Shop the Swap: The ClosetRaidSwap Rack at the Goodwill Boutique!

Did you miss out on the #ClosetRaidSwap this month? You can read all about it in this great post by @KimberleeVDW or this fab recap by @starcrossedsmil – and if that’s not enough Swap love for you, you can come Shop the Swap for a limited time only at the Goodwill Greenwich Village Boutique!

Just one tiny fraction of the Swap space – so you better believe we have some great finds on our rack!

That’s right – we’ll be showing off the great #ClosetRaidSwap items donated to Goodwill at the end of the event, everything from dresses to jeans to menswear to shoes, all dropped off by New York’s fantastic online fashion community.

Swing by 44 West 8th Street between Sixth Avenue and MacDougal and check out the rack – and if you’re a fashion thrifter and would like to be a part of upcoming blogger swaps be sure to follow us on Twitter (@goodwillnynj) and like us on Facebook ( so we can keep you in the reuse, recycle, rocking swap loop!

Goodwill Gems: Plum Perfection Peep-toe Pumps

A summer shoe can be hard to find. After all, a pair that looks as great in an office as it does on a boardwalk is no easy capture. What’s a stylish girl to do? Follow Lauren‘s lead and head to to your local Goodwill for this week’s Goodwill Gem: Plum Perfection Peep-toe Pumps!

These sweet summer sandals have it all: natural fibers, a little lift and the perfect showcase for a summer pedicure!

This week’s find is a fantastic pair of summer wedges that have a little bit of everything. The natural, woven straw bottoms are topped with a rich mahogany-colored, strappy leather upper.

The peep toe and t-strap styling are reminiscent of an earlier era, adding a bit of 1940s feminine glamor to a warm-weather look with a modern, casual flair. In their natural materials and colors, these sky-high wedges are the perfect way to top off any breezy, summer ensemble.

Now… how to wear ’em?

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Goodwill Window Sales: Brooklyn, the Village & Washington Heights!

The Goodwill Window Sale updates are out!  Here’s the skinny on where to snag incredible deals this Friday and Saturday morns:


  • The Brooklyn Livingston Street Goodwill Store: The sale begins at 9 a.m. and is first come, first served. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they enter the store. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchase is made, they may rejoin the line to make another selection. You’ll find the Goodwill Livingston Street Store at 258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (phone 718-923-9037).


  • The Greenwich Village Goodwill Store: The sale begins at 9 a.m. and is first come, first serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrive starting at 8:50. Two customers come in at a time, and may choose two items each to purchase. If they want more, they must go to the back of the line and get another ticket. The doors open for everyone after all of the window sale customers are done, usually 10-10:15. You’ll find the Greenwich Village Goodwill Store at 44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 (phone 212-477-7024).
  • The Washington Heights Goodwill Store: The sale begins at 9 a.m. and is first come, first serve. Three customers come in at a time and may choose three items each to purchase. If they want more, they must go to the back of the line after the transaction. The doors open for everyone at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Washington Heights Goodwill Store at 512 West 181st Street, New York, NY 10033 (phone 212-923-7910).
  • The Brooklyn Fulton Street Goodwill Store: The sale begins at 9 a.m. and is first come, first served. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they enter the store. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchase is made, they may rejoin the line to make another selection. You’ll find the Goodwill Fulton Street Store at 1100-1104 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (phone 718-789-0856).

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 red lacquered Chinese lions to a Ferragamo heels to pristine electric guitars. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.

To find your nearest Goodwill, visit And if you haven’t donated to Goodwill recently, now would be a great time. The more donations we get, the more for everyone to buy, and the more funding for our programs and services to keep changing lives.

And don’t forget to drop off your no-longer-neededs when you come in! We’re especially looking for work-appropriate clothing donations for Goodwill Suits Vets, so we can give them to the veterans this weekend. Your donations change your community – help us make a difference in the lives of those who served!

Goodwill Suits Vets: Collecting Work Clothes *Now*!

In appreciation for the service to our country of the thousands of military men and women who returned home and to the workforce, GoodwillNyNj will provide a professional or work outfit to all veterans, past or present, at any of Goodwill’s 38 stores during Memorial Day Weekend, Friday- Monday, May 25-28, 2012.

The last time we organized a drive like this, it was a huge success. This year, we hope it’ll be even better.


