Meet our August Good Look Winner

Congratulations to the first winner of our Good Look contest, Michele Suarez!

Good Look August WinnerWith 23 likes on her photo, Michele walked away the victor with a $25 Goodwill gift card! Can wait to hear how Michele will use her prize.

Want to be our September winner? We’ve made it even easier for you to enter and win:

All you need to do is take a selfie of you wearing your favorite thrifted look – you do it anyways, why not get something for it?!

Then enter one of the following ways:

Facebook:
Enter via our Facebook Contest Page

Twitter and Instagram:
Post your picture with the hashtag #GoodwillGoodLook and you will be automatically entered.

Isn’t that easy? To sweeten up the deal a bit, any time your Facebook friends join the contest, you gain bonus likes.

The photo with the most likes on our contest page wins a $25 Goodwill gift card at the end of the month.

Please note: duck faces are completely optional.

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Say Bye Bye to August and HELLO to Sales Galore

Labor Day Sale Monday September 1 35% off storewide
Time to shop til you drop!
Receive 35% off storewide on Monday September 1.

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 8/29 sale 9 am
72nd Street Store: Saturday 8/30 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 8/29 sale 10 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 8/30 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 8/30 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 8/29 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 8/29 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 8/30 sale 9:30 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 8/30 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Friday 8/29 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Massapequa Store: Sunday 8/31 tickets 9:30 am; sale 9:45 am

Northern New Jersey
Springfield Store: Saturday 8/30 sale 9:30 am

Capital Region
Vestal Store: Saturday 8/30 sale 10 am

Hudson Valley
Wappingers Falls Store: Saturday 8/30 sale 8 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

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Run Away and Join the Circus!

That is every kid’s fantasy, right? And while, as a grown adult, with adult responsibilities, you can’t just run off to the circus (or anywhere else) whenever you please, you can at least entertain the fun feeling you used to get as a child when you were totally free to do what you pleased!

This week’s lovely gem from Goodwill is a fabulously fancy-free find. These fantastic platform heels are made to catch eyes – in a vivid yellow-and-white striped pattern, they’re certainly not for the faint of heart. The brilliant, circus-inspired stripe will bring a bit of quirkiness and sunshine into your wardrobe in an instant, and the chunky stacked wooden heel gives these marvelously mod shoes a bit of a retro feel. For the fashionably adventurous, these bold heels are just the thing to make you feel fun and footloose at any time of the day or the year, no matter where you’re going.

yellow and white striped platform pumps with wooden heelStrut your stuff while letting your inner child completely loose, in these unusually flirty and flamboyant stripey shoes.

Hang onto that fun feeling. Unfortunately, we can’t all do what we like all the time. But even if you have to spend some of your time doing things you have to do, rather than things you want to do, you can still feel free in your choice of clothing, especially on your days off. For a relaxed and casual, but still cute and complementary ensemble, pair these fantastically bright and crazy cool heels with some equally bright bottoms, like these stretchy, comfy skinny jeans in a vibrant blue hue, and a favorite printed tee in a loose, laid-back fit.

stretchy blue jeans and worn comfy shirtA pair of fantastically fun heels is a great way to quickly and easily jazz up your casual basics, like a bright pair of colored denim and a flowing, well-loved tee-shirt.

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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Shopping for Fashion’s Past, Present and Future

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I have spent the past decade shopping professionally.

No, really. Between wardrobe styling or selling vintage clothes, heading into a retail outlet has been part of my job. When I shop for someone else, I consider the present life and wardrobe my client needs. I am practical and diplomatic. However, when I shop for myself, I think of shopping for my past, present and future, because even your wardrobe can turn into a Charles Dickens tale. What do I mean by fashion’s past, present and future? It’s not easy to explain and it may never be, but if you are a power shopper, you will understand my theory. If you are not, let’s proceed with caution.

Fashion’s past is easy, and it also merges into present and future. When I am on the hunt for a vintage piece, I know that it was once owned and produced in an era I am no longer a part of. But with the power of styling, I can make this piece new again. Whether for a client or me, acquiring a vintage piece incorporates a sense of modernity (aka present) and trends representing fashion’s future.

When it comes to the present, I am more hesitant, probably as a result of my frugality and my refusing to pay retail. In a traditional retail outlet, warm clothes are in the store as early as March, and retailers want customers to buy not because we may have a massive climate change, retailers want you to buy that off season item so they can get maximum profit. Genius, right? Well, the real genius is the person who has enough discipline, to wait for that piece to be mark downed in the actual season. Unless, I’ve lost my luggage, you will never see me buying a swimsuit in late winter or early spring. Same goes for heavy clothing in late July. I mark my shopping seasons with two holidays, Independence Day for summer clothes and Martin Luther King’s Day for winter clothes. 

