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Hanging on to Summer

 

While nothing has been typical this year, summer is still here and we’re hanging on to the last sun-soaked, lazy days with all our might. Maybe it’s a day by the pool, a socially-distanced trip to the shore, getting ice cream, or enjoying a sunset. However, you are spending your summer days, be safe, be responsible, and don’t forget to be fashionable.

I’ve been enjoying time with my small circle of family and friends and trying to keep things as normal as possible while still wearing my mask and keeping those around me safe when in public. If you’re crafty, maybe make a mask (plenty of patterns are online) from the shirt that you love, but doesn’t quite fit anymore or has a stain in a visible area?

Speaking of stains, I think that is how this colorful J. Crew dress ended up in the bins at the Goodwill Keystone Area store in Reading. I purchased this on my last trip to the bins before quarantine. The fabric caught my eye and l quickly discovered it was my size and a favorite brand. On the front near the hem was a stain. Or what I like to call – a challenge. I have a small arsenal of laundry stain removers, but my favorite secret weapon is blue Dawn dish detergent. It’s well known to clean a lot more things than just dishes! Fortunately, a few pre-treatments later and the stain disappeared from the dress!

Clothing is sold by the pound at the outlets so this lightweight dress cost less than a dollar. I loved the orange and yellow Ikat print and the lace trim. It was easy to pack on a vacation earlier this summer. And could double as a bathing suit cover-up. J. Crew dresses like this originally sold for around $79, so after a little effort, I had a great find. And a features all girls love – pockets!!!

I paired it with gold canvas espadrilles from Clarks. These are the most comfortable shoes I’ve worn in a long time and the neutral color works with everything from shorts to jeans to dressier outfits. The shoes were $7.47 but retailed for $84.

This bamboo, structured bag was labeled as one of the hot purse trends of 2019. I always believe that every trend makes it’s way to Goodwill and now this one has too! Similar bags like this sold at mass retailers and high-end stores in price points up to $4,000. See article here: https://www.thezoereport.com/p/this-2019-purse-trend-is-the-new-basket-bag-its-about-to-be-huge-15511487

My version (which was new with tags from C & C California) sold for $90 and is still selling well on Poshmark in the resale community. My cost at Goodwill Keystone Area was $4.97. Not a bad deal!

Lastly, I added an older trend – the bubble necklace. I tend to hang on to trends I like and even if they go out of style, I still enjoy wearing them. Eventually everyone old is new again, especially in the fashion world. And sometimes a little elbow grease will go a long way! If you’re up for a little stain removal or some minor alterations, Goodwill can be even more of a fashion gold mine!

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Dress: $1.00
Shoes: $7.47
Bag: $4.97
Total: $13.44
Retail: $250+

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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.

There’s a New Boutique in Town!

 

Recently, Goodwill Keystone Area launched a new way to shop! They opened a 600 square foot Specialty GKA Boutique inside their Phoenixville store at 700 Nutt Road in Phoenixville.

According to Goodwill Phoenixville Store Manager Cathy McDonough, “We have many millennial and Gen Z shoppers who are looking for specific brands but do not want to pay a lot of money at a high-end store. With Specialty GKA, they can now find a wide assortment of merchandise and enjoy great savings while lessening their impact on the environment, which is very important to this generation of shoppers. The boutique experience will also be different than shopping at one of our Goodwill retail stores,” she said. “Compared to traditional thrift shopping, Specialty GKA will have a different look and feel, offer more upscale merchandise and there will be less inventory to sort through making it easier to find items.”

Excited to check it out, I took my own Gen Z daughter, Chloe. We visited on Saturday afternoon and she quickly starting going through the attractive racks and displays. The area has a chic, upscale feel with an exposed brick wall, ambient lighting, industrial-style shelves and racks, and hardwood flooring. The area was well spaced out and it was comfortable to look through the racks of tops, shorts, jeans, dresses, jackets, shoes, and accessories. It is also located conveniently near the dressing rooms, check out desk, and entrance. This makes it easy to come in, browse, try on your selections and check out, if you are not inclined to visit the entire store.

