Goodwill Is Your Friend

You’re a senior in college. You’re almost there. You’ve spent the last three years of your life trying to build a resume or portfolio that you hope one day will do your skills justice when seen on paper. You’ve lived off Ramen and PB and J’s for what seems like a lifetime. But it was all worth it; in one short year, you will be able to call yourself a college grad. You’ll be ready to conquer the world.

Pause.

You head to your closet searching for an outfit suitable for a business class presentation. Contemplative, you stand there thinking what you could pull together to make yourself look the best of the best.

After all, you will be marked down if you don’t appear professional.

The rompers, cut-off’s, and sweats staring back at you have treated you well over the past few years, but now they simply won’t suffice.

You manage to pull together an outfit compiled of an Old Navy business-like dress, tights, and heels, but the thought of how you are going to pull together an impressive, business-attire wardrobe in the next six months is more than unsettling.

This scene is all too familiar. We work and we work and we work. Most of us go to college right out of highs school. I’m not sure about you, but I didn’t have a full-blown professional wardrobe built by the age of 18.

I thought, and I Google’d, and I talked to my roommates; I decided to head up to Goodwill to see what they had. Admittedly, I thought it would be a total bust, but to my surprise I found a couple key pieces that could work as foundation in building my professional look.

Goodwill tends to have a stigma around it. It’s cheap, it’s gross, and it’s dirty. Whatever someone may think, the reality is you can find Ralph Lauren, Coach, and other designer names for nearly nothing.

I’d highly recommend taking a trip if you’re on a strict and tight budget. Going to a store like that however can be daunting and taxing so here a couple tips to better the experience.

1) Have a list. Jot down the key pieces you are looking for. Walking into a store that organizes its clothing by color can be overwhelming. Stay focused.

2) Be in the mood to shop. This may sound petty, but if you’re not willing to really look, take your time, and sift through some racks, go out another day.

3) And please, do yourself a favor and do not ‘shop until you drop.