Top 5 Thrift Hacks

 


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JasmineSkyy Forcer, jasmineskyy.com

A Good Look Staff

 


 

Get ready thrift friends because I’m about to divulge some of my best thrift hacks. Check out some of my ultimate thrift hacks below:

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Four Reasons Why Thrifting Rocks


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Shaunya Hartley, VintageShaun

A Good Look Contributor


 

149393651In a recent television segment I did for CT Style, a lifestyle show, we spoke about using thrift stores to revitalize our wardrobes. Yes, thrift stores can be your source for great items both day and night wear. We have discussed this topic quite often, but what exactly makes a thrift store better than a traditional retailer?

Pricing

Thrift stores are for the financially thrifty. Whether you have a fixed income or just a penny pincher, shopping at thrift stores are great ways to save money within all budgets.

Variety

Rarely can you go to your local mall and find, furniture, an evening gown, vintage and contemporary within the same location. The variety in a thrift store is what makes it an urban adventure.

Social and Environmental Responsibility

Textiles are huge pollutants to air, land and water. When we buy new clothes rather than previously owned clothing, we create a larger carbon foot print. In addition to the plights to the environment, lots of clothing is made in sweatshops abroad with extreme conditions. By upcycling and shopping at thrift stores, we no longer participate in the socially irresponsible spending habits of clothing manufacturers.

Your Money Goes to a Great Cause

Purchases at your local Goodwill help to empower individuals with disabilities to become active in the labor force. You can empower individuals with the strength of non-disabled people and save taxes, helping yourself by increasing resources in your community. When was the last time you knew that your purchase went to a good cause?

My segment dealt with fashion and fun but as I have come to truly understand the fashion industry and the thrifting world, I try to promote thrifting over traditional consumerism. I want my purchases to have a purpose.

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

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4 tips to find the best Thanksgiving outfit

4 tips to find the best Thanksgiving outfit

So here comes that special day when whole families gather to give thanks for all we received and achieved in the past year. Thanksgiving officially launches the End-of-the-year Holiday celebrations – no matter your beliefs, nationality, country of origin, or age. Even if you are not a blood relative, friends who have no place to mark this event, are invited to join in the fun.

Moms all over the country will be stressing out about them meal they’ll prepare, the number of guests, and trying not to forget anything to make sure the whole family enjoys.

But here are some things to consider when looking for the perfect outfit for Thanksgiving.

  1. The weather – Make sure to check the weather forecast in advance and keep checking as the day approaches. As you’ve probably noticed in the last decade, temperature and weather changes are more common than ever. And forecasts change in hours! So be prepared for all: Warmer temperatures or frigid ones.
  1. Will you host or be a guest? – If you’ll attend a party and will not have to slave in the kitchen, you are in luck! Your goal is to look fabulous. But wait! You can’t spend too much because you need to buy presents for your many friends and family? No worries! Goodwill has your back. You can get a stylish attire for $50 or less. You just need to be creative and picture the style you want to sport this Thanksgiving. Then head to your nearest Goodwill store and get ready to enter a world of opportunities! Tons of inexpensive clothing to choose from! If you’ll be the hostess/host and need to serve the meal and make sure your guests are happy, make sure to choose a comfortable outfit. Make sure it’s light. You don’t want to wear cashmere nor heavy wool in the kitchen! Wear light seasonable fabrics, like year-round wool and other knits.
  1. Layer – Whether you’ll be at home or will travel to a party, make sure you wear layers so you can add or take off as the night progresses and the temperature changes. The most important thing is to feel comfortable in order to enjoy the meal and conversations with guests.
  1. Match the rest of your party – Are you attending by yourself? Then your only concern is to make sure you ask your hostess or friends how casual or dressy they’ll go. If you are coming with your significant other or are married and have kids, make sure you all match. You don’t want to look like Anna Wintour, out of a Vogue cover, while your boyfriend/spouse looks like a lumberjack or vice versa. Same goes for the kids! Match, match!

