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Did you make it to last Friday’s Wear What Fits event? Come tag yourself in our Facebook photo album – and, if you haven’t yet become a fan of A Good Look by GoodwillNyNj’s Facebook Fan Page, now’s the time!

Is this your backside? Don't be a stranger - come tag yourself & say hi! We've got a full Facebook album of photos up over on our Fan Page - all ripe for the tagging.

Our Facebook Fan Page will keep you in the loop about great upcoming events and sales, crafty fashion ideas, resuability tips, and all the Goodwill shopping info your smart, thrifty heart desires.

So what are you waiting for? We like you, so come LIKE us!


Wear What Fits – and Donate the Rest!

What a scene! We had the best time at the Wear What Fits event today at Bryant Park. One thousand pairs of Levi’s® Curve ID jeans were given out to fans and thousands of lightly used items were collected for Goodwill. The lines were long, but the attitudes couldn’t have been better. Everyone was in a great mood – guess that’s what giving back can do!

People started lining up as early as 6:45 this morning, all for a chance to donate to Goodwill & score a pair of new Levi’s jeans.

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Janelle Monáe at 12:30 Today!

Just a quick post in case you’re checking A Good Look right this minute: We’re at Bryant Park right now with Levi’s jeans, taking your clothing donations and giving you a free pair of Levi’s® Curve ID jeans as part of Levi’s Wear What Fits event. Looks like the new jeans have all been claimed, but we’re still taking donations and don’t forget,  Janelle Monáe is performing today at 12:30 right in the center of the park. Hope to see you there, Goodwill fans!

That's right: Janelle Monáe is performing today at 12:30 in Bryant Park just for Levi's, GoodwillNyNj & all of you!

(If you donate at the Wear What Fits event and weren’t able to get a tax reciept, let us know. Just shoot us an email at goodwillnynj@gmail.com and we’ll see what we can do to help you out. Thanks!)

On The Mend: Getting the Most Out of Fav Goodwill Finds

Good news, dear gentlemen readers: we’ll be featuring a weekly column by GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan all about secondhand fashion and DIY style. This week: how to save your fav thrift finds (and even enhance ’em) after the wear and tear sets in…Enjoy!

My one-of-a-kind Goodwill favs may have been priced a dime a dozen, but that doesn't mean I'll be able to find them again. What to do, then, when there's a tear? Repair!

A few weeks ago, I made a promise to myself: every time there is a rip in one of my clothes, I’m going to hand-sew it back together, and I’m going to sew it with a completely different color thread. There is no reason for this, save for my own quirkiness.

I saw a video a while back where this guy had a pair of jeans for years that he refused to throw away, even as they repeatedly ripped and teared. These were his favorite jeans, and he loved the history he had with them. When he showed the jeans on camera, they were literally covered with colorful lines of mended tears. They were awesome and genuine, and I promised myself that I would do something similar one day.

Clothes certainly contain memories, don’t they? Repeated washes can never really wash away the trips and falls we may have experienced with them, or the fallen tears, or the victories and triumphs. Their flaws are a reminder of our lives. I’m actually excited to see how many more tears will accumulate on the clothes I just mended. Hopefully there are at least a few exciting moments upcoming in my life that will warrant another sewing fix.

Your new secret weapon in mending.

I recently discovered the amazing creation that is the embroidery hoop (a truly ingenious invention) and used this to create clean stitches on my clothes. Hand-sewing is a really therapeutic and practical skill to have. Keep a small needle in thread in your bag in case of a mending emergency, or discover the world of embroidery to create cool designs on a drab garment. Learn a few basic sewing stitches in this great tutorial from Coats and Clark, and learn embroidery at Sublime Stitching.

Hiya cowboy. A contrasting stitch will both save your beloved item and add a playful flair to your look. Yee-haw!

What is your favorite piece of clothes that, in spite of its rips and tears, you refuse to throw away? Share it with us on our Facebook page or tweet us a pic on Twitter!

Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

Hello, Autumn weather! It’s time to trade in the summer tees and pull out the cardigans, whether you find them in your closet or in your local Goodwill. While you’re at it, though, why not turn the creativity factor up a notch. How? With the latest GoodwillNyNj & BurdaStyle Boutique You project: the Fabric Carnation.

Get your creativity on, give an old t-shirt new life & personalize your sweaters just in time for fall. Sounds like a plan to us!

