Stop in Goodwill, Stay in Chelsea

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"

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Time to Shine: A ShopGoodwill Find

Wowie! Look what we found on shopgoodwill.com — this Kieninger Tempus Fugit Arch Mantel Clock could be the perfect piece for your apartment, office, or, shall we suggest, your Freemans-esque speakeasy NYC cocktail bar.

Want to see it up close? Visit www.shopgoodwill.com.
What a beaut!

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A Chelsea Morning, Noon and Night

Since September is such a Fashionista fest, we figured, what better place to base this month’s “Shop in the Spotlight” than the Goodwill Chelsea store? Now we’ve already shown you our top style steals (honestly, those Ferragamo shoes still pop into our dreams on a nightly basis), but perhaps you want to go check out the great buys yourself?

Goodwill Chelsea gives us a glamor shot. Why thank you, Miss Chelsea!
Goodwill Chelsea gives us a glamor shot. Why thank you, Miss Chelsea!

Well, here’s all you need to know about the Chelsea store, from where exactly it is to what many clever treasures you might see there.

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Calling All Creative Ghouls, Ghosts and Gossip Girls…

Get ready, pumpkin - it's nearly Halloween!
Get ready, pumpkin - it's nearly Halloween!

Now, now, don’t get a fright – we know you still have more than a month until Halloween rolls around. Still, we’re excited already, and even here and now in September, we’re starting to toy around with a couple of costume ideas.

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A Fashion Week Even Your Wallet Will Love

Fashion Week – such a flurry of excitement and style in the New York and New Jersey area! Just ride the subway, turn on the TV, or hop on the internet and you’re surrounded by beautiful women, impeccable men, the highest stilettos, and the lowest necklines. Designers are pulling out all the stops, and in New York and New Jersey, their efforts most certainly show.

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What's Black, White and Read all over? Headlines about how good you look this Fashion Week, courtesy of Goodwill.

Now, we love looking good as much as anyone. Actually, we may love it even more than most, surrounding ourselves in hard-to-find designer clothes, coveted brand names, and all the vintage styles. But you know what we love even more than looking fabulous? Doing good while we’re looking good – and spending very, very, very little while doing it. So, in honor of this week’s Fashion festivities, we’re going to show you our top style picks at our chic Chelsea store (profiled recently in The New York Times’ “Look Whose Shopping Goodwill”) – located right near countless boutiques and, even better, a slew of fashion design schools.

There's a different pair of designer shoes for every fashion show this week - and at Goodwill's prices, you may never have to choose between platforms and pumps, or sandals and slingbacks, again!
At Goodwill's Chelsea store you can find a different pair of designer shoes for every fashion show this week - and at Goodwill's prices, you may never have to choose between platforms and pumps, or sandals and slingbacks, again!

So, without further delay, listen up, you fashion lovers and budding designers – this post is for you!

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Girls’ Night In (and Clothes for the Bin)

Labor Day has come and gone and, as sad as that is, we’re guessing it means your closet may be due for a cleaning. You’ll probably keep your bikinis and white heels in that special summer chest all winter long, but we’re sure you fell victim to at least a couple of hot summer sun trend pieces you are not so in love with anymore. As the temperature begins to drop and hot cocoa becomes a hot topic again, there’s a lot of wardrobe inspection left to do. Let us suggest, then, a Girls’ Night In (& Clothes for the Bin).

Men, bear with us. We believe football season has just recently begun, and we promise we will give you a sports-minded Donation Station story before the pigskin season’s over. But for now, it’s nearly Fashion Week after all – coupled with Back to School – and whether you’re a single city girl or a mom with (finally!) a few more hours to herself each day, September is a month for female bonding.

To celebrate the end of summer, our two good friends Jen and Anais held a Girls’ Night In (& Clothes for the Bin) get-together in downtown Manhattan.

Jen, modeling her white summer shirt, shortly before putting it in the Donate pile. You see, it takes a strong woman to donate clothes. Or at least to haul the massive bag to the donation center at the end of an awesome Girls' Night In.
Jen, modeling her white summer shirt, shortly before putting it in the Donate pile. You see, it takes a strong woman to donate clothes. Or at least to haul the massive bag to the donation center at the end of an awesome Girls' Night In.

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‘Housewares’ Is Where the Heart Is

As each month unfolds, we’ll take a look at the people behind the scenes here at Goodwill – the men and women who work in the Astoria warehouse day in and day out. Did you know that one of the reasons Goodwill collects donations and operates thrift stores is to provide our clients with job opportunities? Well, it’s true – and they certainly deserve it!

The people who work at Goodwill come from all kinds of backgrounds, and they have taken the initiative to accept Goodwill’s hand up (not a hand out) and join the working world. They are why we do what we do – and we are delighted to share a little peek into their day with you.

Jane Jules-Louis has been working for Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey for 24 years - all spent sorting housewares. She certainly knows her shams from her bedskirts.
Jane Jules-Louis has been working for Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey for 24 years - all spent sorting housewares. She certainly knows her shams from her bedskirts.

A Beautiful Morning” is playing on the radio. We’re in the middle of the sorting section of the Goodwill warehouse in the Astoria headquarters. It’s  past noon, but everyone still looks excited and fresh.

“I have worked here for 24 years,” a woman says, holding up a bright pink and purple pillow. She is Jane Jules-Louis, and she works for Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.

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Insider Interview: Mauricio Hernandez

Every month, we’ll chat with a different Goodwill employee and get at what it’s really like working at Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey.

This month, to celebrate the launch of A Good Look, we were able to snag a little talk time with Mauricio Hernandez, Senior Vice President of Retail Sales for Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.

Mauricio Hernandez, , Senior Vice President of Retail Sales for Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.
Mauricio Hernandez, Senior Vice President of Retail Sales for Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.

Though he started out at at Los Angeles’ Goodwill, Mauricio is now an avid Yankee fan and a wholehearted member of the east coast community. In our conversation below, he helped explain how online social media is key to connecting with people, be they the family next door, newly arrived residents, or visitors curious about the communities around them. So, without further ado, this month’s very special Insider Interview:

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Welcome!

Welcome to our blog, A Good Look: Inside Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. We hope you enjoy it!

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Welcome from Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.!

With A Good Look, we want to show you what really goes on at your New York and New Jersey Goodwill, from amazing outfits in your local Goodwill shops, to insider interviews with key Goodwill employees, to photos of our clients performing their jobs at our headquarters, to how to build the perfect day around one of the Goodwill stores, to special spotlights on Goodwill shoppers who donate items above and beyond your standard thrift-store fare.

You know, though, there’s far more to Goodwill than retail. Most people don’t realize that. Along with our fashion news and style profiles, A Good Look will also give you an exclusive peak into the many other offerings we have up our second-hand sleeves. Did you know that along with the clothing donations and store locations, Goodwill sponsors donation drives, community-focused initiatives, job placements for the disabled, and rehabilitation programs? Well, it’s true. And we’re going to share it all with you.

We do good while we make you look good. It’s a pretty sweet deal, don’t you think? We care deeply about our community of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, and that means we also care deeply about you. We hope this blog lets you see not just all Goodwill has the offer, but how much we enjoy our communities, and the support, style, spirit and, well, goodwill, they offer us in return. So, do good, look good, and stay tuned for more from your local Goodwill…

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