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New and Vintage Jewelry

 

While you may think of Goodwill for clothing or housewares, many stores have a great selection of earrings, bracelets and necklaces to accent your existing wardrobe.

Jewelry can change the feel of a simple outfit such as jeans and a t-shirt and give it date-night worthy status. Or it can take last year’s style and elevate it to this year’s trend.

This colorful, Egyptian-inspired, bib necklace (all jewelry is new from Target, but found at Goodwill prices) is the perfect compliment for Vanessa’s simple red, silk blouse. We paired it with black pants, but try it with jeans and a jacket for a casual brunch with friends.necklace

The glittering gold and rhinestone bracelets will sparkle and attract attention to your hands.
While hoops may be a classic choice, these textured, gold earrings are big enough to be noticed, but simple enough to be worn every day.earrings

modelBesides new jewelry, Goodwill has vintage and costume pieces that will set you apart and make your style unique. Load up several pins on a blazer label; layer a few delicate necklaces together; pile on some bangles or try mismatched earrings. Have fun with your accessories, but remember that jewelry is meant to compliment, not overpower your look. Be sure and take advice from fashion designer Coco Chanel about accessories: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

Ciao, Kirsten

From Goodwill in East Earl, PA:
Necklace – $9.99
Bracelets: $5.99
Earrings: $3.99
Total: $19.97

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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.

Living on the Edge

 

Being a bit edgy can be a fashion risk, but with pieces from Goodwill you can try out any style you want without a major cash commitment. Today’s outfit is perfect for anyone wanting to try out an urban chic look.
picture3Step out of your comfort zone with some easy modern pieces. A vegan-friendly faux leather jacket with brown stitching accents is great for dressing up or down. Skinny jeans are now a wardrobe staple. With low, heeled black boots, they take on a rocker vibe. A pop of color with the chartreuse t-shirt brightens the whole look and makes the darker pieces stand out. Finally, layer on some necklaces and bracelets to finish the look.
picture1This outfit can take you from a concert to dinner with friends to just hitting the town. Today’s model Lexi, a 20-something student, appreciates finding her favorite brands such as American Eagle, Aeropostale and Express at Goodwill.

Don’t be afraid to try a new look. New clothes can give you the confidence to try something else new in your life. Step out of your comfort zone and live on the edge in 2016!

Outfit from Goodwill Store in Shillington, PA:

Faux leather jacket: $10.00
T-shirt: $3.97
Skinny jeans: $6.50
Boots: $6.97
Total: $27.44

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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.

Champagne Wishes

There’s still one more holiday to go in 2015! Ring in the New Year with friends or family and an outfit as sparkling as a glass of bubbly.

We’re headed to a friend’s party and I want to stand out, yet still be comfortable. The Forever 21 loose-fitting gold sequined top needs no necklace to accent it.Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 11.00.53 AM The bootcut black velvet pants from Ann Taylor have enough stretch to let me indulge in a few tasty treats one last time this year! Metallic red pumps from Nine West add a festive touch and are a low enough heel to be comfortable to socialize with our friends until the ball drops. Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 10.59.06 AMThis entire outfit cost me just $21.92 at Goodwill.Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 10.58.49 AM

Depending on your event, other options could include a simple black dress with gold chandelier earrings for a formal dinner; skinny jeans, knee-high boots and a festive sweater for a girls night out; or, if you are planning on staying in, how about a pair of comfy pajamas and some bling to toast in the new year? Whatever you end up doing, New Year’s Eve is one of the best excuses to dress up, so make the most of it. And, with pieces from Goodwill you can afford to go all out, even if you are staying in!

Happy New Year!
Kirsten

New Year’s Eve Outfit purchased at Goodwill in East Earl (Lancaster County, PA)

Top: $3.95
Pants: $5.00
Pumps: $12.97
Total: $ 21.92

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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.

Baby it’s cold outside…Well, sometimes.

 

Even though we have been enjoying record warmth in Pennsylvania, we know it won’t last and before you know it, we will be trudging through a cold, wintery January.

