Film Biz Recycling, Warner Bros., Goodwill & “Gossip Girl”

Looking for your 15-minutes of fame? It might just be in your local GoodwillNyNj store!

From "Gossip Girl" set to GoodwillNyNj store, you never know what you'll find when you go Goodwill Hunting!
From “Gossip Girl” set to GoodwillNyNj store, you never know what you’ll find when you go Goodwill Hunting – especially when Film Biz Recycling’s involved!

That’s right: you might just spot an outfit from your favorite film or TV series on a Goodwill rack. Our latest famous haul? Donations from the hit Warner Bros. show “Gossip Girl.”

Through the fantastic nonprofit Film Biz Recycling, these famous items find their way into our stores. Late last year, Film Biz gathered up the “Gossip Girl” goods and brought them over to the Livingston Street Goodwill in Brooklyn to donate clothing given to them by Warner Bros. Take a look at this great video all about the journey:

Thank you to Film Biz Recycling for facilitating the donation from Warner Bros. – and thank you to our donors and shoppers who keep Goodwill going strong! You’re all superstars to us, you know, changing lives and spreading hope to people everyday.

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Goodwill Gems: Color-Blocked Kicks

Moping through another grey day? Color-block the winter blues away! Our correspondent Lauren is bringing brights out block by block in brilliant finds gathered from her local Goodwill. Take a look (and a color-blocking call to action) with this week’s Goodwill Gem: Color-Blocked Kicks.

These stylish heels are sure to bring the color-blocking trend front and center once again.
These stylish heels are sure to bring the color-blocking trend front and center once again.

Color-blocking isn’t exactly new. We’ve seen celebs and style-savvy civilians alike rocking this trend for quite some time, but if you’ve (still!) yet to jump on the color-blocking train – or if you’re just hoping for a hip revival – you are in luck.

This week’s find is a fabulous pair of color-blocked heels by Steve Madden. These shoes are in fantastic shape, and no one will ever suspect you picked them up at your local thrift – though really, with a find like this, I think you’ve earned some bragging rights, so why not go on and tell everyone?

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79th Street Goodwill: Renovations & Donations

We mentioned yesterday that the 79th Street Goodwill will be closed for renovations starting today, Friday, February 22nd for the next couple weeks. However, we’ll still be collecting donations. Plus, we’ve got a couple other stores not all that far afield should you need your Goodwill hunting fix. Here’s the skinny, thrifting fans:

Renovations are under way at the 79th Street Goodwill Store!
Renovations are under way at the 79th Street Goodwill Store!

Goodwill’s 79th Street Store will close for sales starting Friday, February 22 and is expected to remain under renovation for two weeks. Re-opening date will be announced here, on the GoodwillNyNj website and on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/NewYorkNewJersey.

Donations will still be accepted at the door Sunday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To donate, just bring your donations of clothing and household goods to 217 West 79th Street, NY NY 10024.

In the meantime, please visit 2 other Goodwill stores located on the West side of Manhattan at 103 W 25th Street, NY NY 10001 and 512 W. 181st Street, NY NY 10033. To find other Goodwills near you, come visit our zip code store locator at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx. Hope to see you soon!

Happy Thursday: Sales, Store News & More!

Happy Thursday! Why so happy? Because a slew of Goodwill Window Sales are only a day or two away! Top that off with a few new Monday promotions, and we’ve got a lot for you to smile about.

One note for all you Upper West Siders (and Goodwill hunting explorers): Our 79th Street store will be closed for a couple of weeks starting Friday, February 22, while the store undergoes remodeling. On the bright side: the store will look absolutely fantastic when we reopen, so get excited.

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Now, c’mon, take a look and let the happy into your Thursday:

Friday, February 22th:

  • 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 Brooklyn Livingston Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets will be distributed starting at 8:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the sale begins at 9. Each customer 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 Store at 258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718-923-9037).
  • The Astoria 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)

Saturday, February 23rd:

  • The Greenwich Village Goodwill Boutique Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:50 a.m., first come first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. If they want more, they must go to the back of the line and get another ticket. Store opens to the general public when the window sale is over, usually 10-10:15. You’ll find the Greenwich Village Goodwill Boutique at 44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011
    (212-477-7024).
  • The Stuyvesant Goodwill Window Sale: 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 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 (121st Street), New York, NY 10035 (212-410-0973).
  • The Brooklyn Fulton Street Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets will be distributed starting at 8:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the sale begins at 9. Each customer 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 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: On Saturday, tickets are distributed to customers on line by 8:45 a.m., and the doors open at 9. On Sunday, ticket distribution will be at 9:15, and the doors will open at 9:30. 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. 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.

Mondays throughout Winter:

  • Massapequa’s Half-Price Color-of-the-Week Sales: Color-of-the-week items are 50% off all week long. Each Monday, a new rotation and a new discount color begins. You’ll find the Massapequa Plaza Shopping Center at 814 Hicksville Road in Massapequa, NY 11758 (516-795-0237).

