GoodwillNyNj Post-Storm: Halloween & Helping Out

Halloween Night is just a few hours away – can you believe it? To help you prepare, here are a few great Goodwill videos and photos from the incredibly creative Sammy Davis and our fab friends over at Damsels in Design. (Also: If you’ve got your costume set & would rather take the day to help out those affected by this week’s storm, scroll down to the end of this post for information and volunteering resources.)

First, Sammy Davis‘ tremendous trio of DIY costumes:

Halloween comes but once a year, and with it the chances to show off boast worthy do it yourself skills to friends and family who may never have guessed you know how to thrift store shop.

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GoodwillNyNj: Stores, Services & Offices for 10/31

Update for Wednesday October 31 (Halloween!):

Please be advised that the Astoria offices will be open on a limited basis Wednesday, October 31. We are asking clients and program participants not to attempt traveling due to difficult travel conditions.

The Goodwill stores in NYC, Long Island and Northern New Jersey will be open based on local conditions. Stores will be open in Westchester and the Capital District. We recommend calling your store to confirm open hours. You can find all store contact info here: http://www.goodwillny.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations.

For staff, please check with your supervisors for specific program and travel information. Harrison offices will be closed on Wednesday due to a power outage.

Above all, travel safe and be careful.

GoodwillNyNj: Stores, Services & Offices 10/30

Just a reminder that our offices are closed & our services are cancelled for the day. Furthermore, Long Island, NYC & Northern NJ Goodwill stores will be closed today. Select Hudson Valley & Capital region Goodwill stores are open. We recommend calling your store to confirm open hours. You can find all store contact info here: http://www.goodwillny.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the storm. Stay safe, everyone!

GoodwillNyNj Will Be Closed Today 10/29 Due to Storm

FYI: In anticipation of the impending storm, all Goodwill stores in the Greater NY & Northern NJ areas will be closed today, Monday 10/29. The Capital Region will remain open until further notice. All Goodwill offices will be closed today, Monday 10/29 & services cancelled. This is to ensure the safety & well being of the individuals who come to us for service & our staff. New York City and State offices will remain open to handle emergencies. We urge you to say tuned to your local stations for further updates on the storm. This status will be updated as appropriate. Be safe & stay dry, everyone!

Treat or Treat: This Weekend’s Goodwill Window Sale

Enough with tricks; it’s all treats at this weekend’s Goodwill Window Sales covering Greenwich Village, Gramercy Park, the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side, Harlem, East Harlem, Astoria, Brooklyn, Bellmore, East Northport, Wappingers Falls, Springfield, Rockaway, Fairfield, and Paramus. Whew! Take a look:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26:

  • The 23rd Street Goodwill 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 23rd Street Store at 220 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 (212-447-7270).
  • The 79th Street Goodwill Window Sale: The sales happen every Friday. They 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 (212-874-5050).
  • The Brooklyn Livingstone Street Goodwill 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 (718-923-9037).
  • The Astoria Steinway Goodwill Store: The sale happens every Friday. 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, who are taken in numerical order. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. Once their window transaction is complete, the customers can shop the store. You’ll find the Goodwill Steinway Store at 32-36 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103 (718-932-0418).
  • The Paramus Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers in line at 9:45 a.m., and the doors open at 10. The store admits two ticket-holders at a time who are limited to two window items per person that must be purchased immediately. Customers who want more items from the window may go to the back of the line to purchase again. Once all ticket-holders have made their purchases, window sale items will be available to all shoppers. You’ll find the Goodwill Paramus Store at 809 State Route 17, Paramus, NJ 07652 (201-444-0596).

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27:

  • 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 customers are done, usually 10-10:15. You’ll find the Goodwill Greenwich Village Store at 44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 (212-477-7024).
  • The UES Stuyvesant Goodwill Window Sale: This sale is for one window only. Tickets are given out just before the doors open at 9:30 a.m. Two people are allowed in at a time to purchase two items each. Out of consideration for other customers, we ask that they make their selection as quickly as possible and not ask to examine each window item. When their transactions are complete, they may go to the back of the line if they want more window merchandise. The store opens for everyone at 10 a.m., but the window sale line continues inside until the sale is over. You’ll find the Goodwill Stuyvesant Store at 1704 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (212-831-1830).
  • The East Harlem (3rd Ave) Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line at 8:15 a.m., and the doors open at 8:30 for window items only. The store admits three customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two items per person. At 9:30, the store opens to everyone and any remaining window merchandise is up for grabs. You’ll find the Goodwill East Harlem Store at 2231 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035 (212-410-0973).
  • The Harlem (5th Ave) Goodwill Window Sale: The sale starts at 9 a.m., and is first-come, first-serve. Each customer is given a number in the order they arrive. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchases are made, they may rejoin the line to make additional selections.You’ll find the Goodwill Harlem Store at 2196 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10037 (212-862-0020).
  • The Brooklyn Fulton Street Goodwill 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 Brooklyn Fulton Street Goodwill Store at 1100-1104 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718-789-0856).
  • The East Northport Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 8:15 a.m., and the doors open at 8:30. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. At 9:30, 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 Goodwill East Northport Store at 1900 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731 (631-462-4219).
  • The Bellmore Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 8:45 a.m., and the doors open at 9. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two showcase items per person. To keep the sale moving, customers are asked to make their selections quickly without examining each individual showcase item. Once they have made their choice, they are free to shop the rest of the store. At 9:30, the store opens to the general public.You’ll find the Goodwill Bellmore Store at 2736 Merrick Road, Bellmore, NY 11710 (516-409-5951).
  • The Wappingers Falls Goodwill Window Sale: The sale begins at 8 a.m., and is first-come, first-serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrive. Two customers will be admitted at a time who may select up to three window items. When all the ticketed purchasers are done, any remaining window items are available to other customers after the store opens at 9. You’ll find the Goodwill Wappingers Falls Store at 1488 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845-298-0311).
  • The Fairfield Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line when the doors open at 9:30. Purchases are limited to three items per person. Customers who want more items from the window or showcases may go to the back of the line to purchase again. Once all ticket-holders have made their purchases, window sale items will be available to all shoppers. Winter wear, Halloween and specialty merchandise is featured. You’ll find the Goodwill Fairfield Store at 423 Route 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004 (973-227-1842).
  • The Rockaway Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line when the doors open at 9:45. Purchases are limited to two items per person. Customers who want more items from the window or showcases may go to the back of the line to purchase again. Once all ticket-holders have made their purchases, window sale items will be available to all shoppers. Winter wear, Halloween and specialty merchandise is featured. You’ll find the Goodwill Rockaway Store at 226 Highway 46, Rockaway, NJ 07866 (973-983-5693).
  • The Springfield Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line when the doors open at 9:45. Purchases are limited to two items per person. Customers who want more items from the window or showcases may go to the back of the line to purchase again. Once all ticket-holders have made their purchases, window sale items will be available to all shoppers. Winter wear, Halloween and specialty merchandise is featured. You’ll find the store Goodwill Springfield Store at 126 Route 22 West, Springfield, NJ 07081 (973-912-0156).