She chose several basic tees and some activewear including a tennis skirt from Nike. Brands were varied from high-end Kate Spade and Trina Turk to mid-range classics such as J Crew and Banana Republic. There were also Lucky Brand, Loft, Levis, and sporty brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Athleta. For myself, I picked up a new-with-tags long sleeve Loft blouse and a new-in-the-box Stella and Dot necklace for $15 (retail $139!). There was also a Kate Spade bag, Steve Madden sandals, and a small sampling of belts and scarves.The boutique also features a variety of men’s clothing.

She’s been thrift shopping for years with me, so she is comfortable combing through all of the racks so we did go through the rest of the store. But, to someone who would be new to Goodwill Keystone Area stores, the boutique is a perfect introduction to thrift shopping.

I’ve mentioned it to several friends (not of the millennial or Gen Z eras) and we are planning a girls day out. We may not be the target market, but are still ready to look through the racks and enjoy the new Specialty GKA Boutique! Bravo, Goodwill! I hope the idea spreads and we see more of them around the region soon!

From my closet to yours,

Kirsten

NOTE: As always, the safety and well-being of customers, donors and team members will be highest priority, and the following procedures will be implemented:

  • Face coverings will be required for all shoppers and employees (unless covered by a medical exemption).
  • Social distancing of six feet will be encouraged throughout the store.
  • A limited number of customers will be allowed in the store at one time.
  • Enhanced cleaning measures will be implemented, especially for high-traffic and high-touch areas such as shopping carts.
  • Donation areas will remain “no contact,” self-service for drop off of clothing and housewares – no furniture.
  • No returns, all sales are final until further notice.

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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.

Summer Thrift

 

Did you know that Goodwill Keystone Area stores are now open longer hours? Most stores are open Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm and Sunday 12pm – 6pm (Exceptions: East Earl Closed Sundays, Frazer Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 12pm-6pm, Cressona 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-4pm, Newport Mon-Wed & Sat 9am-5pm, Thur & Fri 9am-6pm, Closed Sundays). And fitting rooms and restrooms are now open as well!! Donation areas are still “no contact” and the stores are continuing to implement safety measures for staff and customers including requiring masks and social distancing. All of these things make me feel comfortable while shopping at my local Goodwill store.

One afternoon this week I stopped at the Shillington Goodwill location, which is the largest store in my area. I have not been there since March and wanted to see how a typically busy location was handling the new procedures. On entering I noticed they now have a “one way in and one way out” flow for the doors. It helps to control the movement of customers while entering and exiting.

Staff members in masks were restocking the shoes and clothing as normal and the keeping the return racks clear near the fitting room.

And speaking of the racks and aisles, there is no lack of summer clothing to outfit your entire family. Donations are still coming in and keeping the store full of new merchandise for you. This time of year big box stores are usually rolling out fall styles and it can be hard to find warm weather clothing when you need it. But, Goodwill has plenty of sandals, tank tops, shorts and summer dresses as well as fun Hawaiian shirts for the men in your life and swimsuits for everyone in your family.

Feel safe when you shop at Goodwill Keystone Area. Be sure to wear your mask (unless you have a medical exemption) and social distance while you shop. I found most fellow shoppers were glad to be back in the store and we politely kept our distance as we looked for fashion treasures. I quickly found a dress by Michael Kors, shorts from Banana Republic as well as a variety of summer items I liked but in the end chose a black and white Loft dress which I can wear to work. (I’m sure you’ll see it in an upcoming blog!).

All 43 stores are now open and the following procedures are being implemented:

  • Masks will be required for all shoppers and employees (unless covered by a medical exemption)
  • Social distancing of six feet will be encouraged throughout the stores
  • A limited number of customers will be allowed in the store at one time
  • Enhanced cleaning measures will be implemented, especially for high traffic and high touch areas such as shopping carts
  • Donation areas will remain “no contact,” self-service for drop off of clothing and housewares, no furniture
  • No returns, all sales are final until further notice

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.

Wear the Rainbow!

 

While I can appreciate people who have monochromatic, classic and simple wardrobes full of white, ivory, gray and black such as Diane Keaton, I admire them from afar and fill my own closet with almost every color in the rainbow (except yellow – not always my favorite color on me).

