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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