@PlanetBrandee Plaid for YOUR LIFE!

@PlanetBrandee Plaid for YOUR LIFE!

Yes, it says Plaid for YOUR LIFE! So that probably means we’re diving into patterned drama and serving up Sherlock Holmes Scotland Detective realness. But plaid has a history, here as noted via Bustle: “Though many of us may want to impose a plaid embargo on our most hipster-adjacent friends, tartan was actually literally forbidden in Britain during the 18th century. The fabric’s rebel uniform association with the Scottish Rebellion of 1745 against the union of Scotland and England, making tartan prohibited in the country for nearly half a century under the Dress Act. The print didn’t really resurface again until 1782, when plaid became legal, and it became in vogue to wear plaid gowns to formal occasions.

Wait, so this isn’t just for mason-jar, kombucha-drinking hipsters? YES! Grab your shopping bags. Let’s get “renegade” in plaid with our three fav sections of Goodwill: house wares AND Clothes/Shoes.

HOUSEWARES for your LIFE:

Plaid is one of those kitchsy houseware patterns (plastic geese anyone?!) that can be simultarously super cute AND super blech. So be mindful when you curate. Classic thermoses on EBay are going for big change dollar these days. So mix it up with a Goodwill sourced plastic house ware or the unbreakable melamine from the 70’s. And plaid throw blankets? Hello: timeless!

CLOTHES and SHOES for DAYS:

I am just going to leave you with this little #fashion mantra: Plaid NEVER dies! Seriously, it’s in capelets, ponchos, galoshes, you name it. And I’ve trekked everywhere in NYC and across the country, and this recessionista was never surprised to see whether it’s SOHO or South Boise, plaid lives on. Score a sweet blazer in the menswear department and tailor it to nip the waist. Excellent!

So in closing: What’s your #plaiddream? Is it a tablecloth under your holiday party ware? Maybe a swinging 60’s cocktail dress? Send us your pics and share comments below until next time, see you on the streets!

MOONLIGHT MADNESS 50%-OFF EVENING SALE 10/30

GOODWILL’S LONG ISLAND STORES INVITE YOU TO

MOONLIGHT MADNESS 50%-OFF EVENING SALE 10/30

Moonlight Madness – Friday, October 30, 8-11 p.m.

moonlightmadnessli2015Goodwill’s Long Island stores will celebrate Halloween the night before with a special sale. Visit us 10/30 from 8-11 p.m. and get 50% off storewide.

Goodwill East Northport Store

1900 Jericho Turnpike

East Northport, NY 11731

631-462-4219

Goodwill Lake Ronkonkoma Store

585 Portion Road

Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

631-588-3801

Goodwill Massapequa Store

814 Hicksville Road

North Massapequa, NY 11758

516-795-0237

LOOK FOR US AT A LOCAL STREET FAIR

  • The Howling 2 at Village store – Halloween activities & trick or treating, Friday October 30th
  • Madison Avenue Halloween Fair, Saturday, October 31, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Exact location on Madison Avenue is between 43rd & 44th Streets

DROP BY OUR WINDOW SALES 10/28-31

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

For store locations, visit our website

Wednesday, October 28

  • Harrison, NJ – tickets 5:30 p.m.; starts 6 p.m.
  • West 14th Street – tickets 5:45 p.m.; starts 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 29

  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.

Friday, October 30

  • 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 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:15 a.m.

Saturday, October 31

  • East Harlem, 3rd Ave – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Harrison, NJ – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Rockaway, NJ – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Vestal – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Washington Heights, 181st St – starts 8 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

Laurens Goodwill Gems: Chain, Chain, Chain

Chain, Chain, Chain

Think you have to wear lots of glitz and glitter to look like a lady? It’s an idea that’s ingrained into us all from a pretty early age, but the truth is, if you want to look like a classy, polished, adult lady, lots of glitter and sequins can sometimes have the opposite effect – go overboard and you can end up looking like a middle school nightmare rather than the glamorous woman you’d hoped.
An easy solution to that terrible problem? Forgo the glitter once in awhile – not always, but once in awhile – and sport a simpler kind of bangle that still looks cool and trendy, and will definitely not get you mistaken for an overdressed tween. Basic chain jewelry has been making a comeback recently and I’m so on board with this new fad – it’s unpretentious and easy to pull off, but also somehow stunning. And luckily, my local thrift has had an abundance of gorgeous chains on display lately, so I was able to spot a couple of great options to go with just about any kind of outfit. A simple silver strand, with just one long piece made up of shiny links strung together, is so easy to wear it really should be a staple in any girl’s wardrobe – you can literally throw this necklace on with absolutely anything you own. On the right, a more complicated, layered piece in a darker brass metal is equally fun to wear and will pair well with dressier looks.

