Breaking up for Earth Day

Did you know Earth Day is this week? I honestly didn’t even realize until I started seeing all the recycle campaigns around town (that honestly, aren’t really that unusual in Seattle anyways.) One particularly fun campaign is Seattle Goodwill Earth Day Breakup4Good, asking local musicians, CEOs, athletes, and other known Seattleites to break up with their outfits for a good cause. They’ve put these outfits on display at Goodwill stores around town.

Goodwill Break Up for Good Campaign Outfits #breakup4good / hellorigby seattle fashion and style blog

Of course I had to get in on the action too. I even conned Dave into breaking up with an outfit. I mean, we’re promoting recycling so why not right? Donating to Goodwill means that 9,200 people were provided with free job training and education last year and keep over 40 million pounds out of landfills.

Women's Over the Knee Boot, Skinny Jean, Turtleneck. and Boucle Jacket Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion and style blog

So you may wonder why we’re donating these outfits. While there’s nothing wrong with them… I just found I wasn’t wearing any of the above pieces very often anymore. This coat I purchased in college, and while it’s cute, it’s just not that practical for me. And while I love this turtleneck, I don’t really need two of the same piece (blue and white version worn here) and this was my least favorite of the two. And the over the knee boots (last styled here) are fun, but unfortunately, the shaft is too large and the footbed ended up stretching out after wearing them and they feel too loose.

Men's Black Shirt, Jeans, Sneakers Fashion Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion and style blog

I won’t lie – I picked out Dave’s outfit to donate. He’s not one to enjoy closet cleaning, and he likes to hang on to pieces for longer than necessary in the hopes of “someday” wearing them. I picked this button up because I’ve never seen him wear it in the 3+ years we’ve been together. These jeans were sent to him from J Leer, and while he likes the look of them, they pinch in certain areas that he finds uncomfortable if you get what I’m saying. He owns about 5 million pairs of these Tigers as well, and these are the ones that haven’t been pulled out of the closet in the longest time, so out they go. ;)

Women's Tweed Boucle Jacket and Striped Turtleneck Outfit / hellorigby seattle fashion and style blog

Be sure to check out Seattle Goodwill’s Facebook page for more information, as well as twice daily giveaways from April 20 – May 1. Prizes include gifts cards/items from local brands like Kari Gran, Skoah, Loulay, Sounders FC tickets, JJ Caprices, and Volterra.

And because Seattle Goodwill is awesome, they’ve offered to provide one lucky winner with $50 to spend at their local Goodwill (redeemable locations are listed here) in the form of a gift card! While you’re donating your spring cleaning goods, you can then go and replenish your wardrobe or housewares a little bit. ;) Giveaway is open to US mailing addresses and will end on April 27th at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!
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What has your best thrift store find been to date? Or how do you decide on what to get rid of from your closet?


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50 thoughts on “Breaking up for Earth Day

  1. Liza

    This is such a neat idea! I am constantly utilizing thrift stores, but I need to get better about donating as well. I do like that jacket. Wish I was closer to Seattle to snag it! :)
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    1. Jenn Post author

      That’s a great way to look at it! I try to limit my purchases on new items but it can be hard, especially when blogging about fashion and beauty products. ;)

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  2. melanie

    have been thrifting and garage sale hunting with my grandma and mom since i was little. it’s great finding deep discounts with original tags from the local store donations:)

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Haha, that sounds fun! If you do end up winning and coming up you’ll have to let me know when. I’m always down for some thrift shopping :)

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  3. Mar

    Love that idea! I’m a big fan of sustainable living. That outfit will make someone really happy. I’m a big fan of housewares at Goodwill. You can find some really unique pieces.
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    1. Jenn Post author

      I know what you mean – I tend to have the same problem! As soon as I get rid of them I’m always afraid I’ll need them again.

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  4. Melissa C

    LOVE this idea. Goodwill is definitely one of my favorites. (beauty on a budget and all). I love to see others donating and helping out when they can. :) Our local goodwill has a ton of clothes from my entire household. (Weightloss means donating “bigger” pieces, right?) lol. :) Love your soul!
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    1. Jenn Post author

      Aw, thanks Melissa! We’re working on doing a lot of spring cleaning and already our donation bag has more than doubled in size, haha!

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  5. Andrea Darst

    I love thrift store shopping! I just found a pair of flare jeans and dress pants from Loft (with the tags still on!) last week at my local Goodwill!

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  6. Chelsie

    Dustin is exactly like Dave when it comes to cleaning out his closest. When we were moving, I made him sit down and look at all his clothes; half of the stuff he wanted to keep he hadn’t worn since we’d been married! We donated all of the clothes to the local DI though, so he felt better then just throwing them out!
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    1. Jenn Post author

      Haha yeah, when I moved in with Dave we had a big closet cleaning party to make room for my stuff. There was some haggard looking stuff in there!

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  7. Martha

    What a great idea! I just did a HUGE cleanout to take to Goodwill…I used to be bad about hanging onto things “just in case” but now I’m getting better at passing those items on so someone else can enjoy them. (And it leaves me with a lot more elbow room in the house, too!)
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    1. Jenn Post author

      Haha, I have the same problem. I have a huge bag started and even more will probably be ending up at Goodwill soon. It feels so good to clean out the stuff we’ve been hanging onto!

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  8. Eleigh

    Thrifting I think is my way of life, I couldn’t find it in me to buy something worth 3 or more items in a thrift shop. Unfortunately there are no Goodwill stores here in the Philippines, but there are tons of thrift shops almost at every corner LOL. Most of the closet items I bought online or were given to me as a gift that didn’t fit well are all organized inside a box, ready to donate when I go back home to my province. :)

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  9. Mai T.

    We go through our closet once per 6 months to rid of unwanted pieces (old, faded colors, out of tune, etc.) and donate them to Red Cross.

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    1. Jenn Post author

      That’s awesome, Mai! I’m trying to get better about doing it every 6 months as well. It’s nice to purge frequently, especially when it goes to a good cause!

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  10. Judy Thomas

    What a lovely idea! We try to recycle and buy used items as much as possible.It’s great on the pocket :)

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