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Celebrate Earth Day with Goodwill

April is here, and we’re celebrating the Earth all month long! There is no better way to thank Mother Nature than practicing sustainable habits, which we’re all about at Goodwill, America’s “original” recycler.

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Earth Day gives us an opportunity every year to reflect on the impact we’ve made on our planet, and how we can do better for generations to come. Through small changes, we can start to reverse the damage done to our Earth. One small change you can make is shopping second-hand at thrift stores like Goodwill to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and landfill waste. Refresh your wardrobe and décor just in time for summer, all while saving the Earth and your wallet.

Spring Cleaning with Goodwill

Cleaning out your closet? Don’t throw out your old clothes yet! When you donate your clothes to Goodwill, you are supporting the community while helping the planet. By donating your clothes instead of tossing them in the trash, you’re saving even more waste from landfills. Give your clothes a second life by donating them to Goodwill.

Goodwill’s Impact

Small changes lead to big results, and Goodwill’s focus on sustainable shopping has significant effects on the environment. Just ONE dress purchased second-hand saves 21.4 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions! Imagine how many tons of clothes one person could save from ending up in a landfill in their lifetime by shopping second-hand. The Earth has given us so much, and Goodwill is proud to give back and help save our planet.


Earth day is April 22, but this month, take some time to reflect on what you can do to give back to our planet. An easy first step is to start shopping sustainably, and donate unwanted items and clothes to reduce waste and recycle. Find your nearest location here.

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Go Green with Goodwill

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s time to get festive. Here’s everything you need to know to increase your chances of getting lucky and go green with Goodwill this St. Patrick’s Day.

Save Our Planet by Going Green

If you’ve been wanting to be more environmentally friendly, now’s the perfect time to start. Thrifting is one of the easiest ways to practice sustainability when all you have to do is change how you shop. In the season for going green, visit your local Goodwill and do your part today.  Helping your planet has never been easier with your one-stop at Goodwill: donate your old clothes, and pick up some new ones while you’re there. Of course — don’t forget to grab something green to save yourself from getting pinched!

Get Lucky with Thrifting

It’s the season of luck, which means it’s the perfect time to find hidden gems at Goodwill. From clothes to housewares and beyond, we have it all. Take a trip to Goodwill today and try your luck with our endless selection of treasures. Pick a rack and start searching– you never know what you may find when you have the luck of the Irish on your side!

Get Festive This St. Patty’s Day

Spice up your plain housewares with festive items that everyone will enjoy. Shop for decorations, kitchen tools, and dishes that will make your holiday extra festive. Keep an eye out for shamrock-themed goodies and get ready for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration of a lifetime. Goodwill is here to make your holiday leprechaun-approved on a budget.

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Make your Valentine’s Day Special with the Help of Goodwill

Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be a low-light dinner with your romantic
partner and traditional gift exchange. This year, use Goodwill to start some new
Valentine’s Day traditions that will keep things exciting.

Spend Quality Time with your Loved One

Is yours or your partner’s love language quality time? Looking for a
fun date idea to switch things up? Take a trip to your local Goodwill,
and give each other a budget of $25. Split up, and challenge yourself
to dress your partner up in the most fabulous outfit you can find.
Have a fashion show and take some pictures to capture the memories.

If the fun ends too fast, no worries! Come up with a list of obscure
items and have a scavenger hunt to see who can find them the fastest.
The loser buys dinner – of course.

Plan a Day with your Gal-entines

If you plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day with your galentines, Goodwill’s got
your back. Take a trip to the housewares section and find the perfect collection
of brunch items. All you need to look for is a couple of champagne flutes, a
festive serving dish or two, and a heart-shaped cookie cutter. With that, you’re
set for a brunch full of love with your ladies.

Find the Perfect Gift

Expensive jewelry not in your budget this year? Remember: it’s the
thought behind a gift that counts. Go to your local Goodwill and
find the perfect sentimental gift: dig around for a book you’d both
love, a vintage picture frame perfect for a picture of both of you,
materials for an inspired DIY, or a gorgeous set of pre-loved china
to start your joint collection. Valentine’s Day gifts don’t have to
break the bank to be loved by all.

One of the most exciting parts of thrifting is never knowing what you’ll find.
Our stores have curated Valentine’s displays and Best Brands racks for easy
shopping, but if you enjoy the thrill of the hunt and are looking to switch
things up this Valentine’s Day,
find your closest store here.

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January: Best Time to Thrift

Whether you’re a habitual thrifter or simply rebranding yourself on a budget, the new year is the perfect time to thrift. Why? Post holidays are our BIGGEST donation season as people are looking to kick off the new year with a fresh start.

