Written by Isaac Davis
I hope we have all had an encounter with the rather unassuming grey rectangle and blue lettering that is Goodwill. However, like many things in life, observation is simply not enough, exploration is a necessity.
Pulling open smeared glass doors, your journey begins. Much like a geode, the grey, dusty Goodwill exterior conceals a plethora of glittering opportunities. Take your first step into a new lifestyle as you’re greeted with an eclectic soundtrack. The organization of the store is straightforward – Mens, Womens, trousers, shirts etc. – but do not be fooled, things are not always as they seem. Your search must be consequently thorough; you get out what you put in.
My advice is not to confine yourself: let yourself be caught up in the current, try something new, maintain an open mind. Following just these simple steps unlocks many avenues of opportunity. The broke college student is transformed. Strut down isles of sequins to suits with a blissful disregard for those dreaded price-tags. Enjoy the luxury of a full outfit for as little as $15 (shoes and all!).
For the entrepreneur read up and search for designer labels. It is not uncommon to find an unworn bargain that could yield a lucrative profit on resale. Goodwill caters equally for those more creatively inclined: snatch up a few 100% cotton shirts and fulfill bohemian ambitions with some DIY tie-dying. Why not find look for fabrics and alter or create your own clothing? Purchasing second-hand clothing is a hugely beneficial and simple step for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint. Reduce CO2 emissions by refusing to purchase imported and avoid the exploitative fast fashion industry.
The wider benefits of supporting Goodwill as an organization cannot be ignored. In 2012 provided training for over 6 million people, many of those suffering from employment challenges (Goodwill 2018). Investing in Goodwill enables such extensive support programs, assisting under supported people of the US to re-engage in the workplace.
Not everything you stumble across will be perfect. Don’t expect the bright lights and frills we have grown accustomed to in sparkling shopping malls, but don’t be afraid to engage in the second-hand clothing market. There are few wrongs a quick rinse-and-spin won’t remedy. Save money, support people, and reinvent your wardrobe – how can you go wrong?