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It’s Time to Shop Back to School with a Little Help from Goodwill!

 

REMINDER: Take a Thrift Trip with Thrifty Fashionista Kirsten Saturday, September 9, click here for details! 

Are you starting to shop for Back to School supplies? Did you know that Goodwill Keystone Area stores are having a Back to School sale August 7-11 for 15% off with student ID k-12 and college? ID or report card are acceptable and parents can bring the ID to shop and get the discount for their children. Complete details here!

But why wait, there are great deals to be had everyday at Goodwill! To find a store near you, click here.

My model Reghan, who I’ve already mentioned is a huge Goodwill fan, is back with a more casual outfit this time. We shopped for both of her outfits at the Robesonia store.

Her second look is what seems to be a wardrobe staple for kids these days: t-shirts, skinny jeans and ankle boots. She quickly found this outfit while shopping and it turned out to be a winner.Blog4

The dark wash skinny jeans were brand new from Mossimo (a Target brand) for just $6.50. They will transition with her through the school year as she can layer on a sweatshirt or sweater as the weather turns colder.

Both of her tops (she layered the pink tank under the printed t-shirt) were on sale this week. At 25% off they came to just $2.96 each!Blog1 The tank was new with tags from Mossimo and the printed navy t-shirt was from Nollie. The description from their website states: “Look your best every day of the week in clothing by Nollie! Created in 2000, Nollie is known for their comfortable laidback tees, tanks and fashion-forward essentials. Plus, every piece from the collection is made from high-quality materials.”

Reghan’s faux suede gray booties are from American Eagle Outfitters. Blog3Flat boots are practical for school and fun for hanging out with her family and friends on the weekend.

Start making your lists now and save some cash on Back to School clothing and accessories at the Goodwill Keystone Area sale from August 7-11!Blog2

Jeans: $6.50
Tank top: $2.96
T-shirt: $2.96
Shoes: $6.97
Backpack: $12.50
Total: $31.89

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Back to School Sale!

 

REMINDER: Take a Thrift Trip with Thrifty Fashionista Kirsten Saturday, September 9, click here for details! 

It may still be summer, but many parents (and some kids!) have started thinking about “Back to School”. Pencils, notebooks, back packs and of course, new outfits, are necessities for any school-age youth! Shopping for all of these items can add up quickly, so getting a discount on them will help stretch your budget. Goodwill is here to help you out!

Goodwill Keystone Area stores are having a Back to School sale August 7-11 for 15% off with student ID k-12 and college. Back2SchoolSaleAug7-11-FBID or report card are acceptable and parents can bring the ID to shop and get the discount for their children. For complete details, click here.

My model Reghan is already a huge Goodwill fan (along with her mom), so I didn’t have to do much convincing to take her shopping for some back to school looks for the blog.

Her first of two looks for my Back to School series is this adorable black and white Charlotte Russe dress.Blog6 It has pockets and the bold stripes make it a fun look for someone her age.

We dressed it up with a patterned black and white infinity scarf. I’m a fan of mixing and matching prints, so we also added in colorful printed flats from Cherish Elegance. Blog8 She’ll be able to run from class to class in style with these comfortable, yet trendy shoes.

Lastly, the most important part – her back pack! Reghan’s mom picked this beautiful Vera Bradley backpack up at the Robesonia store on 50% off day for just $12.50!Blog9

Back to School doesn’t have to cost a fortune when you shop at Goodwill Keystone Area! The stores are filled with lots of youth clothing and accessories including backpacks and assorted school supplies. Be sure and check your neighborhood store for some smart deals to send your kids back to school in style! And save the date for our Back to School sale starting August 7th!Blog7

Dress: $5.50
Scarf: $1.00
Shoes: $6.97
Backpack: $12.50
Total: $25.97

From my closet to yours,

Kirsten
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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Short on Cash, But Not on Style

REMINDER: Take a Thrift Trip with Thrifty Fashionista Kirsten Saturday, September 9, click here for details! 

