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  • My first instagram takeover with GOODWILL

    Hello !! If you know me or follow me on Instagram (here) then you know that I am crazy about second hand shopping ! I’ve loved thrifting since I am was …. 10 years old ? and moving here to Calgary was really great for this (we don’t have so many second hand shops in France, especially in Aix en Provence – most of them are ”vintage shop”).

    So when Sophie (the social media manager of Goodwill Alberta) proposed I do a Instagram Takeover **  for the brand of course I said yes !!! I said yes because I already shop a lot at Goodwill, I spend a lot (too much) time on Instagram, and also it was a amazing opportunity to help you discover that Goodwill is not only a second hand shop in Calgary but also a non-profit social enterprise. The revenue from  theirs sales goes to providing career training and job opportunities for Albertans’ with disabilities.


    So I will see your from GoodWill (Chinook) on Tuesday September 4th at 10:00 am. Follow us on INSTAGRAM

    ** An Instagram takeover is the process of taking over someone else’s Instagram account temporarily and sharing content with their audience. 

    The reasons why I love second hand shopping:

    • It’s Fun : You never know what you will find in store !
    • It’s Cheap : come on, why would you pay $80 for a jeans when it’s only $10 second hand ?
    • It’s Eco friendly : producing new clothing requires energy and so much water !! Buying second hand reducing the impact on the planet.
    • As it’s cheap, you can buy some clothes that you wouldn’t afford or wear normally and  experiment ! (for example for me : fake fur jacket, or green clothes) And if you only wear that red shirt with dots a few times, it’s ok, it was only $3. (and then you can still re-donnate it to goodwill)
    • Clothes are uniques : you won’t run into somebody wearing the same piece as you
    • It’s higher quality : these clothes have already been worn, washed, ironed … and still look good !!!

    My 10 my tips for a successful second hand shopping :

    1. Be ready : Are you looking for something ? (make a list)
    2. Budget : How much do you want to spend (decide a budget and stick to it) (i know it’s hard)
    3. Try, and choose the right size. Yes I know, this Chanel wool skirt is amazing, and cost only $15 …. but if it’s too small (or large) you won’t never wear it ! (but at the same time Pay no attention to size : if this Large pullover looks good one you (and you normally wears XS) then go for it !! )
    4. Use a shopping cart (ok or a basket) then do a loop around the entire store and grab everything that catches your attention, even if you are not sure about it. Then try everything !
    5. Pay attention to material, no stain, no hole, they are no-go !!!
    6. Patience:  don’t be in a hurry, take your time. I do spent a lot of time when I go at Goodwill. I would advise you to have 2 hours in front of you dedicate to your shopping session.
    7. Get comfy:  when you go  shopping wear comfy shoes and outfit, and good underwear  (that flatter your)
    8. Know which brands look good on you (for me banana republic and gap)
    9. Take a second look to through the shop: you may have missed some treasures !
    10. At this end our of your shopping choose what’s worth buying : sometimes I find a lot of nice items, but do I really need a 4thfourth pair of black jeans? The answer is no. So try to buy pieces that will work with your actual wardrobe


    Why I love shopping at Goodwill (Chinook store) ?

    1. The staff are nice and efficient ! It’s always nice to shop there!
    2. This shop is big … but not too huge (with 4 changing rooms)
    3. I often find banana republic pieces and gap jeans (1966 – size 27, the ones I wear every days)
    4. It’s nearby the C-Train (I don’t drive here in Calgary)
    5. Prices are great !
    6. I feel part of a community as I know that the $I spent will help people (88.8% of every dollar spent in Goodwill thrift stores goes into programs.)

    Donate•Shop•Feel Good


    Goodwill is a social enterprise providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to enhance their lives through meaningful employment. 


    So I will see you next Tuesday at 10:00 in live from GOODWILL CHINOOK CALGARY for my shooping !!!  Let’s see what I will find !! 




    Goodwill Retails Locations

    • CHINOOK 5707B Macleod Trail SW
    • MACLEOD TRAIL 10426 Macleod Trail SE
    • TRANS CANADA 1440 – 52 St. NE
    • VARSITY 4625 Varsity Dr. NW
    • BEACON HEIGHTS #710, 12024 Sarcee Trail NW
    • AIRDRIE 306, 800 Veterans Blvd. NW

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