Dorm Room Essentials

School is right around the corner and for those heading to college for the first time it can be stressful and exciting to get everything you need for your dorm. From necessities to personal touches Goodwill can help find everything you’re looking for at a great price. Here are just a few Goodwill finds every college dorm must have.

1. Desk Lamp

Your roommate shuts off the lights to go to bed, but you still need to study for that big exam tomorrow. Desk lamps from department stores go for anywhere in between 20-60 dollars. This desk light spotted at Goodwill’s Foxboro location is perfect for those late night study sessions.

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2. Sound Systems

Found at Goodwill’s Tuscarawas location, these speakers are perfect for a dorm room. Not too big, but not too small so music can be played while kicking back on the weekends or doing homework. Plus, they add a vintage element that no one else will be able to copy.

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3. Book Holders

Books can accumulate over the course of the year. With these book holders found at Goodwill’s Tuscarawas store, from Harry Potter books to your Intro to Calculus book, storing and organizing your books has never been easier.

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4. Waste Bin

A college dorm room can get messy very quickly. There is no reason to spend a lot of money on a trash bin when you can go to your local thrift store and buy it for a fraction of the price. This bin was found at the Goodwill on Tuscarawas.

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5. Kitchenware

You can’t cook gourmet meals in a dorm room, but sometimes it is nice to have some plates in case you are having a quick little snack. Also, this Ohio State thermos is perfect for coffee lovers and getting you ready for those 8 a.m. classes. These dinning essentials were found at Goodwill’s Foxboro location.

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6. Decorative Pieces

No dorm room is complete without adding your own personal touch. These ancient Egyptian and American history pieces, found at the Goodwill at Foxboro, will give your dorm room the spice-up it needs. Visit the art section to decorate with unique designs or inspirational signs. And of course you should grab a couple new frames to take all your family and friends from home with you.

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Making your dorm room feel like home while staying on budget is easy with Goodwill. We’ve only touched on a few dorm room ideas, but the possibilities of great Goodwill finds are endless. Share your favorite dorm finds in the comments below or hashtag #GoodwillDormRoom on social media.

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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Road Trips Goodwill Style

As a mom of three little ones, a beach vacation isn’t always the relaxing sea and sand adventure that I  dream it will be.

Oh sure – we will have a great time, but so often it’s the very long drive to the beach that causes me anxiety even weeks before we set out on our trip.

A more than 13 hour drive lies ahead of our family of five. The minivan will be packed to the brim. DVDs and video games will be watched and played. There will be snacks aplenty. But alas, the little ones will still be bored.

Taking this trip for several years now, I’ve found some fun and inexpensive road trip hacks, many of which involve a quick trip to Goodwill.

1) Survival car caddy.

Check out Goodwill for a plastic art caddy for each child and begin building an individualized snack and play center. For only a $1 each, I was able to buy a caddy for each child.

Quick tips for filling the caddy:  

  • colored pencils (not crayons, they melt if you are traveling in hot climates)
  • pipe cleaners (endless creations can be made from this colorful and inexpensive craft supply)
  • smaller sheets of paper (full size sheets are more difficult to maneuver in the car) 

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2) Pack some pans.

One of my favorite ‘long drive to the beach’ activities, which also happens to be a Goodwill score, is baking pans. No, we are not baking. But, these metal sheets make a great workspace and play space for little ones.

Uses for baking pans:

  • I use magnetic letters, which I already own, to help the crew practice spelling.
  • We attach magnets to puzzle pieces to prevent the pieces from falling on the floor or lost forever in between seat cushions.
  • We also use a magnetic clip to keep coloring pages in place.

Need more ideas? Here is a link to FREE printables from The Measured Mom that can be used on these pans!

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3) Countdown bags.

This is really where you can be creative in your shopping trip to Goodwill.

THE GOAL: fill a bag with a surprise.

The bags can be labeled by the hour of the trip (i.e. Hour 1, Hour 2, etc) or by the destination (Do Not Open Until Wheeling WV or Lexington VA). The surprises inside the bag should not be big or flashy.

Ideas for countdown bags (most of which can be found at Goodwill): 

  • Candy or snack
  • Stickers
  • Family game
  • DVD
  • Pen/notebook
  • Flashcards

It’s Always Autumn offers some colorful, free printables for your countdown bags. Our countdown bags were filled at Goodwill for all three of my daughters for less than $10!

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4) Book, books and more books.

I highly recommend a trip to Goodwill to purchase a few new reads for vacation. There seems to be an endless supply of children’s books at our Goodwill. And, for only a few dollars, we can fill a bin in the car with these finds.

