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STYLE WITH A PURPOSE MEET-UP SET FOR APRIL 19

(Middle Tenn.) — A dozen popular bloggers and DIY fashion experts will share their strategies for finding and assembling eye-catching outfits at bargain prices during the next Style with a Purpose Meet-Up — a special evening at Goodwill’s Donelson community store in Nashville.

The free event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April. 19, at 2731 Lebanon Pike Nashville TN.

Everyone is welcome, from cost-conscious fashionistas to thrift-shopping newcomers. Guests can enjoy interacting with the experts and get personalized advice to make shopping more fun and rewarding. They can also browse not only Goodwill’s shelves and garment racks but also merchandise especially selected by each blogger to reflect their unique style or shopping strategies. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given away.

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

A RSVP is requested on the form on this page, but not required to attend.

Style With a Purpose Bloggers Expected To Participate

Betsy Appleton •  Goldwill Digger

Description of Style: Betsy is a 20-something, navigating the waters of adulthood with champagne taste on a beer budget. Recreating fashion’s latest and greatest styles with the help of Goodwill.

Why Thrifting/Why Goodwill: Betsy has been thrift shopping since she could walk but recently rekindled her love for Goodwill during her postgraduate quest to find her way through adulthood. She loves finding unique pieces at Goodwill for a fraction of retail and incorporating them into today’s styles for a one of a kind look.

 

Taylor Blanton Taylor Made Style

Description of Style: My style is great mashup of vintage and trendy always. It’s constantly evolving though, and that’s what I love about thrifting. Whether it’s trying out a new trend on a budget, or finding that vintage piece you’ll cherish forever, I know I can always find something new to wear! Taylor Made Style is a reflection of my passion for all things thrift and vintage, and how I incorporate these items into my wardrobe in my own unique way.

Why Thrifting/Why Goodwill: When I left my suitcase at home on a childhood family vacation, my parents forced me to go to a Goodwill for new clothes. Who knew it would the best thing to ever happen to me? After that I was hooked, and have been shopping at Goodwill ever since. Goodwill allows me to have style on a budget, not to mention the thrill of finding a great treasure!

 

Alicia Boswell  • Nashville Fashion Events

Description of Style: My style consists of a little bits and pieces pulled from all over the style spectrum wrapped into one. I always think of Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman” when asked about my style. I’m a fan of vintage, trendy (with a twist), bohemian, glam, grunge, preppy, and classic….just depends on the day and the occasion. On my instagram page you will see pics of me in preppy/classic looks for work and also avant garde or rocker chic looks for fashion events.

Why Thrifting/Why Goodwill: I remember really getting into thrifting in college. For the fashion girl that loves a little bit of everything, it only made sense to shop somewhere that I can get a lot for a limited amount of money. When I discovered that it wasn’t just hand-me-down/throwaways from grandmas in the 80’s, but instead a plethora of items providing ways to be unique and collect one-of-a-kind items (some with original tags) I was hooked!

 

Beth Brinker • On the Brink

Description of Style: My personal style is a collection of all my favorite textiles, fabrics and prints from my favorite eras.  My closet reads like a dusty drive through the California desert on the way to Texas. The pops of color in a Palm Springs floral print, the shine of the turquoise and silver and antique gold you’d find on a cowboy or a queen in Joshua Tree, the femininity of a little southern flower mixed with Texas gumption and complete disregard for anything of the moment. Follow along on Instagram as I make my way across the country and around the world…one outfit at a time and always hunting for the next treasure.


Why Thrifting/Why Goodwill: Growing up in Texas, I was enamored with all old things and stories as a tiny girl, likely the youngest collector of FiestaWare pottery and opting for a birthday party at an antique store with my mom over the traditional childhood skating party. I still carry that same spirit with me now when I shop as an adult…that excitement of not knowing what I might find, the story it will tell, or the life it had before.

 

Elisabeth Donaldson • 365DaysOfThrift

Description of Style: Vintage-inspired, fun and eclectic. My blog: saving the world with eternal thrifting, retro DIY’s and eco-fashion.

Why Thrifting/Why Goodwill: I have been thrift shopping literally for my entire life. ever since I cared about expressing my own personal style, I did it with thrifted clothing. goodwill is my favorite because of their amazing staff and dedication to giving others a hand up by providing jobs and job training.

  

Sheena Steward & Anthony Hutchinson • Love At Any Stage

Description of Style:

Sheena – My style is vintage chic. I often joke that I dress like a stylish grandma. I love shopping at Goodwill because it lets me express my unique style without breaking the bank. I’m also never worried that someone will have on the same clothing as me.
Anthony – My style is classic with an urban twist. I shop at Goodwill because I can find trendy items at affordable price.

