Style Icon Interview: Vintage Shaun’s Shaunya

Shaunya is the superfine style eye behind the site Vintage Shaun. Her curated finds have been featured on The Today Show and in Time Out New York, The New York Times, and The Blay Report. Shaunya shops Goodwill like a pro, pulling fashion out of every rack in her path. This Spring, she’s pairing up with us and Kimberlee VDW in our first ever #SpringFling contest. It was only a matter of time before we named her our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon!

Introducing our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon, Shaunya of Vintage Shaun!
Introducing our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon, Shaunya of Vintage Shaun!

We hope you enjoy reading Shaunya’s musings on the retro threads, Lil’ Wayne, Power Shopping and more as much as we had hearing them. Enjoy!

How did you first get interested in thrifting? Were you raised to reimagine fashion as a youngin’ or did this passion come later in life?

I started thrifting as a teen actually I was around 13. I was obsessed with retro/vintage threads from the 70s and thrift stores and vintage stores were the best place to find them.

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Style Icon Interview: Exquisitus’ Natalie Rebuck

Ready, set, style, Goodwill fans: it’s time for Part 2 of our interview with GoodwillNyNj Style Icon Natalie Rebuck!

Natalie's favorite Goodwill find: a vintage sequined purse - just $10!

Last week, the fashionable femme behind Exquisitus Fashion gave us the skinny on classic film inspiration, how wallet shapes wardrobe and what defines our unique New York style. This week she’s breaking down big thrift mistakes, Zooey Deschanel admiration, and her joyful obsession with  Goodwill hunting.

What are the biggest mistakes people make when heading to their local Goodwill?

They feel overwhelmed and just walk away.  I think people feel intimidated with the racks and racks of clothes. I have tried in some of my posts explain to people how to dive in and come out with some great finds especially in my post a Guide to Patterns and Guide to Vintage Stores.  It’s on my to do list to do a post about Goodwill that will help with that overwhelming feeling!

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Style Icon Interview: Exquisitus’ Natalie Rebuck

Natalie Rebuck is the style siren behind the exquisite style site Exquisitus Fashion. An architect in Manhattan, Natalie came to NYC from Indiana and was floored by this city’s fashion. Natalie set out to develop her own signature style, saving her dollars while splurging on creativity. Of course, it wasn’t long before she became one of Goodwill’s biggest fans. We’re delighted to return the favor, honor fab fashion and name Natalie as our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon!

Introducing our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon, Natalie Rebuck!

We hope you enjoy reading Natalie’s musings on the NYNJ thrift scene, fashion blogging and style sighting as much as we had hearing them. Enjoy!

How did you first get interested in thrifting? Were you raised to reimagine fashion as a youngin’ or did this passion come later in life?

I moved from Indiana to New York City after architecture school. I went to parties, bars, dinner, etc. Practically everywhere I found New Yorkers with amazing clothing. As a sweet Midwestern girl their clothes seemed so far out of my reach for various reasons. Also one of my biggest pet peeves is seeing someone wearing the same thing as me while walking down the street…

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Style Icon Interview: Little Tree Vintage’s Maria Sideris

Get your style ready, Goodwill fans: it’s time for Part 2 of our interview with GoodwillNyNj Style Icon Maria Sideris!

Our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon, Maria Sideris!

In our last chat, this gorgeous-making vintage-loving gal shared on everyday inspiration, her favorite Goodwill, and just what she beelines to once she walks in those doors. on how to tackle your local secondhand shop. This time round, the Little Tree Vintage author shares her favorite Goodwill Gem and a very astute realization about the all-too-common thrifting mistake a person can make. Read on to see what she found… and what she’s learned not to do when she visits her local Goodwill:

What are the biggest mistakes people make when heading to their local Goodwill?

I think people expect to find the “perfect vintage items”, they want items to be their size, in perfect condition and be worth a lot of money. Unfortunately that’s not how things work. You have to keep in mind that vintage can be hard to find, and finding it in your size is even harder. A lot of items need alterations, and a lot of items need work.

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Style Icon Interview: Little Tree Vintage’s Maria Sideris

Maria Sideris is the style siren behind the fantastic fashion blog Little Tree Vintage. A Garden State resident with an Empire State job, Maria’s all over the GoodwillNyNj empire – and after spending some time with her this past week, we can tell you, this woman is fashion thrift royalty. Know what else Maria is? Our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon!

Introducing our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon, Maria Sideris!

We hope you enjoy reading Maria’s musings on the NYNJ thrift scene, fashion blogging and style sighting as much as we had hearing them. Enjoy!

How did you first get interested in thrifting? Were you raised to reimagine fashion as a youngin’ or did this passion come later in life?