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.

Goodwill Gems: the Wanderlustin’ Sunshine Hat

Have you been hit with spring break fever? After the foot of snow (or more!) in our region this month, it’s no surprise if you’re daydreaming of rest and relaxation in a warmer clime. Our correspondent Lauren sure is. Her vacation fantasies have led her right to her local Goodwill for this week’s Goodwill Gem: the Wanderlustin’ Sunshine Hat.

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This natural brown straw stunner will keep you looking sensational and (almost) sweat-free, no matter how warm and tropical your winter vacay destination.

If you’ve been hunting online for cheap cruise deals and flights to the Caribbean, you’ll need the appropriate attire to sport during your mid-winter vacation. And, it turns out, your local Goodwill is the perfect place to go right now for all the summery accessories you need to complement that resort-minded wardrobe.

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My Crafty Valentine & GoodwillNyNj’s President Day Sale

Ta da! The video of GoodwillNyNj & Thrifty Vintage Chic’s one-of-a-kind DIY event, My Crafty Valentine, is up and ready to woo. Just click below to watch:

Thank you to all who joined us, and to all who bid on Robin Wallace’s handmade Sweetheart Plates. The proceeds from the Sweetheart Plates’ sale went to our Sandy Relief Fund, helping people in our community affected by last year’s devastating storm. We so appreciate your support.

If you’d like to donate online, just click here and choose “Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund” from the drop down menu. Thank you for sharing the love and spreading the goodwill!

While Valentines’ is over, we still have a little more sweetness for you: our Presidents’ Day Sale is this Monday!

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Join us at Goodwill for Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 18, and treat yourself to 25% off storewide. Hope to see you there!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day from GoodwillNyNj!

Happy Valentines’ Day from all of us here at Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.!

From all those your support has helped and given hope to: THANK YOU & Happy Valentine's Day!
From all those your support has helped and given hope to: THANK YOU & Happy Valentine’s Day!

THANK YOU for your support, your purchases and your donations, Goodwill fans. Everything we’re able to do is because of you. If you’re curious just what all it is we do through your support, please come peruse our programs and services blog “Where the Goodwill Goes.” If you’re looking to donate to either Goodwill in general or our Sandy Relief Fund, please click on this link to our website’s Make a Gift Page.

To give you the short of it, your support helps us serve thousands of people in the greater Metropolitan region with programs designed to help build better lives and better communities. Goodwill’s wide range of programs operates in New York City, Northern New Jersey, and is expanding into Long Island and Upstate New York.

Goodwill offers programs for:

  • Youth
  • Disabled Housing
  • Education and Literacy
  • Physical Disabilities and Hearing and Vision Impaired
  • Mental Health
  • Development Disabilities
  • Employment
  • Training
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Ex-Offenders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Community Redevelopment
  • Veteran seeking employment assistance

We couldn’t do this without your support. Thank you, Goodwill fans, from the bottom of our hearts.

My Crafty Valentine: A Snapshot of Our Sweetheart DIY Event

Thank you to everyone who came to our East Harlem Goodwill last night – we had an amazingly good DIY time! We’ll have more photos and video of the event up soon, but in the meantime, here’s a mini-gallery peek at the Valentines fun we had:

Notice those gorgeous sweetheart plates in the first photo? We’ll be auctioning them off via ShopGoodwill later this month, with proceeds to benefit our Sandy Relief Fund. Stay tuned for details, and have a very happy Valentines’ Day!

Valentines DIY with Thrifty Vintage Chic this Tuesday 2/12, 6-8pm!

The snow is melting & love is in the air! Come to the East Harlem Goodwill tomorrow, Tuesday 2/12, from 6pm to 8pm for a hands-on gift-making DIY lesson with Thrifty Vintage Chic‘s Robin S. Wallace making a one-of-a-kind Valentines your sweetie will never forget.

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The first ten people who show up get all the materials they’ll need to make an amazing gift for free. (And we won’t even tell your main squeeze. After all, it’s the thought that counts!)

This is going to be a fantastic event. And no worries, stunning singles: if you don’t have a sweetie pie right now, come make a Valentines for yourself, your best friend, or anyone you know who could use a lil love. Hope to see you there!

East Harlem Third Avenue Store

2231 Third Avenue

New York, NY 10035

212-410-0973

Stores, Programs & Services This Weekend

In light of the coming storm, we’ve been fielding questions about store hours and programs and services this weekend. For the latest updates on store closings & programs, please contact the sites directly (for contact info: http://goodwillnynj.org/).

General closing information can also be found at http://goodwillnynj.org/ or by calling the main number 718-728-5400. Also, as we get more specific info we will be sure to post it up here. Stay safe & warm this weekend, everyone!