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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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Reposting from The Goodwill Fashionista! Edited for Goodwill Pop Up Shop

I just wanted to share this great recap of the Goodwill Pop Up shop with I throughly enjoyed last week. But first here is a little photo recap of my own.
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Recap: Edited for Goodwill pop-up shop, Peace &

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No GravatarWe had such a blast at Edited for Goodwill last week, celebrating the season and spreading Goodwill’s fine bargains all over the land. I saw plenty of shoppers searching for perfect holiday gifts for family and friends…and I definitely spied plenty of you shopping for yourselves! (Go ahead, treat yourself.)Here are a few snaps from the pop-up shop!
 

What I Wore: Tip to Toe in Goodwill vintageBrea of What I Wore: Tip to Toe was one of the first to jump into the fitting rooms. This vintage dress was made for her!

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We color-coded the racks to make finding your favorite shades a little bit easier.

So Much to Smile About Goodwill vintage

Liz of So Much to Smile About stopped by on Wednesday to pick up a great vintage top (it’s so shimmery and perfect for the holidays!) and a cozy sweater.

 

Sew Frugal and Fashionable Goodwill jacketJen of Sew Frugal and Fashionable (last week’s Fashionista Friday honoree!) fell head over heels for this glimmering coat. It almost looks like a perfect match for the outfit she wore to the pop-up shop! And yes, the pile to the left of Jen is the carnage from a bunch of us trying on jackets and sweaters right there in the middle of all the action.

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Visitors from near and far shopped with us! This group of ladies came all the way from Georgia and took a moment to pose with Pepcoand Goodwill staff.

For more photos check out Worn Magazine, and our Facebook pages! Many thanks to all who shopped with us last week!

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Day Two: Edited4Goodwill Pop Up Shop

I couldn’t resist swinging by the Pepco Gallery for a second day in a row to check to see if it was possible to add a few additional treasures to my collection.

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When I visited the Pop Up shop on Wednesday I failed to notice the folded paper birds in the ceiling. I suspect I was in too big of a rush.

Returning on the day two yielded a great result. I scored this vintage, union labeled, red wool coat. The mock Mandarin collar, swing cut and the weight made this coat a must have.

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And finally I wanted to feature another shopper who made a major score. This young woman found this purple formal gown for $40! It was absolutely beautiful and the photo doesn’t do it any justice. It’s perfect for prom and what a bargain.

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Oh did I mention I will be returning for day three? Well, I am 🙂

Day two Tossed & Found – Always better to have shopping buddies

We met up at 8:45am  at Crystal City. Ann and Kanisa from the Thrift Score Society of DC were all set for a full day of rummaging. The line was out the door and down the hall to get into Tossed & Found. These people are serious about finding a bargain.

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Finally it was time to go inside. With bags in tow they all filed in

We made a b-line to the “quality” room. Something told me I better make a quick stop through just in case some new items had been added or I missed something in all the chaos. And boy was I right. I snatched up another red party dress, some moccasins and a vintage leather bag. Pics to come.

I left out around 10am, Ann and Kanisa went to have lunch and stop by Joann Fabrics and we met back up at 2pm when everything was 25% off. Well that wasn’t good enough for us. We decided to wait it out until the very end when everything was half off and go for it. By four pm we were tired but happy with all our great purchases.

We worked from 9-4pm searching for bargains

4 suits! I’m set for next season

Ann found some unique t-shirts, jackets and other crafting supplies

$10 for a Cole Haan down jacket. $12 for a vintage leather jacket

Kanisa paid $5 for this brand new Brook Brothers Skirt with the tags on it. Retail $88 – Major score!

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The mother of all rummage sales “Tossed and Found”

The long awaited Tossed & Found rummage sale weekend event has begun. This annual event sponsored by the Junior League of Washington is held down at Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

Last night was preview night which included a silent auction and sneak peek at all the goodies in the showrooms. Paying $45 not only is a great contribution to charity but it is also well worth every penny to get in early and be the first to see what they have to offer.

As most of you recall last year I scored big time in the high-end room they refer to as “quality”.  This year was no different. During preview night I found a full length cashmere coat, a pair of bandolino pumps, 2 calvin klien dresses, 1 J. Crew Dress, 1 Trina Turk dress, 1 tahari dress, a suit, an  embroidered skirt made in Italy, a dress from Barney’s NY, a rolling sewing machine bag, a bicycle messenger bag, a butterfly wall hanging.  All under $200. Yeah baby!!! Major score!

Below are a few pics from Preview night at T & F. Beginning with the furniture. I was amazed at the quality of the furniture and the variety

A wicker patio set

I sure wish I was in need of a couch because this would have gone home with me

Nice chair and ottoman

Books Galore!

More sweaters than the law allows

A pretty well stocked men's section

Plenty of shoes

Bags, bags, bags

Dresses in the "Quality" room

Lily found a cute summer dress

Me always thinking ahead and preparing for next season. I'm holding a floor length cashmere coat

Lily found a digital camera

My coworker picked up a Kate Spade bag

 

Some of the other labels in the “Quality” Room

Top Ten Favorite Thrift/Consignment Store finds of 2011

Last year was chuck full of great thrift store adventures for me. I traveled all around the country and found some of the most unique items. There is not enough space on this blog for me to showcase them all. All I can say is that shopping thrift has been financially beneficial and personally rewarding. Granted shopping thrift stores can be hit or miss at times and sometimes coming away empty-handed is the outcome. However remaining positive will yield you better results. that combined with a little patience can reveal many treasures.

Silver Spring Sewing Society took several field trips last year to many of our local thrift stores and when I tell you the women walked away with some fantastic finds I really mean it. We are getting together next week and I hope to take some photos of the great items they have picked up. I’ll be writing a post soon about living the life of a thrift store shopaholic. In the meantime enjoy some of Fav Thrift Finds of 2011

Stay tuned for my top ten Estate Sale finds of 2011. Coming soon.

no you are not seeing double. This dress was also featured under my Fav Vintage Finds of 2011. I found it at Out of The Closet Thrift in Los Angeles, CA

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This Tahari Viscose coat gets compliments every time it hits the street. I just love love love it.

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I picked up this J. Crew Silk dress at the Goodwill Truck show last year. It is currently being refashioned

Black leather pointy toe shoes made in spain. I googled them to find the retail price. WOW! Goodwill in Rockville $12

Whenever I find BCBG I almost always pick it up even if its not my size or my style. I can surely find a friend who can benefit. This blouse I picked up at the Goodwill Trunk Sale last year.

What's better than finding a fabulous find for a friend. This is my friend Lily wearing a mustard yellow Arden B leather coat with a fox fur collar.

In order to fully appreciate these Dollhouse silver pumps you must see my inspiration below.

I attended an event with FLOTUS and saw her wearing these silver pumps. I thought these would look great with my peach suit. And they did. Don't have a photo with them on but I will this spring

BeBe orange leather crop jacket. Found at a thrift store in Venice Beach

This blouse I picked up at Current Boutique on 14th in DC. I've been search for a blouse like this for over a year. Was so excited to find it in my size

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This top/dress I picked up from Buffalo Exchange in San Diego California. I hear they are coming to DC. How exciting!