25% Off Back to School Savings

No matter if your kids are going back to school in person or online, after the spring and summer we've all had, they are definitely in need of a wardrobe refresh. Honestly, you probably are too! Thankfully, Goodwill is here to help our dollars stretch.

Goodwill is always a place I shop for clothes. Whether it's a special dress for me or back to school clothes for my boys, Goodwill has a little bit for everyone. Best of all, their clothing options change so regularly, that every time you shop, you are bound to find something fun!

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Want to save big on back to school clothes? This weekend (August 7 - 9), stores in the Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio region will be offering 25% off all apparel at their 22 area retail locations. On top of this, Ohio is offering tax-free shopping weekend. Stack these extra savings to Goodwill's already low prices and you'll be able to scoop up some big bargains. 

To receive this additional 25% savings, you must be a Good Points Rewards member. It's free to sign up and you can do so, right at the register. No coupon is needed. Keep in mind that the discount does not apply to purchases made at the Goodwill Outlet store.

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Rachel Krych is a thrifty blogger who loves to help readers save money. She also writes a weekly column in The Chronicle Telegram and Medina Gazette. You can follow her blog at couponingwithrachel.com or on Instagram at @couponingrachel

Retail vs. Thrift

Prices matter. There is no getting around this fact as a parent, especially when it comes to back to school shopping.

My mom mission this season was to prove to my little ones that both great prices and great styles can be found at Goodwill.

If you are reading this blog, you are probably already a Goodwill believer and have a few great Goodwill finds that you could also share in this post.

However, thrifters know that there are plenty people out there who need convinced of the thrift lifestyle. The savings we discovered during our back to school haul were so great, they might just be enough to convince those non-believers. Here’s my challenge to you: copy, forward or show this blog to those people!

As an avid thrift shopper, I’ve found it best to always hunt for good quality brands. That lesson was learned the hard way time after time when we purchased brand new clothes from discount, ‘fast fashion’ retailers only to find the clothes fall apart or didn’t last through a season

Ralph Lauren is a brand I seek out in men’s, women’s and children’s at Goodwill. The well-known American designer creates classic pieces that can stand up to the toughest children. Even if a piece is several years old, the classic style of Ralph Lauren means that you can probably still buy the same piece at a large retailer today. The difference between that retailer and Goodwill is THE SAVINGS!!

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My soon to be kindergartener is all girl.  She loves dresses and everything pink. At Goodwill, this Ralph Lauren classic polo dress was 85% less than its current selling price. I guarantee she will wear this piece again and again, and when we are ready to donate it back to Goodwill, it will be in just as good a shape as when we purchased it.

Gianni Binni or G, is sold at higher end department stores. I visit our local department store often to see the absolutely adorable outfits put out by this manufacturer each season. I leave the store empty handed most times because the price oftentimes scares me away.

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I had spotted this gray cold-shoulder sweater last year at the department store. The embroidered SATURDAY with fringe was just too cute, but just too expensive at $39. I scored this new with tags attached for less than $5 during our recent Goodwill haul. Admittedly, this is last year’s line from Gianni Binni, but it’s still in demand. I discovered the same shirt, new with tags, at an online thrift site selling for $15. Either way, I saved money with this Goodwill find!

Justice is hugely popular store for pre-teen girls. My middle daughter will wear anything as long as it’s from Justice. That’s no problem at all with me since we spotted dozens of Justice brand items during our recent visit to Goodwill. We purchased Justice leggings, tops, jeans and even this brand new velour hoodie

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The same hoodie is available online for $29.95. Goodwill price? $4.29. That’s 85% off!

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Abercrombie and Fitch children’s hoodies range from $19-46 at the popular mall store. This entire outfit, which included a pair of metallic polka dot leggings, totaled less than $10 at Goodwill.

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Two super soft henley-style shirts (one from Justice, the other by Mudd) were only $3.49 each and will match perfectly with the jeans we bought for less than $5!

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Cooler weather is just around the corner and the adorable owl sweater from Justice was a steal at less than $6 at Goodwill. Even better, it was then 50% off because it was the Color of the Week! With the jeans, this entire outfit was less than $8.00.

