Goodwill Gems – High-Fashion Summer Footwear

It’s somehow almost July. It still feels like summer has just started—and also like we’re barreling toward the end of it (and sunshine and vacation) way too quickly. So now is the time to really make the most of the season. When you have a beautiful day off but, for whatever crazy reason, aren’t headed to the beach, then it’s time to dress in fun, funky, comfy, and colorful clothes that just scream summer.

But how do you dress your feet when you’ve got on a light, airy, lovely summer ensemble that’s neither super dressy nor totally casual, but falls somewhere in between? Do yourself a favor and skip the flip-flops. Instead, go for some gorgeous grown-up shoes that will make any semi-casual and cute summer outfit look instantly classier. This week’s amazing Goodwill find is a pair of pretty peep toes that’s great for dressing up absolutely any summer outfit—and also perfect for transition from summer into fall (but let’s not think about that too much now). The simple chic styling, classic leather upper, and black-and-grey two-tone color combo is so chic, I can guarantee you’ll get compliments on them as soon as you step out the door. The thick heel is comfier than a stiletto—so you can actually walk around and enjoy your nice summer day in them—and the very practical ankle strap will keep them firmly in place

Just can’t decide what shoes to wear with all your favorite summer wardrobe pieces? Ditch the cheap sandals and pop on these stunning peep-toed heels instead!

No wrong options. These classic, classy heels are full of style, but they’re also in a pretty neutral color palette, so they’re easy to pair with all of summer’s bright colors—whether you like loud, in-your-face neon tones or softer, subtler pastels, these shoes will absolutely stunning alongside your favorite pieces. Here, I’ve chosen a top with some of those really vibrant neon colors, but paired them with a loose black pant, so the whole ensemble doesn’t come off looking brash.  These shoes—with their touch of black underneath but slightly lighter top leather layer—will stand out a bit from the black pant, but won’t fight with the lively neon hues in the top.

There’s no better finishing touch for a fantastically light, loose, fun summer outfit than a stunning pair of high-heeled shoes that show off just enough skin.
There’s no better-finishing touch for a fantastically light, loose, fun summer outfit than a stunning pair of high-heeled shoes that show off just enough skin.

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 – NEW Millennials and Thrifting Part 3

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Special Report Series – Chase Springer

Welcome to part 3 of the @PlanetBrandee series on the millennial mindset and thrifting! We’ll look at the changing face of an entire generation, from fashion, thrifting, to eco-living and no trace left behind cultural mindset! Join me now through July as I interview and chat with Goodwill loving millennials who have embraced the up-cycling lifestyle. From performers, fashion designers and women in tech who love vintage, we’ll be diving into what attracts so many people to the NEW millennial mindset and shopping secondhand.

My third interview is with Chase Springer, a New York based millennial. His work in writing has him wear many hats, and as a creative person he frequents Goodwill and other secondhand sources for inspiration. Join us as we chat in Bushwick, Brooklyn about what it means to be a millennial.

@PlanetBrandee: Chase, firstly, thank you for taking some time today to chat with me about the millennial mindset. You’re a fantastic and creative individual. I think you have a very unique viewpoint on what it means to be living in this particular space assigned to millennial, yes?

Chase Springer: It’s a weird time, and the attention span of the Average American lasts 15 seconds (thanks, Vine!). Being a millennial means dealing with the status quo and trying to fight it and change it.

PB: Agreed, based on my experience working in tech, we’ve got maybe about 6 seconds to win people over these days. It’s hard to feel connected or tuned in with so many virtual and unnecessary swipe left distractions, right?

CS: We’ve over-farmed and over-consumed enough. Being able to put more use into someone else’s trash is an incredible way to lessen the consumer demand for new, destructive productions. Plus the styles of decades past oftentimes far surpass our current trends. So I love the looks I find in thrift stores.

PB: Yes, and it’s easy to see a counter movement happening where people say “hey, I don’t need 3 SUV’s and a double wide townhouse, I don’t need debt. I need experiences, not things.” It’s not just a buzzword trend, it’s becoming a reality for many millennials.

Follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till next time, see you on the streets!!

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ENJOY HOT WINDOW SALES FOR WARM DAYS 6/26-27

We invite you to join Goodwill at one or more of the 12 window sales planned at our stores this weekend.

Visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all to map locations.

Friday, June 26

  • Bronx, 149th St – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • East 23rd Street – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.
  • Elmwood Park – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Harrison, NJ – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, June 27

  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – starts 8 a.m.
  • Elmsford – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Lake Ronkonkoma – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.
  • Paramus – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Rockaway, NJ – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Springfield – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Vestal – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Window 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
  • For store locations, visit our website at here.

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

GUEST BLOGGER SHAUNYA: Hats Off or On?

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Hats get a really bad wrap. It is assumed if you are wearing one, you are having a bad hair day or you are channeling your inner old lady. Hats have become an accessory of necessity and anyone wearing a fun topper is considered eccentric or even worse, a show-off.

Now, let’s get this correct, a cap is one thing a great hat is a work of art. Some of your best hats can be found at your local Goodwill store.

My grandfather was a “hat man”, a long forgotten generation. He also was bald for the entire time I knew him. Wearing a hat was not only a sophisticated accessory, but a way to cover up his lack of hair. He wore traditional hats such as Fedoras, Tribys and Homburgs. And come summertime, he wore a version of the Panama or a straw version of a Fedora. Grandpa was cool; he kept himself sharp an in character.

My summer hat style is an obnoxious broad rim summer hat when I’m on the beach but, on rainy days I throw on a linen fedora that many love. My best hats are “thrifted”, found at local Goodwill’s casted away by family members who don’t understand the treasure and personality a great hat can give you.

Honestly, a hat can make you stand out in a room full of bare heads and can also give you a little pop on a bad hair day.
Whether for religious reasons or a take on personal style, a great hat can be the best way to top off a great outfit.

What’s your hat style?

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

@PlanetBrandee – NEW Millennials and Thrifting Part 2

Special Report Series – Julie Ann Earls

JAEWelcome back to part 2 of @PlanetBrandee 4-part series on the millennial mindset and thrifting! With this continuing series, I’ll be looking at the changing face of an entire generation, from fashion and thrifting to eco-living and no trace left behind cultural mindset. Join me now as I chat with Goodwill loving millennials who have embraced the up-cycling lifestyle. I’ll interview performers, fashion designers and women in tech who love vintage. We’ll be diving into what attracts so many people to the NEW millennial mindset and shopping secondhand.

My second interview is with Julie Ann Earls, a New York City-based millennial actress and singer who performs in video, TV and stage. Like Jeremy from Part 1 of my series, she’s also a creative person who frequents Goodwill and other secondhand sources, so let’s chat with her now about her experiences.

@PlanetBrandee: Julie, first, thank you for taking some time today to chat with me about the millennial mindset, and the importance of it to you! Let’s start off with: What does it mean to you to be a millennial?

@JulieAnnEarls: Thank you for having me Brandee! Well, I think being a millennial means that I am part of a generation of young people whose entrance into “adult life” is somewhat extraordinary compared to that of past generations. With the boom of the Internet, social media, and intelligent technology, it feels like there are more opportunities and possibilities for young people like me than ever before. I can learn how to julienne a carrot by pulling up a video on YouTube (I don’t know how I’d learn to cook if it wasn’t for YouTube!). I connect with someone across the world by the click of a button on Facebook. I track my fitness through a device I wear like a wristwatch. Past generations did not have this kind of access. On the flipside, I think we are still figuring out how to handle this deluge of information. Should 1st graders have iPhones? How can we decrease our carbon footprint? I also think that with great power comes great responsibility.Those in my generation sometimes use these advances for the better, but unfortunately, sometimes for the worst too. I feel a great responsibility to use these advances for good.

