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This week is Goodwill Industries week which is an annual celebration of Goodwill of Greater Washington’s mission to provide free job training and employment services to people with disabilities and disadvantages.

Did you know the unemployment rate in DC is up almost 3% from 6 years ago. People in our communities need skills, education and resources and Goodwill is working hard to provide that. In honor of Goodwill Industries week I’m taking a break from my regular blog posts to share something with you that I think is important.

You know Goodwill. They’re the place you take all the stuff you don’t want anymore. Some of you know them for one of the best places where you can find some great deals on pre owned merchandise. But, do you know why Goodwill accepts your donations? Do you know where the proceeds from those retail sales go? I implore you to give this some thought.

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Goodwill helps people find jobs. In this tough economy the long-term unemployed are facing real challenges.  What Goodwill offers is a greatly needed resource. Many of the people Goodwill is servicing are people who live in our communities. Everyday people who have children who attend our schools. Everyday people who are looking for a way to become self-sufficient. Goodwill of Greater Washington’s provides these people with job training and employment services.  Their goal is to give people with disabilities and disadvantages the tools they need to give back to society.

Just a little background on Goodwill of Greater Washington: In 2013, Goodwill directly affected the lives of more than 6,000 of our neighbors. These are people who have re-found the dignity that comes with being a contributing member of our society. Goodwill also diverted over 25 million of trash from local landfills through their donation program. In addition to training people for jobs, placing them into jobs, providing consumers with access to quality, low-cost goods, and acting as one our region’s largest recyclers, Goodwill is also a job developer. With each new store and donation center that Goodwill opens, 25-30 new jobs are created. I enjoy being a proud supporter of Goodwill and look forward to working with them in the future while continuing to highlight the fantastic finds and treasures I uncover on occasion.

If you could walk in someone else’s shoes for just one day would you help them? http://youtu.be/G9YMOOARP8Q

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Furthermore, if you’d like to learn more about Goodwill of Greater Washington, find their nearest store or donation center, or get involved, please visit http://www.dcgoodwill.org or download their free mobile app from the iTunes app store. Tomorrow I will share with you some great buys from the most recent Edited4Goodwill sale that took place last week.

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Friday Love from DC Goodwill Fashionista

Fashionista Friday: Jen’s new nude shoes

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No GravatarNine West heels at Goodwill“I love having small feet,” Jen declared on Instagram upon finding these never-worn Nine West heels at DC Goodwill.

It’s easy to be jealous! Finding shoes is often one of the biggest challenges of shopping secondhand. Clothing that’s a bit too big can be tailored, but you can’t do much about the size of a shoe. Either it fits, or it doesn’t. If the fit isn’t quite right, you risk being miserable and having the blisters to prove it.

But Jen, who you may remember from previous events and guest blog posts as the lady behind Sew Frugal and Fashionable, is a pro at finding bargains—and she hit the jackpot this time.

How to wear them? Remember, nude shoes are indeed a neutral. You can pair them with almost any outfit. Jen always looks polished, whether it’s the weekend or she’s come to an event straight from work. I’m sure she’ll get plenty of wear out of this “new to her” pair this spring!

Thanks for shopping Goodwill, Jen! You’ll always be a Fashionista.

Want to be a Goodwill Fashionista? Send a photo of your latest Goodwill find to fashion@dcgoodwill.org. If we feature your look here, you’ll get a badge to share on your blog or site to show everyone that you’re a savvy Goodwill Fashionista!

 

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Tossed & Found Rummage Sale

Hello Readers!!!

It’s that time again for Tossed and Found Rummage sale sponsored by the Junior League Washington of DC.

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If you miss this event you are truly missing a treat. They will have everything from housewares to clothing at discount prices. If you love thrifting then you will love Tossed and Found. The event is kicked off on Friday night with Hoops and Heels silent auction and sneak preview sale. All shoppers will get to see the goods first hand on Friday night. Admission is $45. However Saturday and Sunday they are open from 9-4pm and its FREE all day! If you can make it our group The Thrift Score Society will meet you there at 8:30am Saturday morning and a few of us will show you the best way to navigate the huge show room of items. Bring large tote bags and rolling carts!!  On Sunday you can purchase a large bag for $40 and stuff it with as much as you can carry away. Thrifters Heaven!!!

This year the location of the sale has move a couple blocks away from Crystal City. The Sale will be held at 251 18th street, 5th floor, Arlington, VA.

