If you were to look up the word “happy” in the dictionary, there’s a fair chance you could spot Maureen Ater’s photo. The vice president of marketing and fund development at Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland is an outgoing and energetic mom of three daughters and a hometown girl who grew up on the same street as her husband, Patrick, an educator at Canton Country Day School.
When shopping for a new outfit, Goodwill hasn’t been my first choice or second or third, for that matter. I’ve seen thrifters touting what great pieces they find at Goodwill and thrift shops, and I always believed they were lucky. I knew most of them revealed their tips and tricks to finding the best pieces, but I wasn’t convinced.
Amy Sirpilla’s love of remaking furniture stems back years ago. When she was young, she didn’t have money to buy expensive furniture so she resorted to shopping at Goodwill and upcycling pieces to fit her wants. She also credits her mother with inspiring her to do this, as she also did this while Sirpilla was growing up.
Break out the brights this summer without breaking the bank. Take the “green” approach—as I did—and buy secondhand clothing. With a couple stops and a price of less than $45, you can find an ensemble just as cute as the one seen here. Who said you can’t find a chic outfit at secondhand stores?
Ystark! recycled its own thought and did it again, with more than 10 dozen fashionistas at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography. Wear & Share, an upcycle fashion show, challenged 11 local designers to convert their Goodwill treasures into runway fashions. The evening included shopping, a fashion show, competition, the Goodwill Challenge and charitable fun. The event is hosted by ystark! and Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio. This sustainable event was sponsored by B.Zimmerman Law.
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