But, Goodwill is a great place to find outerwear to keep you toasty warm. From down parkas to leather jackets to wool coats, you can get an assortment of toppers. The great prices mean you can invest in some trendy pieces in a bright color or animal print and match your coat to your outfit or mood.
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I found a Marmot coat, which is a well-known outdoor brand, at Goodwill. It was only $10. Retail cost for this coat is about $225. It is light-weight, down-filled and kept me warm on a blustery day in Philadelphia. I added a pop of color with a graphic red and black knit scarf, which was only $4 at Goodwill.Kirsten coat

Adding accessories such as scarves and gloves can easily help update your look. Be sure to check the jewelry cases when shopping at Goodwill. Adding a few classic rhinestone pins will add sparkle and shine to a classic wool coat that you might already have in your closet!


“Get a really good coat that will last a couple of years and that you can’t wait to put on when the weather starts to turn.”
– Amber Le Bon, British fashion model

When the weather eventually does turn cold, you’ll be prepared with your new coat and accessories!

Stay Warm,
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.

Dressing for the Holidays

 

Today we are talking holiday classics and I don’t mean the Bing Crosby Christmas album your grandmother loved.

‘Tis the season for parties, events, and holiday get-togethers! But you don’t have to break the bank for festive attire to be dazzling at your gathering.

Start with a classic LBD and you’ll never go wrong. From a company cocktail party to an elegant dinner out, a little back dress is the most versatile piece of clothing in your wardrobe. Wear it to work with a blazer and classic pumps and swap out your accessories at the end of the day to be party-ready.entire outfit

This version has the embellishment built in so you don’t have to worry about finding a statement necklace or earrings to accent it. The ruffled and beaded neckline makes a simple knit velour dress a comfortable and stylish choice.

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A simple pair of gold hoops is always a classic choice and will not compete with the details on the dress. A graphic metallic clutch is trendy and can accommodate your necessities and a must-have bright holiday red lip gloss! The leopard flats are a comfortable alternative to stilettos. The low heel is perfect for dancing the night away or networking at your company party. The leopard is a neutral and will coordinate with many things already in your wardrobe after the holidays.

Kirsten in LBDThe last accessory you need is the most important – your smile. Spending time with family and friends to celebrate the holidays is a gift. Cherish it.

Cheers,
Kirsten

Outfit from Goodwill in Morgantown, PA, Total: $22.43
Dress – $5.50
Clutch – $4.97
Earrings – $4.99
Shoes – $6.97

 

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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.

Find Your Motivation With Cute or Cool Workout Clothes from Goodwill

 

Guest blog by Lauren, Penn State University Student.

At any time of the year, exercising and staying active is in style. Often times, people struggle with staying motivated and on track.

What helps motivate me? Cute or cool workout clothes! It certainly helps.Lauren2

Just like any other successful clothing purchase, whenever I find athletic apparel that fits me well and fits my budget, I am excited to put them on and try them out! Finding workout clothes that are comfortable, functional, and reasonably priced is a trifecta win!

Lauren3The problem with this motivational tactic is that athletic apparel is so expensive. Some large retail chains charge more than $30 for a workout top and more than $40 for shorts or pants! Thankfully, I found brand name athletic clothing at Goodwill at prices I can easily afford. I found these brand-new, tags-still-on Champion leggings at Goodwill for $6.50, which I can wear to my yoga and Zumba classes as well as for running outside or lifting weights at the gym.

For $3.50, I also found a nicely fitted workout top that can be worn for pretty much any type of exercise. A friend of mine found brand new trendy, exercise pants too. She loves them for yoga.

Finding affordable and fashionable athletic apparel can really change the way you approach working out. Working out and being active becomes another opportunity to show off your style and individuality.

While many people point out their insecurities and imperfections as a way to motivate themselves to be healthier and more active, I say it is better to feel content and comfortable in your own skin. Feel good and proud about being healthy! Become motivated by self love and by desire to better ourselves FOR ourselves. Lauren1

Tap into your unique fashion style and let it shine!

