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Black Friday
Today, Saturday and Sunday we are offering sale after sale after sale! Don’t miss out on 50% off all apparel today. Also, today we are participating in ReuseNYC’s Green Friday Sale so everything storewide is 10% off (New York City Goodwill stores only, window sale items excluded). Saturday all housewares will be 25% off and Sunday stock up on Christmas items at 35% off!
The best part about all of these sales? No need to wake and line up at 3am!

Today our stores will be open until 9pm (excluding Van Dam).

Click here for a list of our stores.

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Final November Window Sales

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 11/28 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Chelsea Store: Friday 11/28 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 11/29 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 11/29 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 11/28 tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 11/29 tickets 9:15 am; sale 9:30 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Friday 11/28 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Saturday 11/29 tickets 8:30 am; sale 8:45 am

Northern New Jersey
Paramus Store: Saturday 11/29 sale 9 am
Springfield Store: Saturday 11/29 sale 9:30 am

Hudson Valley
Wappingers Falls Store: Saturday 11/29 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

WANT TO WIN A $25 GOODWILL GIFT CARD?
CLICK HERE!

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DECEMBER 2 is GIVING TUESDAY!

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The Power of Purple

Purple was historically the color of royalty for a reason. It’s rich, complex, and a shade of it is flattering on basically every kind of coloring and skin tone in the spectrum. It’s also a lovely way to add a deep, sophisticated color to your holiday wardrobe’s palette without sticking solely to the standard hues of red, green, and white. What more reason do you need to pop a pretty splash of purple into your closet this season?

My latest Goodwill gem is the kind of accessory I just love – pretty but practical, it’s a piece a gal can easily use on a daily basis, but that still feels a little special, and will certainly give a bit of extra charm to any ensemble you pair it with. A pocketbook in a pretty deep purple hue, this bag is large enough to hold all of your everyday necessities – even an extra pair of flats for nights you plan to head out dancing or to a holiday party after an already-long day. This purse’s rectangular shape could look a bit boring or boxy, but the leather exterior isn’t super stiff or structured, giving it a softer, slightly more relaxed feel.

purple purseThis delightful purple bag will add a pop of fun color and a bit of ladylike polish to all of your looks this season.

A very versatile find. You could easily throw this bag on over a structured blazer for a big meeting or your go-to black dress for a cocktail party or other holiday shindig. But this darling purse also works divinely with more casual items of clothing. Here, I’ve paired it with a simple, straight-legged gray trouser in a soft cotton – the kind of pant that goes with literally everything at this time of year, and can easily be dressed up or down. For a somewhat fancier outfit, top the trousers with a flowing, jewel-toned blouse in a silky or satiny fabric. Here, I’ve gone a bit more laid-back and chosen an everyday sweater with a feminine scoop neck and fitted, figure-hugging cut instead. The sweater is also in a lovely (and quite similar) shade of purple to the bag – while I’m not usually one for matching my outfits perfectly, or matching my bag to anything at all – I love this color so much, totally saturating my top half in it was something I just couldn’t resist trying. With another bright accessory – like a long, shimmering metallic necklace – to break it up a bit, the purple-on-purple combination could really work well and make the whole ensemble, casual as it is, feel polished and put together.

purple on purple outfitKeep it simple. A pretty purple-on-purple, almost monochromatic look is an easy way to make even a casual outfit and accessories feel all dressed up and completely chic.

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.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

WANT TO WIN A $25 GOODWILL GIFT CARD?
CLICK HERE!

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Uber + Goodwill Part Deux

Uber and Goodwill-01We are excited to announce once again Uber and Goodwill have teamed up! Tomorrow, November 25, you can request an Uber SUV to come and pick up your gently used clothing between 2pm and 8pm. The Uber driver will drop off your donation to a local Goodwill at no cost to you.

Here is how it works:

1. Download the Uber app (Android, iPhone, Blackberry)

2. Between the hours of 2pm and 8pm tomorrow select the GIVE option on the bottom of the screen.

3. Once your driver is confirmed, you will see an ETA for their arrival. Have your donations bagged up and ready.

4. Once your driver has arrived, you will receive a text message confirmation and bring your bags to the car.

Please Note: Pickups will only be available in Manhattan. We expect high demand since it is the start of the giving season so please be patient!

To request a tax receipt, email donations.department@goodwillny.org with the following and we will be happy to send a receipt:

Name
Address
Phone number
Date of pickup
Location of pickup (if your address, just say that)
Number bags
Itemized list of donations

Since 2012, Goodwill has been able to divert more than six billion bounds of goods from landfills nationally thanks to donors like you. Locally, Goodwill NY-NJ helped residents keep more than 87 million pounds of unwanted goods from local landfills last year. Not only are you making an impact in your closet, you are making an impact on the planet.

