If you’d like an example of how a local resident is using her education and talents despite a futile economy, then look no further than local freelance fashion writer Stacey Kay Thomas. Graduating from The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Design and Merchandising at Kent State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising in 2010, she launched a personal fashion blog in an attempt to show potential employers her creativity as well as knowledge of the industry.
Her website, Goodwill Huntingg (www.GoodwillHuntingg.com), details daily thrift store outfits that directly emulate current runway looks hot off the catwalk in Paris, Milan, and New York City. Referencing designers like Prada, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren, she breaks down high fashion style into something accessible for the everyday woman. Within two months of Goodwill Huntingg’s debut, the Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and New Jersey took notice and named her “Goodwill Style Icon” [goodwillnynj.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/stacey-kay-thomas/], and from there things took off.
Stacey quickly realized that despite her original intentions, her website had become more of her career than her actual job. Taking the plunge in January of 2011, she left her store management position to pursue Goodwill Huntingg full time. After securing collaborations with a variety of publications, being featured on ABC news, and securing a partnership with the Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland, it was time to take the next step. In August of 2011, the first ever Goodwill Huntingg Thrifting Guide magazine was produced.
The fall edition of The Goodwill Huntingg Thrifting Guide was bought and distributed to all 18 of The Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland’s stores, in addition to being available for purchase online. The magazine seeks to alleviate the stress of shopping secondhand by demystifying the process of putting together an outfit. It allows the reader to gain insider information on the original inspirations of the fashion trends of today, making the overwhelming process of navigating a thrift store that much easier.
Since the 1970’s, most major clothing trends have been simple recreations of past fashions. Goodwill Huntingg and The Goodwill Huntingg Thrifting Guide magazine seek to use this fact to our advantage; encouraging the practice of buying secondhand. Secondhand clothing not only costs a fraction of the price of retail, it reduces landfill waste, and patronizing thrift stores like the Salvation Army or Goodwill benefits charitable initiatives in the immediate community, which in turn impacts the local job economy.
The Goodwill Huntingg Thrifting Guide is available for purchase on Magcloud [http://www.magcloud.com/browse/magazine/270549] and costs $1 for a digital copy and $5 for print. The magazine will be produced quarterly and highlights five major fashion trends that are easily “thriftable”, displaying real women as the models and real thrifted clothing as the product.
Did you buy your Goodwill Huntingg Thrifting Guide yet? Make sure to grab your copy, and you’ll be able to put together a high fashion look at low cost in no time!
What do you love most about thrifting? What are some of your favorite pieces you’ve purchased?
Stacey Kay is a freelance fashion blogger and style consultant residing in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a BA in Fashion Merchandising from Kent State University, and has studied fashion throughout Europe and Asia, specializing in Fashion Retail through an exchange program with Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has written for fashion websites such as FashionablyCleveland.com and Collegefashionista.com, produces her own personal blog, GoodwillHuntingg.com, writes as a style and fashion blogger for ClevelandFreePress.com, and is the Cleveland Women’s Fashion Examiner for modenook.com. She has been named “Goodwill Style Icon” of Greater NY and NJ, and been featured on Modcloth.com for her thrifting savvy. Her mission is to help real women find ways of reinforcing their self confidence and self esteem by finding their personal style.
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