Prepare for the Heat and Humidity

We all have been yearning for the warm summer sun after such a cold and snowy winter. Looks like we are going to get what we wished for! According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “the coming summer will be exceptionally hot across much of North America, with “oppressive” humidity throughout the eastern half of the United States.”

Farmer Almanac Summer Predictions

Oh my! Looks like it is time to stock up on summer essentials. Your local Goodwill is guaranteed to have a large selection of tanks, tee’s, shorts and skirts offered in an array of colors and sizes for the whole family. Don’t think it stops there. For days you want to venture out and frolic about Goodwill offers coolers, sun hats, sunglasses, books, radios and more to keep you entertained and cool whether at the park or beach. For days you rather stay in and veg, Goodwill offers board games, dvd’s, a variety of electronics and more.

Come to Goodwill, enjoy the air conditioning and let us be your one stop shop for all your summer needs.

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Trend Alert: Rucksacks

I have to be completely honest. When I first heard the term rucksacks I was like “eh?” Then, when I saw a picture I thought “Oh, Bookbags!” However, this spring/summer 2014 trend is the more grown-up and sassy version of what you would have wore in high school.

I don’t know about you but I hate using purses. I always joke around that I have no shoulders because my purses without a doubt slip down to my arms. This is why I adore rucksacks. Now I can have both hands free to do whatever I need to do instead of having one hand basically unusable since it is constantly holding my purse up in place. Now I can hold my Venti iced café mocha and text until my hearts content!

Rucksacks are also beneficial to your health. If you are a person who needs to carry around an exponential amount of items everyday, it could potentially harm you. The constant weight on your arms and neck causes you to also shift your weight around. This can lead to not just pulling a muscle but to much more serious health issues such as nerve trauma and degenerative joint disease. Rucksacks distribute the weight of the bag evenly on both sides of your body.

Rucksacks are both practical and super duper stylish. Designers like Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and more are all releasing gorgeous modern designs. Whether it is leather, canvas, nylon or a sparkly rainbow bejeweled masterpiece, you can most likely find rucksacks at your local Goodwill store for a fraction of the price.

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Are You Into Normcore?

*Lauren Haslett’s column “Goodwill Gems” will be back next week.

NORMCORE MEME

Not one to miss up a chance for irony, hipsters are hitting a new low. Normcore is all the rage up and down the streets of Williamsburg. Borrowing from their handlebar mustache toting brethren in Portland, they proudly proclaim their style (or lack there of) as normcore. What is this phrase you ask? The only true way to describe it is bland.

Instead of standing out, they are standing in and getting lost amongst the masses. The normcore manifesto, if it can be called that, dictates that to be cool you should wear clothing you can find in any generic retailer where you can buy food and tires too. It is so juicily generic it is the fashion equivalent of Appleblees. Patagonia windbreakers, khaki’s, dickies (yes, the turtleneck that only goes down to your clavicles), fresh New Balance sneakers or when the weather is right some open toed sandals with socks. Sorry Kanye, nobody in this crowd is going to buy your Red Octobers.

normcore socks and sandals

Next time you are walking down N 3rd Street and are heading to Radegast Hall & Biergarten while questioning your friendship with Becky – because why on earth would she make you venture out into Monotone-landia? Is her 24th birthday really worth it? Don’t freak out when you think you just saw your 54-year-old Uncle Joe from Minnesota. That is just a young kid rocking normcore and thinks it is hilarious. Unfortunately, the punch line is a miss.

In his April Salon article “Hipsters, they’re just like us!”, Thomas Frank proclaims with irony that “Normcore resonates despite all this because it points to an obvious but unspoken fact of our time: That coolness itself is done.” He then cites the first example of normcore actually several centuries ago: “Marie Antoinette and her friends used to dress up as shepherds in order to pantomime the uncomplicated spiritualism of the lower orders.”

When @jianghomeshi interviewed Thomas for Q, he said “the fashion industry has been exposed as a sham…”

What do you think of normcore?

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100 Years of Goodwill

Goodwill NYNJ Centennial

You may have noticed something new on our sidebar. We are excited to announce we are officially counting down to January 1, 2015. What makes this date so special? It will be the beginning of our Centennial Celebration! Since today is the last day of Goodwill Industries Week, we thought what better way to end it.

