Brilliant Back to School Buys from Goodwill®

If you are an avid thrifter, you will probably think of Goodwill right away when it comes to shopping, no matter the occasion. But as back to school season approaches, you may find yourself even more eager to browse the aisles for great deals on necessities for the upcoming year.

Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia supports mission services through the sale of donated clothes and household items at more than 30 Goodwill stores and online through, the first nonprofit Internet auction site, and through contract services, private and public grants, and individual giving.

With so many places to shop and a steady stream of new donations coming into those stores, Goodwill 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. To help you get ready for the new semester, here are a few of our favorite back to school finds…

I love this back to school thrift haul video from Got It at Goodwill! On top of a $400 bag, which she scored for only $10, the video-blogger also found a huge array of cute clothes and shoes to start her school year off on the right foot. As a teacher, she talks about how important it is for her to find versatile clothing that is easy to move around in while still maintaining a professional appearance. But students, too, can find just what they need to update their wardrobe without spending a fortune. You can see in this video how many fashionable pieces are just waiting to head to a new home.

As parents know, 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.

– Julia Marchand, DIY Blogger


Julia Marchand resides in “the roost” in rural New Hampshire with her husband, son, and two cats. Her passion is finding fun ways to reduce her impact on the Earth and turning her little home into a mini-sanctuary.

When not running the locally owned Sunflower Natural Foods with her husband, she’s hand-making unique treasures and accessories using upcycled materials – fueled by coffee, of course.

Julia is currently blogging about sustainable fashion and her own upcycling DIYs for During her off hours, she spends her time baby-wrangling her young son.

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