Weekend Window Sales and Election Day Rewards

ARE YOU A REWARDS CARD MEMBER?

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On Election Day, Tuesday – November 5 customers who use their rewards card will earn double points on all purchases!  To become a rewards card member, you can sign up at your local Goodwill Store or online (please allow one week for processing).

 

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General Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve 
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules

New York City
72nd Street Store: Saturday 11/2
sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 11/1 sale 10 am
Bronx Store: Friday 11/1 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 11/2 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 11/2 sale 9 am

Hudson Valley
Elmsford Store: Friday 11/1 sale 8 am
Wappingers Falls: Saturday 11/2 sale 8 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill. To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

 

Goodwill Gems: Banish Gray Days for Good

Sweater weather is officially here, and many more overcast gray days are ahead. But that doesn’t mean that the outfits you wear to insulate yourself against the sunless days, snow, and drizzle need to be as blah as the weather.

To keep your spirits up and your outfits looking vibrant, even in the midst of the autumn chill, turn to bright accessories like this week’s gem. Found recently on an especially successful trip to my local Goodwill shop, this week’s find is a fiery red fabric and metal chain necklace that’s sure to boost your mood, no matter how gross the day. The style – soft, colorful fabric woven around simple metal links – is super chic and so on-trend right now. It’s also an amazingly simple kind of piece that still somehow manages to make a big style statement.

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This week’s fab find – a stunning fabric and metallic necklace – is a style that’s all the rage right now. Though it’s a trendy item, it’s not too gaudy, gimmicky, or bizarre, and could easily work with a multitude of outfits for years to come.

Add a graceful twist to everyday wear. This simply elegant piece will instantly add a bit of vivacity to your favorite comfy but not quite so bright looks. A relaxed but put together ensemble like this one – consisting of a pair of soft, skinny, black velvet pants (for a little texture), a classic chambray collared shirt, and a cozy gray knit sweater on top for some extra warmth – is lovely and totally seasonally appropriate on its own. It’s completely classic, and the muted color palette would look good on just about anyone, but that little pop of brilliant red and gold this necklace could add would take it to another (much happier) level entirely. Though this outfit it effortlessly polished, you could also easily pair a woven fabric and metallic chain necklace like this one with a neutral sweater dress, boots, and tights, or any of your other go-to fall and winter looks.

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This week’s fantastic gem adds a bit of freshness, liveliness and posh charm to any classic fall ensemble that needs a new breath of life, like the one pictured here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill. To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

 

Fashion Show Brings New Friendships and Projects

Happy Monday to all!

As we approach the end of October, National Disability Employment Awareness month, we want to follow-up on several connections and friendships, as well as upcoming projects that resulted from our October 1 Goodwill Suits You Fashion Show.

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When model Aileen was getting ready for the show, fashion stylist Luz Barbosa, who selected Aileen’s clothes for the show, gave her a cuff to wear.

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Luz strives to be environmentally conscious by repurposing jewelry and clothes, and believes that new styles can be recreated from old ones. She documents her handmade jewelry creations which she labels Luchie’s Creations. Luz aims to “give life to something forgotten” by taking old, unused, broken jewelry and re-using, re-purposing, re-fashioning and re-imagining it into existence. “Refashioning is lots of fun, sustainable and challenges your creativity,” Luz notes.

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Get ready! Luz has agreed to host the upcoming “Ready, Set, Thrift!” fashion challenge on Thursday, December 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at our East Harlem store. Winners will get fabulous prizes, including Goodwill gift cards and outfits perfect to celebrate the Holidays!

Stay tuned! More details will be forthcoming.

Halloween Window Contest PLUS Window Sales!

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Goodwill’s Halloween Window Contest is Back!

Voting starts today, Thursday, October 24 and concludes on Thursday,
October 31 at midnight.

Check out the photos and pick your favorite store window or showcase by voting on:

And to get you ready for Halloween, we will have special Halloween Window Sales at the following locations on Thursday, October 31:

  1. Livingston Store: tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
  2. Steinway Store: tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
  3. Massapequa Store: tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
  4. Bellmore Store: tickets 6:45 pm; sale 7 pm

Watch the video of the Halloween costumes Jennifer and her Damsels in Design came up for less than $30!

