Goodwill Essentials: High Heels

Our Emme is walking tall – and she wants you to do the same! With last week’s Optimal Play flirty skirt, who can blame her? Whether you pair them with dresses or jeans, though, this week’s Goodwill Essentials post makes for a good time. So here it is, the essential of the week: high heels.



“Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world.” — Bette Midler

I am, unabashedly, a lover of shoes. I might not always go for a practical pair, but new shoes always bring a little spring to my step. And hey, we all need shoes, right? So instead of blowing my rent on shoes, I turn to Goodwill to satiate my shoe thirst.

Why Is it Essential?

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Donate, Share & Win

Back-to-school’s around the corner – and Goodwill International has a contest to make it more fun!

Support the Donate Movement by donating to Goodwill. You’ll keep clothing out of landfills and give them a second life while helping to provide job training, youth support services and more for people in your community. Here’s how it works:

The contest runs through August 12th and you must be 18 or older to participate. For more details, restrictions, and the chance to enter, check out Goodwill International’s Facebook Page. And keep those donations coming strong, Goodwill fans – you’ll always get an A+ from us!

Goodwill Gem: The Retro Purse

Summer calls for a bag that’s as easy as the rest of your cool, warm weather wardrobe. This week, GoodwillNyNj’s Lauren Haslett sashays into her local Goodwill to find her newest Goodwill Gem: the too hip to quit retro purse.

This straight-edged bag is polished in its lines and colors, but funky in its throwback shape/

This week’s fabulous find – a two-tone time-traveling leather bag – is the perfect tote to pair with your most laid-back summer essentials. Its perfectly proportioned pockets and stark rectangular shape will keep you looking professional, but the bag’s throwback appeal hints your life’s more runway than water cooler. With its structured look and classic construction, this purse adds wit and purpose to those loose, flowy seasonal pieces.

So what kind of outfit would you pair with this purse?

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The Power of Work 5K Walk Run

Tighten those laces, thriftin’ fans: this October 1st, we’re hosting our first Goodwill – The Power of Work 5K Walk Run at Flushing Meadow Park!

The course is 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) – perfect for a gorgeous morning in the park! Customers, staff, clients and their families are all invited to come out and support this initiative.

We’ll have tons of fun little perks to keep you moving forward on the course – you won’t even realize the workout you’re getting. Registration (at is $20 for each participant and includes up to 4 family members, so the more, the merrier!

Stay tuned for more info as the date nears – and in the meantime, may we suggest you try your local Goodwill for appropriate footwear? We do have an impressive array of running shoes…

Optimal Play: The Peasant Skirt

Flounces for all! In this week’s Optimal Play, A Good Look’s Emme Bonilla makes the most of a standard wardrobe standby: the peasant skirt. Take a look at three completely different ways to groove this look – and get ready to get the most Optimum Play out of your next Goodwill find:

Look 1: Tank + skirt = optimal breathability

A year ago or so, while browsing at the Livingston Street Goodwill in Brooklyn, I spotted a flash of red fabric. When I pulled the hanger I was delighted with my find: the bright color, the breezy cotton, the elastic waistband, the pretty embroidery and trimming… and for $5! It’s quickly become one of my summer staples for its ease and style. Thank goodness there are so many different ways to wear it…

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Goodwill Gems: Baddie Style

Forget the frills for once. As much as we all love the girly, flowery clothes that appear every summer season, it’s hard not to occasionally miss our straightforward, simple and eternally chic blacks. This summer, take a cue from GoodwillNyNj’s Lauren Haslett, head to Goodwill & fight blistering heat with a baddie outfit. This week’s Goodwill Gem: studded tough-girl shoes.

Funky, fierce, fun and cool, these strapped, studded black sandals hold a sucker punch of style.

Black clothes may not have the cheeriness of our summer frocks, but you can’t say they aren’t bold. Black makes a statement and, when worn well, is just as eye-catching as a pale sundress or brilliantly printed floral piece.

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Clutter Be Gone: The Attended Donation Center Debuts!

Got clutter? Good – because Goodwill has opened our first Hudson Valley attended donation center in Eastchester, NY!

The center will be staffed 7 days a week from 9am-6pm with three Goodwill employees ready to accept donations of clothing, electronics, small furniture, books, records, CDs, DVDs, and other household items from the public. These items will be sold in Goodwill stores to help support Goodwill’s mission of finding jobs for individuals facing barriers to employment.

To calculate the positive impact of your Goodwill donations, use our donation impact calculator Hope to see you & your donations soon!

GoodwillNyNj’s 1st Attended Donation Center

19 Mill Road, Eastchester, NY 10709

The New Pequannock Goodwill: Now Hiring!

Great news, Goodwill fans: we’re opening a new store in Pequannock and we’re hiring!

Get ready for the thrill of the hunt & amazing finds, Pequannock, NJ - Goodwill's coming to town!

Take a look at our two job openings in this new Morris County location and please pass them on to any and all in the area who might be interested:

ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER:Do you love retail? Our ideal assistant employee is gifted at coordinating others, working with a team, inspiring others, rethinking sales, and showing shoppers the organization, value and creativity in our secondhand stores. If you’ve got great people skills plus a mind for efficiency and profit, we’d love to meet you. This position offers great growth opportunity and a warm network of supporters both locally and nationally.

STORE MANAGER: Ever dreamed of managing a thrift shop? A store full of hidden gems, past stories, and even a few tags-still-on brand-new deals? We may have the job for you. Our stores have been around over 100 years, and we’re looking to build our team of fresh, creative store managers to share the thrill of the hunt with our thousands of local fans and shoppers. Come display your retail fashion merchandising expertise while managing a multi-faceted operation – all while working for a nonprofit that helps others.

If you or someone you know is interested in either of these job opportunities, come by our Job Fair from 12pm-6pm on Wednesday, July 20th and Thursday July 21st at the Fairfield, NJ Goodwill (423 Route 46 West Highway, Fairfield, NJ 07004).  Please send your resumes to in advance or just come by for a walk-in appointment. Hope to see you there!

Trend Watch Thrifting: Print It Out

The big fashion houses have big fashion price tags, and it’s easy to get discouraged when a pair of shoes can cost more than your rent. But stop that sulking, fashion fans! GoodwillNyNj’s resident thrift expert Emme Bonilla is here to share the tricks to finding the latest runway looks at your local Goodwill. This week’s Trend Watch Thrifting pick: prints!

(clockwise from top left) Prada, Rochas, Cacharel, and Banana Republic went all out with vivid prints for their S/S2011 collections. (Photos by

The runways have been proving that bigger is better — bigger prints that is. Designers showed a bevy of lush and large graphics, showcasing flora and fauna alike. Read on to find out how you can nab your very own extravagantly printed threads and how to rock them!

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Goodwill Gems: Major Heat & Micro Heels

Summer’s fussy enough with heatwaves and thunderstorms – add a wardrobe full of one-time-wonders and you’re in a funk before you’ve even gotten dressed. Our correspondent Lauren sets out to calm her closet with a practical, wear-with-anything piece from her local Goodwill – a tried-and-true go-to for when it’s too hot to think. This week’s Goodwill Gem: micro heels.

Cute, comfy and incredibly easy to wear, these are the shoes you’ll reach for again and again.

Ah, the simple things. Wherever you find them, great wardrobe staples feel like a steal, because you end up getting so much use out of them. But they seem like an especially sweet deal when you get them for next to nothing at your favorite local Goodwill store!

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