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Found At The Goodwill: Spring Break Edition

After months of freezing temperatures, sheets of ice for sidewalks, and bundling layers of clothing before going outside, we can say we finally made it. Spring break is here and it’s time to let the week of endless shenanigans begin!

Like most students, you could go the traditional spring break route and head home. There, a paradise of free food, quarterless-laundry, and (possibly) beloved pets awaits you. While all of that does sound quite appealing, many opt to spend their week of freedom in a place a little more tropical.

Whether you’re heading to Cancun, Panama City, or Orlando, there are certain spring break essentials you’re going to need throughout the week. There’s sunscreen, sunglasses, a towel, and a swim suit (you’ve been working on your spring break bod, right?). Given how much a spring break getaway cost these days, you may be a little strapped for cash. Luckily, your friendly neighborhood Goodwill is here to help.

We found some of the best and beachiest that the consignment treasure trove had to offer. Without further ado, here are all your Goodwill spring break essentials.


No spring break is complete without a flashy pair of swim shorts, and this pair really is the complete package. It manages to be festive, yet totally stylish at the same time. And to top it all off, it’s realistic! Umbrellas on swim shorts are pretty common, but an umbrella stand? Now that’s accuracy.


Hawaiian shirts and spring break go together like Vlad and Canyon (the ultimate Friday night).  This one may seem a bit darker, but it’s still guaranteed to turn a few heads. Most girls won’t be able to resist this shirt, even if they try. And, when she does come over to you, you’re as smooth as the Dos Equis man himself, if not smoother.




Not everyone spends spring break on a beach sipping fruity drinks. In fact, some students opt for an alternative weeklong getaway and take off on a road trip. This shirt, while from Kentucky, totally fits that ramblin’ man lifestyle. I mean, it’s literally a map. And, if you’re lost somewhere in Kentucky, you can just look down at your shirt! How handy, right?


This shirt screams dad. When you really think about it, this shirt could be worn every day during spring Break. Then, when you’re broke again come Christmas or your dad’s birthday, you already have the perfect present. Just think, when you give this to your old man, you’ll be the family favorite. Little does he know that you lived it up in that same shirt just a few months earlier.


It’s important to note this bucket hat is actually a Coach bucket hat. Doesn’t that automatically make it more classy? Yeah, that’s what I thought. This designer floppy hat will keep your precious face from burning all week. It combines high fashion with utility. What more could you ask for?


On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s this gem of a hat. Compared to the luxe, baby pink fabric of the Coach hat, this hat seemed to be made of the same material as a heavy duty poncho. And honestly, this hat probably serves the same purpose as a poncho. If a storm cloud were to appear on the horizon during spring break, you wouldn’t even have to go inside! The rain would just slide off that slick plastic coated fabric.


Before you say anything else, these goggles are Spider Man themed. That’s right, for a mere $2.79, you can achieve your childhood dream of having Spidey Vision. Plus, you don’t have to worry about getting that pesky salt water in your eyes. It’s a win-win.


Even if you’re in Mexico or some other international locale, you should never forget about the red, white, and blue. These sunglasses will do just the trick. Who ever said being patriotic couldn’t look this good? Sure, they’re great for spring break, but think about all the different uses you can get out of these specs. Fourth of July? No problem. America-themed day longs? Hell yeah. Watching old episodes of the Colbert Report *sheds a tear*? You’re George Washington himself. These glasses aren’t just a fashion statement, they’re an investment.


Bummed you can’t soak in that Florida sun over spring break? This tiki torch essentially brings that Hawaiian vibe to your very own home. (We really don’t encourage you to light this in your home.) Nonetheless, break out the hula skirts, pineapple, and your copy of Lilo & Stitch, it’s time to relax.


When I first saw this shot glass, I thought it was a little tacky. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how true this sad little half cup is. It’s sad that a week can completely annihilate all of your savings, however, life isn’t worth living if you’re not living on the edge. Happy Spring Break, everyone!

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About the Author

Anna Foley

Anna is a senior majoring in Communication Arts & Sciences and Spanish with a minor in Theatre. Yes, she went to Spain. Follow her half-funny thoughts @exfoleyator and send her chain emails at [email protected]


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