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There’s No Shame is Being a Prudent Fashionista
By: Cindy Wendland
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There is no shame in being prudent in your shopping, especially when you are a fashionista and appreciate style and brands. Note: we did not say prude; the word we chose was prudent. Prude means a puritan, a killjoy, a goody-goody. We used prudent, which means wise, sensible, sagacious, and shrewd. We think it is smart to be a shrewd shopper, which is why we like Goodwill Industries.

When you clean out your closet or your garage, there are extra items to donate. Goodwill accepts donations of clothing and household items and is happy to take those items off your hands. What happens next is a great story. Every time you shop or donate at Goodwill, they provide employment and job training for people with disabilities. Those workers take your items and get them ready for sale in their stores. Donating to Goodwill allows us to be less wasteful by reusing, and it allows us to support an organization that helps people.

You can feel good about reducing clutter at your home, you can feel good about the people you are helping, and you can feel good about the bargains you can find shopping at Goodwill stores. Most clothing items are priced under $10 and are arranged attractively by color and size. It’s a brand shopping heaven. If you are patient and willing to hunt, you can find some great brands and bargains. 

We found a pair of Cole Haan sandals for $5, a new denim miniskirt for $5 (we had donated ours years ago the last time it went out of style), a pair of Express pants for $5, and a few dresses for $7 each. Be mindful that someone wore these clothes before and they are gently used hand-me-downs. If your sister gave them to you, would you wear them? Yes, you would. So take a little anti-bacterial cleaner and spruce them up. One lady told how she found a real Louis Vuitton bag at Goodwill. That’s a rarity, but you never know what you will find. Part of the fun is finding a great deal on a brand-name pair of pants or shoes; the other part of the fun is helping others. The prudent fashionista is both proud and satisfied.

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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