I’ve always enjoyed bright, colorful and bold patterns such as florals and stripes, but lately I’ve been gravitating to even more festive pieces. I attribute that to the situation we’re all in right now and the months of being home wearing sweats and pajamas. Now that I’m back out (cautiously and always with a mask, of course) my outfits are down-right rainbow-colored.

A few months ago on the blog I shared a long-sleeved, winterized-version of this dress from laundry by Shelli Segal. I love the patterns and colors from this brand. If you don’t recall, here’s a little info from their website: “A leader in fashion, Laundry by Shelli Segal has been setting trends and inspiring women for more than 25 years. Laundry balances just the right blend of red carpet glamour and West Coast chic that is iconic and universal in its appeal. Always feminine and vibrantly colorful, the brand is known for its unique use of embellishments and signature prints. The result is a distinctive collection with a contemporary aesthetic crafted to fit the lifestyle and sensibility of a modern woman who is stylish, smart, sexy, and not afraid to make an entrance.”

Right now, wherever I go I want to make an entrance, so this brand is definitely for me. I had my months of working from home in comfortable (yet dull) attire and now I look forward to get back out in the world.

This bold-patterned shift dress with split neckline is comfortable and cool for humid, hot days. I paid $7.50 at my local Goodwill, but similar styles retailed for $128 at stores such as Macy’s, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.

For this shoot I added stacked wedge sandals, but it is so rare that I wear such high heels anymore! My daughter remarked how tall I looked, which is surprising because I was always a high heel fan, never leaving the house for work in anything less than 4” heels. My new job is much more casual and I have come to appreciate being able to wear Bermuda shorts, sandals and even flip flops to the office! These black patent and rattan wedges are from New York and Co. They sold for around $45 when new, but my price at Goodwill Keystone Area was $6.97.

For accessories, I kept them bright and colorful: a long green stone necklace and a striped clutch from Juicy Couture. The necklace was $3.97 and the bag was $2.97 (Retail: $90!).

The other odd thing, besides wearing heels for this shoot, was wearing lipstick. Since mask-wearing has become the norm, I don’t use much makeup and never wear lipstick or lipgloss! Smile with your eyes and make your outfit stand out with a rainbow of colors – available at Goodwill Keystone Area stores! They even organize their racks by color making it easy to choose the hues you are looking for!

All 43 stores are now open Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (see yourgoodwill.org for details and exceptions) and the following procedures are being implemented:

  • Masks will be required for all shoppers and employees (unless covered by a medical exemption)
  • Social distancing of six feet will be encouraged throughout the stores
  • A limited number of customers will be allowed in the store at one time
  • Enhanced cleaning measures will be implemented, especially for high traffic and high touch areas such as shopping carts
  • Donation areas will remain “no contact,” self-service for drop off of clothing and housewares, no furniture
  • No returns, all sales are final until further notice

From my closet to yours,

Kirsten

Shorts: $7.50
Sandals: $6.97
Necklace: $3.97
Bag: $2.97
Total: $21.41
Retail: $300+
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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.

Fashion Fireworks

 

It’s July and usually time for picnics, carnivals, and fireworks, but this year is looking a little different. Gatherings are smaller and more cautious, but that doesn’t mean we’re not connecting or finding new ways to stay social and support one another.

Speaking of support, an interview with the new CEO of Goodwill Keystone Area, Rick Hill, revealed how he was leading the organization through the pandemic. Find the interview here: https://theburgnews.com/in-the-burg/goodwill-to-all-new-ceo-rick-hill-leads-goodwill-keystone-area-through-pandemic-and-beyond

One quote that jumped out at me was that “92 cents of every dollar Goodwill Keystone Area generates goes right back into the mission of creating employment and sustainable job skills”. That means that out of the outfit I am featuring in this post, $24 of the $26 I spent is going directly back to the support their cause and that’s something to celebrate right now.

This look features a red, white, and blue patterned Ann Taylor blouse. The lightweight cotton swing top is open in the back, perfect for the hot, humid days of summer. The graphic print is an explosion of a floral/paisley mix = fashion fireworks. Ann Taylor tops like this retail for $39.50. Goodwill Keystone Area’s cost was $4.75.