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Some of our books will make it into our Countdown bags, and others will be reserved for reading at the beach.

BOOK TIP: Although our family is a big supporter of the library, I find its too risky to take a library book on our trip for fear it meets a sticky juice box or gets left behind in another state.   

5) Get creative!

Did I mention our drive is more than 13 hours? That’s 780 minutes or 46,800 seconds filled with questions like ‘are we there yet?’ or comments like ‘I’m bored.’

Scanning the shelves during my trip to Goodwill, I wanted to find something new and creative for us to break the boredom in the car. My most favorite find during this haul were these Princess Story Cards. 

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For just $1.49 (50% off retail price), this new, never been used game will be a great new addition to our vacation drive repertoire. The illustrated cards are designed to serve as inspiration for a story that you and others create. My own little princesses will love this game!

EXTRA BONUS: Because this only requires your own creativity, we aren’t limited by age. My girls, who range in age from three to nine years old, will all be able to participate in this new game.

Happy travels to everyone this summer, and happy Goodwill shopping! Got ideas? Be sure to leave your own vacation travel ideas below in the comments.

Father's Day Gift Guide

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Father’s Day is right around the corner! If you haven’t picked up a gift for dad yet, we have just what you need. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.

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1. Mugs

This Father’s Day mug spotted at our Snow Road location is perfect for your little one that loves big trucks just like dad! Or look for a plain mug to write a message dad can enjoy every morning with his cup of joe. You can always find great mugs at Goodwill!

2. Dad-Approved T-shirts

Shirts like this "Definition of Awesome" one spotted at our Snow Road location are sure to make him laugh. He wouldn't be your dad without "dad jokes" right? Look for graphic tees with those classic jokes or sayings only approved by a dad. We also love this simple and sweet T-shirt tutorial from This Grandma is Fun. Thrift a shirt from your local Goodwill and try your hand at this DIY.

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3. Fun & Functional Ties

Ties are more of a traditional gift for dad but they're a simple way to freshen up his wardrobe. We found these tie options at our North Canton store. This island/flamingo tie and the mini tiki mask pattern are a great way to prep for vacation or achieving summer vibes in the office. There are many fun and functional options and all at a great price, 

 

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4. Picture Frames

Maybe it's time for new family pictures! Goodwill is a great place to look for frames at a reasonable price. Grab a couple and help him update his work area!  Think the kids would like to get crafty? Buying cheap frames allows a little more experimentation. Have the kids decorate the picture frame and add a photo of them with dad. Or use a frame for a new work of art. We thought this craft idea from Doodle and Stitch is super cute and great from small kids.

 5. Favorite Hobby Finds

Does dad have a favorite past time? We found the golf book ends at our Alliance store for golf and book lovers alike. If he collects vintage records or just has an appreciation for music, this classic was spotted at the West Tusc store. Maybe he’s into bird watching, we spotted this awesome bird clock at our North Canton store. Whatever his hobby may be we're sure you can find something unique for him at Goodwill. Pro Tip: Make sure you know what you're looking before going inside.

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6. Slippers

You can't go wrong with new slippers for dad! He works hard, make sure he has some comfy slippers to relax when he's home. You could also check out our summer shoe options to keep him fashionable this summer! 

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7. Canisters

Let’s be honest, most of his money goes to the kid's activities and miscellaneous expenses. Find a cute canister he can save up for something he wants to do! We loved these jars spotted at Snow Road store. If he doesn’t keep change, it’s also a great idea for keys or random items he’s carrying around from work.

So there you have it, several ideas to make Father's Day gifting a win! If you don't have time to shop, grab dad a gift card to find some treasures of his own. 

Year End Teacher Gifts

With the school year coming to an end, we wanted to give you a couple of our favorite upcycle gift ideas for your teachers this year!

  1. We love this adorable apple jar tutorial from 36th Avenue. You can always find jars to paint at your local Goodwill. Add some leaves and your teachers preffered treat. They will have a great desk accessory that they can use again and agian.
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  2. You can always find notepads or notebooks at Goodwill. Download this free printable from Simply This & That to let your teacher know they were just "write" for you!
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  3. This gift idea is great for the teacher that has helped you grow the most this year! Amy from The Idea Room  recommends using an old dictionary to cover a pot or container (find both at Goodwill). But you could also look for a book your teacher read to the class this year to make it more personal.
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  4. Head over to Just Add Confetti for this adorable free printable. Then visit your Goodwill to find some baking themed gifts to pair with your favorite cookie mix or recipe. Volia, it's a sweet treat and items that she will be able to reuse in the future.
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  5. Don't have time to put together a gift? You're in luck, we created a free printable gift card holder just for you! Stop in and pick up a gift card and let your teacher know what an impact they're making!
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Seeds of Literacy Partnership

Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland & East Central Ohio Inc. began more than 100-years ago with a mission centered around changing lives for good and impacting our community. Vice President of Mission Services Mark Trew explains, “Goodwill is dedicated to addressing barriers to employment by partnering with other organizations that serve people in need and increase our impact on the community. As Seeds of Literacy works to serve more than 110,000 adults in Cuyahoga County to achieve their educational goals, Goodwill is working to empower these individuals through connections to good jobs that enrich their lives and benefit the community.”

