caseofthemondaysHey Vomiteers!

For those who know me, you’ll know that I’m rabid shopper at goodwill.  I visit various stores during the week and I find some crazy gems.  From classic Peanuts Digest books to almost everything I use for my displays during convention season.  Thrifting is a way of life for me and I found a wonderful blog by a real Fashionista Carolyn  of the blog “DC Goodwill Fashionista

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I ain’t gonna front, I have a bit of a crush on this girl (by crush I mean, I love reading her blog, seeing her photos and feels a bit of a kindred spirit when I see someone who loves thrifting as much I do).  I asked her if I could interview her about her thrifting experiences and she gave me her answers.   She was very gracious, and I couldn’t be happier.

birdie:  I know about 95 percent of my wardrobe is thrifted, how much of your wardrobe is thrifted?

Carolyn:  Great question! I would say around 90% is from Goodwill or another secondhand store. The other 10% accounts for mostly shoes, undergarments, and pants, which are harder to find in my size. If I could convert my wardrobe to 100% fully thrifted, I would in a heartbeat! 

birdie:  I know a big portion of your blog is about the fashion of goodwill, do you also shop for other things such as office supplies, or knick knacks or is clothing and accessories the only thing you shop for?

Carolyn:  When I first started shopping at Goodwill, admittedly, I only sought after fashions. However, after moving into my own place, I discovered the housewares section. Since then, I’ve been hooked. I buy everything from dresses to soaps from Goodwill! Office and art supplies (paints, markers, etc.) are definitely a go-to. Being also an artist on the side, cheap art supplies are a necessity! At full price, they can be SUPER expensive.

birdie:  The only thing I’m ever hesitant to buy at a thrift store is underwear.  Do you have any taboos when it comes to shopping?

Carolyn: Surprisingly, I have none! Underwear, I’m definitely hesitant about at times (especially when it’s used), but everything else is fair game. If it’s in good shape, or unopened, I’m all for it! Plus, Goodwill is usually very good at making sure heavily-loved and yucky items don’t hit the store floors.

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birdie:  How long have you been thrifting, and blogging about thrifting?

Carolyn:  Holy cow! I’ve been shopping secondhand since I was a kid. I’ve always been a bit frugal, with a love of fashion. I don’t think I’ve paid for anything at full price in years! 

birdie:  What inspired you to blog about the subject?

Carolyn:  I love finding trendy, unique, and/or designer finds, and I realized that people were interested and intrigued in hearing about my scores. Friends and family thought  what I would find was cool, but often became tired of my rants. Thus, I took to the streets of the Internet where I found my community.

For a few years, I actually had my own personal thrifting blog. Then, as of recent, I was asked by Goodwill of Greater Washington to be their fashion blogger personality. It was a dream come true!

birdie:  I have a map of the stores I visit on a regular basis and I find myself hitting Goodwill 4-6 days a week.  How often do you shop at Goodwill?

Carolyn:  Oh boy! I wish I went that often! For me, I go on a few weeknights, and always on weekends. I’d say 4 days a week? That’s still a lot compared to the average shopper though 😊. If I could go every day, you know I would!

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birdie:  About ten years ago I went to a Goodwill Liquidation center and I found an Avocado green Chair that resembles the chair Archie Bunker sat in during All of the Family.  I paid $3 for it and it’s one of my favorite things I thrifted.  What’s your favorite thing you’ve found?

Carolyn:  That’s amazing! Pictures please! I’d love to see. That’s a tough call! Recently, I found 4 pairs of designer sunglasses (including vintage Ray-Bans!), all for $4 or under a pop. Each pair originally retailed for $150! I’ve been on clouds ever since. 

birdie:  Do you have a shopping strategy, or a plan when you go out shopping?

Carolyn:  Friends say that when I hit the racks, they can hear me going through the store because I first go so fast. What I usually do is quickly sift through every section, then I really dive in and pay attention. Also, I usually hit the shoe, dresses, coats, and jewelry sections first because they have items that I’m always looking for. As for housewares, I first always hunt for vintage Pyrex! 


birdie:  Are there any thrift stores you visit that aren’t goodwill?
Carolyn:  Sometimes, but Goodwill is where it’s at! It’s so organized, the staff is friendly, and shopping there provides job opportunities for those in my local community. 

birdie:  I know certain people at Goodwill annoy me, do you have any pet peeves with goodwill shoppers?
Carolyn:  Just pet peeves with habits. When I see trash and used paper coffee cups hidden in the racks, I get disappointed. Also, I’m pretty tiny, and sometimes people reach over me. But that happens in a lot of situations though! Overall, I’m all about being considerate and attentive at stores. If an item falls of a hanger, I always pick it up. 

birdie:  What is your favorite thing about shopping at Goodwill?
Carolyn:  Eek! Just one? I LOVE the staff. I’m always greeted with smiles and amazing customer service. I also love knowing that when I shop, I’m making both myself satisfied, and providing incredible job opportunities to those in my community. It’s a win-win! 

birdie:  What advice can you give people who shop at goodwill and future fashionistas?
Carolyn: For current shoppers, keep doing your thing! If you only shop in one section, don’t be afraid to look through the whole store! You never know what treasures and offerings you’ll find. All of my furniture, kitchenware, and a good percentage of my wardrobe is from Goodwill. They have everything!

Future fashionistas: Just try it! Go to a Goodwill and just look around. Don’t feel pressured an overwhelmed by (sometimes) the large amount of items. There are treasures to be found and you don’t have to be a seasoned Goodwill shopper to get your share of treats. If you are hesitant, bring a friend who does like to go to Goodwill. They’ll show you the ropes! It’s a fun activity/shopping experience to do with a friend anyway 😊

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I hope you guys enjoyed this interview.  I love shopping at Goodwill, and Carolyn does for the same reasons.  So I hope you read her blog (as I do) and follow her on instagram as @thedcgf (the DC Goodwill Fashionista)