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Wear What Fits; Get Rid of the Rest

Women of NY & Northern NJ, we’ve got something special just for you: free jeans that fit & a clear conscience to boot. It’s the Wear What Fits Event presented by Levi’s brand, in partnership with Goodwill of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey.

Here’s the deal: Starting at 10am on Friday August 27th come to Bryant Park, New York, bring something that doesn’t fit (which we’ll donate to Goodwill) and get something that really does (a free pair of Levi’s® Curve ID jeans). These new custom fits for women will make your curves look like a national treasure while you rock out to songstress Janelle Monáe and get some styling tips from style guide, Bobbie Thomas.

Ladies, we know there are moments in our lives when we realize things don’t fit anymore. That it’s time to pass that antique lamp, sweatshirt, throw rug, handbag or jeans into someone else’s life. Call it a new beginning. A more you, you.

Finally, it’s time for jeans to fit us instead us having to fit into the jeans. It’s the new democracy of jeans. Hotness Comes in All Shapes and Sizes.

The fine print: the Wear What Fits Event is for August 27th only; one pair per customer; while supplies last.

Back to School Sale!

The Goodwill specials just keep on coming! Today through August 27th, it’s Goodwill’s Back to School sale – complete with 25% off all kids’ clothes and school supplies.

From polos to jeans to backpacks and pens, we’ve got everything you need to get the youngins set for school without dipping into the ol’ college fund. Enjoy!

Northern New Jersey: A Very Special Saturday

Northern New Jersey*, this Saturday is YOUR DAY! We hope you’ve made some room in your closet, because this Saturday, we’re giving you 50% off ALL TEXTILES in our Nothern New Jersey stores (except Paramus).

Northern New Jersey, Saturday's your lucky day!

Here are the good deals you can expect to see at your Jersey City, Harrison, Bergenfield, Springfield, Fairfield, East Brunswick and Rockaway Commons Goodwills on Saturday, August 21st:

  • 50% off all textiles (shorts, tops, dresses, T-shirts, bathing suits, you name it)
  • 50% off outdoor/patio furniture
  • $2.99 for sandals

Hope you enjoy!

*50% off all textiles sale does not apply in the Paramus store nor outside the Northern New Jersey area. However, all of our Greater New York and Northern New Jersey stores are offering a special Summer Clearance Sale through August 31st. You can read more about the Summer Clearance Sale by clicking here.

It’s Actually Really Easy Being Green: Keeping Thrift Favs Fresh with Accessories

Good news, dear gentlemen readers: we’ll be featuring a weekly column by GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan all about secondhand fashion and DIY style. This week: how to add a little ZING (or ribbit?) to your favorite thrift basics… Enjoy!

Me and the frog of my dreams.

In my last post, I mentioned that I was on a dedicated mission to de-clutter and simplify my life. This has consisted of sending bags of clothes off to Goodwill, and using up my current stash of craft materials before I buy more (which I am currently doing a pretty good job of). I’ve also limited my spending to things that I absolutely need, save for the occasional, though much-needed, money spent hanging out with friends.

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Summer Clearance Sale!

Did you enjoy last week’s End of Season Sale? Well, then, have we got a present for you: it’s time for our even bigger, even better Summer Clearance Sale!

We’re having a sale on summer textiles, so that means all shorts, tank-tops, summer dresses, T-shirts and bathing suits are on sale. Each store has a slightly different offer, so to make sure you get the best possible deal, here’s the breakdown for you (click any of the links to find a store in that region):

In New York City (ManhattanBronx, BrooklynQueens), Long Island & Capital District, from August 18-31:

  • 50% off summer textiles (shorts, tank-tops, summer dresses, T-shirts and bathing suits)
  • 50% off outdoor/patio furniture
  • $2.99 for sandals

Northern New Jersey (except Paramus), from August 18-31:

  • 50% off summer textiles (shorts, tank-tops, summer dresses, T-shirts and bathing suits)
  • 50% off outdoor/patio furniture
  • $2.99 for sandals
  • Plus, on August 21st: all textiles (i.e. all clothes!) are 50% off

Hudson Valley and Paramus, NJ, from August 18-31:

  • 50% off *summer textiles Mondays-Thursdays
  • $2.99 for sandals Mondays-Thursdays
  • 50% off for outdoor/patio furniture every day of the week