Hello Rigby: Interview with Jenn Haskins

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
September 2, 2014

Jenn Haskins writes about her favorite experiences on her blog Hello Rigby. She is slightly obsessed with her fox dog, Rigby (who inspired the name for her blog) and fashion. Jenn has a passion for thrift so she filled us in on some of her recent treasures and tips.

How did you start blogging and what kind of feedback do you receive from your readers?
I started blogging last September! Since I post about fashion as well as other topics like life, things to do around Seattle, and sometimes what I'm reading or beauty, I get all sorts of feedback! I think my favorite is when my readers and I connect on my blog and continue the conversation via email or on social media, especially Twitter. I've been able to make some great friends that way!

Why is fashion important to you?
Fashion is important to me because it’s probably the quickest way to represent, visually, your creative side when someone meets you! I enjoy expressing myself through what I wear. 

When did you start shopping at Goodwill?
That’s a good question, I think I’ve shopped at Goodwill for as long as I can remember! My mom is really into quilting, so we would often stop at thrift stores to check to see if they had any vintage quilts when I was a child.

What is your favorite thrift find?
My favorite thrift find was a brand new, with tags still on, Cynthia Rowley scuba dress for $15! I couldn’t believe my luck that it was my size, too!

What did you think of the Capitol Hill store that just opened in May?
I loved shopping it! I was so pleased that the Capitol Hill store has its own parking lot, and it was chock full of so many awesome goodies! I can’t wait to go back.

Do you have any tips for someone that is new to thrift shopping?
I think the biggest thing I have learned is to not be stuck to your “normal” size rack. Exploration is key, and vintage sizes tend to be a lot different than modern sizes. I found the dress I mentioned above in extra large section, even though it was actually a small!

How do you define Northwest style?
I think Northwest style is a lot about comfort - I think we tend to gravitate towards items that can withstand most any weather (rain or shine!) and can be layered or mixed and matched. 

You mentioned that you are inspired by other bloggers – which ones do you read on a regular basis?
Oh my gosh, I read SO many! I’ll try to narrow this down, but my top favorites (in no particular order) are Keiko Lynn, Selective Potential, Kendi Everyday, Corals + Cognacs, Atlantic-Pacific, WishWishWish, and Penny Pincher Fashion.

What trends are you looking forward to for fall?
I am so excited to bring out the boots and cozy fall sweaters! I also am looking forward to all the colors of fall, like oxblood, mustard, and cognac.


Katherine Boury is the Communications Manager at Seattle Goodwill.

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