Growing up I was always surrounded by my Mother’s beautiful vintage pieces. For as long as I can remember I always loved items and clothing that was pre loved. I found a lot of things in my Grandma’s house that I would use to dress up in, and I would use different vintage pieces to make jewelry at a very young age. I started thrifting in college because I wanted to save money, and loved the unique style I got from it. I didn’t want to wear the things everyone else had, and I was always trying to follow trends, but in my own way.

How would you describe your own personal style?

I would say my style is very indie inspired. I love anything flowy, anything that looks bohemian or from the 70’s. I really adore looking comfortable, but putting a spin on it and making it chic. I would say that my style is inspired by everything that goes on around me, vintage included..I love vintage inspired items and vintage items alike…

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Style Icon Interview: The Fly Patrice J. Williams

Get your style ready, Goodwill fans: it’s time for Part 2 of our interview with the undoubtedly fly GoodwillNyNj Style Icon Patrice J. Williams!

Our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon, Patrice J. Williams!

In our last chat, this dollar-smart fashion-rich icon  creative thrifting revealed a gave a few choice tips on how to tackle your local secondhand shop. This time round, the Living Fly on a Dime author shares her favorite Goodwill Gem – proving that following those insider tips pay off in serious fashion finds. Read on to see what she found… and what she’s learned not to do when she visits her local Goodwill:

What are the biggest mistakes people make when heading to their local Goodwill?

The biggest mistake anyone can make with thrifting is getting too easily frustrated. Every thrift shopping trip isn’t going to be a landmine of designer finds. There are times you’ll walk away empty handed, but you can’t let that turn you off from thrifting. You have to come back with an open mind and come back often as the inventory is constantly changing.

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Style Icon Interview: The Fly Patrice J. Williams

Patrice J. Williams is about as fly as they come. This girl is versed in chic-for-cheap even beyond her wardrobe wisdom, and her blog, Looking Fly on a Dime, covers everything from travel to beauty to cuisine. Patrice really is blogging proof that one woman can have it all. We’d be crazy not to spotlight this incredible deal diva as our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon!

Introducing our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon, Patrice J. Williams!

We got the chance to chat with Patrice about her style, her thrifting, and Living Fly on a Dime earlier this week. We hope you enjoy her as much as we did!

How did you first get interested in thrifting? Were you raised to reimagine fashion as a youngin’ or did this passion come later in life?

I got interested in thrifting as a sophomore in college. I had to attend an induction ceremony for an honor society and I had nothing to wear and no money! I made a trip to a thrift store and I was able to put together an entire outfit for less than $20. After that, I was hooked on the awesomeness of thrifting.

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Style Icon Interview: The Thriftastic Nicole Poole

We recently got the chance to chat with our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon Nicole Poole about cashmere races, the thrill of the hunt, and the beautiful, confident style she inspires and facilitates with her fantastic blog Thrift Store Confidential.

Introducing our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon, Nicole Poole!

Last week, Nicole gave away her top secrets for how to snag incredible secondhand finds. In this second half of our interview with the Ms. Poole, she dips into her wardrobe to show off her favorite pieces, picks decades she’d most like to thrift from and brings it all back to one simple idea: style should be an adventure. Enjoy!

What are the biggest mistakes people make when heading to their local Goodwill?

I think the biggest thing to keep in check is your mindset. What you focus on multiplies.  If you think to yourself “well, this is what it’s come to,” or anything else self-defeating or generally “meh,” then everything you look at will seem drab and joyless. When I open the door to a Goodwill, I feel the same thrill I get when the house lights go down before the start of a play, or the door to the airplane closes. I feel the thrill of adventure and possibility.  And with an open and curious mindset, I’m sure to walk out with something that pleases me.

Who do you wish would donate their entire wardrobe to a Goodwill near you? (Supermodels, big sisters, rock stars, and politicos are all fair game…)

I think everyone who benefits from public attention should give back to the public.  It’s a dream for me to host a live auction benefiting Goodwill featuring celebrity donations.  Do you think we could make that happen?!

We hope so – that would be amazing! Imagine what you’d be able to snag… Red Carpet gowns would definitely do a Manhattan Prom Queen proud. Speaking of great finds, what’s your favorite Goodwill find?

Oh my gosh – how to narrow it down? Every day in my life has a little Goodwill in it – for housewares, it’s definitely the full set of Laguiole silverware. The little bees on the handles and the quality of the craftsmanship makes even a bowl of cereal seem luxurious. Clothing-wise, my yummy triple-ply man’s cashmere sweater has been my winter go-to item for three years now.

