February Good Look Contest Winners

This month we have a tie.
Congratulations to mimimirie and _qirene!

These two ladies Instagrammed their way to glory and each have won a $25 Goodwill gift card.

Yves Saint Laurent and Fendi heelsMimimirie submitted a photo of beautiful Fendi and Yves Saint Laurent heels for $20 each.

Black graphic t-shirt_Qirene proved that casual is always in style with a graphic tee that cost her only 99 cents!

Will you be our next Good Look winner? Be sure to keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our blog. You never know when another contest may begin!

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Final February Window Sales This Weekend

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 2/27 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:45 am
79th Street Store: Friday 2/27 tickets 8 am; sale 9 am
Bronx Store: Friday 2/27 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
Chelsea Store: Friday 2/27 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Harlem Store: Friday 2/27 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 2/28 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Friday 2/27 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 2/28 sale 8 am
Livingston Store: Friday 2/27 tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 2/28 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Long Island
East Northport Store: Friday 2/27 tickets 6:30 pm; sale 7 pm
Lake Ronkokoma Store: Saturday 2/28 tickets 8:30 am; sale 8:45 am
Massapequa Store: Saturday 2/28 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am

Northern New Jersey
Elmwood Park Store: Saturday 2/28 tickets 8 am; sale 9 am
Harrison Store: Friday 2/27 tickets 8 am; sale 9 am
Springfield Store: Saturday 2/28 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am

Capital Region + West
Binghamton Store: Saturday 2/28 sale 9 am
Vestal Store: Saturday 2/28 sale 9 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

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Wow ‘Em with Fresh Citrus Hues

This winter seems never-ending right now. 

It’s the end of February and we’re all longing for spring, but the snow and freezing temps just keep on coming. But that’s why I was so thrilled to spot this week’s find at my local Goodwill thrift shop! These brilliant green open-toed wedges are exactly what every girl should have in her closet come spring, and even if it’s still a little too chilly to wear them right this second, it’s never too early start dreaming about our new favorite spring outfits, right?

And with a cork bottom, just enough heel, and a textured, lime-colored upper, these shoes are perfect for carrying you through spring and all the way through the end of summer. These darling shoes are polished enough to wear to work, but fun enough to wear out wherever else you please, and the vibrant citrus color is sure to add a spark of freshness and energy to all of your warm weather looks.

lime green cork heelsIn a practical, classic style but with a fresh pop of eye-catching color, these wedges will become your new favorite go-to shoe come spring.

Start the transition.

As soon as the shoe is off the ground, I’m all for packing away those big winter boots and bringing out all of those lighter and less constrictive shoes that have been hiding away for months. While these lovely lime-green heels would look adorable with a pretty, voluminous floral skirt or classic shirtdress once the temps start to rise, they’re also great for those in-between months – when winter hasn’t fully left us, but spring is clearly in the air. For those tricky months in between the seasons, try pairing these bright and happy shoes with warmer basics, like a neutral sweater with a less-than-full sleeve and a classic pair of navy trousers (really, the combo of deep, traditional navy and these zesty green is a fantastic one). Neither of the other pieces are as bold and bright as the wedges, but the neutral hues contrast with them beautifully, so they truly stand out and wake up an otherwise basic ensemble.

neutral shirt navy bottomsLiven up old wardrobe pieces and classic neutrals with one vividly colored and seriously perfect-for-spring shoe, like these lime-green wedges sure to give any outfit a major lift.

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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Models with Disabilities Featured at New York Fashion Week

Jamie Brewer During this years New York Fashion Week there was a first. No, a model wasn’t caught eating. Jamie Brewer made history by becoming the first woman with Down syndrome to walk the red carpet at NYFW. Some may recognize Brewer by her roles on American Horror Story.

Brewer showed them how it’s done during Carrie Hammer’s show. Hammer selects women of all backgrounds, shapes, sizes and colors to walk in her shows. Her mission is to not only create beautiful clothing but to empower all women and she does this with her “Role Models Not Runway Models” campaign.

Danielle Sheypuk Danielle Sheypuk was the first woman in a wheelchair to appear on the runway

Karen CrespoKaren Crespo was the first quadruple amputee to do the same

Jamie, Danielle, Karen and Carrie were not the only ones. Models (both men and women) with disabilities from all around the world were featured in FTL Moda’s AW15 collection designed by Antonio Urzi.

Jack Eyers Jack Eyers was the world’s first male amputee to walk on the NYFW catwalk

“To be the first male amputee model on a New York Fashion Week runway feels amazing,” Eyers told Caters News in a press release. “It feels like such a big deal. I just want to show that having a disability doesn’t need to hold you back.”

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Look Cool, Be Warm and Win!

