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Sham-Rocking Your Thrift Finds

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, so we are all in a little bit of a festive mood! While this holiday falls right in the middle of the week, you can still celebrate on the weekends and at night! (Even if this year, it's with a small group of friends or family.) Here are a few ways I styled pieces from Goodwill, along with some tips for shopping the racks for holiday gear.

From Day to Night

If you plan to celebrate holidays during the work week, it’s a great idea to find something you can easily transition from day to night to minimize time getting ready. A skirt is great for either class or work, especially this sweater skirt which is super on-trend. I paired it with a green plaid shirt to tuck in and a motorcycle jacket to throw on over top. For accessories, a pair of black block heels and sunglasses. The plaid shirt ($4.50) and sweater skirt ($4.00) were both found at the North Canton Goodwill location.

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Transitioning to after work, I swapped the skirt for a pair of jeans, and the jacket on top for a satin cowl tank underneath. The sunglasses were switched with a gold chain necklace, and the heels with a pair of white pointed-toe booties. The booties, jeans, and tank top were all previously thrifted.

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Fun and Festive

If the subdued look isn’t up your alley, get festive with a kitschy tee like this “Get Lucky” one I picked up from the North Canton Goodwill! For only $4.50, I don’t mind that I only get to wear it once a year because I didn’t break the bank on it. I paired this shirt with some ripped jeans and festive accessories. Just throw on your favorite pair of sneakers and the outfit is complete!

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What Was in My Cart but Didn’t Purchase

I found several t-shirts while shopping the racks, but only one made it home with me. It just reminded me that you don’t have to get something directly related to St. Patrick’s Day to be festive. This location had a few Guinness t-shirts, which could be a unique take on a holiday outfit! There were also plain green ones that you could wear as is, or make your own with appliques and other items. I also came across some green sweaters that could easily be transitioned from work to evening. 

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The left two sweaters could be worn like any other sweater, while the cropped sweater could be worn over a white button down for a fun twist on a layered outfit.

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Tips and Tricks

1. Find things you would normally gravitate to so you can get more wear out of it.

It is always so hard when shopping for festive clothing to justify spending money on something you will wear once a year. When you grab it at Goodwill (especially for half-price), it’s not as hard to justify! Not only that, but getting something you will wear throughout the year makes more sense in the long run. For me, I love flannels, so I know I will wear this more than just once. It’s better for the environment to make decisions this way, and it’s better for your wallet.

2. Look in areas other than clothing.

Belts and shoes are an easy way to add some festivity without it going overboard. Look around for things that may not be right in your face! These will also be easier to incorporate into your wardrobe after the holiday season.

All-in-all, a holiday doesn’t mean you have to break the bank for something festive to wear one day out of the year. Get creative and find items you like so you save some money and get more wear out of your purchases! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A Sewing Hack for Any Holiday

Top o’ the morning to ya! It feels like forever since I’ve done a crafty post for Goodwill, so let me start by saying I missed you and I hope you had a great holiday season! Ever since I’ve taken my decorations down, my house has felt a little empty and lifeless, so I thought it would be a fun idea to create a cheap and easy St. Patrick’s Day center piece for my dining room using mostly thrifted goodies. 

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For the first time in a while I went into Goodwill without any idea of how I wanted my project to look because I really wasn’t sure what was going to be available in greens and golds and oranges. Luckily for me, there were still so many Christmas decorations on the shelves that inspiration hit me quickly! I first found the gold plate/candle set and when I opened the box and saw that everything was in good condition I knew I had to have it and that a table runner would be a perfect addition. I wasn’t able to find a kelly green table runner but when I saw the beaded placemats, I knew I could make them into exactly what I was looking for in less than 20 minutes.

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The first thing I did with the green place mats was check their condition. A few of them had minor stains, but I really only needed 3 of the 5, so I just chose the best looking and set the other two aside for a future craft project (like a sewing bag to keep my seam ripper and such).

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Now that I have my selected pieces, I used my clips (you can use pins if that is what you have at home) and clipped right sides together on two of the place mats. I then took it over to my sewing machine and using a straight stitch sewed the mats together. For this project, you don’t even need matching thread colors since it will never be seen when sitting on the table. I used black because it was what I already had loaded into my machine.

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I then repeated the same steps to attach the third piece. Once all the mats are attached, you now have a very wavy and wrinkled table runner with some long thread tails that need to be snipped. Of course I wanted to make my runner as smooth as possible so I took special care to really iron out the corners as well as opening up the seams I had just made with my sewing machine. Always test a bit of the fabric with your iron before going full speed ahead. Satin can be an iffy fabric to iron on, but I just lowered the heat setting and had no issues. 

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While I was able to flatten out my table runner 90%, unfortunately only time will get out some of the deeper wrinkles in the satin fabric (or if you are fancy and own a steamer, it’ll flatten out in minutes). Now that my table runner is complete, I got out my newly beloved center piece and got all of the items out except the Christmas baubles.

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To make this project complete for the holiday, I stopped at the Dollar Tree on my way home from my Goodwill trip and picked up a few specific St. Patrick’s Day goodies to fill in the plate as well as decorate the table with.

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All in all this project only cost me 10$ and it will not only serve its purpose for St. Patrick’s Day but also for the Christmas season as well. The table runner is also a great beginner project for anyone looking to dust off the old sewing machine. I hope you all got some inspiration out of this post and I hope you get even more inspiration walking the isles of your favorite Goodwill! Cheers!

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