#ThriftyThursday – Goodwill at Omaha Fashion Week

Yesterday, stylish Goodwill outfits were featured at Omaha Fashion Week.  This is our third year at the semi-annual fashion extravaganza and our best yet.

Last week, we hand-picked fashions from our thrift store at 72nd and Ames in Omaha.

all black

First, this all-black outfit is great for the fall.  Layers provide warmth in the morning, and can be shed in the hotter afternoons.  This four-piece outfit cost only $15.06.

aztec dress

Next, this unique Aztec-print dress makes a big statement.  It’s mini length and open-back are real stunners for a night out with friends.  The teal bag provides a great pop of color.  All for under $12.

jacket and pants

Finally, a wear-to-work outfit for only $11.  White pants balance out the black satin top and tan shrunken jacket.  Your office mates will think you spent a fortune on this stylish ensemble.

The Fashion Week crowd was amazed at our looks – and their price tags.

Styles may change, but at Goodwill a great deal is always in vogue.

#ThriftyThursday – Back To School

Summer’s winding down and the new school years finally arrived (with cheers from parents and groans from kids). While it is difficult to find some school supplies items such as pencils, pens, scissors and highlighters at Goodwill stores; it is more than likely you will find other important school supplies for the year.

I popped into Benson Park looking for anything school related and right away, I found three vital items for any student. The first one, though small, is as important as it gets; a book cover. Almost every teacher requires book covers for their books and it can get a bit pricey buying brand new. But at Goodwill an unopened book cover is only 39¢!

Book Cover for only $.39!

Book Cover for only $.39!

The second thing I found is something that every kid needs going into the school year, a nifty looking backpack – being only $7.99 makes it that much niftier.

Backpack costing $7.99

Backpack costing $7.99

The final thing that caught my eye was a sturdy desk that any student could put in their room. The desk only costs $19.99.

Sturdy desk for $19.99

Sturdy desk for $19.99

#ThriftyThursday- Name Brand Deals

Buying Name Brand clothes without the Name Brand Price

Once a week I like to pop my head into Goodwill’s retail store at 72nd and Ames.   I am usually looking for kids’ clothes and furniture that I can’t live without.   I try to be very selective with what I purchase, so sometimes I walk out without buying anything.   This was not the case last week though!

To my delight, I was able to find a whole bunch of baby Gap clothes.

I snagged a red sweater and legging jeans ($1.59 each) for my daughter and a corduroy jacket for my son ($2.99). All perfect for the upcoming fall season.

I also picked up a pair of green jean shorts and an adorable pink dress with fish for next summer ($1.59 each).

In total, I spent a fraction of the cost – $9.35 – on five pairs of adorable baby Gap clothes. Thank you Goodwill!

Cheap ClothesCheap Name Brand Clothes

Celebrating 25 Years of ADA

ADA 25

We have gone through some big changes and giant leaps in the 240 years since the United States first became a country. Just when it seems there is no hurdle left to jump, our country extends inclusion to a minority group who has been oppressed. The specific minority group that Goodwill is in a close relationship with are the people with disabilities.

Before 1990 (and unfortunately even after 1990), people with disabilities have been discriminated against in the work place. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a law passed by Congress that prohibits discrimination based on disability.

As described by the law a disability includes both mental and physical handicaps. It doesn’t need to be severe or permanent to be considered a disability. This act opened the door to success for people with and without disabilities across the country.

There are five titles that make up the ADA; employment, public entities; including public transportation, public accommodations, telecommunications and miscellaneous provisions. These five titles make up one of the most important laws for every one with any type of disabilities.

As stated in the ADA first title, an employer can’t refuse to hire a prospect based upon an apparent disability.  The second act is as important, making school districts and public transportation accessible to people with disabilities.  The third act protects the disabled in public accommodations such as hotels, restaurants, stores and other public places.  The fourth title requires that all telecommunication companies take steps to ensure equivalent services for consumers with disabilities and, more specifically, people who are hard of hearing or who are deaf.  The fifth and final title includes technical provisions that relate to the ADA as a whole.

Nineteen percent of United States citizens currently have disabilities and The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the work place.

Since opening its doors in 1933 Goodwill Omaha has always been more than just a thrift store. has been dedicated to helping find jobs for those with barriers to employment, including those with disabilities. Goodwill is so much more than a retail store where it is common to find a good deal. Goodwill trains and employs people with disabilities and others who may be at a competitive disadvantage in the job market. Goodwill and the ADA work hand-in-hand assisting those with disabilities to find jobs and learn the necessary skills required in the work force.

