What Can T-Shirts Tell You about Your Community?

You get them for doing a 5K. You get them at concerts. You get them for applying to credit cards and for supporting a political candidate. You get one on vacation to show off where you’ve been, as well as from the school you just got accepted to to tell everyone where you’re going. T-shirts are like getting a peek into your community’s real identity.

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Look Smart By Saving on Spring’s Biggest Skirt Trend

Key 1960s shapes and silhouettes are appearing on the retail market this spring thanks to popular television shows like Mad Men, and if you’re not shy about showing some leg then the pleated miniskirt trend might be for perfect for you. While big name retailers are charging upwards of $50 for pleated chiffon skirts, the savvy Goodwill® shopper knows that this look can be easily emulated with something pulled right off the thrift store racks.

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Keep Your Home Bright by Decorating with Christmas Lights

As summer approaches, I find myself itching to decorate with twinkle lights! I love the clean and simple look of a string of white lights, and although a lot of people think Christmas when they see these, I think of summer because it is then that I’m looking for every excuse in the world to stay outside among the stars, fireflies and fresh air.

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Five Pinterest DIY Projects You Can Complete with Items from Goodwill®

At Goodwill®, we’re particularly excited about Pinterest since so many of the projects and outfits people are pinning can be easily completed with items that you can find in our stores. Read on to find out about five easy DIY projects we first learned about on Pinterest that you can take on this weekend using items found at Goodwill.

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The Stories Thrift Stores Tell Us

Last summer with the help of Goodwill Industries® and a Kickstarter campaign, I spent 52 days visiting thrift stores across the country in an RV named “HaRVey” for my personal photo project, All Thrifty States. To me, thrift stores are a great way to get to know a community and take the pulse of our nation. In the stuff, I see stories.

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Put a Thrift Shop Spin on Spring's Pastel Trend

Fashion designers Phillip Lim, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Giambattista Valli and Louis Vuitton all showed variations of the pastel trend in their spring 2012 runway shows. Fortunately, any time that the designers are pushing a trend with a vintage spin, you can save hundreds by recreating the trend with clothing found at your local Goodwill®.

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Put a Thrift Shop Spin on Spring’s Pastel Trend

Fashion designers Phillip Lim, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Giambattista Valli and Louis Vuitton all showed variations of the pastel trend in their spring 2012 runway shows. Fortunately, any time that the designers are pushing a trend with a vintage spin, you can save hundreds by recreating the trend with clothing found at your local Goodwill®.

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Decorate Your Home with Used Books from Goodwill®

Whether or not you’re a bibliophile, Goodwill® has just the book for you. With a wide and ever-growing selection, the book section of your local store will not only be an excellent place to browse if you like to read, but also if you need to touch up your home decor. Read on to see how I've used books in various ways to decorate my apartment, as well as a DIY project for turning a gently loved book into a secret hiding place.

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Give the 12 Gifts of Goodwill This Holiday Season

As you're checking your lists and running errands these next few days, don't forget to make Goodwill one of your last-minute December shopping destinations. To make things easier for you, we've put together a list of 12 popular things you can find at Goodwill that are sure to make your holiday season even brighter.

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Host the Perfect Fall Dinner Party with Items from Goodwill

I’m Julia, a lifestyle blogger from New England, and I’m here today to show you how to host a fall themed dinner party with nearly everything purchased at my local Goodwill® stores in Maine. From setting the mood with the right music to setting a festive table with dinnerware from Goodwill, read on to check out my tips for making sure your party goes off without a hitch.

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Seven Style Trends to Follow This Fall

As the summer heat gives way to cooler fall temperatures, AmazingGoodwill.com resident fashion expert Bjorn Nasett offers his top seven styles trends to take wardrobes into the upcoming season. Whether you want to man up with boot-cut slacks, tailored vests and jackets or go more girly with floral print dresses and faux fur, Bjorn has tips to add this season's runway styles to your wardrobe with items you can find at your local Goodwill. Read on to learn how you can be fashion-forward for less this fall while supporting local programs that benefit your community and the planet.

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The Need to Thrift and Donate

I have been asked by you to write on thrifting, but as I think about the subject it seems almost too simple. I don't think anyone needs to be inspired to thrift in 2011. Thrifting is, of course, the practical alternative in a downturn economy. It just makes sense to shop at the lowest price point and to re-purpose that which has been used before. And, as much as I could treat the subject from my own personal perspective, I feel the need instead to focus on the issue of donating.

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