I think for overall Goodwill Favorites, it has to be shoes and accessories; I love adding luxury items to my jeans and t-shirts, and nothing perks up my day better than wearing something of quality.  The shoes are Stuart Weitzman and Lambertson Truex, the bags are vintage lizard and Gucci, and the vintage faux pearl choker has been worn so often with t-shirts and sweaters that I have to get a new clasp for it. The little maquette of the Arc de Triomphe just pleases me from its perch on my bookcase.

A look at Nicole's favorite Goodwill finds - including Stuart Weitzman and Lambertson Truex shoes & vintage lizard and Gucci bags. Plus a little Arc de Triomphe for fun, bien sur!

Why do you shop at Goodwill?

I wonder why anybody doesn’t shop at Goodwill!  When I was younger, it was because Goodwills were generally better curated and easier to shop in.  Now that I’m older and have a choice, I’ll do my best to spend money where I know it will make the biggest impact. Goodwill’s programs are helping so many people – even during times of plenty when I can pay retail, I still choose Goodwill.

Have you ever donated to Goodwill?

I donate to Goodwill often; it’s another great thing about having paid so little for clothing – it’s not a trauma to get rid of something that’s no longer relevant to me, and I can happily and effortlessly pass it on to someone else who might enjoy it.   I adore Goodwill’s donation impact calculator, because I get to see exactly how many minutes of job training or career coaching or resume preparation my items are giving.

For nearly 100 years, GoodwillNyNj has been a pioneer of “reduce, reuse, repurpose.” Imagine: NY & NJ programs reaching as far back as 1915… If you could visit a Goodwill store in any 20th century decade & then travel back to 2011 with armloads of finds, which decade would you choose – and what would you hope to buy?

Wow.  I love “way-back machine” questions.  I’d have to say for fashion, it’d be the 1930’s – the women’s suits and evening gowns (think Jean Harlow) – beautiful.  I’m a kind of curvy creature, and cuts from that era just speak to me.  For furniture, the 1980’s – not for the design of that era, but because that’s when everyone was getting rid of their mid-century pieces.  If I had known then what I know now!  I wonder what people will want to come back to this decade for?

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We’re betting they’ll want to come back for Nicole’s wealth of Goodwill finds, if nothing else! Do you love thrifting enough to be a GoodwillNyNj Style Icon? Come tell us about it and post your best finds over at Twitter and Facebook – we love hearing from you!

Style Icon Interview: The Thriftastic Nicole Poole

Nicole Poole is incredible. Her site, Thrift Store Confidential, has cataloged dozens of New York-area thrift stores, shared countless tips on smart style buys, produced video tutorials for thrift shoppers everywhere and even gone toe-to-toe (or should we say heel-to-heel) with Oprah’s O Magazine. We’re breathless just thinking about all this ever-in-vogue woman has done. Clearly we’ve got a GoodwillNyNj Style Icon on our hands!

Introducing our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon, Nicole Poole!

We got the chance to chat with Nicole about her style, her thrifting, and Thrift Store Confidential earlier this week. We hope you enjoy her sense of humor and thrill of the hunt as much as we did!

How did you first get interested in thrifting? Were you raised to reimagine fashion as a youngin’ or did this passion come later in life?

I’ve been thrifting since I can remember.  My mom is a very stylish woman, and as a single mother raising four kids, she kept up her style by thrifting.  Some of my fondest memories are going on cashmere races in thrift stores with Mom, seeing who could find the cashmere the fastest. She taught me how to spot quality, and I’ll always thank her for that.  In those days, in oil-boom Oklahoma, there was really a stigma to thrift store shopping.  I love that I’ve come full circle with it and am now shouting it from the rooftops – “THRIFTING ROCKS!”

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One Fan’s Fantastic Goodwill Finds in 2010: Goodwill Huntingg with Stacey Kay Thomas

2011’s a lucky year already! We asked you to send us your picks for top Goodwill find in 2010, and we were floored by the finds. However, one fan’s email stood out as especially eye-catching. Why? Because FIVE great finds are better than one! We hope you enjoy this post by Goodwill Huntingg author & Goodwill Style Icon Stacey Kay Thomas about her year of sweet secondhand success:

The fantastic Stacey Kay Thomas takes a look at last year's great Goodwill finds...

As the new year transitions into full swing, many of us begin to look back on the past year and reminisce about fond memories. As fashionistas, many of us are taking this opportunity to reflect on past fashion successes as well as failures. In the spirit of the new year, I would like to share my favorite Goodwill clothing finds, in hopes to encourage you all to thrift your local Goodwill store for those countless pieces that will undoubtedly create fantastic outfits. Enjoy!

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