Jennifer Moore is a library assistant at the Portsmouth Public Library and runs the sustainable fashion blog, recover girl. She is an avid thrifter and Goodwill shopper and recently joined Goodwill’s Public Policy committee. Jennifer lives in southern Maine with her husband, two young boys and two cats, Scratch and Cocoa. We sat down with her recently to learn more about her connection with Goodwill.
Goodwill: How did you come to know Goodwill?
Jennifer: Well, it all started because I love fashion and well made vintage clothing. I can’t afford to buy new clothing all the time, so thrift store shopping became a way to touch and see well made clothing. I’m as fascinated by the inside of the dress – the seams, material and structure – as the outside.
Thrifting is a hobby for me and a form of therapy. I find going to Goodwill and other thrift stores to be relaxing. I enjoy playing with different color combinations. I will often read fashion magazines before going, so that I have a certain color or silhouette mind when I’m looking.
Goodwill: What have you learned about Goodwill that keeps you coming back?
Jennifer: I always return to Goodwill because I know I can find affordable, high quality clothing – I can’t afford high end labels – Goodwill allows me to find clothes that suit my style and interests.
I first came to know Goodwill when I met one of your employees. She invited me to attend an event where I had the opportunity to hear stories from individuals whose lives were changed by Goodwill. It struck me that this could be me. Goodwill looks at our neighbors as family and is able to help them live independently and find work through their programs – it was a big moment for me. For that reason alone, I will always shop at Goodwill.
Goodwill: How are you involved with Goodwill today?
Jennifer: I work at the Portsmouth Public Library and a few years ago I wanted to host a clothing swap and develop an annual community event that focused on fashion and giving back to the community. I started working with Michelle Smith, Goodwill’s Communications Manager, and we have successfully hosted three city-wide swaps and I really look forward to growing this event in the future.
I also recently joined Goodwill’s Public Policy Committee, which is a new area for me. I’m just in the learning stages, but I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can do to help.
Goodwill: Ok, and because I have to ask – do you have a favorite Goodwill find?
Jennifer: Yes! A robin egg blue shift dress – it looks like it came straight out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie and it’s perfect.