If anyone is familiar with my blog, Sweet William, you will already know my love for Goodwill. There are very few places in this world where you can get the trendy pieces, wardrobe staples and unique finds all at an average price of under $5 an item – and all while helping a local nonprofit get people back to work and be self sufficient.
Well, maybe you could at a clothing swap like SWAPmaine, but that is only a special event each season! I have no trouble finding the latest trends and classic pieces that I am dying to have. Most of the time, the quality far succeeds that of chain stores. I can recreate runway looks for pennies on the dollar. Not to mention, each experience is fun. You are on the hunt for hidden treasure.
Working as a personal stylist, having Goodwill is great for those clients that don’t have a lot of extra money or those that want something different than the cookie cutter styles at the chain stores. It may be overwhelming the first few times you shop the store – the amount of clothes in the space and how many different styles, colors, prints, patterns, shapes and sizes is staggering. Once you learn how to navigate the store and know what categories you have the best luck in, you are good to go.
My strategy is to start at dresses, skim the tops and pants, go through skirts, then to blazers. I pull out anything that catches my eye, regardless of size. I definitely get a cart because I always fill it up. I try on everything. If something doesn’t fit quite right, you can always turn it into something else. And adding a belt to something a little too big is always a quick way to give it some shape. This is where you can get creative. You are not spending a lot of money, so if the reconstruction does not work out, there’s no need to worry. Just be careful when you go into the fitting room, you can only take 6 items, so keep a close eye on your cart. I have had other shoppers snatch really great finds while I was in the fitting room! Unlike shopping at other stores, you can usually buy everything you like! I rarely spend over $30 and leave with over 5 items!
Being a lover of high fashion and always trying new styles, one would think you need lots of money. For me this is where Goodwill comes in. With little to no budget for clothing, it allows me to buy more ‘trendy’ items and give crazy things a chance without worrying about the money.
Updated 8 months ago by Calvin Gilbert