Three Thrifty Tips for Spring Fashion

The change in seasons can often leave us wondering what to wear. Luckily, if there’s a Goodwill – there’s a way.

  1. Layer up. Many spring mornings are chilly, but the afternoons can really heat up. Adding layers to your outfit not only adds a great accessory, but also functionality in this season of inconsistent temperatures. See what variety of cardigans, vests and jackets are waiting for you at your local Goodwill.
  2. Bright colors and prints. Feeling like you don’t have enough spring colors or prints in your closet? No worries. Goodwill has ample colors and a variety of prints to choose from. Mix and match some of your favorite colors with some of your favorite prints for multiple spring looks.Spring-17_Social_SHOP
  3. Statement pieces. A pair of flower patterned heels or bold colored jewelry can add the perfect pop to your outfit. Statement pieces are meant to add a little fun to your outfit, so why not have fun thrifting for them at your local Goodwill?

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5 Tips for Winter Thrifting

Wintry weather is a great excuse to catch up on some shopping! To stay up on the latest trends and brace for cooler climates while going easy on your wallet, consider visiting a Goodwill near you for some second-hand treasures. Here are a few tips to make your winter thrifting a breeze:

  1. Layer up and accessorize. Winter is the perfect season to bundle up in layers and accessories. Scarves, hats and cardigans all add to your winter look while keeping you warm. For extra chilly days you may even want to throw in mittens and earmuffs. Look for colors and patterns you love to find the right balance of comfort and style. hat
  2. Be on the lookout for daily deals and specials. Of course this tip doesn’t strictly apply to winter. As a thrifter, being aware of daily deals is important because it’s a smart way to save even more while thrifting. Stay up to date with the Color of the Week deals (the color changes every Sunday), senior discount day on Tuesdays and Thank You Thursdays for veterans, firefighters, police and EMS workers.
  3. Find your winter coat, without spending a fortune. With a wide variety of fabrics to choose from, search for coats that will keep you warmest this winter! Our stores are regularly stocked with a variety of winter coats. Whether you prefer wool, fleece, down, leather or cotton, there’s a good chance your local Goodwill has exactly what you’re looking for. Winter coats don’t have to cost a fortune, especially if you know you’ll only wear it four months out of the year. clothesrack
  4. Don’t limit your search to sizing! Winter is a season where oversized sweaters can be fashionable, and of course, cozy. Check out sections with the colors you’re looking for and remember to not be scared to buy a size or two bigger!
  5. Jeans. Jeans. Jeans. Can one ever have too many pairs of jeans? Dark colored jeans, light colored jeans, skinny jeans, flare jeans, jeans with holes or even high waist jeans. Shopping for jeans can be overwhelming and exhausting, but save the stress and your money because there’s a pair for everyone at Goodwill. jeans

For more thrifting tips and inspiration visit our Pinterest page at https://www.pinterest.com/goodwillng/. Find a Goodwill store near you at www.goodwillng.org/locations.

Make Goodwill a Holiday Resource This Season

With the sounds of holiday music playing all around and malls full of shoppers searching for something special, it’s evident the holidays have arrived. This time of year is often a joyous time, but can also take a toll on your wallet. The National Retail Federation estimates the average American spends over $900 on holiday gifts and goodies. Get the most out of this holiday season by making Goodwill of North Georgia your holiday resource.

Holiday style on a budget. Whether you are decorating your house to get in the holiday spirit or hunting for the perfect tacky Christmas sweater, Goodwill has you covered. Check out Goodwill of North Georgia’s Holidays & Occasions Pinterest board to spark your creativity for everything from decorations to DIY gift ideas!

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Found at one of our Goodwill of North Georgia stores, these holiday snowmen could fill any room with Christmas cheer.

Clean out clutter and donate as a family. The holiday season is a season of giving and companionship. Not only will cleaning out your house save room for any new holiday gifts, but it also supports your local community. What better way to make a difference than to donate with your loved ones in support of our mission to put people to work? Check out our Cutting the Clutter Pinterest board for tips on how to clear the clutter before the holiday season. Don’t dump the old stuff, donate it at a Goodwill near you!

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Donating as a family can be a fun way to give back to the community, together.

