UBER & GOODWILL® MAKE SPRING CLEANING EASY

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This Saturday, May 2, Uber and Goodwill have partnered together to make donating clothing quick and convenient. With the touch of a button, a driver will come to your house, pick up bags of clothing and deliver them directly to a local donation center. ALL for Free!

You can read more about the initiative here: http://blog.uber.com/springcleaning2015

We would love to see pictures of your donations make sure to use the hashtag #UberSpringCleaning when sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Northern New Jersey Customer Appreciation Sale Plus Weekend Window Sales

Customer Appreciation - April 2015We love every one of our customers and want to say thanks by having a traveling customer appreciation sale. This week the sale travels to its final destination in Northern New Jersey. The sale will take place on Tuesday, April 28. Take 25% off the entire store!

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 4/25 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 4/24 tickets 8 am; sale 9 am
Bronx Store: Saturday 4/25 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am
Chelsea Store: Friday 4/24 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Harlem Store: Saturday 4/25 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 4/25 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Greenwich Village Store: Saturday 4/25 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Livingston Store: Friday 4/24 tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am
Washington Heights Store: Saturday 4/25 sale 8 am

Long Island
Centereach Store: Friday 4/24 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Saturday 4/25 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Lake Ronkonkoma
Store: Saturday 4/25 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Massapequa
Store: Saturday 4/25 tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am

Hudson Valley
Elmsford Store: Saturday 4/25 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am

Capital Region + West
Binghamton Store: Saturday 4/25 sale 9 am
Vestal Store: Saturday 4/25 sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Elmwood Park Store: Saturday 4/25 tickets 8 am; sale 9 am
Harrison
Store: Saturday 4/25 tickets 8 am; sale 9 am
Rockaway Store: Saturday 4/25 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Springfield Store: Saturday 4/25 sale 8:30 am
Paramus Store:
Saturday 4/25 sale 8:30 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

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Stand Tall In Sensational Spring Heels

A new season means new shoes.

Right? Doesn’t every girl think like that? And this week’s gorgeous gem—a pair of stunning high-heeled sandals just right for spring and summer parties—is just the kind of shoe a lady needs to kick off the start of a new season and warmer weather.

This week, I was absolutely thrilled to find such a fabulous wardrobe addition at my local Goodwill thrift shop. Though sassy and statement-making, these sandals actually aren’t going to go out of style anytime soon. The light cork heel makes this footwear that’s totally appropriate for the hot summer months as well as spring, and also keeps them from feeling too over-the-top fancy to wear to everyday affairs. The small platform adds height without adding discomfort, and the cool metal detailing gives them a slightly edgy feel.

black studded heelsGo bold this season with fantastic footwear that’s ladylike, polished, and just a little daring—all at the same time.

Strut with confidence.  

We’re not quite to summer yet, but the unexpectedly chilly days and rain shower of spring don’t have to stop you from creating a striking (and still seasonally appropriate) look. In the summer, these sweet shoes would add a bit of glam and funky fun to a floral sundress or other overly feminine piece from your closet. But right now, you can never go wrong with a pair of stretchy, figure-hugging black pants and a light, breezy, silky blouse in just about any color. It’s appropriate for just about any occasion and still warm enough, with a light jacket, to protect you from that sudden spring chill. It’s simple, easy to wear, and looks good on just about every body type—and with one pair of totally fabulous shoes, you’ll suddenly look polished and put together, just like that.

flowy white top black bottomsClassic pieces are the perfect style partners for a pair of lovely high-heeled, strappy sandals with a bit of a trendy edge.

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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Spring Up Your Wardrobe

Winter to SpringFinally it is spring, like really spring, like sunlight and warm days and flowers blooming. So now it is time to fully embrace your spring wardrobe. Let go of your wools, pack away those sweaters and bring life and harvest to the season of warmer weather and longer days.

How do you spring your wardrobe to life both, literally and figuratively?

First step is to understand that there is still a chance that we will get another deep freeze. So, heavy coats can go to the storage. Now, don’t put everything away, spring still has chilly mornings, warm days and cold nights. This is when you bring your lighter outerwear to the front of your closet. Your denim jackets, trench coat, and blazers will now be your outerwear. And bring a scarf just in case; a silk one adds a touch of chic.