An all-American summer staple – cutoff denim shorts – are a wardrobe necessity. This dark wash version from American Eagle is casual without looking sloppy. At the mall, I would have spent $44.95, but my local Goodwill had them priced at $4.50. A savings of 90%.

For pops of red, I added Banana Republic sandals (Retail $108; Goodwill $6.97) and a red leather bag from Sophia Caperelli (Retail $200; Goodwill $2.00 (Outlet price estimate).

I hope everyone is having a safe, and happy summer!

Don’t forget to shop for your summer necessities at Goodwill Keystone Area. All 43 stores are now open (check Goodwill’s website for hours) and the following procedures are being implemented:

  • Masks will be required for all shoppers and employees (unless covered by a medical exemption)
  • Social distancing of six feet will be encouraged throughout the stores
  • A limited number of customers will be allowed in the store at one time
  • Fitting rooms and restrooms will be closed to the public
  • Enhanced cleaning measures will be implemented, especially for high traffic and high touch areas such as shopping carts
  • Donation areas will remain “no contact,” self-service for drop off of clothing and housewares, no furniture
  • No returns, all sales are final until further notice

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Shorts: $4.50
Top: $4.75
Sandals: $6.97
Bag: $4.97

Total: $26.21
Retail: $390+
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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.

Not Your Daughter’s Outfit

 

It’s well after Memorial Day and almost 4th of July, and if you follow antiquated fashion rules, I’m more than able to wear white. I love white jeans and shorts as a neutral in the summer season despite worrying I will end up spilling something on them!

These jeans are from NYDJ. (Not Your Daughter’s Jeans) A little back story from their website: “NYDJ jeans are made by women, for women—all shapes, all sizes, all women. Back in 2003, comfortable and flattering jeans for every woman simply did not exist. Most jeans had low waists and fit uncomfortably, and if they did fit well, they were just not stylish. Originally founded as “Not Your Daughter’s Jeans,” we set out to design jeans that fit in all the right places and make every woman feel comfortable and confident—like her best self.”

I do find their jeans to be comfortable and flattering, however I prefer Goodwill Keystone Area’s price of $4.75 over $119 retail. Higher-end denim is one of my favorite thrift items to find at my local Goodwill. These will be a summer staple for work or for weekends. I am happy to report that this brand is crafted in the USA.

My plaid sleeveless blouse is from Universal Thread, a Target brand committed to using more sustainably sourced cotton and recycled polyester. This colorful top is a blend of cotton and linen. I love the look of linen, but when not blended with another fiber, it wrinkles easily and ends up looking frumpy. Their price point, even at full retail, is not bad if you are looking for a socially conscious brand. This top would have sold for $19.99, but it was $4.75 at Goodwill.

My clutch was a fun find. At $9.99, it was a bit pricey, but I researched the comps before I bought it and although Hype is not a well-known brand, the leather is high quality and soft and the color block style was playful and unique. The brand used to be able to be found at TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores for under $100.

I kept my shoes neutral in a classic 90s kind of way – square-toe slides from Liz Claiborne. They are comfortable and would go with almost any outfit this summer. Retail would have been around $60, but these were purchased at the outlet in Reading (before the closures) for $2.75. Finally, my necklace was an older Goodwill purchase but the colors matched so well I just had to add it in. It was $3.97 and purchased several years ago.

While my daughters probably wouldn’t enjoy this outfit, I think it’s perfect for another outing… in my back yard.

If you plan to visit a store, Goodwill Keystone Area has many safety precautions in place and here are a few things to take note:

  • If you are ill, you will not be permitted to shop
  • Masks will be required for all shoppers and employees (unless covered by a medical exemption)
  • Dressing rooms are not open, so choose clothing items wisely
  • All sales are final
  • Bathrooms are also not accessible right now
  • Reward Card sales are not currently being offered.
  • Monday 10 am-11 am will be reserved for seniors and at-risk shoppers only.

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Jeans: $4.75
Top: $4.75
Clutch: $9.99
Shoes: $2.75
Necklace: $3.97
Total: $26.21
Retail: $300+

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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.

