NYC Sanitation offers one-time curbside textile collection

NYC Sanitation offers one-time curbside textile collection

Responsibly recycle your unwanted clothing and textiles through this one-time Pilot Program

Monday, September 28 through Saturday, October 31, 2015 in designated districts only.

  • Week beginning 10/5: The Bronx – Community Board 8

(Includes Riverdale, Fieldston)

  • Week beginning 10/19: Queens – Community Board 11

(Includes Bayside, Auburndale, Oakland Gardens, Douglaston, Little Neck)

  • Week beginning 10/26: Brooklyn – Community Board 11

(Includes Bath Beach, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Mapleton)

Goodwill NYNJ will re-purpose or recycle.

Learn how to participate and what items are accepted at on.nyc.gov/textile-collection-pilot

OCTOBER OPENS WITH 2 WINDOW SALES THIS WEEK

We invite you to join Goodwill at one of the two window sales planned at our stores Thursday and Saturday.

For other store locations, visit our website

Thursday, October 1

  • Jersey City – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.

Saturday, October 3

  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:45 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.

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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LAURENS GOODWILL GEMS: Flirty and Fun … And Just Right for Right Now

Flirty and Fun … And Just Right for Right Now

Well…it’s somehow basically October already. Which, as much as I hate to admit it, means it’s going to be Christmas before we know it! And I guess that’s why I feel like I need to totally resist big sweaters and dark fall colors – I’m just not ready. I want to hold onto every last drop of sunshine and warmth as long as I possibly can.

That’s why this week’s gorgeous Goodwill find made me so, so happy. These pretty, patterned heels are still appropriate for warmer, sunny autumn days, but with a peep toe and a bold floral print, they definitely feel bright, happy, and like the exact opposite of winter wear. So they’re pretty much everything I need in an accessory right now.

Super feminine, flirty, and totally fun, these fabulous floral high heels are the absolute best way to say goodbye to a beautiful summer and sunny days in style.

Very vibrant, very versatile.  Just as good as all that is the fact that this oh-so-pretty print of big, bright flowers comes on a black backdrop, so you can wear these lovely, ladylike shoes with just about anything you could wear a pair of standard black heels with.  They’re the perfect pop of fashion-forward fun, whether your fall uniform is jeans and black or white tee, or skinny black pants and fun, vibrantly colored top (and yes, those are pretty much my go-to options on busy days… which, of course in the city, are all of the days). Shoes are such an easy to way to add an extra layer to any outfit, and these adorable, detailed heels are just the kind of accessory every stylish urban lady should have on call in her wardrobe.

Not quite ready for fall layers and cooler weather? Make the most of warmer, sunnier fall days and resist as long as you possibly can, by pairing classic fall wardrobe staples with fun, slightly more summery accessories, like these pretty floral peep-toe heels.
Not quite ready for fall layers and cooler weather? Make the most of warmer, sunnier fall days and resist as long as you possibly can, by pairing classic fall wardrobe staples with fun, slightly more summery accessories, like these pretty floral peep-toe heels.

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

GOODWILL’S KINGSTON STORE CELEBRATES NEW LOOK 9/24

GOODWILL’S KINGSTON STORE CELEBRATES NEW LOOK 9/24

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The remodeling is done, and Kingston Goodwill is ready to celebrate. Join us tomorrow at 10 a.m. for:

  • Gift card drawings
  • Refreshments
  • Lots of new merchandise

Kingston Store Remodel Party – Thursday, September 24, starting 10 a.m.

Kingston Store & Donation Center

1306 Ulster Avenue

Kingston, NY 12401

P: (845) 336-3303

Regular Hours:

Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Thursday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

DROP BY OUR WINDOW SALES 9/25-27

We invite you to join Goodwill at one or more of the 22 window sales planned at our stores this weekend.

For other store locations, visit our website

Friday, September 25

  • Bronx, 149th St – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Chelsea, 25th St – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • East 23rd Street – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.
  • Elmwood Park – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Harrison, NJ – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • West 79th Street – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Saturday, September 26

  • Binghamton – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – starts 8 a.m.
  • East Harlem, 3rd Ave – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Elmsford – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 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.
  • Jersey City – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Lake Ronkonkoma – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.
  • Massapequa – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 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.
  • Vestal – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Washington Heights, 181st St – starts 8 a.m.
  • West 14th Street – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.

Sunday, September 27

  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9:15 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.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.

