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High Fashions at Low Costs

Goodwill offers trendy back-to-school styles and uniforms that won’t break the budget.

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Retail | Issue: September 2011

Students Kristin Payne and Sarah Luong enjoy hamming it up with Goodwill sales clerk Janet Saltarelli as they ­select fashionable back-to-school clothing for fall.

Students Kristin Payne and Sarah Luong enjoy hamming it up with Goodwill sales clerk Janet Saltarelli as they ­select fashionable back-to-school clothing for fall.

Whether your children are going to a school that will require a ­uniform or one that does not, Goodwill stores in the Tulsa area are well stocked with back-to-school clothing items. Most ­elementary and middle schools in our area will be requiring ­uniforms, and it is ­recommended that you check with your child’s school to ­determine exactly what the dress code requirements will be.
    The Goodwill retail stores in the Tulsa metro area are filled with various back-to-school ­clothing items that are sure to fit any school’s dress code – and your budget. With their focus on fall school clothing, you’ll find navy, white, and red polo shirts with knit collars in sizes ranging from children’s to junior’s to adults. Also, fall fashions are now on display at each store. Goodwill is a great place to save money on back-to-school clothes and current fashion trends.
    All sizes of child fashions – sizes 3 to 12 – are available year-round at Goodwill, and their low price is one of the best kept secrets in town. Seasonal and holiday fashions are also available.
    Goodwill stores have very nice selections of junior’s ­fashions that are popular with high school and college students. You’ll always find great ­accessories too, including hats, backpacks, scarves, purses, ­jewelry and much more. Many locations have designer handbags, name brand shoes, and more of the ­latest trends. Selections vary from store to store.
    Mark your calendar for two upcoming fashion events. Andrea Gardner, manager of Goodwill’s Broken Arrow store, invites you to attend the “Frugal, ‘Fordable,’ Fashionable & Fabulous Fall Showcase” on Saturday, September 24 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. This fun hour of entertainment is back by popular demand. Brenda Dukes, manager of Goodwill’s store on Garnett, will present a “Dress for Fall and Plan for the Holidays” event, which will feature Girl Scouts in third through twelfth grades in Troop 915 who will model fall and holiday fashions from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. Whether you’re dressing for football games, hayrides, date nights, school days, or with some holiday glitter, Goodwill has it all. Plan to attend both of these presentations and then put in some quality time ­shopping at Goodwill.  
    Looking for books? The Goodwill stores located at 102 S. Garnett and 2800 Southwest Blvd. both have ­full-line selections of novels, ­fiction, non-fiction, and ­collectibles. All are categorized, making them easy to shop and find. You’ll also find a great supply of home schooling books and supplies for teachers and parents.
    Go online to for a list of the Goodwill stores that are conveniently located near you in the Tulsa metro area, plus Claremore, Bartlesville and McAlester. Stores are open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
    Special monthly sales are always available for viewing on the Value Planner posted on the website. Goodwill is also on Facebook and Twitter.
    Goodwill has senior ­discount days the first and third Tuesday of every month. Senior discounts feature 25 percent off each purchase for anyone who is at least 55 years old. This same discount is extended to all customers at Goodwill’s monthly customer appreciation sale. You can check details on the website.
    Goodwill Southwest Boulevard Store Manager Heather Cleveland says, “Our customer base just continues to grow, and shoppers are constantly amazed at the department store atmosphere, friendliness, selections and savings they find at Goodwill.”
    Remember to bring a friend with you each time you shop Goodwill. All proceeds from store sales go to support Goodwill’s employment and job training programs serving ­persons with disabilities and ­other barriers to employment. You’ll love the feeling knowing that you’re helping others while having such a great time ­shopping the tremendous values.

For more information, contact

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa

2800 Southwest Boulevard
Tulsa, OK 74107
(918) 584-7291

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About Author Duane Blankenship

Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.

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