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Say Yes to the Dress!

 

Recently I talked about the treasures you can find on shopgoodwill.com and this week we are featuring some of the wedding dresses available on this site from Goodwill Keystone Area. If you have ever watched the show “Say Yes to The Dress”, then you know that wedding dresses can range from a couple hundred up to thousands of dollars. For a dress that you might only wear once, why not give a thrifted dress a try? Save your money and have a fantastic honeymoon!

Goodwill Keystone Area has several designer brands on shopgoodwill.com right now, which include Mon Cheri, David’s Bridal and Oleg Cassini. Styles include white and ivory silky and satin gowns with halter straps and sweetheart strapless necklines. Details include delicate beading, jeweled accents, lace and intricate embroidery.Blog8 Blog9 Blog10 Blog11 Blog12 Blog13 Blog14

Be sure to read the sizing information and shipping details. Dresses might need a light cleaning and some alterations, but some are brand new!

Most prices right now are around $10-$20. The auction ends this Friday, so if you are shopping for a wedding dress, be sure and check out their selection and check back often to see their changing inventory.

Click here to start shopping!

Say “Yes!” to a dress from Goodwill Keystone Area!

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.

Festival Fashion

 

With summer coming, people are lining up to buy tickets for music and arts festivals around the country such as Coachella (which was in April), Firefly and Lollapalooza. Festivals are not always about the music. They are also about the celebrity sightings and the fashion scene!

Festival fashion should be fun, carefree and especially easy to dance in, so I went for a slightly bohemian vibe. KirstenThe studded navy linen tank top by J. Crew was comfortable and draped well. The vibrant pink, navy and white print maxi skirt from French Laundry was the perfect compliment to the simple top. The print has an Ikat design which I loved. The ruffled high/low hem added unique detail to the skirt and it will look great as I twirl and spin to the music.

Fringe has been a staple on clothing and accessories for the past few seasons and this navy suede bag from Mossimo (purchased new-with-tags) is the perfect accompaniment for holding my necessities. Blog The fringe will swing and move as I walk. Lastly, I was excited to find this brand new pair of Havianas flip-flops for only $3.97. Blog2They are my favorite brand of flip-flops and typically run about $30.

I added an armful of my own silver jingling bracelets and a pair of oversized silver earrings. A nice pink lip-gloss and simple hair round out my festival look. I’m ready to head out and dance the night away knowing my complete outfit is way less than one ticket to a concert.

Top: $3.95
Skirt: $6.50
Shoes: $3.97
Bag: $6.99
Total: $21.41

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 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.

One Hot Mama!

 

My friend Melanie is a force of nature! She is an on-trend hairstylist, a wife, a mother and an adopter of shelter pets, a fellow Goodwill fashionista and a body-positive role model. She self-proclaims herself a “Retro Curvy Gal” and embraces her shape and encourages others (including me) to do the same.

Melanie first modeled for me last winter and we had so much fun, we decided to make her a regular visitor on the blog. We also bought this dress last winter, which is a great suggestion for shopping at Goodwill: Shop off-season. Check the racks in winter for spring or summer items and vice versa. You never know what you’ll find because it is out-of-season.

This cute navy Merona dress (originally from Target) was sprinkled with little orange seahorses.2It instantly made us long for summer and the beach! And the best part of the dress – it has pockets! Pockets are popping up all over and we love this trend. I’ve seen it in wedding and prom dresses as well. The mix of utilitarian and formal is such an interesting mix!

Melanie’s black wedge Candie’s sandals are great because they give her more height while still being comfortable and stable without a skinny heel. 1And they are completely fabulous right now because all things 90s are coming back in fashion – chunky wedges included!

While her sunglasses (which are retro and awesome) are her own, the bag (Originally $60 from DSW) was only about a dollar from the Goodwill Outlet on St. Lawrence Avenue. It holds her everyday necessities as well as being a great tote for the beach! And lastly, her colorful beaded necklace with faux-leather tassel was purchased new with tags (originally from Target and marked $16.99) for only $6.97.3

This sassy outfit adds up to one hot look for one cool mama! Embrace the now and dress for the body you have, not the body you want. Goodwill Keystone Area stores offers clothes in all sizes and styles and the money you save will make you happy while you are looking good and feeling confident.

And Happy Mother’s Day to all the other “Hot Mamas” out there!

Dress: $5.50
Shoes: $2.25
Bag: $1.00 (estimate)
Necklace: $6.97
Total: $15.72

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.

Let’s Meetup and Shop May 6th!

