The Start of Our August Window Sales and End of Our Customer Appreciation Sale

25% off everything in NYC and Long Island on 7/10, in Hudson Valley on 7/17, in Capital District & Broome County on 7/24 and New Jersey on 7/31 Join us at our final Customer Appreciation Sale of the month.
Shop at any of our stores in Northern New Jersey and receive 25% off everything!

window sale headerWindow Sale 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

To see previews of what some stores are offering this weekend, check out our Instagram page.

New York City
23rd Street Store: Friday 8/1 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 8/1 sale 10 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 8/2 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 8/2 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 8/1 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 8/1 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 8/2 sale 9:30 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 8/2 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Friday 8/1 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Massapequa Store: Friday 8/1 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Hudson Valley
Elmsford Store: Friday 8/1 sale 10 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

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Let the Sunshine In!

Summer is in full swing. Though it may be getting uber hot and muggy, now that we’re officially halfway through the season, that doesn’t mean you can’t still look great and appropriate for the humid, end-of-July weather.

And no matter how many times I say it, I think it bears repeating once again – there’s nothing more summery than a vibrant, sunshiny pop of bold yellow to instantly brighten up any summer ensemble. This week’s gorgeous Goodwill gem is a pretty pair of retro, round-toed heels in a beautiful, deep buttery yellow color, and they will surely add an immediate lift to any summer wardrobe staples. The rounded toe and thicker heel still look lovely and feminine, but make these high-heeled beauties far more comfortable for walking than a pair of pointy stilettos. And did I mention that fabulous color?! I can’t emphasize enough how flattering this deep yellow is on nearly every skin tone, or how it really, truly goes with absolutely every other color in the (fashion) rainbow.

buttery yellow pumps

An adorably feminine and yet bold pair of brilliantly colored heels like these is just what every stylish gal needs in her wardrobe for the summer (and even to start transitioning into fall).

The eternal conundrum: comfort versus suitable style. To me, there’s nothing more perfect for beating the summer heat in style than clothing and accessories in bright pops of color and loose, flowing fits. Light, airy clothing is key to keeping cool while still looking ladylike and appropriate for a variety of settings – if you can’t be at the beach all the time (and most of us, unfortunately, cannot), just stripping down to next to nothing isn’t really an option.  Larger pieces in lighter fabrics that don’t cling too much to the body are a great way to stay cool, but still keep yourself relatively covered up (and allowed into public places). For a casual night out, you could easily pop these on with a pair of tailored shorts and a favorite tank or tee, just to jazz up an otherwise basic or constantly worn look. But here, I’ve gone for a more office-appropriate look – it can be absolutely miserable to dress for work in the midst of summer – and chosen a few other pieces in contrasting but still vibrant colors, to keep the look summery, happy, and fun, but still allow those vivid yellow heels to seriously pop. The bright pink of the skirt (and in the heart on the loose-fitting tee) is the perfect complement to that sunshine yellow – both warm tones, the two colors work well together and don’t fight each for onlookers’ attention, and yet are still different enough to really allow the other to totally stand out.

vibrant pink

These simply stunning, sunshine-colored heels are cute, comfy, and absolutely scream summer. They’ll look beautiful with an array of warm-weather colors, like the vibrant pink in the outfit pictured here, but will also work well for you when you start throwing your fall wardrobe staples back into the mix, as they will look divine with reds, browns, grays, and more subdued hues, too.

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 Hidden Gems in Your Wardrobe

I like to believe that I always have something to wear. No matter what the occasion, I have a cool outfit that I’ll probably love (or so I’d like to think). I have a confession: I don’t think I am utilizing my wardrobe to the fullest, and I am not okay with it.

For a living I tell people what they should wear, how they should wear it and how to wear everything at least once. Sometimes, I feel I may be living a lie because I don’t get to wear everything I own. I too have my favorite pieces and develop a uniform of sorts, but it’s not for the reason you may think.

Honestly, I can be kind of lazy. Looking for something to wear can be stressful. Maybe it’s because I own too many clothes, or maybe it’s because I hate prepping, or maybe it’s both. I honestly have too much to wear. My closets, wardrobe racks and dressers overflow with pieces I can’t let go of because they haven’t had their moment.