 

Have you ever gotten all dressed up and realized that your outfit needs a little something-something? Well, that is how Jeanette was inspired to redesign a one-of-kind accessory.

Jeanette’s creation made her the winner of the accessory category in the Goodwill ReDesign Contest.Jeanette2

What is the ReDesign Contest?
The Goodwill ReDesign Contest required interested participants to buy items at Goodwill and transform the pieces. There were 4 winning categories:

  • Social Media Favorite – Finalist with the most likes on Facebook won this category
  • Avant Garde – Create an innovative look that is experimental and pushes the boundaries.
  • Repurpose the Dress – Transform a dress (wedding, prom, formal) into another article of clothing.
  • Accessories – Construct an accessory (i.e. handbag, hat, jewelry or shoes) using a variety of items.

They submitted an entry form, receipts from Goodwill, and before and after photos of a redesign to Goodwill Keystone Area. Entries were judged on the use of Goodwill items, originality, overall appearance, and technical ability. Selected finalists walked the catwalk in their designs at the fundraiser Goodwill Runway Show in April 2015. Each category winner received a $75 Goodwill gift card and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Berks County Living.

AN INTERVIEW WITH JEANETTEJeanette

How did you get started in redesigning clothing and why do you shop at Goodwill?

I started re-designing clothing over four years ago after attending my first Goodwill Runway Show and ReDesign Contest. I shop at Goodwill because it benefits a good cause and you never know what you will discover.

What Goodwill locations do you shop at and what items do you typically look for when considering a redesign piece?

I shop at the Goodwill stores in Montgomeryville and Royersford, PA.
I look for creative pieces that have a little flair to everyday items.

How do you create your redesigns?

Have you ever been all dressed up and ready to head out the door when you realized that you didn’t have an appropriate sweater or shawl? This gave me the inspiration to create a formal cover for those special occasions. I chose items that could be used other than their original purpose. The tiered blue fabric was from a dress which I embellished with a shimmer fabric from a child’s tutu, feathers from a Halloween mask and a broach. The cover could be worn over both shoulders or just one.

What was your experience like at the Goodwill Runway Show?Jeanette3

The Goodwill Runway Show is always an exciting and energetic venue for raising awareness about Goodwill. The lively audience and great fashions add to the evening of fundraising, dining and socializing.

What advice do you have for aspiring redesigners?
Tap into your unique fashion style and let it shine!

Mad Men Redesign Wins Over Voters

 

Inspired by Mad Men’s Betty, Peggy, and Joan, Kirsten redesigned a vintage dress that captured the nostalgia of the 60s, but modernized it for today’s wardrobe. The voters loved it and made Kirsten the Social Media Favorite winner of the Goodwill ReDesign Contest.KirstenK-S-SocialMediaFavorite

What is the ReDesign Contest?
The Goodwill ReDesign Contest required interested participants to buy items at Goodwill and transform the pieces. There were 4 winning categories:

  • Social Media Favorite – Finalist with the most likes on Facebook won this category
  • Avant Garde – Create an innovative look that is experimental and pushes the boundaries.
  • Repurpose the Dress – Transform a dress (wedding, prom, formal) into another article of clothing.
  • Accessories – Construct an accessory (i.e. handbag, hat, jewelry or shoes) using a variety of items.

They submitted an entry form, receipts from Goodwill, and before and after photos of a redesign to Goodwill Keystone Area. Entries were judged on the use of Goodwill items, originality, overall appearance, and technical ability. Selected finalists walked the catwalk in their designs at the fundraiser Goodwill Runway Show in April 2015. Each category winner received a $75 Goodwill gift card and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Berks County Living.

AN INTERVIEW WITH KIRSTENKirsten

Why do you shop at Goodwill?
I started shopping at Goodwill over 15 years ago when I discovered I could purchase high-quality clothing and high-end designer pieces for my workwardrobe at great prices. After I had my children and with finding out how quickly they outgrew their clothes, it was a no-brainer to shop for them as well! My favorite Goodwill store is in East Earl (Lancaster County, PA) and my second would be Morgantown (Berks County, PA).

