#ThriftyThursday – Ready-made Halloween costumes

Parents.  It’s not easy, quick, or cheap to piece together a homemade Halloween costume for your kids.  While you might think of Goodwill for these types of costumes, we always have a wide selection of ready-to-wear choices as well.

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Our Southwestern store (at 144th and Hillsdale) recently came into a large amount of never worn, pre-packaged costumed for kids.  These costumes are on the scary side, a zombie prisoner, for example, but could be great for a more daring youngster.  Other costumes, like the glow-in-the-dark skeleton be fun and safe for Halloween night.  These packaged costumes were all only $7.99.


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There were TONS of costumes at the Southwestern store this week.  From Ninja Turtles to Alice in Wonderland – Goodwill stores have any costume you could want, at a fraction of the price!  Stop in at Southwestern or any Goodwill before Halloween to get your costume on without breaking the bank.

And, remember to enter the BOO!dwill costume contest.

Happy Haunting!

#ThriftyThursday – Halloween decor



Halloween has two sides – the fun side and the scary one.   You can bring out both sides with unique decorations from your local Goodwill store.


From salt and pepper shakers to black cat lawn decorations, Goodwill is full of fun ways to celebrate the holiday for little and big kids alike.  All of these items, from our Benson Park and Madison Avenue stores, range from $.99 to $6.99.



If you’re looking for a spookier side, these creepy decorations are great for your haunted house.  With items ranging from a skull for $.99 to a haunted pumpkin face for $.59, you can get some good scares in for a really low price.

So, be fun, be scary, or be a little of both.  Have fun this Halloween with the help of Goodwill.  Happy haunting!


The BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest won’t stay dead, nor should it! Because it’s that time a year again when you need to start thinking “Halloween costume” and “Goodwill” in the same sentence!

Goodwill is an awesome place to shop for Halloween costumes. Are you someone who likes to dream up some creative outfit and enjoys the hunt for just the right pieces? We have seventeen stores around town where you can find those costume ingredients. Or are you someone who just wants a quick and easy costume so you’re not the person dressed up as “suburbanite” or “adult” at the Halloween party? We’ve got plenty of more traditional costumes too! And no matter which camp you fall into, your costume purchases at Goodwill stores help put people to work — and they can win you some treats.

We want to see what you’ve come up with by shopping at our stores, so it’s time show off your costume and win prizes in the process — by entering the BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest!

To enter:
1. Between now and 5 p.m. on Monday, November 3, 2014, e-mail a photo of yourself in a costume you either purchased or assembled from items purchased at an Omaha area Goodwill to info@goodwillomaha.orgPlease make sure to email your photo. We will share them on on social media pages, but the amount of “likes” or “favorites” does not determine the winners due to social media rules and regulations.

2. In the email, tell us your name, how to contact you, and at which store(s) you bought your costume.

That’s it! We’ll be sharing the entries as we receive them on our Facebook wall. On Tuesday, November 4, we will select our favorites, and those finalists will be posted here at the GoodTimes Blog for a public vote. On Friday, November 7, the voting will close, and the top three will all receive Goodwill gift certificates ($100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, $25 for 3rd)!

If you have any questions, post them here in the comments or send us an e-mail at info@goodwillomaha.org. And if you’d like some inspiration, check out last year’s finalists or television coverage of some of our Halloween offerings:

Finding Affordable Halloween Costumes a Real Treat – WOWT Omaha
Shop Goodwill for Halloween Costumes – KMTV Omaha

Good luck!

Huskers #TBT on #ThriftyThursday

Did you know that Goodwill operates an online store?  Shop Goodwill hosts really unique items, and you can shop from the comfort of your home, or work, or mobile device.  This week, Shop Goodwill has some really cool older Husker items, just in time for Nebraska’s homecoming game against Illinois.

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Omaha native Eric Crouch won the Heisman in 2001.  Remember one of the greatest all-time Husker players with this signed picture.  Bidding ends tomorrow – click here.




This Memorial stadium print is right from the glory days.  Celebrate the 1995 Huskers with this on your wall.


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Proudly display these signed footballs in your living room.  Pick red, white, or both and cheer on the Huskers in style.

Happy shopping and GO BIG RED!

#ThriftyThursday – Toys on a budget

This Thrifty Thursday post was guest-written by Goodwill’s Community Development Manager Elizabeth Donner.  The post guest stars her cute daughter, Amelia.


Anyone who has kids probably has a love-hate relationship with toys like I do.  Toys can be fun and entertaining for your child . . . well, at least for a while.  They can also be terribly expensive and of course, the more expensive they are, the quicker your kid loses interest in them.  Right?!?

I have found that buying toys second-hand is the way to go.  I never feel guilty about buying a toy and am saving a TON of money in the process.

This week I went in search for a deal on toys.  I was at Goodwill in Council Bluffs off of Madison Avenue and found a number of toys at great prices.

The VTech – Touch and Teach Turtle and Leap Frog’s Learn and Groove Alphabet Drum both retail on Amazon for $19.99.  Both were marked at Goodwill for $1.99 each!


Playskool’s Poppin Ball toy was only $.99 at Goodwill and retails new for $12.99.

The Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Vacuum Cleaner retails on Amazon for $26.99 and was priced at Goodwill for $2.99.