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

GUEST BLOGGER SHAUNYA: 3 Things You Need to Wear Pre-Fall

3 Things You Need to Wear Pre-Fall

This time of the year can really create havoc when you are getting dressed. Mercury is in retrograde in your wardrobe. On one hand, our mornings are crisp and cool, midday is warm and evenings can get downright chilly. So, how do you dress for that? Making sure that you don’t overheat during the day or freeze in the evening is tricky, very tricky.  There is a solution. Actually, there are three solutions to add to your wardrobe that will make you look chic. They are both great for cozy or chilly temperatures.

A Cascade Cardigan

cascadesweaterThe cascade cardigan, also known as the open cardigan, provides just the right layer to the body. It covers the parts of your body that can get cold this time of the year. These cardigans are usually longer in the back and have no closure, allowing your body to still regulate temperature and not get to warm if you close it.

The Cotton button down Shirt

buttondownsCotton is an amazing fabric that allows your body to breathe, unlike synthetics, which usually only retain heat. A crisp cotton button down gives you a classic look without looking frumpy.

The Infinity scarf

An infinity scarf is just the right accessory to stay warm and look cool. Slightly heavier than a silk scarf and much lighter than the ones worn in the winter. People get cold in weird ways but covering your neck really keeps your core temperature at a decent level.  An infinity scarf wraps around your neck and stays in a position that won’t let you lose it.

There you go folks! I think you are covered. So head out and get these three pieces and stay cool and chic this fall.

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’s 4 TOP Tips for a fun, fresh and rainbow filled party!

@PlanetBrandee’s 4 TOP Tips for a fun, fresh and rainbow filled party!

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This week’s blog is a funky, fresh and exciting video-filled journey over the rainbow! I’ll highlight a FAB bunch of great videos featuring my end of summer Prism themed party. With DIY info on how to dip dye colorful chairs, make fringy dreams come true, AND even some eye candy sprinkles for a gorgeous cake for your next amazing soiree. We are so ready to rock the glue gun like a BOSS!

So get your rainbow colored party ON already! Take a trip with us on the magic carpet of YouTube and discover some FUN and FRESH ways to decorate.

The TOP 4 Tips for a fun, fresh and rainbow filled party.

First up: the awesome ladies at Brit & Co rock the rainbow like whoa!

We found some super sweet tissue paper in the Housewares section at Goodwill. We are stoked to try this when we get home!

Next up on the fun DIY rainbow party circuit is pom-pom good times:

Um, YES! I love getting crafty. My crew is beyond the moon at the idea of sitting down on some espresso to make the decorations really pop. And speaking of crafty, how would you like some colorful party favors that are mad on point AND punchy? Then look at the photo below and feast on a way to get your hands dirty and make guests super happy they trekked to your loft.

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And lastly, after snagging some sprinkles at the local bakery and whipping up some loving confections with the gang, we’re doing this super fun DIY sprinkle cake. We even scored a SWEET Fenton style cake stand at Goodwill for $19.99 which is awesome considering online they go for over $60. SCORE!

Here’s the tutorial for that killer cake pictured in our crafty photo collage.

So grab a quick color run in at Goodwill, trek through the indigo, red and pinks of your life and embrace HAPPY! Follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!!

COME TO OUR CHELSEA BOUTIQUE NY FASHION WEEK SILENT AUCTION 9/19

COME TO OUR CHELSEA BOUTIQUE NY FASHION WEEK SILENT AUCTION 9/19

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 11.59.48 AMGoodwill will celebrate Fashion Week on Saturday, September 19, with a silent auction of some very special high-fashion items at our Chelsea boutique. Starting bids range from $20 to $250. Bidding will begin at 12 noon and close at 4, when the winning bids will be announced. You need not be present to win. The merchandise is in the window now, if you want to drop by in advance to see it.

Included are:

  • Item 1 – Leather camel-color trio cross body bag with three detachable compartments with snaps
  • Item 2 – Vintage leopard coat with pony hair collar, size medium
  • Item 3 – Suede purse with chain link strap in coral with black patent leather trim
  • Item 4 – Victor Shvaiko “Dinner at la Cave” painting, 27/100
  • Item 5 – Women’s leather blazer in maroon, size 4
  • Item 6 – Vintage red leather “holiday” suitcase
  • Item 7 – White leather cross body “happy” bag with chain link strap with ribbon detail
  • Item 8 – Silver chain with silver flower pendant necklace
  • Item 9 – Vintage open-toe white high heels with white leather bow, size 40 (U.S. 9)
  • Item 10 – Pink and blue double-knit floral print dress with silk lining, size 44 (U.S. 12/14)

Goodwill Chelsea boutique and donation center:

103 West 25th Street

New York, NY 10001

Phone 646-638-1725

Seven Stores Hold Window Sales This Weekend

Friday, September 18

  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:15 a.m.

