Friday, December 16, 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweaters at Goodwill

For the third year in a row we have had an Ugly Christmas Sweater Afternoon Party with our team members at Goodwill. We have a lot of fun creating and wearing our Ugly Christmas Sweaters and having popcorn. We give a little prize for "Best" Ugly Sweater but mostly it is bragging rights! 🙂
Here is our Party!

This year's Winner is Stasia and her ode to the movie "A Christmas Story".

Hot Tip: Like our background? It is a shower curtain! 

There are lots of easy and inexpensive festive holiday shower curtains out there, and they make a great backdrop for photos! 
Find your perfect ugly sweater at Goodwill. Visit our website for store information:
Happy Treasure Hunting! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fun Ways to Wrap Goodwill Gift Cards or Any Gift Card!

Do you have a thrift store loving person on your gift list? Perhaps a frugal friend or penny-pitching college student or treasure hunter? Get them a Goodwill gift card!

You can get a Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan Gift Card in any amount at any of our stores. (Find our locations HERE)

We have put together a round up of fun ways to give your Goodwill card or any gift card!
_______________________________ shows you how to give a yard gift ball (you can often find the yarn at Goodwill too!)
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Cute DIY snow-globes. Find little Christmas trinkets and even jars at Goodwill and follow along at to create these snow-globe gift card holders.
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How about candy sleigh treat with a Goodwill Gift Card! Sweet! We found this idea on
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These are repurposed sweater mini mittens, but they would be adorable gift card holders! has the DIY details!
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Thank you for supporting Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan! 
When you donate and shop at our stores - you are supporting our mission! 
We provide employment, education, training and support services to individuals and families so they can become self-sufficient.
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Velvet is having a moment and we are ready!

Do you love velvet? It is a favorite for little girl dresses and beautiful dress shoes for the holiday's, but right now it is having a moment throughout the season and for everything! Dresses, jewelry, shoes, accessories... velvet in blue, black, red, and more.

It's On Elle Online

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This DIY Velvet Dress Tutorial is representing TWO fashion trends for 2017 - velvet and bell sleeves!
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You can treasure hunt for velvet at our stores and search velvet on
This Brooks Brothers blazer is up for bid right now. It is unused with original tags "Brooks Brothers" Black Velvet Blazer in size 10. The chest is 38 inches, sleeves are 24, waist is 33, width between the shoulders is 16 and the length is 28 inches. Material is cotton blend and lining is bemberg cupro. Follow the link to purchase it online:
We did a quick treasure hunt for velvet at the Goodwill Half Off Store - 420 E. Alcott Street, Kalamazoo, MI and found these velvet delights...
This velvet dress with a few sparkles could be matched with boots and a jean jacket for that glam trash look that is trending right now.

Mix this velvet blouse with a pair of jeans and you will feel pampered and comfortable.

We spotted this black velvet skirt and matched it with a three different tops... and we are now convinced that a black velvet skirt is a staple piece!
Hot Tip - If you purchased all of these items- the dress, skirt, all three tops, and the sweater at the Half Off Store - your total would be less than $20! Now that is treasure hunting!

Goodwill makes it affordable to try a bit of this glamorous velvet trend!