Goodwill Gems: The Warm Wool Tuckaway Tote

What’s good this winter? According to our correspondent Lauren, the answer is anything cozy – especially accessories, especially from her local Goodwill. Last week, a lush grey scarf caught her eye; this week, it’s all about the handbag. Take a look and enjoy the continuation of cozy with this week’s Goodwill Gem: The Warm Wool Tuckaway Tote.

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A medium-sized bag in classic black is made more fun and casual (not to mention cozy) when made out of great-to-touch materials.

Who says your accessories can’t be as comfy as your clothes? We’ve established that sweater weather is definitely upon us – as is fleece weather, legwarmer weather, earmuff weather, etc. It is really starting to feel like winter here in the Greater New York and Northern New Jersey area, which means everyone is layering up in the softest, warmest, comfiest pieces they can find.

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Goodwill Suits Vets: Thank You!

While we were posting on Goodwill’s Sandy Relief efforts, another great cause was being attended to: this past November’s Goodwill Suits Vets.

On Veterans Day weekend, to honor and to thank all U.S. veterans for their service to our country, Goodwill NY-NJ provided free professional, work and retirement clothing worth over $20,300 to more than 400 vets who went to any of our 40 area Goodwill stores. From Saturday to Monday, November 10-12, staff from our Goodwill stores helped a steady stream of vets who came with their buddies or family.

Veterans share their style (and smiles!) at the Goodwill Steinway Store in Astoria, Queens.

For the full story, come on over to our programs/services blog Where the Goodwill Goes.

Thank you for making programs like Goodwill Suits Vets possible, thrifters! Your donations and purchases help your communities stay strong and help people rebuild lives.

Goodwill Window & Showcase Sale Update!

Goodbye turkey, hello sales! This weekend, we’re giving you 10 more reasons to keep saying thanks. From Long Island to Brooklyn, from the UWS to the Bronx, we’ve got 9 Window Sales and a Special NJ Event to make your weekend glow with great feelings and finds. Take a look:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30:

  • 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 sale begins at 10 a.m. and is 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 Fifth Avenue Harlem 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 Livingston 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 Steinway Goodwill 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, 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 Bronx Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 7:45 a.m., and the sale begins 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 Goodwill Bronx Store at 361 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 (718-292-1083).

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1:

  • 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 Showcase 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 Elmsford 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 arrived. They may select as many window items as they want. When all the ticketed customers are done, usually around 10 a.m., any remaining window items are sold in the regular way. You’ll find the Goodwill Elmsford Store at 380 North Sawmill River Road, Elmsford, NY 10523 (914-347-4376).

Plus, in all our Northern New Jersey stores, enjoy 25% off storewide this Friday, November 30th. We have locations in Bergenfield, East Brunswick, Fairfield, Harrison, Jersey City, Paramus, Pequannock, Rockaway and Springfield full of great items! To find the Goodwill nearest you, visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all.

Ready, Set, Thrift! & #GivingTuesday

Save the Date – on Thursday, December 6th, we’re teaming up with the incredible GoodwillNyNj Style Icon, DMD Stylist, Looking Fly on a Dime blogger and Nate Berkus guest star Patrice J. Williams to host the first-ever GoodwillNyNj Scavenger Hunt: Ready, Set, Thrift!

Join us at our Chelsea Store at 6pm Thursday, December 6th for a shot at two $50 gift cards and two outstanding outfits. For more information about how to sign up to participate in the Scavenger Hunt, the Best Dressed Thrifter contest or the Recreate the Runway Style challenge, email us at goodwillnynj@gmail.com.

In the meantime, let’s make the most of today and celebrate #GivingTuesday – a day to give back & support the organizations that matter most to you. We’d love to hear how you gave back this year, whether you donated to Goodwill to create job opportunities or headed out to the Rockaways to clear away Sandy debris. Please post your stories in the comments below, on this Facebook thread or to @GoodwillNyNj on Twitter.

We’d love to hear how you give – and we’re grateful to have you include us on your list. Happy GivingTuesday, thrifters!

Leftover Goodwill? Come Volunteer!

Welcome back from Thanksgiving! While the holiday may be over, the goodwill behind it is going strong. Many of our staff have jumped in to help out with Sandy Relief efforts this past month, pitching in with boots on the ground to help rebuild our communities.

After all, rebuilding communities is at the core of what Goodwill is about. Our programs (funded by the sales in our stores) aim to help people affected by disability, disease or disaster get back into the economic mainstream.

Whether it be a combat injury, a disability from birth, or a natural disaster that makes financial stability tough, we are here to help. In fact, just last month Bronx Back to Work (BTW) staff volunteered at an Occupy Sandy Relief distribution center unloading a truck full of donations for Sandy Victims.

That same week, the Queens Back to Work staff also pitched in at Occupy Sandy’s base at the Saint Jacobi Lutheran Church in Brooklyn. For the full story, more photos, and information on how you can jump in and get involved, please visit “Keep the Goodwill Going: Hurricane Sandy Relief” on our our programs/services blog Where the Goodwill Goes.