Although we had 5-6 more pieces that I didn’t share in this post, I did want to leave with what I considered our best find of the season. Sperry Top Sider shoes have been a staple of boaters for decades, but only recently found new popularity with a younger audience. I admit that earlier this year, I shoveled out far too much money to purchase the latest and greatest Sperry’s for one of my daughters. Little did I think to look at Goodwill for these beauties!

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Brand new and in the right size, these beautiful, sparkly, navy-blue Sperrys were just over $8 at Goodwill. An absolute steal when I see the same pair selling for nearly $60 at department stores!

Goodwill oftentimes mentions that their prices are 50-90% less than large retail stores. Based on this amazing back to school haul, I would average my savings closer to 80% which equates to hundreds of dollars saved for our family!

Mission Services Endure During COVID-19

In 1918, Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States. Tris Speaker was roaming the outfield for the Cleveland Indians, beginning the build toward their first World Series Championship two years later. The National Football League was still two years away from being formed. And the Canton Bulldogs paused for a season, after back-to-back Ohio League Championships, due to the United States fighting and ultimately ending World War I that same year.

As we are also keenly aware, 1918 was also the year that our country dealt with the Spanish Flu pandemic that gripped the nation. During that time of difficulty and hardship, a Methodist minister named Frank Baker founded what is now known as Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio. Building on the foundation of J. Edgar Helms’ Goodwill movement that began in Boston, this organization was formed to serve those in need of a “hand up” in the Greater Cleveland area.

For the last 102 years, Goodwill of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio has built upon this legacy of service, accepting clothing and household goods from our generous donors. Then turning those donations into programs that support our mission of empowering people to reach independence, strengthening families, and providing the “hand up” people need. These are the principles upon which our organization was founded. That mission continues today.

Since our founding, Goodwill has faced many challenges—all organizations do—but the challenges presented by COVID-19, the most recent pandemic to face our world, had an immense impact on Goodwill’s daily operations. Goodwill, like many businesses and retail operations, was forced to close our doors to our donors and shoppers on March 20 to slow the spread of COVID-19 and be a part of the solution to protect our fellow community members. Our stores would remain closed for nearly two months; however, during this time, Goodwill moved forward with ensuring that our essential mission services could continue in a safe and responsible manner.

Our community employment programs continued, helping those who were laid off due to business closures across the state, or helping individuals who were employed at essential businesses, like grocery stores or healthcare facilities, ensure that they could safely maintain their employment. Our team deployed remote technology and video conferencing to continue providing “face-to-face” services, even when an individual could not be physically present. Through our partnership as a provider for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, our team contacted every individual we served through OOD’s vocational programs during the previous year to check-in and determine what assistance they may need. Our Young Adult Programs, funded through the Stark and Tuscarawas County Workforce Development Board continued providing life skills, employment skills, and paid work experience for the youth we serve.  Our Dream to Achieve program, a program that has been supported by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, continued to serve individuals in our community with the wraparound supports needed to be successful in finding employment.

In addition to our employment programs, Goodwill’s Parenting Skills Program, serving individuals who may have had their children removed from their home or who are at-risk of having their children removed from the home, continued to serve and equip families. Our parenting staff team continued to provide “in-person” services in a safe, responsible, socially-distanced environment to ensure that the parents we serve received every opportunity possible to learn valuable parenting skills needed to reunite their families. Our home-based team used a mix of remote technology and in-person meetings and allowed parents to apply those skills in their homes, during a difficult time for parents and children alike.

COMPASS, Goodwill’s affiliate agency, serves survivors of sexual assault by providing counseling, case management, advocacy, and prevention services aimed at helping individuals recover from the traumatic experience of sexual assault. During the season of stay-at-home orders, COMPASS saw a marked increase of individuals in need of services. Additionally, COMPASS worked to adapt hospital advocacy services and school prevention services to include remote options due to restricted access at hospitals and school closures.

Finally, the Ken Weber Community Campus in Canton, home to Goodwill and 20 other non-profit organizations, remained open to serve individuals who needed assistance with basic needs and access to essential services. Our campus team worked with our partner organizations like the Stark County Hunger Task Force, to establish a drive-thru food delivery in order to ensure access to food for those in need, and Beacon Charitable Pharmacy, to ensure access to critical prescription medications for the uninsured and underinsured in our community.

