A quick store visit because our spouses were waiting in the car, but the Goodwill in Cornelius, NC was my first second-hand store visit of 2011. Along with my best friend, Robyn, we ventured into the store, which is known for receiving “really good” donations from local wealthy people.

First, I immediately went to the white shirts, hoping for that “essential” white-button shirt for my closet, but no luck. Most of the shirts were size XS and would be a belly shirt on me. Next we checked out the black dresses and even found a potential from Banana Republic. Unfortunately, after trying it on, the dress was too narrow for my child-bearing hips. We found some other interesting dresses and even a pair of overalls, which reminded Robyn of her childhood.

Farmer Robyn!

The best part of this Goodwill was its enormous shoe selection. There were rows and rows of shoes – black, brown, purple, dressy, casual, and mostly all in very good unworn condition. If I had to guess, it was probably over 100 pairs there. I didn’t want to go shoe crazy, but I did purchase one pair of brown Aerosoles that never looked worn. The best way to tell is to check for any wear on the soles.

After this we hit the jeans and skirts and I scored a pair of jean crop pants and a skirt from Loft. However, I was not impressed with their presentation of jeans. The jeans for men and women were mixed together and made it difficult to browse. However, as with all second-hand stores, their selections will change and evolve. If they have hundreds of shoes now, they may not later.

Here was my purchase:

Ladies Shoes = $3.49 (Aerosoles)

Crop Jeans = $4.99 (fit perfectly)

Green Skirt = $3.79 (Loft)

TOTAL = $12.27 plus tax

I will be back for a return visit!

If you go: Goodwill, 19710 Kunkleman Drive Cornelius, NC – 704-987-1920 – Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30-9pm, Friday-Saturday 9-9pm, Sunday noon-7pm

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Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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  1. NC-BFF on January 18, 2011

    Farmer girl is HOTTT!!

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