We Have a Winner!

To celebrate the opening of our newest Goodwill store in Elmwood Park, the 9th in New Jersey and 43rd in our whole territory, we held a contest on Facebook.

We hope you didn’t miss it! Remember to like Goodwill on Facebook to stay on top of all our contests and promotions. You may win fabulous prizes!

The challenge was simple: We posted a blurred photo of an item you could find at the Elmwood Park store. The first person to correctly guess what the picture showed won a $25 Goodwill gift card. Below are screenshots of the contest.

Guess the Pic 1

Guess the Pic 2

We inaugurated our Goodwill store in Elmwood Park, NJ, last Thursday. Hundreds of people came out for the store opening and perused the racks and shelves that were filled with Ann Taylor, custom made ball gowns, Dyson vacuums, Swiss Gear luggage and other great finds.

Click here to see our photo album.

The Elmwood Park Goodwill store in Bergen County is located at 30 Broadway, Elmwood Park, NJ 07407. Phone is (201) 794-4670. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

Stay tuned; in just a few short months we will open our 44th store in Ronkonkoma, Long Island, NY!

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Guide to Floral

botanical shoe

Listen: It’s time we have a heart-to-heart here my fashion-forward friends. First day of Spring has come and gone.

Why are you STILL wearing black right now? Is that grey? Wait … dark navy?

Well, this is the time to really discuss in detail something that is of utmost importance. VITAL! A matter of life and death! Well, for your springtime closet anyway.

Today, I want to discuss FLORAL. Specifically Floral Prints!

Stop! Wait! Don’t run away! You’re not going to get far because frankly, I’ve already locked the door and have the key! So listen as I guide you through this blooming fashion trend on this the second week of spring. Let me school you, from signet marigold silk scarves, to vintage Hermes floral wear, we’re going to run the bouquet gamut, so grab a straw hat, a hot coffee and let’s get started!

I’ll keep it short and sweet here-anyone can wear floral! Plus size, petite, hourglasses, pear shape, listen: you CAN do this! Don’t balk, it’s true! In small doses it can sweeten up a tough look and in big ones, it can recall the sultry siren call of Italian bombshells like Sophia Lauren. Here’s some eye candy and tips for owning this oft abused pattern:

celebrities in floral

Plant the Seed!
Oh hey is that Beyoncé in floral pants? Yes, it is, hey B! Aim for her look and keep it simple. Gear down for either pants with a demure top, or a colorful floral blazer with a neutral bottom. Don’t do both unless you’re going for extreme Blossom remix. Although, let’s hand it to her, those acid wash jeans do kick it easy with a fake floral bonnet.

Water that Soil!
Get inspired by runway, but aim local! Goodwill literally has THE best collection of floral pattern apparel I’ve seen. And as someone with years upon years of luxury and secondhand designer textile experience, and a fierce devotion to looking like a million, but paying twenty, it’s easy to get lost in the racks finding the perfect fit. My most recent acquisition was a 1960’s boned vintage corset dress, replete with full skirt and cherry floral pattern. Cost off the rack: $24.99! In some mainstream stores a look like this would set me back over a hundred dollars, so be sure to capitalize on your thrifting!

blossom like blossom

Till the Earth!
Pair feminine floral with tough, masculine or boyish edges to avoid the syrupy saccharine vibe. No one wants a powder puff, so grab a pair of biker boots and put it under that floral sundress, instant tomboy beauty. Don’t be afraid to wear it as a belt, layered cashmere or cardi under overalls. Oh yes. I said overalls. AND denim skirts. I know you don’t believe me, but Google spring trend denim, and you will see. It’s coming back like Sam & Libby ballet flats, people.

Embrace the Bouquet You’ve Grown!
Finally, don’t fear the floral! Grab a pair of gloves, a vintage silk scarf, some wide sunglasses and go! If you can lock down a buttery Hermes piece, or better yet, floral Chanel like in this weekend’s window sale at 72nd Street, you will be THE belle of the floral ball! Even a little peek of it as a slip under a dress, or for the guys who are starving for color after a rough winter, a snazzy sock and oxford combo! HEY! You think I’m not checking out that guy’s ankles at 34th Street when he goes up the subway stairs, you got another thing coming! Nice socks!

Be a retro bombshell

So, take a look at some hot floral designs pictured here, as well as the starlets and performers who wear them!

Shake off the winter thaw and RUN to the thrift store to stock up on bright, juicy, absolutely invigorating bolts of FLORAL inspiration!

Till next time, see you at the racks!

~Brandee

Brandee, the manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique, is also a writer, performance artist, thrift fashion and DIY enthusiast. Brandee’s projects have been featured in  Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and INC. Magazine. She loves French-press coffee and lives the designer thrift lifestyle bursting onto the fashion forward streets of the New York City she calls home.

