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Goodwill+Fourth of July: Tips and tricks for finding the perfect look!

Hi! My name is Kristi Crane and I would first like to tell you a little about myself. I’m a school counselor, married with a toddler, who LOVES thrifting affordable fashion and style. I’m a consumer who tries to shop second-hand for environmental and personal reasons (i.e. cheaper goods!). There are many ways to shop Goodwill and make it a successful shopping trip:  Most of the time, I prefer to wander the aisles aimlessly for hours, which is usually when I have the most luck!  (This luxury does not come as often as I would hope, because I have a two-year-old) Another way is, to shop for an occasion.  Shopping for something specific can also be a great way to get started if you are new to thrifting. In this post I’m going to give my take on how to find the perfect, simple outfit for the 4th of July!  These tips and tricks are how I typically shop for any holiday, event or occasion. 

1. I tend to need a little inspiration when I’m looking for something specific to wear, whether it be an outfit for a birthday party, wedding, or in this case, Independence Day!  I created a hashtag on Instagram #thisinspiredthat because it helps me use what I have in my closet, and it inspires me during my Goodwill shopping ventures. Below are a few images that I found while searching on Google and Pinterest.  I tend to go for more subtle looks (rather than combining red, white and blue, I prefer to just pick two of the colors).  Sometimes I find an almost identical outfit, and other times I use the images to help get my creative juices flowing (what are creative juices anyways?!?!).

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2. Go to a Goodwill near you.  We are lucky enough to have 3 locations near us that I typically have pretty good luck with. My “go-to” stores are: Southland in Middleburg Heights, Snow Rd. in Brookpark and Strongsville.  I think all Cuyahoga County stores are well stocked and have a good variety for everyone.

3. Shop all sizes….yes ALL of them!  I always start in my size but then I look in all the other sizes too!  If you’re a size large, do not skip the smaller sizes.  If you’re an extra small, don’t skip the larger sizes!  I’ve found great pieces that were mismarked, ran big/small, and items placed in the wrong size section.  If I didn’t look in all of the sizes, I wouldn’t have found some of the items I own now! Other hacks...if you’re smaller, check the larger kids section, and also check mens….you never know what goodies you will find.

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4. Pull everything that might work and have a little try-on session!!  I try on all pieces before I take anything home.  I don’t have time to make returns, so I make sure I love it first.  Here are all my looks:

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5. Pictured was everything I found solely at the Strongsville location. I ended up purchasing the ladybug striped top, chambray dress, an alternative blue tee that is not pictured (it was half off!), a white ruffle blouse, a window pain chambray, AND ...bonus, I also found white jeans!!!!  WHAT?!?!  I will also pair some of these pieces with skirts, shorts, red sandals etc. Please use these or other inspiration photos to create your own look!  Use the #thisinspiredthat on IG and show us what you come up with!  Happy 4th of July!

 

Fourth of July Kids Activities

With so much to do before your Fourth of July get-togethers, it’s often easy to overlook activities or games to entertain the kids. With the help of Goodwill, these simple games will be fun for kids of all ages and super easy to put together! 

1. Ring the Flag

Place flags some distance away around the yard (adjust for different ages). Players throw a hula hoop or glow in the dark necklaces attempting to ring the flag. Give players 10 tries and count the number of successful rings. Once they ring it, they move to the next one. Lowest score wins! I found a set of three flags for $.99 at the Jackson Township store.

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2. Flag Relay

Fill two large plastic buckets or bins with sand and insert small American flags. Use the same number of flags as participants. Designate a starting point and placing the buckets across from the participants. Split the kids into two teams, and have them form two lines across from their buckets. On your "go," the first person in each line races to the bucket, grabs a flag, and march back slowly like an American soldier! (For safety reasons, don't allow children to run with the flags.) The next person in line cannot go until the previous person has returned with his or her flag. The first team to capture all of the flags wins. Set of three flags was $.99 and adorable red, tin bucket was only $3 during my Goodwill haul.

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3. Red, White, & Blue Tag

Depending on the size of your group, designate two to three kids to be "it." Let all other players select a red, white, or blue necklace to run around with. When "it" tags a “non-it” player, the “non-it” player hands over their necklace. The first "it" to collect the necklaces in every color wins! Three pack of patriotic necklaces were $1.99 at Jackson Township store. After the game, they will be great fun for the little ones to wear!

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I was able to create these fun activities for less than $10 thanks to Goodwill!

Happy playing, happy thrifting and happy Fourth of July!

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