@PB: Very insightful. It’s a double-edged sword in many ways in accessibility vs. availability. Given that, what about up-cycling and thrifting appeal to you?

@JAE: I am one of those people who hates to waste things. I hate throwing out food and I try to print double-sided whenever I can. Upcycling and thrifting is great because products and clothes are reused or made into something else that is useful. Sometimes it’s overwhelming to think of all the landfills that have items that are in perfectly fine condition to be reused or recycled into something else. Also, I mean … if I find a fashionable vintage piece in a thrift store, my cool factor goes up like 100 points.

@PB: Yes! Tiny little things are often easier to implement with regularity than big steps, each action helps though, and waste is a huge problem, as is conspicuous consumption. Moving forward, what would you say you’re passionate about?

@JAE: I am passionate about connecting with people. I feel best when I am able to express myself and, in turn, listen to others with my whole heart. I am a singer and actor, and I love to connect with audiences through song and/or through embodying a human experience. I also teach group fitness classes and I enjoy so much giving students the personal attention and care they deserve.

@PB: Music is the universal language, and I love hearing people who dive into that sort of expression. Speaking of expression, if there was one thing about your generation you wish people could know, what would it be?

@JAE: In many ways, I think we are more compassionate than people think, though it may seem that millennials are a group of people who are socially more isolated and distant than ever. We are able to take part in local, national and even global conversations through the Internet. We share our life experiences and learn about life experiences different from our own more than ever before. That can build great compassion for others. It is with that awareness that we can make more informed choices.

@PB: I have to say I feel the same way. The selfie generation is by far the most technically connected, but emotionally unavailable group so far, and on the same hand, at least from personal experience, they’re far more active givers/social listeners. It’s going to be a trek to getting that mingled given our audience reach and armchair activism. But the first steps starts with us! Julie, thank you so much for sharing your outlook and experiences!

@JAE: Thank you!

Join me next week as I continue this 4-part series on the millennial mindset! I’ll be interviewing some fantastic characters here across the country, and right here in New York City, all of whom use Goodwill and secondhand to infuse their sustainable and eco lifestyle. Love the buzzword of millennial? Have feedback? Or just score an amazing #Goodwill find? Let me know! And follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till next time, see you on the streets!!

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DELIGHT DAD WITH MEN’S CLOTHING ON SALE AT GOODWILL FRIDAY

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Pre-Father’s Day Sale – Friday, June 19

Do your Father’s Day shopping at Goodwill 6/19 and get 25% off men’s apparel.

Available while supplies last at all stores except the Van Dam outlet, Fulton, Centereach and East Northport. Window sale items not included.

Eleven Stores Hold Window Sales This Weekend

Friday, June 19

  • Chelsea, 25th St – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • West 79th Street – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Saturday, June 20

  • Binghamton – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • East Harlem, 3rd Ave – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Fairfield – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Greenwich Village, 8th St – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Massapequa – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave. – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Wappingers Falls – starts 8 a.m.
  • Washington Heights, 181st St – starts 8 a.m.
  • West 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

For store locations, visit our website at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all.

Window 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

For store locations, visit our website at here.

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

Goodwill to Close Three Stores

Effective immediately, two Goodwill NY-NJ stores in Long Island and another in Brooklyn will close to the public. But you need not worry. We close some stores as we seek better locations to inaugurate others that will improve your thrift shopping experience! We’ll keep you posted on an opening this summer at a prime New York City location.

For now, here are the details on the current closings:

The Fulton Street Goodwill store in Brooklyn is now closed for sales, but it will accept donations through Sunday, June 28.

The Centereach Goodwill store in Suffolk County in Long Island is now closed for sales, but will still accept donations. We are contemplating to keep part of the store as an attended donation center where you may drop off the clothing and household items you no longer need nor use. Stay tuned for more details!

The East Northport Goodwill store also in Suffolk County is temporarily closed due to renovation. Staff will continue to accept donation during store hours.