OK, there’s a double meaning in that title. I’m modeling shorts and I’m going to tell you that if you are short on cash, there is no need to be short on style with Goodwill. A subtle attempt at fashion blog humor…

I’m just going to come out and say it: this outfit cost about $6!Blog5 The whole outfit including the shoes and bag! How, you ask? By spending some time and searching the bins at the Goodwill outlet centers. Clothing and wares are typically sold by the pound and shoes are a flat $2.75. I’ve said it before that it takes more effort to find fashion gold at the outlets, but it is possible! NOTE: learn about Goodwill’s Outlet Centers and find locations, click here.

This beautifully patterned linen top was the foundation for the outfit. It is well made with nice sleeve detailing and graphite buttons. Unfortunately the tag was removed, but I am guessing it might be Talbots. The colors are perfect for a summer outing. This fall I can wear this top with black trousers for work or jeans for a weekend look.Blog1

I paired it with cute embroidered shorts from New York & Co. Black shorts are a nice change from the typical denim, white or khaki you may have been sporting all summer.

The lattice cut turquoise wedge sandals from Bamboo would have originally cost about $35, but shoes at the outlet are just $2.75! Blog3These are such a beautiful summer color! I’m thinking of pairing them with jeans and maybe a coral or black top and a turquoise necklace.

The simple black Tignanello handbag is crafted of butter-soft leather with brown contrast stitching.Blog4 I love finding this brand of bags because they are always high quality and often over-looked so they are plentiful at the Goodwill stores. This one would have retailed for over $100! The necklace was my own and a previous purchase from Goodwill.Blog2

I paid about $6.00 for this look that would have cost me approximately $275 if I bought it at the mall! If you have the time to sort through the bins, you can definitely walk away with some Goodwill gold!

Top: $0.50
Shorts: $0.50
Shoes: $2.75
Bag: $2.25
Total: $6.00

From my closet to yours,

Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Staying Cool by the Pool

 

REMINDER: Take a Thrift Trip with Thrifty Fashionista Kirsten Saturday, September 9, click here for details! 

It’s July, so it’s hot. Whether you are spending time by the pool, on the beach or on a boat, looking cool is easy with a few summery pieces from Goodwill Keystone Area Stores in shades that are as cool as the water they are inspired by.

A tunic is the perfect wardrobe necessity for this time of year. They are typically light and gauzy and ideal for slipping on over a bathing suit or for a casual night out.

This beautiful turquoise and aqua cotton tunic with neckline detail was a major find at the Goodwill Outlet in Reading. Pool3At the outlet, you pay by the pound for clothing, accessories and home goods, so I walked away with this $110 Boden tunic for about $1.

Boden is a British clothing retailer selling primarily online and by mail order and catalog. It was founded by Johnnie Boden in 1991 as a mail-order business. The company sells in several countries, with websites for the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and Australia.

I paired it with some sparkling silver accessories. The Kate Spade tote I have featured before, but it has become one of my most favorite Goodwill finds. Pool2 It is perfect for all my poolside accessories. The silver White Mountain sling backs are as comfortable as they are pretty! I’ve worn them with skinny jeans and a light blouse and silver jewelry. Last, the silver and turquoise beaded necklace adds a final touch and completes the outfit.
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Let your surroundings inspire you! The sparkling water of the pool is reflected in my dress and accessories. Keeping cool and dressing well is easy when you shop for lounge wear at Goodwill Keystone Area.

Dress: $1.00 (approximate)
Shoes: $6.97
Bag: $4.97
Necklace: $6.97

Total: $19.91

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten
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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Professional Denim

 

In the last of my four part series about dressing professionally on a budget, I’m showcasing an effortless casual dress with neutral designer accessories. The whole look is under $20!