Saturday, September 19

  • East Northport – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Greenwich Village, 8th St – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Paramus – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Avenue – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Wappingers Falls – starts 8 a.m.
  • West 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

For store locations, visit our website.

Reminder: 14th Street Boutique Opens Thursday

Goodwill’s new 14th Street boutique and donation center will hold its grand opening this Thursday, September 17, at 10 a.m. The event at 7 West 14th Street (off 5th Avenue) in Manhattan features drawings for gift cards; a celebration of Fashion Week, Goodwill style; and a DJ.

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

LAURENS GOODWILL GEMS: It’s Fall, Y’all!

We’ve already hit mid-September! (How, exactly, did that happen so quickly?) The first official day of fall is still about a week away, but the weather is already changing – cooler nights, breezier days, and some grayer, rainier afternoons mean it’s already time to start mixing in those autumn basics and beloved pieces from previous years.

Borrow from student styles of yore. Yes, it is important (I honestly can’t stress how important), to dress appropriately for your age. There is, however, nothing wrong with borrowing from a previous generation’s trends or putting a chicer twist on a style someone younger than you is rocking – which is exactly why I am totally in love with these crazy-cute loafers I recently spotted at my local Goodwill thrift shop. They’re the perfect fall piece for any younger lady who’s no longer of school age, but isn’t anywhere near getting into grandma territory. They’re classic, comfy, and not super feminine – but they’re easy to wear with everything from super-girly dresses to more masculine suits and separates. They toy with the idea of retro, back-to-school fashion, but the sporty fringe and tassels are fun and reminiscent of golf shoes. These brown leather stunners, however, look nothing like an old man’s favorite shoe – the detailing over the tops of the toes give these flats a polished and ladylike air that’s sure to look spectacular with any number of outfits.

Androgynously chic, these cool shoes play off the differences between masculine and feminine to create a very distinctive and totally one-of-a-kind addition to your fall wardrobe.
Androgynously chic, these cool shoes play off the differences between masculine and feminine to create a very distinctive and totally one-of-a-kind addition to your fall wardrobe.

Easy to work in every way. These sweet and chic shoes don’t need much else to look fantastic, and they’ll easily pair with any number of pieces and styles. The best thing to do is to keep it simple, so that these understated (but totally sophisticated) shoes can really stand out. Try them on with a pair of perfectly fitting jeans and a traditional – but always flattering – white tee-shirt. Or, keep a more formal ensemble from looking too prim and boring by tossing them on with a sure-to-impress pinstripe suit or subtly patterned blazer and button-down. Whatever you choose, keep it classic, simple, and fit to your body – with such an unassuming, but always-in-style backdrop of classic pieces, these sweet shoes are sure to take center stage – and make you look absolutely fabulous in the process.

Walk the line between masculine and feminine with fun, funky flats with a borrowed-from-the-boys feel and androgynous but form-fitting and figure-flatting classic items from your wardrobe.
Walk the line between masculine and feminine with fun, funky flats with a borrowed-from-the-boys feel and androgynous but form-fitting and figure-flatting classic items from your wardrobe.

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

@PlanetBrandee LIVE from Fashion Week in NYC 2015 PART 1

Don’t have a #NYFW pass? No worries, here are some tips

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 4.26.03 PMAnother year, another Fashion Week! From runways filled with yoga teachers to the zany backstage antics, I’m strapped into the rocket pack that is #NYFW. I hope you’ve kept your best outfits at the ready for this awesome combination of big brands and street style moments.

So jump on board the crazy train with me and let’s get into this new 2-part @PlanetBrandee series on Fashion Week here in New York City!

According to a 2012 analysis by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, CFDA reports some comprehensive stats: “New York Fashion Week’s yearly economic impact includes about $547 million in direct visitor spending. For a little relevance, CFDA says “that’s more than the 2014 Super Bowl, the New York City Marathon and the two-week U.S. Open tennis tournament. Over 900 fashion companies have their headquarters in New York City. Of the 180,000 jobs here, 16,000 are in manufacturing and growing. In total, the New York industry fashion pays about $11 billion in wages, generating nearly $2 billion in tax revenue each year.” And a lot of that highlights the fact that this city is a driving epicenter for this spectacular event.

“New York leads the way for the American fashion industry,” said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb. “It is the major engine behind the $350 billion apparel Industry that employs 4 million workers, which is 3 million more than the car manufacturers – – and more than the U.S. video game industry, fast food industry, and beverage industry.” Incredible stats that not only show the work here has long term impact, but also is a source for local communities as well.

With a growing 250,000+ people attending Fashion Week in New York City on the average, pumping over millions of dollars into the local economy with hotels, fabulous parties and the sheer model mania that takes over the city in a storm of couture fever, it can be overwhelming. But fear not, here we have some ah, more budgeted ideas for street style and how to show up with your A-game even if you don’t have a backstage pass like yours truly!

