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Fun Sweaters for the Win!

 

Living in the eastern part of Pennsylvania, cheering for the Eagles is almost a requirement. My daughter has become interested in the Eagles since she started cheerleading for her own school and recently I found this “ugly” or “festive” holiday themed football sweater for her.

This NFL brand sweater would normally retail for $50, but I found it for just $6.50. eaglessweater1The Eagles green, black and white sweater sports the team logo and some traditional Christmas motifs. I’m not sure I would have ever paid full price for something like this, but she thought it was fun. She said she will only wear it when they win though.

She chose Abercrombie and Fitch skinny jeans, which she styled with a wide single cuff. These jeans would have sold at full price for $78, so I consider $6.50 (a savings of more than 90%!) a great deal.eaglessweater

To finish it off, she pulled a pair of black, modern, wedge heels from my closet. These Donald J. Pliner beauties are a great find. These designer shoes retail for hundreds of dollars, so I didn’t mind spending $9.97. They have a classic design that apparently even teens like.

From crazy sweaters to designer footwear, Goodwill Keystone Area stores hold such a variety of goods! Score a touchdown and bring some of your own treasures home today.

Sweater: $6.50
Jeans: $6.50
Shoes: $9.97

Total: $22.97

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.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Sweater

 

I was originally planning to use this sweater as an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” blog post, but after seeing it styled and photographed, it is way too cool to be considered “ugly.” I have a few more (shall we say “festive”?) sweaters to share with you on a later post.

But let me back up a moment – I’d like to introduce you to the first male model on my blog: my friend Rich! blog1 He and I share a love of thrifting and he often tags me in his posts on Facebook with the great items he has found at Goodwill Keystone Area stores. He also attends the annual Goodwill Runway Show to support his sister, who is one of the models.

I offered Rich the chance to model this lovely vintage 80s wool and acrylic sweater and he jumped (or should I say pranced) at the chance. blog3The red, black and grey knit sweater by Campus is perfect for the holidays, and despite its age, it looks modern and festive. I did a little research on the brand and discovered it was a menswear company that started in 1922 as the Campus Sweater Company in Cleveland, Ohio. They produced a wide variety of men’s sporty clothing, but were best known for their sweaters and casual shirts. At one time, Campus was the largest producer of men’s casualwear in the USA.

While most of the time I blog about women’s fashions and accessories, Goodwill stores are filled with men’s, teen’s and children’s clothing as well as home goods. I found this classic sweater at a Goodwill Outlet for just about a dollar and Rich told me his khakis were also Goodwill finds.blog2

If you are on the lookout for holiday goods or fashions, be sure to start shopping now! Cute and “ugly” holiday sweaters will get snapped up quickly as we get closer to Christmas. Goodwill Keystone Area stores are starting to load up their aisles with holiday merchandise, so shop early for the best selection!

Sweater: $1.00
Total: $1.00

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.

Thankfulness

 

This week is Thanksgiving and I have a lot to be grateful for this year. One of the things I am thankful for is this blog. I love being your Goodwill Keystone Area blogger and I enjoy sharing my fashion finds and the mission of Goodwill with you, my readers.

This weekend while shopping with a new friend at Goodwill in Shillington, I found the perfect blanket scarf. thanksgivingblog2It’s huge and has a unique pattern which is excellent for fall. Wrapping it around me is like giving myself a hug. I could style it several different ways such as wearing it as a shawl, a vest or around my shoulders or neck.

I paired it with a coordinating orange cowl-neck sweater by Willi Smith (a brand usually sold at T.J. Maxx stores), thanksgivingblogPaige skinny jeans and my one of my favorite pairs of boots. These were purchased at the store in Phoenixville before I started blogging. I paid approximately $30 at Goodwill for these Lucky Brand distressed leather boots, but I knew they were worth it (value $200+) and they are in regular rotation in my wardrobe with anything from jeans to dresses.

No matter how you spend Thanksgiving or who you spend it with, take a moment to say “thanks” for whatever makes you happy. I am grateful for Goodwill Keystone Area for giving me the opportunity to write this blog and to you all for reading it and supporting me for almost a year now. Happy Thanksgiving from Goodwill Keystone Area and my family to yours!

Kirsten

Sweater: $4.25
Scarf: $1.00
Jeans: $6.50

Total: $11.75
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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.

Fun & Functional Footwear – No pinched toes or cramped feet here!

 

When one thinks of fashion they might think of sky-high heels and boots. But, sometimes you need something a little more functional, yet still stylish.

Lately, my wardrobe has been become more casual. I’ve been attracted to footwear that I can wear running errands or working in the yard (now in the leaves and rain, but soon in the snow).

Being an 80s girl, I always loved Espirit and when I was a kid, we called these brown and black laced boots “duck boots.” I saw this pair and since they brought back great memories and were extremely functional, they went in my cart. blog2
They would have originally retailed for around $69.99, but I picked them up for just $9.97 at Goodwill in Morgantown, PA.

Next are these rainy-weather-necessities by L.L. Bean. blog3The leopard print makes them stylish and very useful on damp days. These “Wellie” styled boots would have sold for around $89.00, so for only $2.25 from the Reading Outlet, I got another bargain!

