Blogger Event at Goodwill Boston
Last Thursday, we invited some Boston bloggers to get a sneak peek “behind the Wizard’s curtain” of Goodwill HQ in Boston and to learn more about why Goodwill, founded in Boston in 1895, is our absolute favorite charity to partner with for all the clothing leftover at our swaps.
We started off the night with a little meet-and-greet with Team Goodwill Boston at the Harrison Avenue shop at Goodwill HQ (above), where the bloggers were given 1 hour and a 50% off coupon to find the best scores in the store. (Jealous? Download and print this 20% off coupon, good at any Goodwill location in Massachusetts through May 15th, 2012.)
The always adorable Sammy of A Glimpse of Glamour, in her own handmade floral headband and bubble skirt, quickly scored a cartload of pretty prints and vintage gems.
Sweet and savvy Amy of Stylish Year snatched up some trendy pieces, like sheer and lace tops (and a blue-and-white Grecian print cotton dress, below, we envied so much we hope she wears it a few times then swaps it forward!)
Amy (right) and Alana of Good Girl Gone Blog (a super trooper who suffered through spring allergies in the name of secret thrifting!) compare their summery scores, including frilly party frocks and a like-new, perfect fit Vineyard Vines dress shirt.
It was also such a pleasure to meet Tashia of Hips and Hangers, a brand new Boston blogger who fit right in rocking a neon lace top from H&M’s Conscious Collection of recycled, upcycled & sustainable fabrics.
My best snag of the night (which I’ll be featuring along with more “insider info” from Goodwill this week on Shoestring) was this metallic tweed pencil skirt from J.Crew, in my size and brand new with tags marked $148 — yet I paid only $4.49!
Lei Ann of Lei Ann Off Duty scored big and immediately styled her floral trench find into a springy pick-me-up of an outfit to beat the nasty, overcast weather we’ve been having.
Immediately after the shopping, we gathered for pizza, soda, and a “sneak peek” presentation led by James Harder, director of marketing & communications for Goodwill in Massachusetts. Bloggers got a chance to learn more about the “original” Goodwill and ask any burning questions they’ve ever had about how Goodwill works.
Then we went literally behind the scenes on a tour of the Distribution Center and Goodwill Outlet, led by JD Garcia, director of job training.
Bloggers were in awe at how vast the distribution center was…and that there was such a thing as a Goodwill Outlet. (I’m guessing another field trip/blogger tour is in order soon.)
It was really difficult for all of us not to reach out & snatch up some of the amazing items waiting to be sent from the distribution centers to local Goodwill stores — but reassuring to learn that even Goodwill employees have to wait 24 hours after an item hits the store before being able to snatch it up. (Actually, that sounded like torture!)
Miles of Z-racks sorted, tagged, and ready to be loaded on to trucks bound for various stores around Massachusetts…maybe even yours.
The girls went a little ga-ga for these racks of wedding gowns from Goodwill’s Brides on a Budget event. One lucky bride-to-be will get to purchase one of these seriously discounted designer gowns at our June swap. (More details coming soon!)
Not the best picture, but the best tour guides ever! From left to right: James, JD, Patty Wilkinson and Christine Moire (both directors of stores, including our faves: Boston, Somerville, Quincy and Worcester!)
And, the highlight of the night: a group shot! If you’ve ever wondered what happens to clothing and other fabric items that are donated but can’t be sold in Goodwill stores, or haven’t sold after being in a retail location then the Outlet, we’re standing in front of the wall of clothing bales headed to textile recyclers, which will then be made into things like housing insulation, batting for car seats, and recycled fiber mats for car flooring. Pretty cool!
If you’d like to get more involved with Goodwill in Massachusetts, here’s how:
- RSVP for the upcoming “Put Your Clothes to Work” reception on 5/23 in Boston
- Share pics & posts about your latest thrifted, vintage, swapped & other bargain scores each week with us on Twitter using the hashtag #ThankGoodwillItsFriday!
- Come to the Good Party, Goodwill’s annual gala fundraiser, on June 14th! All proceeds go towards job training and career services — Goodwill helped train & placed 9,000 people in jobs in Massachusetts in 2011 alone. A great cause and a great service during this Great Recession!
Melissa & Amy
PS: Hope to see you all at our upcoming swaps!
5/16 in Boston
Canal District Swap
5/19 in Worcester