End-of-the-year Store Hours

End-of-the-year Store Hours

Hours for our Goodwill stores are:

  • New Year’s Eve: Thursday, 12/31 – 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day: Friday, 1/1 – 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

This will be the last issue of our A Good Look blog for 2015. We will resume posting on Monday, January 4.

Best wishes for the new year from the Goodwill family to your family!

DROP BY OUR WINDOW SALES 1/2-3

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

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

Saturday, January 2

  • Binghamton – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Elmsford – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Fairfield – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, January 3

  • Livingston, Brooklyn – 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 blogWhere The Goodwill Goes

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LAUREN’S GOODWILL GEMS: Untraditional Holiday Glam

Untraditional Holiday Glam

Usually, holiday style is all about looking glitzy and glamorous. Especially New Year’s Eve – even if you never go near a sequin or a rhinestone during the rest of the year, New Year’s is the time to bring out every ounce of sparkle you’ve got and get truly decked out.

But, for those of us who aren’t generally feeling the super-fem, super-fem, glitter-covered everything that NYE fashion tends to entail, it’s hard to feel like that best, most gorgeous version of ourselves. If you’re anything like me, you tend to feel a little out of place during NYE – either you’ve covered yourself in itchy uncomfortable sequins anyway just ‘cause you think you should, or you’ve left them out altogether and don’t feel as fabulous or fun as the rest of your friend group. Which is why I was so happily surprised to come across this week’s amazing thrifty find at my local Goodwill shop. This cute little purse is the perfect size to take to a party – just large enough to hold a little cash, cards, your phone, lip gloss, etc – and it doesn’t have a drop of glitter or gems on it anywhere. But the bold, funky print and eye-catching combo of neutrals (a rich, cognac shade of brown and black) means that this statement-making clutch is still a perfect, non-glitzy accessory for a modern NYE out on the town.

 

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Put on twist on traditional holiday fashion by ditching the glitter this New Year’s Eve and instead going for accessories with bold prints in eye-catching color combos.

 

You can never go wrong with black. It’s just a fashion truth – trends may come and go, but a sleek all-black ensemble will never fail you. And especially when you’re getting a little fancy, black is the perfect thing to turn to when you want to look and feel great, without a ton of (obvious) effort. Here, I’ve paired my awesome new purse with a pretty, form-fitting, off-the-shoulder black dress that’s ideal for a big night out. It hugs curves in all the right ways, but it is also stretchy and comfortable enough to really dance around in. Bonus: you can put on absolutely any shade or style of jewelry you like with a dress like this and always look smashing! With a pair of chic, classic black or metallic heels, you’ve got a night-out look that you can actually wear over and over again, long after the ball drops.

 

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For this New Year’s Eve, forget the wear-once, crazy sequin-covered dress and instead go for a gorgeous LBD that you can turn to whenever you want to look great, for many years (and fabulous parties) to come.

 

Holiday Store Hours

Holiday Store Hours

Enjoy this week’s Holidays with your family and friends.

Hours for our Goodwill stores are:
Christmas Eve: Thursday, 12/24 – 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Christmas Day: Friday, 12/25 – CLOSED
Boxing Day: Saturday, 12/26 – 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

12 STORES HAVE UPCOMING WINDOW SALES

Goodwill marks Kwanzaa Saturday with a storewide sale.
Goodwill Kwanzaa Sale – Saturday, December 26

Get 25% off at all Goodwill stores on 12/26 except the Van Dam outlet in Queens. Window sale items are not included.

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

Come to Our Upcoming Window Sales

Wednesday, December 23

  • Springfield – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • West 14th Street – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.

Thursday, December 24

  • Chelsea, 25th St – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • East 23rd Street – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, December 26

  • East Northport – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Elmsford – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Greenwich Village, 8th St – tickets 8:15 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Rockaway, NJ – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Washington Heights, 181st St – starts 8 a.m.

Tuesday, December 29

  • Elmwood Park- tickets 4 p.m.; starts 4:30 p.m.

