Goodwill Hunting: School Spirit, The Thrifty Way

We’re college students– and money doesn’t grow on trees. This used to mean cutting down on your clothing purchases, but no more! There are tons of fun, stylish and cheap treasures waiting to be found at thrift stores. Each week, Daphne Weidner will take you on a thrifty journey to prove that being tight on money does not mean sacrificing style. Let’s get thrifty.

Football season’s a thrilling time packed with tailgating, game-day parties and cheering on your team. Especially during this time of year, showing your school pride is important and there’s no simpler or easier way to do this than by sporting some Penn State clothing around town and the stadium. So you rotate through the few Penn State shirts you have, over and over and over.

Eventually, you find yourself staring unenthusiastically into your closet at the sad, boring pile of T-shirts that you’ve worn a million times. Getting some new Penn State gear is as easy as walking down to the Family Clothesline downtown, but what if you don’t want to spend a chunk of your precious paycheck on a new, school-spirited wardrobe? No worries! Head to Goodwill on Westerly Parkway for some PSU treasures.

When you walk into Goodwill, the rows upon rows of T-shirts might overwhelm you at first, but don’t worry. All you have to do is fish through the racks, keeping an eye out for blue and white clothing.

As embarrassing as shopping in the men’s T-shirt section might seem, that’s where most of the Penn State clothing is hiding. In this section, you can find everything from the basic, gray Penn State tee, to shirts with cute and clever phrases. And, here’s the best part: they’re all $3.99 or less! Talk about a steal.

You may be thinking, “but wait, why would I want a men’s shirt?”

That’s where your creative freedom comes in. These tees are just waiting to be cut, tie-dyed and fringed. Cut the sleeves off, widen the neckline or make it a crop top. There are tons of easy (and free) ways to make these basic T-shirts fit your style.

While everyone else will be draped in similar Penn State clothing, there’s a good chance that you won’t run into anyone wearing what you found at Goodwill. You’ll look great, and the satisfaction of still having money in your pocket will make strutting around in your fly, unique PSU gear that much better.

Photos by Daphne Weidner

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