My daughter has been waiting for me to use these turquoise Converse sneakers on my blog ,so they can go in her closet! blog4She and I both love this color and style. It’s basic, yet fun and I see people of all ages wearing and loving Converse. I found these the day of grand opening at Goodwill in Trappe, PA for just $6.97. Retail would be about $50.

Lastly are these black and white Adidas Dragon sneakers.blog5I found them at Goodwill in East Earl, PA (Lancaster County) and they are in like new – just $9.97. Online, they are going for up to $100, so I’m pretty happy with this deal! I have loved this style of sneaker since I was in high school. We didn’t have a football team, so all the cool guys played soccer and off the field they wore Adidas.

All of these shoes are fun, yet functional and are extremely comfortable. No pinched toes or cramped feet here! Sneakers and flat boots give your feet a break from heels and these make you look a little more stylish during your everyday errands! If I had paid retail for all of these shoes, the total would have been over $300, but with Goodwill, I picked up these shoes at an average of 90% off!

Goodwill – Morgantown, PA:
Duck boots: $6.97

Goodwill Outlet – (Mt. Penn) Reading, PA:
Rain boots: $2.25

Goodwill – Trappe, PA:
Converse: $6.97

Goodwill – East Earl, PA:
Adidas: $9.97

Total: $26.16

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.

Comfy Cardi

 

When I find something that is on my fashion bucket list at Goodwill, I feel so lucky! One of those things was an Aztec-print swing cardigan. These have been popular for the last few seasons. It is unique enough that I could wear this in various ways for years to come.

This version by Full Tilt came from the Trappe location and was a bargain at $4.25. cardiblog I loved the cozy feel, the pink and blue color combination and the perfect fit. It was easy to layer on top of a black Mossimo (Target) tank top, but in cooler weather a turtleneck would work too!

These black “Skinny Curvy” jeans from Ann Taylor Loft sell for $79.50, but I paid just $6.50 at Goodwill in Morgantown. cardiblog2They are a classic piece that I can style in many different ways. For this look I cuffed them and added black leather ankle boots by Bandolino.

My accessories included the turquoise and silver beaded necklace ($6.97) and a roomy black leather bag by Tignanello ($6.97). cardiblog3Tignanello makes high-quality leather goods and you can often find them at Goodwill stores. They hold up well and I’ve found many of them in a variety of colors and styles over my years of shopping at Goodwill. Look for their unique chain-print lining to help spot them on the purse rack!

This cardigan is sure to become on my wardrobe staples. Besides this look, I could throw it on over a little black dress and add some fun accessories for a night out. When thinking about your wardrobe, make a list of things you would love to find and keep your eye out when shopping at your local Goodwill store!

Goodwill Trappe, PA:
Sweater: $4.25

Goodwill Morgantown, PA:
Jeans: $6.50
Purse: $6.97
Tank: $3.95

Goodwill Ephrata, PA:
Necklace: $6.97

Goodwill Shillington, PA:
Boots: $6.97

Total: $28.64

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.

Layer It On

 

Fall can be a tough time of year to dress appropriately. Mornings and evenings are cool, but it can be sunny and warm in the afternoons. Layering your clothing can keep you comfortable all day long. On a recent outing to Pottsville with my sister to visit an antique shop, I put together a multi-layered outfit including several coordinating pieces.

I started with a sleeveless olive green, ivory and purple print blouse by Jones Studio. bloglayer
I topped that with a solid-colored fringed swing cardigan. Fringe is big for fall and I’ve seen it decorating lots of boots and handbags.

I topped those pieces with a coordinating plaid down vest by Lands End. bloglayer2A vest like this would cost about $60-$70 when new, but I picked it up for just $5.50! I enjoy mixing and matching patterns such as the print blouse and plaid vest. One of my favorite phrases for fashion is that “it doesn’t have to match, it just has to go”! I added my own gold necklace and bracelets (former Goodwill purchases) to accessorize the look.

My White House Black Market pants are one of my favorite new finds from my visit to Goodwill in Robesonia, PA a few weeks ago. They are an ivory, skinny, cargo pant and are accented with gold. My lush suede boots from Nine West played off the purple in the blouse and vest. bloglayer4Lastly, the structured brown suede Zara handbag was the perfect neutral against the rest of the outfit.bloglayer3

As the day warmed up, it was easy to shed the vest and keep comfortable as we strolled around town, enjoying the history of the area. If it was cooler I could have added on an ivory scarf. Keeping easy pieces to add on or subtract from your outfit will keep you comfortable with these fluctuating temperatures!

Goodwill in Shillington:
Blouse: $4.00
Cardigan: $3.95
Bag: $4.97

Goodwill in Robesonia:
Pants: $5.50

Goodwill in Morgantown:
Vest: $5.50
Boots: $6.97

Total: $30.89

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.

Walk the Runway

 

Have you ever dreamed of being a model, walking the runway in fabulous fashions in front of a live audience? I did and a few years ago that dream became a reality. I became part of a group of volunteers who donate their time and talents to the Goodwill’s Runway Show.

