Christmas Sweater #21 is a subtle piece whose festivity is only apparent if you stare at it for a second. Which could be creepy so exercise your peripheral vision when doing so. At first glance you might think this sweater is all about games, chess, checkers and some dangly triangles perfect to swing on in Jungle Hunt for the Atari 2600 (which btw, Continental Club still has a functioning version, I think). But wait! What is this? Festive bears hiding in the bramblebush of the geometric garden? Wow, and a thin stripe of gold glitter ringing the bears feet. Truly spectacular.

Goodwill Stores in the Houston Area

Goodwill has 9 stores in the Houston area (including, for argument sake, areas way outside of my jurisdiction). I’ve embedded a google map at the end of this post to help select the right store for you.

Today I took a trip out to the 5705 Fondren location which has moved to 2600 Fondren (make sure you call a location before going to make sure they are open and or still in existence). This particular location has a donation center where you can contribute goods like: Clothing, Small Appliances, Shoes, Toys, Sporting Goods, Domestics, Housewares, Upholstery Fabrics, Usable Furniture, Holiday Decorations, Bric-a-Brac, Office supplies, Pictures, and Frames. Their store is full of all of the items that can be donated but the majority of the store is focused on clothes.

As someone who frequents thrift stores, I was overwhelmed by the cleanliness, organization, and selection of clothes. The clothes are organized first by gender then clothing type and finally color. The choice to arrange by color struck me as interesting; it helps people who gravitate towards particular shades and it notifies an employee when and where a wayward item should be replaced. The clothes themselves were all of high quality, included many brand labels and seemed to focus more on functionality rather than kitsch clothes that can be found at other well-known thrift stores. None of the clothes that I looked at were frayed, had stains or noticeable wear. Style is one of the most important aspects of any thrift store but so is price. The prices were some of the lowest I have seen, especially when compared to the quality of the clothes. The employees were helpful and cheery, pointing me in the direction of the clothes I was looking for. Giving a cursory look through the men’s clothes I was able to find several suit jackets, button downs and slacks that would fit my body type and were of a style current enough to be functional for most work situations.

Everyone has a goal when going thrift store shopping. If you are looking for period clothes there are several locations well known for that. I have a specific store that I visit for vintage suits. If you’re looking for inexpensive, functional and quality second-hand clothes to wear in any situation: work, life or play, Goodwill is the place to go.

Why not make a small contribution ($5) to Goodwill to allow them to continue providing high quality service to the Houston community in the form of these stores and donation centers. To make a financial contribution to Houston Goodwill click the Chipin widget to the right or click below. Thank you.

If you would prefer to make a direct impact, why not volunteer? To volunteer with Houston Goodwill please visit their volunteer page here or call: 713-699-6338

Do you have goods or clothes you don’t need? Why not donate some to Goodwill? Visit this page for donations.

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  1. Wow, Matthew, that sweater is stunning, it its… um… stunningness. Just stunning.

    And I now need aspirin.

    Posted December 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

  2. Michelle

    he he he…I’m going to miss these blogs once the holidays are over. These sweaters are the best.

    Posted December 23, 2008 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

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