Our mission has endured for over 100 years and through two global pandemics thanks to the dedication of our staff and Board of Directors.

Our mission has endured thanks to the support of local community foundations and funders.

Our mission has endured thanks to those who donate and shop in our stores.

Our mission endures.

Mission

Mark Trew
Vice President of Mission Services

Goodwill Mission with Sarah

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Hello, My name is Sarah Carson and I am the case manager for The Massillon Comprehensive Case Management Employment Program (CCMEP). I am excited to share with you about CCMEP, and how CCMEP Massillon has been affected throughout the previous months due to the impact of COVID-19. CCMEP is a partnership program between Goodwill and Ohio Means Jobs, with funding from the Workforce Initiative Association. The goal of CCMEP is to help individuals between 16 and 24 years old obtain a job and maintain a job. This is a long-term employment program that combines intensive case management and job coaching to reduce life barriers and gain employment skills. Although the program looks slightly different for everyone, most participants are actively involved through work experience in the Goodwill Stores and class time. Participants rely on CCMEP Massillon provide them with a mentor/advocate, to show them how to maintain a job and achieve personal independence. The impact of CCMEP Massillon is truly life changing.

COVID-19 began with many challenges to our program. I asked myself as the case manager, “am I able to help these participants in the ways that they need under the circumstances of COVID?” I quickly realized quickly that I did not have a choice. These participants rely on CCMEP for assistance with not only employment but any areas of life that are creating barriers for them. CCMEP provides motivation for individuals to seek addiction treatment, enroll in GED classes, study for their temporary license, find stable housing, seek mental health treatment, file their taxes, and overall to learn what it means to be independent. Participants completed their class and work hours at home through packet work which educated them on various employment related areas and financial literacy. The participants and I found creative ways to touch base and have intentional conversations regarding their lives and their employment goals. We made the most of the time we spent completing programming from home. Once the stores opened again, participants were eager to return to work. We had spent so much time just talking about building skills and how to support their goals that they were all excited to return and implement our discussions.

One participant that I would like to highlight had never really had a job prior to CCMEP. She struggled greatly with transportation and knowing how to properly balance work and life.  Once the store opened again, the participant began working just a few hours in the store with me present as a job coach. Weeks later, this participant was working without constant job coaching 20 hours at the Goodwill Store, traveling to and from work independently, and is thriving! She utilized her time during the COVID-19 shut down to think about her goals and found motivation to push herself outside her comfort zone.

CCMEP Massillon as a whole has doubled the number of participants since COVID-19. The world is facing challenges that no one could have predicted. The growth in participants speaks volumes of the magnitude and importance of building job skills. Goodwill shoppers and donors help provide our participants experience with customer service, organization and so many more skills. Their employment journey is just beginning with the CCMEP program and their destination of employment will lead them down paths of great success. Future engineers, teachers, construction workers, and other careers that provide sustainable wages are getting their start thanks to your support for our mission programs.

How to ShopGoodwill.Com

 Miss the thrill of the thrift? You can hunt for Goodwill finds without leaving your couch or changing out of your PJs on ShopGoodwill.Com

What’s ShopGoodwill.Com? 

Shop Goodwill is an auction-based website featuring merchandise from Goodwills across the United States, including Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio. 

Ranging from antiques to new items, Goodwills select items from donations that have e-commerce potential to post on the website. The online sales support the stores from which the item originated. This is just one more way you can support Goodwill GCECO without having to leave your home! Items can be shipped to your home, or in some cases can be picked up from the local store. 

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How Do I Shop?

There are several ways to shop Goodwill online but first, be sure to create an account so you can easily bookmark items.  Here are three of my favorite ways to find what I’m looking for: 

  1. Sort by local store. I like having the option to support my local Goodwill and the flexibility to avoid shipping costs by picking it up. You can easily browse items from Goodwill GCECO’s stores by clicking here https://www.shopgoodwill.com/cleveland. If you win an item, you can pick it up Monday-Friday 8am-3pm at 17903 St. Clair Avenue(Employee Parking lot) Cleveland, OH 44110. If you’d rather have the item shipped, shipping costs vary based on item and weight. The bidding process lasts for seven days, during which the bidding and rebidding takes place. Items must be paid for within 10 days of the close of the auction.