Before the ADA was introduced in 1990 Goodwill was already a leader in training and assisting people with various disabilities through different programs including Work Experience. At that time it was only a one way street and work opportunities were merely a fraction of what they are today.

When employers hear the phrase “hiring a disabled employee” they might think of the overwhelming costs and the dramatic changes that they will have to make, but in reality it usually takes no more than a minor adjustment to accommodate these employees.

Businesses becoming more accessible is crucial to having a full workforce that includes everyone, regardless of their ability. The ADA shows us what can be accomplished when all workers are given an opportunity to use their talents. The Americans with Disabilities Act also makes it easier for wounded warriors and disabled veterans to be protected under the law as well.

Goodwill Work Experience, AbilityOne, and other programs focus on training people with disabilities in a similar way that the ADA has opened up the professional world for everyone with physical and mental disabilities.  Goodwill workforce development programs are working harder than ever for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the work place.  Here is to a great 25 years under the ADA and to many more!

Work Experience Trainer Peter Bataillon helps students during Skills to Pay the Bills

Work Experience Trainer Peter Bataillon helps students during Skills to Pay the Bills

 

 

#ThriftyThursday – Go Big Red!

 

It may still be summer, but it’s never too early to start getting ready for Husker season! Goodwill at Benson Park currently has a classic Fisher Price ESPN electronic table top football game for just $14.99. The game has controls that let you move the electronic player back and forth.

The interesting twist is that to go faster you have to actually run on the mat and your steps are aligned with the gameplay. This is a great way to play a video game while still being active.

Electronic football game at Goodwill BPP

Electronic football game at Goodwill Benson Park

The game is being sold on amazon by a few vendors for very high prices up to $275, what a deal at Goodwill!

The best part about the game is that the two joysticks resemble football players, one is in a jersey similar to the Iowa Hawkeyes and the other looks similar to the Cornhuskers jerseys. Go Big Red!

#ThriftyThursday – Rockin’ out for little dough

chair1

While shopping at Goodwill on 72nd and Ames Avenue, I remembered that you never know what you are going to find.  I popped into Goodwill just to look around.  In all honesty, I was primarily looking for clothes for my daughter.  But as I walked down the furniture aisle, I found an old kid-sized rocking chair.  It was only $5.99! I knew that my two year old daughter would just love it, but it was in rough shape though.

I took it home and turned it over to my husband.  He sanded it down and then we put a coat of stain on it – pretty simplistic as far as DIY projects go.  The end result was better than expected.   It’s a beautiful deep maple color that fits not only my daughter perfectly, but also my living room décor.    In fact, my daughter loves it so much that we had her picture taken it the chair.  We plan to have our six dollar find around for a very long time!

finished chair

2015 Retail Cardholder Survey Results

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our yearly review of the Annual Goodwill Cardholder Survey. Once a year we send out a survey to everyone with a Goodwill Card.

The Goodwill Card is our little multipurpose tool for shoppers and donors. It’s able to keep track of donor records (no more saving donation receipts). It provides discounts for senior citizens, military members, students and teachers.  Signing up also allows us to keep you informed of any special promotions and offers throughout the year. If you don’t have a Goodwill Card we highly encourage you to get one.  You can sign up  at any of our stores in the Greater Omaha Metro.

Now then, back to the survey. We sent it to about 16,000 Goodwill Cardholders, and more than 1,000 responded. We entered all of those people into a drawing for a $100 Goodwill gift card, and Darryl S. of Omaha was selected as our winner.  Congratulations Darryl!

Here are some highlights of what we learned from the survey this year:

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#ThriftyThursday- What’s Cookin at Goodwill

Slider cooker for $4.99

Slider cooker for $4.99

Why shop anywhere but Goodwill for kitchen appliances, pots and pans!

There is always such a neat array of different kitchen appliances from crock pots to cotton candy makers. A favorite appliance of mine is a Panini press that can grill almost anything you could imagine. While shopping at the Benson Park store I found an All-League Sliders cooker that caught my eye. Sliders are hamburgers that have the same great flavor but are shrunk down to a quarter of the size.

This Sliders cooker is only $4.99 (retails for $45 on Amazon) and can be used for summer cook outs with family and friends.