5 Tips for your next Goodwill trip

By Ly’Kimbria Jackson

At Goodwill, we urge customers to “bring good home” but for some shoppers finding their very own sassy frock or hidden treasure can be challenging. Our stores provide an array of gently used apparel and sometimes facing so many choices can be intimidating. However, there are a few things every good thrifter knows when looking to add to their arsenal:

Only buy versatile pieces you love

Goodwill can often seem like heaven offering affordable prices and seemingly endless selection. Only purchase items that speak to you and can be styled differently at least three times. Try items on too! If you don’t love it with all your heart, pass on the item.

Know your style

Now, this may seem like a no-brainer but many shoppers shop based on trends rather than their own, personal style. Style is what separates you from the crowd and can save you the headache of chasing after the Joneses. If your style is minimalistic, don’t feel pressured to purchase a floral two-piece set just because it’s on-trend. Look for items you know YOU will love and wear.

Don’t shop in one section/size

A lack of options in your size or assigned section of the store may not mean your luck is running short but you should broaden your scope. Both the men and women’s sections carry great pieces that can be tailored to your style with a little creativity. Also, don’t be afraid to shop outside of your size! An oversized blazer or a pair of jeans can be fitted with a simple belt or some creative maneuvering.

Accessorize

Accessories are the glue to any good outfit and have the power to elevate your look in seconds. If your outfit of the day or wardrobe lacks luster, implement more jewelry, purses, hats, and color into your wardrobe and style. A simple outfit can be complete with the perfect accessory.

Enjoy the hunt

Finding one-of-a-kind thrifts comes naturally for some but may take a bit of patience for others. Thrifting is nothing like department store shopping, so if nothing catches your eye don’t get discouraged. Savor the hunt – the reward of finding pieces you love and wear will come with time!

Be sure to use these tips on your next trip to Goodwill!

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