Happy Halloween!

BOO! <– You know what that is? That’s the end of the Goodwill Halloween Window Contest sneaking up on you. We have been floored by the great turn-out of voters, and there’s still time to add yourself into the final count.

Come on n' vote! Just 12 hours left to pick your favorite Goodwill Halloween Window. After all, you wouldn't want to miss the contest & upset the Troy Goodwill's witch, would you?

We joined Where the Goodwill Goes in this contest amazed by our stores’ enthusiasm this season (after all, the stores themselves provide job training, income, and self-esteem to those previously facing barriers to employment), but now we’re equally amazed at the support of our fans. Keep it coming, but beware: only votes placed before 11pm tonight (October 31st, 2011) will count. So hurry up n’ vote, Goodwill fans, and Happy Halloween!

To vote, please visit our Facebook album at http://on.fb.me/gwspooky and click like underneath the image of your choice. If you don’t have Facebook, you can vote via the online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/gwhalloween, though the survey does not include images. We ask you only vote once, but please feel free to tell others to vote – the more the merrier!

Come Vote! It’s the Goodwill Halloween Window Contest!

Just 3 days left to cast your vote in our Goodwill Halloween Window Contest! Making the choice even tougher, we just added three new entries:

the Chelsea Goodwill at 103 West 25th Street in NYC:

the Colonie Goodwill at 1 Fuller Road in the Capitol Region / West New York:


and the Wappingers Falls Goodwill at 1488 Route 9 in Hudson Valley:


To vote for these or other Goodwill stores, please visit our Facebook album at http://on.fb.me/gwspooky and click like underneath the image of your choice. If you don’t have Facebook, you can vote via the online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/gwhalloween, though the survey does not include images. We ask you only vote once, but please feel free to tell others to vote – the more the merrier!

Happy Halloween!

Treats for All: 3 Window Sales This Halloween Weekend

Prefer treats to tricks? We do too. That’s why we’re throwing not one, not two, but three Window Sales this Halloween weekend (along with our big Halloween sales, too!) – from the Bronx to Downtown Brooklyn to Greenwich Village, we’ve got something for every NYC deal-seeker this ooky, spooky holiday weekend.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011:

This Friday, October 28th at the Bronx 149th Street Goodwill (361 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455), tickets are distributed to customers on line by 7:45 a.m., and the doors open at 8:00 a.m. for window items only. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two items per person. At 9:00 a.m., the store opens to everyone unless there are still ticket-holders on line. Once they’ve made their purchases, any remaining window merchandise is up for grabs.

Also this Friday, the Brooklyn Livingston Street Goodwill (258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 10021) opens its doors at 9:00 a.m., and the Window Sale starts immediately. Purchases are limited to two items per person.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2011

Come Saturday, October 29th at the Greenwich Village Goodwill Boutique (44 West 8th Street, NY, NY 10011), doors open at 9:00 a.m., and the sale starts immediately. Purchases are limited to two items per person.

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.

For planning, visit our website at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx to map the location (and nearby coffee stops, night owls…). Have fun and Happy Halloween!

Goodwill Gem: Quick Fix Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching (less than a week left to go!). While some of you have been perfecting your costume for months, others might be more like our columnist Lauren – a last-minute magpie. Still on the hunt for the perfect disguise, Lauren hits her local Goodwill for this week’s Goodwill Gem: the quick fix Halloween.

This fancy mask is fit for a black-tie masquerade ball, but it works just as well as the focal point for a costume for a more casual Halloween affair.

And if you’re anything like me, you generally wait until the very last minute to put a costume together. And, like me, perhaps you love dressing up and getting crafty, but don’t exactly have the funds to stop in at the nearest pop-up shop and drop $50 or $100 (or even more!) on an elaborate ensemble for this year’s festivities. So for fabulous Halloween on a dime, there really is only one place to go – your local Goodwill!

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Halloween Week Sparkles With Sales

Haunt Goodwill this week and enjoy thrilling savings that will make for a fantastic Halloween! Sales include:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 – Wild Wednesday – 30% off Halloween decorations
  • Saturday, Oct. 29 & Sunday, Oct. 30 – Better Late Than Never Price Slash 50% off Halloween decorations
  • Sunday, Oct. 30 & Monday, Oct. 31 – Treat Yourself to Special SavingsCome to our store in costume & get 30% off your purchases
  • Now through Halloween – Decorate Beneath the CostumeNew underwear, 2/$1 or 79 cents each

Once you’ve visited the stores, be sure to vote for your favorite Goodwill Halloween Window! You can select your favorite at http://on.fb.me/gwspooky or, if you don’t use Facebook, you can vote at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/gwhalloween.

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. Happy Halloween, Goodwill fans!

The Goodwill Halloween Window Contest

We love Halloween – we love the Carmens, the Cowgirls, the Kanyes, even the Spooky Witches – and we love seeing these fantastic fantasies all embraced by the everyday people we pass on the street just because it’s Halloween.

The window at our Nanuet store mixes the spooky with the harvest fest - but does the combo get your vote?

While we usually use A Good Look by GoodwillNyNj to show off thrift fashion finds and fab ideas, we’ve been so amazed by our stores’ enthusiasm this season that we wanted to show off their finds and ideas – perfectly-timed for your Halloween inspiration and enjoyment. (To learn how our stores offer jobs and job training to those otherwise facing barriers to employment, and how they fund a variety of other community-strengthening programs and services, check out Where the Goodwill Goes!)

We’re hoping you’ll join us in celebrating fun for all this Halloween and vote in this years first ever Goodwill Halloween Window Contest. The winning store will get a heap of holiday rewards – you’ll see they’ve worked hard to impress you.

To vote, please visit our Facebook album at http://on.fb.me/gwspooky and click like underneath the image of your choice. If you don’t have Facebook, you can vote via the online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/gwhalloween, though the survey does not include images. We ask you only vote once, but please feel free to tell others to vote – the more the merrier!

We hope you vote and help show our staff and the many we serve that creativity and good work never go out of style, no matter the holiday, and neither does goodwill.

Happy Halloween!

Saturday Window Sale in Washington Heights

You never know where you might find your costume inspiration – so why not try a Window Sale at the Washington Heights Goodwill this Saturday, October 22 at 9 a.m.?

This Saturday at the Washington Heights Goodwill (512 West 181st Street, New York, NY 10033), the doors open at 9 a.m. for window items only. The store admits three customers on line at a time, who make their purchases. At 10, the store opens to everyone, and any remaining window merchandise is sold on a first come-first served basis.

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.

For planning, visit our website at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx to map the location (and nearby coffee stops, night owls…). Have fun at the sale!