GOODWILL OUTLET 19 ITEMS FOR $20!
When I started this project of shopping local businesses and thrifting more, I had no idea the positive influence it would have on my soul. I'm now intrigued with ways I can help motivate a boost in my local economy as well as minimize my personal negative effects on the environment. A result after deep diving into why thrifting is good in the first place.
When I read that the average person dumps close to 80 pounds of clothing every year I was shocked. Partly, because I realized that I almost never throw away clothing unless it's in tatters and anything else I don't want anymore always goes to donation, while the apparent average person throws their things in the garbage.
Wha?? Can this be true?
I image old school Peace Frog t-shirts and OshKosh B'Gosh conductor overalls swimming below dirty diapers and empty cans of tuna in some far off desolate wasteland filled with corporate monsters...it made me sad.
If each person just donated to shelters, Goodwill, or charity orgs instead, that would put about 26 BILLION pounds of clothing back out into the world for others to enjoy rather than piling up in a landfill.
My thrifting and treasure hunting spirit started when I was very young, shopping with my mom at a little place called "The Rerun" in Fredericksburg, VA. We went there at LEAST a few times a month as my mom was not only a customer, but sold her clothing there too.
When I could drive myself, my high school buds and I would hit up "Second Time Around" after school. Typically we were on the hunt for old Levi's and bell bottom corduroy pants or pretty much anything that looked authentic from the 60's and 70's. It was the 90's and we wanted to be like the kids from Dazed and Confused.
I finally got my butt over to my local Tacoma, WA Goodwill Outlet which is in the parking lot of their giant transfer center.
I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into so there was both dueling excitement and nervousness. I wasn't down to fight through bins against other people and the website specifically says, "watch out for people stealing from your cart when you aren't looking" and recommends you cover your cart with a blanket while you dig. YIKES! Super competitive and a little intimidating, but it wasn't like that at all.
For the most part everyone was pretty nice. A lady ahead of me was digging with a drink and her wallet in one hand and set them down IN THE BIN and it vanished like quicksand. I helped her dig for it, found the drink but no wallet, so I suggested she go get the staff to close the bin and pull it aside so nobody else picked through. I actually don't know if she ever found it.
The VERY first thing I grabbed from the depths of the first bin (which triggered the shopping adrenaline from the get-go) was a Kate Spade dress with the tags still on. I bout' peed my pants.
The retail price on the tag said $398 and since the Goodwill Outlet is pay per pound (.98 cents) that thing cost me nearly $2!
It was official...I was MEGA pumped and it was time to dig. I plopped my purse in the child seat of the cart, rolled up my sleeves, and went hunting.
THE EPIC KATE SPADE DRESS
It won't zip up the side because of my chest size so I decided to make this my "goal" dress for when I drop some weight from quitting drinking and changing my eating and lifestyle habits.
I WILL FIT THIS DRESS!
It's so soft, of course double lined, and feels really, really reeeeeally well made. I love luxury clothing, I do. Especially when it's, oh I don't know, like TWO DOLLARS.
THE FLORAL BUSTIER with BONING
The next thing I found was this bustier which also had the tags still on. The reinforced stitching and boning assured me my mams would set up perky in it and the zipper was strong too-boot.
This thing is sturdy.
I had never heard of the brand, Ali & Kris, but apparently it's sold at Nordstrom Rack.
Contrary to my initial belief, the bins were not at all filthy. You may find an occasional sweater with a stain or items missing buttons but I really didn't find
too many things that made me say, "gross".
I will say, next time I'm bringing gloves like they recommend since some items had safety pins exposed.
I did a little research and apparently (via Goodwill's website) the Outlets are where anything goes that doesn't sell in stores within six weeks. That would explain why some of the things I saw already had Goodwill tags on them.
Here's what I got!
THE ELEPHANT SHIRT
I tend to gravitate toward these types of unique items and love a good challenge to find ways to style them. This top reminded me of a Baja from the 90's. We used to wear them all the time back in the day! The pocket says "Elephant Jungle Sanctuary" and I looked it up.
It appears that whomever previously owned it must have gone to Thailand to see elephants in order to get it.
They're also selling on Ebay anywhere from $20 up to $50.
I loved the look of it with a mustard belt and had on some black skinny jeans.
THE PINSTRIPE DRESS
I gave this little H&M dress a wash and popped out to get some ice cream with the hubs and I felt CUTE. 15 minutes into wearing it, my ice cream cone leaked salted caramel cream down the front.
Good thing it was only .98 cents eh?
But don't worry, it washed out.
SHEER BLACK AND WHITE BLOUSE
This is one my favorites. A sheer white checkered blouse that's so light and flowy I feel like an elegant Swan in it. I put it with some black cigarette pants and ballet flats, I mean...so cute.
"THE HUSBAND SHIRT "
There's the term "boyfriend tee" and I've decided to coin the term, "husband shirt" because this men's button up gave me hardcore Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman circa 1990 vibes and I like it.
I plan to get some faux black leather pants this Autumn and it would look SO good with it.
THE EDDIE BAUER ASPEN SWEATER
This Eddie Bauer sweater was the heaviest thing I got so I'm certain it had to be at least $2.50 of the $20 total. It's so quality it just feels luxe. It fits perfectly while covering my bum for the times I want to wear leggings and not have my goods hang out. Mt. Rainer snow cabin, here I come!
I'm going to just plop down the rest of the items below for those who are curious what I got!
FOREVER 21 SWEATER
SHIRT W/ TAGS ON!
WITH A ROSE BLACK
LIGHTWEIGHT RAIN COAT
FINE ITALIAN WOOL
FLUFFY (AND SORTA ITCHY)
WHITE & RED
BEACH BOYS 1983
NEW WITH TAGS
WATCH IT ALL IN MOTION!
Thanks for visiting and happy thrifting!