Holiday Store Hours

Goodwill wishes you a wonderful holiday season. Our store hours will be:

  • Christmas Eve, Thursday 12/24 – 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Christmas Day, Friday 12/25 – CLOSED
  • Boxing Day, Saturday 12/26 – 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve, Thursday 12/31 – 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day, Friday 1/1 – 11 a.m.-8 p.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 blogWhere The Goodwill Goes

MRS. T’S CLOSET: Holiday looks

Connecting the pieces for the Holidays      

A closer look in Mrs. T closet: Holiday looks

Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 5.19.02 PM.pngOh what a joy it is to celebrate the holidays in some of my favorite thrift store fashion ideas!  Hopefully the glitter and sparkles of the holiday bring as much joy to your hearts as they do to mine.

With the exception of my “winter off-white” vintage coat outfit, (shown above), I try to keep versatility in all that I buy. Check out some wonderful thrift finds and what I found in my closet before I went thrifting for this holiday season.  You will find the black and wide-leg pants and pink wide-leg pants, red sleeveless dress and the black and white “blooming dress.    

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Join me next month when I’ll show you my DIY thrift projects and my thrift holiday décor.

Happy Holidays from Mrs. T

 

@PlanetBrandee 2015 Retrospective

@PlanetBrandee 2015 Retrospective

A Year of Travel, Food and Thrifting Adventure!

As with all good things, even 2015 must come to an end. So I’ll be taking this last blog of the year to look back with a @PlanetBrandee retrospective

2015 started off with a bang as I traveled across the country to a fabulous Las Vegas adventure! Seeing the photos again reminds me I need to get back to the West Coast for another walk in the desert with friends and family. Check out the captures for some fun, vintage and west is best inspired fashion.

Then it was back to the Catskills Mountains for some horseback riding and R&R among the trails and Bed and Breakfasts this scenic region has to offer. Check out these great photos, and keep an eye out for the fab Goodwill finds we found out there, including our beloved copper pot set we rehabbed and those glorious Fenton vases I featured.

 

The launch of my on point 6 Part Special Millennial Series came after. I met with and interviewed people from across the country on what being a millennial means to them and how reusing, recycling and changing the way we view consumption and style shapes this nation’s future. With so many talented artists and educators that took part, there was a plethora of knowledge to share and grow from. Be sure to check out the photos highlights below. From drag queens in Los Angeles, to designers in New Orleans French Quarter, to movers and shakers right here in NYC, it ran the gamut. We learned a lot about what perspective is shaping the future of these game changers.

Then it was jet setting off to the sunny skies of Florida where I was not only celebrating a wedding engagement, but visiting the trendy stores and designers living in this beach soaked location. From Part 1 where I gathered the best of the best in Miami vintage Part 2 and 3 where I cruised through Daytona on the back of a Harley in search of the best seafood and summer wedge heels, good times were never far from being had!

We even stayed alive with 1970’s inspired disco fashion, ran through Long Island for a thrifting trek and a NEW Goodwill store opening at East North Port, bopped back into Brooklyn, kicked back a Rainbow Party in Queens, cruised through yet another NY Fashion Week and finally came back for the year end here under the glittering lights of Rockefeller Center!

It’s been such a beautiful year filled with friends, family, travel, great food and some pretty swank thrifting scores. So going into 2016, here’s wishing you and yours a spectacular holiday season and a thrilling New Year! See you in 2016 and until then follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram  @PlanetBrandee and see you on the streets!

All day Sales at Nanuet and Binghamton this weekend!

All day Sales at Nanuet and Binghamton this weekend!

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Nanuet All-Day Art & Jewelry Sale

Saturday, December 19 – starting at 9 a.m. & continuing while supplies last

Stock up on special gifts. Sale will feature framed art and both fine and costume jewelry.

Goodwill Nanuet Store
130 West Route 59
Nanuet, NY 10954
845-624-0187

 Binghamton All-Day Shoes & Pocketbooks Sale

Saturday, December 19 – starting at 9 a.m. & continuing while supplies last

Come for some holiday shopping. Sale offers high-end and new or like-new shoes and pocketbooks.

