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Geesh, I can’t keep up!

Okay… I’ve garnered another full-time (temporary) job.  Add to it that I have a family and all of their schedules, that I have holiday projects that I’m buying and/or making things for, that I try and work out a couple of times a week, that I have this blog and one other to write for (and yet a third that I’m currently planning my 2012 year-long challenge around), that I do try and make time for family/friends to hang around with AND now I’ve added a college course to raise my level of writing.  With all this going on… I’m S L I P P I N G on posting in a timely manner, that is for sure!

So, I’m going to give you a little view of all the items I’ve picked up at the Seattle Dearborn Goodwill, the Bellevue Goodwill, and the Ballard Goodwill in the last week and call it good.

I will add to this post that shopping exclusively at the Goodwill for everything you need is NOT as easy as people might think!  I mean, if you need to get something pretty particular you need to go to a couple of stores to buy it because you can’t just walk into ANY retailer that you know has it and buy.  AND, on top of that I’ve found myself getting into this “weekly Goodwill shopping habit” where I feel I NEED to buy something every week to make a post out of it (and really because I do like all the great Goodwill savings!) but it gets a bit tiring to do it every week when you have so many other things on your plate!  I will give you all a hint that my 2012 year-long challenge does NOT have to do with shopping at one store again.  In fact, I’ve already started making my “wish list” for all the things that I want to go buy at all the retailers I have not been shopping at this year (don’t worry Goodwill, you’ll always be in my shopping cart even after this year) because it does get a bit harder 9 months into a challenge like this not to walk into another retailer sometimes.

So, now you all know my frustrations on my busy life and staying on top of my challenge/blog… I won’t bore you with any more details or post-pone the Goodwill goodies any longer.

Ann Taylor brand-new dress bought @ the Ballard Goodwill for $4.99.  The awesome kid’s-combo that my partner actually found (not ME if you can believe it?!) of a brand-new Gymboree T-shirt for $1.99 and italian shoes (that normally cost $80 brand new!) that were only $3.99 at the Seattle Dearborn Goodwill store.  I also picked up this amazing wood and canvas umbrella for $2.99 and we desperately needed kitchen-sink-pads that were at the Seattle Dearborn Goodwill for $1.99 each.

I scored another great trinket box for all my crafting goodies at the Seattle Dearborn Goodwill for only $3.99….

I picked up a great Halogen (Nordy’s brand) sweater for only $5.99 at the Bellevue Goodwill this week but didn’t take any pictures of it.  Don’t worry… I will have it in my Fall/Winter photo shoot (yes, ANOTHER project I’m currently planning!) which we hope to have up by Halloween.

We did also donate a bunch of stuff this week as well.  So that did feel pretty good.

Okay… I’m done with the updates for now.  Keep a look out for more posts about the big Seattle Goodwill Glitter Gala that’s coming up since I’ll be modeling in the show!

Time to go back to my homework. (I hope my professor is reading this post and will give me a good grade on my report for being such an awesome multi-talented student!)

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Another Donated day

This weekend we cleaned out our closets again and made our way down to the Seattle Goodwill to drop off more donations.

Just look at all those bins of goodies just waiting for new homes!

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It’s not all about the taking

This blog/challenge/life is not all about just taking the items from the Goodwill for our use, Oh no!  Not only is the “Living the Goodwill Life” going to blog these items to you EVERY DAY (hopefully) in 2011 but we will be providing MUCH MORE about a life of thrift than just hauling/shopping.

We are here to show how we can GIVE BACK to the community with our donations.  So today is our first 2011 donation to our Goodwill store!

This is just a small photo of some of the clothing donations we are submitting today… a BCBG sweater, two pairs of jeans, and some designer baby clothes (GAP, NORDSTROM brand, Ralph Lauren, etc.).  We also have some media, a couple of gently-used baby items (sleep-positioner, sleepers, etc.) and I always try and throw in a really great item or two and this time it’s a used 8.5 megapixel camera!  Complete with adapter, charger, box, download software… heck, I’m even throwing in the BORN, red-leather carrying case I purchased for the camera!!!  Share the LOVE people, share the LOVE!

Besides donating, there are a LOT of ways you can give back to your community.  Try volunteering!  I’m a HUGE advocate for volunteering.  It gives you a hands-on perspective to what the real challenges are in the world and it shows you in-person what is being done to help alleviate them.  Besides, volunteering or giving-back always makes me smile inside because I feel I helped somebody other than myself!  

Of course besides volunteering you can always SHOP @ the Goodwill, or donate money to your favorite causes or maybe just DONATE items for sale!  Please, please donate items to our Seattle-area Goodwill stores if you own LOTS of J Crew, Dooney & Bourke, Pottery Barn Kids or heaven forbid an authentic Hermes, Diane von Furstenberg or Chanel ANYTHING!  Thanks!  This Thrift-hauler/shopper has scored some FABULOUS deals in my past 25+ years of thrifting but I’m ALWAYS on the look-out for that LIFE-LONG, UBER-SCORE, THRIFT FIND!!!

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