I bet you are SO tired of talking about how cold it is. I know I am. But I am going to do it anyways. It’s FREEZING! Plus, I hate sweaters which at the end of the day makes me pretty sad. That is, until New York Fashion Week rolled on through (don’t worry – no Kanye reviews here). There were many trends coming down the catwalk that we, as non model citizens, can totally embrace and add on to our daily wardrobe. Some of my favorites included the cross body stole, voluminous coats and BOLD reds (my favorite color!). Below are some examples from NYFW so sit back, relax and enjoy all the warm cozy feelings that are about to ensue.

bright red trench coat image-2 denim oversized coat bright red maxi dress with bare mid-drift and slitAs you can see, it is super easy to pull off these looks. Have you done so already and are thinking “pft…amateurs!”? If this sounds like you, we want to see your version and you could possibly win a $25 Goodwill gift card. Enter our Good Look contest by one of the ways mentioned below.

Facebook:
Enter via our Facebook Contest Page

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

Entry with the most likes on our Facebook contest page wins (so if you post on Twitter or Instagram urge your buddies to vote on the contest page). Winner will be announced 2/2715.

Good luck!

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?
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These Sales Will Have You Covered from Head to Toe

50% of all winter apparel 2/23-2/25Stop by Goodwill during our 3 day long Winter Blowout Sale! From Monday, February 23 through Wednesday, February 25 all winter apparel will be 50% 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: Saturday 2/21 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:45 am
72nd Street Store: Saturday 2/21 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 2/20 tickets 8 am; sale 9 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 2/21 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 2/21 sale 8 am
Livingston Store: Friday 2/20 tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 2/21 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Long Island
Centereach Store: Saturday 2/21 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Fairfield Store: Saturday 2/21 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Paramus Store: Saturday 2/21 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Rockaway Store: Saturday 2/21 tickets 8:30 am; 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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Subtle Sparkle Saves the Season

Simple, classy, but with just enough bling.

It can be really difficult to find accessories that fit that description, but they’re what every lady wants. A little sparkle can add a sense of fun and flirtatiousness to your looks, but too much, and you can easily cross the line into trashy town (especially if we’re talking work wear or other daytime ensembles).

But that’s exactly why this week’s Goodwill find felt like such a win! These casual, soft gray loafers are a style that seems totally suited to winter and the freezing cold February temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately in the Tri-State area – if you’re not going to wear giant snow boots, why not put on a shoe that feels more like a soft slipper, right? But as cozy as these cute flats are, they’ve also got a definite air of panache, as well. Though their styling is really quite simple and the color classic, the silvery sequined inset over the toe really wakes up these fabulous flats and gives them a sense of playfulness that will make them stand out against any backdrop.

So they will, of course, go with basically everything (which you know I absolutely love in a new purchase), but these shoes will also add enough detail and feminine flair to an outfit to give it a real sense of individuality.

sequin fabric flatsComfy and cozy winter accessories don’t have to be boring! For just one day, ditch those very practical snow boots you’ve been wearing to death and try something a little more fun (but still appropriate for winter), like these lovely, soft, and warm sparkly gray flats.

Brighten up those winter basics.

Now is the time of year when we all start to get supremely sick of winter (and rightly so), and yearn for the warmer temps and occasionally sunshiny days of spring. Since we’re not quite there yet – there’s definitely several more weeks of cold, wind, and probably snow ahead – it can help to inject a little of spring’s light and lively attitude into your end-of-winter outfits. Dressing a little differently really can change your mood, and to boost my own, I’ve decided to pair these fabulous and just slightly flashy flats with a bright blue pair of jeans and some classic pieces on top – a white, light, flowing blouse and form-fitting black blazer. The layers keep this ensemble warm enough to wear at the end of February, but the vibrant hue of the pants and airy feeling in the top definitely make this outfit feel like it’s transitioning into springtime and the brighter days ahead.

black blazer, white flowy top, blue pantGive classically cut and tailored wardrobe items a wake-up call, by pairing neutral separates with one solid – but mood-boosting and bright piece – and just a hint of sparkle, for a look that can easily carry you through those last achingly painful weeks of winter.

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?
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PlanetBrandee LIVE from Brooklyn!

Vintage Copper Restoration

Brooklyn Bridge opening graphicPicture that old school kitchen with shiny copper pots and dried, homegrown herbs hanging from the wall. The smell of a delicious meal cooked by someone you love bubbling on the hearth greets your nose as you open the door and walk into the hallway after a long days work. Well, ok, some SOME of that sounds like a Martha Stewart dream state. Reality is more like pizza from Seamless and some sci-fi post work, BUT you can have a LITTLE of the Pinterest American dream if you know where to shop. And I’ve been working on that dream for awhile now. So join me this week as I roll up my sleeves and get down and dirty to make one piece of the NYC dream kitchen puzzle come true. Let’s revitalize old-school vintage copper pots!