  2. Use the search filters:  Searching a huge selection can be overwhelming, that’s why I apply the same approach to online thrifting as I do to in-person thrifting: NARROW IT DOWN! I always make the most out of the search filters. If I know exactly what I'm searching for, say like a Louis Vuitton purse, I’ll start by typing that keyword in the search box at the top. Then I’ll narrow it down by category.  If I have a spending limit, I’ll often narrow it down further by price, and then location to see if Goodwill Cleveland has any results. 

 If I don’t have a specific item in mind, I’ll simply search by category and price. 

  1. Take Advantage of the Header Features: I love browsing the featured items from the top menu bar such as the Hot 50 items and 1 cent shipping. I also like to browse the Buy It Now section for items I can purchase immediately! 

Even if you’re not ready to shop yet, it’s fun to just browse the site to see all of the cool things listed from Goodwills across the country like this signed Andy Warhol print.  If you’re shopping Goodwill GCECO’s listings, you’re in good hands because Goodwill GCECO’s e-commerce placed 19th in the country for sale in June, which means we have some fantastic donors and gems in the area! 

10 things on my watch list right now: 

Women’s Clothing: 

  1. White Dr. Martens boots: I’ve had Dr. Martens on my thrift wish list forever! So excited these are in my size, too.
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  1. Kate Spade lime green wristlet: this color is hot this season!
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  1. Madewell is one of my favorite brands and these shoes are perfect for summer. Madewell Shoes

  1. Tory Burch Maddie heel:
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Housewares: 

  1. Pyrex lime green 4pc set: I wasn’t kidding when I said I love lime green this season! 
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  2. Picasso teapot: 
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Just for Fun: 

  1. Polaroid Camera: perfect activity to kill time while we’re stuck at home! 
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  1. Vintage dollhouse: I’m always on the hunt for toys for my toddler daughter and this dollhouse is in excellent condition.  
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  1. Yellow gameboy: I love finding video games from my childhood, bonus points for the fun yellow color. 
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  2. Vintage 1972 Ouiga board: I love collecting old games, and I haven’t seen one of these in a while! 
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Dina Younis is a thrift blogger and host of the thrift podcast, Allow Us to Rethriftroduece Ourselves. You can follow her blog at dinasdays.com or on Instagram at @dinasdays

4th of July Upcycle

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I was asked to do this piece back in mid March.  I was excited to be asked again and to think about fun 4th of July projects. I usually decorate my house all of summer in patriotic/picnic decor.  These decorations cover all 3 patriotic summer holidays and it just makes the house feel fun and bright - like summer! 

Then, the whole world came to a screeching halt.  My family chose to hunker down.  We did everything from home and were cut off from the outside world.  Fear of the unknown settled into a daily feeling, and fun stuff like decorating some shelves in our house felt so foreign.  As my deadline approached, I was having a bit of anxiety thinking about walking into a store and meandering about. When I walked into Goodwill, I felt immediately at ease! It is mandatory to wear a mask inside the store.  Everything was spaced nicely with plenty of room to walk around, arrows were on the floor to let you know that aisles were one way now. They even had large stickers on the floor showing you how far 6 feet apart was.  Except for the mask on my face, it felt normal to be out in a store and shopping!

I always search Pinterest for some ideas beforehand but keep an open mind when shopping. You never know what treasures you will find at Goodwill. I looked for everyday items that can be used in other ways or crafted into a fun holiday decoration.  I was keeping my eyes open for patriotic colors or rectangle shapes.

After walking the aisles a few times, I picked up:

  • a wire dish rack
  • 5 paperback books
  • 3 large glossy red frames
  • a smaller gold frame
  • some blue and white beads on a wire
  • some red flower petals 

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My total was $28.22. I was not planning on buying any frames having done that on my last project, but I couldn’t resist the great frames I found for around $3 a piece!

