An Unexpected Combination: Mixing It Up at Goodwill

Good news, crafty readers: we’ll be featuring a weekly column by GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan all about secondhand fashion and DIY style. This week: building unique style out of random Goodwill. Enjoy!

Shorts and Thermals? Yes, please!

I love when an unexpected combination works. I woke up a few days ago with absolutely nothing to wear but those very items you see in the photo above.

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Dear Brooklyn, Queens & Long Island: Goodwill Sales Just for You!

We’re showing Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island some extra Goodwill love this week with a whole array of special sales. Stop by our stores in East NorthportCentereach,  PatchogueBellmore, Astoria (Steinway), and Brooklyn (Livingston StFulton St, and Kings Highway) and snap up extra-good Goodwill bargains. Here’s what’s in store just for you:

  • Wednesday, 9/29:  50% off green & pink tag items
  • Thursday, 9/30:  25% off glassware/dishware
  • Friday, 10/1:  50% off handbags

Plus, we’re having a special shoe sale this weekend, with all shoes in the Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn stores listed above on sale for $6.99. Check it out:

So high-step it over to Brooklyn, Long Island and Queens for our great tag, glassware, dishware, handbag and shoe sales – and be sure to share your favorite finds with us over on Facebook and Twitter. Enjoy!

Boo! Goodwill’s Got Halloween in the Bag

The best way to secure a killer Halloween costume is to start looking early. While we love homemade Halloween costumes pulled from thrift finds, there’s also something amazing about unzipping a plastic bag and becoming Superman. If you do decide to go the store-made costume route, start your search at Goodwill. We have a ton of options for you – here’s a look at the costumes we recently found while haunting our new New Rochelle store:

Why so serious, Goodwill shopper? Our prices alone will make you smile like the Joker. Just go easy on the lipstick next time...

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Be Cool, Boy: Jackets that Fit the Season

Good news, crafty readers: we’ll be featuring a weekly column by GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan all about secondhand fashion and DIY style. This week: discovering your outer-layers: jackets made for Fall. Enjoy!

Grab your coat and get some style. There's nothing like secondhand outerwear to make cooler weather cool again.

I do not like cold weather — at all. I would much prefer sweltering heat over blistering cold any day, but, of course considering that I live in New York, I am “blessed” with both (hooray…). New York autumns, however beautiful they may be, are much too brief. Luckily, I’ve found a few cool jackets from Goodwill that will allow me to be a fashionable until Winter’s bite. As long as I can last without getting frostbite, you can find me wearing these:

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Sharing the Goodwill: A Look at Our Incredible Fans

We love our fans. You guys make our day – and one of the coolest things about this blog, our Facebook and our Twitter, is that we get to hear from you and see how you’ve been sharing the Goodwill. We’ve had a few really impressive fan posts on our Facebook this summer, and so we thought we’d do our part in sharing the Goodwill even further. Here is a look at what your fellow fans are up to:

ReFashionista's Jillian worked absolute magic creating this adorable frock out of a back-of-the-racks Goodwill find.

ReFashionista: It’s incredible to see what Jillian can create out of the most unlikely fashion picks. While there’s plenty of cute clothes at your local Goodwill, she makes a great case for always starting with the ugliest duckling. Time after time, with her creative eye and seamstress skill, those once-questionable finds are transformed into swans.

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Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

Well hello there, Autumn! It’s sweater weather again – and of course, our stores are full of warm n’ cozy pullovers. But let’s say you’re all set on the traditional argyle front – what else can you do with these comfy finds? We know just the thing… This week’s GoodwillNyNj and BurdaStyle’s Boutique You project: custom-made, one-of-a-kind, reusability-loving Leg Warmers!

Sashay those summer skirts right into Autumn with Boutique You's leg warmers.

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The New Rochelle Goodwill: Opening Celebration!

We had a fantastic time welcoming our newest Goodwill store to New Rochelle. There were raffle tickets, happy shoppers, and even a ribbon-cutting celebration:

From left to right: Mauricio Hernandez, Executive Vice President of Business Services, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.; John Salcito, Store Director, New Rochelle, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.; Charles B. “Chuck” Strome, III, City Manager of New Rochelle; William Forrester, CEO, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern NJ; Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle; Bennie F. Giles, City Clerk of New Rochelle

To take a look at the big New Rochelle event, come check out our Facebook Page for the full photo album, chockful of Goodwill goodness. Enjoy!:

Getting Loose: When Comfort’s in Style

Good news, crafty readers: we’ll be featuring a weekly column by GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan all about secondhand fashion and DIY style. This week: loosening up your style to fit your lifeEnjoy!

A thrifted scarf, borrowed shirt, thrifted pants and thrifted shoes make for a super-loose and comfy outfit!

From childhood to adulthood, what pieces of clothing did you absolutely “have to have?” How many morning moments were spent cultivating the best outfit? What were the pieces of clothing that you felt the best in? It is amazing how one’s style develops over the years.

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Store Openings, Ribbon-Cuttings & Sales, Oh My!

It’s a big week here at Goodwill! This Thursday, our newest Goodwill store opens in New Rochelle, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10am and a gift certificate raffle everyday through Sunday.

Then, starting Friday and rolling ’til Sunday, our New Jersey stores in Bergenfield, East Brunswick, Fairfield, Harrison, Jersey City, Rockaway and Springfield are busting out their own noise-makers, celebrating autumn with a fantastic 50%-off shoes & handbags sale!

*Stop in at seven of Goodwill’s New Jersey stores this weekend to enjoy a 50%-off sale on handbags and men’s, women’s and children’s shoes. The sale runs from Friday, September 17, through Sunday, September 19, at Goodwill’s Bergenfield, East Brunswick, Fairfield, Harrison, Jersey City, Rockaway and Springfield stores. Use our zip code locator on the “Find Goodwill” page of our website to find the store nearest you. Go to

See you ’round, Goodwill fans!

Project Runway ReMake: Will a Goodwill Fan Win?

Are you competing in BurdaStyle’s Project Runway ReMake Challenge? If you are, and your starting item originally came from Goodwill, we would LOVE to hear all about it! Send us your photos, tell us your stories, and we’ll showcase them all on our blog, Facebook and Twitter.

If you've got extra Goodwill in your closet and a crafty glimmer in your eye, this is the contest for you.

You can check out the full Challenge details on the BurdaStyle website, but in case you’re in a rush, here’s the recap:

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