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Upgrade Your Wardrobe With Goodwill

Building a wardrobe is usually an expensive task, but it doesn’t have to be. At Goodwill, you can find many of the brands and styles people love, for a fraction of the price. Rachel Kruse, who works at Ramba Consulting, a lobbying firm right here in Tallahassee, sat down with us and shared her tips and tricks for curating her perfect wardrobe with the help of Goodwill.

Goodwill Industries – Big Bend (GIBB): How would you describe your style?

Rachel Kruse (RK): For work, I dress in business casual, and because that is what I am in a majority of the time, it has had a large impact on what I wear outside of work. I wear dresses all the time, so when I am in Goodwill, I always stop by the dress rack to look for pieces I can wear to work but also dress up/down for the weekend.

GIBB: What percentage of your closet would you say is from Goodwill?

RK: 95%. And it has taken about 4 years to get to that point – be patient!

GIBB: What tips do you have for other people who want to start building a wardrobe through thrifting?

RK: Don’t expect to find something every time. Also, don’t buy anything unless you’d buy it new in a store. I try to visit my two favorite Goodwill stores every weekend to see what I may find, and I always go in the mornings because the items haven’t been picked through yet from other shoppers earlier in the day. As you build your closet, know what you have and what you need more of. There are days I walk out with nothing because I have so much already and am not going to buy the same thing. I also like to go on the weekends because I like to make sure I have plenty of time to look. Shopping at Goodwill is not like at the mall, you cant expect to walk in and immediately see everything, you have to do a little digging. Give yourself time to shuffle through each and every piece, shop different sizes and sections you normally wouldn’t, and you’re bound to find a buried treasure among the racks.


GIBB: What is your favorite part of shopping at Goodwill?

RK: Goodwill is not just a thrift store, when you shop at Goodwill, you are helping others in your community through the money made in the retail stores. I think a lot of people forget that because Goodwill keeps the two separate, but when I shop there I am happy to know my money is going to do good.

Shopping at Goodwill may seem like a daunting task to some, but for many, like Rachel, it has become a hobby to enjoy regularly. The best part? Over time, Rachel’s been able to build a curated wardrobe of one-of-a-kind finds for business and pleasure. Stop into your nearest Goodwill to start building your unique wardrobe today.

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Shelia Fuith Success Story

Sheila Fuith

Coming to Goodwill in 2013 for a lodging class was a leap of faith for Sheila, who as single mother needed to spend more time with her very gifted 12 year old daughter. As soon as she learned we offered the nationally recognized certifications through American Hotels and Lodging Educational Institute, she immediately enrolled. She then joined the class for the Guest Service Gold training and the exams. She passed both exams with flying colors, earning two certifications and a lapel pin.

After being placed in a hotel position by Goodwill, she survived a robbery at gunpoint while working her shift at the hotel’s front desk. She credits Goodwill’s training for giving her the skills to handle the situation. She not only survived, but she was able to describe the person well enough that police caught him just hours later.

Now working in reservations at another local resort, she has had the highest sales each month for her department, even setting a new company record. Because of Shelia, her employer has hired another of the program’s participants, and has Goodwill come to conduct Guest Service Gold workshops for their entire guest services department.



Trever Tavares

Trever has experienced his fair share of obstacles in his life. At 23, he has managed to turn his life around within a matter of about 3 years. After completing several Goodwill training programs and obtaining his GED the prior year, Trever met his goal in 2014 of starting college and studying to become a computer programmer, all while working two jobs. As an AmeriCorps member, Trever is developing new computer classes and is a tremendous asset to Goodwill Industries. Every day he is helping to full our mission to provide job training, education, and employment to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.



Jason Rousset

Jason Rousset has proven that you can be successful despite having a disability and social delays. At Goodwill, Jason attended Job Club where he learned about elevator speeches, resumes, attire, interviews, and employability skills. He attended Money Sense classes and one on-one sessions with the Employment Specialist to develop Life Skills. Today, Jason is neatly groomed, and working towards his potential with other people who understand his computer knowledge. His hard work paid off: Jason applied for and received an internship at ARA of Valparaiso, FL! He is now working 20 hours a week while continuing his classes at Troy University, currently working on a team project, paying his own bills, and making difference.