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

WANT TO WIN A $25 GOODWILL GIFT CARD?
CLICK HERE!

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Comfort Is The New Black

We’ve shared with you great holiday outfit ideas here and here. But what about those who want more of a laid back look? Sure, you want to step your ensemble game up but it is getting a wee bit too cold to show so much leg. Check out this perfect get-together outfit from our 72nd Street Goodwill store that will keep you warm and toasty all night long.

Casual holiday outfitBlack is an easy go to color but these embroidered pants give an extra oomph to an otherwise ordinary pair of slacks. Paired with a satin blazer-cut top and layered pearl necklace, this look is both a classic and comfortable approach. Even though the top and bottom are predominately black, using different fabrics and textures helps prevent you from looking like the long lost child of the Addams Family.

Show us how you’re dressing this holiday season by entering our Good Look contest.

You could win a $25 Goodwill gift card to put towards your next holiday outfit or give the card away as a gift. Talk about easy shopping!

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

WANT TO WIN A $25 GOODWILL GIFT CARD?
CLICK HERE!

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How Kids from Goodwill Youth Services Spent This Fall

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Window Sales for November 21 and 22

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: Saturday 11/22 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 11/21 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Bronx Store: Friday 11/21 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 11/22 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 11/22 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 11/22 tickets 8:50 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 11/22 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 11/21 tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 11/22 tickets 9:15 am; sale 9:30 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 11/22 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Centereach Store: Saturday 11/22 tickets 9 am; sale 9:30 am

Northern New Jersey
Fairfield Store: Saturday 11/22 tickets 9 am; sale 9:30 am
Harrison Store: Friday 11/21 tickets 8 am; sale 9:30 am
Elmwood Park Store: Saturday 11/22 tickets 9 am; sale 9:30 am

Capital Region & West
Binghamton Store: Saturday 11/22 sale 10 am
Vestal Store: Saturday 11/22 sale 10 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

WANT TO WIN A $25 GOODWILL GIFT CARD?
CLICK HERE!

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How Kids From Goodwill Youth Services Spent This Fall

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Saturday Night’s All Right for Sparkle

It’s officially the holiday season. It might not quite be Thanksgiving yet, but the holiday is approaching fast – and anyway, once Halloween is past and we see all the Christmas decorations come out in stores, it’s basically time to get the partying started.

This week, I was lucky enough to come across an absolutely fabulous pair of party-perfect shoes at my local Goodwill shop. They’re a pair that could easily carry me through this holiday season looking gorgeous and glamorous (and all on the cheap, of course). Full of sparkle and done in a stunningly classic shape, these glittering heels are the ideal way to add a bit of holiday glam to any and every dress in your closet – no matter how many times you’ve worn them before.

sparkling glitter heelsGive old party frocks new life by swapping out your usual shoes for a pair of spectacularly sparkling heels this season.

Let your shoes do the talking. These gorgeous, glittering heels are in a lovely deep gray/silver tone, so they will be easy to wear with just about any color – whether you favor cooler hues like blues and greens, warner tones like rich, ruby-reds, or beautiful, can’t-go-wrong neutrals like navys, whites, and blacks, these shoes will ensure you step out looking lovely and completely put together. Here, I’ve decided to put them on with a classic LBD (little black dress) – because really, when your shoes are this fabulous, there’s really no reason to put tons of effort into the rest of the ensemble. With a well-fitted black dress, you’ll always look chic and elegant, and you can let the dazzling heels grab everyone’s attention, instead of finding that all that glitter fights against some other pattern or accessory in your look.

IMG_4805Sometimes a simple look can make the most awe-inspiring statement. With gorgeous, glittering heels, there’s no need to put on a whole lot else. A classic, always-on-point black dress in a figure-flattering cut is the best way to show off your shoes – and your sophisticated side – this holiday season.

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.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

WANT TO WIN A $25 GOODWILL GIFT CARD?
CLICK HERE!

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How Kids From Goodwill Youth Services Spent This Fall

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PlanetBrandee LIVE from New York for the Holidays

title image nov blogIt’s good to be back in NYC! Traveling is always fun, but there comes a weariness one feels when pulled across the road too long and strung along. When you roll over out there and realize it’s not home and never will be. A time when the skyline calls me back and reminds me where I need to be, now and always, flying solo back on the streets of New York City!