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Think about all of the times you’ve spent your breaks purging your closet, or a random drawer in your room; you’re definitely not the only one. With so many people using their breaks to clean out their closets and get a fresh start for the new year, Goodwill’s inventory is full of great finds. What’s clutter in one home, could be the prized piece in yours.

Out with the Old, In with the New

The semi-annual sales at some of the larger chain stores often make for great finds too. When folks set out on semi-annual sale shopping sprees for furniture, décor, and clothes, their items getting replaced need somewhere to go. If you’ve been on the lookout for some specific items or brands, keep your eyes peeled while shopping at Goodwill in January.

Bonus: Tax Deductions

If the new year decluttering and huge sales weren’t already enough to fill our stores’ inventories in January, the promise of a tax deduction is. Many people choose to use the last week in December to donate their items before the new year, so they can write it off on that year’s taxes, adding even more to your pool of amazing items to thrift.

Re-Invent on a Budget

It’s a new year, and it’s a new you, but that new you can add up quick! Take it one piece at a time and shop for your whole new wardrobe or a new vibe for your home, all at a fraction of the price. Best part? You’re helping our community and our planet, too. In January, you’ll have the first pick of all our freshest donations, giving you the highest chance to score on pieces that will compliment your “new year, new you” rebrand!

Ready for a shopping trip?

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New Year, New You: Crush those Resolutions with Goodwill

2021 is officially in our past, and 2022 is our future. If you’re looking to make some changes or start some new habits, there’s no better time than now. No matter your resolutions, Goodwill is here to support you all year long.

Get Outside

Get Outside

Want to be more adventurous in the New Year? The first step is getting the right gear. Stop by Goodwill for all of your rugged gear, from flannels and denim to boots and backpacks. Once you’re outfitted, you’re ready to face the great outdoors.

Work Out

Workout More

If hitting the gym more often is on your New Year’s resolution list, Goodwill’s here to spot you. They have everything you could need to be more fitness-friendly this year, like athletic gear for everyone. And if you’re looking to upgrade your home gym, there’s plenty of workout equipment from yoga mats to weights to fit your routine.

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Start Cooking

Feeling like getting creative with food in the New Year? Kick-off your kitchen comeback with some culinary finds from Goodwill. Find appliances, pots and pans, cookbooks, and anything else you could need to create your next delicious masterpiece.

Sustainable

Be Sustainable

Going green in the New Year is a resolution that is great for everyone. Shopping at Goodwill is a perfect replacement for fast fashion or buying things new. This year when you’re shopping, start your search at Goodwill. Need to make room for all your new finds? Instead of tossing out your excess things, give them a second chance by donating them to Goodwill.

Goodwill has an inventory full of gently-used goods that are ready to help you stick to your 2022 resolutions. Click the button below to find your closest store so you can get started on your resolutions.

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Happy New Year!

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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Celebrating Special Events with the Help of Goodwill

One of the great things about shopping at Goodwill is you always know what to expect: Great finds, excellent customer service, and best of all… Knowing that your purchase helps our community for good. But have you thought of celebrating life’s milestones with a little help from Goodwill? Keep reading to see what we mean.

Bo’s Thrifty Birthday

This summer, one of our customers, Bo, celebrated his 30th birthday by bringing his friends in for a one-of-a-kind thrift game! Before his group went out to celebrate, they all gathered at Goodwill to create the perfect outfits for a memorable birthday that had everyone in on the fun.

Why Celebrate at Goodwill?

It may be a little unconventional, but if you love thrifting and having fun with friends and family, celebrating with the help of Goodwill is quite the event!

  • Uniqueness: A thrifting game is a unique and fun experience that can be the perfect beginning or end to a fun night of partying.
  • Photo friendly: With all the unique items you will find, you can be sure it will make some excellent photos to share with your friends on social media.
  • Gifts at a great price: You can find some of the best brands at the best prices here at Goodwill.
  • It helps the community: What’s better than having fun while also doing good? Any purchase you make helps further Goodwill’s mission for good.

Getting the Party Started!

There are so many ways to celebrate at Goodwill! Scavenger hunts, holiday games, thrifting challenges, and much more can all be enjoyed at Goodwill. In this article from Thought Catalog, they rank thrifting as the #1 unique party idea that you may have never thought of before. Thrifting is the perfect way to get your night of fun started!

We hope when you are planning your next celebration, you consider stopping by your local Goodwill!

 

Splash Into The Perfect Pool Day With Goodwill

Summer is here! That means it’s time for picnics, hammocks, and fun in the sun. Perhaps there is no better way to spend your time in the sun than a relaxing pool or beach day! But you don’t want to forget the necessities (like sunscreen!). Goodwill is here to get you ready for fun in the sun with items like:

  • Sunglasses – NEW!
  • Beach Hats
  • Swimsuits and cover-ups
  • Sandals
  • Beach Accessories

If you need any beach essentials, stop by your nearest Goodwill and hunt for your summer finds! Click below to find your nearest Goodwill store.