Sanctuary Style

NOTE: See List of 37 Currently Open Goodwill Keystone Area Stores, Click Here.

Ironically this sundress was one of my first purchases at my visit to the York store a few weeks ago. I didn’t think much about the brand name “Sanctuary” at the time, but after doing some research, I discovered this brand had a mission, values, and purpose that made it much more than a fashion “label”.

Discovering new-to-me brands and their stories is one of the joys of thrifting. These are just a few of the highlights of the Sanctuary brand:

  • Our Vision: To be a global lifestyle brand with a conscience.
  • Our Mission: We are redefining modern timeless fashion with trusted quality and value.
  • Our Values: Act with Integrity. Succeed Together. Inspire Innovation. You Matter.
  • Our Inclusivity: We offer a full range of styles in extended sizes including XS-3X in tops and 24-24W in bottoms.
  • Our Sustainability: We are taking the steps to bring Sanctuary to the forefront of the eco-movement and be a more socially and environmentally conscious lifestyle brand.
  • Our Purpose: #SanctuaryGivesBack: We support non-profit organizations that empower and benefit women.

The dress retailed for around $129, but my price at Goodwill was $7.50. The Seychelles “Choice Wedge Pump” snake-print sandals were $7.47, but are still selling for over $100 online. The burgundy clutch is vintage and was just $3.99. The necklace is an old Goodwill find and was $2.99.

Sanctuary means something different to everyone, but right now sanctuary is home where many of us are riding out the quarantine and the gradual reopening of our local areas. Goodwill is also my sanctuary – a quiet place to search for treasures for my home and closet all the while my purchases help fund their mission of enriching the local community. Sanctuary can also mean the job opportunity that Goodwill Keystone Area provides to persons with disabilities and other barriers to independence.

If you plan to visit a store, Goodwill Keystone Area has many safety precautions in place and here are a few things to take note:

  • If you are ill, you will not be permitted to shop
  • Masks will be required for all shoppers and employees (unless covered by a medical exemption)
  • Dressing rooms are not open, so choose clothing items wisely
  • All sales are final, no returns at this time
  • Bathrooms are also not accessible right now
  • Reward Card sales are not currently being offered.
  • Monday 10 am-11 am will be reserved for seniors and at-risk shoppers only.

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Dress: $7.50
Clutch: $3.99
Necklace: $2.99
Sandals: $7.97
Total: $22.45
Retail: $280+

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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.

Short Story

 

Since we’ve all been spending more time at home, my wardrobe has gotten a lot more casual and comfortable. Staycation has become the new vacation destination and the patio has become the new hot al fresco dining spot. Either way, I’m spending a lot of time in my backyard.

Not having to dress up has it’s good and bad parts, but looking good is still important to me. I’m just doing so in a much more casual way these days. Goodwill Keystone Area stores have reopened, I have begun visiting a few nearby and it feels great to be thrifting again.

On a recent visit, I picked up a few pieces for a backyard dinner date. The C & E blouse was new-with-tags from Marshalls (their price $19.99; value $28.99). Goodwill’s price was $7.50. It was a white sleeveless style with a royal blue and emerald green floral print that will be good for warm days. The neckline was accented with decorative tassels and the fabric draped well. It could work well for work or play and can transition into fall with a cardigan or jacket.

If I pick up an item of clothing that has an unusual color (such as the blue or green in the blouse), I like to see if I can find something to coordinate with it at the same time. These royal blue cotton shorts from Apt 9 (a Kohls brand) were a great find. The smooth fabric and cuffed style elevated them to a bit of a “dressier short” status and the color was rich and bold. Kohls original retail price was $36, but I saved almost 90% and picked them up for $3.99.

Finally, a sparkly sandal from Keneth Cole in a dark navy color adds a bit of shine. Adding a comfortable yet stylish shoe to a simple outfit can sometimes be your best accessory when you don’t need a bag or jewelry. My cost was $7.47; retail was $89.

Goodwill Keystone Area outfits me for all kinds of situations – even if I’m just hanging out in my backyard.