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

@PlanetBrandee – NEW Millennials and Thrifting

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Welcome to a new four-part @PlanetBrandee series on the millennial mindset and thrifting. According to the most recent White House report, it’s a fact that millennial’s now represent the largest group in the United States, comprising roughly one-third of the total population. They’re also one of the most diverse, educated and dynamic group in generations. In my new series, we’ll be looking at the changing face of an entire generation, from fashion, thrifting, to eco-living and no trace left behind cultural mindset.

Join me now through July as I interview and chat with Goodwill loving millennials who have embraced the upcycling lifestyle. From performers, fashion designers and women in tech who love vintage, we’ll be diving into what attracts so many people to the NEW millennial mindset and shopping secondhand.

My first interview is with Jeremy Mikush, a Los Angeles based millennial artist and musician working in experimental showcases and live stage performances. His work has been seen all over the globe, from TV to stage. As a creative person he frequents Goodwill and other secondhand sources to develop and make his mind-blowingly colorful costumes and apparel.

@PlanetBrandee: Jeremy, firstly, thank you for taking some time today to chat with me about the millennial mindset and the importance of it to you.

Jeremy Mikush: Thank you Brandee! I love your travel blog and the chance to share new ideas. As to your question on being millennial, to me, it’s having a sense of bringing something truly advanced. Whether it’s through futurist design or an evolving sense of right, it’s time to move forward at a consciously-felt pace with the highest good intentions.

@PB: Agreed. It’s really intriguing how thrifting for me became about recognizing my personal consumption and use of items from a social perspective. Whether clothing or wares, it makes you think “do I really need this?” And that’s relevant now, more than ever.”

JM: Yes, it’s about using what’s available. It’s about sustainability and testing one’s creativity to make something meaningful out of what someone else has already experience. Whether clothing, shoes, or accessories, one can make something unique with it.

PB: Speaking of meaningful, what are you passionate about? What has meaning for you as a millennial?

JM: I’m passionate about love, and I’m passionate about the dynamic balance of individualistic journey and the collective flux-music, harmonious sights and sounds; I love opera and multimedia music-based theater. I love color, light, nature…I’m passionate about human challenges and triumphs of the global human community.

PB: Speaking of journey, you’re a performing artist who has worn many hats-what was your greatest thrifted asset for that work?

JM: I think of myself as someone who does performance. It’s about getting hot deals. So if I thrift some amazing pieces, I save so much money and they have a story behind them. Beautiful vintage jewelry can be so wonderful too—I love strange earrings that look like eyes. One thing that I’m proud of most at the moment: Vintage 1940s mint green toeless pumps with bows on the front. They are sexy and indestructible!

PB: Mint vintage anything sounds fabulous! I’ve found some incredible vintage finds at Goodwill. So, shopping fun aside, what would you say is the greatest challenge for you as a millennial?

JM: Millennials are challenged by a dualism: They are info-smart but sometimes experience-poor. Millennials in the cities are stuck on their technology in hopes of not divulging vulnerability and being looked down upon. We seem to be an awkward mix of nerdy and cool in the cities. I think in small towns and other countries not the U.S., there are many exceptions to this observation, but the group between 18 and 36year-olds are struggling with how to be truly themselves throughout their 20s and into their 30s. Upcycling and thrifting are the easiest ways those in the cities and burbs can attend to our sustainability. I’d say: Move from the creativity we have with thrifting into your home, garden, and use of daily resources. Be conscious of the food you buy and do your best to eat those leftovers. Create those greywater gardens with organic soil and veggies on your stoops and rooftops. Creativity will save the world!

PB: Wise words, reuse, recycle and in general, being a mindful person is a great outlook, especially for lovers of Goodwill and other second hand outlets. Thank you so much for sharing your outlook and experiences.

JM: Thank you, and have fun thrifting!

