What better way to celebrate Earth Month than in the company of a very creative group of people; people who love to repurpose, protect the environment and give back to the community. That is exactly how we spent the afternoon of April 24th. Seven ladies, all local Orange County bloggers, visited us at the recently renovated OC Goodwill Boutique aka Keepers and the Goodwill store both in Lake Forest.
The day began at the boutique where the bloggers discovered its new look and the new shopping experience. The ladies walked around, browsed, took photos and shopped. Rachel Spair from Surf and Sunshine said: “There are so many great finds for everyone! The boutique has many designer brands and great prices to follow. I found Coach, Michael Kors, Jessica Simpson, Ralph Lauren and many more stocked up in shoes, bags and clothing.”
The new OC Goodwill Boutique in Lake Forest, also known as Keepers, has been completely revamped to provide a better experience for fashion-conscious shoppers looking for great deals on designer brands. Customers can discover repurposed brand apparel and accessories at an affordable price and find unique hand-selected items such as paintings, furniture, home decor and more. Kiomi Novak from OC Mom Blog adds, “This [store] is filled with brand name and designer items, mostly clothing for women, some shoes and bags, and men’s items as well.”
Belinda Espinoza from A Cup of Bely says “I cannot express how wonderful their selection was and by the time we were ready to meet at the regular store next door, I already had 3 items in my hand. They have a great selection of designer jeans and their tops were of great quality. I saw a few tops towards the front of the store with their original store tags.”
After our visit at the boutique, we walked next door to the regular Goodwill store, also newly remodeled and began our #Repurpose4Good contest. Three teams were formed:
Team DIY Divas:
Team Goodwill Goodies:
The bloggers were given three different RENEW, REUSE, and REPURPOSE challenges: come up with repurposed clothing, a repurposed item to be used at a living room, and finally a repurposed item that a pet can use. They had 5 minutes to complete each challenge and some basic tools like scissors, tape, staples, markers, glue and pieces of string. The ladies folded up their sleeves and went to work. The experience and results were amazing!
Ready, set, let’s the #Repurpose4Good begin!
At the end of the day, all of us learned new ways to repurpose items while having fun in the process. There is an important connection between the environment and Goodwill. Goodwill of Orange County opened its doors in 1924 and is one of the first organizations to be green with a purpose. All donated & recycled items as well as financial contributions fund Goodwill’s employment and training programs. These programs provide tools and resources to help those living with disabilities and facing other barriers achieve independence through work—and are responsible for placing more than three people into good jobs every day.
Goodwill accepts donations year round. Ninety-two percent of goods that come through Goodwill of Orange County’s donation centers will be reused, repurposed or recycled; whether sold in stores, on shopgoodwill.com or routed through the organization’s recycling program. Either way, donations positively support the environment and the community. Goodwill of Orange County has staff standing by at donation centers in nearly every neighborhood of the county and is welcoming the donation of gently used clothing and household items. Find a donation center near you at ocgoodwill.org/locations.
Join us & be Green with a Purpose! Being environment-friendly is as easy as donating to and shopping at Goodwill.
More close-up photos from the event: