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    Lost Your Luggage? Replace Your Suitcase Contents for Less at Goodwill®

    Collage of four looks

    Hey guys, its Marisa from New Dress A Day here!  It’s the holiday season, so that means there’s lots of travel going on. Suitcases get packed — as do the flights home — and sometimes those suitcases don’t make it to the final destination! I was inspired to craft this month’s post about what to do when it’s YOU who doesn’t see your suitcase on the carousel.

    One of my biggest nightmares is being the last one standing in the baggage claim area, watching the rest of my flight mates head out of the airport with their luggage, and then seeing the carousel stop, wondering, “But where’s my rolling suitcase?”

    Marisa Lynch - travel outfit with no suitcase

    Instead of wearing the same outfit for three days until you get your items back, taking a trip to Goodwill® and snagging five easy (and inexpensive) pieces will have you dressed in new looks until it’s time to get on that return flight home.

    The more than 2,700 retail locations in the US and Canada have plenty of items to pick a holiday wardrobe from. Plus, 82 percent of the revenues collected from the sale of these items goes directly towards growing Goodwill’s community-based programming. Now losing a suitcase doesn’t seem too bad, does it?

    To put together a week’s worth of outfits, I purchased two sweaters, two blouses and a black skirt ($18 total) to accompany the outfit worn on the plane, along with a pair of tights from the local drugstore.

    LOOK #1 – Goodwill V-neck sweater

    Vneck sweater pants

    LOOK #2 – Goodwill blouse and skirt

    Colorful Blouse and Skirt

    LOOK #3 – Goodwill blouse

    Tie Neck Blouse Jeans

    LOOK #4 – Goodwill V-neck sweater and skirt

     VNeck Sweater Skirt

    LOOK #5 – Goodwill blouse
    Tie neck blouse sweater skirt

    LOOK #6 – Goodwill blouse

    Blouse jacket jeans

    LOOK #7 – Goodwill blouse and sweater

    Tie Neck Blouse Sweater Jeans

    Seven new looks for less than $20!

    Collage - 8 looks

    The next time TSA accidentally sends your suitcase on a flight to Chicago, rejoice! It just means a little impromptu shopping trip can take place.

    Marisa Lynch
    is a fashion blogger, consultant, founder and author of the blog New Dress A Day and book New Dress a Day: The Ultimate DIY Guide to Creating Fashion Dos from Thrift-Store Don’ts, published by Random House in October 2012. A graduate of the University of Southern California, she is a frequent guest on E! Entertainment Television and has appeared on The Early Show and been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Bust, among other publications. You can usually find her sifting through vintage jewelry at the flea market, scrolling through Twitter while waiting on line at Starbucks (say hi @newdressaday), behind a sewing machine with Justin Timberlake pumping from the speakers, or falling asleep on top of her laptop while blogging into the wee hours with Late Night with Jimmy Fallon keeping her company. She lives in Los Angeles.
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    • Rachel
      January 9th, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Awesome Marisa! Not only would this come in handy with loosing your luggage but also if you forget your clothes. lol I live 6 hours from home and made 2 trips in Dec. First trip forgot my shoes and second trip forgot my clothes! Luckily I was able to borrow from my sister and rummaged through my mom’s closet to find something to wear. But this is definitely a good idea!

    • Mary
      January 9th, 2014 at 11:29 am

      What a GREAT idea – I just love idea!!!!!

    • Julia
      January 10th, 2014 at 7:08 am

      I often shop Goodwill when I travel. Not because I’ve lost my luggage, thankfully. But it is an inexpensive way of picking up t-shirts from local sports teams and attractions ( think Disney, Seaworld…). Way cheaper than buying new!

    • Rachel
      January 10th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Awesome idea Marisa! This is would be a GREAT poster to hang in the many Goodwill stores across the country.

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