds is this button-up tunic with lace underlay, pearlized buttons and pleated back. It was a great find that still had its original boutique tags […]

Thrift Fix Picks: Sheer tops spring 2018 fashion trends

Sheer, peek-a-boo fabrics match the light and airy feel of spring so it’s not a surprise that such fabrics are expected to be a 2018 fashion trend. “Sheer will be big this season, from transparent tops … to sheer socks,” according to Amanda Pena in spring fashion trends to watch for. You can embrace the […]

Shelley the Goodwill thrifter’s cardigans for spring

Heavy sweaters are out and lightweight cardigans are in as we transition to spring and then to summer. Cardigans are a spring must-have wardrobe essential since their layering capabilities are second to none, providing added warmth on a chilly evening or revealing a tee or tank when the weather is warm. Shelley, a seasoned Goodwill […]

5 fashion rules from Mom that are OK to ignore

There are so many rules to live by — or are there? — when it comes to fashion. Wear socks that match your pants. Always wear a slip. Brown shoes? Brown belt. Black shoes? Black belt. Save shiny and sequined clothes for the holidays. We’re taking a look at 5 common fashion rules our mothers […]

6 tips for camping on a budget

Spending a weekend in the great outdoors sounds cheap enough, but preparing for summer in the camper can be costly, especially if you are just starting out and need to buy everything at once. By shopping secondhand at thrift stores, you can find what you need to make camping on a budget a reality. Rather […]

Meet Thriftanista Emily and her all-time favorite Goodwill finds

Hi all! I’m Emily, a 32-year-old mama living in the Fox Valley with my husband and our wild little 2-year-old girl. I’m a “Goodwill-4-Life-er” and I’m so excited to be here as one of Goodwill NCW’s newest Thriftanistas! I’ll be bringing you fun blog posts on all things Goodwill, from thrifting tips to the trendiest […]

Thrift Fix Picks: Floral prints popping up for spring fashion

Floral prints are springing up everywhere for spring. According to Vogue, you’ll see the botanical trend in a patchwork effect, printed, embroidered or painted. This season, find the trend in everything from the dramatic colors and large buds of ‘60s florals to the delicate and sweet micro floral prints. Show off the fresh look in […]

Fashionista: Light mint clearance jacket inspires soft spring look

I took inspiration for this look from the light mint coat. I scored a great deal on that at the end of summer last year at my local GW. I paired it with this airy and feminine blouse that gathers slightly at the bottom. Try and find lightweight blouses to use as layering pieces in […]

Thrift Fix Picks: Shop second hand with these 5 looks for spring

With the promise of spring comes an excitement of knowing that we will be shedding our sweaters and saying a warm hello to our favorite tees and capris. If you’re not feeling it because you left your ho-hum spring and summer wardrobe behind when the birds went South, it’s time to change that around! Shop […]