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Seeds is an organization with a strong mission of providing a personalized education that empowers adults to succeed. They provide free education for adults helping them prepare for GED® / TASC / HiSET. Their one-on-one tutoring grants the attention and support to meet the needs of each individual student. They recently celebrated their 20th anniversary and are serving more than 900 active students in the Cuyahoga County community.

This partnership is the perfect marriage of education, Seeds, and the employment skills services that your Goodwill offers. Together our two organizations will help meet a multitude of needs for a person to receive gainful employment.

We reached out to Seeds to talk about our partnership and they had this to say.

"Students have been really excited to see a presence from Goodwill at Seeds," said Billy Hallal, Digital Literacy Coordinator for Seeds of Literacy. "They've taken an active interest in the job board with postings that Leslie [Bendter] has set up. She has sat down with a lot of our students, and they've come out of those meetings with resumes and job leads. For some of our students, it's the first resume they've ever had. One of our students obtained a full-time position--union, benefits, the works--as a result of his time with Leslie. He couldn't be more excited about it, and neither could we."

The Seeds and Goodwill partnership began this past February. Director of Mission Services for the Cleveland area Joe Tabol stated, "this partnership is just the beginning and is excited to see how much we can strengthen each other’s missions." Seeds is able to start at the base level and from there Goodwill can help with the next step. Goodwill Employment Specialists, Leslie Bendter and Karen Gusik, provide on-site office hours every other week to both locations Seeds West and Seeds East respectively. Their office hours may include updating resumes, submitting applications, teaching computer skills, searching for job postings or acting as a networking representative on participants behalf.

Leslie noted that the Seeds staff is extremely dedicated to helping people and it is reflected in the relationships built between volunteers and students. Both organizations have a common goal, explained Karen, of helping people live a successful life where they not only have a job but employment with competitive wages and opportunities for growth. We believe that when community members are reaching their fullest potential, whatever that may be, our local communities are elevated and enriched.

If you are interested in learning more about Seeds of Literacy we encourage you to visit their website,  enroll as a student or sign up to volunteer.

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Upcycled Dress from Goodwill

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Hello, again friends! So for this months blog post I wanted to share a somewhat tutorial/sewing inspiration I did to modernize a dress I had thifted a few months back at my local Goodwill. The dress was originally five dollars but because it had a purple tag, I was able to take it home for only 1$. There are many times that I go to Goodwill and simply hunt for a tag color because the fabric from outdated clothing can either be upcycled or used for other projects.

If you want to create a similar look, you won’t need much in the way of supplies. Just basic sewing knowledge, a sewing machine, iron, sewing pins or clips, matching thread color, eye and hook closures, a small piece of interfacing (optional), a sewing needle, and elastic (I used 1.25 inch).

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A few tips in choosing a dress that will be the easiest to work with:

  • The silkier the fabric the harder it is to sew
  • Choose a dress that already fits you
  • Make sure there isn’t a bustle in the back

The first thing I knew I wanted to do was hem the dress to a point above the knee. To do this, I put the dress on inside out, went and looked in a full-length mirror and with a marker made a slash on the fabric letting me know where to cut. I then took it off, laid it on a flat surface and used a ruler and marker to give myself a straight across guideline to cut from.

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Remember to mark the dress a little longer than you want because you’ll lose about a half an inch when hemming the dress. Once you cut off the bottom of the dress, try it on again just to be sure everything looks even and that you have your desired length. Remember that you can always cut more off but you can’t put the fabric back on if it’s cut too short. Set the excess fabric to the side.

Once you are happy with your cut, it’s time to hem. There are tons of tutorials online to create the perfect hem, I’m sure my method is frowned upon by seamstresses but my technique is easy, looks clean, and doesn’t require a million measurements.

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All I do is preheat my iron, fold a small portion of the dress bottom up at a time and press the iron to it. The ironing part is important because this will stop your hem from being curled up and super wavy. I then use my wonder clips to hold the fold in place while I sew. (Wonder Clips are just a different way of pinning fabric that I personally find a lot easier to use. You can find them on Amazon very inexpensively and they hold fabric like a dream.)


