STYLE WITH A PURPOSE MEET-UP SET FOR JULY 27

Seven popular midstate bloggers will share their strategies for finding and assembling top-flight fashions at bargain basement prices during Goodwill’s next Style with a Purpose Meet-Up: Sip, Style, Shop — a special evening at one of Goodwill’s most popular Nashville stores.

The free event will be from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at 5412 Charlotte Avenue. Everyone is welcome, from cost-conscious fashionistas to thrift-shopping newbies.

This Style with a Purpose Meet-Up will be a casual affair, in which guests come and go as they please, enjoy interacting with the experts and get personalized advice to make shopping more fun and rewarding. Guests can browse not only the shelves and garment racks but also Goodwill merchandise especially selected by each blogger to reflect their unique style or shopping strategies. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a drawing for Goodwill gift cards.

All purchases of merchandise from Goodwill’s stores benefit the nonprofit’s mission of changing lives through education, training and employment.

The event was the brainchild of Nashville-area blogger Betsy Appleton, better known online and on social media as Goldwill Digger. Appleton, who will be among the experts meeting with attendees at Style with a Purpose, has been thrift shopping since early childhood but recently rekindled her love for Goodwill during her postgraduate quest to find her way through adulthood.

She loves finding unique pieces for a fraction of retail and incorporating them into today’s styles for a one-of-a-kind look.

“As soon as I started blogging, friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers reached out to me about joining in one of my Goodwill adventures,” Appleton said. “Though I want to share my love of Goodwill with everyone I encounter, it wasn’t possible for me to follow up on every ‘I want to go shopping with you’ request.”

So Appleton approached Goodwill about holding special events. The result is Style with a Purpose.

The first event, held in May at Goodwill’s East Nashville store, was a major success with more than 170 fashion enthusiasts attending. Goodwill anticipates even greater interest and attendance for this encore event at the Charlotte Avenue store.

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Style With a Purpose Bloggers Expected To Participate

Betsy Appleton / Goldwill Digger

Betsy has been thrift shopping since early childhood but recently rekindled her love for Goodwill during her postgraduate quest to find her way through adulthood. She loves finding unique pieces for a fraction of retail and incorporating them into today’s styles for a one-of-a-kind look.

Kim Baldwin / The Blonde Mule

Kim describes her style as “Sally Jessy Raphael goes to Brooklyn.” She’s a buttoned-up Gen X-er with a passion for emulating Bushwick street style on a Goodwill budget. Kim thrifts for important reasons like sustainable fashion. But mostly she likes the challenge of recreating Instagram-worthy street style outfits for $8. Her blog, The Blonde Mule, was born in 2007 as a way to document her life pre-social media.

Elisabeth Donaldson / 365DaysOfThrift

Elisabeth describes her style as vintage inspired, fun and eclectic and her blog as saving the world through eternal thrifting, retro DIYs and ecofashion. She has been thrift shopping her entire life, but Goodwill is her favorite because of its amazing staff and dedication to giving others a hand up through jobs and job training.

Brittney Forrister / Brittlitt

Brittney’s style for both clothing and home is a mash-up; the new and the old, the vintage and the modern, and plenty of pattern play. Buying a house a decade ago inspired Brittney to start thrifting at Goodwill. She wanted to furnish her home with pieces that had style and story. Goodwill allows her the adventure of a modern-day treasure hunt, finding unique and affordable pieces for her home.

Erin Hendrickson / MinimalistRD

Erin’s style evolved from her love of the outdoors. She’s drawn to earthy, neutral colors inspired by nature. She believes less is more when it comes to fashion (and life), and though her wardrobe may be minimalist, it’s far from boring. She loves creating unique combinations from quality pieces, and you can find plenty of capsule wardrobe styling ideas on her blog.

Porsche Pope / Polished Pope

Porche is inspired by bold color, sophisticated lines and eclectic styles and patterns. She proves you can look and feel luxurious without spending a bundle. As a child, she was introduced to thrift shopping by her grandmother. She finds it rewarding that by shopping at Goodwill she can give back to the community while saving money and finding amazing fashions.

Payton Taylor

Singer/songwriter Payton Taylor grew up thrifting with her family. Continuing that tradition today, she rocks thrifted styles while performing on stage. The blog “Music City Pretty,” became Payton’s place to share her thrifted treasures and stage ensembles while celebrating the music and city she loves. Every Wednesday, you can hear Payton on “NASH Fashion” during the “Nashville Today” show on the legendary Grand Ole Opry station, 650AM WSM.

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