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At a recent speaking engagement, I was happy to share my passion for thrift shopping and Goodwill Keystone Area with local fans of my blog. While they loved hearing my tips and seeing my designer items, most of them just wanted me to be able to shop with them!Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 10.55.36 AM

While I’m not a professional shopper, I do enjoy combing the racks, shelves and aisles of local Goodwill stores for my next designer treasure. I also enjoy helping my friends shop, and some of them are lucky enough to be the recipient of pieces featured on the blog when my closet is starting to become a little too full. And now I can share my love of thrift shopping with you – in person!Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 10.55.26 AM

Join me, your Goodwill Keystone Area Thrifty Fashionista, for a morning of shopping at our Reading store (Muhlenberg), located at 3413 North 5th Street Highway, Reading, PA. Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 10.54.17 AMWe’ll be there on Saturday, May 6th, looking for spring trends and summer styles, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

There’s no one secret to finding the best items at Goodwill; you just have to be dedicated to the effort and committed to looking through the racks, reading labels and trying items on. Be sure to print the coupon at the bottom and bring it along.

To stay in-the-know on where we might be planning our next shopping trip, join us on MeetUp here: https://www.meetup.com/Shop-with-our-Fashion-Blogger/ . You can see our events and maybe find some new thrift-loving friends! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/kirstenkeimshendge and Goodwill Keystone Area here: https://www.instagram.com/goodwillkeystonearea. We share photos and content not always featured on the blog.

I can’t wait to help you shop for spring trends and designer steals and deals! No RSVP necessary and there’s no charge to join me. Just show up and shop! And to make room in your closet for new items, why not bring along a bag of clothing or home goods to donate? Your unwanted clothes are the pathway someone’s future.

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She is also a thrifty fashionista and advocate for Goodwill Keystone Area. She enjoys hunting for treasures for her closet and sharing her secrets for successful thrift shopping at Goodwill.

Shop Goodwill 24/7

 

What happens when you want to shop at Goodwill, but it’s late in the evening or you just don’t feel like leaving your house? You shopgoodwill.com of course!

According to their website, “shopgoodwill.com is the first Internet auction site created, owned and operated by a nonprofit organization. It was created and is operated by Goodwill of Orange County (Santa Ana, CA). Participating Goodwills (including Goodwill Keystone Area) from across the country offer for auction on the site a wide array of art, antiques and collectibles as well as new and nearly new items pulled from their vast inventories of donated goods. From unique one-of-a-kind items to estate pieces, the depth of resources is enormous. Revenues from these auction sales fund Goodwill’s education, training and job placement programs for people with disabilities and other barriers.”

Just like eBay or other online bidding sites, shopgoodwill.com offers search features where you can find categories such as fashion, jewelry, collectibles and home goods.Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 9.37.42 AM
While clothing and jewelry comprise the majority of the items listed, they have specialty categories such as Star Wars, Antiques and Musical Instruments.

My quick search turned up a fabulous variety of high-end designer pieces (think Prada, Gucci and Versace) and plenty of genuine sterling silver and gold jewelry. There’s also almost 1,000 pieces of Michael Kors items ranging from $4.99 for a pair of shorts to $99.99 for a brand new watch, still in the box. You can also bid on “lots” (A package deal) of various items. The lots include piles of costume jewelry to designer sunglasses and even men’s accessories (both pictured)!Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 9.34.04 AMScreen Shot 2017-04-25 at 9.34.13 AMScreen Shot 2017-04-25 at 9.33.52 AM

Shopping the site also opens up an entire country’s worth of thrifty treasures for you. Pieces from California, Florida and New England are now at your fingertips, at 3am if you so desire! Please read all the fine print before bidding on items. Different Goodwills accept credit cards and/or PayPal and shipping fees can vary.

Being a Thrifty Fashionista is now as close as your computer and available to you 24/7! What can you find today?

Happy bidding!
Kirsten
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About The Blogger

Kirsten is a 40-something mom, wife and marketing professional. She is also a thrifty fashionista and advocate for Goodwill Keystone Area. She enjoys hunting for treasures for her closet and sharing her secrets for successful thrift shopping at Goodwill.

Ladylike Details

 

Give me a bouclé jacket and I feel like I am channeling the iconic Coco Chanel! She first designed this menswear-inspired piece in 1954 and it has been popular with all types of women ever since. But, this is a very modern look with all the color, texture and pattern I’ve combined in this expensive looking, yet thrifty outfit.

The gold, beige and ivory boucle fabric gives this cropped jacket by Cabi (Original retail $188), a very classic feel.Blog2 I’ve combined it with a vibrant sleeveless ruffled neck blouse from Ann Taylor Loft.Blog1On it’s own, each piece has a lot going for it, but together they create a dynamic duo of pattern and texture! To add to the “Ladies who lunch” feel, I’ve added a multi-strand pearl and gold necklace. Pearls always add a timeless touch to an outfit.

