Whether you’re in a relationship, single and ready to mingle or perfectly content with where you’re at on the relationship grid, one thing’s for certain. Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching and it’s time to start making plans to celebrate with the person – or people – you love. Every year I love throwing a party with my sisters and closest girlfriends to celebrate what we mean to each other. Valentine’s Day – or Galentine’s Day is the perfect time to gather your best gals and treat yourselves.

Instead of throwing another party this year, I decided to take the fun of spoiling myself and my friends a bit more out of the box. We decided to treat ourselves to a thrifting trip to our local Goodwill that resulted in a fun girls afternoon and lots of great statement piece finds. We ended up leaving the store with a fantastic haul.

I found an adorable sweater – which was majorly discounted (thanks to 50% off blue color tags day). I also scored a cute off the shoulder top, which I’ll probably wear for Valentine’s Day. In total, we purchased around 10 items, and didn’t even spend close to $50. Our Galentine’s Day Goodwill shopping trip was a fun, cost-effective excuse to spend the day together, enjoy each other’s company and revamp our wardrobes.

My friend and I don’t see each other very often, and this early Galentine’s Day shopping trip was the perfect way to catch up! Not to mention all of the proceeds spent at Goodwill go back to the organization to help others in our community succeed in their jobs by providing training programs and additional job opportunities. Truly a win-win situation!

Whatever your plans are on Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to schedule something special for your girlfriends and yourself. It can be any day of the month where you put your focus on celebrating yourself and your friends for being the special people that you are. Take some time to bask in self-love and care, and don’t forget to treat yourself along the way! xo