Once your hem is ironed and pinned in place, take it over to your sewing machine. I used a zig zag stitch on this hem and I try to get as close to the crease of the fabric as possible. When you’ve made it all the way around your dress, take it over to your ironing board and iron the hem with steam. This will flatten out the hem and even hide any imperfections that could occur if you’re new to sewing.

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At this point, you officially have a new short dress for your wardrobe, but of course, I wanted to take this project a step forward to create a unique matching belt with all of the extra fabric. 

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You need to take two measurements at this point. The first being a loose measurement of your waist (mine was 29in), write this number down because this will be the length of your fabric. Then also take a tight measurement of your waist (mine was 26.5in), this will be the length you will cut the elastic at. If you are using 1.25 inch elastic for your belt, you will need to cut a piece of fabric that is your loose waist measurement x 3 inches. You can either draw this onto your fabric or make a pattern piece of paper.

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Fold your (in my case) 29in x 3in piece of fabric in half (BE SURE RIGHT SIDES ARE TOGETHER AND WRONG SIDES ARE SHOWING) and sew the long edge closed, leaving two open ends. Then turn your fabric tube inside out so that the raw edge is hidden. Next, I fed the elastic through the fabric and wonder clipped it so that the elastic inside the fabric was flush with the raw edge of the belt. To give the belt a cleaner look, I also slightly tucked the frayed edges of the fabric inward, as pictured. Lastly sew the end closed, being sure to sew the elastic AND fabric together. I used a large zig zag stitch.

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Next up is the bow portion of the dress! You can make this as big or as small as you want, and the interfacing is completely optional, but I just knew I wanted a huge girly bow that wouldn’t slouch.


I first cut my interfacing and actually used it as a pattern piece as well. It measured out to be 8 x 10 inches. I only needed to use one piece of interfacing to achieve the bow that I made but if you want it to be super rigid, use two pieces. From there I placed the interfacing on top of the extra fabric and cut two 8 x 10 pieces from it.

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Then create a fabric sandwich that will look as followed: 1st piece of fabric with wrong side facing up, 2nd piece of fabric with wrong side facing up, 3rd piece is the interfacing. pin/clip the pieces together, sew along the edges making sure to leave about a 1.5-2inch hole to flip the fabric right sides out. Then sew closed the hole by tucking the raw edges inward, as pictured.

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To finish the bow you need to make a center ring of fabric to keep the bow puckered together. I did this by cutting a 3x2 piece of fabric, and just like the initial belt portion of the project, fold that in half with right sides together, pin, sew, and flip the fabric inside out so that the right sides are facing out. Gather the large square you just made (the bow part) in the center and wrap the little piece of fabric around it. Clip it in place and sew it closed to create a loop that finishes off the bow.

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To attach the bow to the elastic belt, I lined up where I wanted the bow to sit and took it to the sewing machine. I added a little bit of stitching between the folds of the bow to hold it in place. You can also do this by hand sewing if your fabric doesn’t fit under the presser foot.

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Now the last step is to attach the eye hooks! I added two sets of eye hooks because of the thickness of my belt. To do this I just placed the metal hooks on/in the fabric and with a hand sewing needle I put a few stitches in and around the hooks until they felt secure when I tugged on them. You do not need to use eye and hooks, you could also use snaps or any other type of clasp.

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AND THERE YOU HAVE A FINISHED BELT! This was my first time making a fabric covered belt out of recycled fabric, and while I am sure there are many different ways to make them, I got creative and used items I had in my sewing box to not only keep cost down but also got to experiment with materials I don’t get to use very often.

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All in all, I am extremely happy with how this project turned out. I am not a master at sewing, and yet I created a dress that I am excited to wear all summer long. It's light enough to wear on hot summer days, but still has my quirky flair with the large matching belt. What’s great about this project is that even if you don’t have enough left over fabric from your dress alterations, you can always use scrap fabric from other projects to contrast colors and make the belt OR the bow stand out!

Mothers Day Gift Guide

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As Mother’s Day approaches, the search is on for a great gift! Here is a guide to help you get the most out of all Goodwill has to offer!

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1. Mugs

This gift is great for the coffee and/or tea loving mom! You don’t have to stop there though, use this idea as a start and stop at her favorite coffee shop for a gift card or her favorite coffee grounds to make it at home.

  

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2. Clothes

What mom doesn’t love getting clothes? Especially if it’s handpicked by YOU! Goodwill gives you so many options to choose from too. You could find a top and pants, a nice jean jacket, or a fun summer dress. We loved this top for those casual weekends full of snuggles!

