How To Have A 'Goodwill Date Night' (Written By The Couple Who Went Out In $10 Thrift Store Outfits)

We hadn't laughed so hard in ages!

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Since our Facebook post (directly below) has gone viral, I figured now was an appropriate time to detail our date night a little more. 

My husband, Shane and I try very hard to be intentional with date nights. 


We have a baby girl and it is so easy to get wrapped up in her and her cuteness. So, in an effort to keep our marriage first, we try to go on a date night one night a week. And we try to make them fun!

Shane heard of another couple who went to Goodwill and picked outfits for their date nights and so we just had to do it. To most people’s surprise, the whole date night was Shane’s idea. 

But, we are very competitive, so we had to add some rules to it.

Rule One: You each get $10 in Goodwill to shop for the other person and they have to wear what you pick. 

This was so much fun. We found some crazy stuff in Goodwill and made each other try on outfits until we found the perfect one.


This cued the insane laughter from the start of the date night. My husband is absolutely goofy, so as you can imagine, I tried on some CRAZY outfits.

We ended up only spending $13 for both masterpieces.

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Rule Two: Once you leave Goodwill, it’s like fight club, no one talks about it. 


We had to resume date night as normal and pretend like we had no idea our outfits were off the wall. We went to Longhorn for dinner so of course, we had to wait for a table. The minute we got out of the car we had to put on our game faces. People were snickering as they walked by and we got a lot of side eye from the hostess.

Again, to most people’s surprise, NO ONE said a word to us about our outfits. Everyone just looked and laughed behind our backs I’m sure.

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Rule Three: You have to pick fake names and go by them all evening.  

This didn’t start as a rule but after we saw the outfits we knew it had to happen.

When I walked out of the dressing room Shane said, “Ethel get your choir book and come on” — and from that point on I was stuck with Ethel. And really, who wears more plaid than a “Roger” which I affectionately shortened to “Rog” in front of our waiter.

Y’all, I don’t think we have laughed this hard in a long time.


Marriage is tough, parenting is tough, and honestly, life is tough. But everything is better when you’re doing it with your best friend. So, have fun and make sure you hashtag all of your pictures with #goodwilldatenight so we can laugh at your pictures too!

*Disclaimer: To all of the people posting that Shane and I are “goals," thanks. 

But, we are both very off the wall, sinful people. We only have a great marriage because we put our relationship with Jesus Christ first and let Him tell us how to live and love. Without Him loving us and showing us how to love each other we would be nothing!