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One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure – My Best Goodwill Finds

Goodwill is one of my favorite places to find unique and fun pieces to add to my wardrobe. But when walking into a Goodwill, you are playing a game of hit and miss. Sometimes you will find the coolest item you have ever seen, and other times you feel like you walked straight into a garbage can. I have been on both ends of the spectrum, but the good finds definitely outweigh the days I have left empty-handed.


1980s Rose Sweater

Found: Goodwill in Winona, Minnesota

Why I Love It: I found this sweater right before Valentine’s Day and thought it would be the perfect thing to wear that day (and many days after). It is perfect paired with a black front button skirt and a big (preferably red or black) belt. I have yet to see anyone wearing anything quite like this and think it is one of the most unique pieces I have ever found.


High-Waisted Pink Shorts

Found: Goodwill in Winona, Minnesota

Why I Love It: I got these nice shorts during one of my first weeks in Winona. The last few weeks in August and through September were a lot warmer than I expected, and I was in desperate need of more shorts. I only brought two pairs to Winona so I hit up their Goodwill for the first time. I left with these adorable shorts (as well as a sweater).


White Turtleneck Sweater

Found: Goodwill in Winona, Minnesota

Why I Love It: This is the sweater I also got during one of my first weeks in Winona. It definitely seemed silly to be buying a sweater when it was hot outside, but it was too nice to pass by. I LOVE turtleneck sweaters for the cold Minnesota winters. This sweater is definitely something you could get at any old store, but I think it is one of my best Goodwill finds because I got it for very cheap and definitely got my money’s worth out of it.



1999 Athletic Windbreaker

Found: Goodwill in Chanhassen, Minnesota

Why I Love It: This is one of my most recent finds that I got while I was home on spring break. My brother and I were out windbreaker hunting and I stumbled across this one. I am not completely sure where or what Lee Tap’s Athletics is, but I had to buy it because the inside is SUPER soft and cozy and it is from the year 1999, which just so happens to be the year I was born in.


Red Umbrella Sweater

Found: Goodwill in Winona, Minnesota

Why I Love It: Yes, this sweater is itchy. Yes, it is a men’s sweater (or so I have been told). Yes, it did smell like old when I bought it. But I just love the little umbrellas on the buttons and it makes it worth the wooly itch.


Assorted Sweaters

Found: Goodwill in Chaska, Minnesota

Why I Love Them: I am grouping these together as assorted sweaters because I bought them all at the same time and there is not anything particularly unique about them. These are just some nice sweaters I found for a decent price. They all range from higher-end brands to your casual Target sweater. Still, I consider them a great find and they continue to be staples in my everyday fashion.


Red Corduroy Jacket

Found: Goodwill in Chaska, Minnesota

Why I Love It: Channel your inner Nancy Wheeler from this stranger things. This 80s-esque corduroy jacket looks great paired with a plain white top, some classic high waisted denim jeans, and the never out of style converse.


80s Floral Dress

Found: Goodwill in Winona, Minnesota

Why I Love It: I found this dress right after watching “The End of the F***ing World” on Netflix and it screamed Alyssa, the female lead character, to me. In the show she takes on a disguise with a dress similar to this and I loved it so much I just had to buy my own.


Harley Davidson Denim Jacket

Found: Ragstock in Ridgedale (so not technically Goodwill but it was pre-owned)

Why I Love It: POCKETS! This jacket has so many pockets and I love it. The amount of snacks that I can carry around in my pockets while wearing this jacket is more than ideal. It is also a very high-quality jacket that I do not think will be falling apart any time soon.


Goodwill is a great place to find new and unique pieces for your wardrobe. Here in Winona we have a few different secondhand shops including a Goodwill and Salvation Army! Remember one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Next time you do not have anything to do try checking out your nearest second hand shop.


Jayda Anderson is a freshman at Winona State University and is majoring in Creative Digital Media and I-Design. Outside of writing for HerCampus Jayda can be found at the school’s radio station, doing photography, or taking a nap. She hopes to, in her future, be able to freelance with both photography and design and spend at least a year or two traveling around in a camper van with a few close friends. Jayda prides herself in the fact she can eat an entire pizza in one sitting.
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