In honor of Earth Day this year, we’ve teamed up with Schoola.com to let our readers know that not only is thrifting good for your wallet, it’s also great for the environment as well!

Schoola is an online thrift store that sells used clothing. What makes Schoola different from other thrift stores is the fact that Schoola donates 40% (!!!) of the proceeds of sold clothing to either the school of the clothing donator’s choice, or either to the Malala Fund. Folks, that is huge! Most companies that give back to charities give a small portion of the proceeds of sales to their chosen charities, but Schoola gives a whopping 40% to benefit children’s education. Very impressive.

To find out more about Schoola’s process, you can click here:  https://www.schoola.com/how-it-works

Since we were unfamiliar with Schoola’s concept, they graciously sent us a box of clothing to check out, along with some of their huge bags that they send donators to send in their clothes in. It really couldn’t be easier to donate your gently used clothing, plus you’ll be benefiting either your school or the Malala Fund . . . win/win!

Here’s a peek at what Schoola sent to us to check out.

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We love receiving such carefully packaged items.  It felt like we were opening up a gift!

You can request two different types of donation bags from Schoola.  The first one is a bag that allows you to designate a school to receive the 40% donation.  Did we mention these bags are HUGE!  Also, the postage is already prepaid.  The only way donating could be any easier is if they actually came into your house and packed your stuff up for you!  To request a bag, go here:  https://www.schoola.com/stitch/requestbag

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The second type of bag you can request sends your donation proceeds to the Malala Fund.

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Now, on to the clothes!  All of the items we received were in great used condition, with several of the pieces actually being new with tags still attached.  We received items for our daughters, as well as for ourselves.

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Jen’s favorite piece with the gray and white striped Olivia Moon tank.  She paired it with white jeans and a jean jacket (which is always in style) since it was chilly outside.

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So, to recap, we were very impressed with Schoola and can recommend them 100% based on our experience.

We challenge our readers to help reduce, reuse and recycle this Earth Day by gathering your gently used, unwanted clothing and donating them in order to reduce waste in our landfills.  Please, if there’s any life left in your clothing, don’t ever throw it in the trash.  There are so many people who can use it.  Also, of course, we encourage you to shop second hand rather than buying retail.  Go out and find some treasures and save the Earth at the same time!

Happy shopping and Happy Earth Day!

 

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Donate to Goodwill San Antonio for a chance to win $1,000 Visa card!   What an amazing program that is definitely a win for both you and the community!

GOODWILL JOINS GENERATIONS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION FOR HOLIDAY GRAND SPREE

DONATION DRIVE

NOW is the time to clean out your closets, cupboards and garage.  Donate household items and register to win $1,000 Visa® Gift card for a holiday shopping spree!

SAN ANTONIO, TX (Dec. 2, 2014) – Goodwill and Generations Federal Credit Union are teaming up to make the holidays very merry for one lucky winner during their Annual Goodwill Holiday Grand Spree Donation Drive.

Make a donation to your local Goodwill store or donation station from Dec. 1-14 and register to win a $1,000 Visa® holiday shopping spree courtesy of Generations Federal Credit Union. Visit GoodwillSA.org/grandspree to enter today.

“This is the perfect opportunity to clear space in your home or garage to make room for the holiday season,” said Penny Benavidez, a Goodwill spokeswoman. “Especially during this time of year, families are looking for your quality donated goods to purchase affordable gifts for their loved ones.”

Maybe it is time for you to organize your closet how you have always wanted to.

Nightmarish Closet Overhaul - those awful wire shelves were replaced with IKEA cubbies & peg boards - what a transformation!!!

Here some GREAT ideas on cleaning out your closet!

let it go: a closet makeover on design*sponge

http://www.designsponge.com/2014/05/let-it-go-a-closet-makeover.html

Greta’s Closet-Cleaning Tips:

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This is the first step in deciding what to keep and what to let go. It turns out that I look best in cool colors (I’m pale with green eyes). This came in handy when I was on the fence about a couple of pieces. If they weren’t in my colorway, I put them in the Let Go pile.

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Make three piles. A YES pile, a NO pile and a MAYBE pile. The NO pile can be a little harder, and this was where Greta was most helpful. If the pieces still had a tag but hadn’t been worn, that was a NO. If I hadn’t worn it in a few years, it was a NO. The hardest things for me to let go were things that were well past their prime but had once been expensive. Things that I once absolutely loved but they just weren’t my style anymore had to go, too. I tried to remind myself that they served their purpose and that I didn’t have to keep them forever. I kept two sentimental pieces – a scarf that once belonged to my grandmother and my high school basketball jersey. My MAYBE pile was pretty small (once I got going, I was excited to let things go to new homes), but you can keep this pile for as long as three months. If you don’t pull something out to wear, it should go to a new home.

