The 7 S's of Summer

You asked and I answered! I visited two Goodwill stores last week and composed “The 7 S’s of Summer.” Walking you through each one, I have listed seven Goodwill essentials to beat the summer heat.

1. Sunglasses: In every Goodwill I have shopped, there is a display of sunglasses in the case by the register. With a variety of styles and colors, try on a few pairs until your find the perfect fit and “shade!” Sunglasses protect your eyes from summer’s intense rays.

2. Shorts: Denim, khaki, cotton…shorts are a staple in nearly every summer outfit. Finding a basic pair to decorate has been a new adventure of mine. There are always racks of donated shorts, so I am positive you will find a pair to wear this summer!

3. Sunhat: I featured my favorite sunhat in a recent #ThriftyThursday. Whether you prefer full coverage, a visor, or a baseball cap, shielding your face is important to ensure you are caring for your skin. A hat accessorizes an outfit, so if you do not normally wear one, step outside your box!

4. Sandals: When feet break free from closed-toe shoes, summer is making its way in. When I walk into a Goodwill store, I first check out the racks of shoes! Sandals are a must-have for summertime. I am always looking for a variety of colors to match the other six summertime “S’s.”

5. Swimwear: Most would agree that a favorite summer activity is swimming. My preferred bathing suit tops have come from the Hikes Point (in Louisville) Goodwill store. Whether you wear bikinis, one-pieces, or swim trunks, this time of year Goodwill has a variety of colors and sizes for you to wear in the water!

6. Sundresses: During summer, I wear a dress almost every day of the week. Goodwill has racks of different designs, styles, and lengths. A sundress makes for a light, comfortable outfit for any occasion.

7. Swim bag: The perfect bag to pack for to the pool or lake can be found at Goodwill. I recently purchased a few totes to carry this summer!

Preparing for the next three months can be overwhelming. Take this Goodwill guru’s advice and enjoy the summer season!



our history

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Louisville since 1923. Goodwill gives people up—not a handout—so they can experience the dignity and independence that comes from earning a paycheck.


our mission

We help people with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life.

what we do

Goodwill collects and sells donated items to fund programs for Kentuckians who have disabilities or other challenges in finding and maintaining traditional employment. On-the-job training, job preparation skills, and employment counseling are just a few of Goodwill's services that benefit thousands of adults each year and strengthen families in Kentucky's communities.