 

Paperback books

I had previously seen books stacked together, painted with some words on their spines all over the place and thought that looked like a fun, easy and inexpensive project.  Each book was $1 - I tried to find books that were similar in size.  I chose paper back books because they were cheaper than the hardbacks, but you can use either. 

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I ripped off the covers and some of the glue on the spine.  I sanded the spine of the book a little to make it smooth, and painted 3 books with white paint, and 2 books red.  I stacked 2 of the white ones together, tied some string around them and added some of the beads I found.  I had a few flowers laying around in my office and decided to use them as well. I kept the first layout very simple. 

With the second one, I stacked the books red, white and red to mimic the American flag.  I tied some linen ribbon and string around this stack and also added a blue flower to the top.  I have previously seen these done so many different ways - some with stamped letters, vinyl letters, or free hand letters with names or sayings.  You could also use scrapbook paper, paint, flowers and greenery, or ribbon to decorate the top.  You can use almost anything, and these stacked books look adorable!

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Wire Rack

I chose to tackle the wire rack next. 

I was not sure what to do with it, but thought it had a great flag shape.  I have a small sewing business, so I already had a lot of different fabrics and ribbon laying around.  I started to pull ribbons hoping to have a variety of different red and white ribbons, and I was happy with what I found.  I cut pieces of ribbon about 2 inches longer than the rack.  I then just wrapped the ends around the back, pulled it tight and hot glued the ends to the back of the ribbon. 

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This was also a very fast project - it took me more time to pick out the ribbon then actually gluing them on!  If you don’t have a stash of ribbon at home, you could tie on scarfs, mens neck ties, or even yarn.  You could cut up some old clothes or a tee shirt and dye them the color you need. There are so many ways to make this inexpensively. 

Frames

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I searched the web for a fun fireworks image, printed that and put it in one of the red frames. For another holiday I would love to use the 3 frames in a row, but will just use the one for now.  I also pulled out the frames I made from my Goodwill finds for Valentines day and incorporated ideas that worked with Independence Day. 

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I found a coloring page of an eagle online and printed that out to put in the aqua frame. For the red frame, I used some fun glitter stars I had and it pulled everything all together! 

I really love how it all looks together!  All of these projects were really fast!.  The items I ended up using from my shopping trip came to a total of $15.28. I hope you head on out to your local Goodwill Store and upcylce something today as well! I hope this encourages you to try your hand at your own Goodwill upcycle project.

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Quarantine Clean Out

These last few months of quarantine have forced us to spend time inside. A lot of time inside. And while families were playing board games, cooking more, having Zoom meetings, and putting countless hours on the couch binge-watching more hours of Tiger King than any of us care to admit, another activity we know happened…cleaning.

We received messages from so many customers who had been cleaning out closets, basements, attics, well, basically any corner of the house because they had so much time on their hands.

“It’s liberating!”

“I forgot I even had some of this stuff.”

“I’ve wanted to clean out these spaces for such a long time!”

These were the types of messages we heard daily. You weren’t kidding! When the state’s mandate was lifted and we were able to open our “no-touch” donation drive-up sites, it was nothing short of an avalanche of treasure at each one. And, the donations are still coming in full force every day. No one in the company can remember a time when we’ve seen this many donations. But, please don’t stop!

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Why? These donations allow us to do something pretty special. They are sold in our retail stores (which are all open by the way.) Those sales fund the mission services we provide in the greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio regions. What kind of mission services? Compass is a rape crisis program that helps survivors of sexual assault. The Literacy Services program assists adults in overcoming reading and math obstacles. Our employment skills programs includes two key areas: Pre-employment Training and Job Placement Services and are available to any job seeker with a barrier to employment.

These are just a few of the 26 programs we offer. Each one designed to help people overcome different barriers in their lives to get good jobs, become self-sufficient and strengthen families and communities.

What next? Keep cleaning. Keep organizing. Keep donating. And now that our retail stores are open, come shop with us knowing your purchases are helping someone right here in your community.

