GoodwillNyNj & Jenna of All Thrifty States

Jenna’s All Thrifty States: A Visual Journey through America’s Collective Closets is a photo project and upcoming book that takes an investigative look into the significance of second-hand shopping, and how consumers’ purchases of previously used items can be not only a choice that is healthy for the planet, but an answer to the consumerism that has pushed Americans’ spending habits to the max.

Last month in the midst of her road trip, Jenna stopped by two of our GoodwillNyNj stores: the Troy Goodwill upstate and the Goodwill Boutique in Greenwich Village, NYC.

What have you seen in your local Goodwill? Do you think it reflects your town? Tell us here in the comments, over on Facebook or via Twitter – we’d love to hear your thoughts!


4 thoughts on “GoodwillNyNj & Jenna of All Thrifty States

  1. Nice to always find items to freshen home decor seasonally, indoors or out! Planters, & all kinds of things! I never ever feel like I’m wasting $$! Great name brand sandals, shoes, and maybe an awesome pair of boots for fall. For best buys: look @ stuff everywhere-you nevet know what you will find. Got 2 great summer bags. Casual and a dressy one. Loads of neat tops!


    1. Thanks, Marsha – we agree! Plus what you spend on making your home and wardrobe beautiful goes towards helping people in your community get their lives back on track. Thank you for your support and for this wonderful comment!


  2. I use Goodwill and thrift stores to find fresh and unique types of items. Also to find such staples as picture frames, etc. If I need a certain size glass, it is much cheaper to buy the picture frame there and use he glass than to purchase glass from a store like Michael;s or a glass company. You would be so surprised at the quality and variety of items that are donated, I found a new raincoat for $12, or a large original signed print frame for my bedroom, or an original watercolor for my bathroom. To purchase these items, new in stores or at antique shops, would have cost a more money than I have right now. I have found beautiful stones and jewelry to make new jewelry or sell.

    I find items that I can repurpose into other items, such as a cabinet that I turned into a medicine cabinet, or a sheet into curtains. It is a win-win for the donor and the shopper. With “vintage” being in (anything over 40 years old), it can help to provide an income, decorate a home or cloth an individual without costing too much. The icing on the cake is helping all the people with needs that the money received for those items and the people who work in the stores for a salary are beneficiaries as well.

    Sites like Freecycle and Craigslist Free provide items for free. This is also a win-win. We help the environment by not dumping in land fills and helping people who cannot afford to purchase items and help others with disposal of items without having to drive anywhere, There are enough items now that we have become a disposable society.


    1. Hi Bec – Thank you so much for this great comment and for your support of our stores! We love hearing how our fans make the most of Goodwill!


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