The A-line, ¾ sleeve dress has been in regular rotation in my summer wardrobe. blog2 The simple shape is loose and flowing on these hot summer days. The pockets make it fun and functional. Dresses are an integral part of my wardrobe. They don’t require mixing and matching like separates such as blouses, pants or skirts. One piece, a few accessories and you are out the door!

The bag and the shoes are the designer stars of this outfit. I picked up the leopard print leather satchel by Cynthia Rowley for only $4.97. blog1Retail on this bag is about $250. The gold chain accents and the embossed python print in the leopard pattern are high quality details. When looking for a designer bag, be sure to look at the finishes of the metal and leather and check the liner for rips or stains. Some things can be repaired or cleaned, others can’t.

This brand of shoes has been on my wish list. I was hoping to find sandals, but thrifters can’t be choosers! These brown Jack Rogers ballet flats are perfect for summer. blog4The iconic detailing on a Jack Rogers shoe is the lacing. They would have retailed for about $150 when new, but I paid only $4.97. Lastly I layered on a Target necklace, which I picked up new with tags for $3.97.blog3

This neutral color scheme of denim and browns is perfect for a casual office look. You could upgrade this to an evening look with black heels and a statement necklace and colorful clutch. Or to adapt this look for winter, adding tights, boots and a scarf will add some extra warmth against the chill. A denim dress has many possibilities!

I hope I have showed you four different looks for different professional environments. Even if you don’t work in an office, having a dress, blouse and trousers ready for interviews or meetings is affordable with pieces from Goodwill Keystone Area stores!

Dress: $5.50
Shoes: $4.97
Bag: $4.97
Necklace: $3.97
Total: $19.41

From my closet to yours,

Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Work and Play

 

While building your work wardrobe is necessary, enjoying your time away from your job is important as well. You might be heading out to a casual dinner or grabbing a drink with friends right after work, so looking a little more relaxed is easy when you have the right pieces.

Meredith’s work look started out with this art deco patterned sleeveless blouse by Calvin Klein. The green, pink, black and white pattern ties the outfit together and adds a lot of detail. For daytime, a short-sleeved pink cardigan by Loft makes it completely office-appropriate.Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 10.55.19 AM It’s also good to have an extra layer in case of chilly air conditioning.

For office hours, we also gave her a roomy, zippered black tote with gold details by Steve Madden. Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 10.55.07 AMThis is large enough for files, a tablet or a laptop. Bags like this are perfect for the off hours as well, carting around your snacks or necessities for a weekend day trip.

Meredith wore her own black plants and flats, but we layered a silver and black beaded chain necklace to add a finishing touch.

For after hours, we changed up her look, just slightly. Gone is the simple pink cardigan. We replaced it with a perennial classic, a faded-wash jean jacket from Gap.
Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 10.55.33 AM I love jean jackets and probably have half a dozen in various cuts and colors. But maybe that is a throw back to my 80s girl roots. But, they immediately make an outfit less fussy and add casual chic style to any look.

We unwrapped the necklace and left it long and traded the tote for a stylish green cross body bag. I picked up this little treasure at the Morgantown store. Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 10.55.45 AMI knew it was well made, but I didn’t realize what a great find it was until I got home and researched the brand – Pulicati. It was made in Italy and when new it retailed for $150, so not a bad investment for $6.97.

Meredith has an effortless day-to-night look and shopping at Goodwill Keystone Area stores gives her the ability to treat herself to a night out after work.

Blouse: $3.95
Necklace: $3.97
Tote bag: $9.97
Cardigan: $3.95
Jean jacket: $5.50
Small bag: $6.97
Total: $34.31

From my closet to yours,

Kirsten KirstenBlogHeadShot

 

About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Professional Prints

 

Dressing professionally doesn’t mean you have to have a “uniform look” of plain trousers and a blouse. Adding some flair to your work wardrobe helps you stand out while working at your current job or interviewing for a new position.

As I mentioned in my previous post, Goodwill Keystone Area provides the pathway to employment for many people. And their stores provide a variety of wardrobe options for whatever career path you choose.

