Shop Your Closet For April #12MonthsofThrifting Challenge Prompt

Welcome back to the 12 Months of Thrifting Challenge hosted by Dina’s Days and Goodwill! If you’re just joining us the goal of the challenge is to help you add a “dash of thrift” to your outfits using 12 themes that you can easily find at Goodwill or in many cases your own closet.

This month’s prompt is styling clothing and accessories with WORDS!

We’re talking about clothing, accessories, and shoes donning words and phrases that speak to us. Sporting clothing and accessories with phrases, quotes, or words is not only a great way to express yourself, but it’s also a fun addition to any wardrobe that can easily be dressed up or down.

The best part about this prompt is that it’s also one you can easily create at home by shopping your own closet. Pull out a t-shirt, tote bag, or jean jacket from your closet and iron-on phrases or words. Or you can support a local artist by collaborating with local screen-printing designers.

Here’s a shirt I made:

How to add a “dash of words”

Look for interesting pieces that speak to your personal style and ones you won’t regret wearing several years from now. I tend to avoid overly trendy styles and stick with words and phrases that represent my individual style and can easily work with pieces I already own.

One of my favorite ways to add a simple “dash of words” is by thrifting graphic tees. I also like to wear necklaces with simple words like “love,” for example. You can also look for subtle pieces like denim jackets with small patches or simple lettering.


For the next level up with this theme, I opt for bolder pieces like a pair of shoes, purse, or statement earrings with writing.


When I’m feeling bold, I’ll search for vintage sweaters or jackets like this yellow sweater with retro lettering.

Happy thrifting!

What is the 12 Months of Thrifting Challenge?

The goal of the challenge is to help you add a “dash of thrift” to your outfits using 12 themes.

How to join
Save or take a screen shot of the schedule.

For each month in 2020, use the schedule to shop for a specific prompt at secondhand stores. Better yet, shop your own closet for these items you already own them!

Listen to the podcast, read the blog, or check IG and Facebook each month for styling and thrifting tips.

Share your outfits and finds with us on social using #12MonthsofThrifting


  • Use this schedule as an inspirational tool and not as a strict guide.
  • Don’t feel pressured to buy something you don’t want to buy.
  • Add these items to a running thrift list and don’t give up because you couldn’t find something right away (you probably won’t)
  • Shop your closet if you already own these items
  • Explore different ways to wear secondhand (online, borrow, clothing swaps, locally, ) but don’t buy or wear something you don’t love
  • Share your finds with @dinasdays, @goodwillakron and #12MonthsofThrifting
  • Relax and have fun