Fashion’s future is tricky, but again, it too takes from the ideas in past and present.  Shop for what you know will take place. Unless you live in a social Diaspora, there will be special occasions.  So if you see a great dress at a great price, buy it then rather than when such event comes up. You’ll pay an arm and a leg and work from a selection you won’t like as much.  Same goes for professional clothes. There are always interviews and presentations, get that suit, you will always be prepared and looking great.

In closing, fashion may not be as spooky as The Christmas Story, there no ghosts or Scrooges but the insight to looking great and always being prepared with a great outfit, has to keep your pockets full and your wardrobe on point. 

What rules do you follow when clothing 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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Win $25 Goodwill Gift Card with Your “Good Look”!

Good Look ContestWant to win a $25 Goodwill Gift card fast and easy? If you are fashionable and everyone tells you that you’ve got a great
sense of style, here’s what you need to do:

1. Have a friend photograph you wearing your “Good Look” outfit.
2. Post the photo on our Goodwill Facebook Contest Page
3. List what you are wearing and the price for each item if you just bought them at your favorite Goodwill store.

**Don’t have a Facebook? No Problem! Enter instantly when using the hashtag #GoodwillGoodLook on Instagram or Twitter**

Whoever gets the most likes on our contest page wins the $25 Goodwill Gift card. Each month we’ll select and announce the winner on the last Friday of the month.

We know you can come up with the coolest look without going broke. And look fabulous!

Do you mix and match designer pieces with basic clothing to come up with your “Shabby and Chic” look? What’s your style? Bohemian, professional, preppy, casual, over-the-top? Tell us about it.

See what some of your favorite celebrities are wearing – who is more you?

Elle Varner wearing a $4 blazer from Goodwill
Elle Varner wearing a $4 blazer from Goodwill
Janelle Monae is an avid thrift shopper.
Janelle Monae is an avid thrift shopper. “I like one-of-a-kind pieces,” the singer said. “I don’t like everybody walking around in stuff that I have on.”

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
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Elmwood Park Friend Special + Weekend Window Sales

Elmwood Park Sign Up With a Friend Goodwill’s Elmwood Park store wants to meet your friends.
Bring them by and sign them up for our rewards program today and we’ll give you both coupons for 25% off your purchase.

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
72nd Street Store: Saturday 8/23 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 8/22 sale 10 am
Bronx Store: Friday 8/22 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
Chelsea Store: Friday 8/22 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 8/23 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 8/23 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 8/23 tickets 8:50 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 8/23 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 8/22 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 8/22 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Friday 8/22 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Centereach Store: Saturday 8/23 tickets 9 am; sale 9:30 am
Massapequa Store: Saturday 8/23 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Harrison Store: Friday 8/22 sale 9:30 am
Paramus Store: Saturday 8/23 sale 9 am

Capital Region
Binghamton Store: Saturday 8/23 sale 10 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

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High Steppin’, High Fashion

Back-to-school time is here. It’s hard to believe, but that means that autumn is really right around the corner. To ready yourself for a fashionable switch to the fall season, start thinking about the few fantastic, go-with-everything fall pieces you’ll need to add new life to last year’s wardrobe pieces.

This week’s find – a totally fabulous pair of strappy leather sandals with a stunning cutout detail on the sides and saucy zipper from the toe to the top of the shoe – are just the kind of striking shoes you’ll need to perfect your favorite fall looks. Leather, while a bit heavy for the hot and sticky summer months, are perfect for when the weather starts to transition.

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Step into a stylish new season with a pair of sassy, sexy black leather heels with fantastic details, like this pair’s cool cutouts and seriously flirty zipper up the front.

It’s time to transition. Sadly, summer won’t last forever, but that doesn’t mean that you have to pack up your flowing blouses and pretty sundresses just yet. At this time of the year, when the weather will continue to flip between hot and cool for weeks, a pair of high heels in a perfect-for-fall material with still-summery details, like cutouts, is just right for this tricky time of year. And for a perfect balance between warm and cool, put these haute heels in a classic and cool black on with a breezy, flowing dress in a much warmer hue, like this brilliant coral sundress with a satiny finish. To make sure it’s appropriate for any suddenly chilly temps or early fall breezes, top it with a simple, neutral cardigan that doesn’t take away from the brightly colored ensemble or the fabulously fun footwear.

bright coral dres with neutral cardigan

To take your favorite summer pieces seamlessly into fall, add an extra layer on top of a lighter summer outfit and finish off the look with a pair of funky leather high heels, like the ones spotted this week at my local Goodwill thrift store.