If driving, pull into the garage of 251 18th Street. Immediately past the ticket machine, take the first left. Drive straight until you can’t any longer. There will be an elevator bank with a large green stripe that says 251 18th Street and Square 5 in front of you. Please take the elevators to the Shops level, where a volunteer will meet you to give you access to the locked 5th floor. If taking other methods of transportation, you will need to meet a T&F representatives on the Shops level of the elevator banks that are located close to the Rite Aid on the Shops Level.

Please note: if you are coming on a weeknight, the parking in the 251 18th street garage is very limited before 7 pm. There is a 2nd garage next to Morton’s on Crystal Drive, labeled “Crystal City Shops at 1550.” You can park here, and take the blue elevators to the Shops level, where you will need to head towards Starbucks and take a right and walk until you see the Rite Aid. The “251 18th street” elevators are directly across from RiteAid. A volunteer will be there to give you access to the locked 5th floor.

Below are a few of the designer items you will find at the sale:


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Frugal Sunday Shopping Trip

A good shopping trip is fully warranted after spending an entire Saturday cooped up in the house sheltering from Hurricane Irene. My version of going shopping is very different from most others. It’s not defined by Macy’s, Neiman’s, Target or anything associated with the “Mall”. My idea of shopping is defined by browsing through thrift stores, consignment stores, estate sales and garage sales. I’m always in search of a deal.

On Sunday my friend Chris and I had some pretty exciting shopping experiences. We headed over to Columbia Heights deciding we didn’t want to deal with downed power lines and trees that we might run into if we went to the last day of an estate sale in Arlington. We decided to stop by one of our favorite consignment shops and one of our favorite Vintage stores in Columbia Heights. Sunday marked the last day of the 75% off sale off or Fill a bag for $50 at It’s Vintage Darling. This was my second trip. When I stopped by the store on Thursday I filled up a bag with four dresses, two pairs of shoes, three purses, two hats and lots of jewelry. Two of the dresses are refashioning projects and two others I passed on to my friend Chris. When she came by Sunday morning to see he goodies she was anxious to make a run herself.

At It’s Vintage Darling Chris purchased her own bag of vintage goodies. I found these pair of Betsy Johnson fuchsia bejeweled satin heels and threw them in the bag. Of course Chris had to talk me into buying them because I’m not a fan of fuchsia. She said “Jen those are hot!” After I put them on I thought hmmm….these have some potential. I will have to combine them with something really fabulous.

Betsy Johnson Satin heels in mint condition

Me holding our bag o vintage goodies from It

After departing from It’s Vintage Darling we headed down to Black Eyed Susie for more frugal shopping and some “girl talk” with Susie Saadian. While down there hanging out with Susie I found a great navy blue dress by Moda for $12 and Chris spotted a beautiful Tiffany necklace in the showcase. $60 Bucks was the price however due to the storm Susie was offering 25% off and she got it for $47. What a deal!!! This necklace retails for $400!!! We were blown away. It doesn’t get any frugal than this.

All in all we spent about $120 between the two of us for over $1500 worth of clothing jewelry and purses.

Tiffany Necklace from Black Eyed Susie. Retails at $400

Chris holding our bags from Black Eyed Susie and It

Chris and I have concluded, many folks out there are sleeping on the great boutiques and shops in the Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights area. There is such a rich variety of clothing, accessories and other unique fashionable items to be found. Wake up DC, Wake up! If you continue to sleep on these fabulous shops that simply means more for me :-). I’m thankful to folks like DC FABB and other fashion bloggers who are bringing these stores to light.

Have you been shopping in these areas? Have you found some great deals? Please share.

Frugal Weekend Activities and a preview of next week

Swaps, Garage sales and Sewing Classes……..What a way to have a frugal weekend.

This weekend we bring to you three weekend activities for your enjoyment and preview an event for next weekend. Never a dull moment in the DMV area.

Begin your Saturday Morning : 9-1pm with a garage sale. That’s what I’m planning to do. Start the day out right

MULTI FAM Sale: furniture, vintage clothing, rugs, kids stuff (1736-38 KILBOURNE PL (mt. pleasant))

GARAGE SALE Mt. Pleasant

Furnishing a place?
Having a kid?
Looking for great vintage finds like clothing & accessories?

There are so many things for sale at this fun, multi-family yard sale in Mt. Pleasant! One participant is a shop owner cleaning out a bunch of old merchandise & displays: new clothes, vintage clothes (dresses, nightgowns, shirts, and jackets), vintage belts,a bunch of small tables, window shades that have never been used, rugs, midcentury lamps, men’s suits, luggage, appliances, baskets, tins, art supplies, old stereo, linens, books, and more.

