Goodbye September, Hello Window Sales!

Tough month? Treat yourself to our window sale at Goodwill’s Livingston store in Downtown Brooklyn, Goodwill’s 79th Street store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, or Goodwill’s 23rd street store in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park this Friday, September 30!

Doors open at 9 a.m. for the Brooklyn Livingston sale and at 9:30 a.m. for Manhattan’s 23rd Street and 79th Street sales. Once the doors are open, the sale starts immediately and purchases are limited to two items per person. Visit our website at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx to map the location. And most of all, enjoy the sale!

Just in case you’re not in the know yet, a Goodwill Window Sale is when the best items in the store (which have been displayed in the window for days if not weeks) go on sale. There are often designer items and high-priced toys in the mix.

We’ve seen everything from an XBox to a Prada suit to a gorgeous electric guitar. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open. Good luck to you all!

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Goodwill Gems: Bringing Booties Back

Fall Flirt is bringing booties back – are you ready? Our thrift-loving Lauren is, having toured her local Goodwills, in search of the quintessential fall footwear essential. Take a look at the newest Goodwill Gems, thrift fashion fans: the bold and beautiful bootie boot.

A delicate heel, pointy toe and faux-croc finish - does it get any better than this, bootie hunters?

I suppose I might as well just call this a shoe blog for all the cute kicks that keep popping up here, but I hope you aren’t tired of my fab footwear finds yet! A girl can never have too many shoes (if you disagree, though, please donate the extras to Goodwill!). This week’s find is a pair that no fashionable lady-about-town could possibly pass on.

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GoodwillNyNj Customer Rewards Card

Do you thrift in Greater New York and Northern New Jersey*? If so, you might well want to know about this little piece of magic:

Our Emme models the Customer Rewards Card - a must for Greater NY & Northern NJ thrift shoppers!

Confused what exactly “Greater New York and Northern New Jersey” means? Check out The Guide to GoodwillNyNj to see the neighborhoods and cities we cover. If one of them is your hometown and thrifting base, then we’re your local Goodwill. (Hello! It’s a pleasure to meet you!)

To get your GoodwillNyNj rewards card (and a $10 discount for every $100 spent), fill out a form at any GoodwillNyNj store or go online to http://www.goodwillny.org/downloads/Goodwill_Rewards_Fillable_Form.pdf

Now, if you’re not a Greater New York and Northern New Jersey shopper but love thrifting in your own hometown, we still think you’re awesome. Our rewards card won’t cover you (unless you want a Big Apple / Garden State vacation, of course), but you can find your local Goodwill by clicking here.

Of course, even if you’re not geographically near us, please keep reading and keep commenting on A Good Look by GoodwillNyNj! Our posts are full of fun info and ideas on thrift fashion and we love to hear from thrift fans, no matter where you call home.

Goodwill Essentials: The Pencil Skirt

Today is the last full day of summer – are you ready for the new season? If not, no sweat; here’s a Goodwill Essentials by our fantastic Emme tailor-made for you, all about one of our favorite streamlined fall finds (available in spades at your local Goodwill): the pencil skirt!

Black on black oversized houndstooth is super chic while the more subtle geometric pattern in camel is a guaranteed classic!

Fall maybe mean back to school to some, but to mean it’s a call back to basics. If you’ve been following along, we’ve showcased the LBD, the perfect pair of jeans, and the trusty blazer. Today we’ll take a look at one of my favorite pieces, the pencil skirt. Get comfy, thrift fashion fans, cause here we go…

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Sweater Weather: A Goodwill Sale!

Bundle up, baby – it’s sweater weather now! Goodwill invites you to start your autumn off right with a storewide sweater sale. Sweaters are 35% off from the first day of fall, Friday, September 23, through Sunday, September 25.

Looking for a store near you? You can find each store’s hours by zip-code search on the “Find Goodwill” page. To find contact information for your local Goodwill by neighborhood, visit Guide to GoodwillNyNj.

If you’re a Greater New York or Northern New Jersey shopper: don’t forget you can add to your savings with a Goodwill Rewards Card, offering a $10 discount after every $100 spent in our region’s stores. To find out if you’re in the Greater New York and Northern New Jersey region, visit our store locator. If you are in our region, come fill out a form at the store or online here.

Just a standard sale side note for you: Discounts cannot be combined. If an item falls into two discount categories, Goodwill will apply the higher one. Enjoy the sale, you soon-t0-be-bundled-up Goodwill fans!

Goodwill Gem: The Sparkling Scarf

Fall Flirt continues! Only this time, it’s moving on up from the tips of your toes to the chest, neck and shoulders. After all, it’s scarf season, so let’s make it shine! Our thrift-loving Lauren headed out to her local store and guess what she found? The newest Goodwill Gem: the ever-eye-catching sparkling scarf.

