Independence Day Sale!

July 4th Holiday Hours

Goodwill is open July 4! Stop by and see us at any of our retail store locations between 9 am – 6 pm on Monday, July 4, 2016, to get our great, everyday deals on new beach attire and breezy summer essentials.

 

Come to Our July 4th Sale & Take 25% OFF Storewide!

Shop at Goodwill on Monday, 7/4 and get 25% off. Available at all Goodwill stores from 9 am-6 pm except the Van Dam outlet in Queens.

 

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

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Rock a Fun, Fearless Print with @PlanetBrandee

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@PlanetBrandee: Fun Prints go Viral!

So last week we learned how to freestyle our hot summer days! And this week, we’re going to have fun with SO: Who can show us THE best ways to combine, rework and upgrade our fabulously thrifted Goodwill gear? As always, we turn the hottest faces on YT for that Pinterest-inspired fashion remix!

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First up, the super cute, talking in sync Nik and Gabi who spin that fierce wheeeeee of fashion and mix those patterns like a boss!

 

 

Second up, we get the insanely gorgeous and down-to-earth Chriselle Lim!

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She guides us through color as key, and pairing bold on bold with taste without getting too “busy”. We sourced a boxy jacket that was super busy (like Lims!) and layered over a light floral dress for a fun look!

 

 

And lastly, the funky Meredith (aka Stilababe09) shows us how to NOT be a hot mess and pull off the best of mixing patterns!

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SO! How do you mix your patterns? Bright? Bold? Totally Simpsons cat lady?! Snap a pic of yourself looking cute and share it with us for a chance to be featured next month!

And as always, stay tuned for my next #travel #adventure, till then, follow my #food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee and see you on the streets!

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Taking Creative Risks: This Week on Inside the Prop Closet

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I consider myself a creative risk taker, one who’s always curious about learning and experiencing new things. But like anyone, it’s easy for me to fall into comfortable habits, including within my creative inclinations.

For instance, I love playing around in Photoshop, but there are challenging components of the software that I’m afraid to tackle. Compositing, which is the art of combining different photographic elements into a single image, is particularly scary for me. Normally, I stay in the safe realms of lighting, color correcting and the occasional spot removal. But this week, I decided to push past my safe zones and challenge myself. It’s the only way to grow, right?

 

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At the thrift store a few days ago, I found a beautiful, pyramid-shaped jewelry holder for just a few dollars. It inspired me to create a sort of intergalactic photo. For the compositing work, I did quick Google and YouTube searches to find this image and this image. An hour or so (plus a few mild anxiety attacks) later, and voila! The beauty above was born.

It can be scary to try new things, but incorporating thrifted finds in your adventure lets you take risks without breaking the bank. What’s one thing you want to learn to do, but are afraid to try? Now is a great time to push fear aside and give it a go.

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When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

 


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Window Sales This Weekend, 6/25! Plus, July 4 Holiday Hours

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July 4th Holiday Hours

Goodwill is open July 4! Stop by and see us at any of our retail store locations between 9 am – 6 pm on Monday, July 4, 2016, to get our great, everyday deals on new beach attire and breezy summer essentials.

 

Don’t Miss Out on This Weekend’s Fabulous Window Sales!

Please stop by one of our participating locations below to take part in our window sales this weekend! This listing includes information for Goodwill NYNJ store window sales for Saturday 6/25.

Window Sale General Rules:

o    Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve

o    Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public

o    Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details

o    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

o    Check for specific store rules

 

SALE HOURS AND DATES

New York City
Central Harlem, 5th Ave. Store: Saturday 6/25, tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave. Store: Saturday 6/25, tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Fashionable Freestylin’ with @PlanetBrandee

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@PlanetBrandee Hello Summertime Fashion Freestyle!

So last week we learned how to pack for summer vacations like a boss, and this week we’re going to line up our top hot-hot-heaters outfits straight from the best of YT! So grab those breezy cover ups, denim overalls and flips, because it’s 90 degrees and we’re ready to rock!

SO: Who can show us THE best ways to combine, rework and upgrade our fabulously thrifted Goodwill gear? Naturally, the top mavens of YouTube!

