Celebrate friendship unconventionally with Galentine’s Day at Goodwill

Wherever you are on the relationship scale — married, single, and ready to mingle or anything in between — Valentine’s Day always seems to provide extra levels of pressure and expectation.

Being content with where you’re at always brings good feelings, and celebrating the day in a completely different way feels even better.

That’s the idea behind Galentine’s Day, a modern, made-up holiday that falls the day before Valentine’s Day. Invented on the TV program “Parks and Recreation” by the character Leslie Knope, Feb. 13 became known as a special day dedicated to celebrating friendship — usually among women gal pals.

In 2010, the second season of the show was called “Galentine’s Day,” in which Leslie gathers a group of her closest gal pals for a brunch full of waffles and love. “Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style,” she says in the episode. “Ladies celebrating ladies.”

According to The Atlantic, Galentine’s Day is such a widely recognized fake holiday that it’s being marketed and promoted by greeting card companies. What could be more real than that?

At Goodwill Central Coast, we embrace the concept behind Galentine’s Day, and propose being your one-stop shop for everything pink, glittery, sweet, and sometimes delightfully cheesy. Go beyond the greeting card!

Instead of throwing a party, why not take the fun of spoiling everyone a bit more out of the box? You can shop at Goodwill for unique and even silly attire to make your gathering more interesting. Arrive together and challenge your friends to find the best outfits at outrageous prices. Then take fun photos and post them on social media to show off your besties.

Galentine’s Day Goodwill shopping trip is a fun, cost-effective excuse to spend the day together, enjoy each other’s company and revamp your wardrobes.

Goodwill CC is always the perfect place for gifts, supplies, decorations, clothing, and entertainment you need to celebrate properly — all at incredible prices. Best of all, everything you purchase from Goodwill supports our mission to provide job skills training and employment services to our friends and neighbors.

So maybe you do throw a party at home for your friends because romantic love isn’t the only kind of love that deserves all the pomp and circumstance. Shop at Goodwill for Champagne flutes and nice waffle iron and plan the Galentine’s Day brunch of your dreams. After all, your BFFs have been there through it all and deserve your affection in that “it’s official” sort of way!

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