One of the first places we’ll be heading is to the ultra fun Refinery 29 destination in Brooklyn! Set in a Brooklyn warehouse, their “creation spans across (you guessed it) 29 individual rooms, each curated by a hand-picked selection of our favorite partners and artists. According to R29 be sure to “look out for a polka-dotted confetti tornado celebrating Minnie Mouse, an ode to literary heroines created with Nordstrom Rack, an Old Navy DIY denim workshop, a PUMA and SIX:02 stop-motion projection project, and a mysterious “cabinet of curiosities” made with Fossil.” All of which is open to any fashionista who braces those Jeffrey Campbell wedges with a Brooklyn subway ride.

And also, feel free to literally stand the streets outside the event itself and take in the insanity that is the creative style explosion! From sequins to Dolce inspired tiaras, it’s a hot, beautiful mess worth Instagramming like a champ.

So where will you go? And more importantly, what Goodwill gem will you wear?! Whether it’s the Lauren Conrad obsessed, or the Marc Jacobs sequins madness from this week, get your grind on and join me next week as I continue this 2 part NYFW special! Love the buzzword of #NYFW? Have a funny NYFW? 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!!

New Goodwill Boutique Will Open Downtown Manhattan on Sep. 17

New Goodwill Boutique Will Open Downtown Manhattan on Sep. 17

Doors will open to the public after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 17.

Join the Goodwill-style Fashion Week NYC celebration with DJ spinning the best music on opening day. Come early and get the best selection!

Union Square Goodwill boutique:
7 West 14th Street (just West of Fifth Avenue), Manhattan, NY 10011

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For other store locations, visit our website

14 Stores Hold Window Sales This Weekend

Friday, September 11th

  • East 23rd Street – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • West 79th Street – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Bronx, 149th St – tickets 7:45 a.m.; 8 a.m.
  • Harrison, NJ – 8 a.m.; 9 a.m.

Saturday, September 12th

  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – 8 a.m.
  • East Harlem, 3rd Ave – 8:15 a.m.; 8:30 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – 8:45 a.m.; 9 a.m.
  • Lake Ronkonkoma – 8:30 a.m.; 8:45 a.m.
  • Massapequa – 7:45 a.m.; 8 a.m.
  • Elmsford – 8:30 a.m.; 9 a.m.
  • Jersey City –  7:45 a.m.; 8 a.m.
  • Elmwood Park – 8:30 a.m.; 8:30 a.m.
  • Springfield – 8:30 a.m.; 8:30 a.m.
  • Rockaway, NJ – 8:30 a.m.; 9:30 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.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.

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

@PlanetBrandee – Thriftness

@PlanetBrandee – Thriftness

The Power of reusing and recycling

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 1.59.13 PMListen: Life is a lot like a treasure hunt. We go searching and ambling through adventures, under rocks and over mountains, seeking the moment when it all suddenly comes together in a wild revelatory splash of WOW! Sometimes we get it, and sometimes, well, we don’t. So on those days when it’s not so “Wow!” I highly suggest slapping on your big kid boots and going thrifting.

Yes. I said thrifting.

Why you ask?

Well, for one, you’re reusing and recycling, which in and of itself is a powerful thing. Each year, consumers throw out and discard literally TONS of clothing, housewares and textiles. In fact, the average American throws away about 65 pounds of clothing per year. Along with other textiles that get tossed, like sheets and bedding, the total comes out to 14.3 million tons of textile waste per year. Thrifting saves items from a landfill and makes you feel a little better about your day.

So get inspired already! Take a trip with me on the magical interwebs and discover some FUN and FRESH ways to reuse what you find on the racks and floor at Goodwill NYNJ. Here’s a proverbial laundry list of inspo below – share your favorite and post pics of your own DIY recycle project.

221 Upcycling Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind – try diving into this hack list of ways to reuse everyday items you find around the house. Or read this super cool list of 30 ways to recycle your stuff! Or how about:  50 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things.

And if that’s not enough, consider just downsizing as an art form. Take a moment to listen to this fab TED talk with the very queen of organization, the enchanting Marie Kondo. Her book is a MUST have if you have a habit of collecting but not using, so slate this for your next coffee break and tune in.

From the recycling bin to the closet, you’re STILL meaning to clean out before the fall season. Get inspired! Clean out that summer closet, and start prepping for your fall wardrobe.

Follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!!

Note from the editor:

Last year, Goodwill NYNJ helped residents keep more than 112 million pounds of unwanted but still usable clothing and household goods out of local landfills.