Join me next week as I continue this 4 part series on the millennial mindset! I’ll be interviewing some fantastic characters here across the country, and right here in New York City, all of whom use Goodwill and secondhand to infuse their sustainable and eco lifestyle. Love the buzzword of millennial? Have feedback? Or just score an amazing #Goodwill find? Let me know! And follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till next time, see you on the streets!!

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

MARCH BY ON FLAG DAY FOR 25% OFF RED, WHITE & BLUE

Flag Day Sale – Sunday, June 14

flagday_atgoodwillGoodwill NY-NJ celebrates Flag Day 6/14 with 25% off red, white and blue items and tags. Available while supplies last at all our stores except the Van Dam outlet, Fulton, Centereach and East Northport.

Window 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

Eleven Stores Hold Window Sales This Weekend

Friday, June 12

  • Bronx, 149th St – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • East 23rd Street – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.
  • Harrison, NJ – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, June 13

  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – starts 8 a.m.
  • Elmwood Park – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Lake Ronkonkoma – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.
  • Paramus – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Rockaway, NJ – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Springfield – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

For store locations, visit our website at here.

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

Sashay Into Summer Travel Season

It Suddenly feels like summer is almost here! Green leaves and grass are all around us and flowers are bursting into bloom—the cold weather feels (finally) officially behind us, and that means that summer, with its longer, warmer days and vacation time are just around the corner.

And to prepare for a season full of both longer treks and weekend trips to more relaxing locals outside the big city, I’ve started the hunt for the perfect carryall bag. It’s a tall order, but luckily, at my local Goodwill thrift, I recently came across a bag that’s just right for all of my summer traveling needs.

This bag is ideal because it’s large enough to hold plenty of clothes, accessories, and even some extra shoes—easily enough space for a week’s worth of supplies—but because this piece’s style makes it easy to throw right over a shoulder and bolt out the door, it would also be a great bag for a weekend getaway (plus, leave a little extra room for souvenirs and gifts to take back home). The rich, cognac-colored faux leather exterior looks chic without being too expensive, and it’s durable—it will hold up well to being tossed around on buses, trains, or planes without getting easily scuffed or damaged. The styling looks something like an old-fashioned satchel, and the interior has both a large main compartment and a few smaller pockets around the sides, making it easy to organize everything—it’s classic and practical and also totally fashionable (and you all know how much I love that combination).

Get ready for summer road trips and spontaneous weekend getaways by selecting the perfect travel bag right now—something like this gorgeous, classically styled satchel with plenty of room for all of your go-to travel gear.
Get ready for summer road trips and spontaneous weekend getaways by selecting the perfect travel bag right now—something like this gorgeous, classically styled satchel with plenty of room for all of your go-to travel gear.

An easy-going ensemble. Nobody wants to be uncomfortable when they travel, but I also don’t want to show up to a new destination looking like I’ve just rolled out of bed. So, comfy and chic travel wear is a must, but certainly not the easiest kind of outfit to throw together. That’s why I almost always go for one of two looks—in the winter, it’s cozy fleece leggings topped with a longish tunic or sweater and my favorite pair of boots. But for summer travel, I often choose a long, flowing dress, like the one pictured here. Going with a maxi length dress means this outfit is incredibly comfortable and will keep me cool, no matter where I’m traveling; shorter dresses can be difficult to deal with when you’re toting luggage, backpacks, etc (no one wants to be constantly shifting around and tugging at a dress to keep it properly in place). But a longer length means that worry is pretty much nonexistent, and while the vibrant tropical print definitely gives this dress a relaxed, laid-back feel, it’s still chic and feminine enough to look appropriate, no matter what part of the world I’m arriving into.

For an easy, comfortable, and still-sophisticated travel ensemble, choose a flowing, airy maxi dress, a favorite pair of sandals, and tote that just won’t quit, like the one spotted this week at my local Goodwill shop.
For an easy, comfortable, and still-sophisticated travel ensemble, choose a flowing, airy maxi dress, a favorite pair of sandals, and tote that just won’t quit, like the one spotted this week at my local Goodwill shop.

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