You can also check out our Beach & Gift Store in Santa Rosa if you’re looking for affordably priced, all-new items. It’s your one-stop-shop for all beach necessities and souvenirs, like:

  • Tommy Bahama dress shirts
  • Luxury towels
  • Beach toys
  • Sunglasses
  • Coolers
  • Sandals
  • 30A souvenirs
  • Lounge chairs

Ready to cool down after all this summer planning?

How about making your own popsicles! This helpful guide from Live at Learn will show you how to make the perfect frozen treat for you and your family this summer. No matter the recipe, here’s the three steps to remember:

  1. Mix: Mix your ingredients and pour into molds according to the popsicle you want to     make:
    Berry Lemon: Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into molds.
    Rainbow Fruit: Distribute fruit into molds. Combine coconut water and honey, then pour into molds, tapping on the counter to remove air pockets.
    Berries and Cream: Puree berries until smooth (add a touch of water or juice if needed to get things moving). Stir together yogurt, honey, and vanilla. Spoon berries and yogurt into molds in alternating layers.
    Coconut Lime: Stir together all ingredients. Pour into molds.
    Sneaky Spinach: Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into molds.
  2. Freeze: Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until hard, at least 4 hours.
  3. Unmold: Run mold under warm water for a few seconds to loosen, then remove pops from the molds.

Just mix, mold, and freeze and you are on your way to making your own popsicles this summer!

We hope you have a fantastic summer filled with lots of sun and frozen treats! Be sure to check back often at our Goodwill locations, as you never know what exciting items may come our way!

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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Go Green, and Go Good: The KonMarie Method

Tidying used to be something you did before guests arrived – you know, when you run around the house to make sure everything is in order right before they walk in? That was before Marie Kondo came on to the scene, making “tidying” a lifestyle for a large portion of the world. Kondo shared her “KonMarie Method of Tidying”, and we jumped in head-first, cleaning out our closets and home (especially a year ago, when we discovered we would be spending much more time inside). The KonMarie Method is not about living with as little as possible, as many believe, but it is about living with the items that make you happy.

The largest difference between this method of tidying and others is that it encourages tidying by category, as opposed to by space, Marie Kondo also gives an order to which categories you should start with. It begins with clothes, then books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, lastly, sentimental items. As you make your way through the categories, deciding what to keep and throw away, Kondo says to “only keep the things that speak to your heart or spark joy in your life.” If it does neither of those things, then you know it’s time to thank the item for its service and discard it. When discarding items, donate anything still in good condition to your nearest Goodwill to help provide job training and jobs for those in your community.

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Go Green, Go Good Challenge

We’re challenging you to Go Green, and “Go Good” by doing a little spring cleaning. Over the next month, we’ll remind you on our social pages by sharing weekly goals for tackling the KonMarie method. At the end of the challenge, you’ll have boxes full of items that no longer bring you the joy they once did. These items might spark joy in a new owner, and we’d love for you to donate to Goodwill. When you donate to Goodwill, you’re helping to create jobs and opportunities for those in our community who need it most. Follow our social pages to participate in our rendition of the KonMarie Method for spring cleaning!

Go Green, and Go Good Challenge:

Week 1: Introduction to KonMarie Method

If you’ve made it this far, you can check Week 1 off of your list! If you love Marie Kondo’s organization method and want to learn about the KonMarie Method, click the button below.

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Week 2: Cleaning Out the Closet: Winter Wears

We all have items that didn’t make it out of the closet this past winter and with the sun heating up, it’s time to ditch the dead weight! If the idea of an entire closet cleanse is a little too much, stick with your winter wears—what items still bring you joy? Keep those, discard and donate the rest.

Week 3: Attic Cleanse: Holiday Décor

Remember that little elf that your family friend gave you at the holiday party a few years back? The one with a smile that is a little too creepy for your taste, so it never makes its debut on the mantle? What you keep in the attic might be someone else’s centerpiece. This week, cleanse your attic! Specifically, the holiday items that never leave their boxes. Not only will it feel good to clear out, come the holiday season, decorating will be a breeze!

Week 4: Go Green, Go Good – Donate!

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Now that you have all your boxes packed and ready, it’s time to Go Green, and Go Good by bringing your items to your local Goodwill. Don’t forget all the good you are doing by donating to Goodwill. Our retail stores help support our mission, and for every dollar spent at a Goodwill store, $0.86 supports are programs and services, which are offered to people in the Bid Bend region at no cost. You’ve made it this far, think of all of the joy your items will bring to someone new! We’ll make it even easier for you, find your closest donation center by clicking here.

We know you can do it, so Go Green, and Go Good with us! For updates on the challenge, connect with us on social media!

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