This teal scarf, decorated with gold sequins, reminds me of a peacock's feather. Take it out and strut, lady; it's Fall Flirt, after all!

It’s here – scarf weather. Well, it’s starting to be, anyway. And even if it isn’t yet cold enough to bundle up from head to toe (thank goodness!), we are at the beginning of autumn. Mornings and evenings get chilly, but most days, it’s still warm enough to make you want to leave that jacket at home. So what’s a girl to do to stay looking stylish and snazzy, and comfortable in this weather, without lugging an extra wardrobe around?

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The Twenty Dollar Challenge!

Happy Monday! To celebrate the new week, we’re starting a new column: The Twenty Dollar Challenge, featuring the fantastic fashion thrift expert, Danielle Landry. We’ll be posting her first adventure tackling the Challenge (finding a whole, awesome, Goodwill outfit on a given theme for under $20), but first, here’s a little introduction from our go-to girl herself. Enjoy!:

Meet our newest A Good Look columnist, the fabulous Danielle Landry!

My name is Danielle Landry and I am hopelessly in love………….. with thrift shopping. It all started back in my hometown of Miami in 2003 when I found a Jem and The Holograms flyer for an 80’s night at a Downtown Miami club named Soho Lounge. I went home, immediately scanned my closet but I was lacking in vintage. What was I to do? Where was I to find the right kind of clothes with some serious style that wouldn’t break the bank. Then a revelation hit. “I gotta go to the Goodwill!”

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Two Window Sales this Friday!

We’ve got two window sales slated for this Friday morning – one in Brooklyn at the Livingston Street Store and one in Gramercy Park at the 23rd Street Store! Come and enjoy our window sale and find some incredible deals to start the day off right!

This Friday morning, grab your coffee and a Goodwill Gem!

FRIDAY, September 16th

In Brooklyn: Window Sale at the Goodwill’s Livingston Street Store – Doors open at 9 a.m., and the sale starts immediately. Purchases are limited to two items per person. 258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 – Phone 718-923-9037

In Manhattan: Window Sale at the 23rd Street Store – Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and the sale starts immediately. Purchases are limited to two items per person. 220 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 – Phone 212-447-7270

And NEXT week on Saturday, September 24th: Save the early morning date for the Greenwich Village Goodwill Boutique’s window sale! Details to come…

Just in case you’re not in the know yet, a Goodwill Window Sale is when the best items in the store (which have been displayed in the window for days if not weeks) go on sale. There are often designer items and high-priced toys in the mix. We’ve seen everything from an XBox to a Prada suit to a gorgeous electric guitar. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open. Good luck to you all!

Goodwill Gems: It’s Fall Flirt!

Spring Fever? So last season. Here at A Good Look, we’re all for Fall Flirt. You heard us – it’s the time of the year where the weather is perfect for long walks at sunset, cute winks on the sidewalks, and a killer pair of new-to-you, how-do-you-do shoes. Take a look at our thrift-loving Lauren‘s newest Goodwill Gem: Flirty Fall Shoes to see just why we’re head over heels this fall…

Be careful: these bright blue peep-toes might just stop traffic. Hello Autumn, and hello love!

Is the crisper fall weather making you feel a bit friskier? Well, there’s nothing quite like a bright new pair of heels to lighten your step and bring up your fabulous factor at the start of new season. And what shoes could fill that role better or make you feel more fabulous than finding a pair like this found your local Goodwill?

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The Spirit of Service Lives On

This past weekend stirred up a lot of emotion here in our region of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey – not to mention throughout America. While we normally focus on retail here at A Good Look by GoodwillNyNj, we can’t overlook how deeply that Tuesday ten years ago changed our world.

While there is great, untouchable grief around 9-11, there is also hope. Remember the spirit of service that drew us all together? Below is a brief look at how Goodwill here in New York rallied – and we would love to hear how you and your loved ones came together in the face of unspeakably tragedy to help make the world a better place. Please use the comments section below, post on our Facebook, or send a tweet over to @GoodwillNyNj.

Take care, stay safe, and enjoy today.

After the attacks, Goodwill set its sights on helping displaced workers find jobs and disrupted businesses recover.

Goodwill’s Response in New York (originally featured on goodwill.org)

Immediately following the news of the attacks and collapse of the World Trade Center, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey made phone calls to ensure that all Goodwill staff and program participants were safe, including individuals with disabilities and the 375 individuals employed through its GoodTemps division in the financial district near the World Trade Center. One Goodwill client, Steven Wong, and an advisory board member lost their lives in the attack.

As relief agencies worked to provide survivors with basic medical care and needs, Goodwill set its sights on assisting the nearly 130,000 displaced workers and the more than 18,000 businesses that were dislocated, disrupted or destroyed due to the attacks… Continue reading “The Spirit of Service Lives On”