The GoodwillSA Project: May

I am really enjoying shopping for and writing these posts for The Goodwill of San Antonio. I've always been pro-Goodwill. Mostly as a donator and occasional (and by occasional, I mean when I have a DIY project in mind) shopper. But I'm having so much luck in finding really cute, trendy and unique pieces that I'm converting myself into a loyalist. I can't wait for you to see what I found this month! As many of you know, I'm currently visiting the (my) motherland (South Korea) with my daughter, Juniper. So what that means is that I had to do a whole lot of Goodwill shopping just before I hopped on a jet plane a couple of weeks ago. I was pretty stressed about getting things packed and ready to go before I left. There was so much stuff to do, I was getting ready for a brief trip to Miami and I was worried that shopping for this month's two posts would be a horrible burden in the midst of a harried & hurried time of packing for two trips.

But it wasn't.

I walked into the Goodwill located on Loop 410 and Blanco and almost immediately found what I didn't know I was looking for. I found this beautiful navy blue mini-dress with classic lines, accented with pockets, and a really trendy neckline... I just had to grab it. Though not a major label, it was located in the Julia's Attic Boutique section of the store (probably because it was so stinking cute), which means that instead of paying the standard $5.99 for a dress, I paid $6.99.

Pretty cute, right? I still had a large portion of my budget to spend so I walked around some more and found another navy blue piece that would look great in my closet. This time I had to think out of the box a little. This "dress" is actually a XXL shirt (so instead of the standard Goodwill $5.99 for a dress, I paid just $3.99 for this shirt, that will be worn as a dress). I just love it for its cut and its print.

With the purchase of these two dresses, I'm at about $11 of my $25 budget, which means I have about $14 more to spend. At this point I am so thrilled to have found two amazing dresses that I headed to the accessories counter to scout out some accents to wear with these dresses. I didn't have to do much searching. Immediately, there were three pieces that screamed out at me.

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[caption id="attachment_1477" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="This mod clear bead necklace was $12.99"][/caption]

I really liked both of the above necklaces. So much so that because getting both would put me over the $25 project budget, I splurged & spent my own money to get them. Another indulgence I splurged on? This awesomely unique parrot necklace that I wore to Miami.

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So for just $11, I was able to find two incredibly adorable navy blue mini dresses - one classic, the other trendy. Every closet should have some navy blue. It's definitely not "the new black" but it has the same benefits; and it's a clean and classic, all-American color that every one should own.

What I love most about buying at Goodwill is that I feel like I'm doing my part in reducing the waste of the consumerist (is that a word?) culture that burdens our Mother Earth nowadays. I realize it's one extremely small drop in the bucket, but it's a drop that wouldn't be there otherwise.

Also? Did you know that 90% of all your purchases go right back into the community? Goodwill is so much more than recycling, it's also about education and helping people through the power of work.



Disclosure: I was remunerated  by The Goodwill of San Antonio with a $25 gift certificate in order to shop for this post.