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.goodwillny.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations. 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!

Boo! It’s the GoodwillNyNj Halloween Costume Challenge

Still searching for costume inspiration? Look no further! We’ve enlisted three fantastic style bloggers plus a team of designers to come up with costume magic – all assembled for under $30 at a Greater New York / Northern New Jersey area Goodwill.

Last week, we reached out to a few of our all-time favorite NY/NJ fashionables, from David Leon Morgan to Stacey Kay to Jamillah and the crew of amazing women aligned with Damsels in Design (including Damsels in Design Founder Jennifer Markas, ClosetDash Founder Jennifer Lee, Nona E. Rose Accessories Founder Rachel Sax and E. Kammeyer Accessories Founder Emily Kanmeyer).

Take a look at what these great creatives came up with and be sure to click the hyperlinks for full posts on each of the costume ideas and how-to’s by the bloggers and designers involved.

First up… @DavidLeonMorgan‘s David as BUNNY:

“A recent trip to Goodwill inspired this DIY bunny ear headpiece. I love it so much. Really, I do… The headband and wire base for my bunny ears were purchased from Goodwill. I used paper and yarn that I already owned to add the finishing touches. Aren’t they adorable?!”

…and FLOWER BOY:

“This headpiece was pretty easy to create. I found a few shimmery wire stems that served as a great base, then wrapped the wire stem of the fake flowers around them and each other until I had a size that fit my head…”

Next up, @Made2Travel‘s Jamillah as THE ROY LICHTENSTEIN GIRL:

“I’ve had a crush on this Lichtenstein girl costume for YEARS… So I chose the red pencil skirt and the white men’s dress shirt from my potential costume picks, added a thought bubble made from paper, pipe cleaners, and a headband, donned a pair of heels to finally make the costume I dreamed of.”

Plus @Goodwill_Huntng‘s Stacey Kay Thompson as TOTALLY 80’s BARBIE/HARAJAKU GIRL/ELLE WOODS/ADELE/…:

“I decided I could make it a little more costume-y with these bright pink 80’s pumps and bright pink bag. I added in the fake pink hair for extra effect. (I had to stay true to my fashion roots!) At first I was sure it was a 1980’s Barbie look, but then a friend suggested it looked like a Harajaku girl.”

Finally, the Damsels in Design team with @DamselsinDesign‘s Jennifer Markas as PEGGY BUNDY from Married with Children, @nonaerose‘s Rachel Sax as JESS from New Girl, @ClosetDash‘s Jennifer Lee as BUMBLE BEE and E. Kammeyeras‘ Emily Kanmeyer as MINNIE MOUSE:

“Our mission was to come up with creative Halloween costumes under $30 in order to spread the word on what a great resource Goodwill is to pick-up an affordable, last-minute costume…”

We’ll be showing off videos and more photos on these costumes throughout the week, so stay tuned, Goodwill fans. And be sure to chime in and share your own Goodwill Halloween Costume Challenge Creations – as long as it costs less than $30 and comes from Goodwill, you qualify. We can’t wait to see what you come up with, either here in the comments, on Facebook, at Twitter or ringing our doorbell on Halloween!

Goodwill Gems: Total Rock Star Flair Hair

Are you ready to rock? Halloween’s the perfect time to let your inner Billy Idol out. Don’t believe us? Check out our correspondent Lauren’s most recent (and most awesome) local Goodwill find, this week’s Goodwill Gem: Total Rock Star Flair Hair.

An over-the-top wig, like those pictured here, is one of the easiest ways to instantly turn any old look into out-of-this-world Halloween fun.

This Halloween, don’t be afraid to get a bit crazy. After all, isn’t the whole point of dressing up to take on an entirely new persona? Someone you would never, ever be in real life?

In my real, everyday life, I’d consider a good haircut to be one of a girl’s best accessories. But this week’s find – a fantastically outrageous wig – made me reconsider that assumption (for one night out of the year, at least).

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