Two stylish options from one basic accessory idea – chains are an impactful way to add a bit of subtle glam to any outfit, and there are so many ways to do it, you’re sure to find an option that suits your own personal style and existing wardrobe pieces – and your budget!
Two stylish options from one basic accessory idea – chains are an impactful way to add a bit of subtle glam to any outfit, and there are so many ways to do it, you’re sure to find an option that suits your own personal style and existing wardrobe pieces – and your budget!

Dress them up or down – you really can’t lose. I always love an accessory that it’s impossible to wear in any “wrong” way – not that you can really wear anything wrongly as long as you wear it with attitude – which is one reason I was so excited when I spotted these chain necklaces at my local Goodwill recently. And just to show you how easy these metal chain necklaces are to wear, I’ve chosen two outfits to pair them with this week – two dresses, one more casual but still work-appropriate, the other a little fancier and fit for more formal occasions. The essentially neutral metal materials of the accessories mean either chain would really pair just fine with either ensemble. But in my mind, the long, simple silver chain would look just perfect with the gray knit dress, while the bronze layered chain would look divine with the turquoise dress – the layers are ideally suited to sit right in the v-neck. With some black tights and ankle booties or heels and a messy up-do, both of these looks are ready to impress in a flash!

Looking gorgeous and classy doesn’t always have to mean lots of sparkle and sequins. Try a new – and very posh approach – but pairing minimalist metal chain necklaces with your favorite dresses.
Looking gorgeous and classy doesn’t always have to mean lots of sparkle and sequins. Try a new – and very posh approach – but pairing minimalist metal chain necklaces with your favorite dresses.

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 – Boots. Cowls. Pumpkin Spice evveerrrrything!

@PlanetBrandee – Boots. Cowls. Pumpkin Spice evveerrrrything!


Listen: Boots. Cowls. Pumpkin Spice errrrything! Do you know what time it is my wide brimmed wearing fashionistas? It’s OCTOBER! So collars up and trenches OUT! Fall is back on the streets of NYC and I’m back in the saddle to bring you the Fall 2015 Trend Report!

From crushed velvet overalls to The Joker inspired leggings, Fall 2015 is serving up a fuzzy, plush mix of fashion influences. So how does one wear moto tough leather jackets with a vintage turban? Or find the perfect head to toe denim Canadian tuxedo? By rooting through your local Goodwill’s racks and belting on some items I’m fairly certain are already in that full closet of yours!

The easiest way to dip into chilly temps is with a bit of fluff! Whether it’s faux or fo’ real, you’ll find some great staples at Goodwill. I found a vintage jacket and deconstructed the fur collar, which lent itself perfectly to be layered over a charming cash sweater. Also, if the collar on your jacket is not destined to be a full wrap, it’s easy to save a corner, glue it on a keychain and use a handbag charm, which if you have your eyes peeled is ALL OVER the city! If you’re super handy, check out this awesome Thanks, I made It! DIY tutorial on making one yourself!

If you don’t fancy the fuzz, stay neutral in some up cycled overalls paired with a chunky wedge for appropriate funk vs fall appeal. And if none of this sounds like fun yet, aim for that classic Catskills with a long swing coat and high waisted tweed pants alongside a laid back creamy corded sweater, all of which layers perfectly for ups and downs of Manhattan’s moody weather lately.

So grab your cowls, bundle up in your best Hans Solo boots and follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!

 

GET FRAMED ART & WALL DECOR SUNDAY AT GOODWILL’S EAST NORTHPORT STORE

GET FRAMED ART & WALL DECOR SUNDAY AT GOODWILL’S EAST NORTHPORT STORE

East Northport Art & Wall Decor Bonanza – Sunday, October 25, starts 10 a.m.

East Northport Goodwill is pulling from a huge backstock of framed art and wall decor to delight Long Island customers this Sunday. The art sale begins at 10 a.m. and will continue for as long as supplies last.

Goodwill East Northport Store
1900 Jericho Turnpike
East Northport, NY 11731
631-462-4219

DROP BY OUR WINDOW SALES 10/22-27

We invite you to join Goodwill at one or more of the 20 window sales planned at our stores this week.
Visit our website to map locations.

