There are better days ahead

There are better days ahead

Nothing brightens our spirits more than the thought of summer. Despite the current pandemic, it’s OK to close our eyes and imagine a warm, sunny day, a sparkling pool, a cool drink and the laughter of friends and family.

There are better days ahead, and it’s OK to realize the power of thrift (and positive thinking).

Here at Goodwill, we love helping folks make the most of summer — beginning with attire. For some women, summer means dressing in less to keep cool, but we don’t always feel comfortable doing so. Don’t feel discouraged! Goodwill has a wide array of clothing styles on our online platform at — the first e-commerce auction platform created, owned and operated by a nonprofit. Today, more than 130 Goodwill organizations from across the country list and auction unique items on the site.

Browsing here is “guilt-free retail therapy,” knowing every purchase supports job training programs and promotes reuse, keeping items out of landfills and reducing the need for scarce natural resources.

First things first, ladies. Start editing your current collection, and donate your seldom-worn or out-of-season items to Goodwill.

With the wool and tweed out of the closet, you need to make room for some warm weather pieces, and Goodwill has you covered. From name brands like Rebecca Taylor, to gently used off-brand discoveries, you will find a bounty of treasures waiting for you.

Men, too, can shop for summer clothing such as board shorts, tanks and tees and more. You’ll also find beach blankets, woven beach totes, pool accessories and decor.

Now that you’ve pinned down a summer clothing solution, place your focus outside. We know you all want to be active, and head out hiking, biking and swimming, but let’s not underestimate the relaxing qualities of gardening in your own backyard. Goodwill thrifters find inventive ways to repurpose items into planters. How about a bundt pan turned floral centerpiece? An umbrella post goes right through the center of the pan to hold it in place!

Enjoy summer pleasures well into the night by using tiki torches to light the way. Or with a little ingenuity you can put together a dreamy solar-powered table lamp by following these easy DIY steps here.

While you’re browsing online, keep in mind that Goodwill helps provide employment training, job placement services and other community-based services to your neighbors in need. Your purchases make our mission possible — and create hope for better days ahead.