That sequin dress will have its time as long as I stay within a certain weight. The day will come when it will come off that hanger, and like a phoenix that rises from the ashes (a.k.a. the back of my closet) that dress will give me affection, accolades and compliments for one night and I will feel great. But then, I’ll move on to the next piece.

 Author seen here in a jacket she bought in 2000
Author seen here in a jacket she bought in 2000

Like many, I love to say “Oh, this old thing?” when someone gives me a compliment on my outfit. These compliments are better than compliments on my weight or anything else. When someone appreciates an item you’ve had for ages is like receiving a lifetime achievement award.

What do you have in your wardrobe that is “old as the hills” but still looks great? What items are you saving to pass on to your children? What article of clothing do you like pull out of the vaults? I have tons, and I think there’s nothing wrong with that!

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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A GoodFind on the Train: Stacked Heels

Stocking up on magazines, finding new blogs to read, watching red carpet coverage, and surfing Pinterest are great ways to get fashion inspiration. But there is one way that I love to look out for the latest trends that trumps all. Instead of looking out for new trends on celebrities or waiting for the latest issue of Vogue, I get my fash-inspiration from the crowds of people around me.

Yep, you guessed it: people-watching.

During my almost two-hour commute to Goodwill in Astoria from New Jersey, sometimes I’ll bury my head in a book or doze off to music on my iPod. But every day, I make a point to look up and enjoy all the beautiful fashion around me.

During the morning-commute at Penn Station there is QUITE a large crowd to people-watch
During the morning-commute at Penn Station there is QUITE a large crowd to people-watch

As I enter the madhouse of Penn Station I look around at the sea of women tottering around in their glamorous heels and the men rushing to the streets in their tailored suits. I see elegant professionals, casual tourists, trendy models and everyone in between. On my route from New Jersey to Queens I see just about every style you could ever imagine, and I love it.

As an intern for the first time, I especially love looking at all of the professional women’s outfits for ideas on how to rock my workplace-style. My guilty-pleasure piece to look out for when I’m people-watching? Heels. I have so much respect for the women who strut onto the subway wearing sky-high stilettos as I sit in my flat sandals, wishing I didn’t have such sensitive baby feet.

I love oggling over all the cute summer heels
I love ogling over all cute and comfy stacked heels I see on my commute!

Lately, as I’ve been investigating the women of my morning commute, I’ve noticed a trend in workplace footwear that looks a little more comfortable: the stacked sandal heel. These heels are designed to give the allusion that layers of wood have been stacked up to make a heel or wedge. Instead of the thin pain-inducer of a stiletto, these shoes have thick, sturdy heels to  give women enhanced mobility and comfort.

stacked heels 7
These stacked heels are chic for work with a blazer and pants!

Cute heels without painful side effects? Sounds like a win-win to me.

Something else I noticed that made me love these shoes even more is their versatility. I’ve seen women rocking stacked heels in slacks and blazers for work or girls wearing them with sundresses and fedoras for a day of summer exploring. These heels are the perfect day to night look for summer to stay comfortable, cool and chic.

Comfy and cute for any casual day!
I love this comfy and cute look from this great blog, Ladies in Navy!

Since summer is already half way over (sorry I had to say it), I know many of us aren’t in the place to splurge on such a seasonal piece. So, instead of breaking out the big-bucks to rock this trend, head to your nearest Goodwill or thrift store to find some unique stacked-heels that are perfect for you!

Who knows, maybe you’ll be wearing the next shoes that I admire during my morning commute!

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Alyssa Raiola is a Journalism student at Northwestern University where she spends her time writing for campus publications, searching for new restaurants, and picking the perfect Instagram filters. Although she loves jogging along Lake Michigan and exploring the Windy City, her heart lies back home in New Jersey where pizza is the right shape and bagels are a delicacy. This summer, she’s back in the Big Apple interning and blogging with Goodwill Industries before she heads off to Seville, Spain to study abroad for the fall semester.

