I (Carolyn of Petite Punk) am still buzzing with excitement about how we’re FINALLY BACK with our popular monthly Goodwill Shopping Meetups.

After nearly three years of going on hiatus due to the plethora of challenges presented by the pandemic, we’ve finally resumed our goodie-filled Meetup series. What a relief! I sure have missed you all.

To celebrate all things Mother Earth and circular fashion for Earth Day, we visited the newest Goodwill of Greater Washington, Hayfield location in Alexandria, VA.

The event energetically began at 9 AM and spanned an entire, exclusive hour of thrifting it up.

Goodwill graciously opened the store an hour early – just for us! Handheld breakfast treats were provided, a 25% coupon was distributed to all attendees, and racks were fully stocked. These get-togethers truly make you feel like you’re a part of the Thrift Cool Kids Club (let’s make that a thing?!).

I’m happy to share that nearly 50 attendees came out on this sunny morning to sustainably shop the day away.

It was such a delight to see new and familiar faces – even OG Meetup attendees who I met through Goodwill almost 10 years ago! Talk about a Goodwill Reunion!

Meetup Snapshot

Below are snapshots that capture the essence of the fabulous morning’s festivities – which were filled with Goodwill gems and good company. As you scroll through the images, you’ll see every single attendee was on a mission to score great Goodwill finds while supporting a great community-focused mission that transforms lives in the DMV through job training and education.

Within minutes of the Meetup beginning, shopping carts were filled to the brim. Some local influencers and fashionistas I knew quickly revealed themselves! Amber Mixson, one of our bloggers, even came out – dressed to impress.

Sam, a long-time Meetup attendee, purchased a cart of punky clothing items and a hoop for crafts.

I finally got to meet Instagram Thrift Maven Stephanie! It was heart-warming to meet her little one during the event too. Gotta start ’em thrifting young!

Do you remember Karli?! I jumped for joy when I saw this thrift queen pull up to the store. I’ve known her for years – all made possible by this blog!

And here are some other event highlights. Below you will find:

  • Fun furniture
  • Happy faces of new friends
  • Full baskets of goodies galore
  • Selfies!

Thanks again to everyone for making it out to this early-bird event!

It really is such a pleasure to meet like-minded individuals who love style and know how to shop smart at Goodwill stores. There’s nothing better than shopping for a great cause that provides job opportunities in my beloved community.

I hope to see everyone at the next Meetup!

If you couldn’t make it to this one, we’re hosting another one on 5/13 in Waldorf! RSVP and sign up for our Meetup group! <3