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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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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.


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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Senior Spring Break

Senior Spring Break! Lynn Haven and 23rd Street Stores Only.

March 31 – April 7

Seniors 62+ | Discounts and Giveaways

Lynn Haven Store
1610 Ohio Avenue
Lynn Haven, FL 32444
(850) 308-1915

Twenty‐third Street Store
2520 W. 23rd Street
Panama City, FL 32405
(850) 257-7803

Come celebrate Spring Break with Goodwill! Senior shoppers 62+ will receive 20% off their purchase and be entered to win 1 or 4 prize baskets! We will be celebrating Senior Spring Break at Goodwill March 31 – April 7, 2021, in our Lynn Haven and 23rd Street stores.

Store Hours Extended!

After Goodwill’s stores officially reopened May 1st with reduced hours, we are pleased to announce on Friday, June 5th, our store operation hours returned normal!

Extended hours mean more time to shop the Best Brands and join the treasure hunt. Find items for the whole family, including NEW goods for Summer! 

Since we reopened in May, we would like to emphasize all the efforts made by our employees to follow CDC guidelines to keep both our employees and shoppers safe. Before opening, we did a deep, thorough cleaning of stores, trained employees in strict safety protocol outlined by the CDC, and since then we have, and will continue to implement, numerous safety precautions, including:

• All employees will wear personal protective equipment
• We will encourage and enforce social distancing in stores
• One-way shopping aisles
• Continue increased cleaning and disinfecting in all of our facilities
• Sanitation pumps will be provided at the front and back doors
• Sneeze guards will be in place at all cash registers
• Will be implementing options for no-touch payment options at our stores
• Limiting the number of customers allowed in each store at a given time
• Customers don’t have to get out of their car to donate their items at our drive-thrus
• All donation attendants will be wearing gloves and masks
• For customers who wish to get out of their cars, donation bins will be placed 6 feet from any of our attendants

We believe it is important to return to this new normal. By re-opening, we give our employees the opportunity to return to work and strive to reduce the number of unemployed individuals our community.

We are also happy to announce that along with our previous employees returning to work, we are NOW HIRING for multiple positions! If you’re interested in a career with flexible hours and lots of opportunity for growth, stop by your local Goodwill and ask an employee how to apply, or apply online at today.

We appreciate your support of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend where training, equals jobs, equals community. Remember, Good WILL Overcome.

Goodwill Retail Store Closures & Donation Updates

In light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Goodwill Industries – Big Bend will be temporarily closing our retail stores effective Friday, April 3. We will remain closed until local and state mandates to close are lifted and we are able to resume operations.

During this time, we will be accepting donations, with a few guidelines to follow in order to keep you and our employees safe.

Our stores will have containers for you to drop your donations in, labeled for clothing, hard goods, books, and computer and electronic donations. To limit human contact, we will not be accepting furniture or large items such as bicycles and appliances.

Keep in mind, donations must be able to fit into a 3 ft x 3 ft container opening.

We thank you for your continued support during this pandemic. We encourage you to visit us once we reopen – as shoppers and donors are crucial in helping fund our employment programs for individuals facing significant barriers to employment.

Our social enterprise of stores provides resources and opportunities for job counseling, training, placement and coaching for thousands of people with barriers to employment in our communities.

We will be providing updates as often as we can. Stay informed by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @GoodwillBigBend. Thank you for your understanding and continued support of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend during these challenging times. We encourage those who wish to help people in need in our community to click here where we will gratefully accept your financial support.

We can all do our part to protect our community and support each other. We will get through this together. #GoodWillOvercome

Goodwill’s Annual Power of Work Awards Banquet and Luncheon

Goodwill of the Big Bend recognized team members and announced award recipients at the Annual Power of Work Awards banquet on Thursday, March 14th at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. The annual banquet serves as an opportunity to reflect on the organization’s advances over the past year, share the vision for the coming year, recognize retiring board members, and celebrate the achievements of Goodwill participants.

“I am honored to be able to recognize so many individuals and members of the Goodwill team at this year’s Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet,” said Fred Shelfer, CEO of Goodwill Industries—Big Bend, Inc. “This has been a tough year but we have rallied to continue providing services and programs to assist those in need and transform the lives of individuals in our community.”

The organization honored individuals and team members for outstanding service in the community and presented awards to multiple recipients. This year’s award winners include Graduate of the Year Andrea Johnson, Achiever of the Year Craig Starke, Goodwill of the Big Bend Employees of Distinction John Provenzano and Tom Thornton, Learning Pavilion Award winner Jenn McArtor, and Volunteer of the Year Dr. Graham Kinloch.



Over the next three years, the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator will result in more than 1 million people around the United States being trained in skills that will make them more marketable workers for the digital age.

“The Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator initiative means that Goodwill – Big Bend will have one more tool to help local members of our community build their skills and expand their career options,” said Cody Gray, Goodwill Public Relations Manager. “There is no question that workers with up-to-date digital skills will be in a better position to advance in today’s labor market.”

Digital skills include basic computer skills that would be used to establish an email address, apply for a job or perform many entry level tasks. More advanced digital skills include computer support or programming, digital marketing, and cybersecurity, which are increasingly relevant for achieving well-paying, in-demand careers across the country.

“As a baseline, employers look for workers and job applicants who can proficiently use computers and other electronic devices,” said Jacquelline Fuller, CEO of “The Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator will greatly assist those hoping to get ahead in their careers and obtain the types of jobs that will remain in demand for years to come in a demanding digital economy.”

Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. will receive a $50,000 grant to fund its participation in the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator, along with an additional Google IT Certificate sub-grant that includes 60 scholarships with a grant award of $39,216.

With this investment, local U.S. Goodwill organizations have three options for participation in the grant, based on their current digital skills training operations, capacity to initiate, enhance or expand digital skills training, and local labor market demand. Those three options include Digital Change Agents, Digital Champions and Digital Enthusiasts. Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. will be a Digital Champion.

Ten local Goodwill organizations have been chosen to be Digital Change Agents, receiving a $300,000 grant and serving as leaders in digital skills expansion and training across the network. Seventy-five local Goodwill organizations will participate as Digital Champions in three cohorts of 25. Each Digital Champion will receive a $50,000 grant and engage in extensive learning and technical assistance opportunities to help enhance and expand training offerings. An additional 14 local Goodwill organizations were chosen to participate in the second cohort of Digital Champions and eleven more will be recruited in early 2018. Eighteen local Goodwill organizations are participating as Digital Enthusiasts with an $8,000 grant to participate in learning events. The remaining Goodwill organizations will be recruited in 2018 for a total of 125 participating Goodwill organizations.

To see the full list of participating Goodwill organizations and their geographic areas, visit