Goodwill Finds

My bank account looks terrible right now due to holiday shopping and daily Starbucks visits because of finals, but of course I couldn’t pass up a trip to Goodwill. Here’s my recent purchases and I’m excited to add them into my wardrobe.

Blazing Red

I fell in love with the color when I spotted this little number on the rack. To me it looks and fits like a blazer, but it’s some type of sportswear apparently. The fabric is pretty thin but not transparent. I think layering a long sleeve under or a fuzzy thin sweater would be nice together. I also liked cuffing the sleeve when I tried it on at the store.

Flower Power

Since I saw Anne Hathaway in One Day wearing a similar dress to this, I’ve been in the search for this dress. The floral print is perfect. I want to pair this with a light denim wash jacket and my Dr. Martens to toughen up the dress. It’s also a bit big on me, but nothing a belt won’t fix.

Artsy Fartsy

I wasn’t sure to pick this shirt up or not. The softness attracted me and I thought it would be a great layering piece. This piece reminds me of something an artist or poet would wear with a cool hat and unique framed glasses while drinking coffee. So maybe my creativity will spark up when I wear this.

Monday Blues

Even though this skirt is for petites, I think I can get away with wearing it. At first I thought the pattern was made out of birds, but it turned out to be flowers. The sky blue gave me a sad and mysterious vibe and I want to wear this in an all black outfit, including my black hat and combat boots.

(All Photos by Karina Ultreras)

Thrifty Black Friday Deal

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While everyone is distracted by the sales in Walmart or mall shops, take advantage of the amazing deals at Goodwill. The exclusive sale will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 9 p.m. on Nov. 28 and 29. Better get there early because the first 50 people in line will receive a $10 gift certificate. Goodwill is making the most popular weekend to shop fun for the customers by hosting a treasure hunt. There will be 200 free items hidden throughout every store. All clothing will be $3 from 8-10 a.m. and for every $50 spent customers will earn a $10 gift certificate to use in the month of December. This is a sale you do not want to miss. Check for your local Goodwill.

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(Illustration by Laila Hills)

Trick or Thrift?

Halloween is around the corner, and deciding on the perfect costume is crucial. Since I can remember, I’ve dressed up almost ever year and only about five occasions were my costumes ‘store bought’. My mother and I had more fun coming up with ideas and searching for key pieces for costumes rather than bumping into cranky people or waiting in long lines at Halloween stores. One of my favorite costumes was a hand-me down sequins Little Mermaid outfit from my older cousin.This costume was special to me because it looked nothing like the traditional one. With this costume I even won second place in a costume contest during fourth grade. Yay me! In past years, I’ve also been a dead ballerina, a hippie and Lady Gaga.

To help you be a little creative and save some cash for this special holiday, I put together reviews of thrift stores you should hit up for your Halloween costumes or accessories.

Savers

(Photo by Karina Ultreras)

I love Savers all year-long, and especially when it is Halloween season because this thrift store has great deals. This store stands out to me because they carry a variety of products. Here you can find second-hand costumes as well as new ones. The section that caught my eye right away was the wigs. They have different styles, colors and costume-oriented wigs to choose from, and the best part is they aren’t ridiculously priced. In addition to all the awesome accessories, Savers will have 50 percent off Halloween decor during the week before Halloween.

Goodwill (Rowland Heights)

(Photo by Karina Ultreras)

If you want to put together a unique costume, then Goodwill is your store. They have a designated section with donated costumes and accessories. A good portion of the costumes are lightly used since most people like to change their costumes every year. Past this section, Goodwills have a ton of clothing to search through for your costume ideas. Whether you want to be a scarecrow and need some overalls or a dead bride and need a wedding dress that you wouldn’t mind tearing up, the possibilities are endless.

Now I need your help. I’m torn between two of my favorite cartoon characters, which are Spinelli from the classic 90’s show Recess and more currently Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time. I can be shy at times and Spinelli would be my alter-ego. She is one tough girl that you do not mess with. Lumpy Space Princess (LSP) speaks her mind and is hilarious. She might not be the most graceful princess, but LSP has more girly interests.

For my costumes, I thrifted key pieces, bought new accessories and included my own belongs I already had.

SPINELLI

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Jacket ( Savers, $7.99) Dress ( Savers, $5.99) Tights (Party City, 5.99) Boots ( Arizona, Gift)

Lumpy Space Princess

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Dress (Savers, $7.99) Wig (Goodwill, $7.99) Cream Makeup (Party City, $1.99 each) Lipstick (Daiso, $1.50) Paper (Michaels)

Thrifting Tips

Shopping at a thrift store can be pretty intimidating for beginners. There aren’t manikins dressed in the latest trends or size options for an item. Thrifting can be tiring but when you score a $4 top similar to one for $30 you were drooling for online, the satisfaction is magnificent. In the featured video, one of my favorite You-tuber provides important tips to find great pieces.

(Photo by Johnathan Fernandez)

Savers – $4 (Photo by Johnathan Fernandez)

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Bardot – $30

Here are some other tips to keep in mind:

-Browse the shoe section first (there are fewer shoes than clothing)

-Look for store’s sale dates (Savers 50 percent off sale on Memorial Day)

-Search all sizes (Oversized t-shirts and tops are trendy)

-Wear comfortable clothing (Try on all of your selections)