If you plan to visit a store, Goodwill Keystone Area has many safety precautions in place and here are a few things to take note:

  • If you are ill, you will not be permitted to shop
  • Mask must be worn unless covered by a medical exemption
  • Dressing rooms are not open, so choose clothing items wisely
  • All sales are final, no returns at this time
  • Bathrooms are also not accessible right now
  • Reward Card sales are not currently being offered.
  • Monday 10 am-11 am will be reserved for seniors and at-risk shoppers only.
  • Donation centers are open for self-service donations of clothing and housewares (no furniture)

List of Goodwill Stores open as of June 18:

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.

Pantone Color of the Year: Classic Blue

 

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According to the authority on color in the world, PANTONE, the color of 2020 is PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue.

Their website states “Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era. A timeless and enduring blue hue, Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era. Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser-like clarity, Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.”

Calm, Reassuring, Tranquility, Reflective and Resilience are qualities we can all use at this uncertain time. Social distancing may keep us apart, but social media allows us to still interact with our friends, family, and colleagues. I read and reply to every comment my fans leave on Goodwill Keystone Area’s Facebook page. You are all a part of Goodwill’s family and we’re doing what we can to stay healthy, connected and moving forward. If you’re worried about going out and still want to thriftshop, check out Goodwill Keystone Area’s online auction site shopgoodwill.com. Plenty of treasures are right at your fingertips!

I’ll keep it short and condense my outfit to a simple description: My tulip-hemmed BCBG Generation dress with a ruffled neckline features various shades of Classic Blue with accents of lime. But, the best part is that it has pockets! It was $6.75 at my local Goodwill. (Retail $108). The lime green linen blazer from Herman Geist was $5.00 (Retail $89) I added a beaded collar blue necklace ($6.97), but I kept the shoes and bag in neutral tones. The nude heels from Nine West were $7.47 (Retail $89) and the metallic clutch is by Stella and Dot and was $4.97 (Retail $49).

Let Classic Blue and all the other colors brighten your world right now. Goodwill Keystone Area offers all the colors of the rainbow at great prices and while helping your local community. How can you go wrong?

From my closet to yours,
Kirsten

Dress: $6.50
Blazer: $5.00
Necklace: $6.97
Shoes: $7.47
Clutch: $4.97
Outfit: $30.91
Retail: $365+

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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.

Yellow is the Color of Hope and Sunshine

I saw that message on a sign this weekend and yellow is also the color of change. A new round of Goodwill Keystone Area stores opened up this weekend including my nearby store in Morgantown as well many other locations in Berks and nearby counties.

List of 35 Goodwill Keystone Area Stores Currently Open:

 

On Saturday afternoon I stopped by the Morgantown store. There was no line this time, but I was greeted by a Goodwill employee and offered a freshly sanitized cart. Masks are required and all employees and visitors were wearing them. As with the York store, arrows were marked on the floor to control the flow throughout the shelves and aisles. The store was not busy at all and I felt comfortable as I perused the racks of clothing.
There was plenty of merchandise including a variety of brand new items for summer fun, patriotic decor for the upcoming 4th of July holiday, beach bags and festive plates and cups for dinner al fresco on your patio. My thrifted haul included clothing (for me and my teenaged daughter), to a jigsaw puzzle, some gifts for family and a set of beautiful and colorful wine glasses. It felt great to search the aisles and find thrift treasures.
A few things to take note if you plan to visit:

  • If you are ill, you will not be permitted to shop
  • You must wear a mask unless you have a medical condition exemption
  • Dressing rooms are not open, so choose clothing items wisely
  • All sales are final
  • Bathrooms are also not accessible right now
  • Reward Card sales are not currently being offered.
  • Monday 10am-11am will be reserved for seniors and at-risk shoppers only

By shopping at Goodwill, not only do I save money on items for my home and closet, but Goodwill employees are now back to work and the stores and business services fund programs and services that help people with disabilities learn job and life skills. 92 cents of every dollar that goes into the register helps fund programs for local community members seeking hope and independence.

While we were there, I also donated several boxes and bags again and appreciated the contact-less donation process. If you donate, please download a donation form here: yourgoodwill.org/receipt

Whether you are shopping or donating, Goodwill Keystone Area is making your experience with their organization safe, comfortable and enjoyable.

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.