 

First up, the Valentine we all #love, coming in at over 141K views she’s giving us the best of the best ways to style DIY! And if you’re a #GWFAN like we are, there’s no end to how much you love DIY!

 

Second up – we go on a Clothes Encounter of the 3rd Kind with ClothesEncounters (come on, who can resist THAT play on words lol?!), who clicks in at over 1 MILLION followers and who shows us a breezy, fun, Cali-inspired ways to style those 100-degree weather outfits!

 

And lastly, the fiercest Coachella-inspired hot HOT days collection of outfit inspo from our favorite gal at MyLifeAsEva! What, like we can talk summer time outfits and NOT talk festivals?!

 

SO! How do you DIY your summer? Layering linens? Cut-offs and cowboy boots? Secondhand sundress? Or mix and match high-low combinations where Chanel meets the streets? Snap a pic of yourself looking cute and share it with us for a chance to be featured next month!

And as always, stay tuned for my next #travel #adventure, till then, follow my #food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee and see you on the streets!

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

An Ode to Love: This Week on Inside the Prop Closet

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The recent tragedy in Orlando has affected me in so many ways. I’ve spent large parts of the days after the news in mourning, with the feeling of a heavy weight pressing down on my core. It’s difficult to think about the many layers the tragedy contained, and I seem to have an almost compulsive desire to explore and understand each one of them. There are a lot. Nevertheless, spending too much time falling down an abyss of questions and fears will do more harm than good. So in my mourning, I’ve leaned heavily on hope, friendships, and creativity, allowing each one to pluck me out of the abyss, to comfort me when I need it, and give me space to cry when I need that, too.

I’ve spent hours doing what I call meditative crafting, making a cardboard altar of remembrance and affirmation. I walked to my nearest thrift store and craft store for supplies — a welcome excuse to go outside and thank the Universe for sunshine and the ability to experience it once again. Glueing, cutting and glittering each part of my altar was so healing for me. I didn’t want it to end.
On my thrift store excursion, I also found a T-shirt with a beautiful song lyric: “I get caught up in your heart strings.” It’s from the song Where the Sky Hangs from the band Passion Pit.

 

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I wasn’t familiar with the song, so played it when I got home. It felt good to dance: The song is an upbeat, catchy, and feel-good ode to sweet love. I took it as a sign to never let love leave, to do my part to keep love a part of the human experience, as a path to healing, a path to joy and a beautiful path forward.

 

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When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

 

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David Leon Morgan is a Bronx-based creative storyteller and crafter. He loves to crochet, sing extremely loudly in the shower and help others share their story in creative ways. Learn more about him and his work at http://davidleonmorgan.com 

Window Sales This Weekend + Pre-Father’s Day Sale! 6/16-6/18

Goodwill Pre-Father’s Day Sale – Friday, June 17

Shop for Father’s Day at Goodwill on 6/17, and get 25% OFF men’s apparel and accessories. Available at all Goodwill stores except the Van Dam outlet in Queens and the new store in Herkimer. Window sale items are not included.

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

 

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Don’t Miss Out on This Weekend’s Fabulous Window Sale!

Please stop by one of our participating locations below to take part in our window sales this weekend! This listing includes information for Goodwill NYNJ store window sales for Thursday 6/16-Saturday 6/18.

Window Sale General Rules:

o    Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve

o    Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public

o    Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details

o    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

o    Check for specific store rules

 

SALE HOURS AND DATES

New York City
West 79th Street Store: Friday 6/17, tickets 8 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave. Store: Saturday 6/18, tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
West 72nd Street Store: Saturday 6/18, tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am

 

Northern New Jersey
Elmwood Park Store: Saturday 6/18, tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am
Paramus Store: Saturday 6/18, tickets 8 am; sale 8:30 am

 

SPECIAL EVENING JEWELRY SALE AT THE PARAMUS, NJ STORE 6/16

JEWELRY SALE — Thursday, June 16, 4-7 pm (available while supplies last)

 

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Packing for Summer Vacay with @PlanetBrandee

@PlanetBrandee HELLO VACATION! TIPS TO PACK YOUR THRIFTS LIKE A PRO!

Question: Is it TIME FOR A VACATION YET?!

