Interested in Fashion? Enter the Goodwill Re-Design Contest

Submitted Jeanette Diebold purchased a drape at Goodwill and turned it into a dress with a cape. Jeanette is pictured in her design.
Submitted The skirt was made and entered by Kirsten Keim-Shendge (not pictured). Kirsten took a bridesmaid dress and menís shirt that she purchased at Goodwill and made the skirt.

If you are an aspiring fashion designer or fashionista, then enter the Goodwill Re-Design Contest. The Re-Design Contest, sponsored by StoudtAdvisors, offers anyone in the Reading community the opportunity to show off their creativity by repurposing items purchased at Goodwill. There are three categories: avant garde, men’s shirt re-design, and accessories. Entries could be made in one or all three categories. There is no fee to enter.

The contest requires interested participants to buy items at Goodwill and transform the pieces. Then, the entry form, receipts from Goodwill, and before/after photos are due to Goodwill Keystone Area by March 28.

Each entry will be judged on the use of Goodwill items, originality, overall appearance, and technical ability. Finalists will be announced on Facebook and Twitter and then, the finalists or their models will walk the catwalk in their designs at the Goodwill Runway Show on Thursday, April 24 at the BodyZone Sports & Wellness Complex in Wyomissing. Judges will announce the winners for each category at the Runway Show.

Each category winner will receive a $50 Goodwill gift card and will be featured in Berks County Living. The winning re-designs will be displayed at Goggleworks in Reading. For an entry form and more information about the Re-Design Contest, either go to, call 717.525.6208, or email


The Goodwill Runway Show, a fundraiser for Goodwill Keystone Area, will take place on Thursday, April 24 at the Body Zone in Wyomissing. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. The Re-Design Contest will kick off the Runway Show which begins at 6:30 p.m. After the show, attendees can shop at the on-site Runway Boutique and enjoy the Dessert Lounge.

Tickets can be purchased online at Tickets are also available at The Store at Bell Tower and Goodwill stores in Berks County.

The mission of Goodwill Keystone Area is to support persons with disabilities and other barriers to independence in achieving their fullest potential as workers and as members of the broader community. In support of the mission, Goodwill collects and sells donated items in stores in 22 counties, including Berks County, in central and southeastern Pennsylvania. Goodwill’s philosophy is that work is a building block of community and that when people are given an opportunity to work, their self-esteem increases and other problems are minimized. For more information, go to

From Goodwill Keystone Area