Last-Minute Dress-Up Sale!

Breaking news on the thrift fashion front: We’re holding a Last-Minute Dress Up Sale!

This Saturday, December 31, enjoy 50% off women’s gowns and blouses and other women’s and men’s dress-up clothes. You’ll look spectacular and still have money left over for the evening’s festivities!

Also, better get those 2012 planners ready: you are invited to our Winter Wonderland White Sale taking place every Tuesday in January beginning January 3. All linens are 40% off. How’s that for a Happy New Year?

Have a ball this weekend, Goodwill fans – we’ll see you next year!


Trend Watch Thrifting: Glitter & Glam

Silver, gold, copper, platinum – if it’s shiny and shimmers, we’re into it. GoodwillNyNj’s resident thrift expert Emme Bonilla has done her research at the local Goodwills, scoping out the best ways to bring the glimmer from the Times Square Ball into your wardrobe this New Year with this week’s Trend Watch Thrifting pick: Glitter and Glam!

Yes, that is a shirred gold lamé miniskirt. From Goodwill. For $9.99. New Years Eve outfit? Oh yea.

Christmas, Chanukah, Winter Solstice, however you’ve celebrated so far, we hope you’ve filled your holiday season with light, love, and goodwill. Moving on, though, there’s even more to look forward to – a whole new year of fashion, in fact! So find your shimmers and sparkles, your twinkle lights and shiny baubles, and take the New Year by shiny, shimmery (budget-, environment- and community-loving) storm! Take a look:

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Holiday Hours at Goodwill

Wish 2011 good-bye and 2012 hello with a stop in Goodwill! Here’s when we’ll be open this holiday weekend: 

Holiday Store Hours

New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31:  All Stores Will Close Early at 5 p.m.

New Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1:  All Stores Have Regular Sunday Hours

Monday, Jan. 2: All Stores Normal Hours

For store locations and contact information, please visit our Goodwill locator at

Help Us Help Vets: Goodwill Suits Vets

This month, thousands of service men and women will return home and to the workforce. In appreciation for their service to our country, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey will provide a professional outfit to all veterans, past or present, who go to any of our 39 area stores, show their military ID, and mention “Goodwill Suits Vets” from Friday through Sunday, January 6-8, 2012.

We posted about Goodwill Suits Vets earlier this month, but we’re still taking clothing donations. Please help – you’ll be helping us help veterans in your community get back to work and back into the economic mainstream.

Here’s how you can help right now:Please donate professional clothing for men and women: suits, suit jackets, dress pants and skirts, shirts and blouses, shoes, ties, scarves and accessories. Drop your donations at any of ourstores or at DonationXpress, our attended donation center in Eastchester. Tax receipts are available upon request. If your company participates, we can arrange a special pick-up at your workplace.We also ask you to reach out to any veterans or veterans organizationsin your life or your community to tell them about the opportunity to receive  a professional outfit at no charge.Join Goodwill NY-NJ in telling all vets: “Job well done, and thanks to you and your family for your sacrifice!” – and please spread the word among your friends, family and networks.

Goodwill Gem: 2012 Heels

Now that Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah and Boxing Day are all behind us, there’s still one big holiday left on this season’s events calendar – New Year’s Eve. Our correspondent Lauren heads out to her local Goodwill (in the midst of a big houseware sale, mind you) to find a Goodwill Gem ready to wear right into the New Year. This week’s find: 2012 Heels!

In a soft nude shade and accented with shiny gold, these shoes are festive, sweet and feminine, without being overly flashy.

There tends to be so much buildup around this holiday, and so much pressure for a girl to find the perfect party, the perfect dress and the perfect date to kiss as the clock strikes midnight. Get at least one of the three out of the way in time to enjoy this festive evening out, by getting the perfect pieces to create a stunning New Year’s Eve ensemble – all at a great price!

These darling wedges are the perfect shoe to take you from party to party this New Year’s Eve, whether you’re hitting a hip club in a trendy neighborhood or heading to friend’s apartment for a more intimate bash. The wedge heel adds height but is still comfortable enough to hit the dance floor in, and delicate hue – a nude tone with a hint of rosy blush – is an ideal color to pair with almost any party dress, from classic black to a deep jewel tone like a rich plum or emerald, that is so popular during the holiday season.

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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you warmth, happiness, and goodwill this holiday season!

Photo by JenniCanKnit

To learn how to make this wreath (perhaps in silver and gold buttons for a New Year’s Eve fete?), click here – and to learn how your purchases and donations enrich the lives of countless New Yorker and Northern New Jersey residents, check out our programs & service blog Where the Goodwill Goes.

Happy Holidays, all!

Out With the Old & In With the New

Ring out the old year with new purchases from Monday-Saturday, December 26-31. Come to Goodwill for 50% off housewares and 60% off Christmas items Monday, December 26th through Saturday, the 31st so that you’re set for 2012. And be sure to check out our last-minute dress-up sale on December 31… Details to come.

This sale will take place in all stores except the Elmsford store or the Van Dam outlet in Queens. You can find the nearest Goodwill by visiting our Goodwill locator or browsing through our Guide to GoodwillNyNj. For our holiday hours, just click here. As usual, discounts cannot be combined and certain restrictions apply.

Happy Holidays from all at Goodwill!

Goodwill Gem: The Dapper Hat

We’re dreaming of a white Christmas – if only for the cozy outfits we’ll then wear! Our Lauren Haslett takes a tour of her local Goodwill with an eye out for cold-weather better-bundle-up finds. This week’s Goodwill Gem: the Dapper Hat.

This soft gray hat fits snugly to keep out the chill, but looks a little more polished and put together than your standard knit cap.

Knit hats with fluffy pom-poms and puffy down coats are a great way to stay warm on any old winter day. But for a special occasion, sometimes a girl wants to stay warm with a little more grownup looking (and a little more fancy hairdo-friendly) accessory. That’s why this week’s gem from Goodwill is such a perfect find – this sweet hat has a lovely side bow to add a girly touch, and perches lightly atop the head, so it won’t completely smush your carefully styled locks.

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It’s the Happy Holidays Apparel Sale!

Because our customers are the best, Goodwill wants to help you look your best for the holidays. Join us Monday-Saturday, December 19-24, for 40% off apparel, including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing.

This sale is going on now through Saturday in all stores except the Elmsford store or the Van Dam outlet in Queens. You can find the nearest Goodwill by visiting our Goodwill locator or browsing through our Guide to GoodwillNyNj. For our holiday hours, just click here. As usual, discounts cannot be combined and certain restrictions apply.

Have a wonderful time giving great gifts good homes – and Happy Holidays!

Window & Apparel Sales at the Greenwich Village Goodwill Boutique!

In case today’s two big events and this weekend’s media extravaganza weren’t enough for you, we’ve got two more Goodwill sales to throw into the mix. The Greenwich Village Boutique (44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011) is getting in on the holiday action with its own Window Sale this Saturday and a 40%-Off Apparel Sale from Monday through Sunday, December 19th-24th.


Greenwich Village Boutique‘s Saturday Window Sale: Doors open at 9 a.m., and the sale starts immediately. Purchases are limited to two items per person.


Greenwich Village Boutique‘s Big Apparel Sale: Get 40% off on apparel storewide, including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing.

To find the Goodwill nearest you or research contact info for any of the stores mentioned above, please visit our store locator at