Tuesday, March 3, 2015

For the Love of Fashion Event: blue, a Goodwill Boutique

Come and celebrate the opening of the new Goodwill Akron boutique in Kent called blue. We have a full schedule packed with stylish events, including a fashion show featuring the following local bloggers and Goodwill frequent shoppers:

Lauren Ward: www.notobotique.com
Lisa Davala & Collyn Floyd : www.twoamusedbouches.com
Rachel Breece: www.forthebirdsblog.net
Sarah Marlett Moore: www.thegurugoddess.com
Abby Rode Drennen: www.bottesdeleanor.blogspot.com
Danie Minor: www.definingdanie.com
Amy Cornelious: www.glamandgrace.com

I'm so excited to share my pop-up space, Spice at the boutique. I should have my spring collection out by then whether or not it's still 10 degrees outside.

There will be prizes, style demos, a style contest, refreshments and so much  more. You're truly going to love this place!

For the Love of Fashion Event
blue, a Goodwill Boutique
April 11, 2015
2-4 PM
118 East Main Street, Kent OH 44240

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Thrift Shopping with the Akron Beacon Journal

Photo courtesy of Akron Beacon Journal by Phil Masturzo

I recently went thrift shopping with Akron Beacon Journal reporter, Betty Lin Fisher. Read all about our hunt for great deals here or in Sunday's March 1, 2015 paper!

Friday, February 27, 2015

I Woke Up to This: The Journey Through My Four Alarms

If you read the first post in the I woke up to this series, you already know about how I easily sleep through four alarms every morning and that traditional alarm sounds just stopped working for me. I now set my alarm to four songs that I must alternate every 3-4 weeks. Through these posts, you may discover a new song or rediscover an old favorite. Either way, I'm just glad  I get to sleep in tomorrow.

Here's what I've been waking up to this month:

6:00 AM :
Aaliyah feat. R. Kelly - Back and Forth

6:30 AM:
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Fishin in the Dark (I love this song!)

7:00 AM
Beyonce - Sweet Dreams

7:30 AM 
Fairouz - Audak Ranan

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Egg and Avocado Breakfast Toast

Egg and avocado breakfast spreads have been all over Pinterest lately and I was curious to see what the hype was all about. I always have these staple ingredients on hand anyway so I gave it a try this weekend. In conclusion: it's totally worth the Pinterest hype. It's such a simple concept yet extremely filling and delicious. Some people on Instagram suggested adding Siracha sauce, red pepper flakes, and other seasonings. Get as creative as you want!

What you need: 

Toast (I used rye)

What you need to do: 

Many people poach their eggs but I like mine over easy. Toast bread, spread avocado on toast, add egg and you're done! Salt and pepper to taste.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Thrifting 101: Shopping Smarter

Brand new shoes at the Goodwill in Jackson Township for only $6

When you shop at places like Goodwill, you're already a smart and thrifty shopper. But believe it or not, there are tools you can use to become an even smarter thrift shopper. Last month, I mentioned that one of the keys to finding good deals is to shop often but not necessarily buying things every time. Now that you have a good handle on how to navigate a Goodwill store, remember these tips to become a savvy thrifter.
  • Set a budget: Even though the prices are extremely low and affordable at Goodwill GCECO, I always set a spending budget every time I go because I can easily go overboard  buying things that I don't need, just because they were inexpensive. 

  • Understand the tagging system: This is extremely important! Every thrift store has their own tagging system. Goodwill of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio locations use a color tagging system. Every single item is individually priced with a colored price tag. Every week, Goodwill runs in store discounts where a certain color tag is half off and the other is $1.50. Keep an eye out for the colors of the week for even deeper discounts. Right now, Goodwill is running a special where you can save an additional 20% of your purchase! 
$6 brand new shoes at the Goodwill in Jackson Township

  • Donate: I like to donate at least one item every time I visit a thrift store. Not only does this support a good cause, but it also keeps my closet under control! 
  • Buy staples: I try to make the most out of my thrift store purchases by buying items I can wear several different ways. Here, I styled a $5 striped dress five different ways! 
Store Spotlight: Jackson Township (7257 Fulton Drive NW Canton)
I visited the new Goodwill in Jackson Township for the first time recently and was in thrift store heaven! I found so many great deals including a pair of Zara shoes for $7, the striped dress pictured above, and half of the items I need for the fashion show. This store quickly made my list of favorite thrift stores and I can't wait to go back!

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To find a Goodwill Cleveland & Canton store, click here.

This post is part of a Thrifting 101 series for Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio.