#ThriftyThursday – one day until Halloween!

OK… I admit it, sometimes I can procrastinate.  I’m going trick-or-treating with some little ones this year and I still haven’t found a costume.  If you’re just like me, have no fear, Goodwill is here.

One thing I don’t like about Halloween is spending upwards of $50.00 on something you’ll never wear again.  Well, Goodwill has a solution for both of those issues.

This cute Khaki Anne Klein dress was only $5.49, and can be worn with a bucket hat and some binoculars as a safari girl.  Pair it with you significant other or child as a safari animal for group outfits.  The costume is simple to put together, affordable, and (best part) you can wear the dress after Halloween is over!

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If you and your friends are musically inclined (or like to pretend to be), pick up four sombreros and put together a mariachi band.  Black pants and suit jacket, which can also be found at Goodwill, complete the outfit and can be worn again.  Sombreros are only $2.49.

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If you’re feeling a little less adventurous, check out Goodwill’s new goods section.  Pick up cat ears and a tail, pair it with an all-black outfit for a quick comfortable costume.  A pirate hat, eye patch and inflatable sw0rd is a great start for a pirate costume.  We also sell new capes, witches hats and makeup to complete any Halloween outfit.   Most of our new goods are prices under $3.

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Best part – all donated Halloween merchandise is 50% off today and tomorrow.  Head to Goodwill and get your great Halloween fashions before they vanish!

#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.

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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.

 

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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!

IT’S TIME FOR THE BOO!DWILL HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST!

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.

 

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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!

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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.

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