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The 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge {Round 6}

In case you’re not familiar with this challenge, the basic gist is that I race through my local Goodwill—usually with multiple children in tow—attempting to find as many complete outfits (the goal is 3) as possible in only 1/2 an hour.  The trying on process is always longer than 30 minutes because I spend as much time changing diapers and doling out snacks as I do putting clothes on.

Still, the entire process is fairly quick, and I usually bring home some really cute looks (feel free to catch up with Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 if you’d like).

Sadly, I’ve got rather depressing news to report: my local Goodwill—the teeny-tiny, had-no-business-being-as-fabulous-as-it-was location that I seemed to be the only one who shopped at—has been discovered. Or at least that’s what I’m assuming based on the decrease in selection and quality (not to mention the rise in prices). The shoe section—which used to be so amazing that I always brought home 4 pairs of adorable shoes for $3 each (and had to resist buying 2 more)—has dwindled down to the usual nose-wrinkle-worthy cluster of hunter green pumps from 1984 and a dirty, broken-down flip flop or two. Major sad face for that one.

Which, of course, means that what I have to show you today may not be as impressive as my usual hauls.

But first, here’s what I was wearing while I shopped:



Contrary to my usual M.O., I don’t think I’m wearing a single Goodwill item here. The sweater, jeans, and belt are all GAP or GAP outlet (all old), and the boots are my Nine West  leather $60 Marshall’s “splurge.”

And now for outfit #1:


Notice the relative cleanliness of Nola’s face at this point. It will get dirtier as the trying-on session progresses.

Those jeans were a fun find. I spotted them on the mannequin as soon as I walked in and could tell they were a nice brand, even from across the room. Sure enough, they turned out to be Joe’s, which sell for an average of $160 new.

The sweater was a nice blue/gray/green that sort of matched my eyes and was super comfy.  I bought both (although I’ll probably sell the jeans).


These were literally the only shoes I could find that I was even willing to try on. They were cute and a nice brand (Nina), but they were a tad tight, and the sole on one was starting to peel off, so I passed.

Next up, I tried on a flowy top with trouser jeans from Banana Republic.


Hello, cute baby.

I liked them both, but I only came home with the top (you’ll get  better shot of it in a minute) because the pants were a little big and not super-flattering in the hip area.


I don’t own (or wear) a lot of light-rinse jeans, but I knew my husband would like these Vigoss jeans (I was right; he made several appreciative comments when I wore them), so I bought them for only $4.

I bought this cute Forever 21 “top” (is it a dress? please say no) too.


Notice the stains on Nola’s face? I had resorted to feeding her and her sister leftover chocolate cupcakes from Della’s birthday party.

I actually came home with several other fun finds like a sea foam green silk skirt, an emerald faux patent leather hobo bag, and a pink GAP wool scarf, but the babies were done by this point. Even chocolate cupcakes were only buying their cooperation for mere seconds at a time, so I captured no pictorial evidence of my other finds.

I’ve worn almost all of my haul already, but I only took pics of one outfit.  I paired that flowy top from above with my red (orange?) corduroy J. Crew outlet pants to wear to Thanksgiving because I needed at least one loose item (the pants are not stretchy at all) to accommodate my culinary indulgence.

IMG_8851 Check out my majorly lazy eye (left); not sure what’s up with that.

Several of Shaun’s family commented on my “interesting” and “creative” color choices for this outfit (they weren’t being rude at all; they’re just not quite used to such loud color palettes), and I had to laugh a little. What can I say? I love color!

So there you have it: not nearly as successful as my other outings but still a decent haul for an hour at Goodwill.

Unfortunately, I feel like thrifting has gotten so popular lately that it’s getting harder and harder to score really great deals. Do you find this true too?

My advice: whatever you do, don’t reveal your secret thrifting treasure trove, or pretty soon it’ll be over-run and overpriced. BOO!