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General Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve 
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • After selecting their window items, customers may shop for other items in the store, go back in line to purchase other window items or exit the store until it opens to the public
  • Check for specific store rules

New York City
23rd Street Store: Friday 10/25
sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 10/25 sale 10 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 10/26 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 10/26 tickets 8:45 am, sale 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 10/26 tickets 8:50 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 10/26 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 10/25 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 10/26 sale 9:30 am
Washington Heights Store: Saturday 10/26 sale 9 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 10/26 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Centereach Store: Saturday 10/26 tickets 8:30 am; sale 8:45 am
East Northport Store: Saturday 10/26 tickets 8:30 am;  sale 8:45 am
Massapequa Store: Friday 10/25 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Fairfield Store: Saturday 10/26 sale 9:30 am
Harrison Store: Saturday 10/26 sale 9:30 am
Rockaway Store: Saturday 10/26 sale 9:30 am
Springfield Store: Saturday 10/26 sale 9:30 am

Capital Region
Binghamton Store: Saturday 10/26
sale 10 pm
Vestal Store:
Saturday 10/26 sale 10 pm

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

Goodwill Gems: How To Do Adorable Office Casual

Comfy work clothes! How we love them. And whether you’re lucky enough to be in workplace that’s casual all the time, or just one that lets you dress down on Fridays, there’s no shortage of ways to make casual clothes both cool-looking and polished enough for a professional environment.

Accessories are a great way to make a statement and make an otherwise relaxed ensemble look pretty and put together for work. This week’s fabulous find – a darling pair of classic, brown leather pumps – are one of those accessories that you can easily use to take your go-to casual favorites up a notch. Their sleek, slim lines and sexy pointed toe will instantly dress up anything in your wardrobe, no matter how simple or well-worn. And the rich, cognac-colored leather gives a little luxurious feel to all your favorite items in a snap (and also, I might add, goes with absolutely everything).

Work it. Comfortably. Though you could, of course, throw on these lovely heels with any number of fancier wardrobe staples, like a perfectly fitted sheath dress or pantsuit, it’s almost a little more fun to play with pairing them with less obvious pieces that you love just as much. For a weekend night out with friends, try a pair of pumps like these gems with some slouchy, distressed boyfriend jeans and favorite tee or sparkly tank, and a trim, fitted blazer. But for work, put a more polished-looking, but still simple and comfy, pair of pants on the bottom, like dark, straight-leg denim or slim-cut skinny trousers in your go-to black or a brighter color. Finish off the outfit with a classic white tee and blazer or, as pictured, a soft sweater in a pretty pastel hue. With a feminine, floral-print scarf and those sassy shoes, your effortlessly classy but casual work look is done!

Ways To Save: Create Your Own Halloween Costumes

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I’ve found that my favorite Halloween costumes have been the ones that I created myself using items from my closet. This can sometimes require a little bit of creativity, but with the internet at our fingertips and Goodwill stores at our convenience creating a do-it-yourself (DIY) costume can be fun and more importantly affordable!

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I am really inspired by all things 90’s related and Cher from the iconic movie Clueless was my absolute favorite! So I was thrilled when I spotted these two yellow skirt suits at the Goodwill Store on 2nd ave (b/n 88th & 89th) that would make perfect costumes!

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Tips for DIY Costume Shopping at Goodwill:

  • Give yourself a budget for how much you are willing to spend on your costume and stick to it. I think $25 is doable!
  • Search the web for ideas and inspiration that you can print and take with you as you shop.
  • Check all departments (women, men, kids) because you never know what you will find or what has been misplaced.
  • Purchase jeans or tops that you intend to destroy, rip or cover in dirt and fake blood from a Goodwill to save on retail costs.
  • Remember that when recreating a costume it doesn’t have to be an exact match.
  • Be creative and have an open mind!

If you don’t want to create your own DIY costume make sure to still check out your local Goodwill to see if they are selling actual Halloween costumes and accessories before you visit a costume store and pay full price!

Will you be dressing up for Halloween?

Xo

Nicole

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Special Edition: A Good Look!

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Thank you for reading A Good Look, Goodwill’s blog that brings you the latest thrift fashion tips and trends. We’ll continue to post three times per week. Mondays and Wednesdays, you’ll hear tips from our stylish fashion bloggers and on Thursdays, we’ll tell you which of our stores will hold the famous window sales or what promotions are coming up.

But today, we want to tell you that we are very excited. The Village Voice just named our Stuyvesant Square store as the Best Thrift Shop for 2013. What an honor!

For those of you who have not visited our Stuyvesant Square store, let me tell you that it’s located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We recently renovated this location and turned it into a gem. This is not Macklemore’s grandpa’s thrift store, but you can definitively find good bargains. For Halloween or to look great!

But you need to check for yourself. This is your weekend’s project!

Read the Village Voice review and see what NYC is raving about!

Stuyvesant Square Goodwill Store:
1704 2nd Avenue (at 88th Street)
NY, NY 10128
P: (212) 831-1830