Help for central MN vets


By Staff Blogger LaDonna Seely
According to a recent Star Tribune article (“Veterans forgoing use of county services centers across Minnesota,” Paul Levy, April 17, 2014), county offices offering assistance to veterans continue to see a decline in the number returning soldiers seeking help. Pride may be one reason. The Internet may be another. Continue reading

Beginner’s guide to power-hour thrifting success

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By Guest Blogger Meghan McAndrews
If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me “But I don’t have time to thrift!” I’d be RICH. Hitting a thrift when you’re super-tight on time isn’t only doable, it can be downright fun (if you do it right). Whether you’re thrifting over your lunch break, as I commonly do, killing time before an appointment Continue reading

Spring cleaning and Goodwill shopping go together

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By Guest Blogger Charlie from Three Thrifty Guys
So what is the spring message from your local Goodwill? Well, this is spring housecleaning time for many people as they try to dig out after a long, cold winter season. Somehow, many of us have accumulated bunches of unnecessary or no longer used stuff into our home’s garages, Continue reading

Star performer: The perfect blouse

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By Guest Blogger Lindsey Kuhn
Each season there is a star performer in my closet. I’m sure you have your favorites too! But if I play favorites in my wardrobe, what I pick must earn its place. I love shopping for pieces that can transition from work, play to fun. Versatility is key! Continue reading

Advocacy for Minnesotans who need it most


By Staff Blogger LaDonna Seely
One of the ways we advocate for Minnesotans struggling to achieve employment and independence is by visiting the capitol in St. Paul. This year we marched up those steps three times to rally and meet with our state legislators on Mental Health Day, Second Chance Day and Disability Tuesday. Continue reading

Shopping for designer style at Second Début

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By Guest Blogger Christie Lawrence
Imagine a lovely leather Prada jacket. Feel how soft the buttery leather is. The retail price is $4000, but the price tag reads an unbelievable $400. Now, imagine a chic little boutique with chandeliers and a friendly, helpful staff. Believe it or not, you are standing in Goodwill’s Second Debut2, Continue reading