Each of these toys would have been a good option for my daughter, but I had to pick just one.  I went with the vacuum cleaner.  I think she liked it.


Vintage #ThriftyThursday




Oftentimes on #ThriftyThursday, I find myself focused on brand-names.  I pull an item and I think, “If I bought this at the mall today, it would cost five times what I’d pay for it at Goodwill.”

And that’s awesome.  But this week, I’m going in a different direction.

One of the best things about Goodwill is the ability to find things that you can’t buy in a mall.  The things that your grandma just took out of the back of her closet.  The things that will make you stand out in a crowd.  These three outfits use older pieces to create a new look.

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These three looks are perfect for the office or out with friends, and are great seasonal transition pieces.

On the left, we have a chambray blouse from The Limited.  It’s ’90s chic, so boarderline vintage, and super cute.  The chambray is thick, so the blouse will keep you warm in the fall.  Roll the sleeves up for warmer days, add a scarf if it’s chilly.  The skirt is from BCBG.  Pairing old and new work great with this ensemble, especially when the whole outfit is less than $10.

In the middle, a very ’70s print dress features great fall colors.  For only $.99 this dress would be great into winter with the addition of some thick tights.

Last, this colorblock dress is on-trend, with prefect colors and the right shape for fall.  The look would be great paired with a thick belt, but stands out on it’s own.  For less than $5, it’s a good staple piece for any wardrobe.

Look unique with Goodwill this season – happy hunting!

#ThriftyThursday – Omaha Fashion Week

On Tuesday, Goodwill was excited to participate in Omaha Fashion Week.  We had four platforms during the OFW pre-party.  Models sported some awesome Goodwill looks on ready-to-wear night.  On today’s #ThirftyThursday, we’re going to highlight a few of these outfits.

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Our first look came from Goodwill’s store at 180th and Q Streets.  The ruffle tuile skirt from Fossil and the Express blouse were only $3.59 each, making the outfit $7.18.



Next, we brought out a cute and comfy outfit.  The plaid flannel Buckle shirt was $3.49, black cami was $1.99, and the jeans were $3.59.  This whole outfit was $9.17!



These last three looks are all perfect for work.  On the left, our model wore a black knit Mossimo dress, Club Monaco blazer, and a brand new purple jewel necklace, originally from Macy’s.  Her outfit was only $14.07.

On the top right, this three-piece outfit consisted of a super cute menswear-inspired Bebe blazer for $5.49, a white lace tank top from Holliset for $1.99, and detailed Gap dress pants.  The whole outfit only cost $11.07.

On the bottom right, the model wore a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta blouse with a grey Lena Gabrielle midi skirt.  Both were $3.59, making the total cost of her outfit $7.18.

Thanks to Omaha Fashion Week for having us participate again this year.  We had a blast!  Happy Goodwill fashion shopping.



Back to School – Guess the price winner!

TT - back to school   Last week, we asked what you thought all of these items would cost.  Now, we have an answer! The 14 items cost $39.07! Here is a breakdown: Pink girl & pony Gap long-sleep shirt (new with tags) – $4.99 Yellow Mudd butterfly tee – $1.59 Orange flower accent Gap Dress – $3.59 Old Navy denim jacket – $2.99 Black and pink polka dot skirt – $1.59 Pink capri pants with button accents – $1.59 Mudd Black cardigan with blue striped tank set – $1.59 Green Flapdoodles bermuda shorts (new with tags) – $4.99 Green flower lace Justice layer tee – $1.59 Tribal print long blouse – $1.59 Old Navy khaki corduroys – $1.59 Black sequin Justice long sleeve shirt – $4.99 Children’s Place straight-leg jeans – $2.99 Jessica Simpson red print and striped dress with belt (new with tags) – $4.99   Our winner is Julie Bonacci, who guessed that the items would cost $36.99 (before tax).  Congrats, Julie!   Look out for more contests soon.

#ThriftyThursday – back to school!

Back to school shopping is expensive and time-consuming.  As a parent, you are often going store-to-store looking for the right name brands, the cool styles and the best bargains for all of your kids.  Well, look no further – Goodwill is here!

I recently stopped at the Goodwill at 180th & Q and found some really awesome deals on cute clothes for an elementary school-aged girl.  These fourteen items would make the perfect back to school wardrobe.  Boom.  You could be done shopping in just one trip.


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As always, the best part about Goodwill is the price.  And this #ThriftyThursday, we’re going to do things a little differently.  It’s contest time!

Comment on this page or on our Facebook status the amount you think all 14 of these items combined cost (before tax) and we’ll help you go back to school with a $20 Goodwill gift card.  Price is Right rules here – must be closest without going over.

Good guess everyone!


For reference, the items shown are:

Pink girl & pony Gap long-sleep shirt (new with tags)

Yellow Mudd butterfly tee

Orange flower accent Gap Dress

Old Navy denim jacket

Black and pink polka dot skirt

Pink capri pants with button accents

Mudd Black cardigan with blue striped tank set

Green Flapdoodles bermuda shorts (new with tags)

Green flower lace Justice layer tee

Tribal print long blouse

Old Navy khaki corduroys

Black sequin Justice long sleeve shirt

Children’s Place straight-leg jeans

Jessica Simpson red print and striped dress with belt (new with tags)