I love color, texture and pattern and this look provides all three items. My office environment is pretty casual, but I still like to add a little panache to my days with my clothing choices. The white blouse was new with tags from Talbots. Blog6 It retailed for $79, but I picked it up for $3.95. The white piping around the neckline and sleeves adds an interesting detail to this classic white top.

Print pants are back in style! I love them as a fun choice for summer. These cropped blue print trousers from Loft add some balance to the simple blouse.Blog7 If your office required you to be more covered up, a bright solid colored cardigan would be an easy option. Each office environment is different. When interviewing look around at how others are dressed, this will point you in the right direction on making your own wardrobe choices if you are hired.

As for my accessories, I added some color and balance. My necklace was my own, but these low-heeled fuchsia flats by Bijou coordinate and tie the look together. Blog5A gold, chunky beaded bracelet picks up on the gold in the necklace and the buckle on the shoes. And finally, the white leather tote from Tignanello was a great find from the Goodwill Keystone Area Outlet in Reading. Having a professional-looking bag helps finish off your look in a stylish way.

If you are starting at a new job, check out how your co-workers are dressing and adjust your new wardrobe accordingly. Shopping at Goodwill Keystone Area stores will help you fill your closet and adding a few fun pieces will keep your look fresh, clean and professional!

Pants: $4.25
Blouse: $3.95
Bracelet: $1.97
Shoes: $6.97
Bag: $1.75 (Goodwill Outlet)
Total: $18.89

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Dress for Success

 

Goodwill Keystone Area’s mission is “To support persons with disabilities and other barriers to independence in achieving their fullest potential as workers and as members of the broader community.” They provide employment services that will support you in finding and keeping a job and they involve you and your support network in the employment process.

Goodwill gives you the tools, but to take the next step, you need to dress the part for your interview. Whether you are applying for a job in retail, food service, administrative or industrial fields, dressing neatly, cleanly and professionally is a must. Personally I have seen job applicants in sweat pants and flip flops and the excuse is that they can’t afford to dress better. But that is where Goodwill can help you, yet again.

As I was shopping one day at the Shillington location, I came upon a girl and her mother shopping for three pairs of black pants and three white shirts. She had just gotten her first job as a server at a restaurant and she wanted to dress nicely for her new position. For about $30, she left there with three outfits to start her career.

In this four part series I will show you different looks, all in the category of “office professional” which would be perfect for a job or collegiate interview. My friend, Meredith, works for a law office so I gave her a stylish, yet conservative outfit. Her crisp navy and white striped wrap dress from Ann Taylor is a perennial classic.Blog4 She could throw a blazer or cardigan on top of this in cooler weather or if the air conditioning is cranked up in the summer. And as you will see in another post, by adding a jean jacket, she could make this into an after work, date night look.

Pearls are timeless and we modernized this choice by using a longer, chunky strand of chain and pearls. Blog2 She wore her own simple pearl earrings and neutral beige pumps. To add color, I added a red leather bag. This one is from Bloomingdales and provides a nautical (or patriotic) feel with the navy and white dress.
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For under $15, Meredith has a professional and affordable look. Shopping at half off days at Goodwill Keystone Area stores (NOTE: next 50% off sale is Tuesday, July 11) help you maximize your wardrobe budget and if you purchase quality, classic pieces, you’ll be able to wear these throughout your career.

Put your best foot forward when it comes to interviewing for a job. Goodwill helps you look your best and when you look good, your confidence will shine through!

Dress: $2.75 (Half off day)
Purse: $3.48 (Half off day)
Necklace: $6.00
Total: $12.23

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill Keystone Area stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. Meet up with her at one of Goodwill’s shopping events! Check the event pages for details.

Rooting for the Home Team!

 

Summer is the perfect season to spend some time watching “America’s Pastime”, eat some cracker jack and hot dogs and cheer for your favorite home team at the ballpark.