Answer: a resounding Uh, YES, yes it IS!

Hand me the iced mocha people, because @PlanetBrandee is back again, sharing with you some fabulous “How to” videos and fun vacay-inspired thrifting packing tips! Grab your hottest summer outfit styling + those flirty sundresses, your glossy sunnies, flip flops and let’s get beach ready in one fell packing swoop!

SO: Last week we talked about fun summer looks and street styling lessons from the YouTube thrifting PROS! And this week we circle back to the web’s fiercest fashionistas for a beachy, airport-running, luggage-toting inspirational wanderlust packing tour!

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Let’s take it from the TOP! First at bat, at over 638K YoutTube views, we learn from AnnLee on how to get 8 thrifty outfits into ONE carry-on! Skills level: Master of folding, which if you were taking notes in my organizational blog you’d be an ace on!

 

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Our second lady up, keeping it mega colorful, and mad editorial PLUS, teaching you how to:

1.) Pack for a vacation

2.) Have that Tumblr gig you’ve always pined for

3.) Plus ranking in at over a staggering 3 Million views the MyLifeAsEva rules the thrifted packing lifestyle like a BOSS!

 

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And lastly, the bubbly AlishaMarie shows us how to pack like a pro, (which, given how many Goodwills you visit when out and about, is a novel idea we all probably need to embrace!)

 

SO! How do you pack your special summer finds? Stuffed in a backpack? Slung into vintage Gucci or organic up cycled totes? Share your pics for a chance to be featured! ‘Till next time be sure to follow my #food, fun and #travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee See you on the streets!

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Playing Dress-Up: This Week From Inside the Prop Closet with David

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For a few years now, I’ve been on a journey to drastically reduce the amount of clothes I own. I actually dream of wearing a simple “uniform” most days: a white T-shirt, blue jeans and black boots. It’s my interpretation of the Steve Jobs/Mark Zuckerberg style of dressing, which is an extremely smart way to make life just a little less complicated.

Still, in spite of my uniform goals, there are a few things that I don’t want to part with just yet. One of those things are my brown farmer overalls.

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I purchased them in a Maryland thrift store a while ago. They were originally pants, but now, after years of use, they’re paint-splattered shorts. They’ve got a very simple design — no buckles or snaps or buttons, just simple ties to keep them up — but they stand out amid the hard concrete, brick and steel of the New York City streets.

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My retirement dream is to own a sheep farm — far, far away from bustling city life. I’ll be able to make my own yarn! These overalls remind me of that dream, and affirm the beauty of thrift stores.

Thrift store shopping allows you to find pieces that speak to past, present and future lives. Who says that adults can’t play dress-up? Until I hear otherwise, I’ll stay in my own magical, imaginative little worlds, and continue dreaming of future ones.

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Photos by Alan Escoto; photo edits by David Leon Morgan.

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

 

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David Leon Morgan is a Bronx-based creative storyteller and crafter. He loves to crochet, sing extremely loudly in the shower and help others share their story in creative ways. Learn more about him and his work at http://davidleonmorgan.com 

Window Sales This Weekend + Flag Day Sale!

New Store Hours

Beginning on 6/1, all of our stores (with the exception of the Van Dam outlet in Queens) expanded their hours and are now open 9 am – 9pm every Monday-Saturday. Most stores are now open 10 am – 8pm on Sundays. The Bergen County stores in Paramus and Elmwood Park, NJ are closed on Sundays.

Please check here for Van Dam outlet store hours, or call 718-392-0125.

 

Celebrate Flag Day with a Fantastic Sale!

This Tuesday, 6/14, is Flag Day! To celebrate, Goodwill NYNJ is offering 25% OFF all red, white & blue items and tags.

 

Don’t Miss Out on This Weekend’s Fabulous Window Sale!

Please stop by one of our participating locations below to take part in our window sales this weekend! This listing includes information for Goodwill NYNJ store window sales for the weekend of Saturday 6/11.

Window Sale General Rules:

o    Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve

o    Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public

o    Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details

o    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

o    Check for specific store rules

 

SALE HOURS AND DATES

New York City
Central Harlem, 5th Ave. Store: Saturday 6/11, tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!