Goodwill Binghamton Store
12 Glenwood Avenue
Binghamton, NY 13905
607-729-2451

Visit Our Window Sales

Friday, December 18

  • Bronx, 149th St – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Chelsea, 25th 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 5:30 p.m.; starts 6 p.m.
  • New Rochelle – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • West 79th Street – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Saturday, December 19

  • Central Harlem, 5th Ave – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:15 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.
  • Elmwood Park – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Fairfield – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Lake Ronkonkoma – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 8:45 a.m.
  • Massapequa – tickets 7:45 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.
  • Paramus – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Vestal – tickets 9 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Wappingers Falls – starts 8 a.m.
  • West 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Sunday, December 20

  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Tuesday, December 22

  • 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 blogWhere The Goodwill Goes

Lauren’s Goodwill Gems: A Hit of Holiday Sparkle

A Hit of Holiday Sparkle

Ho, ho, ho and a gallon of glitter! The weather may be unseasonably warm right now, but that doesn’t make this time of year any less wonderful.  Even though it seems right now like we might not actually have any snow for Christmas, the holiday season really wouldn’t be the holidays without a little sparkle.

If you’re planning on hosting or attending any fun, festive parties between now and the New Year, you know that there’s nothing that can instantly make an outfit feel more holiday party-ready than a little bit of sassy sparkle, glitz and glitter. Which is why this week’s fabulous thrift shop find is truly such a gem! I was lucky enough to come across some gorgeous little earrings with just enough to feel like they’re perfect for my next holiday party, and I can’t wait to pair them with all of my favorite festive looks. The faceted, cranberry-colored drop earrings are topped with slightly smaller, rhinestone-studded balls that add enough sparkle to make these jewel-toned accessories feel festive and glamorous, but they’re not too heavy or over-the-top. The color is perfect for this time of year and is sure to look great with any number of the sweet seasonal ensembles you’ve already got in your closet.

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Whatever you plan to wear to your next holiday bash, don’t forget to add some shimmer and shine to favorite seasonal looks – like these pretty, rhinestone-studded earrings!

Make simple pieces party-ready in moments. During the holidays, it’s way too easy to spend way too much money – not only are their presents to buy, but there are so many things you need to ensure you look your best at all the season’s soirees! In fact, though, you can pull together a few items from your existing wardrobe, dress them up with a pretty, sparkling accessory like this pair of earrings, and have yourself looking ready for any holiday season shindig in no time – and without spending a ton of money to put an entirely new look together. Here, I’ve paired my pretty new earrings with my go-to pair of wear-everywhere black pants and sheer, silky blouse in a complementary jewel tone color – a rich turquoise. The combo of turquoise and cranberry is just as festive and holiday-appropriate as a classic red-and-green, but much more grownup and chic, making this look an ideal one for any kind of party, from a casual get-together with friends to a celebration with office coworkers.

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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 STAY Golden Part II

@PlanetBrandee STAY Golden Part II

A 2 Part Holiday Thrifting Series LIVE from the streets of New York City!

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Welcome to Part 2 of this deliciously gilded holiday special on staying golden. We want to get our vintage and up-cycle love on this holiday season. So let’s take a look at the best ways to work this perfect trend into your wardrobe and off of our racks.

Sequins and Gems for DAYS

First off, it’s imperative that you understand the love of gem sweaters so many have here in NYC. If you can’t, I encourage you to watch Leslie and the Lys right NOW. In fact, here’s the link to the stellar video that launched a nation of thrifters into a gem sweater tizzy back in the day. PLUS, nothing says “I’m winning your lame ugly sweater competition” like a GIANT GEM SWEATER! Keep in mind, if you’re travelling through Harlem and past the 72nd Street Goodwill stores, we found TONS of amazing gemmed and bedazzled items there. All for under $14.99. Oh yeah. That happened! Now we just need to wear them to the Gem Sweater Museum. Oh, there’s no such thing? Let me show you the magic right here:

Falalalalaaaa la SPARKLES!

Remember when I traveled to Las Vegas and found myself knee deep in show girl inspired feathery glitter goodness? (Recap here) well if not, here’s a show stopping photo that gets you revved up in modern shiny gold style! From flowy silk tulle (a little pricey) to low brow 80’s recycled prom pieces, you can score some fun items to deconstruct and make your own. I started with this inspiration below and made an epaulet from an old shoulder piece we found on a less than fashion forward piece in the (shocking!) Men’s section this past weekend. Make this gold trend your holiday goal, add some Urban Decay to the eyelids, or a little glittery body powder and embrace the trophy appeal of looking fabulous under the subway lights!