To compliment the fringed detail of the jacket and the ruffled neckline, I purposely cut and roughed up the hems of the ivory jeans by GRG DNM (A Canadian company). Blog3Being vertically challenged and short of hemming most of my pants, I am really enjoying the recent trend of cutting jeans at the hem to create a modern, cropped silhouette.

Lastly, I finished the look with delicate gold pumps with bow details by Franco Sarto (which were found still with the original $79.00 price tags attached) and a roomy navy snakeskin, tasseled bag by DGH.Blog4

This outfit easily would have retailed for over $400, but I only less than $30! I have plenty of cash left over for a fun brunch with my girlfriends or a mani/pedi. I’m sure Coco Chanel would approve.

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Jacket: $4.75
Blouse: $3.95
Denim: $3.95
Necklace: $6.00
Bag: $6.97
Shoes: $3.48 (Purchased on 50% off day)
Total: $29.10

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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.

In the Trenches

 

Spring is finally here and the weather can be cool one minute and warm the next, so having a coat on hand is always a great plan. And an easy-chic way to dress for the weather is by adding a trench coat. Trench coats can come in a variety of colors, lengths and styles, so it is easy to find one to suit your lifestyle.

The first look I am featuring includes a classic khaki trench from Kenneth Cole New York. Blog1It is rain and wind proof and effortlessly stylish. The metal and tortoise shell detailing on the buttons and belt add a modern flair. Coats like this retail for approximately $200, so at $9.50, I got a real bargain! I paired it with classic Levi’s jeans, but this would look equally as good with a dress or business attire. Blog2The colorful patterned blouse is one of my favorite new pieces for 2017. Blog3It’s gauzy and light and will add some punch to my closet. The coral satin and wood wedges from Nina add some height and weight to this spring look. I added a mint bag (featured previously on the blog) and a mint and gold necklace which was new with tags from Target and originally priced at $16.99.

My second look features a coral (I have purchased lots of coral items this season!) double-breasted trench from Ann Taylor Loft. Blog4The bright color is a change of pace from a typical trench style. It is also water and wind proof. For a professional look, I wore it over a cream, bow-tied sleeveless cotton sweater (also by Loft). And to pick up on the color of the jacket I included this watercolor-floral print linen skirt from Loft, and comfy leather flats with silver buckle accents by Franco Sarto. Blog5A cute zippered clutch from Express rounds out the outfit.

Trench coats are perfect for dressing up or down and either of these coats could be more professional or casual. They are also a perennial classic choice which will stand the test of time in your closet. Pick up one or two today at your local Goodwill Keystone Area store!

Look 1:
Trench: $9.50
Blouse: $3.95
Jeans: $6.50
Shoes: $6.97
Necklace: $3.99
Total: $30.91

Look 2:
Trench: $6.50
Blouse: $3.95
Skirt: $6.00
Shoes: $6.97
Clutch: $4.97
Total: $28.39
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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.

Easter Brights

 

Gone are the days of Easter bonnets and matching dresses, but spring season and the Easter holiday still call out for bright colors and sunny prints. And who better to model that style than a 4 year old?

My niece Mac has begun to develop her own fashion sense and enjoys picking out fun colors and playful prints for her pre-school style. And having fabrics that are washable and pieces that are easy to put on and take off are a must for any parent.

This bright, bejeweled turquoise blouse by Little Lass would catch any toddler’s eye. E3
The colorful, floral leggings, by the popular children’s brand Gymboree, pick up the turquoise hue and would also coordinate with many other colors as well.

Toddlers also love to wear whatever strikes their fancy and my niece happens to love boots! (I can’t blame her! I do too!) E2These tall black boots by Revel will let her splash in April showers as well as play in winter’s snow. But for right now, this outfit will be perfect for chasing bunnies and collecting eggs at an egg hunt.E4

Kids can be so hard on clothing, so Goodwill was always my go-to store for my own children’s wardrobe. Having fun, bright pieces and getting a great deal on clothing that little ones will only wear for a short time is a win-win in my book. Hop to your local Goodwill and find some Easter brights of your own!Easter2017

Top: $4.95
Pants: $2.95
Boots: $12.99
Total: $20.89

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 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.

Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs

 

Now when you think of tie-dye, I’m sure something different comes to mind. But, tie-dyed Easter eggs are pretty fashionable, fabulous and thrifty! I found this craft on Pinterest and had to give it a try!

