Goodwill Gems: The Eye-Catching Clutch

We know we should be searching for Giants gear (after all, Steve Smith might’ve donated a jersey back in the day), but somehow our Super Bowl outfits are still second draft pick to our Valentines’ thrifting. If you’ve got a great game day outfit ready, but all means, post & spark some inspiration. But in the meantime, well, we’re in the mood for love… and so is our correspondent Lauren. With the help of her local Goodwill, she found her crush – this week’s Goodwill Gem: the Eye-Catching Clutch.

Simple, but completely covered in eye-catching glitter, this divine little purse is the perfect tote to carry everything you need for a night out on the town.

Girls love bling. There’s no girl I know who doesn’t love adding a little sparkle to her favorite look on occasion. And with a shimmering silver clutch like the one I found at my local Goodwill this week, it’s easy to add that bit of glitz and glamour to your day in an instant!

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Style Icon Interview: Little Tree Vintage’s Maria Sideris

Get your style ready, Goodwill fans: it’s time for Part 2 of our interview with GoodwillNyNj Style Icon Maria Sideris!

Our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon, Maria Sideris!

In our last chat, this gorgeous-making vintage-loving gal shared on everyday inspiration, her favorite Goodwill, and just what she beelines to once she walks in those doors. on how to tackle your local secondhand shop. This time round, the Little Tree Vintage author shares her favorite Goodwill Gem and a very astute realization about the all-too-common thrifting mistake a person can make. Read on to see what she found… and what she’s learned not to do when she visits her local Goodwill:

What are the biggest mistakes people make when heading to their local Goodwill?

I think people expect to find the “perfect vintage items”, they want items to be their size, in perfect condition and be worth a lot of money. Unfortunately that’s not how things work. You have to keep in mind that vintage can be hard to find, and finding it in your size is even harder. A lot of items need alterations, and a lot of items need work.

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Save the Date, Bookworms!: The Big Reader Book Sale Next Week

Just in time for those cold winter days when you want to stay inside, Goodwill is holding a storewide Book Lovers Sale. Your purchase of 5 or more earns you a 20% discount on books from Tuesday-Saturday, January 31-February 4.

Time to refresh that bookshelf, don’t you think? If you’re looking into fun ways your favorite titles can spruce up home decor, check out this fun little (exceptionally well-organized) video by YouTube filmmaker CrazeDadMan:

To find a Goodwill near you, visit our Store Locator link. Hope to see you soon, bookworms!


Goodwill Gems: Sweet Valentine Anytime Heels

Call us romantics, but we’re already pysched for Valentine’s Day. At least we’re not the only ones decking our doorways in cupids – our correspondent Lauren Haslett has been flitting around her local Goodwills in search of the perfect date outfit. All that preparation has led to a very pretty pay-off, as you’ll see with this week’s Goodwill Gem: Sweet Valentine Anytime Heels.

This luxurious navy blue heel is just the thing you need to finish off an extra-special, dressed-up date night look.

Striking and graceful. They are things many of us for, especially when putting together a sophisticated look for a special occasion like a big date out. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us are trying to get our romantic plans (and our romantic looks) all sorted out.

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Style Icon Interview: Little Tree Vintage’s Maria Sideris

Maria Sideris is the style siren behind the fantastic fashion blog Little Tree Vintage. A Garden State resident with an Empire State job, Maria’s all over the GoodwillNyNj empire – and after spending some time with her this past week, we can tell you, this woman is fashion thrift royalty. Know what else Maria is? Our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon!

Introducing our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon, Maria Sideris!

We hope you enjoy reading Maria’s musings on the NYNJ thrift scene, fashion blogging and style sighting as much as we had hearing them. Enjoy!

How did you first get interested in thrifting? Were you raised to reimagine fashion as a youngin’ or did this passion come later in life?

Growing up I was always surrounded by my Mother’s beautiful vintage pieces. For as long as I can remember I always loved items and clothing that was pre loved. I found a lot of things in my Grandma’s house that I would use to dress up in, and I would use different vintage pieces to make jewelry at a very young age. I started thrifting in college because I wanted to save money, and loved the unique style I got from it. I didn’t want to wear the things everyone else had, and I was always trying to follow trends, but in my own way.

How would you describe your own personal style?

I would say my style is very indie inspired. I love anything flowy, anything that looks bohemian or from the 70’s. I really adore looking comfortable, but putting a spin on it and making it chic. I would say that my style is inspired by everything that goes on around me, vintage included..I love vintage inspired items and vintage items alike…

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Weekend Window Sales!

Why hello almost-Friday – and hello Window Sale! Here’s tomorrow’s fantastic sale roster for your enjoyment:

Friday, January 20th:

  • The Brooklyn Livingston Street Goodwill Store‘s Window Sale!: Doors open at 9 a.m. for the sale, which starts immediately. Purchases are limited to two items per person. Livingston Goodwill Store is located at 258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (phone 718-923-9037).
  • The 23rd Street Goodwill Store‘s Window Sale!: The sale starts at 9:30 a.m. and is first come, first serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they enter the store. They may pick one window item to buy. When the purchase is made, they may rejoin the line to make another selection. The 23rd Street Goodwill Store is located at 220 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 (phone 212-447-7270).

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.

Hope to see you there, Goodwill fans!

Goodwill Gem: the Golden Touch

All that glitters = a golden opportunity for style. There’s no better time to shine than January, when grey skies and bare trees beg for pretty little things galore. This week, our correspondent Lauren sets her sights on the small scale wonders, pouring over her local Goodwill‘s trinkets til she finds this week’s glittering Goodwill Gem: the Golden Touch.

Sweet and sophisticated, these earrings are still big and bold enough to command attention and stand out against any ensemble.

Accessories are a girl’s best friend. Because whatever you’re wearing, even if it’s the simplest of outfits, you can instantly add a little personality to it by popping on one or two extra pieces, like these darling earrings I recently spotted at my local Goodwill. The intricate, slightly old-fashioned style of these ladylike gems makes them the perfect glitzy pieces to dress up almost any outfit.

The gold tone of these earrings will warm up any outfit, so they will look especially nice with cool, calming winter colors you’re gravitating toward right now, like grays, blacks and deep blues. The clear rhinestones that accentuate it add a bit of sparkle and bring attention to flowing lines of the pieces’ design. Earrings like these are impossible not to notice, particularly when used to top off a muted or monochromatic look with simple, graceful lines.

You can use these bright baubles to dress up a casual look or to add a shimmer to a fancier look. Here, I’ve decided to go with option 1, and I’ve paired them with a casual, everyday ensemble to give it a little extra dazzle:

The perfect jewels to top off a basic wear-anywhere look, these shimmering gold earrings add glitz and old-world glam to jeans, a well-loved tee and a cozy scarf.

A favorite pair of jeans, a simple, soft gray tee, and a scarf in a bold, feminine floral print makes a comfortable, easy, and yet put-together ensemble for a Friday at the office or a weekend of strolling around the city and taking in the sights. With the addition of my flirty new earrings, this effortless ensemble instantly becomes a more complete look – and easy way to infuse a bit of elegance into the everyday.

Do you go for the gold when you shop Goodwill? Come tell us! Write about your fashion fun in the comments here, post a photo of a fav look on our Facebook page or send @GoodwillNyNj a tweet. GoodwillNyNj & I love seeing your style, so keep us posted!