Not too long ago, a couple of friends and I went on a mission. We started in the morning, and returned in the late afternoon. Our mission? To try to find cute clothes at the Goodwill stores in our area.
Did you know that it was possible to find great stuff at Goodwill??? And the prices!!! We purposely went on Tuesday, because in our area senior citizens get 25% off on Tuesdays. Oh my, does that ever make me feel cheap! But I don’t mind being cheap if it means I can buy some awesome clothes for ridiculously low prices. The price for tops was $4.92 before the discount!
One friend had scouted out a few stores ahead of time, so we planned to go to three or four that she thought were good….by good, I mean they were clean, organized stores with a wide selection of ladies’ clothing. There are many Goodwill stores within an hour of where we live, so we plotted our course and got on the road.
Remember I said that we planned to go to three or four stores? HA We barely made it through two! But oh my goodness, did we hit the jackpot!
Now, you have to understand….there is a definite method to Goodwill shopping. It took me awhile to catch on, but I watched my friends who have had a lot of experience, and after I started doing what they did, I too had success.
Here is what they taught me:
- Wear simple clothing that is easy to take off, and easy to put clothing over…do not wear bulky sweaters or something with a lot of buttons
- GET A SHOPPING CART
- Find out what the “color of the day” is. Any item with that color tag is 50% off
- Take look around the store, and see where the ladies’ clothing is located
- Go to one of the sections (pants, dresses, tops, sweaters, coats, etc)
- You will notice that the clothes are arranged by color, not by size
- Start looking for anything that catches your eye
- Work fast. Don’t spend time looking at t-shirts, drab clothing, or brown items, LOL
- Pull out everything that you like or think you like, and put it in your cart
- Don’t worry about the size, unless it is obviously way too small or way too large (If your friends are not the same size as you, pull and put in their cart)
- Continue to move to the sections you are interested in (pants, skirts, etc)
- Repeat the pulling process
- After your cart is full, head to the dressing room
- There is usually a mirror outside the dressing rooms, so try on as much as you can (like coats, sweaters, or tops) right there while you are waiting for a room to open up
- Take the rest into the dressing room, and work fast
- Ask for a friend’s opinion if you are not sure
If you do this correctly, you WILL find something. You need to have an open mind, and be willing to try on a lot of stuff. If your town does not have a Goodwill with a large selection of ladies’ clothing, (or if you don’t want your friends to see you there….but then again…. you would be seeing them there too HAHA) check out other stores within driving distance. Most metropolitan areas have them in every community.
It does take some time, but what great shopping doesn’t? Plan to go when you are not in a hurry, and don’t take your husband or the kids. It is a good idea to go with a friend or two, because you can look for things for each other, and get unbiased opinions on things you try on. After all, you wouldn’t want to make a $3.69 mistake! LOL
The friends I shopped with are very stylish and always look great. You would never imagine that they shopped at Goodwill!
Here is a cute jacket that I wore with black pants. I don’t know if you can see in the picture, but it has stripes.
The jacket and bag were both purchased on this Goodwill trip.
I bet you would not have tried this on because it has shoulder pads! But you need to have an open mind. Look how cute this is. And after I saw it, I would never remove the shoulder pads. I can see why they were so stylish at one time. The broader shoulders make your bottom half look smaller.
Didn’t get a chance to style this, but it is the perfect jean jacket for me:
Here are the items that I will save for spring:
I bet by the time you see them on this blog next spring, you will have totally forgotten where they came from. 😉
I think our mission was very successful! And very low-cost. The most expensive item I purchased (the gray wool blazer) was $5.22 .My lunch cost twice as much as that!
I don’t have a photo of it, but my friend hit the jackpot. She found an exquisite Calvin Klein cocktail dress in a gorgeous shade of purple. It looked brand new.
Sooo…..grab friend or two, and hit the road. Good hunting! I would love to hear back from you if you have any luck.
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