Thrifting wisely for designer items

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By Guest Blogger Sally McGraw
I thrifted that casual neon yellow cardigan way back in 2008. It was Theory brand, in excellent condition, and cost only $9.99. And I hung onto it and wore it for years and years – through 2012 if memory serves – even though it didn’t fit me properly and totally washed out my complexion. Such is the perilous allure of thrifting designer items. It simply doesn’t make sense sometimes. Continue reading

Goodwill’s first national Halloween poll

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By Staff Blogger Mary Beth Casement
This year is the first year of Goodwill’s annual National Halloween Poll, and we’re excited to be able to share the results with you! We asked about parties and costumes for the whole family – and we even asked some industry experts to weigh in on current trends. If you want to know more about how people are celebrating Halloween in the weeks ahead, we’ve got you covered in this blog post, so read on! Continue reading

Fresh from the catwalk: Spring trends 2015

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By Guest Blogger Lindsey Herzog
Today we’re going to be talking about translating the latest trends without blowing your budget. Fashion Week is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s like Christmas for 7 days straight, with every runway show a new set of presents. Except unfortunately they’re just for looking, at and I don’t get to take all the clothes home. I know, I know – runway shows can be pretty intimidating because every inch of fabric costs a fortune, right? Continue reading

Easy adult Halloween costumes for 2014

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By Staff Blogger Mary Beth Casement
We’re just a few weeks away from Halloween! If you haven’t already started thinking about your costume, now is the time! Halloween costumes don’t have to be complicated or expensive. At Goodwill, we think cheap and easy costumes are the best way to go. Here are a few examples of how you can put together a perfect costume this season.

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Making a difference as an AmeriCorps VISTA


By Business Developer and Financial Literacy Navigator Chelsea Rollay
My interest in being an AmeriCorps VISTA began when I was a student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. I studied the causes of poverty and inequalities in our society, but I wanted to become more involved in the efforts to end poverty. I especially wanted to be involved with helping communities affected by our criminal justice system. Being a VISTA with Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota has given me Continue reading

Fashion Fix client challenge: A color story

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By Guest Blogger Lindsey Kuhn
One of the most asked questions I get as a stylist is how to wear color.  Clients and readers are always looking for new ways incorporate color with their apparel and accessories.  I love to show them new and unique ways to mix, match and think outside the box with it comes to this styling technique. I took my client Erin to the Goodwill in Minneapolis and showed her how to play with color and pattern.  We had a blast, Continue reading