Thursday, October 22

  • Rockaway, NJ – tickets 3:30 p.m.; runs 4-9 p.m.

Friday, October 23

  • 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.
  • West 79th Street – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Lake Ronkonkoma – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, October 24

  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – starts 8 a.m.
  • Elmsford – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Fairfield – tickets 8 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.
  • New Rochelle – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Paramus – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Springfield – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • West 14th Street – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • West 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • East Northport – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Massapequa – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.

Tuesday, October 27

  • West 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 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

Why I’ve been MIA from Thrifting

Why I’ve been MIA from Thrifting


I’m about to make a confession: I haven’t thrifted in about four months! That is, oh so rare to me. Even most recently, with the Columbus Day holiday and tons of thrift store having sales, I didn’t get around to it. Is it thrift fatigue, have I maxed out on vintage or is something deeper or darker? What could it be that has curved my love of thrift? I thought long and hard and here are a few reasons.

My Wardrobe is Maxed Out

I looked around my closet the other day and can honestly tell you that I will always have something to wear. Like for any and every occasion – I’m covered! Thrifting has allowed me to collect gowns for that Oscar Party of my dreams or outfits for great special occasions. I’ve got scene stealers that lead to epic visions as well as just cute tops for brunch with friends. If someone tells me they don’t have anything to wear, I go into my vault of clothing and throw them a few options. “Here’s a solution,” I’ll say.

Waiting on the Big Thrill

That’s it, I’m waiting on the next big thrill thrift. The big thrill is the thrifted item that is so amazing you have to tell everyone as soon as you get it. It’s the sequin trench coat, the mythical Chanel jacket you found in a bin for $5, the cashmere cape or the velvet gown from a mysterious French dressmaker. I’ve thrifted so much and in so many places that I am starting to buy some of the same things. I forget I already own it or amazed that there is more than one of something. In the words of BB King, “maybe the thrill is gone?”

Timing is Everything

Me and my credit cards hibernate in the warmer months. Summer and spring clothes get equal attention, but living in NY makes me not the hugest fan of shopping when it’s hot and humid. I love coats and sweaters and jackets, I’m a fall baby. I forget about shopping on June and July.

Inventory Low

No one really likes to clean out their closet during the summer. I know I don’t want to, so usually inventory is blah. Maybe a scattering of things, but the big ticket items, the humdingers like coats etc. those usually come out in the fall. And then they just keep coming until around Memorial Day.

There you have it, my analysis of why I’ve been MIA from my local Goodwill.

I do know that this weekend maybe will be the day to get some thrifting done. It’s after a holiday so stores should be less crowded, many have stored their clothing and done closet purges, and the air is super crisp. It’s the perfect storm and the perfect time to start thrifting.

More Halloween and promotion events coming up!

More Halloween and promotion events coming up!

Halloween Story-Telling Special at East Harlem

After the success of the first Story-telling at the Harlem Goodwill store last Saturday, kids and their parents asked for more! So Goodwill NYNJ is now bringing Story-Telling to East Harlem.

Saturday, October 17, 12 noon-3 p.m.
The event features book reading, face-painting and a Halloween movie screening. Open to kids of all ages!

Goodwill East Harlem Store:
2231 Third Avenue (at 121st Street)
New York, NY 10035
P: (212) 410-0973

 

Boutique Specials at Manhattan Street Fairs Start Sunday, October 18th!

The first of three Fall Goodwill On The Street fares will take place tomorrow in Greenwich Village. We’ll offer boutique and other quality items for sale.

Sunday, October 18 – Greenwich Village Fair
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Greenwich Avenue from 7th to 8th Avenue

For more information and to learn about upcoming street fares go to http://www.goodwillnynj.org/streetfair

 

JEWELRY Extravaganza at GOODWILL’S MASSAPEQUA STORE in Long Island

We have a treat for you in Long Island! Come to our all-day Jewelry Blitz at our Massapequa store. The special jewelry sale will begin at 9:30 a.m. until supplies last. Some jewelry will be sold in bags and other items will be sold individually. Both fine and costume jewelry will be available.

Sunday, October 18, starts 9:30 a.m.

Goodwill Massapequa Store
814 Hicksville Road
Massapequa, NY 11758
P: (516) 795-0237

 

Vote in our Halloween Window Contest

We are very proud of our window and displays – specially designed for each holiday, and this month, Halloween! Vote continues through October 24 when we’ll announce the Goodwill store that wins.
Vote at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/news-events/content/spooky-specials-goodwill-store