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Brilliant back-to-school buys from Goodwill

Even though it’s still the height of summer, you may find yourself even more eager to browse the aisles for great deals on necessities for the upcoming school year. It’s right around the corner.

Goodwill Central Coast supports job training in our community through the sale of donated clothes and household items.

Remember, you can also shop online through opens in a new windowshopgoodwill.com, the first nonprofit Internet auction site. With so many places to shop and a steady stream of new donations coming into our stores, Goodwill CC will never give you that all-the-good-stuff-is-gone panic attack you might have when shopping at big-box stores the week before the first school bell rings.

Why shop at Goodwill for school clothes and supplies? Let’s start with the frugal factor. You can save a substantial amount of money while your kids remain hip and stylish.

Let’s face it. Fashion is important at any age — from elementary school to college. At Goodwill Central Coast, students can find just what they need to update their wardrobe without spending a fortune.As parents know, younger kids can grow a lot even just in one school year so second-hand goods are the perfect way to save money, be prepared, and minimize your family’s environmental impact as this new season starts.Older kids are more aware of trends and brands, and Goodwill has you covered here as well. It doesn’t take much browsing to find new or gently used clothing that fits — while allowing your kids to fit in — at the same time.

We’ve all seen those first-day-of-school pictures side by side with those taken just before summer. Putting these two pictures side-by-side creates a great visual of the child’s growth that will just tug at your heartstrings and your wallet.

Donate those grown-out-of clothes to Goodwill and start the cycle all over again!

For that first college move

When it comes to high-school grads heading off to college, another huge back-to-school expense awaits: outfitting their dorm. Goodwill to the rescue again! With dishes and cleaning supplies ready to buy, parents will know they’re setting their kids up for a smooth semester. It’s easy to pack a lot of personality and functionality into a small space by using a bit of creativity. Head to this opens in a new windowPinterest page for more ideas.

A one-stop-shop for teachers

For teachers, it’s important to find versatile, comfortable clothing that still projects a professional appearance. Thrifty fashionistas know a growing secret: Goodwill carries popular name brands such as Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Chico, Ann Taylor — often with the original tags intact.

When it comes to classroom supplies, it’s no secret that teachers end up paying for many (if not most) of these items out-of-pocket, so costs need to be low.

That’s where Goodwill comes in. Teachers needn’t look far for valuable teaching materials, including books, movies, calendars, desk organizers, and art supplies.

Once you’ve got all of your back-to-school style and supplies ready to go, the only thing left to do is mentally prepare yourself (or your kiddos) for another year of schedules and studying. Unfortunately, we’ll have to leave that part to you. But Goodwill Central Coast sends its best wishes for a successful school year, and you know where to find us when you think of that one last thing your child needs before they can go back to school.