How did you get started in redesigning clothing?
My dream job is to be a fashion designer. I have always been crafting outfits on my own. I started redesigning when Goodwill announced it would have a ReDesign Contest at the Runway Show in 2011. Since then, I have had entries in each show. And I have won several times as well!

What items do you typically look for when considering a redesign piece?
I comb the racks hoping to find a treasure to transform. I never know when inspiration will strike.

Describe the creation of your redesign.
When I found the handmade, vintage, polyester, orange dress, I knew I had to update it (but keep its original style). To modernize the piece, I cut off the high collar and bell sleeves. I was going for a Mad Men look and feel. The hand-painted, silk screened design on the fabric only highlighted the era it came from and made a fun conversation piece when pointing out the actual signature of the original artist. Not wanting to waste the sleeves, I crafted them into a draw-string purse with faux tortoise shell handles.

What was your experience like at the Goodwill Runway Show?
I have enjoyed every show that I’ve been in and this year was no exception. Meeting the other designers and seeing their creations and talking about their ideas and plans is as much fun as the contest itself. I have made some great friends through this event. I learned that Goodwill is more than a place to buy used clothing and that they help people with challenges learn job skills and find jobs.

What advice do you have for aspiring redesigners?
Don’t be afraid and mostly, don’t think you are too old to try new things! I would have never thought at 42 that I would follow my dreams of being a fashion designer! Goodwill made that happen for me.

 

“It’s all about the hunt, chase and win”

 

We’d like to introduce you to Sheila Martin who won the Repurpose the Dress Category in the Goodwill ReDesign Contest. It’s hard to believe that she used a formal dress to create this one-of-a-kind jacket! The judges couldn’t stop gushing over the quality and technique of her stitching.

SheilaMartinReDesignWhat is the ReDesign Contest?

The Goodwill ReDesign Contest required interested participants to buy items at Goodwill and transform the pieces. There were 4 winning categories:

  • Avant Garde – Create an innovative look that is experimental and pushes the boundaries.
  • Repurpose the Dress – Transform a dress (wedding, prom, formal) into another article of clothing.
  • Accessories – Construct an accessory (i.e. handbag, hat, jewelry or shoes) using a variety of items.
  • Social Media Favorites – Finalist with the most likes on Facebook won this category.

They submitted an entry form, receipts from Goodwill, and before and after photos of a redesign to Goodwill Keystone Area. Entries were judged on the use of Goodwill items, originality, overall appearance, and technical ability. Selected finalists walked the catwalk in their designs at the fundraiser Goodwill Runway Show in April 2015. Each category winner received a $75 Goodwill gift card and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Berks County Living.

Sheila Martin won the RePurpose the Dress Category.

How did you get started in redesigning clothing?Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 2.34.50 PM

I love the redesign sewing experience! It is cheaper than buying yard goods and I like working from existing Goodwill pieces. In redesigning, I like the thrill, anxiety and terror of not knowing if I will have enough fabric to work through my inspiration.

Why do you shop at Goodwill?

It’s all about the hunt, chase and win! And we ALL win when we score a fabulous find at Goodwill. When a day is “giving me lemons,” there’s no better way to “make lemonade” than by strolling through a Goodwill store and letting my creative sewing juices flow. I’m back-to-happy in about 30 minutes!

What is your favorite Goodwill store?

I especially like the Goodwill store in Morgantown, PA. They seem to shine in their formal section, which is where I found the lion’s share of my winning garment’s fabric. They colorize the racks and prepare the apparel with noticeable care.

What items do you look for when redesigning?

I go right to the formal section and look at the full-length dresses. A redesigning seamstress is assured of optimizing YARDAGE.

Describe your redesign creative process.

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 2.34.33 PMRedesign sewing takes time, problem-solving, engineering and tactile skills, and just plain LOVE of the endeavor. I redesign clothes that I can wear. I start by asking myself, ”What does my wardrobe NEED this season?” and “Do I have the necessary time and skill to execute something that I will wear?”