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Greta recommends rotating your wardrobe the same way that you eat what’s in season. When it’s hot, it’s watermelon and wedge salads, and when it’s cold outside, you want a cozy scarf and hot soup. This step frees up a lot of space in your closet and means that you have more room to really display the clothes that you are currently wearing. I also made a fix-it pile, things that I would wear if they were taken to a tailor or a cobbler.

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I pulled a few things out of my donate pile that I hadn’t worn very often, or were vintage, to sell on eBay. (Money to be earmarked for my next experience.) Everything else went in the donate pile. (You could also host a clothing swap with friends for your pieces that deserve a new home.)

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After sweeping out the closet and wiping down the drawers, everything went back inside. It was all about making my clothing and shoes visible so that I would have more choices when getting dressed. We organized the closet by type of clothing and then by color. I had already invested in slimline hangers, which give you twice as much space, so that got a thumb’s up. I hung jewelry and belts on the inside of the closet door.

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Greta has developed an Integrity Index to evaluate the clothing you already have. It’s a way of seeing if your clothing reflects your values. Greta does not advocate getting rid of clothing items just because they don’t meet the factors that you deem important, rather it’s a way of understanding what you’re buying and training yourself to really read labels. I found that I had a few pieces made from natural fibers and some locally made things. (For example, my Made in Italy dress that I bought in Italy last summer got a check in the “local” box.). Some of the other qualifiers on the integrity index are whether the garment was made with natural fibers, was made using natural or low-impact dyeing, is fair trade or second-hand. Greta gives 16 possible integrity index options (she explains each thoroughly) and then suggests that you choose the five that are most important to you to focus on. I went through my closet with the checklist just to see how I was doing. I looked at the labels and determined where the garment was made and what was it made of. The goal is that when I buy future garments, I take a second to look at the label and see if, in addition to style, there are other characteristics of the company that fall in line with my personal values. It’s a very flexible system (and it’s not about punishing yourself!). It’s about making conscious decisions about what we buy, and since I’m already trying to slow down my consumption, I love that this is another way to hit the pause button.

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Register to win when you drop off household items at any Goodwill donation station in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin or Laredo. Items currently in high demand include home decor, housewares, furniture, toys and small appliances. Goodwill also accepts computers, working or not, and peripheral equipment such as keyboards and printers. Goodwill securely refurbishes computers that meet functionality standards and responsibly recycles the rest.

FANTASTIC Before and After house remodel tutorials!!

When you shop or donate at Goodwill, you are funding educational programs and services that assist people in finding better jobs and building careers. Together with the support of our generous community, partners and employers, Goodwill provides employment, training, educational opportunities and related services to more than 50,000 individuals each year.

For more information or to find your nearest donation station, visit GoodwillSA.org or call 210-924-8581.

 

RULES:

Who Can Enter

  1. To be eligible to participate in this contest, entrants and nominees must be U.S. residents, 18 years and older.
  2. Employees of Goodwill, their affiliated companies are ineligible. The term “immediate families” includes spouses, grandparents, parents, siblings, children and grandchildren.

How to Enter

  1. No purchase or donation is necessary to enter.
  2. To enter to win, visit any Goodwill store or donation station in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin, or Laredo to get the URL to the registration website. For a list of Goodwill stores and donation stations, visit www.goodwillsa.org or call 210-924-8581.
  3. Only one contest entry per person.
  4. Contest entries begin on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, and end 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2014.

The Prize(s)

  1. One (1) winner will be randomly drawn on Dec. 15, 2014.
  2. If the winner cannot be notified within 10 days, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner.
  3. In claiming your prize, you acknowledge Goodwill Industries of San Antonio has the right to publicize your name, character, likeness, photograph, voice and the fact that you are the winner for promotional purposes without financial remuneration.

Odds of Winning/Miscellaneous

  1. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.
  2. Complete contest rules are available Monday through Friday during normal business hours at Goodwill Marketing, 406 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78207.
  3. For the prize winner, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Goodwill Marketing, 406 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78207 by Dec. 31, 2014.
  4. This contest is subject to all applicable laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. Goodwill Industries of San Antonio and sponsors accept no responsibility or liability in connection with any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by or resulting from the acceptance, possession or use of any prize awarded hereunder.
  5. Goodwill Industries of San Antonio and sponsors cannot be held liable for any lost or stolen entries, or contest information