Pamela Lutrell wears a jacket from GoodwillSA

This is a fun post about many of my favorite things… my fashion finds from Goodwill San Antonio, Project Runway, Upcycling, and finding new shorter jackets for my 2020 style goals.  Hopefully soon, you will see how they all connect.  I represent our incredible local GoodwillSA organization and support all of the good work they do for our community.  In this world of sustainable fashion, Goodwill and organizations like them, have become even more important.  

Pamela Lutrell finds shorter jackets at Goodwill

I am in need of shorter jackets to wear and they are part of my style goals for 2020…also I am in need of blue!  So when I found this Coldwater Creek, wool jacket at Goodwill SA…all I could think was SCORE!  It was only $6 like new.  Of course the first thing I do is have it cleaned and then it is ready to wear. The bronze buttons were in perfect shape.  When you are ready to make a style change and the shopping budget is a little low, thrift is often one of the best ways to find quality, top notch brands.  Particularly in January after everyone has made their end of the year donations!

Over 50 Feeling 40 for GoodwillSA

This is typically how I shop GoodwillSA.  I am looking for the best garments that (after cleaning) I can wear right now.  I am not a seamtress or a fashion designer…only in my dreams.  So I partake in sustainablity.  However, there are true artists who partake in upcycling. “Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value.”

Pamela Lutrell in thrift scarf

I also found this snake print scarf at GoodwillSA for $3.  A fashion designer could take this scarf and make a top out of it! Some of you are thinking, but she just said she wasn’t buying more scarves…it’s on trend and $3!! Give me a break!  It had to come home with me. If I was a designer, it could be so much more.

Tonight is another episode of Project Runway, the show where fashion designers compete against one another for fame and fortune.  I love this show because I love to see what they create each week.  Last week, they were sent to Goodwill in New York to use materials there to create a garment for one of the show’s hosts to wear at a fashion event in Paris.  One designer used 12 pair of jeans to make an entire denim outfit!  Also this year, they have a designer (Nancy Volpe-Beringer) who is 64! She made it into the top three of this challenge.  We need to watch and support her, ladies!  For those of you who included creativity/artistic in your style adjectives, you will love Nancy’s designs. You can watch the entire episode called THE ULTIMATE UPCYCLE here.  Just click on the title.  A new episode airs tonight.  Here is Nancy’s picture….

Project Runway Designer

The idea of reusing great pieces and creating new ones is a fun part of the fashion world that I really love.  If you are in or near San Antonio, make sure you check out our Goodwill SA locations…they are incredible.  

Since this post is brought to you by GoodwillSA, there is not slideshow today…but back tomorrow with another reader’s style adjectives!  Had you heard of upcycling?  



Disclaimer:  Goodwill SA provides income for me to shop at their stores, but the words are my own.

By Pamela Lutrell

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