The spirit of goodwill to all people has popped into Eastern Market this summer. In hopes of helping and employing those in need, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit has set up a shop at Shed 2 in the Detroit landmark.
Its unique shop, YB Blue, differs from the usual fare in a simple way. All the clothes have been designed from garments found in the local Goodwill stores. Not only does this give patrons some unique offerings, it also gives people a look into what kind of items are available in the local Goodwill shops around Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
“Eastern Market is a quintessential part of the summer experience in Detroit. We want to bring the unique treasures and incredible shopping experience from our retails locations to Eastern Market shoppers” said Lorna Utley, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. “The revenue from purchases at YB Blue will go right back to funding our efforts to put Metro Detroiters with employment challenges back to work. Shoppers can find great style and feel good knowing their purchase is helping to keep our friends and neighbors employed.”
Every other week YB Blue will offer the specialty designs from nine local designers. The group, which was picked by researching local fashion blogs, had a three-week head start before the project was started.
Open from June 1 to September 28 one of the stylists will be curating the store during the open hours:
- June 1- Christy Kondogiani, Paisley Place Designs
- June 15- Annie Pilon, Wattlebird
- June 29- Tracey Tilley, Studio 34
- July 13- Mary Semon Milsted, Detroit Fashion Vault
- July 27- Katie Kondek, Fashion Frugality
- August 10- Bethany Nixon, Reware Vintage
- August 24- Tracey Tilley, Studio 34
- September 14- Mary Semon Milsted, Detroit Fashion Vault
- September 28- Emily Schwartz, Livin Vintage
Menswear will also be available. Every other week either, Greg Everett, another stylist will pick out some items for the men.
Aside from the one-of-a-kind items available to women, men and children, there will also be other items straight from the other locations available on site.
Sales the first week at Eastern Market was comparable to a week day at any one of the Goodwill store in metro Detroit.
The money raised by YB Blue will go to Goodwill Detroit’s employment programs. Specifically, 92 cents of every dollar that comes in will go to the programs. Placement in a wide variety of jobs in areas like medical, security, manufacturing, hospitality services, and general labor are the exact locations of the money raised.