Need to stock up on great, gently-used kids things? We’ve got TONS of clothes from birth to 5 years (girl & boy), swing, crib with mattress, car seat, tons of toys, kids chairs, kids tables, child proofing supplies, bedding, pillows.

SATURDAY, JULY 9th from 9 a.m. – 1p.m.
Bring a big bag because we have a lot of fantastic finds.
No phone calls or early birds, please.

  • Location: 1736-38 KILBOURNE PL (mt. pleasant)
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

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Saturday evening: 6:00pm

Shoe S(he) Shoe Party & Swap- Pairs 4 A Purpose

Shoe Swap hosted by Anika Alexander

Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza

One Veterans Plaza Silver Spring , MD (map)

Aysa won a pair of Michael Kors espadrilles at the last swap

Get your tickets $10:  www.pairs4purpose.eventbrite.com

“Ladies will enjoy cocktails like “Pink Stiletto”, enjoy manicures, vendors,shoes, and donate old shoes to Soles for Souls which gives to the poor in third world countries.”

 Shoe S(he) web magazine has teamed up with Soles 4 Souls charity that collects shoes from the closets of people like you. The charity gives to people in need. Soles4Souls has given away over 14 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently donating one pair every 7 seconds.) Our goal is to raise 300 pairs!

 

Shoe Party     Shoe Swap             Shoe Drive

·         Shoe games and giveaways

·         lots of vendors

·         over 100 shoes to swap with other

·         free mini manicure*

·         beverages and appetizers and so much more!

 

Please bring your unwanted gently used women’s, men’s, and kids shoes in all sizes. The more the merrier. You will have the option to place your shoes in our shoe drive or shoe swap. We ask that you bring at least 2 pairs. The person(s) who donated the most will receive a special gift.

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Sunday Afternoon – 1:00pm 

Skirt your way to becoming a Sewist

Hosted by Silver Spring Sewing Sisters – Click here to register for the class

Ladies,

Are there times when you wish you could whip up a skirt or a pair of pants the day before you need to wear them? Well you are in luck. This upcoming class will teach you how to make a skirt quickly, neatly and professionally using basic sewing techniques.

This class is for beginners and intermediate sewists. The only prerequisite is that you know how to operate your sewing machine i.e. Turn it on, thread it through from the spool to the needle, thread the bobbin, wind the bobbin, back stitch, manipulate the take up lever and maneuver the hand-wheel to move the needle up and down. If you can perform these functions you may register for this class. If you cannot please feel free to check out my 5 min tutorial on
Parts of the Sewing Machine if you need a quick refresher. Additionally you can arrange for private and semi-private sewing lessons by sending me an email directly to SewingInstructor@yahoo.com

More details on “Skirt your way to becoming a Sewist”

Please bring the following with you to class (Fabric will be provided)

A working sewing machine (be sure to bring your foot petal and manual if you have it handy)

Machine Presser feet

Extra sewing needles

Sewing shears

Seam ripper (this will be your best friend 🙂

Tracing wheel/tracing paper or chalk (whichever you decide)

Thread (various colors)

Ruler

Tape Measure

Pin cushion

Bobbins (make sure they fit your sewing machine

A sewing box or carrying case to keep all your supplies

Patience and a sense of humor 🙂

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Next weekend preview: July 17th 1-6pm

Quarter Life (and friends!) event: Vintage at The Dunes

How exciting is this: I’m having a pop-up shop next weekend at hip new arts spot The Dunes, located just off 14th Street in Columbia Heights. And a well-respected vintage collector will be joining in on the fun! Annie Lee of newly opened Pretty People will be bringing some of her merchandise to DC for the day. You’ll have twice the selection of unique vintage items to try on (and maybe take home)!

We’ll be up and running from 1 to 6 p.m. on July 17, so stop by before brunch, after brunch, bring some brunch for us…you know, whatever suits your Sunday plans. The Dunes’ bar will be open, we’ll have some shopping-worthy tunes on deck, and yes—we’ll be accepting credit cards to make your shopping experience more convenient. (Your dollars are still very nice, we promise.)

Can’t wait to see you!