When dealing with formal dresses (wedding, mother-of-the-bride, prom, bridesmaid), where the yardage is best, I never cut out and sew something that might be a dead giveaway that it once was “bridal.” Best way to achieve this is to shop by examining the underside of the fabric, which will usually have a much more matte, daytime look and feel. Sure, you will still probably end up with a “Dry Clean Only” garment, but it will be something you’ll be proud to wear any day of the week.

What was your experience like at the Goodwill Runway Show?

This was my first year at the Runway Show, and I was utterly blown-away by the entire event – the array of quality food, the sophisticated party atmosphere, the sheer NUMBER of attendees, and the technical merit of the show set-up. Plus, it was wonderful hearing the positive stories from people who have been helped by Goodwill. There was definitely a feel-good vibe during the whole evening!

And as a contestant, I was very appreciative of the chance to meet privately with the four judges and discuss my redesign.

What advice do you have for aspiring redesign artists?

My advice is to get excited about it and commit to it. Stay focused and let the creative passion build as you shop and assess the possibilities. Be flexible, but don’t give up on your intended finished (especially when the going gets tough, which it will). Keep looking at your options for a 100% successful outcome.

“Be fearless with your scissors and Sew outside the lines!”

 

We’d like to introduce you to Susan who won the Avant Garde Category in the Goodwill ReDesign Contest. She created a winning design from a lampshade, wedding dress, and a vinyl window blind. Yes, you read right. We repeat a lampshade, wedding dress, and a vinyl window blind. It was absolutely brilliant.

Image courtesy of Berks County Living.

What is the ReDesign Contest?

The Goodwill ReDesign Contest required interested participants to buy items at Goodwill and transform the pieces. There were 4 winning categories:

  • Avant Garde – Create an innovative look that is experimental and pushes the boundaries.
  • Re-purpose the Dress – Transform a dress (wedding, prom, formal) into another article of clothing.
  • Accessories – Construct an accessory (i.e. handbag, hat, jewelry or shoes) using a variety of items.
  • Social Media Favorites – Finalist with the most likes on Facebook won this category.

They submitted an entry form, receipts from Goodwill, and before and after photos of a redesign to Goodwill Keystone Area. Entries were judged on the use of Goodwill items, originality, overall appearance, and technical ability. Selected finalists walked the catwalk in their designs at the fundraiser Goodwill Runway Show in April 2015. Each category winner received a $75 Goodwill gift card and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Berks County Living.

Susan MacCombie won the Avant Garde Category.Sue

How did you get started in re-designing clothing and why do you shop at Goodwill?

Goodwill items are always clean and in decent order. I love walking in to a store and seeing all the colors lined up. May sound strange, but it reminds me of an impressionistic painting. And I love 50% off sales.

What Goodwill locations do you shop at and what items do you typically look for when considering a re-design piece?

I Goodwill shop mostly at the stores within Goodwill Keystone Area. There are plenty of Goodwill shops to go to. I have my regular route that I take and I can hit at least 5 shops in one day! I look for elements in a piece that are attractive or that catch my eye. I then look for pieces that will blend with it. Sometimes I go with an idea in mind, sometimes I just get inspiration from the pieces I come across.

Explain and describe how you created your winning design.

SusanM-AvantGardeI knew I wanted to work with a wedding dress and that I liked the look of a diagonal opening. I wanted a stand up collar which I had trouble finding until I came across some pleated lamp shades. I wasn’t sure I could bend the (lamp) shade without breaking it, but it worked. I was going to put trim fringe on the bottom, but after the lampshade, I thought why not use a vinyl window blind to give it some swing. I cut the slats off just above the opening for the cord and use that to attach it to the skirt of the jacket. After a lot of fussing and tweaking, it all came together.

What was your experience like at the Goodwill Runway Show?

AWESOME! It was a blast. Winning my category was just the icing on the cake. I enjoyed the whole process of the event. There was such great camaraderie among the designers, models, and organizers. And the food was delicious!

What advice do you have for aspiring re-design artists?

Be fearless with your scissors! Sew outside the lines and combine the unlikely. Trust what you like.