 

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3. Books

Does she love to read? Goodwill has a vast selection of books all for just $1 each. Find her favorite author or select a couple in her favorite genre. We’re highlighting a couple books here for the Momma’s to be.

 

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 4. Purses & Accessories

Check out the purse section of your local Goodwill for a shiny new bag. Then add a wallet or scarf to match. Fill the bag with accessories she might need. Wrap them all separately so she can feel special opening extra presents!

 

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5. Summer Essentials

With summer approaching some new sandals would be an excellent gift. Add a colorful beach hat for her take on that family vacation this summer.

 

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6. Home Décor

We found this wreath that would be a great addition to any home and we’re sure mom would love it!

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7. Kitchen Accessories 

Does mom love to cook? Get her something to assist in the kitchen. We found these amazing cannisters to keep everything organized!

We hope this guide helps you with your Goodwill hunting for mom. Take these ideas as a place to start looking when visiting your local Goodwill. Don’t forget, you can also pick up a gift card for mom to have a fun shopping trip of her own!

 *All the items in this blog were found at our North Canton and Jackson Township locations.

Dress for Success

Being a college student studying Fashion Merchandising, looking good every day is nearly critical. But with what income? I started thrifting in high school and it has carried with me to my junior year of college to keep my looks fresh on a budget. Now that I am in my junior year, the hunt for internships is in full swing. I wanted to bring you all some of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way from my classes to look (and feel) your best in an interview!

Here’s what I will be covering:

  • Do's and Don’ts 
  • Styling Tips 
  • Doing It on a Budget 
  • Examples

Do's & Don'ts:

This is the first thing to read about when searching for that perfect outfit. The last thing you want is to wear the wrong color or give off the wrong impression on an important day!

Do:

- Make sure your clothing fits you! Since you can save so much shopping secondhand (especially on brands like Ann Taylor, etc.), you have the money to get some alterations done on the things that need to be fitted.

- Make sure you know what colors look good with your skin! Use this guide as a start!

Don’t:

- Wear colors that could be off-putting to interviewers. Red, for example, is too bold of a color for an interview and could send across the message that you are maybe too confident.

- No open-toe shoes! This is a workplace, not a beach. Save that for your next trip away.

Styling Tips:

While you want to add your own personal style so you feel confident, you still want to look professional! Avoid wearing garish colors or loud prints. They are interviewing YOU, you don’t want your outfit to be the center of attention! If prints are more your thing, opt for a soft and subtle print.

When it comes to jewelry, the less the better. Add a simple necklace or a plain watch. This can be a way to add your personal style while keeping it minimal.

Want to paint your nails? Avoid crazy colors like red or black!  Choose a light pink or nude to look polished (no pun intended) and intentional.

Touching on makeup, you will want to keep that simple and clean as well. Again, they are interviewing YOU and do not want to be distracted by a KISS inspired look.

Be caught up on the company. Not okay with tattoos? If you have visible ones, make sure you can cover them in style! Small wrist tattoos can be covered with a watch, while a blazer can cover most others.

Doing It on a Budget:

Who says you need to buy a whole wardrobe of just professional attire? And who says it has to cost an arm and a leg? Neither of these are true! In my experience, I have been able to find nearly all of my interview pieces at Goodwill. I still feel great even though I didn’t spend Ann Taylor or The Limited prices! Though you are able to find these brands at Goodwill if you are willing to hunt, you can find brands you may not have heard of before!

It is also important to get a few simple basics of professional attire that can be mixed and matched, not just with other professional clothes, but with jeans or other pieces as well so you don’t feel like you are buying a whole new wardrobe. If you keep your choices small, you will avoid over spending.

Examples:

Here are some examples I have put to the test in my interviews!

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While this is more casual compared to some looks, I felt confident and comfortable! The pants on clearance at Target, the necklaces from family, and the blazer and tee from Goodwill! This was such a cheap way to look professional anwere 

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If you can’t tell, I love using printed pants to spice up my outfit. These houndstooth pants from Goodwill are the perfect interview pants. They are comfortable so I won’t be worried about not being comfy when I’m already nervous. Add a basic black tee and black blazer with slides and your outfit is complete! This outfit is more professional than the previous one, but still extremely comfortable! (Don’t keep your hair ties on like me!)d put together. Even though I am wearing a printed pant, it is simple and doesn’t take away from the rest of the outfit.

  

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Bio: 

My name is Sophia DeComo and I am a junior Fashion Merchandising major at Kent State University. I am double minoring in Marketing and Sustainability. I have been thrifting for more years than I can count, and this has helped in my decision to make Sustainability one of my minors. I am so excited to start partnering with Goodwill!