We need the help of all our shoppers, donators and supporters:

  • Donate Your Extra Work Clothes: Please donate professional or work clothing for men and women: suits, suit jackets, dresses, dress pants and skirts, shirts and blouses, slacks and jeans, outerwear, shoes, ties, scarves and accessories. Drop your donations at any of our stores or at our DonationXpress attended donation centers in Eastchester, NY and Springfield, NJ. Tax receipts are available upon request.
  • Coordinate a Company Donation: If your company is interested in participating, we can arrange a special pick-up – just comment below or email us at to arrange. By giving to Goodwill, you help our efforts to provide a broad selection of useful clothing to returning vets. Donors benefit on their taxes as well as supporting the program.
  • Reach out the Veterans and Veterans Organizations in your community: Tell them about the opportunity to receive  a professional outfit at no charge at their local Greater New York and Northern New Jersey Goodwills during open hours on Friday, May 25th through Monday, May 28th.
  • Spread the Word: We also ask you to reach out to any veterans or veterans organizations in your life or your community to tell them about the opportunity to receive  a professional or work outfit at no charge. All they need to do is show their military ID and mention “Goodwill Suits Vets.”
  • Share about our drive on your Facebook, Twitter or Blog: Please spread the word among all your networks, off-line and on. Link to this post, share the video above ( and join Goodwill NY-NJ in telling all vets: “Job well done; thanks to you and your family for your sacrifice!”
“Thank you for the opportunity you’re providing us with in our search for employment. We appreciate it in these hard times.” – Antoine Bushel, Army 1978 – 1981

Goodwill Industries empowers individuals with barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work. Please help – you’ll be helping us help veterans in your community get back to work and back into the economic mainstream.

The Goodwill Wedding Showcase: Congratulations All!

Save the Date for Goodwill’s One of a Kind Bride sale. Wedding gowns starting at $69.99. Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride gowns also available. Join us: Saturday June 3rd, doors open at 9am and close at 9pm. RSVP: here *While supplies last.


Earlier this month, we set out to prove there’s no need to sacrifice the honeymoon fund to ensure a gorgeous big day! To see how we did, visit our full Facebook album (and be sure to tag yourself in it). For now, here’s a peek:

Now that the Big Day is over, even the groom can take a look…

Our 5-store sale featured bridal and formal wear for blushing brides, handsome grooms and stylish bridesmaids throughout our five regions. The photo above and in the Facebook album are from the Kingston Goodwill. If you were at the East Harlem, East Northport, Elmsford or Fairfield Goodwills & took pics at the Goodwill Wedding Showcase, please send them on! We’d love to see them – just email us at

What better way to start your new life than by supporting new opportunities and hope for countless others in your path. Congratulations to all who found their gown/suit and good luck on the Big Day!

Swap Party + Window Sales = Goodwill Gold!

A Swap Party and three Window Sales turn this weekend into Goodwill gold! If you’ve never been to a clothing swap, you’re missing out – these parties are an amazing way to makeover your wardrobe, meet fellow fashion fans and support reuse.

This Saturday, May 19th, I Have a Degree in This‘ Kimberlee (one of our fav DMD Fashion Show stylists) joins ClosetRaid to host the Spring Clean Your Closet Swap Party! ClosetRaid is a fun and social way to showcase, sell, swap or give away your items with your networks – we’re sure you’ll be hearing much more about them in the future.

Bring 3 items to swap or donate and your admission is free!

We’ll be there along with fellow swappers, Room To Grow and WGirls at the Projective Space in Lower East Side (the open loft space above Zarin Fabrics) and all the clothes, house ware items, books, electronics, etc. brought for swapping and donation. Entrance is free when you bring 3 or more items to swap or donate, or $10 otherwise. For more information and to RSVP:

***We just found out this event is sold out, but we know there will be more to come. If you’re interested in hosting a Clothing Swap and would like us to be involved, send us an email at We’d love to make sure that your no-longer-neededs find a good home.

Now, as for Friday and Saturday’s Window Sales

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Goodwill Gems: Neon!

Brights vs. whites. During the warm summer months (which we’re now fast approaching), many of us are tempted to trade our blacks and grays for crisp whites and declare our summer wardrobe problems solved. This week, though, Lauren punches it up a notch at her local thrift shop. Introducing our latest Goodwill Gems: Neon!

This super-thin belt in a brilliant neon yellow will quickly punch up even the most lackluster summer look.

Sure white’s alright, but why settle for alright when you can have outrageous? A clean, summery white is always in style, but even that classic go-to can stop feeling fresh and start feeling boring. If you’re a no-frills kind of girl, and not one for fem feathers, bangles or baubles, a wallop of color can be an effortless way to instantly refresh a basic outfit.

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