Look at those gem sweaters! Are you a Junior Gem lover? Send us your pics and share comments below until next time, see you on the streets for the last blog of 2015 – can you BELIEVE IT?! Till then, follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram  @PlanetBrandee and see you on the streets!

Looking For Fabulous Gifts?

Looking For Fabulous Gifts?

Massapequa Sets All-Day Jewelry Sale

massapequajewelrysale12-2015Sunday, December 13- starts 9:30 a.m.
Massapequa Goodwill is planning a treat for Long Island customers this Sunday. The store has organized a special jewelry sale beginning at 9:30 a.m. and continuing until closing or while supplies last. Some jewelry will be sold in bags and other items will be sold individually. Both fine and costume jewelry will be available.

Goodwill Massapequa Store
814 Hicksville Road
North Massapequa, NY 11758
516-795-0237

Paramus Offers Evening Art & Jewelry Sale

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Stop by Goodwill’s Paramus store for gift-shopping at a special art and jewelry sale beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing to closing at 8 p.m. or while supplies last. Most jewelry is fine, though there is some costume jewelry, and framed art will also be available.

Goodwill Paramus Store
809 State Route 17
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-444-0596

Visit Our Window Sales This Week

12 STORES FEATURE WINDOW SALES 12/9-13

Wednesday, December 9

  • Harrison, NJ – tickets 7:30 a.m.; starts 8 a.m.

Thursday, December 10

  • East Harlem, 3rd Ave – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Saturday, December 12

  • East Northport – tickets 8:15 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.
  • Rockaway, NJ – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.
  • Springfield – tickets 8 a.m.; starts 8:30 a.m.
  • Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave – tickets 8:30 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.
  • West 72nd Street – tickets 8:30 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

Sunday, December 13

  • Livingston, Brooklyn – tickets 8:45 a.m.; starts 9 a.m.

For other store locations, visit our website

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 blogWhere The Goodwill Goes

 

Mrs. T’s Closet: Get a look into Mrs. T’s Closet

Mrs. T’s Closet: Get a look into Ms. T’s Closet

Editor’s note: Please welcome Tina Morgan, a.k.a. “Mrs. T”. She will contribute for A Good Look the 1st and 3rd Monday’s of each month.

I was excited when my son David asked me if I would be willing to share my thrift shopping experiences.  I’ve always enjoyed creating the best look for less – probably hundreds of dollars less! After many years of shopping and spending too much money on clothes, shoes, jewelry and household décor, I finally realized the benefits of shopping at thrift stores.  Over time, I’ve learned to have fun finding hidden treasures: It’s exciting and rewarding!

There is rarely a week that goes by that I don’t receive comments like: “I love your look,” “your look is so unique,” or “Where did you buy that outfit?” Like many thrift store shoppers, I have come a long way. I am no longer concerned with the shame or stigma that is often associated with thrift shopping.

I’m excited to begin this month of many parties and celebrations sharing amazing ideas for your wardrobe.  Take a look into my closet!  Almost 90% has come from Thrifting and the remaining 10% are gifts.

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I’m constantly purging my closet and work hard to keep only what I need. (As time goes by, you might see even less clothing in it.) Purging feels so good because I donate the clothing I no longer want to my favorite nonprofit thrift store. Plus, I feel more organized and less stressed trying to decide what to wear. I can fit my “best look” outfits for each season in one closet!

So, before you begin your next thrift shopping trip, I recommend surveying your closet, purging and organizing it. Determine what pieces or outfits you really need and “create your look for less”.

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Join me in two weeks as I look forward to showing you how I’ve connected some of my clothing pieces for my fun times, business and my Sunday’s best or more formal attire especially for the upcoming holidays.

Happy Holidays from Mrs. T.

How often do you purge your closet each year? Please share your comments with us below.

Tina Morgan, “Mrs. T.”, an avid thrifter for over thirty years, shares her shopping experiences to create the best look for less. She is a wife, mother of three amazing sons, grandmother, and caregiver who is retired but not tired!”