 

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.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
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What Inspires Your Fashion Look?

Greetings my favorite thrift-centric readers, @PlanetBrandee here! We all know that inspiration for what you wear can come from anywhere, your neighbors, the girls on the subway, and given the new world of YouTube, a million and one video users who love Goodwill. With that being said, this week’s blog is a departure from my usual voyages and an absolutely fierce shout out to Goodwill fans LIVE from the internet. We’ll be looking at some of the best Goodwill Hauls we could find and encouraging you to share your own! So buckle up, get your thrift inspiration fired up and view on!

Take a quick stroll through the fabulousness and share your thoughts and comments below! What’s your favorite Goodwill Haul piece?

Adorable Goodwill Haul #1

Shopping for a husband? Hecks yes!

Random Fun Finds #2

Absolutely FAB hair and a sense of style? Let’s do this!

Spunky GW Saturday Hauler #3

And lastly, a fanatic at heart sharing her fabulous, long overdue finds! Excuse me in that fabulous red suit? Yes! And also: Fierce!

Join me next blog as my travel journeys from runway to highway continue in my search for the best food, fun and thrifting the world can offer! Till then, see you on the streets! Follow the adventures on Twitter and Instagram! #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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NYC Celebrates National Thrift Shop Day

Today, Friday August 15, New Yorkers, Goodwill shoppers and fashionistas alike will celebrate: National Thrift Shop Day! Across the five boroughs, thrifters will celebrate the values of up-cycling, smart shopping, and thrifty fashion on this unofficial holiday.

Reuse NYC, an association of over 50 New York City nonprofits that accept and sell donated goods, will host the celebration in partnership with various thrift stores and nonprofits in NYC. 

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Goodwill is proud to be one of the participating stores in this event. Our New York City stores will have 15% off sales storewide (except window sale items), so be sure to visit your closest location for this day of great thrifting deals. This is a great time to search for the hottest back-to-school or fall fashion looks!

Americans across the country will celebrate National Thrift Shop Day outside of New York City this weekend on Sunday August 17. 

Thought of as a place for low-income or stingy shoppers only, thrift stores are now some of the most popular places to shop in the country. Especially after the economic downturn began in 2008, many Americans have turned to thrifting not just as a way to save, but as a new way to live. 

According to the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops (NARTS), the resale industry has grown tremendously in recent years. In 2012, the number of thrift stores increased by 12 percent from just two years earlier.

Now, resale shopping attracts consumers from all levels, according to NARTS.

Thrifting has also received a lot of media attention in recent years. And no, I don’t just mean from Macklemore.

“Not long ago, certain shoppers would have been embarrassed to admit they shop in thrift stores. Now, they’re bragging about it,” writes reporter Brad Tuttle in Time.com article.

This weekend, Americans will celebrate this new “thrifting era” in our country by visiting some of the thousands of thrift stores across the United States. 

Thrifters have created their own community of with online forums like Reddit’s “Thrift Store Haulsor thrifting fashion blogs.

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Fashion blogger, Dayana Dawson, rocks a thrifted Goodwill jacket on her Street Fashion Style blog.

The best part of the new thrifting craze? Many thrift stores give back to the community. Like Goodwill, many thrift stores and organizations have charitable missions. 

Shopping at Goodwill helps to support our mission and programs. Those same programs help place over 7,000 individuals in jobs each year. Plus, all of the donations to our stores help to keep millions of pounds of unwanted goods out of landfills each year.

So this weekend, go out and get thrifty! Support your community, save your money, help the environment, find a hidden gem, or just update your wardrobe! Happy National Thrift Shop Day!

To find your nearest Goodwill visit our store locator.

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August Summer Sale Ends Today and Tomorrow Starts Our Weekend Window Sales

25% off summer tops and shorts Monday August 11 through Thursday August 14
Today is the last day of our August Summer Sale. Run to your nearest Goodwill and stock up on summer shorts and tops for 25% off.

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 8/15 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 8/15 sale 10 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 8/16 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 8/16 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Saturday 8/16 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Steinway Store: Friday 8/15 tickets 8:15 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 8/16 sale 9:30 am

Long Island
East Northport Store: Friday 8/15 tickets 9 am; sale 9:30 am
Massapequa Store: Friday 8/15 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Rockaway Store: Saturday 8/16 sale 9:30 am
Pequannock Store: Saturday 8/16 sale 9:30 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

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