Although we now house our headquarters in Astoria, Goodwill NY-NJ’s first home was actually in Brooklyn. In 1915 Reverend Dr. Henry Paul Schauffler and Reverend Edward F. Sanderson founded a local assistance charity in Brooklyn. Later that year they traveled to Boston to study an organization Reverend Edgar J. Helms had started in 1902, Morgan Memorial Cooperative Industries and Stores, Inc. Reverend Helms’ innovative new program collected donations of gently used goods and hired people who were poor or disabled to repair, clean, and sell the items. This allowed his clients to earn needed income while acquiring valuable skills. After witnessing the positive impact this approach was having on Boston’s Southside, Reverends Schauffler and Sanderson returned to Brooklyn and adopted Reverend Helms’ new method in Brooklyn, and Reverend Helms adopted their program’s name: Goodwill Industries. And as they say, the rest is history.

So within the next 236 days we are preparing a bunch of fun events, redesigns, contests and more to keep the party going all year long.

 What is your favorite Goodwill related memory?

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Goodwill Industries Week Sale & Uber Update

Goodwill Industries Week Sale

Today starts Goodwill Industries Week

Every year during the first full week of May, all 165 Goodwill’s across the world come together to celebrate Goodwill Industries Week. Goodwill Industries Week was first celebrated in May 1951 to mark the birth of Edgar J. Helms, the founder of the Goodwill philosophy and to encourage local Goodwill agencies to educate their communities about the mission of “helping people with disabilities help themselves.” This year, Goodwill NY-NJ will celebrate with a week long sale!

From Monday 5/5 to Friday 5/9 receive 15% off storewide in our New York stores.

From Tuesday 5/6 to Friday 5/9 receive 15% off storewide in our New Jersey stores.

#UberSpringCleaning

#UberSpringCleaning Update

A huge thank you goes out to Uber and to all of you who participated in #UberSpringCleaning. The Uber drivers were kept busy on Saturday; there were over 750 pick-ups between 10am and 6pm. Pickups were extended for two extra hours due to demand. We are so grateful to the Uber drivers and of course to you our donors for cleaning up your closets and donating to Goodwill! In total we received over 2,200 bags of donations – that is almost 300 bags every hour!

Since 2012, Goodwill has been able to divert more than six billion bounds of goods from landfills nationally thanks to donors like you. Locally, Goodwill NY-NJ helped resident’s keep more than 87 million pounds of unwanted goods from local landfills last year. Not only are you making an impact in your closet, you are making an impact on the planet.

To thank you for your participation, Uber offers promo code GoodwillNYNJ to receive $25 off your first trip with them.

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FREE Uber Donation Pickups in Manhattan

#UberSpringCleaning

We are excited to announce Uber and Goodwill have teamed up to make your spring cleaning as painless as possible. Tomorrow, Saturday May 3 you can request an Uber SUV to come and pick up your gently used clothing between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Uber driver will drop off your donation to a local Goodwill at no cost to you.

Here is how it works:

1. Download the Uber app (Android here, iPhone here, Blackberry here)
2. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. request the Spring option on the bottom of the screen.
3. Once your driver is confirmed, you will see an ETA for their arrival and have your donations bagged up and ready.
4. Once your driver has arrived, you will receive a text message confirmation and bring your bags to the car.
5. You’ve just successfully participated in #UberSpringCleaning!

Please Note: Pickups will only be available in Manhattan. 

Since 2012, Goodwill has been able to divert more than six billion bounds of goods from landfills nationally thanks to donors like you. Locally, Goodwill NY-NJ helped residents keep more than 87 million pounds of unwanted goods from local landfills last year. Not only are you making an impact in your closet, you are making an impact on the planet. To thank you for your participation, use promo code GoodwillNYNJ to receive $25 off your first Uber trip.

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Spring: A Season of Change and Renewal

Spring is a season of change, when the cold, grey cast of winter gets shook off in a colorful flurry of cherry blossom pinks, vivid violets and daffodil yellows. And like any good New Yorker accustomed to the shift, I must embrace the change too. It’s with a bitter sweet heart I’ve move onto a new, exciting role and say goodbye to the beautiful 72nd Street boutique. Although I am no longer a certifiable “Goodwill Insider”, fear not! I’m still here to keep you plugged into THE best in thrift, fashion and NYC lifestyle.

I’ll use this blog to take a retrospective look back at the fun fashion, events and journeys I’ve had supporting the amazing work Goodwill does each and everyday. Most recently, I was a part of a video segment which was shot on location at our Upper West Side 72nd Street boutique store in partnership with ReUseNYC and NY State. As you can see from the photos, having the chance to speak on camera in support of continuing sustainable education was wonderful, as was the crew who came to shoot. They met with all of our staff and took a great interest in how recycling and re-purposing the items we have donated to us allows us to keep the mission and programs at Goodwill going strong.

