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Turkey down… one month to go!

Well, the turkey, Black Friday, Small-business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all done and on the record books for 2011… and in one month so will the Living the Goodwill Life challenge!  I’ve been gearing up for my last month of the challenge with some end-of-year interviews, some holiday shopping trips and of course my wrap-up blog posts to complete this year of buying everything I need from a Goodwill.  I’ve also started putting together next years challenge and will keep dropping hints up until New Years when the new challenge/site officially launches!  (it’s parent/child related)

But this weekend I just relaxed and enjoyed time with my family.

My father’s birthday was last week so we picked up this great WWII DVD box set (in mint condition!) for papa at the Seattle Dearborn Goodwill last week for only $9.99!

While in Centralia, I visited the Visiting Nurses Thrift Store Black Friday sale (with everything 50% off!) and boy was that store cleared out!

I also ventured into both the Centralia and Lacey Goodwill stores looking for a new pair of jeans but came up with a couple of holiday items instead…

My mother took me to a new thrift store called Reborn that was probably one of the cleanest, most well-organized thrift stores I’ve seen in a long time and what great designer items they had!

Just look at this prom/formal dress area at Reborn with many high-end pieces!

My mother knew we were having a holiday dinner party and ended up picking up a carving set for only .49 cents!  and a serving platter for $5.99

So with less than a month to go stay posted for all the end-of-challenge updates!


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The DVF finally gets used!

Yes, we FINALLY cracked that Diane Von Furstenburg luggage case last week!  and just in time for a weekend trip down to the farm on the train! 

There was not anything in the case but it does work perfectly to hold all our essentials for a trip!

The little one had a great time riding down on the train… not too busy in Business class on a Friday night, but Mommy was busy following the little one around back and forth, back and forth between the cars!

As you can see the only photo I could get of the little one on the train was blurry… because he was just moving around that fast!  But (most) of the train-goers liked his smiling face visiting them.

We enjoyed a leisurely weekend riding on quads, tractors and exploring Nana’s garden…

We even got some time in with the bunnies…

After that we went into Centralia and checked out the Centralia Goodwill and the other local nonprofit thrift-store, Visiting Nurses.  We are a big fan of Visiting Nurses, Nana goes there all the time.  But Mommy wasn’t feeling too well so all I did was watch the little one and took some pictures of their various display cases that are fun to rummage through.

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I wish I could elaborate on the rest of the weekend but the reality is that I’m just finally recovered from a bad 24-hour bug that took it out of me until Monday evening.  But this week is Halloween and I have two costumes to buy for, so keep checking back to see what the family put together and all the preparations for my work-Halloween-party. 

Stay healthy out there!  Those bugs are nasty this season!

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Gift cards and Goodwill

For months I’ve been looking for items to buy my two tween nephews for their September birthdays… but when it came to the night before and I still had not found anything off their list of goodies, I ended up buying one of the few items I did not get at the Goodwill this year… Barnes and Noble gift cards.

But, I knew we would be able to shop at the Centralia store while we were visiting, so it wasn’t going to be a entirely free Goodwill weekend.

We arrived to watch both boys soccer games and my little one did some soccer kicking of his own…

From the soccer fields at the High School we traveled into downtown Centralia and while on our way came across a street performer!

Add an ImageIn all the years I’ve lived and visited Centralia I’ve NEVER seen a street performer there… let alone a Steampunk-ish one!

The Centralia Goodwill was chalked full of Halloween goodies and great visual displays!  This display even had an interactive parrot, PERFECT for interacting with the customers!

With all the Halloween items, displays and signs around I was inspired to get some of our Halloween outfit items.  Luckily, we found a couple of things for the little guy and his daddy.  I’m not going to tell you who we are going to be yet… but I will unveil our costumes before the holiday to show you what is possible when shopping for Halloween at the Goodwill.  Maybe you will figure out who we are going to be before then?

I also found a couple of great coats for the little one and me.  You can never have to many wash-n-wear items with a toddler around AND when they are designers like J Crew, even better!

We were about to get into the car after shopping at the Centralia Goodwill and I spotted a sign down the sidewalk of the strip mall that read “Thrift Store” so we decided to stop in.

The “Growing Places” Thrift Store had just opened up a week prior and oddly enough, Growing Places nonprofit is one that I worked with at my last job!  It was great to see a new Thrift Store in the area and to know that the youth farming mission that Growing Places supports will be moved ahead with this new shop!  So if your in the area shop the Goodwill AND this new little store.  Your money and/or donations will be supporting TWO great causes in the Centralia area!

