Welcome to Polyvore! My first springtime look.

Happy spring! I finally signed up for an account with Polyvore, a website where you can create collages of your favorite clothing and accessories. There are templates available, an “idea” section, or you can throw an outfit on a page a publish it! There are a lot of fun features to play with; you can search for items from specific designers or browse broad categories such as shoes and tops. It’s super fun and great for inspiration!

Here’s a little something that I put together today celebrating spring 2012. I’m looking forward to florals and pastels!

What trends are you looking forward to trying this spring?

March 21

Food for Thought: Nourish Your Inner Recessionista

Here are a couple articles in the world of fashion & thrift that I found interesting this week. Enjoy!

Q&A with Luke Rodgers on The Goodwill Store in Glassboro, NJ

The Goodwill Store of Glassboro, NJ is a popular destination for those looking for a great deal from a trusted source. Bonus, it’s less than a mile away from Rowan University’s campus. This store is the largest I’ve visited with an abundance of inventory. You can find anything you’re looking for from women’s clothing and accessories to furniture and house wares. Belts were $1 each, what’s better than that?

This afternoon I met with Luke Rodgers, assistant general manager at the Goodwill Store in Glassboro. He kindly took the time to answer a few questions about the Glassboro Goodwill Store. Enjoy! 

Q: Where does the store’s merchandise come from?

A: Merchandise comes from two sources. Customers can donate merchandise directly by dropping it off at any store location or Goodwill’s various donation sites. The Goodwill Store of Glassboro also receives new merchandise weekly from  the local Target store. This new merchandise is usually donated because of damaged packaging or cosmetic flaws.

Q: Where do the proceeds from store sales go?

A: The Goodwill Store is a non-profit organization. The mission: putting people to work. A portion of the store’s profit goes toward maintaining the property as well as paying employees. The remaining proceeds fund career services and job training for local residents with disadvantages and disabilities.

Q: Do you host any weekend specials or events?

A: Frequent shoppers can present their Goodwill VIP Club card to be punched each time they visit, the tenth punch results in 20% an entire purchase. This weekend, merchandise with a red, blue, or yellow tag is 50% off. These sales change frequently. For customers 55 and over, all purchases are 10% off on “Terrific Senior Tuesdays”. There’s always a 15% discount for high school and college students who present a valid student ID.

Q: What’s the best day to shop?

A: There’s new inventory every day. Monday through Friday employees can process as many as 1,500 items of clothing per day. House wares and other like merchandise are processed and put on the shelves immediately. Target donations are placed on the shelves on Mondays.

The pictures above were taken by me at The Goodwill Store in Glassboro, NJ.

Looking for a store in your area? There are currently 19 stores in the Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia region. Happy thrifting!

Pretty Little Things: Photos Around My Bedroom

I personally love photos. I’m one of those people who takes pictures of everything on their iPhone and instantly shares them on Instagram. So today I’d like to share some photo snippets of pretty little things in my bedroom. Hopefully this will give you a little more insight to who I am. Enjoy!

These photos were taken by me with a Sony Cyber-Shot. Hoping to upgrade soon!

A look inside Treasures on Broadway

As soon as you approach the store window, it’s clear that Treasures on Broadway is not your average thrift store.

It’s located in the heart of Pitman, New Jersey.

Treasures on Broadway houses consigned clothing, shoes, jewelry and handmade accessories as well as brand new merchandise at very affordable prices. Store owner Theresa LaMonaca says she travels to New York City to catch up on the newest trends and to stock the store with fresh designer fashions such as BB Dakota and Ya. She also has contracts with Macy’s and Bloomingdales where she purchases overstocked items to fill the store with (such as in-season Madden Girl and Jessica Simpson shoes.)

The boutique also carries numerous hand-sewn handbags by Mary Frances, a California based designer. “No two are alike,” LaMonaca says as she shows me various designs, all exquisitely unique.

