My name is Rachel and I’m addicted to thrifting. Really, though.
I started working in an engineering lab this week, and I needed to buy some fancy-schmancy work-appropriate clothes. I could have gone to the mall but, alas, as a college student, I didn’t have that much money to spend. So what else was there to do? Shop the thrift stores.
I didn’t find much at Value Village but was there to conclude that it is sorely overpriced compared to Goodwill. If you’re going to buy secondhand clothing you might as well pay a small fare. Anyway, then I went to my local Goodwill and as usual, wasn’t disappointed.
My latest steals: Pink and grey striped button up shirt, $4.99 & high-waisted dark grey trousers, $6.99.
I wore this on my first day of my lab internship! I felt so grown up.
tl;dr: Skip Value Village, go to the Goodwill instead :)
arm party cred goes to goodwill.
Remembering when Goodwill was a lame and embarrassing place to shop and now thrift is like so cool.
Okay, just because I’ve had to throw so. many. clothes. away just in my first week of working (and I’m shocked what some people think are okay to turn in)… let’s go over the rules you should follow when donating clothing to thrift stores, because I’m pretty sure most are pretty similar.
- First of all, please please PLEASE WASH YOUR CLOTHES. It doesn’t matter if they’re folded, but please wash them right before giving to us. If they’ve been sitting in your garage and smell musty, it’s likely that we will toss them because we can’t tell if they’re clean.
- No pet hair. Let me repeat this one a few times. No pet hair. No pet hair. NO DAMN PET HAIR. I can’t tell you how many times this week I tore open a garbage bag to have a cat hair cloud come out of it. There are workers sorting your clothes who are allergic, there are customers who are allergic, we will toss it.
- No smoke. While some light smoke smells fade, donations that smell strongly of cigarette smoke we will just toss.
- Please check for stains. If there are sweat stains under the arm pits, or milk stains on the collar of baby clothes especially, we will not keep them. Also, if there is definite wear in the crotch area or if things are pilly (when fleece/sweaters wear out and get those little fuzzies all over them), we won’t keep those either.
- Don’t give us ripped pants. I thought this would be a common sense one, but I have tossed the majority of the jeans we’ve gotten. Don’t give us obviously over-worn jeans with ripped knees or frayed bottoms.
- More common sense… don’t turn in wet clothes.
- If we don’t think it’s going to sell, we’ll probably toss it. So… things with Hannah Montana, High School Musical, shoulder pads, really crazy/ugly patterns, etc, it’s likely going to get tossed.
- We don’t usually keep shirts with advertisements. This may just be a local thing, but especially ones with beer/cigarette/innappropriate ads on them. If we’re in need of men’s shirts, we’ll keep some.
Mostly, use common sense. Sometimes it is better for you to throw them out instead of bring them to us. We want things that are gently worn and in good shape, not things that have been your loved clothing for years. Definitely donate! Thrift stores are always in need of stock, especially non-profit organizations like St. Vincent de Paul. Some of the stock goes to homeless shelters or families who can’t afford clothing for their children, etc. Just be picky about your donations and realize that some things can’t be reused and you shouldn’t waste our time or yours by donating stained, worn out, smelly clothing. :)
best place to shop:)
painting bought at goodwill for $9.99, sold at sotherby’s for $27,000.
called Vertical Diamond by Ilya Bolotowsky
Found this amazing Fossil purse at Goodwill today! Birdcage print!! In really good condition! I almost bought this same exact purse earlier this year but didn’t because of the price. So glad I found it today!!
My House of Goodwill - Framed Monogram
I’m always looking for unique picture frames to add to my wall galleries so I always make sure I stroll through the artwork aisle at Goodwill.
On one visit, I spied my eyes on this angelic print surrounded by an ornate frame. My eyes looked beyond the print and straight to the wooden frame. Although the gold was a bit much for me, I fell in love with the frame and had no idea what I’d do with it, but knew I had to bring it home.
First, I decided to paint it to coordinate with our home, so I separated the canvas board from the frame and used heirloom white spray paint to cover both pieces. I then used a antique glaze, found at craft stores, to layer over the heirloom white. What’s nice about a glaze is that you can rub on and wipe off as little or a lot to achieve the look you like. The small bottle was less than $3 and a little goes a long way.
After brainstorming a bit, I decided I wanted a monogram in the center and since I don’t own a vinyl cutting machine, I found a source online where I could have an affordable monogram made to my specifications. After I received a preview image of the vinyl, I felt the single “G” needed something more so I played around and decided to add the year my husband and I were married, “Estab. 1992”.
I took my time making sure I had the vinyl positioned correctly then rubbed the it onto the canvas board. I was a bit nervous to apply the vinyl but I worked on it slowly and the result was better than I expected.
The frame is quite substantial and hangs in our kitchen eating area. I love that it’s unique and it gives me the satisfaction that I did it myself!
My project is a nice reminder of our wedding day and that we just recently celebrate 20 years together!
Have you created something unique that represents you? I’d love to hear about it.
The Goodwill Gal
Tapestry bag from thrifted materials.
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