I have been involved in the Runway Show since almost the beginning, starting out as a model and eventually becoming a stylist (where I shop and dress models) and committee member.blogrunway Being involved with the show has not only made me feel good about being part of a wonderful, charitable organization, but it has helped my confidence, given me a new network of friends and business contacts and led to me being Goodwill’s thrifty fashion blogger!blogrunway2

So, if you or someone you know are interested in auditioning, this year’s Model Open Call will be held on Saturday, November 12 from 1pm-2:30pm at the Goodwill Keystone Area Office located at 3001 St. Lawrence Ave., Reading, PA. No experience is needed! We are looking for men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes, over 18 years of age (Please bring your ID), who are interested in volunteering to model in our April 20, 2017 Goodwill Runway Show at Body Zone in Wyomissing. The show is Goodwill’s largest fundraiser in Berks County.

Since this event is a fundraiser, we are requiring all participating models to meet a fundraising goal by: selling tickets, a program ad or a sponsorship or by getting a silent auction donation. Goodwill will provide you guidance and materials in fundraising for this event. It’s much easier than you think!

If you are ready to join this fabulously, fun and exciting event, please attend our audition on November 12th. If you want to volunteer, but don’t want to model, please contact Goodwill about other volunteer positions that are available. Together, we can make a difference in our community, one runway at a time.

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.

Sweater Weather, Almost

 

I am completely ready for sweater weather, but the fall temperatures are not cooperating yet. On the day I shot this blog post, it was 82 degrees. But, it won’t last.

This gorgeous pumpkin-spice colored wool sweater from J Crew has been patiently waiting in my closet until fall.FallAlmost2I found it last summer and put it aside. This shade is perfect for autumn. The rich color and textured pattern are classic, yet still modern. I paired it with this vintage Japanese scarf from that I discovered at the Goodwill Outlet in Reading. Scarves are a great, inexpensive way to dress up any outfit from jeans to dresses or a suit. And Goodwill stores are usually a great place up to pick up several scarves to update your wardrobe for only a few dollars.

Premium denim is one of my favorite things to search for at Goodwill. And this pair is another one of my best finds. These jeans from Hudson (an American company favored by celebrities) were found at the Morgantown store for only $6.50. Retail on this style is about $200, so I was very excited to add these to my collection.

I rounded out my look with pointy-toed suede booties by Nine West ($6.97) and a leopard print bangle ($1.97).FallAlmost1 All I need now is the cool weather to enjoy sweater weather!

– Kirsten

Goodwill, Morgantown, PA:
Bangle: $1.97
Jeans: $6.50

Goodwill, Shillington, PA:
Sweater: $6.50
Boots: $6.97

Goodwill Outlet, Reading (Mt. Penn), PA:
Scarf: $0.60

Total: $21.94

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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.

Fashion, Fun & Friends!

 

Last evening, Tuesday, October 25, Goodwill Keystone Area Fashion Blogger Kirsten invited the community out for a night of fashion and fun at the Exeter Library in Reading, PA.KirstenEvent

The event was well attended and featured select fashion finds from Kirsten’s travels around to local Goodwill Keystone Area stores as modeled by Kirsten’s friends.KirstenEvent2

Stay tuned for more fun events and browse all of Kirsten’s amazing thrift finds as well as additional tips and fashion advice on the Goodwill Keystone Area blog, www.yourgoodwill.org/blog

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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.

Fall Classics

 

This year’s fall temperatures has been up and down, but inevitably cooler weather will be here to stay and sweaters, scarves and boots will be staples in my wardrobe. Right now we are enjoying that in-between time where we have cool nights and warm days.

While I’m not ready for a winter coat and tall boots, I have been craving a change in my wardrobe. A long sleeved dress, sheer tights and short boots is the perfect starter autumn outfit.

This black and white striped dress by 12pm Mon Ami (which is actually a tunic, but well, I’m vertically challenged) is light enough for a recent outing to St. Peter’s Village in Chester County. Blog12 If you go, make sure you stop by the Bakery. It’s worth every carb!

The dress is accented with colorful plaid cuffs and a pocket so I added a red leather Tignanello purse to tie the outfit together. A frothy cream-colored scarf by Merona (a Target brand) and a silver and black necklace (that I’ve had for several years from Goodwill) were the perfect accessories. As it warmed up, I put aside the scarf and enjoyed the day.

These sturdy, black, ankle boots by Bandolino are my new favorite footwear! I’ll be wearing them with jeans, dress pants or dresses and they look equally as stylish. Blog13The zipper and leather straps give them a funky, biker vibe.

Easing into fall with transitional pieces is a great way to start to change up your wardrobe. I love that shopping at Goodwill gives me the ability to freshen up my closet each season while still having plenty of money for lunch out with my family.

Kirsten

Goodwill in Trappe, PA:
Dress: $5.50

Goodwill in Shillington, PA:
Shoes: $6.97

Goodwill in Morgantown, PA:
Scarf: $2.00
Purse: $9.97

Total: $24.44
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 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.