But what makes Treasures on Broadway a truly unique shopping destination is LaMonaca’s philosophy, “I want to make women of all ages and shapes feel like queens,” she says. LaMonaca finds that women who experience “mall anxiety” feel more comfortable in the homey boutique and often leave with an entire outfit for under $100.

When shoppers are seeking something in particular, LaMonaca keeps wish-list slips at her desk where shoppers can write down exactly what they’re looking for. When she finds it, she’ll call you. It’s this commitment to her customers that makes the store such a success.

As I browsed around the store, a customer entered and was greeted warmly by name. I asked the customer why she chose Treasures on Broadway. “Because of her,” says Cathy Baglivo as she points to LaMonaca, “whenever I stop by I feel like I’m visiting my girlfriend.”

The best part? When you shop at Treasures on Broadway you’re supporting a great cause. Fifty percent of the store’s sales go to the Lupus Foundation. The organization became dear to LaMonaca after she became affected by the disease.

On April 22, 2012, Treasures on Broadway will be hosting its annual Spring Butterfly event; a Sunday afternoon of food and fashion dedicated to raising lupus awareness. For $55 per ticket, you’ll get a catered lunch, fashion show and live auction. Last year the sold-out event auctioned items that included a pair of Phillies tickets and brand new Coach handbags that were unreleased to the public.

The personalized shopping experience, unbeatable customer service and amazing clothing make Treasures on Broadway a must-experience shopping destination.

You can also check out a video of Treasures on Broadway on ABC.

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The photos above were taken by me at Treasures on Broadway in Pitman, NJ. 

 

Thrifting for a Good Cause: Choices Thrift Shoppe

To my great surprise, this little Choices Thrift Shoppe was opened at the end of my development about a year ago. They’ve got a huge selection ranging from baby clothing to adult clothing as well as furniture and housewares. Their prices are unbeatable and the best part – you’re helping a good cause. All proceeds benefit the Choices of the Heart women’s resource center in Washington Township, NJ.

Appropriately, I stumbled upon this wikiHow article with tips on how to shop in a thrift store. If you’re new to thrifting you may want to skim it over so you know what you’re getting into before you dive in!

Happy weekend!

These photos were taken by me at the Choices Thrift Shoppe . The vintage Dooney & Bourke bag was only $25! 

Inspiration

Happy Tuesday! Before I get out into the world today I’d like to share some blog posts that I found inspiring:

I’d love to share this blog with all the girls out there looking for inspiration – Flashes of Style. Ms. Bonnie Barton was the one who first inspired me to delve into the world of vintage through her collective style of thrifted and trendy. Now there’s no looking back!

I’m sure we’ve all ended up designating oversized tee shirts to the ‘lounge-wear’ drawer. You’ve got to indulge in this brilliantly simple DIY project by ReFashionista before you toss your next tee!

Wondering what you can find out there in the world of thrifting? It certainly isn’t all musty old hand me downs! See what these fashionistas found at their local thrift stores at the ModCloth Blog’s Fave Finds.

Have you found a cardigan that needs a little TLC? This post by A Beautiful Mess will have you rocking this season’s elbow-pad trend in no time!

And last but not least, wondering what kind of jobs are out there for avid thrifters? Read this post by Thrift Core for an abundance of options!

Happy thrifting!

These photos were taken by me. They’re some pretty little things that I find inspiring!

Welcome, world!

I’m Jenn! I’m a senior communications student at Rowan University. This little project will be a semester-long endeavor for my Online Journalism class. When asked to choose a topic to blog about, my initial thought was something fashion-oriented. I’m an avid reader of fashion magazines and fashion blogs. However, being a college student, there’s not much money to be spread around on expensive clothing. Hence dress responsibly! A blog on where to find the best – and least expensive – clothing for your money.

In the coming months I hope to share with you my favorite thrift stores and consignment shops, explore south Jersey for new ones, and provide tips on how to maintain your wardrobe (and your wallet)! A few stories I’d like to run will include: interviewing shop owners to find out when the best time to shop is, where to find designer pieces, where to find great vintage pieces, what to do with tattered clothing, and where girls can go to sell last season’s styles!

Stay tuned!