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HOT HOT HOT End of July Window Sales + Customer Appreciation Continues On

25% off everything in NYC and Long Island on 7/10, in Hudson Valley on 7/17, in Capital District & Broome County on 7/24 and New Jersey on 7/31 Our weekly Customer Appreciation Sale is still making its rounds.
Shop at any of our stores in the Capital District & Broome County and receive 25% off everything!
Next week the sale moves to Northern New Jersey.

window sale headerWindow Sale 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

To see previews of what some stores are offering this weekend, check out our Instagram page.

New York City
23rd Street Store: Friday 7/25 sale 9 am
72nd Street Store: Saturday 7/26 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 7/25 sale 10 am
Bronx Store: Friday 7/25 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
Chelsea Store: Friday 7/25 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 7/26 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 7/26 tickets 8:30 am; 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 7/26 tickets 8:50 am; sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 7/25 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 7/25 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 7/26 sale 9:30 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 7/26 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Centereach Store: Saturday 7/26 tickets 9:30 am; sale 10 am
East Northport Store: Saturday 7/26 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Massapequa Store: Saturday 7/26 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Hudson Valley
Wappingers Falls Store: Saturday 7/26 sale 8 am

Northern New Jersey
Fairfield Store: Saturday 7/26 sale 9:30 am
Jersey City Store: Saturday 7/26 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
Paramus Store: Saturday 7/26 sale 9 am
Springfield Store: Saturday 7/26 sale 9:30 am

Capital Region & West
Vestal Store: Saturday 7/26 sale 10 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

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All Hail the Headpiece

The perfect topper can make the perfect outfit. Hats can feel a bit tricky for the average girl to pull off, but they really shouldn’t feel anything of the sort. With a little confidence and the right attitude, a stellar hat is the ideal accessory to use to show off your killer style and fearless outlook.

This week’s Goodwill find – a fabulous, super summery headpiece in a simple straw material – is spot on for the summer months. The texture of the  straw-like material, along with a few imperfections and strategic gradations of color, make this relaxed hat feel incredibly cool and effortlessly stylish, and the light, natural fabric is perfect for pairing with absolutely any summer ensemble. The classic fedora-like shape – with the little lift and curl of brim at the back – makes this traditionally styled hat look oh-so-modern and totally updated for contemporary ladies.

natural woven fedora Simple and classic, but with a modern twist, this natural woven fedora is the most fantastic hat to complement any outfit you’ll want to wear this summer.

A wear-with-all warm-weather topper. A lot of girls I know feel intimidated by hats for some reason – maybe they just seem a bit bold, in a modern age where many ladies can get away with wearing no head coverings at all. But for the gal who just can’t resist a bit of sassy style, the right hat can be that extra little bit of oomph you need to really pull an ensemble together – especially a more laid-back, casual, summery ensemble. Because of its natural hues and classic construction, a fedora like this one could really be worn with a whole array of summer pieces – it’d look equally cute with a floaty, floral sundress or a pair of tight-fitting jeans and a loose white tee. But here, I’ve gone a slightly different route – I love the idea of taking what is traditionally a piece styled for an old man – a fedora – and pairing it with other pieces that walk the line between masculine and feminine. I’ve chosen a pair of slim-cut trousers in a lovely lavender hue, which could easily feel androgynous, if not for the decidedly girly color. On top, I’ve picked a simple, cap-sleeve sweater in a black-and-white print – a piece that also feels like a bit of a modern twist on a traditional top. Finished off with my brand new fedora, this look is comfortable, effortless and easy to wear, and yet clearly walks the line between classic and modern, masculine and feminine, for an edgy, amped-up ensemble that’s sure to impress.

modern takes on classic wardrobe itemsPlaying with different styles, eras, and ideas can be the key to creating a truly successful and fashionable outfit. Here, I’ve chosen pieces that are all modern takes on classic wardrobe items, for a look that’s sure to look stylish for years to come.

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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@PlanetBrandee LIVE! From the 72nd Street Goodwill Boutique

@PlanetBrandee LIVE from NYCThrifting is all about the thrill of the hunt, and for me, even though I travel far and wide across the country for the best designer, unique vintage and stunning one of a kind finds, nothing tops the hunt at home in New York City!

