Plan an Oscars Party with Goodwill®

Roll out the red carpet, it’s almost time for the Oscars! The 89th Academy Awards Ceremony is just under a week away, so there’s still time to pull together a party if you’re ready to relive your favorite cinematic moments from the past year in the company of your other movie-loving friends. Just set the dress code (full evening dress, of course), dream up some dazzling decor and make a menu worthy of the silver screen. Sound like a lot? It’s easier than you think with the simple suggestions below!

Celebrities and Goodwill shoppers wearing the four flattering colors.

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I recently learned from Goodwill Keystone Area (Harrisburg, PA) that the Pantone Color Institute has identified four colors that flatter every person on Earth, no matter their hair, skin or eye color and tone. Mellow Rose, True Red, Indian Teal and Eggplant regularly grace the red carpet precisely because they complement all features, so for your Oscars party, scope your local Goodwill in search of these four hues to create an award-winning ensemble. You may even find attire that has actually been worn by a star!

A frame with a sign that says "And the Award Goes to..."

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Set the scene at home for a glitzy event with a few glamorous touches, like this display pinned from Catch My Party on Pinterest. Another pinner noted there are always a plethora of vases at her local Goodwill, and I’ll add that picture frames are usually abundant, too! Recreate your own version of this table in the entryway of your home to greet guests on Oscars night, and they’ll be buzzing with anticipation even before a category is announced.

Vases filled with flowers and candy

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As with any event, the menu is a great opportunity to drive a theme home, so how perfect would movie theater snacks be? Here on the East Coast, the live event will begin at 7 p.m., so nibbles are all that’s needed. I’d serve some fresh popcorn and dress up concession stand sweets in their award show best just like Goodwill of Orange County (Santa Ana) has done in the centerpiece above. Did anyone else notice that the cloth under the centerpiece is Mellow Rose? Apparently, this color is even flattering for displays!

We love watching characters on screen rise from their struggles to find success, but it’s easy to forget that these stories of triumph are all around us. In fact, Goodwill organizations generate opportunities every day for people to achieve economic stability and build strong families and vibrant communities by offering career training, financial stability tools and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, people who lack education or job experience, veterans and military families, older workers, youth and young adults, people reintegrating back into society and others who face challenges to finding employment. You can be a part of someone’s happy ending when you support these integral programs simply by shopping at Goodwill for your Oscars party needs!

Julia Marchand


 is a home decor/DIY blogger, and a fledgling seamstress concerned with environmental and social consciousness. With a passion for vintage and mid-century pieces, her New England apartment probably doesn’t look much different than her grandparents’ house did when her Mum was young.

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For more information or to set an appointment please call our VITA Coordinator at 251-433-4900 or click here to set your own appointment at the site of your choice.

Don’t Leave Your Money on the Table

Last year more than 27 million eligible workers and families received more than $67 billion with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). However, every year the IRS estimates that one out of five qualified taxpayers are leaving money on the table by not using the credit. On January 27, also known as EITC Awareness Day, those who qualify can receive help to keep that money in their pocket.

Currently, the amount refunded with EITC depends on a number of factors including income, marital status and children in the household. EITC can increase a worker’s tax refund up to more than $6,000 – making a significant difference in the lives of low- and moderate-income individuals and families, and to the economic stability of their communities overall. In addition to the federal tax credit, 25 states plus New York City and Washington, DC have established their own EITCs to supplement the federal credit, and in 2016, more than 170 EITC-related bills were considered in state legislatures to create, expand and promote tax credit for workers and their families. Even at the federal level many Republicans and Democrats in Congress support EITC expansion.

While the IRS continues its work to increase participation of eligible taxpayers in the program, in the coming congress, we will be advocating along with partner organizations and people like you to raise or expand the EITC benefit for low- and moderate income young adults, non-custodial parents, and veterans. This program has already lifted millions of people out of poverty, and its expansion is key to helping more Americans become self-sufficient, permanently.

You work hard, so see if EITC can work just as hard for you. Whether or not you qualify now, follow Goodwill Industries International’s advocacy team to stay informed of efforts to expand the EITC to workers who need it, and improve economic security for millions of young people, parents, veterans and others to encourage and reward work.

Visit our website: to access a link to prepare your own Federal and State return for free for households with an income up to $64,000. Telephone and local support will be available.

For more information or to set an appointment please call our VITA Coordinator at 251-433-4900 or click here to set your own appointment at the site of your choice.

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Add Some Greenery to Your Life

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Every year, designers and stylists eager for a fresh take on what’s fashionable excitedly await the announcement of the Pantone color of the year. For 2017, the zesty hue Greenery—nature’s signature pigment which symbolizes a new start—is taking center stage and will influence decor and dressing alike for the next several seasons. To whet your appetite for the year ahead, here are just a few ways we’ve seen this statement color on Goodwill® finds in the past!

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I think this adorable mini-peacoat is exactly what the people at Pantone had in mind when they selected this year’s color. The rich, deep hue is invigorating and bold without appearing over the top. Usually found among the racks of Anthropologie, this gorgeous piece was scouted out by DC’s Goodwill Fashionista in her local shop. Check out her post for more details on the coat itself plus tips on how to style it!

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Next up we have a desk thrifted from Goodwill by Rachel of the blog Loving Life! When she spotted this piece of old, badly finished, furniture one day while shopping, she knew it would be the perfect solution to mail organization in her home…after it got a fresh coat of paint. The bright green tint brought it back to life with a quick refinish and now keeps the entryway tidy. Slapping a coat of this cheerful color on your thrifted fixtures would be a great way to liven up any dreary or messy corner and you’ll be able to boast to your guests that it’s right on trend.

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And finally, with the Superbowl right around the corner, why not show support for your favorite players with a team-themed craft? After snagging some inexpensive tee-shirts from a local shop, Goodwill Industries of Kansas (Wichita) spent an afternoon whipping super easy scarves in the colors of their favorite teams. Now, who’s going to tell me which team has green and dark charcoal uniforms so I can swap my alliance for the year? This color combo is just too perfect for me not to replicate!

So, what do you think? Are you ready to take the plunge and let the color of the year influence your decor and fashion decisions? At Goodwill we embrace going green not just cosmetically, but also when it comes to our attention to the environment. You surely know that we help to keep things out of the landfill by selling donated goods, but have you heard about what we do with the items that don’t sell? After a significant time in Goodwill stores and outlets, unsold donations are baled and sold to textile recyclers which extends the life of already manufactured goods. Your support of our organization makes that possible! Now, everybody pop on those Emerald City spectacles and get ready to see green(ery) in 2017.