Free DIY Upcycle Event at the Goodwill Boutique This Saturday!

Boring t-shirts bringing down with your summer wardrobe? Pump up the fun and upcycle ’em into one-of-a-kind fashion finds!

This Saturday at 2pm, we’ll join BurdaStyle/Etsy expert David Leon Morgan in taking over the Goodwill Greenwich Boutique to teach you how!

Upgrade your favorite tee, canvas bag or jeans with fashion blogger, David Leon Morgan at a free DIY workshop this Saturday, August 4 at 2:00 PM at the Goodwill Village Boutique Store (44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011).

David is a writer, fiber artist and singer living in Bronx, New York. You can check out more of his writings, style and DIY designs at http://davidleonmorgan.blogspot.com.

Now, here’s how you can be part of Saturday’s Goodwill event:

  • Bring your favorite tee, canvas bag or jeans for a fresh new look! Or:
  • Get a free t-shirt on the day of the event when you sign up for the Goodwill Rewards Card Program at the store.
  • Register for the event. Please call Coco or Marco at (212) 477-7024 or email goodwillnynj@gmail.com to secure your spot.
Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP and/or show up extra early to guarantee a spot. See you there, DIY designers!

6 Window Sales & a Super Shoe Special – Comin’ Right Up!

Clear your weekend – the Goodwill Sales Post is in! Here’s what we’ve got on the roster:

FRIDAY, JULY 27:

  • The Goodwill Brooklyn Livingston Street Window Sale: The sale begins at 9 a.m. and is first come, first serve. 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 Goodwill Astoria Steinway Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line at 8:15 a.m., and the doors open at 9 a.m. The store admits all the customers at the same time, Numbers are called out. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. Once their transaction is complete, shoppers can shop the store. You’ll find the Goodwill Steinway Store at 32-36 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103 (phone 718-932-0418).
  • The Goodwill Bronx Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 7:45 a.m. and the doors open at 8. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. At 9, 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. You’ll find the Bronx Goodwill Store at 361 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 (phone 718-292-1083).

SATURDAY, JULY 28:

  • The Goodwill Greenwich Village Boutique Window Sale: 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 Goodwill Greenwich Village Store at 44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 (phone 212-477-7024).
  • The Goodwill Washington Heights Window Sale: 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 Goodwill Harlem Window Sale: The sale starts at 9:30 a.m. and is first come, first serve. Each customer is given a number in the order they arrive. They may pick one window item to buy. When the purchase is made, they may rejoin the line to make another selection. You’ll find the Harlem Goodwill Store at 2196 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10037 (phone 212-862-0020).

All those sales might put you in the market for a new-to-you pair of shoes. Well, we’ve got you and your tootsies covered. Take a look and, come Saturday, July 28, take 25% off shoes (note: some restrictions apply):

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 http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx. 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.

Happy Sales, Goodwill fans!

Goodwill Gems: The Nude Tote

We’re in the heat of summer – let’s enjoy it while we can! How? With easy-on-the-wallet, easy-on-the-eyes, easy-on-the-temperature accessory finds that’ll lighten up your wardrobe long after this season has passed. Our correspondent Lauren skipped off to her local Goodwill this week to see what she could find. In no time flat, she came up with a winner – this week’s Goodwill Gem: the Nude Tote.

This classic-colored bag is an ideal item to carry everyday items, taking you from season to season in style.

Endless Summer? I wish! As much as I’d like to pretend otherwise, this summer will eventually come to a close – so now is the perfect time to start sourcing pieces that work great with your summer favorites, but will live on in autumn as well. Which leads us to this tote…

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Second-Hand Shopping & Donating in College: A Post by ClosetDash’s Brae

We’re delighted to announce that along with our recent alliance with College Hunks Hauling, we’ll also be working with the incredibly useful online community ClosetDash, helping you find your no-longer-neededs to a fantastic new home.

If you join ClosetDash, one of the option you’ll have (along with selling, swapping or giving away your clothes) is to donate those items to Goodwill. We’re honored to be one of a select group of non-profits ClosetDash has chosen for this role.

As part of our friendship with the new site, we’ve invited their team-member Brae to share about second-hand shopping (and donating) as a part of college life. Hope you enjoy!

Buying and selling second-hand items and shopping at thrift stores have become increasingly en vogue lately. While this is true for many different types of consumers, today’s blog post will focus on one particular type of consumer for which this is true – today’s college students. College students are always on the lookout for good deals on unique items which naturally leads them to thrift stores and swapping.

Like many others across the country, the economic downturn has impacted the purchasing power of the average college student but hasn’t deterred their desire to remain fashionable. Enter thrifting or swapping.