This week I’m recapping the great 72nd Street boutique on the Upper West Side of NYC. This flagship store boasts everything! From burnished leather Frye boots to swinging floral dresses, there’s always something fabulous on the racks here!

72nd Street Goodwill Boutique clothingThe incredible fashion wizard at this location, Miss Tatiana has a fabulous eye for energetic visual merchandising so the store always looks great! AND not only does my favorite ex-staff style great, but they work hard and with heart to promote recycling. See how we did with this video spot produced by the New York City Department of Sanitation! From cross body leather satchels and arm length opera gloves the goodies are sure to pop up. Grab a coffee at Grandaisy Bakery and get to kicking! This location also has a wonderful tie in to Ann Taylor, so you can occasionally find exquisite A-line work appropriate pieces that easily translate from runway to board room.

Housewares and books are another token favorite at this lovely locale, so stack up on old school hardcovers and vintage dishware, but bring a double lined bag, because it’s easy to get some much-fun stuff, you literally need a second pair of hands to haul the treasure home. Tea party for two or champagne flute brunches anyone?

72nd Street Boutique tie rackAnd I’m not one to shamelessly plug, but be sure to sign up for your Goodwill Rewards card as well and reap the killer points you kickback everytime you make a purchase. It’s super easy to find yourself with an armful of goodies dancing the whole way home AND all while saving a chunk of change in the process.

72nd Street Boutique shoe rackWhether “nuevo” Ann Taylor or old school polyester jumpsuits, Goodwill’s 72nd Street Boutique has something for everyone. For this edition of “LIVE! from”, I’m off to Central Park to Imagine my upcoming summer escape! Join me next blog as my secret travel journeys from runway to highway continue to fuel my search for the best food, fun and fashion the world can offer! Till then, see you on the streets! Follow the adventures on Twitter! #planetbrandee #fashion #NYC

Brandee Sanders is a writer, creative lifestyle and thrift enthusiast. Brandee’s work has been featured in Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, AOL and Time Out NY. Follow her runway meets the highway adventures and travels @PlanetBrandee 

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Give Yourself More Space—the Easy Way!

Let’s be blunt about it—the stagnant stuff in your home is weighing you down. You may be fussing over it, polishing it, maintaining it, stashing it, and moving it around, but you’re not using it and valuing it.

If you think you still want to keep it, but you don’t have room for it in a small living space, maybe you are considering storage. As a Professional Organizer, I must admit that is not my favorite option, but if you have a considerably small apartment like many people do, it may be your only option.

MakeSpace+GoodWillFor busy New Yorkers, I am really excited about this new partnership between Goodwill Industries® of Greater NY and Northern NJ and MakeSpace, a “cloud-based” idea for storage units. They pick up and deliver your stuff with their bins, so you don’t even have to visit the unit… for less than the cost of a taxi ride.

And this summer, new customers of MakeSpace will receive a special Goodwill laundry bag to fill along with their storage bins. MakeSpace drivers will deliver the bag to the nearest Goodwill location so that customers don’t have to make a separate trip. Everybody wins!

Carefully consider what you might be able to donate instead of store, since now it is so easy to do. Getting rid of your unneeded items like clothing and housewares is good for you! Donating makes room for new, more useful items to come into your life, it allows you to move forward from old memories and experiences, and simplifies your space and your daily decisions. But did you realize that donating these items is also good for the environment and for your own community? Your stagnant stuff is equivalent to time and services for the people who need it most, and donating it keeps it out of the landfill too, which helps everyone. Donating household items IS philanthropy.

Many people don’t realize that every 27 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill earns a good job. These jobs go far beyond the retail thrift stores that Goodwill operates—the revenue from the sale of these donated items provides services like job placement and career counseling, and Goodwill even creates jobs for those they serve, doing large contracted projects for local businesses like landscaping, document imaging, and assembly work. In this economy, we need community services like this more than ever.