Old and dirty copper potIt all started when I found some fantastic vintage French copper pots on ShopGoodwill.com the ecommerce wing of Goodwill NY-NJ.

old copper pan bottom viewOnce I had the beauties in my possession, I realized they were in need of some definite clean up. I try to keep it simple, so I rolled up my sleeves after a grocery store run and got started!

salt and lemonsTo properly clean copper, you’d need a bottle of vinegar, some granulated salt and some fresh lemons. Start by slicing the lemons up in halves, sprinkle the salt over the lemon, and begin to rub the lemon half against the copper’s surface.

copper pan half cleanedAlmost instantly you will see the residue of old dirt and grime lift right off. It’s the Italian in me that loves this chemical FREE and non smelly way of shining these gems back to their original luster. After a good bit of scrubbing and cleaning, you simply towel off and follow up with a vinegar rinse. Towel by hand and buff to a copper penny shine with a soft, dry rag, lo and behold, beautiful results!

cleaned copper potThen, look for the best place to display your new jewel.

And get excited because this type of cleaning also works with anything that is tarnished and grimy: Old silverware, vintage tea sets, etc. They will add a color and character to your home and make it your own. Each piece we find carries its history, a story, sometimes decades of use. They start conversations over them, love infused in them, and that is what makes them unique. In my opinion, this sort of find is much more fascinating than any mall or big box store item. No department store offering can match a 1950’s vintage handcrafted piece of cutlery, worn thin with the adoration of its previous owners, their hands and family stories written on the handles like a language lost, all that fantastic romance lives on in upcycling, and that’s a beautiful thing!

So go forth. Find your treasures, dig them out, and like me, have an adventure traveling to the best places to do so! 

Join my travels as I continue to roam from runway to highway fueling my search for the best food, fun and fashion the world can offer. Till then, see you on the streets! Follow my adventures on Twitter and Instagram! #planetbrandee 

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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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Happy Birthday To Us!

Centennial logoToday marks the 100th year anniversary Goodwill was founded.

Back in 1915, two clergymen from Brooklyn developed the concept of Goodwill to help persons with disabilities and disadvantages achieve self-sufficiency. Instead of receiving charity, people in need earned a living collecting and selling donated clothes and household goods. This is how our retail stores were born.

We kick off our celebration today in our NYC stores. With a purchase of $25, customers will receive a commemorative “Goodwill Centennial” tote bag. Below is a list of today’s participating locations:

Washington Heights Store – 512 West 181st St.
Harlem Store – 2196 5th Ave
Stuyvesant Square Store – 1704 2nd Ave
23rd Street Store – 220 East 23rd St.
79th Street Store – 217 West 79th St.
Chelsea Boutique – 103 West 25th St.
East Harlem Store – 2231 3rd Ave
Bronx Store – 361 East 149th St.
Greenwich Village Boutique – 44 West 8th St.
72nd Street – 157 West 72nd St.

We will continue to announce participating stores throughout the week on our blog and Facebook page.

Stores Update

As we continue to modernize and revamp our stores, we recently closed our Steinway and Bellmore retail locations. To continue getting great deals and bargains check out the following nearby stores:

Massapequa Goodwill
814 Hicksville Road
Massapequa, NY 11758

Van Dam Outlet
47-47 Van Dam Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

23rd Street Goodwill
220 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010

Click here for a complete list of our stores

Donation Update

We have changed our television donation guidelines. We now accept flat screen tv’s and no longer accept tube televisions. Below is an updated list of what Goodwill does and does not accept.

donations do-dont accept list

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
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4 Days of Amazing Sales

Presidents Day 2015On Monday, February 16 celebrate Presidents’ Day at Goodwill. Receive 35% off storewide!

Chinese New Year-2015On Wednesday, February 18 all red items and tags will be 25% off. Happy Chinese New Year!

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 2/13 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:45 am
79th Street Store: Friday 2/13 tickets 8 am; sale 9 am
Bronx Store: Friday 2/13 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
Chelsea Store: Friday 2/13 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 2/14 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 2/14 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 2/14 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 2/14 sale 8 am
Livingston Store: Friday 2/13 tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 2/14 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Washington Heights Store: Saturday 2/14 sale 8 am

Long Island
East Northport Store: Saturday 2/14 tickets 6:30 pm; sale 7 pm
Lake Ronkonkoma Store: Saturday 2/14 tickets 8:30 am; sale 8:45 am
Massapequa Store: Saturday 2/14 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am

Northern New Jersey
Elmwood Park Store: Friday 2/13 tickets 8 am; sale 9 am
Harrison Store: Friday 2/13 tickets 8 am; sale 9 am

Hudson Valley
Wappingers Falls Store: Friday 2/13 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?
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