First you will need 100% silk ties or scarves. Easter1 I picked up three ties at the Robesonia store a few weeks ago.Easter2You will be cutting the ties into pieces, so don’t use any ones that are precious or special. Cut open the backs and separate the inside felt from the silk fabric. You’ll need both parts.Easter3

Cut the tie into 5-inch squares and tightly wrap it around uncooked eggs (or previously hollowed out eggs) with rubber bands. Easter4Take the felt from the interior of the ties, cut it into strips and bind it around the eggs, again with rubber bands.Easter5

Put the eggs into a cooking pot, cover with water and about a quarter cup of vinegar.Boil for approximately 10 minutes, remove from pot and let cool. Once cool enough to handle, remove the wrappings and see your fabulous eggs!Easter6 Easter7You will be able to reuse the silk fabric several times, but most of the tutorials I read on these recommend you don’t eat the eggs due to the dye.

For a few dollars you’ll have the best-dressed eggs on the block! Experiment with tie and scarf patterns and either brown or white eggs. The results will be different and fun and definitely unique!Easter8

For the full tutorial, go to: http://relish.com/articles/how-to-dye-eggs-with-silk-ties-video/

Ties: $1.00 each

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.

The Scrap Jean Digest – Project #1

 

The Scrap Jean Digest – Project #1 – Jean Leg Purse, to Sew or Not to Sew


Sue MacCombie 
https://www.facebook.com/sewingbirdfancies 

Those old jeans and what to do with them? Just never throw them out!
 I am starting a digest of redesign ideas that will be periodically posted. I won’t put a total number on them since the ideas are basically endless. Let’s get started

Project #1 – Jean Leg Purse, to Sew or Not to Sew


Materials and tools needed:

  • Pair of unwanted Jeans – any shape
  • Sewing kit or Staple gun if you don’t want to sew
  • Sharp scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pins

Take your jeans and lay them flat. Try to line up the side seams on the bottom of the pant leg. You will notice that the back of the jean leg is slightly bigger than the front so the seams are just inside the edges
Get out your ruler and decide how big of a bag you want. I used 10” up from the bottom. Mark off a straight line across the pant leg. I placed marks all up both sides of the seams too.Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.52.14 PM

Start cutting on the dotted lines. You will have to cut a slit in the front to get the scissors in. Do not cut the back of the pant leg yet. We need to leave material for a flap. Cut out both seams on both sides all the way up as far as you can. Then snip the seams off. These will be your bag straps. 




























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Measure for Purse flap

Measure up how much you want your bag flap to be and cut. Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.53.57 PMIt pretty much looks like a bag now except that the bag is open at the bottom. Here is where the sew or no sew comes in. You can sew up it with your machine or hand stitch with a back stitch. Try to use some heavy button or denim thread if you can. Sew up the bottom and either tie or sew the straps together. All done! Your bag is ready to be used
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If you want to get a little more involved you can add a pocket to the back. From the same pair of jeans cut out the back pocket leaving about an 1” around the whole pocket. Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.54.27 PMThen place it on the back of the bag and pin, lots of pins.Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.55.01 PMYou will have to hand sew this one. Since most sewing machines can’t reach inside. No worries, just to use a strong button thread.

But don’t stop there! You can add buttons, embroidery, flowers, and appliqués. 
Here is a picture of some cloth flowers I added to the front. Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.55.29 PMI cut them out from an old curtain and hot glued them on. You can also sew them on. I also attached a snap on the flap to keep it closed. You can also use a button or Velcro. Such a fun little purse from practically nothing.

The No-Sew Method

You can use a regular desk stapler if you are just going through two layers of denim but to staple the seams you need a heavy stapler with ¼” staples.

I got a little bit fancy and decided to spray paint my staples orange so they would stand out a little better. Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.57.25 PMI think they look cute too. Wait till the paint is really dry or you will gum up your stapler, learned that from experience, not good.
I stapled the very bottom seam edge of the bag. If you are using a desk stapler go just above the seams where the jean fabric is thinner.I wanted a lot of staples for strength so I made a little decorative design with them.
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You can either tie the straps together or staple them a few times.











 Only one last detail before your bag is set to go. I took a hammer and tapped all the staples down so the ends would close tight and lay flat. Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 1.01.06 PMThis way they won’t snag your clothes too. There shouldn’t be but just make sure there are no staple ends exposed inside the bag. If you like you can hot glue on some lacey trim over the staples to hide them but I like the hardware look of them. Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 1.01.22 PM
This no sew bag is set to go!

Remember be brave with your designs and fearless with your scissors.

Sue MacCombie

Sue

 

About the Author: Sue MacCombie, Goodwill Keystone Area ReDesign Contest Winner –  www.facebook.com/sewingbirdfancies 
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. Be fearless with your scissors! Sew outside the lines and combine the unlikely. Trust what you like.