What do Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Prada All Have in Common? Goodwill.

By Christina, goodwillnynj.org

Shop Goodwill Online is like a box of chocolates…

…you never know what you’re gonna get.

Shop Goodwill allows you to scroll through an immense selection of vintage pieces. Your eyes may widen when you come across a designer item and then shortly scrunch up when you glance at the surprisingly low starting price. A recent trip to Goodwill NYNJ’s warehouse in Astoria proved that we have the tools to help you assemble a good look for a great deal. All you have to do is find them.

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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!

Goodwill Gems: Spring Bling!

A Very Glam Way to Step Into the Spring Season

YOU GUYS!!! It seems that spring is finally, seriously, REALLY here — for real this time! After a brief tease with sunshine and nice weather a couple of months ago and then cold, cold, COLD, we’re finally seeing some sunshine and warmer temps once again. 

 

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To celebrate the arrival (finally!) of truly beautiful spring weather, I’m going all out this week with my accessorizing! Can you tell? I found some serious bling at GoodwillNYNJ‘s Livingston Street store in Brooklyn last week and I am SO excited to wear it out!

This gorgeous and spectacularly sparkly piece caught my eye right when I was walking up to the register to check out (all the jewelry is in the case up front, if you’re not familiar with this location). I was actually attending a very special fashion show event for Goodwill Week 2016 (which was oodles of fun!) and, of course, had to do a little shopping after the show while the store was still open. I instantly spotted a few things I just couldn’t live without and was running to the register to prevent myself from doing anymore damage to my bank account (not my closet, clearly!), when I saw this out of the corner of my eye … whoops. But how could I say no to this incredibly awesome find!?

 

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It’s a little heavy-duty for everyday wear, but this is the kind of necklace you can really rock on a night out with girlfriends or on a date night with your sweetie. Made up of striking silver chains, the basic metallic links are embedded with two rows of pretty rhinestones in different sizes for an extra, eye-catching touch of detail. It’s shimmery and will easily catch the light, whether you’re out during the daytime or at night in your fave club, bar or restaurant. But since it’s all silver with nearly clear, grayish stones of a similar hue, it’s not too loud or garish — just classy as can be!

 

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You could easily sport this pretty accessory with a flowy, fabulous cocktail dress and heels for a fancier occasion. But here, I’ve opted to pair it with an ensemble I’d typically wear on a night out on the town with friends — something cute, comfy and easy to dance in!

On the bottom (though I know it’s a little hard to see here), I’ve got some saucy faux-leather leggings that look fantastic with boots, heels or flats, which makes them the perfect pant for pretty much any evening out in the city. On top, some loose-fitting, flowy layered tanks — a plain white one underneath and a lighter, gauzy coral one on top (which, btw, was thrifted from the same Goodwill store!).

And it’s really that easy — a slightly funky, edgier pant, a pretty, brightly colored top, and my glitzy new necklace, and I’m ready for a fun and exciting night out in the absolutely lovely, balmy spring weather!

 

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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Lauren (aka Lo) has been a devoted thrifter and deal-finder since moving to NYC in 2009, and loves to write about all things fashion and food. Follow Lauren’s stylish and delicious adventures on Twitter @lauren_haslett and on Instagram @molassesandmayhem.

 

WINDOW SALES THIS WEEK! 5/11-5/17

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

Please stop by one of our participating locations below to take part in our window sales this week! This listing includes information for Goodwill NYNJ store window sales for the week of Wednesday, 5/11-Tuesday 5/17.

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
Chelsea, 25th Street Boutique: Friday 5/13, tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
East Harlem, 3rd Ave. Store:
 Saturday 5/14, tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave. Store: Saturday 5/14, tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
West 14th Street: Saturday 5/14, tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am

Long Island
Lake Ronkonkoma Store:  Saturday 5/14, tickets 8:15 am; sale 8:30 am
Massapequa Store:  Saturday 5/14, tickets 7:45 am; sale 8 am


Northern New Jersey
Springfield Store: Saturday 5/14 tickets 8 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!

Mondays with Mrs. T: A Spring Renewal

Renewed, Refreshed and Revived

Blooming flowers, budding trees, singing birds and crawling caterpillars softly remind me that it’s time to renew, refresh and revive my 2016 New Year Resolutions. Yes; I’ve gotten off track already, especially with my exercising routine. However, what’s more important is that each day presents a new beginning. I can renew, refresh and revive my 2016 resolutions at any time, no matter how off track I might have gotten.