That being said, I write to you from a closet I’ve wrangled myself into somehow between a Mongolian lamb scarf and a ski suit. I stumbled into this party, and it was so chaotic, they mistook me for a coat girl! I guess that’s what happens when you don’t prepare for the crazy, sometimes insane world of holiday party planning. But fear not dear readers, I, the girl who gladly does DIY over BUY any day, is here to help you get at least one thing right and ready for your next posh event, whether it’s Thanksgiving or otherwise. And that is, my fine feathered and glossy eyed friends: making your table Pinterest worthy and superfly with DIY!

dining etiquette

Let’s knock it out of the park, by first knowing HOW to set a table, red plastic party cups NOT included! The fabulous etiquette scholar really gives some useful tips on this, be sure to check out the pics here too. If you’ve ever wandered into a posh party and squinted at that tiny fork that you have no clue what it’s for THIS article is for YOU!

BoutinnieresForHollySecondly, there are so many great ways to make guests feel welcome in your space. And listen: if this is in NYC, we all know the BIG restrictions we have on TINY spaces! Did I mention the average in Manhattan is a mere 750 square feet? But here’s a thought: a little warm light via candles,  I snagged some at 3 for a $1, what!, throw on some great tunes and the mood can shift from cramped to cozy in no time flat! Warm up your room with a few throws from Goodwill, and create that nested, welcoming feel. Forgo modern elements, cold hues, stone or metal, and embrace traditional Native American-inspired or red flannel prints with natural woods to stay classically rustic. I found a vintage Pendleton throw like the one pictured here at the Austin Goodwill and at a $9.99 price point, I’ll never let go!

beatdiy-turkey-feather-placecardAnd thirdly, you invited these people into your home. Remember showing someone you love them means you care enough for small details and that their presence truly is wanted and valued in your life. And last I checked, that is something you can’t buy at Black Friday. But a small handwritten note or a customized place setting with a gesture of thanks or love can go a really long way. That is, from most typical letmedialthisin or I’llbetakingselfiesand textinginsteadofshowingthepeoplearoundmeIcare perspectives. Some great inspiration here and here AND here to get you started on not being THAT person.

Lastly, remember that November is a time to give thanks, earnest, heartfelt thanks, not just lip service. Volunteer, give to a food pantry, drop off old winter coats at a local Goodwill, help the needy, and make it not just a seasonal thing too! And for those around you, those who share an honest and trustworthy bond with you, those who fill time and your life with love, and who above all, definitely save you a bit of cranberry sauce when the turkey plate of life has run a little dry. Give thanks. May your hearts be filled with delicious homemade gravy, and above all, true love and earnest, honest friendships this November! Be grateful. Be true. Be real, and share that with all you know, including Goodwill staff and friends! Even if you are alone or working this holiday, give grace to be alive, there’s truly no better time than right now to be present! Now pass the cranberry sauce because the onion cutting ninja is on the loose and I think I see a light at the bottom of this coat pile! Wish me luck!

Be sure to stay tuned for my December blog as I’ll be reporting LIVE from Rockefeller Center’s Tree Lighting as a behind the scenes reporter AND from Radio City Music Halls’ backstage galas! So get ready for the adventure of a holiday season lifetime LIVE from the holly jolly streets of New York City! Join me as my journeys from runway to highway continue to fuel my search for the best food, fun and fashion the world can offer! Till December, 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 

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
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Double Duty Dress

Next to New Year’s one of the biggest party nights is the day before Thanksgiving. Bars, clubs and lounges will be jam packed pretty much from Happy Hour until 4am with people living it up before they are in a 3 day long turkey induced bloated coma. That means time to look fabulous.

Gold sequin dressAll pieces in this look come from our Elmwood Park Goodwill store. The slightly above the knee gold sequined dress runs for $80 and is paired with a leather/metal choker that is a steal at $9.99. With this $99.99 mink coat you will finally be happy for the cold weather. This dress screams glam so much that you could rock it again for New Year’s if you wish. There is nothing like ringing in the New Year looking like a golden goddess.

Have a favorite party look? Enter your ensemble in our Good Look contest.

You could win a $25 Goodwill gift card to put towards your next party outfit or give the card away as a gift. You could cross out the first name in your holiday shopping.

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

WANT TO WIN A $25 GOODWILL GIFT CARD?
CLICK HERE!

Latest Where The Goodwill Goes Post:
How Kids from Goodwill Youth Services Spent This Fall

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Window Sales for November 14 and 15

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 11/15 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 11/14 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Chelsea Store: Friday 11/14 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 11/15 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 11/15 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 11/14 tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am
Washington Heights Store: Saturday 11/15 sale 9 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Saturday 11/15 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Saturday 11/15 tickets 8:30 am; sale 8:45 am
Massapequa Store: Saturday 11/15 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Paramus Store: Saturday 11/15 sale 9 am
Rockaway Store: Saturday 11/15 sale 9:30 am

Capital Region & West
Rotterdam Store: Saturday 11/15 sale 9 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

WANT TO WIN A $25 GOODWILL GIFT CARD?
CLICK HERE!

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