A hat is still cute, but no more wool beanie. Wear a dapper lighter-weight fedora, a leather cap, or even a floppy hat, especially for a morning walk. Toss the gloves off, let your fingers breath. The chances of frostbite are low now, especially in New York. What else can we store away to bring life into our Spring attire? Oh yes, snow boots- hide them, but keep your funky ankle booties until right before Memorial Day.

Lighten up not only with the layers, but with color. Either go for Marsala, an Earthy reddish brown which is flattering on everyone, or try bold jewel tones that radiate an aura of enthusiasm. Yellow is one of the most approachable colors in the world. Pink represents femininity but a man can be just as dapper in blush.

This past winter was rough on us mentally, physically and fashionably. Let’s really embrace and capture spring by having the wardrobe to match the outdoors.

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

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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Do-It-Yourself Earth Day Projects

Earth Day April 22Earth Day is right around the corner, and we want to stop and thank you all for helping us keep 112 million pounds of unwanted goods out of landfills in 2014. Your donations not only help sustain our resources but the revenue generated helps people right here in your community by aiding individuals to eventually become independent, inspiring the youth and strengthening families.

Wonder how you can celebrate Earth Day? This is the perfect time to do some fun projects with those you love. Grab your friends, family, kids and pets! Below are some examples of super easy do-it-yourself crafts that involve recycling items you can find right in your home.

cardboard roll starter planterns

cardboard tube planternwine cork keychains

wine cork keychainplastic bottle and yarn light fixtures

bottle and yarn light fixtureFor more cool ideas, visit our #EarthDay Pinterest board.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
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Capital District and Broome County Special Sale Plus Weekend Window Sales

Customer Appreciation - April 2015We love every one of our customers and want to say thanks by having a traveling customer appreciation sale. This week the sale travels to the Capital District and Broome County. The sale will take place on Tuesday, April 21. Take 25% off the entire store!

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 4/17 tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:45 am
Fulton Store: Saturday 4/18 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 4/18 sale 8 am
Livingston Store: Friday 4/17 tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am
Stuyvesant Store: Saturday 4/18 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Hudson Valley
Wappingers Fall Store: Saturday 4/18 sale 9 am

Northern New Jersey
Fairfield Store: Saturday 4/18 sale 8:30 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
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Bold Bangles and Graphic Statements

Everyone wants to make a statement.

And not just any statement – the right one. Clothing and accessories say a lot about what and who we want to present to the world, and that’s why finding plenty of pretty (and professional) options at a decent price is so important to so many of us – myself included.

This week, I was so excited to find a really stunning piece at my local Goodwill thrift shop. This bracelet looks far pricier than it actually was (a mere 5 bucks!), and the dark slate gray metal is sophisticated, but will also easily go with just about everything in my wardrobe, including items for both winter and spring – since we’re still sort of stuck in that in-between phase. The mix of larger, heavier-looking chains with more delicate ones gives this edgy accessory just enough feminine flair, and the stretchy band the chains are attached to will easily fit any wrist, making this item both pretty and practical.

layered chain braceletAdd a bit of boldness and an edgy feel to your favorite spring ensembles with a cool and slightly daring accessory choice, like this layered chain bracelet.

Don’t let Mother Nature get the best of you!

Since the weather is still a bit up and down and entirely unpredictable, I often find myself pairing winter pieces – like a classic and always classy pair of black pants – with lighter spring attire, like this silky teal blouse. The pop of color and lightweight fabric on top makes this outfit feel totally appropriate for spring, but the black pants ensure I don’t look like I’ve gotten ahead of myself and started dressing for summer way too early – plus, they’re suitable for work, play, and absolutely everything else. The stark contrast between the black on the bottom and bright pop of color on top gives this outfit an eye-catching, graphic appeal that will never fail to impress – and of course, this week’s gorgeous gem of a find, just adds to the whole striking look.

bold pink cat eye glassesEven a bold outfit can use a added bit of glamour! Don’t be afraid to go big by pairing a bold accessory with an already eye-catching ensemble.

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

Latest Where The Goodwill Goes Post:
Register Your Children for Goodwill’s Free Summer Camp

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