I remember the first time I acknowledged Goodwill as a place where I could actually shop. It was freshman year of high school and my friend was wearing the cutest sundress. She told me she got it from Goodwill, "for like three bucks!" That was it, I was sold, along with my sister and mom. We became Goodwill champs, finding nice brands for dirt cheap. "Thrift Shop" was my anthem.
A lot of people around me loved Goodwill just as much as I did, while others scoffed at the idea of buying someone's ratty old clothes. And I'm not going to lie to you, a lot of it was ratty, but a lot of it wasn't as well. I was finding barely-used J. Crew and Anthropologie while never spending more than $20. I bought my junior prom dress for 16 bucks from Goodwill.
Less than a month ago I got a compliment on my sweater in the photos above. My friend said she loved it, and asked if I got it from J. Crew. I didn't, of course, or this post would be about J. Crew. I tried to find a sweater on the J. Crew website similar to the one I have on, and the closest one I could find was $98, while I bought mine for $2.99 on Half-Price Saturday. Don't get me wrong, I love J. Crew and totally support people who shop there. But as an almost-broke college girl, the only thing better than cheap clothes is free food.
Basically, I'm telling you to give Goodwill a chance. Not only can you find great stuff for cheap, but Goodwill stands behind a great cause: to give jobs to people who normally wouldn't be able to get one. Trust me, you (probably) won't regret it!
My name's Vikka. I'm a Chattanooga fashion and lifestyle blogger. I post a lot of fashion, recipes, and home tips and tricks!
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