Along with sharing the most incredible finds at your local Goodwill store every month, we’ll also give you some ideas as to how to spend your day while you’re in the neighborhood. Since our focus this fashion-lovin’ month has been Chelsea, we put together a list of fun diversions right around the Chelsea store so you can make a whole day out of your Goodwill adventure.

"Won't you stay, we'll put on the day, and we'll wear it 'til the night comes." -Joni Mitchell, "Chelsea Morning"

"Won't you stay, we'll put on the day, and we'll wear it 'til the night comes." -Joni Mitchell, "Chelsea Morning"

Any day built around shopping is going to take a lot of energy. So why not start your morning off right with… a cupcake! Yup. You heard us right. Chelsea is home to some of the best cupcakes this side of Mama’s kitchen, and we couldn’t speak more highly of The Cupcake Cafe, located just a few blocks south at 18 West 18th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

The most important meal of the day? A Large Chocolate Sunflower Cupcake, of course (courtesy of the New York Times)

The most important meal of the day? A Large Chocolate Sunflower Cupcake, of course! (Courtesy of the New York Times)

Now that you’ve had your sugar, you’re ready to shop. Pop into the Goodwill Chelsea store at 103 West 25th Street, just west of Sixth Avenue, and take a looksie at the amazing deals around you.

Pumps, heels, sandals, oh my! The Goodwill Chelsea store has the perfect shoes for you - but the real challenge is which pair to choose...

Pumps, heels, sandals, oh my! The Goodwill Chelsea store has the perfect shoes for you - but the real challenge is which pair to choose...

Now, fed and clothed, you may want to take in some entertainment, too. After all, baby’s got a new pair of shoes; you might as well take them somewhere special.

Well, it turns out The Martha Stewart Show tapes right around the corner from the Goodwill Chelsea store. In fact, every now and then you might recognize a few items on our racks that look every so slightly familiar from their 15-minutes of daytime fame and crafty adornment. But in case you want to see the goods in all their small-screen glory, you can try your luck and request tickets here.

After an afternoon spent in the glow of a domestic goddess, you may want to rush home and cook up dinner. But just in case you’re in the mood to linger in the neighborhood as the evening approaches, why not take a walk west to Ninth Avenue. Between West 20th and West 21st Streets, you’ll pass a beautiful garden, and if those new shoes do their job, you might just make it in before they close the gates at 5pm. What is this beautiful paradise, you ask? It’s “The Close,” the public garden attached to the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, and it’s completely breathtaking.

Now, finally, you’re set to gather your groceries and cook that amazing meal Martha showed you in her studio. But where to buy provisions? Why, the Chelsea Market, of course! Located at 75 Ninth Avenue between West 15th and West 16th Streets, you’ll find everything from The Lobster Place to Amy’s Bread.

With your Goodwill finds, a belly-full of cupcake, a mind full of Martha tricks, and a shopping bag full of the city’s best eats, you’ll be on your way home – and hopefully headed back to Chelsea very, very soon!

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