Each and everyday through staff, friends and those who participate and donate to Goodwill, I’ve had a chance to interact, learn and grow through the Goodwill mission. Whether spearheading the painting of a youth group mural, fun with Film Biz Recycling, local charities or the NYRR Marathon, it’s easy to get busy and forget that. But for that opportunity given, being grateful is an understatement. The memories and friendships will stay with me for a long long time, but even more so, so will this blog! Because now that my evenings and weekends are jostling for the lead, I hope you know this means MAJOR thrifting episode REVIVAL. On the 3rd Monday of each month I’ll be bringing you the best finds, killer digi lookbooks and absolutely mind blowing thrifting expeditions. Goodwill Shopping so good, you’ll need a full day to recover! 

From the runway to the highway I’ll be interviewing designers and people who love not only Goodwill, but the joy of sustainable fashion and the thrill of the thrift. So join me next month when I interview one of the finest vintage thrifters you may recognize from the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island, one of the loveliest vintage lovers in all of Manhattan, but shhh, for now, we’ll keep it our secret! So get excited to shop and enjoy the photos of all of those who made my journey at Goodwill so incredible.

Till next time, join me as I go from runway to highway in my adventurous quest all for the thrill of the thrift!

Brandee Sanders is a writer, creative lifestyle and thrift enthusiast. Brandee’s work has been featured in Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, AOL and Time Out NY. Follow her runway meets the highway adventures and travels @PlanetBrandee 

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Spring Is In The Air!

Spring Cleaning

So you woke up this morning to find spring had arrived, finally. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you can hear the buzzing of the insects. You look out the window to find the trees and flowers are attempting to make their first showing of the season.

You jump out of bed and throw open the windows: Its time to air out the house and begin the ritual of spring cleaning. So you go through your closet and weed through those clothes and shoes from last year. You find there are things that no longer fit but look fabulous.

Now its time for the kids rooms and every thing they out grew over the winter. All the toys they are no longer interested in. Books they have read.

Christmas has come and gone. You now have all that new stuff to replace your old stuff. These things are all in very good condition, so why put them out to the curb when someone else can use them? They will love them the way your family did. What do you do with them? Box them up and donate them. Yes that is the answer.

Are you a senior citizen who needs help with chores? If you can’t reach those windows or need help with interior house cleaning or yard work, Binghamton University students volunteer to help in the Owego / Appalachian area. For more information contact Sister Mary at Tioga County Rural Ministry at 607-687-3021.

Claudia Miller works as the Assistant Manager of the Binghamton Goodwill store in New York’s Broome County since September 2013. She has written for financial blogs and loves helping customers choose the clothing that will look best on them.

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Guide to Floral

botanical shoe

Listen: It’s time we have a heart-to-heart here my fashion-forward friends. First day of Spring has come and gone.

Why are you STILL wearing black right now? Is that grey? Wait … dark navy?

Well, this is the time to really discuss in detail something that is of utmost importance. VITAL! A matter of life and death! Well, for your springtime closet anyway.

Today, I want to discuss FLORAL. Specifically Floral Prints!

Stop! Wait! Don’t run away! You’re not going to get far because frankly, I’ve already locked the door and have the key! So listen as I guide you through this blooming fashion trend on this the second week of spring. Let me school you, from signet marigold silk scarves, to vintage Hermes floral wear, we’re going to run the bouquet gamut, so grab a straw hat, a hot coffee and let’s get started!

I’ll keep it short and sweet here-anyone can wear floral! Plus size, petite, hourglasses, pear shape, listen: you CAN do this! Don’t balk, it’s true! In small doses it can sweeten up a tough look and in big ones, it can recall the sultry siren call of Italian bombshells like Sophia Lauren. Here’s some eye candy and tips for owning this oft abused pattern:

celebrities in floral

Plant the Seed!
Oh hey is that Beyoncé in floral pants? Yes, it is, hey B! Aim for her look and keep it simple. Gear down for either pants with a demure top, or a colorful floral blazer with a neutral bottom. Don’t do both unless you’re going for extreme Blossom remix. Although, let’s hand it to her, those acid wash jeans do kick it easy with a fake floral bonnet.

Water that Soil!
Get inspired by runway, but aim local! Goodwill literally has THE best collection of floral pattern apparel I’ve seen. And as someone with years upon years of luxury and secondhand designer textile experience, and a fierce devotion to looking like a million, but paying twenty, it’s easy to get lost in the racks finding the perfect fit. My most recent acquisition was a 1960’s boned vintage corset dress, replete with full skirt and cherry floral pattern. Cost off the rack: $24.99! In some mainstream stores a look like this would set me back over a hundred dollars, so be sure to capitalize on your thrifting!

blossom like blossom

Till the Earth!
Pair feminine floral with tough, masculine or boyish edges to avoid the syrupy saccharine vibe. No one wants a powder puff, so grab a pair of biker boots and put it under that floral sundress, instant tomboy beauty. Don’t be afraid to wear it as a belt, layered cashmere or cardi under overalls. Oh yes. I said overalls. AND denim skirts. I know you don’t believe me, but Google spring trend denim, and you will see. It’s coming back like Sam & Libby ballet flats, people.

