Thrifty Friday Night

Tonight is Fashion’s Night Out and, while many Columbia women love the new fall fashions, the deep rich shades, the faux furs and jewel tones, their budgets simply do not allow for much luxury spending. In tough economic times when one of every seven adults is receiving assistance with groceries, everyone appreciates that reality. So, for the very thrifty local fashionista, there is a very inexpensive way to have a night out and to find excellent deals for only one dollar. There is no punch and cookies, but a diet Pepsi is fine if your total bill for a new pair of jeans, a new sweater or a new dress is $1.00. That’s all it takes to go shopping at Goodwill on Thursday, Friday, and through the weekend.Goodwill Industries International of Columbia has a half price savings corner filled with racks most days and one dollar racks beginning on Thursday. There are many Goodwill thrift stores in Columbia. Just enter your zip code to in the box where it says, “Find Your Local Goodwills.”

The one dollar racks are crammed with tanks, tops, knits, tees, beaded tops, sweaters, suits, skirts, dresses, jeans, trousers, leggings, and much more. There are almost always a few pieces of negligee and formals (lots of formals, bridesmaid gowns and gorgeous brand new wedding gowns this week). It’s a great way to spend an hour or two, and hidden treasures are sure to show up. It wouldn’t be surprising if you met people you know there taking advantage of the bargains too. The sale racks usually drop to fifty cents on Sunday for even better fashion fishing.

The dollar racks can also help thrifty fashion shoppers earn a little extra money by purchasing name brand clothing in mint condition, such as Jones New York Sport, Polo by Ralph Lauren and Bill Blass and reselling them on eBay or at your local consignment shop for much more than you paid. Some items are actually donated brand new and have store price tags attached. These are perfectly good for gifting throughout the year.

Goodwill’s stated mission is: “Goodwill Industries International enhances the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work.

Every person has the opportunity to achieve his/her fullest potential and participate in and contribute to all aspects of life.

We treat all people with dignity and respect. We honor our heritage by being socially, financially and environmentally responsible. We strive to meet the highest ethical standards We challenge each other to strive for excellence and to continually learn. We embrace continuous improvement, bold creativity and change.”