One of the best parts of attending a game is being able to show your enthusiasm for your team by dressing the part. Sportswear can be quite pricey, but Goodwill Keystone Area stores offer options for team logo wear, especially if your favorite teams are from Philadelphia, Baltimore or Pittsburgh. You can also find plenty of local college attire, especially Penn State.

This vintage-style bedazzled Phillies t-shirt is perfect for those hot summer nights at Citizens Bank Park.Phillies1 A new t-shirt like this from Genuine Merchandise by Campus Lifestyle would have retailed for $40, but I picked it up for just $3.95. Way cheaper than a ticket to the game!

White jeans are a classic summer choice. These crisp white skinny jeans by Mossimo from Target are the perfect partner to the red, white and blue shirt.Phillies2

Keeping the footwear casual are these limited edition Beatles “Yellow Submarine – All You Need Is Love” sneakers by Vans. I found these at the outlet in Reading for only $2.25. Phillies3They retailed for $64.99. I can see these being a popular choice for footwear this summer. The colors are bright and cheerful and they are comfortable!

While visiting colleges in New York with my daughter, I stopped at a neighborhood Goodwill and picked up a college sweatshirt at a fraction of the price of new. Looking for logo wear, be it a professional sports team or a local college, is a great reason to visit a local Goodwill.

Shirt: $3.95
Jeans: $6.50
Sneakers: $2.25
Total: $12.70

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.

Goodwill Summer Events

 

It’s almost time for vacations, BBQs, pool parties and days at the beach (or the “shore” as we call it in northeastern PA) and that means you need to look calm, cool and stylish even on the hottest of days.

I will be hosting two upcoming Goodwill Keystone Area events to share my thrifting tips and tricks. Both are free! Join me and find some fashionable additions to your summer wardrobe!

Secrets of a Thrifty Fashionista

On Monday, June 19th I make a return visit to the Exeter Community Library in Reading, PA. I will be sharing my “Secrets of a Thrifty Fashionista” and holding a small summer fashion show modeled by the ladies of the Exeter Library. There will also be door prizes. Bring your best Goodwill finds to share with the group. To register, please call the Exeter Library at 610.406.943. Click here for more info.

Meet Up & Shop

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Then, on Thursday, June 22nd, put those tips to work as I host a shopping Meetup at the Goodwill store in East Earl, PA. I will shop the aisles with you at one of my favorite locations. It is a hidden gem of a store and located only about 20 minutes from Reading. Bring your girlfriends and shop from 6 until 8pm! We’ll be offering a special coupon just for that night! What treasures can you find? Click here for more info. No registration required.

My first look for summer includes this flirty little Milly Collection dress from Banana Republic.Blog6 I picked it up for just $5.50, but this navy and pink medallion dress originally released in the summer of 2013 sold for $120. Blog4I always feel pretty in pink, and these strappy Seychelles wedge sandals are no exception! My price: $6.97; but they retailed for approximately $120. My $6.50 dark wash denim jacket is from London Jean, a brand by Victoria’s Secret. Blog5New, it would have cost $75. As for accessories, my necklace was purchased new-with-tags from Target and originally cost $16.99, but I got it for 50% off at $8.50. The navy suede and chain bag is vintage and a nice find at $3.97.Blog7This outfit would have cost over $350, but I paid just 10% of the retail.

These events are a great way to find the best deals, but also meet some new thrifting friends. I’ve gotten to know a lot of women (and a few men) through my love of Goodwill. Come join us and get to know Goodwill Keystone Area better and find some great summer looks like mine!

Dress: $5.50
Jacket: $6.50
Shoes: $6.97
Purse: $3.97
Necklace: $8.50
Total: $31.44

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She loves all things crafty, tasty and fashionable, especially while being frugal. She enjoys hunting for treasures at her local Goodwill stores to decorate her home and wardrobe. She is a stylist and volunteer for the fundraiser the Goodwill Runway Show, which is held every spring in Reading, PA.