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Found At Goodwill: Summer Break Edition

Well Penn State, we made it. Another long year of biting cold winters and two semesters worth of classes has lead us to this point: summer break. Ah, sweet summer. The three months where you can sleep till noon and eat your parents food nearly every day and not feel (entirely) guilty about it. Unless, of course, you have an internship or job. Then your life consists of early alarms and long days in a fluorescent-lit office.

No matter what plans you have for these next few months, you’re bound to need some summer supplies. Luckily, the State College Goodwill has everything you need to make Summer 2k15 the best one yet.


Got a road trip planned? Don’t have a suitcase for all your high-waisted shorts and crop tops? Have no fear, Goodwill is here to to help. This suitcase truly inspires me. I mean, look at this little girl. Look at the determination in her little cartoon eyes. She is going to grandma’s, and goddammit, she is going to enjoy it. She has her eyes on the prize, and nothing is going to stop her. It’s actually a little scary (note the teddy bear’s terrified expression). Either way, this suitcase is all you need to have the best road trip ever.


Temporary tattoos and summer go hand-in-hand. They were what all the cool kids wore to the pool. The amount of temporary tattoos you wore was undoubtedly directly correlated to your popularity in grade school, and that’s a trend that should definitely come back at a collegiate level. The best part about these particular tattoos is that they don’t have a price tag. Are they free? Or are they too hip for the conforming label of a price? You decide.


I stumbled upon this aisle when I was looking for odd trinkets that reminded me of summer. You might be asking why I decided to include an entire aisle of Christmas decorations in a post about summer necessities. Well, hear me out: a Christmas in July party. Have it during Arts Fest, so all your friends can come marvel at all of these Goodwill treasures. You can all wear tacky Christmas sweaters, and subsequently collapse due to heat stroke. Plus, it gives you an excuse to drink eggnog in the middle of July. That sounds like a win-win to me.


Goodwill has all of your party-planning needs taken care of. In a similar vein to the Christmas in July party, you can have a whole party using supplies from Goodwill! Take these margarita glasses, for example. They’re brightly colored, which will give any gathering a splash of excitement. Plus, they definitely haven’t been washed, so there might be traces of alcohol still on them! That means you save money on booze. Goodwill saves the day once again.


This one goes out to all of the recent grads. This shirt can really take your alumni status to the next degree. Just put it on, and you’re instantly upgraded from a plain alumnus to Penn State Dad level. That’s a pretty sweet promotion, in my humble opinion.


As great as all the free time during can be, sometimes it can get a little boring. Well, a lot boring. So you’re often forced to make your own fun, especially if you’re stuck at home for the day. That’s where things like Fun Slides come in. Now I can’t confirm how these little sandals work, because Goodwill sadly has tiled floors, but I think you can get the picture. Spending an entire day sliding around your living room on these faux-skates sounds like a perfectly good way to pass the time. Maybe your parents or boss won’t agree, but who cares? You’ve got Fun Slides. Cheers to a great summer, Penn State!

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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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