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I think the people who don’t think that Goodwill is for them just don’t know how to shop the store the right way. I took a trip to Goodwill this Monday and I decided to show you guys some of my finds and pass along some tips.
1. Shop the Goodwills in nicer areas of your town. I live in a college town, so there are a lot of varying incomes and college students shedding their wardrobe every season and donating what they don’t want.
The Goodwill closest to me is probably the biggest in our town. There is also one where you can dig through buckets of goods and pay by the pound, but I would rather have everything hanging up so I can go through it quickly.
2. Look at everything. Sometimes things at Goodwill won’t jump out at you because they separate clothes by colors. I like to give myself 45 minutes-1 hour to do a thorough shopping trip. There could be a gem sandwiched between two ratty black blouses, you just need to move every hanger to find it. I was obsessed with this button down jacket from Forever 21 for only $5.25 and I only found it from digging through all of the other jackets on the rack.
3. Don’t buy something so damaged that you can’t repair it. If you buy a nice skirt that you’re in love with but it has a rip in it, I’ll bet that you get home and get too busy to repair it so it just sits in the bottom of your closet for the next 20 years. Although things at Goodwill are cheap, they aren’t free. If you’re spending money on it but you don’t love it, you might as well use the money on groceries.
4. New with tags usually costs more than something that looks like new with no tags. Most Jackets were $5.25, but I found a brand new jacket from Ross for $8.25. It’s still cheaper than it’s original tag of $14.00, but just decide how much you love it.
5. Pay attention to the color of the week sign at the front of the store. My store had a sign at the front of the store that said everything with a green tag is 50% off it’s marked price. After looking through the entire store, I barely found any green tags. They were most likely already picked over. But if you find a green tag on something you really like, it’s a double score!
6. Shop in the off-season. This is for two reasons. A) Most people like to shop for their Winter clothes in Winter, so most of the clothes in season get snatched up quickly. Not us; we all know better, right? B) When people clean out their closets, they usually do it for the clothes that aren’t in season. I found a ton of great choices for Spring and Summer clothes. Lots of skirts and short sleeved tops. One of the favorite things I found this week was a black pleated eyelet skirt from Banana Republic. It looked like new and was only $4.25. I could get so much wear out of this over the summer!
7. Check in constantly. Goodwill adds new things every day, so if you didn’t find anything today, you may see something tomorrow. Stop in your Goodwill every time you have some extra time and you may just find a new favorite outfit! If you don’t have the hour to dedicate to a deep shopping trip, just run though and scan the racks. I’ve still found great things just from scanning the store. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this sheer blouse from Banana Republic at their outlet store recently. I got really excited when I found it in Goodwill!
Pretty soon, everyone will be amazed by the awesome wardrobe you’ve built from shopping at Goodwill. Just remember: patience is key!