Friday, April 22, 2016

#RethinkReuse



Hi guys! I am b-a-c-k! Yes I know it's been all to quiet over here for awhile and that is because #life happened. 

Between being back and forth between California and here, helping my dad around the house with projects, cleaning and packing, insane amount of school and work I've been crazy, stupid busy and haven't had much time or energy for that matter to blog. Sure I coulda thrown up a half-assed post but it's not fair to you guys so I made the decision to slack on the blog so that I could handle the priorities in my life first ie: help my dad, school and work. But now school is getting ready to end so I will have a lot more time to work on posts now, YAY! 

So a huuuuge thank you to everyone who has stuck around, you guys are seriously the best and I want to give every one of you a hug and some cookies. I have a lot of fun projects currently in the works that I think you guys are gonna like so your wait will be rewarded! :) Make sure you're following along on here and on my social media (Insta and Twitter @samantha_goble and Snapchat @samanthagoble) for updates and to see what I'm up to! Lots of fun stuff coming! 

So now onto today's post (it's a little long but it's a good one!)

I don't consider myself a hoarder by any means but until you're forced to pack up your house you never realize how much stuff you accumulate over the years! Instead of just throwing it all away I've been taking gently used goods from clothing to homewares, toys, electronics and anything "homey" at Saver's. They've honestly been my saving grace (no pun intended lol) in moving! Especially for stuff that I knew I couldn't sell on eBay, Craigslist, Poshmark or other selling websites/apps. I can't tell you how many boxes and bags chalk full of stuff I've taken there, how many car loads we've taken of stuff that would have other wise been thrown out. If you're not familiar with what Saver's is it is second-hand stores that takes donated items and re-sells them. 

I've found some great stuff there before like J.Crew, Vineyard Vines, Michael Kors and more brand name designers for cheeeap, like "you wouldn't believe me if I told you" cheap. 

So when Saver's reached out to me to work with them on promoting their #RethinkReuse (learn more by clicking the link) campaign I was 100000% on board. I have been shopping and donating at Saver's for years, more so now that I've been cleaning out my room/house and love that they are a place where people can take their gently used items and give them a second life instead of them going to a landfill. Did you know that North American's ALONE send 10.5 MILLION TONS (yes tons and not pounds) of clothing to landfills every year... 10.5 MILLION TONS JUST FROM NORTH AMERICA! 


Is that not the most mind boggling stat ever?! And here's the kicker, 95% of these items can be reused or recycled.... NINETY FIVE PERCENT! Almost 100% of 10.5 million can be reused by someone else!!! 

It has always bothered me how wasteful American's, in particular are, especially with clothes. Look at how many people need clothes, not only here in the United States but all around the world! Only 15%... FIFTEEN PERCENT of used clothing gets donated or recycled! FIFTEEN PERCENT! 
What if we took half, or even a quarter of that 10.5 million pounds of clothes and given them to those who need it in places like Asia, South America or Africa? The world would be a MUCH better place for all of us. 

So what is their #RethinkReuse campaign? It's easy, something that everyone can participate in and doesn't require too much effort, time or money! 


Basically all you do is drop off your gently used items at your nearest Saver's, Saver's pays whatever local nonprofit they're working with (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City for the KC area), the items are sorted and the "highest quality items" are then priced and sold for an affordable price. The unused items are recycled or sent to developing countries. Saver's keeps 650,000,000 pounds of reuseable items out of landfills every year! #WINNING



All you need to do to participate is:
1) spend a couple of hours going through your kitchen, closet, bedroom or basement and gather up your gently used items, things that you don't wear or use anymore
2) box or bag them up 
3) take them to your local Saver's Community Donation Center, 
4) drop them off
5) get a coupon or tax sheet 
and wham bam you've just helped the local community, worldwide community but the Earth too! Go treat yourself to some fro-yo! 


Saver's takes basically any and all items. Clothes (men, women, kids), accessories (men, women, kids), shoes (men, women, kids), books, magazines, records, CD's, VHS tapes, DVDs, electronics, housewares like pots, pans, dishes, silverware, glassware, utensils, small appliances like blenders, toasters, etc., electronics like stereos, cameras, speakers, home decor like picture frames, decor, wall hangings, etc., furniture like desks, drawers, storage, tables, etc.,  sports equipment, toys, some bedding and so much more. 

My favorite things to buy are clothes and homewares like vases. Seriously why spend $10 on a vase when you can get the EXACT one at Saver's for under $5? All of my vases are from there and I don't even know how much money I've saved. #MyWalletThanksMe 

Sadly they don't take bedding like mattresses or box springs, autoparts, construction supplies like wood, paint, etc., large appliances like fridges and washers, and weapons. 


 If you are unsure of something call your local store


As if helping your community, world and planet wasn't enough you get a punch card for your donation and every full box or bag you take in and drop off you get a punch. Bring in 6 boxes/bags and get 30% off your purchase at Saver's! SCORE! You are literally being rewarded both in good conscious and with a discount! 

How I feel after donating at Saver's!

And because Saver's is the best they're giving away one $15 gift certificate to one of you guys! I know $15 isn't a whole awful lot but take in a bag (or 6) and you can get anywhere from like 15-30%, making that $15 go a long way! 
Just enter the giveaway below! The giveaway runs from today, 4/22/16 to Monday 4/26/16 at 11:59 p.m. CST and the winner will be picked and announced Tuesday! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway


I know I posted a lot of links throughout so here's all of them! 
Saver's Website
#RethinkReuse campaign
Local Store Finder
Accepted/Not Accepted Donations List
Helpful Donation Tips


I hope you guys take part in this campaign, not only to benefit the local and worldwide communities, planet but to make yourself feel good too! Plus, it's so easy! We all have a box or two that we can fill up with old clothes we don't wear, kitchen stuff that we haven't used in ages or home decor that's never gone up or been set out. Give your old stuff a second life!
If you participate tag me in your post (@samantha_goble on Twitter and Instagram) and use the #RethinkReuse hashtag! 


I know this has been a suuper long post but I love giving back and helping other's in need whether in my local community or around the world. Thank you to Saver's for existing and helping the world and for partnering with me! I love working with companies that do good! 


THANK YOU to all of my followers for sticking with me and supporting me and this little old blog so that I can work with companies like this! And if you've managed to read all of this you deserve fro-yo, wine and a shopping spree ;) 



Till next time! 

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