A busy day in search of the best bargains

This weekend marks the last weekend of Jen’s Thrift & Consignment Store Tour. I crammed in so many stores today I couldn’t keep track. Can’t wait to post the reviews. While finishing up on the tour I also stopped by two Estate Sales which ended up being a partial waste. The first one was in Rockville. I didn’t even take any pictures. The house was creepy, the grass wasn’t cut, they didn’t open on time and it was dark and dreary looking inside. Needless to say I skipped that one. Then on to Herndon. VA. Yeah, way on the other side of the world. Had I know it was out near Dulles Airport I probably would have skipped it. As I looked around the woman really didn’t have much worthwhile. I mainly went to check out the clothing, of which she had one box of totally outdated 1990’s mommy clothing.  I moved on to the other items. She had lots of marionettes, plenty of her artwork to go around and tons of paint brushes and easels. She was selling art work anywhere from $75 to $2000. Really?? The clientele that was coming through including myself were in no position to purchase from her at that cost. She mentioned she is under contract and cannot sell for any less especially if it is framed then its worth even more…..Well after hearing her story I was on my way out the door when I spotted a really nice ironing board for $5 (which normally retails for $50-75) and a Pyrex double boiler for $10 (which retails for $75). No chips or nicks. Mint condition. Yeah I walked away with a couple pretty good bargains afterall. YAY Me!!! Below are some pics from the Estate/Garage Sale.

Pyrex double boiler for $10

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Ironing Board in great condition

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Knicknacks

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I used to paint. For $10 these were a great deal

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More easels. She is a good artist too

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More knicknacks

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One of several marionettes

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Shoes, Shoes, Shoes…..Can a woman ever have too many?

My emotional response is absolutely not! My logical answer is “of course not” besides how does one define “too many”  🙂

After my 30 day challenge I gave away about 7 pairs of shoes that hurt. I loved these shoes, they were fabulous but two hours into my day my feet were screaming for relief. I decided no more band aids, no more blisters, no more limping and no more having to bring slippers to work in order to give my feet relief. Off to Goodwill and Swaps go my painful shoes :-).

Since shoes are such an essential aspect of the wardrobe one should always take them into careful consideration. A good pair of shoes can be worn for many years if you take good care of them.

A few tips for caring for your shoes:

1. Keep them shined, buffed and/or cleaned

2. Keep the heels repaired

3. Don’t wear your good shoes while driving

4. Keep them in a box or shoe rack when they are not being worn. Not on the closet floor

5. It’s a good idea to keep a spare pair of walking shoes in your purse, bag, at work or under your car seat, especially if you are someone who walks a lot.

6. Try to refrain from spending too much time walking on the concrete in your good shoes. This really wears out the soles and heels.

7. Invest in good insoles. Over time while you pound the pavement, literally, even the insides of your shoes can take a beating. Insoles keep your      feet happy and lengthen the time you can wear your favorite pair.

Back in February I acquired these pewter flats with a buckle from Goodwill in Annandale, VA for $4-5. They are extremely comfortable and I keep them in my car under the seat. Mainly they serve as my driving shoes but they are comfortable and cute enough that I occasionally wear them with a pair of slacks or in the rare instance I don’t feel up to wearing heels. Yes it does happen…

These cute little numbers below I swapped with a friend at a Clothing Swap back in March. They are Ann Taylor suede flats and are just perfect for the transitioning months.

Buying Shoes at Thrift and Consignment Stores:

When it comes to buying shoes at a thrift stores I tend to be pretty selective. I always look for shoes that have either never been worn or have very little wear. The idea of wearing a shoe with a run over heel that’s scratched up is quite unappealing.

When shopping for shoes at a thrift or consignment store it’s important to remember a few preliminary points:

1. Pre-worn shoes are not for everyone. If you are squeamish about wearing another persons shoes I would say thrift store footwear is not for you.

2. Pre-worn shoes can be more comfortable for some people because they have already been broken in.

3. Always bring a pair of socks or knee-hi hosiery when shopping. You probably don’t want to try on shoes in your bare feet. Especially not running or tennis shoes.

4. Pay close attention to the soles of the shoes. I you can still see/feel the no-slip ridges then you are most likely in good shape however a lot depends on the brand.

5. Examine the shoes throughly. Check the connection between the fabric of the shoe and the sole

6. Always use a deodorizer and clean the shoes before wearing them. Febreeze, Lysol, Alcohol wipes, baby wipes or a cloth. If you buy tennis or running shoes and decide to throw them in the wash add a little vinegar to the wash cycle. This helps remove odor.

7. General rule of them “check the brand”. The better the brand of shoe the longer it will tend to last you. Leather shoes and boots tend to last a bit longer than the man-made uppers.

8. Lastly, If the shoes hurt or feel too small in the store you will most likely be in even more pain after an 8 hour work day. Leave them in the store and keep it moving.

Below is some of my shoe collection. Most of what you see here has been acquired through swaps and Goodwill shopping. The selection process is tedious and time-consuming but worth it when I find shoes barely worn for $4-10 that would have normally cost be minimum of $50-80 in the store.

In July I will be attending a Show Swap in Silver Spring, MD. I will post information in the coming weeks.