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Celebrate the End of March with Window Sales

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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 3/28 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 3/28 sale 10 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 3/29 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 3/29 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 3/29 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 3/28 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 3/28 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 3/29 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Centereach Store: Friday 3/28 tickets 8:50 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Saturday 3/29 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Massapequa Store: Friday 3/28 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Springfield Store: Saturday 3/28  sale 9:30 am

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Will Spring to Begin

We may still be waiting on the weather. Little teases of warm, sunny, 50-degree days come every once in awhile, but for the most part, we’re still stuck in the most hellishly cold and unending winter the New York area has seen in some time. But those brief days of bliss when it does actually feel like Spring might be on its way are letting us know the warmer weather isn’t something we imagined – it really is coming! So celebrate the imminent arrival of sunshine and days spent outdoors with a fabulous summery new Goodwill gem.

My fantastic accessory find for this week are a few super chic pairs of celeb-worthy shades that will have everyone wondering if you’re just prepared for sun and sand ahead, or if you really are someone they should know. Easy as can be, there’s nothing like a pair of effortlessly cool sunglasses to take any look from everyday to seriously glam.

sunglasses

 Pulling off a relaxed, but totally sophisticated look is super simple – just pop on a pair of sleek, oversized shades like these before you head out, and you’re good to go!

Don’t give up. This little cold-weather relapse might be pulling your spirits down, but don’t let them sink entirely. Even if you still feel most comfortable bundled up in your favorite big, cozy sweater or even something as uber-casual as a well-worn pair of yoga pants, you can still make your go-to cold-weather attire feel newly cool and fresh again, simply by popping sexy, celeb-worthy sunglasses like these on with them. Here, I’ve thrown on a classic, cozy, cold weekend outfit – perfect for a day of organizing, errands, and all those other adult things a girl can’t (unfortunately) put off forever. I’ve got a fave pair of stretchy black yoga pants, which I can easily zip into my most comfortable black boots, and topped them with a stretchy tank and cool, graphic print tee-shirt that keeps this ensemble from looking boring or lazy, and instead gives it kind of a fun edge, despite its super laid-back vibe. All that’s left is a go-to sweater on top for warmth, and those fabulous new shades, and this outfit instantly becomes as chic as any celeb’s must-have travel gear.

casual everyday outfit

These shades can make absolutely any outfit – no matter how comfy, worn-in, or basic – look downright cool.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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Celebrate Elmwood Park Opening on Facebook and Win

On Thursday, March 27th we will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Grand Opening of Goodwill’s Elmwood Park Store and Donation Center. This is our newest and only store in Bergen County, New Jersey.

To kick off the festivities we are running a contest on our Facebook page so you can celebrate with us virtually if you can’t be with us in person at the store!

This Thursday, opening day, we will post a photo on our Facebook page. To win, all you have to do is like us on Facebook and be the first one to correctly guess what the picture shows.

The winner will receive a $25 Goodwill gift card valid to purchase anything at our Goodwill stores through April 30th, 2014.

Here is a practice run of the contest:

Guess what the image below is.

Guess What It Is

What on Earth could this be? A tire? Playstation 4? Sculpture of an elephant wearing a toupee?

If you guessed a tumbler/travel mug then you are…CORRECT!

Here is the original image

Travel Mug

So on Thursday keep an eye on our Facebook – page the contest can pop up at any time.

Elmwood Park Goodwill Store:
30 Broadway, Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
Phone: (201) 794-4670

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Goodwill Hunting Scavenger Hunt – The Results

Goodwill Hunting Scavenger HuntWhen we ended our Scavenger Hunt last month we were overwhelmed with so many great entries. We received nearly 800 photo entries from Goodwill stores in the New York City metropolitan area, Northern New Jersey, Hudson Valley and Capital Region of NY.

We gave out prizes in the following five categories:

1. Speedster
The winner of this prize was the first person to find at least 20 items. Sarah, our winner, actually finished the hunt the same day the contest started! Talk about being on a mission.

 2. Over-achiever
The winner of this prize visited a total of 7 New York City Goodwill Stores. Meira hunted at the Fulton and Livingston stores in Brooklyn, Manhattan’s Upper West Side (72nd St.), Greenwich Village and Chelsea (25th St.) boutiques, 23rd Street and 79th Street stores.

3. Partier
The winner of the Partier category made a fun day out of the Scavenger Hunt and brought her daughters along for the ride! Every picture had Freddie and at least 2 of her daughters making a total of 107 faces appearing in her 40 Scavenger Hunt pictures.

4. and 5. Most Creative & Funniest
These two categories were by far the hardest to judge. Faith, Daniel, Eva, Lisa and Susanna outdid themselves so we decided to name all of them winners!

Congratulations to everyone who won and we hope you are getting great buys with your $100 Goodwill gift cards! Check out our album of the winning photos.

We plan on having many more fun contests in the future and would like your input.

 If you have any cool ideas for future contests or if you think we should run a scavenger hunt again, please let us know in the comments below.

 Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter – you never know when we might have a pop up contest!

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First Day of Spring and Weekend Window Sales!

25% off glassware March 20Today, March 20th is the first day of Spring and to celebrate, receive 25% off all glassware at Goodwill stores!