Why Thrifting/Why Goodwill:

Sheena – I started thrifting in 2012 when I started a new job and needed business casual attire. I went for a few blouses and slacks, and I’ve been going ever since.
Anthony – I started shopping at Goodwill in college. I loved going to Goodwill for blazers. After my college days I drifted a bit from Goodwill, but when I started dating Sheena she brought me back in the fold.

 

Porsche Pope • Polished Pope

Description of Style: I am inspired by bold color, sophisticated lines, eclectic styles, and patterns. I started my fashion blog while being a mother of two children, two pups, a wife, and, entrepreneur who believes that you can look and feel like luxury without the high-priced fees. I desire to show Mothers around the world that you can be a great mother, work on your passion, and be stylish at the same time. I aspire to educate and provide inspiration to individuals around the world through my love for style, design, and food.

Why Thrifting/Why Goodwill: I have always had a passion for design and fashion which stems from years ago. Growing up I would take shopping trips to Goodwill with my grandmother. I would also stay up past midnight watching shows like ‘What Not to Wear’ and anything on the Style channel. My style is also influenced by my love for finding unique pieces at Goodwill. I love Goodwill’s mission and how they give back to the community. Polished Pope’s mission isn’t too far off from what Goodwill believes in. My mission is to teach others how to feel confident in themselves and their spaces so that they are equipped to go out and positively impact their world.

 

Jamie Germain & Ashanti Smoot • Sashé Online

Description of Style: Our unique styles, contemporary classic and vintage chic, complement each other and are sure to give you what you need. We believe style isn’t limited to what you see on models or in glossy magazines but inspired by what you are drawn to and how you feel. There are no limits!

Why Thrifting/Why Goodwill: We both were raised by thrifty parents. We have been shopping at Goodwill and thrift stores since we were kids, before it became a trend. We love shopping at Goodwill because it’s full of hidden treasures such as good quality staple pieces, name brands, and eclectic orignals. We believe that every woman is beautiful and when you feel good in your own skin, what you wear only adds to your masterpiece. Furthermore, we enjoy supporting the cause that Goodwill provides by giving back to the community including, career solutions and job placement services.

  

Audrey Rhodes • Affectionately Audrey

Description of Style: Fashion is a way of expressing who I am and who I want to be. I love to explore new ideas and my mind is constantly pushing the boundaries of style. I believe that anyone can be stylish, it just takes confidence and a little guidance, which I humbly attempt to give on my blog by encouraging others to be themselves and neglect what is expected of them. My style is funky, with a classic feel and usually includes multiple wild patterns and colors!

Why Thrifting/Why Goodwill: The initial love for thrifting was passed down from my mother, although she never really used it to pursue fashion. When I later discovered by own passion for style I began to further explore the use of thrifting and have never looked back. I love to thrift not only because it provides me with the most unique and fun pieces to add to my wardrobe but it is also a way to recycle and love our planet. When people express love for my outfits I adore shocking them and breaking their preconceived notions by telling them I got it at Goodwill!

 

Jessica Sevier • Jess Beachin’

Description of Style: I’m just a wannabe beach bum stuck in the city. When it comes to fashion, I love a good basic! As a new momma, I’m all about finding functional pieces while also still trying to stay on trend. One of the many reasons I love Goodwill, is I can rock today’s “fast fashion” trends without spending a fortune on something that won’t be in style forever. If you follow me on insta, you’ll see everything from thrifty fashion and mom life to music and travel. As for my blog, I’m new to that whole world, but as a newbie blogger you can read about my experience living on a cruise ship in the middle of the Caribbean throughout the first trimester of my pregnancy, to life as a new mom with a thrifting addiction.

Why Thrifting/Why Goodwill: I’ve always loved thrifting! But when I moved from small town, Indiana to Nashville in 2015, that love of thrifting reached a new level. There are so many Goodwill’s in this city and each one is unique & has its own perks. For example, one might have a way bigger and better shoe selection while another might have better home goods. What I really love about shopping at Goodwill is that it’s always a mystery what I’m gonna leave with! Am I gonna come out with some new jeans? Maybe some furniture? Maybe 15 more unnecessary throw pillows (that one is a given) Who knows 🙂 but the “treasure hunt” is what makes it so fun. Also, the GW Mission alone is a good enough reason for me to show my support. They provide jobs to so many individuals with various backgrounds, and I can honestly say there are a few locations around Nashville with some of the NICEST people I’ve ever met.

 

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