I’m ready to be strong again – to reinvigorate and stimulate the wonderful seeds that were planted in my heart earlier in the year. I’m inspired and ready to make my life healthier and better for the rest of 2016.  Here’s me wearing one of my favorite workout outfits:

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What’s interesting is that before going to Goodwill, I tried going to other stores to purchase what I thought were good workout outfits. I did find some things, but my budget does not allow me to continue paying $25 to $50 (and sometimes more!) for new pieces of activewear. Thank goodness for thrifting! Just as I’m committed to my health and fitness this year, I’m also committed to spending less for the best. The active wear I’m wearing in the picture above cost no more than $8.00 for each piece. The weekly sales could save you even more – discounts for a healthier and better life!

Spring forth and find your nearest Goodwill to build your activewear collection.  You may be amazed at all the wonderful finds just waiting to be discovered!

Happy Springtime, Goodwill shoppers!

Mrs. T

 

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

Goodwill Gems: The Beyond-Basic Belt

Hello, friends and faithful fashionistas!

Today, I’m super psyched because I spotted a real Goodwill gem this week and now I get to share it with YOU!

And today, I have some serious truth telling to do, so I’m just going to come right out with it, straightaway: You’re not wearing enough belts.

What?! That might not be what you were expecting to hear, but trust me — however often you remember to throw one on before you race out the door, it’s probably not often enough. Belts can really be a girl’s best friend, and as basic as belts might seem, they’re an incredibly fast way to add instant shape and a dose of style to pretty much any look.

My latest gem of a find is a fantastic brown leather belt with a truly unique gold buckle detail that will really make it (and you!) stand out. The texture of the leather on this piece is almost like snakeskin, while the buckle is a double-sided piece that juts out from the middle at an angle, making its two sides look something like the two wings of a butterfly. It’s an awesome find that will add an intriguing bit of style to even the blandest of pieces in your wardrobe.

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It looks kinda cool … but how do I wear this? Easily, is my response. Though you could definitely pop this fun accessory on with pretty much anything — jeans, boots, and a favorite tee, for example — it’s easy to take this too-cute belt to the next level and really show it off by using it to cinch the waist of a loose, flowing dress. As much as I’m all for comfy shapes that slide over the body in a flattering fashion (rather than tightly hugging your every curve), every stylish lady needs an ensemble that shows off her shape, and a fab belt like this one is an easy way to a slightly-too-big or just shapeless shift dress and give it an instantly polished and put together feel.

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This simple, slouchy gray knit dress is ideal weekend wear, with it’s soft color and fabric, convenient pockets, and easy fit. But it becomes totally appropriate weekday attire when you pop on this pretty leather belt, along with a great pair of shoes like some knee-high leather boots!

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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Lauren (aka Lo) has been a devoted thrifter and deal-finder since moving to NYC in 2009, and loves to write about all things fashion and food. Follow Lauren’s stylish and delicious adventures on Twitter @lauren_haslett and on Instagram @lodybode.

 

Mystic March with Blogger @PlanetBrandee – Pt. 2

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@PlanetBrandee Part 2: Your Guide to Mystic March

(Or, how I school you in the ways of building your own wanderlust gypsy witch wardrobe!)

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Welcome to FRIDAY my faithful readers! Last week we dabbled in the fabulous Morticia GIF filled inspiration, this week, we’re leaping into Part 2 of the series and talking about RINGS!

 

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Part 2: RINGS for your LIFE!

Everyone is chasing a ring one way or another! Be it chunky tribal turk like this gem, or traditional glitz Tiffany cut. But for the sake of our inner goth this week we’re focusing on the prior and not the latter!

If you’re just starting a collection of Steve Knicks inspired gems, aim for the Goodwill counter. I am always surprised at how many baubles get donated and many are in great shape! Vintage turquoise is a special weakness of mine, so keep an eye out and know that even if they’re a bit dusty you can easily clean them up at home. Plus, the history makes for fun conversations!

Check out these inspirational rings below — part artillery, part Alexander McQueen, all woman-powered! Which would you choose?

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Are you more the tribal type? Then aim for deep red hues and beaten/hammered silver — it’s a warm tone and super versatile with gypsy-inspired apparel!

Feeling the 90s? Slimmed down and stackable rings are a must, as is the 8th grade standby we were all so dedicated to back in the day, the mood ring!

Want to be modern and magical? Go for opal! It’s a gorgeous stone and if you’ve got a careful eye and some patience, it can be spotted in second-hand grab bags and upcycled jewelry pieces. Each has its own distinct personality.

Not sure which you are? Take a quick, fun quiz here to find out!

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SO: Do you love like Morticia? Walk four abreast like The Craft? Dig the amulet zen? Snap a pic and share it with me for a chance to be featured! And stay tuned for PART 3, as well as my next #travel #adventure in April which has me going to a new destination, but shhhh, that’s STILL secret for now!

Till then, follow my #food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee and see you on the streets!