Think before you donate – and get the facts about email rumors

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By Michael Wirth-Davis, President & CEO
Goodwill has a century-long history of providing much-needed services throughout the U.S. and in 14 other countries. We’re proud to consistently rank among top charities that make your donations go further. Closer to home, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota helped more than 30,000 people last year experience the power of work – through job skills training, placement assistance, mental health clinics, medical equipment loans Continue reading

Styling boots: 5 tips and tricks

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By Guest Blogger Zhenya Hutson
Boots, booties, leather, suede, lace up, zip up, flats, heels, wedges – that’s what winter needs. Being a typical midwestern girl, I have more boots in my arsenal than any type of open toe wear. Boots go with everything, from skinnies to skirts. Lucky for me, boots in great condition can be found on the cheap at local Goodwill stores, Second Début boutiques and the new Gina + Will resale shop in Dinkytown. Continue reading

Find upscale, resale gifts at Second Début

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By Guest Blogger Lindsey Herzog
It’s the holiday season, which means twinkling lights, hot cocoa by the fire and a whole lot of Christmas shopping. And, let’s face it, as much as we love our friends and family and as generous as we really do want to be with our shopping, the whole thing can get a little on the expensive side. So why not cut our shopping bill in half without having to forfeit quality gifts? That’s what’s so great about thrift-gifting Continue reading

It’s the little things you do that make the difference …


By Michael Wirth-Davis, President & CEO
As the first snow fell this year, I was reminded of the generosity of our many supporters whose large and small contributions made this past year something to celebrate. Because of all the little things you did, people who were homeless or facing barren cupboards are experiencing power of work – a roof over their heads, a hot cup of coffee, a job that provides sick pay, a dependable vehicle, health insurance – and of course, Continue reading

Thrift tips for gift-giving

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By Guest Blogger Sarah Carlson
There are many different occasions on which we all need to find the perfect gift for friends or family members. Sometimes it can get to be a lot if you have several different events in which you have to buy gifts for. Fortunately for you, I’m going to give you some tips today on how you can give thrifty gifts without looking cheap. After all, we all like feeling frugal, but no one wants to come off cheap! Continue reading

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