One stop shop. Goodwill’s wide selection of books, housewares, clothes, furniture, toys and more can suit the needs of even the pickiest recipient. Check out this blog by Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin for unique gift ideas using Goodwill finds. Not only can Goodwill serve as your one stop place to shop, but the money you spend also helps fund job training and career development programs for community members in need. You’re giving to more than just the ones on your list.

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Candles make the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Try making your own this year to add a unique touch. Image via Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin.

Check Out the AJC’s How-To Guide on Thrifting

Goodwill of North Georgia got a shout out from the AJC’s Access Atlanta section in “5 hacks for thrifting Atlanta’s consignment racks” by Sarah Buehrle. There are some great tips in the article, and we are honored to have made the cut!

An additional thrifting tip for our stores includes shopping the discount days. Every Tuesday is Senior Discount Day and we have Thank You Thursdays for service workers, including military personnel, firefighters, police officers and emergency medical services employees. Of course our Color of the Week rotation starts over every Sunday and is available to all shoppers.

Do you have any thrifting tips of your own? Share them in the comments section below! As always, happy hunting to all…

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Three Storage Tips That Will Help You Declutter

As the leaves start to fall and the holiday season rapidly approaches, it’s time for some fall cleaning and organization. Finding spaces for all of the excess stuff lying around the house may be easier than you think! Not only is your stuff truly someone else’s treasure, but there are various storage hacks that will revamp and organize your spaces.

Baskets make storage simple and attractive.
Baskets make storage simple and attractive.

Use baskets for organization and storage. The options for using baskets as storage containers are limitless. Baskets can be used to store items from utensils to toys. Baskets can also be placed anywhere in the house from tops of counters to under cabinets. Find your next basket at a Goodwill store near you.

After a year, donate the clothes hanging on hangers still facing the wrong way.
After a year, donate the clothes hanging on hangers still facing the wrong way.

One simple trick to decluttering your home is the reverse clothes-hanger method. To help identify pieces of clothing that haven’t been touched in months, hang all of your clothes in the reverse direction. Once you wear an item, return it to the closet facing the correct direction. After 6 months, you’ll clearly be able to visualize which clothes need to be donated. Decluttering your closet will provide more hidden storage space for all of the other miscellaneous items in your house.

Photo credit: @thriftdecor
Photo credit: @thriftdecor

Thrift a piece of furniture. Storage spaces don’t need to be dull or outrageously expensive. Up-cycle a piece of Goodwill furniture to add flare to your living space, while providing large amounts of hidden storage.

 

Decorate Your Dorm… For Less

Maximize your closet space with new (gently used) hangers!

Back-to-school season is in full swing! Whether you’re decorating your desk, dorm or college apartment, do it for less with thrifty finds from your local Goodwill. These items were spotted at the Goodwill stores in West End and Decatur. Household items like cups and plates are always in stock. Storage shelves, stereo equipment, books, binders and desk organizers also regularly make it to our sales floor. Start your treasure hunt today! You never know what you will find…

Stock your apartment or dorm with plates from Goodwill.
Stock your apartment or dorm with plates from Goodwill.
Liven up your desk or dorm room with thrifted finds.
Liven up your desk or dorm room with thrifted finds.
Let there be light for all those all-nighters and final exam cram sessions.
Let there be light for all those all-nighters and final exam cram sessions.
For study session background music or weekend parties.
For study session background music or weekend parties.
Maximize your closet space with new (gently used) hangers!
Maximize your closet space with new (gently used) hangers!

Treasure Hunting: Summer Finds at Goodwill

June 20 was summer solstice – and even though it’s been hot enough to feel like summer – the temperatures are now officially in sync with the season. As you fill summer’s long days with time in the sun, by the pool or relaxing at home, consider Goodwill as a source for great summertime finds. Here are some items spotted in our Hiram Store this week:

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Goodwill’s Northeast Plaza Store Grand Re-opening

Home to some of our most tenured employees, our Northeast Plaza store in Atlanta celebrated a grand re-opening on Thursday, April 14. Originally opened in April 2005, the store serves an average of 60 donors and 500 shoppers daily, and because it  sees high foot traffic the store was due for a face-lift.  As a part of the celebration there will be drawings at the store for Goodwill gift certificates all weekend long. Even with its new look the store will contain the same great treasures and great deals shoppers have enjoyed for the last 11 years. Here is a look at some of the items spotted at its grand re-opening:

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