The NY-NJ Goodwill applies 93% of its revenue directly toward this mission of putting people to work! There is a patent pending Donation Impact Calculator at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/donate-goods where you can see the actual results of giving your stuff, like these examples:

• 5 pairs of shoes, 3 dresses and 2 purses = 53 minutes of career counseling
• 1 bike and 5 video games = 49 minutes of resume preparation
• 1 working computer = 6.6 hours of on-the-job training
• 2 chairs and a TV = 58 minutes of a financial planning class
• 10 CDs or DVDs = 41 minutes of a job search class

The NY-NJ Goodwill has been one of the original “green” organizations for almost 100 years, since its founding in Brooklyn in 1915, reclaiming the value of both things and people. Let’s unlock the potential of your stuff so that everyone wins—the environment, the shoppers who get a bargain, the donors who receive a tax deduction, and the job seekers who need help overcoming obstacles to finding employment. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “good riddance.”

So… New Yorkers who are cramped for space—Make more space with storage from MakeSpace and DONATE the easy way too!

Certified Professional Organizer® Lorie Marrero is the bestselling author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life and The Home Office Handbook. She is also the creator of ClutterDiet.com, an innovative program allowing anyone to get expert help at an affordable price. Her organizing books and products are sold online and in stores nationwide. Lorie is a spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International, a Contributing Editor for Woman’s Day magazine, and a sought-after expert for national media such as CNBC, Good Housekeeping, and WGN News. She has also served as a spokesperson for many other companies, including Staples, Brother, and Microsoft, and she happily lives in Austin, TX.

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Hudson Valley Customer Appreciation Sale Today + Window Sales This Weekend

25% off everything in NYC and Long Island on 7/10, in Hudson Valley on 7/17, in Capital District & Broome County on 7/24 and New Jersey on 7/31 Today starts our weekly Customer Appreciation Sale.
Shop at any of our stores in the Hudson Valley and receive 25% off everything!
Next week the sale moves to the Capital District and Broom County.

window sale headerWindow Sale 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

To see previews of what some stores are offering this weekend, check out our Instagram page.

New York City
79th Street Store: Friday 7/18 sale 10 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 7/19 tickets 8:30 am; 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 7/19 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 7/18 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 7/18 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 7/19 sale 9:30 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 7/19 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Saturday 7/19 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Massapequa Store: Saturday 7/19 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Harrison Store: Saturday 7/19 sale 9:30 am
Rockaway Store: Saturday 7/19 sale 9:30 am

Capital Region & West
Binghamton Store: Saturday 7/19 sale 10 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

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Rowr! The Power of Animal Prints

Like an animal. They may feel a bit brash and bold – especially if you’re used to choosing more demure colors and fabrics – but a pop of vibrant color and a saucy animal print are the easiest way to add a little stylish sass to even the most understated of outfits.

This week’s Goodwill gem is really one to go gaga over – neon hues and a snakeskin print might seem like way too much on one bag, but here, it actually works perfectly somehow. The bright pink and blue strips of color of broken up with a little classic black and white, which keeps the color from screaming out at you and becoming overwhelming. The snakeskin pattern, with all color interspersed throughout, starts to look somewhat abstract. The classic rectangular clutch shape and simple gold clasp add a hint of old-world class to this otherwise very modern piece.

technicolor animal print clutch
Bold this bag definitely is, but why shy away from a serious fashion statement? Brilliant contrasting colors and a playful animal print mean this is one accessory that’s sure to make you stand out in a crowd.

Play with a bevvy of beautiful styles. Putting together one ensemble doesn’t mean you have to stick to one specific style throughout. Since my fabulous new clutch is so modern and daring, I’ve chosen slightly more modest pieces to complete my look. A simple, stretchy, straight black pant is a piece that can anchor any outfit, and makes an especially good backdrop for anything really bright or bold. On top, a light, cropped, lacey top in an unassuming shade of cream contrasts nicely with the black and makes for a pretty, classic, all-around flattering ensemble that a girl could wear absolutely anywhere – but next to the ladylike lace and traditionally feminine feel of the rest of the outfit, my new snakeskin clutch really pops!

black and creme lace outfit
Contrast is the key to any truly attention-grabbing ensemble. Here, I’ve paired the edgier accessory piece – my glamorous new clutch – with a really classic but flattering outfit in black and cream to create a really polished, pretty, but still fun and interesting look.

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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