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Goodwill Gems: Beat the Heat Bangles

Too hot for frills? We hear you. Good news, though – cool metallic accessories are one easy way to radiate style without taking in heat. With that in mind (and a big ol’ fan in hand) our correspondent Lauren hit the thrift stores to find this week’s Goodwill Gem: Beat the Heat Bangles.

The hammered texture of the metal and sheer size of this bracelet make it a standout piece.

Are you still looking for the ideal ensemble to rock on summer’s most scorching days? If you’re stuck in a fashion rut, there’s no better way to feel instantly classy and cool than by adding a brand new bangle to one of your favorite, most classic pieces of summer clothing.

This week’s fabulous Goodwill find is the perfect accessory to throw on with almost any tried-and-true summer look to give it an instant upgrade

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Goodwill Signs on for Priority Pickup Service With College Hunks Hauling

Great news, Goodwill donators! Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey has contracted with College Hunks Hauling to offer priority donation pickups in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Northern New Jersey. The agreement provides an option for donors who require home pickups and are willing to pay a fee.

Goodwill has teamed up with College Hunks Hauling to make donating your no-longer-neededs even easier!

Available from July 1, the service offers pickups within 48 hours and delivery of donations to Goodwill, which will supply a tax receipt. College Hunks Hauling is prepared to remove items from anywhere on the property. Along with items that Goodwill accepts, the hauler will remove junk and items Goodwill does not take, which will be recycled or brought to another nonprofit where possible.

This priority service charges a fee but includes additional benefits such as the removal of items from anywhere inside your property, as well as the removal of items Goodwill cannot accept. Donors will receive a discount off the regular pricing. Your donation is still tax-deductible when using our 48hour priority service.

For more information or a free quote, call 800-785-9679 or go online to http://www.collegehunkshaulingjunk.com/Goodwill.

8 Window Showcase Sales & a Saturday Shoe Special!

8 Window Showcase Sales and an ongoing Saturday Shoe Special are about to make your Friday and Saturday jam-packed with Goodwill goodness!

Take a look:

FRIDAY, JULY 13:

  • The Goodwill Chelsea Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line at 8:45 a.m., and the doors open at 9. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to three window items per person. Once their transaction is complete, window sale shoppers must leave the store until it opens to everyone at 10. You’ll find the Chelsea Goodwill Store at 103 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001 (phone 646-638-1725).
  • The Goodwill 79th Street Window Sale: The store’s window sales begin at 10 a.m. and are first come, first serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrived. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchase is made, customers may rejoin the line to make another selection. You’ll find the Goodwill 79th Street Store at 217 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024 (phone 212-874-5050).
  • The Goodwill Bronx Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 7:45 a.m. and the doors open at 8. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. At 9, 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. You’ll find the Bronx Goodwill Store at 361 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 (phone 718-292-1083).
  • The Goodwill Brooklyn Livingston Street Window Sale: The sale begins at 9 a.m. and is first come, first serve. 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 store Goodwill Livingston Street Store at 258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (phone 718-923-9037).

SATURDAY, JULY 14:

  • The Goodwill Village Boutique Window Sale: 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. Please note that window sale items are not included in the 25%-off Saturday shoe sale. You’ll find the Goodwill Greenwich Village Store at 44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011, (phone 212-477-7024).
  • The Goodwill Washington Heights Window Sale: 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. Please note that window sale items are not included in the 25%-off Saturday shoe sale. You’ll find the Washington Heights Goodwill Store at 512 West 181st Street, New York, NY 10033 (phone 212-923-7910).

 

  • The Goodwill Harlem Window Sale: The sale starts at 9:30 a.m. and is first come, first serve. Each customer is given a number in the order they arrive. They may pick one window item to buy. When the purchase is made, they may rejoin the line to make another selection. Please note that window sale items are not included in the 25%-off Saturday shoe sale. You’ll find the Harlem Goodwill Store at 2196 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10037 (phone 212-862-0020).
  • The Goodwill Harrison Window Sale: Customers line up when they get there, and tickets are distributed at 9:30 a.m., when the store opens. Three customers at a time may enter the store and shop, in order of ticket number. Purchases are limited to three showcase items per person and must be made immediately. If a customer wants more showcase items, they may get a new ticket after all the customers outside have had a chance to come in. Please note that showcase items are not included in the 25%-off Saturday shoe sale. You’ll find the Goodwill Harrison Store at 400 Supor Boulevard, Harrison, NJ 07029 (phone 973-481-4355).

And don’t forget, every Saturday through the end of July, take 25% off all shoes (expect those featured in the Window Sale) at our Saturday Shoe Special.

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 http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx. 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.