We found all sorts of great items at the Growing Places Thrift Store and ended up walking away with a whole bag full of friendship bracelet thread (I have more bracelets on my agenda for holiday gifts) for only .50 cents!!

After all the shopping it was time to go back to our nephew’s house to enjoy an afternoon with the family.  We also spent some time with Nana feeding and petting the bunny rabbits.  Ah, life on a farm is just so amazing, especially when you see your children enjoying nature like this….

In the words of Ice Cube… “Today was a good day!”

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HEAT up your Spring/Summer wardrobe with Goodwill!

I don’t know about you but I’m ready for some SUNSHINE!

So we headed over to South Lake Union for a fashion shoot to show what you can find @ your local Goodwill and HEAT UP your wardrobe for Spring/Summer 2011!

The first tip from our friends over @ Thrift Town (which is located in CA, NM, TX and UT) is that BOLD ORANGE is a hot color.  Just look at this BRAND NEW BOLD ORANGE Michael Kors top I picked up @ the Centralia Goodwill this last week during our Portland adventures for only $3.99!  Paired here with a Lands End vest that I also scored during our Portland adventures (another must-have for your wardrobe, preppy accessories) and your ready to shine!

Here is the Thrift Town link for more looks: http://www.thrifttown.com/whats-hot-for-spring/

Another tip for your wardrobe is to get yourself a FULL-SKIRT to rock the “Mad Men” 60’s look.  Check out this skirt that I found @ the Seattle Dearborn Goodwill and imagine it with a button-up sweater, headband and white gloves.  Suddenly your June Cleaver all over!

The style website Glamour.com has a…

Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Happy prints, all mixed up

The whole anything-goes look continues to be a winner.  –Chris Benz, spring 2011

For this look I paired another fabulous Bellevue Goodwill find, this BCBG print dress with a pair of (another hot trend this summer, nude-colored anything) strappy Sofft heels, a print BCBG scarf and a rockin’ straw hat.










For more Glamour.com http://www.glamour.com/fashion/2010/09/spring-2011s-most-wearable-fashion-trends#ixzz1IP45qImP

I don’t know if your itchin’ for more rays lately, but I am, so get to your local Goodwill for some fashion and….




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Adventures in Portlandia

Last weekend we had some GOODWILL STYLE adventures in Portlandia!

Our first stop was the main Portland Goodwill store, where we went 11th BDay shopping!  My son scored this awesome longboard (this week’s Buy of the Week) and a great Ferrari model as well as this brand-new Oakley sweatshirt that was retail priced @ $55 but we scored for only $13!

While there we had two local TV stations do interviews to share the Living the Goodwill Life challenge with Portlanders!

After the main store adventures we decided to tour Portlandia and headed over to the OMSI and then down to check out the Portland Goodwill Boutique store in the Pearl District and of course VOODOO Donuts!

I was just drooling over the Louis Vutton luggage set in the Goodwill Boutique window!  So if you want an EXCELLENT LV set for under $1k, then hit them up.  We walked away with a great Banana Republic jacket (originally $120, only $25!) and a secret wish that Seattle had a  Goodwill boutique all it’s own!

After some sushi dinner we ventured over to VooDoo Donuts.  Well, the lines were hella-LONG so we decided to make an early morning Saturday run to beat the crowds.  We ended up there @ 8:30am and that was a good time to go, NO lines!

This hole-in-the-wall bakery is world renown for its bizarre but brilliant baked goods and let me tell you they didn’t disappoint.  We ordered the VooDoo doll, the Bubble-gum, the Capt. my Capt. and of course their Maple/Bacon bar.  All were well worth going off my RAW diet for! 

We then decided to hit up the Vancouver, Centralia and Olympia Goodwill stores on the way back to Seattle.  We scored some more awesome deals that I will post this weekend… just in time for Spring.

All in all, the Portland trip was a great weekend adventure!  Just enough to get out-of-town, do it up differently and share Living the Goodwill Life with more people.

I will be posting more of the media links from the Portland TV and radio stations coverage so check back and if your down in the Portland area hit up some of the 43 Goodwill stores.  They have more donations than ANY Goodwill world-wide and 90 cents of every dollar goes to help FREE local job training!

An awesome title for those die-hard thriftpublic shoppers out there that also want to give back to a community!

So go VISIT Portlandia soon!


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