A Goodwill Grand Opening

Last week, all my thrifting dreams came true. I got an invite (from my favorite PR agent in town!) to the grand opening celebration for the newest Goodwill store in Jacksonville. The new 19,000-square-foot store, located at 11524 San Jose Boulevard, debuted Goodwill’s shift towards providing customers with less of a thrift store and more “department store” shopping experience. Now let me just pause and be totally honest right here. When I first read about the “less thrift store, more department store” theme, I was a little bummed. I thought it was going to be more like a high-end consignment store. And I don’t like those stores. But once I got there I found that while the layout is much cleaner, there were still plenty of the “I thought this only existed in my Grandma’s attic” treasures that I love most about thrifting! It’s the best of both worlds – a clean, well organized store where you can pick up a gorgeous designer dress AND a random pencil drawing of John Travolta (see below!) That’s what I love about thrifting!

And the absolute best part about the new store: it features clothing and apparel items that are sorted not just by color, but also size!!! Yes! That has been my one complaint about thrift store shopping over the years. Why can’t they sort items by size? Turns out they can, and they did at the Mandarin Goodwill! The store also has well-marked signage for departments and includes new fixtures to better display merchandise.

Thank you Goodwill for having me out for a morning of shopping and breakfast, my two favorite things. Can you maybe serve breakfast at all the stores? ;)



Now for a break-down of the treasures I found!

Pier 1 Pillow: $3.99
(I only buy pillows with removable cases, so they can be washed)
Old Collectible Car: $1.99
(It was once full of Jim Beam, so we washed it good to get rid of the smell and K loves it)
Anthropologie Russian Nesting Doll Measuring Cups: $4.99
Old Drink Carrier: $1.99
Black Cow Coffee Tin: $.99
Leoprad Print Express Tank Top: $4.49
Ikat Tribal Print Skirt: $4.49
Ceramic Dry Erase Notebook Paper: $2.99
vtech Laptop: $2.99
(Not pictured, because I couldn’t pry Kingston’s hands off)

TOTAL: $30.93

Minus my $25 giftcard from Goodwill
I spent: $5.93


June 5, 2015 - 6:58 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thanks Jessica!!

June 5, 2015 - 6:58 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I loved those too, Andrea! Took a lot of restraint to leave them there. :)

June 3, 2015 - 9:13 pm

Andrea Worley - love those old school desk chairs!

June 2, 2015 - 5:56 pm

Jessica Thornton - THIS is how I've dreamt of thrifting! Hahaha. LOVE. And you got some good finds for sure!

Baby River (and His Parents!) – A Lifestyle Family Shoot

I think Baby River enjoyed taking in the sights and sounds in Neptune Beach last week. And with his attitude, he might just turn out to be a beach lover.
He already has the whole taking it easy and relaxing thing figured out. :)


June 5, 2015 - 6:59 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I thought so too – squish-able and sweet!

May 31, 2015 - 11:17 pm

Neisa - Looks like you had a lot of fun! Such a cute little boy! :)

May 31, 2015 - 10:57 pm

Beth Soles - Too cute for words, that one is.

Miller is Graduating – A Lifestyle Senior Shoot

Miller (coolest girl name award!) has been dancing for-e-ver, and all her hard work is paying off as she heads to Clemson this fall to dance!
Her family, that hails from South Carolina, is just a little excited… and proud!
Congrats Miller, I’m so happy for you. :)


Local Love – Downtown Jacksonville

We love hanging out downtown, so last Saturday we decided to drive there and spend the afternoon wandering around. Our first stop was the Riverside Arts Market for lunch. The market is under a bridge, so it’s nice and shaded and always has a cool breeze coming off the river. There’s so much to see, hear, and eat! Lots of local artists sell their custom artwork, and there’s always live music. And if you’re lucky you can catch a magic show or even a street dance performance! I really enjoy all the local produce and baked goods too.

After lunch (we shared a bunch of fried cheesy goodness), we went over to Sweet Pete’s for dessert. I’ve talked about this place a lot, but it’s just so cute that any time we’re downtown we have to stop in, even if it’s just for a few minutes!

When we finished up at the candy shop, we walked across the street to Hemming Park. This is another one of our favorite spots because there’s always something going on in the park, and even on a Saturday, there’s usually a crowd. It makes us feel a little like we’re in a big city somewhere! The park has a few really cool art installations right now, so we checked those out, played some games, then went back across the street to the downtown library. We mainly went there to use the bathroom, but we love spending time in there. It’s our favorite library in the city!

We ended our little afternoon excursion with a long ride on the Skyway. We hopped on at the Hemming Park station and rode it for about 30 minutes. Kingston loved it!

I think this will be part of our summer routine this year! Next time we’ll bring some friends and maybe hit the Museum of Science and History too!


June 5, 2015 - 3:00 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Let’s do it, Britt! I think the kids would love that. :)

June 5, 2015 - 6:59 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you!!

May 29, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Brittany - Not sure why there are so many question marks there. That was supposed to be a smiley face. Ha!

May 29, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Brittany - These are some of our favorite things to do too! We should all do them together some time! ????

May 29, 2015 - 3:19 pm

Jessica Thornton - LOVE the photos of you and Kingston!

The Croxton Boys – A Lifestyle Family Shoot

The Croxton Boys are extra special to me! I started taking pictures of them when the oldest was just a cute baby bump. :) And it’s been fun watching them grow into sweet, energetic little boys. We had a good time running (literally!) around Downtown Fernandina last week!


May 26, 2015 - 10:52 am

Charlotte Pritchard - I love these! Can’t wait to have them on my wall!!

May 26, 2015 - 2:42 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I just want to squeeze them both!

May 26, 2015 - 2:24 pm

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