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Easy Crop-Top Tutorial

Hello Everyone! It actually feels like a lifetime ago that I did the St. Patrick’s Day tutorial. I hope everyone has been in good spirits and good health through all of these tough times. I just want to start off by saying Goodwill has done a fabulous job in reopening their stores. I have been a very hardcore social distance-er (can that be a word now?) since the start of all this, so my anxiety was a little high getting back into my thrifting game.

I went to the North Olmstead location and the organization was top notch. Someone was greeting at the door to ensure everyone had a face mask on, as well as to wipe down the carts before handing them off. There were signs all over reminding us to remain 6ft apart, and everyone was extremely respectful of that. I’d say the only big difference that I noticed was that they weren’t offering a color of the week sale at the time that I went, but by the time you are reading this tutorial, even that will be back into effect!

Now back to the tutorial! Now that the weather has finally warmed up, I thought it would be a fun idea to create a trendy short sleeved top out of oversized T-Shirts! What inspired me? My love of being comfortable and fashionable all at the same time. I knew I wanted to tie-dye a shirt when I thought about sharing this project, so I went in looking for a men’s large or XL plain white t-shirt, but if tie-dye isn’t your thing, this project looks cute with any shirt you find!

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 Supplies:

  • ½ inch elastic
  • Oversized shirt
  • Tie-Dye kit if you are following along
  • Sewing machine + supplies

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Shirt is from Goodwill’s men’s section size L: 5$ new with tags
Tie-Dye Kit and elastic: 12$ total but get multiple project uses

               First thing you will want to do is open and set up your tie-dye kit and fetch out the rubber bands. There are many different patterns and designs to create while tie-dyeing, I just happened to remember the swirl pattern I favored as a teenage free spirit. All you do is pinch a section of the shirt and start twisting it in a circle. Once the shirt is all folded up, rubber band the heck out of it until it is secure. If this design doesn’t suit you, check online, there are countless tutorials on tie-dying.

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Once you have your T-Shirt ball created, I always spray some water one it (because the internet told me so) and then take it outside. There is no right or wrong way to dye your shirt, just keep adding color until you are satisfied. The only tip I would give is to be sure to get in all the nooks and crannies of the shirt for maximum color, and because you’ll be cropping the shift down, focus mainly on the inner circle.

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Once you are satisfied, wrap your T-Shift into a plastic bag of any kind and set it aside for a 4-6 hours. After the long wait, it’s time to unravel your shift and admire your work! If you have a wash basin in your laundry room, you’ll want to wring out your shirt of excess dye. You can also do this outside using a hose. Once the water is running mostly clear, throw it into the washer alone and set the cycle. Once it is dry, it’s time to start sewing!

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1. Try on your shirt and while looking in the mirror, mark where you want to cut the shirt. You should cut the shirt approximately 2 inches LONGER than your desired length. This leaves room for a hem

2. Cut your shirt

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3. Measure your natural waist (This is the slimmest part of your torso). Do not pull tight because you want the elastic to just sit on your waist, not squeeze it. If you do not have a measuring tape like I do, wrap a string around your waist and then measure the string.

4. Cut elastic to the size of your waist (add .3 inches or so)

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5. Turn your shirt inside out and flip up the edges to create a hem just large enough for the elastic to fit through plus a seam allowance. I just went with approximately 1.5 inch give or take to be on the safe side.

6. Iron your hem and then pin it into place.

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7. Take your shirt over to the sewing machine and sew along the raw edge.
IMPORTANT: leave a gap! Do not finish the complete hem, about 1.5 inches before you hit your starting point, stop and back stitch.

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8. Feed the elastic all the way through the hole you created in your hem. The easiest way to do this is to attach a safety pin to the end of your elastic and push it through. It makes the feeding process a lot easier. Make sure the end of the elastic always sticks out of the hole.

9. Sew the two elastic ends together, make sure the elastic is not twisted anywhere in the shirt.

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10. Fluff the shift around the elastic band and stitch closed the gap you left in the hem.

11. Flip it right side again and enjoy your brand new crop top!

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Like I said before, this project works for any shirt. I also created one using an “Equality Wins” rainbow shirt I found in the same men’s large section, it came out just as cute and is perfect for pride month! If you aren’t a sewer, just use fabric glue in the same areas that I stitched. I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial, happy thrifting!

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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