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.

 

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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!

 

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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)

 

2014 Goodwill Cardholder Survey Results!

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our yearly review of the Annual Goodwill Cardholder Survey. Once a year we send out a survey to everyone on our mailing list. What is a Goodwill Card? Excellent question.

Here’s the answer: 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.

How do you get on our mailing list? By including your e-mail address when you sign up 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 for a Goodwill card 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 nearly 1,000 responded. We entered all of those folks into a drawing for a $100 Goodwill gift card, and Laurie K. of Omaha was selected as our winner.  Congratulations Laurie!

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

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A Letter From Our President and CEO

Dear Goodwill® Customers:

In July, Goodwill Industries International (GII) announced that some Goodwill® member store locations may have been affected by a data security issue.  These Goodwills were using a common third-party vendor for payment processing.  Since then, based on a third-party investigation and work with federal law enforcement agencies, it was determined that our Goodwill stores were not impacted and our customers should feel assured that their payment card information is not affected by this issue.

The affected Goodwill members took immediate action to ensure the malware found on their third-party vendor’s systems no longer presents a threat to individuals shopping at their Goodwill stores.

Our primary concern is for the people we serve, our community, our shoppers and our donors. We are committed to ensuring that your information is safe and secure. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call toll-free at 1-800-GOODWILL.We will be available to answer your questions 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturdays; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sundays; and 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Mondays – Fridays Eastern time.

 Sincerely,

 Frank's Signature

Frank McGree
President & CEO
Goodwill Industries, Inc.
Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hiring Our Heroes – WOWT

June 30, 2014

Veterans looking for work are invited to the Hiring our Heroes Job Fair Monday in Omaha.

More than 40 employers gathered at Goodwill Industries, near 72nd and Ames, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to help connect veterans search for a post-military job.

Not only is the career fair geared toward those freshly out of the military, but those like Paul Berg who haven’t been active duty since 1985.

“I didn’t realize that since I’ve been out of the military for so long that I’d qualify for any type of assistance, ” said Berg. “So it was a big surprise and I was real happy to find out that, you know, there’s people that are willing to help.”

Employers told WOWT 6 News while veterans may have a different technical background, they have essential skills that are being sought after.

“We look for team-fit first and foremost and then once we bring people into the organization we will train them and make sure they’re acclimated in those technical skills that they may not have directly from their military experience,” said Farm Credit Services of America Recruiting Outreach Specialist Kelly Rutter.

“They’re dependable. They’re organized. They’re professional. They offer great communications skills. So it’s a really good place to find excellent candidates for the jobs that we offer,” said Streck Recruiter Jenny Zebley.

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#ThriftyThursday – Let there be light

Correct lighting is important in any home.  Did you know that you can find a variety of lamps and other light sources at our Goodwill stores?

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Lamps come in variety of styles and sizes.  These bronze lamps can be easily spray painted for a unique look that matches any room.  Find directions at withHeart’s blog.  This inexpensive project can really lighten up your living spaces.

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If you’re not a DIY person, these two lamps provide options for making your house a home.  The brown lamp is meant to look like a barrel, adding a rustic touch to your room.  The other lamp is a more modern design, with sleek silver lines.

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These two lamps are great for small spaces, like a desk or your nightstand.  Reading will be much easier with a little bit of extra light in your room.

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If you’re looking for something a little bigger, this sleek silver ceiling lamp is a perfect addition to your kitchen or dining room, and only $7.99.

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Now, you have to be prepared for times when these light sources don’t work.  Goodwill has plenty of candles to keep you out of the dark in power outages – most range for $.59 – $2.99.

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And, too keep you entertained no matter the power situation, this light saber Star Wars games operates on batteries.  It’s a steal at only $1.99.

May the force (and light) be with you, Goodwill shoppers.