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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 3/22 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 3/21 sale 10 am
Bronx Store: Friday 3/21 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
Chelsea Store: Friday 3/21
tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 3/22 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 3/22 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 3/22 tickets 8:50 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 3/22 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 3/21 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 3/21 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 3/22 sale 9:30 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 3/22 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Saturday 3/22 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Harrison Store: Saturday 3/22 sale 9:30 am
Paramus Store: Saturday 3/22 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Rockaway Store: Saturday 3/22 sale 9:30 am

Hudson Valley
Wappingers Falls Store: Saturday 3/22 sale 8 am

Capital Region
Binghamton Store: Saturday 3/22 sale 10 am

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Add Some Class to Your Sass

Spring is all about bringing a new attitude. The weather may not yet be quite what we would all hope, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get ready for warmer weather by putting a little extra oomph into our steps and happy, sunny attitude into our everyday lives.

My Goodwill-sourced gem for this week is darling, super sophisticated, coral-colored clutch that’s just perfect for spring, summer, vacations to warmer climes, or anytime a girl needs to add a little lightness and brightness to her sometimes routine (but never drab) everyday existence. The vivid coral color instantly adds a bit of fun and liveliness to absolutely any look, no matter how basic or standard it might be, and the fabulous gold clasp and chain accents add some unexpectedly chic charm to this piece.

coral-colored clutch

To put a little extra pep in your step, there’s nothing like a sleek, glamorous, ladylike bag that’s sure to tie any and every look together.

Don’t give in to the drabness of the never-ending winter. It might seem like the weather is just teasing us at this point. But though things are still very much touch-and-go at this point, that doesn’t mean that warmer weather, sunshine, and sanity won’t eventually prevail. Get a jump on the seasons and start preparing for warmer temperatures with a wardrobe that can easily transition from chilly, end-of-winter days to early spring. Start with your favorite pair of fitted, curve-hugging jeans (a no-brainer) and top that foolproof wardrobe piece with a fitted tank or tee and classic, polished blazer. The tank or tee-shirt is still fitted enough to show off a ladylike shape, but the blazer offers enough coverage to keep things classy and professional, so this put-together look becomes something you can wear on the daily, no matter what is on your agenda. With a streamlined clutch in a beautifully contrasting coral, you’re ready to head out on the town, no matter where the day (or night) might take you.

ladylike casual attire

This look captures everything a lady needs in a chic but still relaxed ensemble – a perfectly fitted pair of jeans, a classy, one-of-a-kind blazer, and bright pop of a color in a perfectly tailored bag (thanks to this week’s gorgeous Goodwill find).

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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The Art of Shopping

art of shopping

One could wander through life without ever shopping. You can get by with hand-me-downs, cast-offs and throw-aways, and no one will be the wiser. Understanding one’s ability to shop means learning how to use the left and right sides of the brain. Shopping is a gift, a true talent and a blending of your creative side. Finding beautiful items, imaging yourself in them and your analytical side is debating cost, price, and necessity.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I come from a line of women who can shop you to death. Under the tutelage of Hartley women, no city, mall or store is safe from their ability to snag bargains and create envy. And by luck or divine intervention, I have carried out that gene too. Who can say that they’ve never nabbed worn cashmere sweaters for less than $3 or wedding gowns for $30? The art of shopping is not just buying something; anyone with money can do that. The art of shopping is picking up something for you or someone you know, at an excellent price. The art of shopping involves knowing an item’s market value, factoring in how often you will wear it, that is, Cost per Wear, making sure you still come out on top.

Artful shoppers are resourceful economist who can forecast their wardrobe needs, not just for the week but for events yet to come. Who wants to get swamped buying a dress at the last minute, when they can say “I do have something to wear.”? An artful shopper also doesn’t buy for the sake of buying; there are no hoarders over here. Instead, like for a curator, every purchase is an educated purchase. The only impulse is that if you don’t pay for it at that price, someone else may scoop it up. And then you’ll have nightmares and spend years regretting never picking up that leather skirt at Goodwill this summer.

Recognize a score and get it because a great score will never last long that is the alpha and omega to the Art of Shopping.

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

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New Goodwill Store Will “Spring” in Elmwood Park, NJ March 27

We are adding another home to our Goodwill store family! Please join us for the Grand Opening of Goodwill’s Elmwood Park Super Store and Donation Center on Thursday, March 27 at 10 a.m.

Goodwill Elmwood Park StoreThe Goodwill Elmwood Park Store is located at 30 Broadway, Elmwood Park, NJ 07407. Phone is (201-794-4670). Hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays. On the day the store opens, we’ll raffle ten $25 Goodwill gift cards throughout the day. Customers must be present to win.

The store boasts a whopping space of 15,000 square feet. Imagine all the great finds just waiting for you. Our dedicated staff will be waiting to help you. Goodwill will hire 20-25 area residents. If you would like to check for any openings, please visit the Career section on our website.

Just in time for spring cleaning, the store will begin to accept donations on Thursday, March 27. Tax receipts are available upon request because Goodwill is a nonprofit organization. Please visit our website for a list of what we do and don’t accept.

This will be our 11th store in the Northern New Jersey area. We served the Bergen county area for a number of years with another location at Bergenfield up until last December. Now, the Elmwood Park store will continue to be a thrifting haven for the county.

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