Embrace the Bouquet You’ve Grown!
Finally, don’t fear the floral! Grab a pair of gloves, a vintage silk scarf, some wide sunglasses and go! If you can lock down a buttery Hermes piece, or better yet, floral Chanel like in this weekend’s window sale at 72nd Street, you will be THE belle of the floral ball! Even a little peek of it as a slip under a dress, or for the guys who are starving for color after a rough winter, a snazzy sock and oxford combo! HEY! You think I’m not checking out that guy’s ankles at 34th Street when he goes up the subway stairs, you got another thing coming! Nice socks!

Be a retro bombshell

So, take a look at some hot floral designs pictured here, as well as the starlets and performers who wear them!

Shake off the winter thaw and RUN to the thrift store to stock up on bright, juicy, absolutely invigorating bolts of FLORAL inspiration!

Till next time, see you at the racks!

~Brandee

Brandee, the manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique, is also a writer, performance artist, thrift fashion and DIY enthusiast. Brandee’s projects have been featured in  Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and INC. Magazine. She loves French-press coffee and lives the designer thrift lifestyle bursting onto the fashion forward streets of the New York City she calls home.

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Pop Quiz

What do the author, Blanche Devereaux, Katherine Hepburn, Rihanna and Marc Jacobs ALL have in common? Hint: It’s luxurious, universally flattering and the definition of red carpet and runway chic! Give up? Its gorgeous silk pajamas as evening wear!

But wait, before we rally a cry of “Pajamas anywhere but the bedroom is scary” let’s take a quick look at the icons and inspirations leading women and men off the runway and into the streets in silky pantsuits:

silk pj's at Milan Fashion Week

Old Hollywood luxury

It goes without saying; Old Hollywood was the height of glamour. Still today, we’re trying to pin down that elusive silver screen era look. The icons of the era were always dressed impeccably, even when casually lounging around at home. Carole Lombard pictured here oozes “leading lady glam” in floor-length silk jumpsuit. A few side pinned curls or a classic updo and the look pulls itself together for anything! Whether a candlelit dinner out in Manhattan or an evening in watching House of Cards, playing the femme fatale is never easier than when clad in silk! 

Brandee in Natori

Maybe you’re thinking “a silk nightgown in public is too much, only models can pull that off.” To which I say: think again. Leading ladies of Hollywood’s heyday were anything but waifs and silk is universally flattering AND infinitely affordable when you find it secondhand. I found these incredible silk Natori pajamas, originally $160.00, for $24.99 at Goodwill.

detailed and luxurious

With some simple matte red lipstick, vintage jewelry and fun gold oxfords, this look became not only effortlessly chic evening wear, but incredibly comfortable! While most women were squirming in their tight and short ensembles, I was lounging with comfort from the minute I arrived at the Norwood Club for the Sweetheart Soiree all night until my cab ride home! Easy, fast and cool! 

Rihanna silky pj's

Rihanna has worn silk PJs on the red carpet more than once, and this time she banged the look out with funky jewelry and a snappy clutch. Adding your own touch keeps it more “out on the town” and less “Golden Girls.” Although frankly, no one worked a silk dress better than Blanche Devereaux! Period!

Miley Cyrus & Marc Jacobs

Finally, if you’re a man who’s tired of the girls having all the fun, get your inner Mad Men fix by sporting a fabulous set of silk evening pajamas too! Marc Jacobs, pictured here with Miley Cyrus sports them constantly and no pipe or robe is required. A nice pair of Bostonian’s ties it all together (we found a pair for $24.99 at Goodwill’s 72nd St. location.) You’ll look hot without trying too hard!

comfy and cool

So the next time you’re perusing the racks at Goodwill, take a minute and head to sleepwear, you may very well find your inner Hugh Hefner or Katherine Hepburn waiting for you.

Think you look better than Blanche? Rocking pjs in public? Score an amazing #Goodwill find?! Let me know @planetbrandee! Join me at the end of the month as I feature as I launch a fresh new runway series taking us out of the cold and into the NEW! Until then, stay Hollywood, and see you at the counter!

Brandee, the manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique, is also a writer, performance artist, thrift fashion and DIY enthusiast. Brandee’s projects have been featured in  Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and INC. Magazine. She loves French-press coffee and lives the designer thrift lifestyle bursting onto the fashion forward streets of the New York City she calls home.

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