What tips you think might be helpful for your fellow A Good Look readers or want to share any horror stories about the outfit that made your life miserable on Thanksgiving?

Spring Up Your Wardrobe

Winter to SpringFinally it is spring, like really spring, like sunlight and warm days and flowers blooming. So now it is time to fully embrace your spring wardrobe. Let go of your wools, pack away those sweaters and bring life and harvest to the season of warmer weather and longer days.

How do you spring your wardrobe to life both, literally and figuratively?

First step is to understand that there is still a chance that we will get another deep freeze. So, heavy coats can go to the storage. Now, don’t put everything away, spring still has chilly mornings, warm days and cold nights. This is when you bring your lighter outerwear to the front of your closet. Your denim jackets, trench coat, and blazers will now be your outerwear. And bring a scarf just in case; a silk one adds a touch of chic.

A hat is still cute, but no more wool beanie. Wear a dapper lighter-weight fedora, a leather cap, or even a floppy hat, especially for a morning walk. Toss the gloves off, let your fingers breath. The chances of frostbite are low now, especially in New York. What else can we store away to bring life into our Spring attire? Oh yes, snow boots- hide them, but keep your funky ankle booties until right before Memorial Day.

Lighten up not only with the layers, but with color. Either go for Marsala, an Earthy reddish brown which is flattering on everyone, or try bold jewel tones that radiate an aura of enthusiasm. Yellow is one of the most approachable colors in the world. Pink represents femininity but a man can be just as dapper in blush.

This past winter was rough on us mentally, physically and fashionably. Let’s really embrace and capture spring by having the wardrobe to match the outdoors.

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

Latest Where The Goodwill Goes Post:
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Taking Care of Your Goodwill Purchases

480716257You can discover great items at your local Goodwill but like all items, they need to be cleaned and cared for. Loose buttons, musty items, silk tops just need a little tender loving care and they will become treasured jewels in your wardrobe. Here are a few tips for taking care of your fabulous yet fragile finds.

The Odor Eater Cocktail

Getting weird odors out of clothing can be very puzzling. First step, air it out, a lot of clothing has been stored away with no circulation. If you hang it outdoors for a few days, that decreases the scent. Next step, create an odor eating cocktail by mixing one part vodka to two parts water in a spray bottle and spray the inner part of the item. Let the item sit for a day and follow it up with a nice steaming either with a handheld steamer that has a spoon of baking soda or handing in the bathroom and steaming for ten minutes. Odors will be gone.

Silks Need a Soft Touch

Clothing made from silks or cashmere are defined as delicate and they need to be handled as such. When you wash a silk or cashmere item in the washing machine, we create havoc on the natural oils found in delicate. Baby shampoo is the best cleanser the next time you hand wash your intimates. Just a capful in lukewarm water and gently wash your items followed by lying the item flat on a piece of cardboard, do not hang dry it.

No Wire Hangers

When you use wire hangers on your clothes it is like abusing a good friend. The only use for wire hangers is when you pick up from the dry cleaners. There would only be wooden hangers for your coats and velvet hangers for other clothing and not sweaters, sweaters should be folded and never ever hung, they lose their shape. Again, no wire hangers!

Bugs be Gone

Wools attract moths, and I hate the smell of mothballs and I don’t have cedar in my home so I use a trick that my Mother taught me. Lavender oil is a natural repellant of moths and lots of other pests. Use an old wash clothes and rub lavender on it and wipe down your closets and stuff it in the corner, it will keep most bugs away for quite some time.

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

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Latest Where The Goodwill Goes Post:
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Tips for Thrifting from a GoodwillNyNj Style Icon

Sammy Davis is one incredibly Goodwill-savvy style icon, and she’s giving away all the info you need to become one yourself. In her latest video on the SammyDVintage site, this fantastic New York fashion finder shares her top tips for tackling your local Goodwill.

Watch, learn, and head to Goodwill – then post your finds on our Facebook Fan Page. The most impressive finds posted on our wall will win you a place as a future GoodwillNyNj Style Icon – good luck!