My BIGGEST Gift-Giving Secret

If you know me, you know I am always up to something creative and unique like reporting on TV, hosting, styling, modeling, clothing swaps etc. I believe in doing whatever it takes to accomplish the goals you have! One statement I frequently tell myself when facing new or challenging situations is “if nothing else…look fabulous.”

Making a first impression with an audience or company rides largely in how you look and dress and I take pride and passion in dressing up and showing up fully for each occasion.

“if nothing else…look fabulous” -JH

How can I get gifts on the cheap?

I’ve recently had the privilege by my friends at AMP Strategy to partner with blue / A GOODWILL BOUTIQUE / in downtown Akron and I now have my own featured curated rack! This month, I have hunted down all second-hand items within their store that still have their original price tags. So, a collection of new-with-tags items for a fraction of their original cost!

What is blue / A GOODWILL BOUTIQUE/ ?

The boutique (if you’ve never been…you have to go!!!) is made up of upscale clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories. The items are the ‘best of the best’ items that have come from other Goodwill stores and is a collection of higher-end brands. They carry mostly women’s fashion but also have a great selection of men’s clothing and items as well! I was able to find a great sweater for my fiancé Larry—and he’d been looking at several retail stores with no luck!

What sort of brands are at blue / A GOODWILL BOUTIQUE/ ?

In my travels and shopping at the boutique, I was able to hunt down brands like Zara, MK, Coach and I even spotted some Burberry. This is a goldmine for label-concious shoppers and those who are wanting to stay on-trend as I also spotted some very ‘in-right-now’ block heels, tall boots, backpack purses and several clothing items like distressed jeans and trendy work wear!

Some of the brands found at blue / A GOODWILL BOUTIQUE /

What is on the Julie Holiday Curated Rack?

A HUGE SECRET I have is that when I am giving a gift, I sometimes look at local resale or consignment shops for items that have their original tags on them! I pay dollars for an item that is still “new with tags” and originally sometimes hundreds of dollars. It is such a life hack!! Birthdays, Christmas, etc gift-giving will never be the same!!

So…at the boutique, the rack I have put together features ALL items with their original tags on them so that you— you savvy shopper you—can buy gifts at a HUGE discount and yet still make your loved one feel appreciated and loved with an item that appears new from an over-priced retail store.

How are the prices at blue / A GOODWILL BOUTIQUE/ ? #goodwillakron

Pricing varies by item, for example on average you can find a blouse for around $12, jeans for $15 and dresses for about $20. The boutique also has INCREDIBLE manager’s specials  every Tuesday-Friday and the discount could be up to 50% off of a certain clothing item. Check out this incredible black and white striped jacket (super in right now) that had the original tags ($69) on sale at blue / A GOODWILL BOUTIQUE/ for $12!!! I’m in love!

Visit blue/ A GOODWILL Boutique / & tell them I sent you!

Looking great on the outside is only part of the blue Boutique experience, you’re also re-purposing clothing and household items – keeping them out of the landfills. Check out their great selection and prices and specials every day! SUCH a gem!!! Here’s their info:

335 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308
MON – SAT 10:00 am – 6:00 pm