Morris Township: An Earth Day Celebration!

Looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day a little early? The Morris County Park Commission has you covered! We’ll be holding a Goodwill Donation Drive at their Earth Day Celebration this Saturday, April 17th from 11am-4pm.

Donating to Goodwill is a great way to promote recycling, earn a tax deduction, and get your home in shipshape condition for a whole new season of fun!

There will be live music, live animals (!), and great events all day long. We’ll be there the whole time, so please come on by and drop off all those no-longer-needed items.

For more information on the Celebration (event, parking info, etc), please visit the Morris Country Park website. Hope to see you there!

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The Halloween Clothing Swap: Our Director’s Cut

Why add to landfills with a generic plastic costume when you can come together with neighbors, learn a few crafting skills, and make a one-of-a-kind costume everyone will envy anyway? Last Sunday, GoodwillNyNj held a Halloween Clothing Swap and Costume Design Party in downtown NYC. The party gave us a ton of lightly-used clothes to base our costumes from, and encouraged people in the neighborhood to share their skills and fashion. We also had a lot of fun imitating David Bowie.

We hope you enjoy!

Today’s the Day!

It’s the perfect autumn day here in NYC – the perfect day for a PARTY!

Find your one-of-a-kind costume at our Clothing Swap and Costume Design Party today!
Find your one-of-a-kind costume at our Clothing Swap and Costume Design Party today!

Come join us from 3pm-7pm today at Boxcar Lounge (168 Avenue B between East 10th and East 11th Streets) for our Halloween Clothing Swap and Low-Cost Costume Design Party.

We’ve been chatting this up all week long, so you probably know the details by now. If you, click HERE for the nitty-gritty.

Still, we’d be amiss not to give our friends one more round of thanks. So thank you to I Love to Create for donating a ton of great crafting supplies for our event. Thank you to Boxcar Lounge for offering their beautiful back garden and coming up with a whole roster of drink specials, including a special $5 Halloween martini, for the event. And thank you to the Craft & Hobby Association, and specifically to Victor Domine and Tara Smith, for helping us reach out to their many impressive members in NYC and beyond. Thank you!

Thanks to Craft & Hobby Association for all their amazing help!
Thanks to Craft & Hobby Association for all their amazing help!

Can’t wait to see you all soon!

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Zena, our own Cotton Candy winner! She is the official GoodwillNyNj Low-Cost Costume Mavin 2009 – and, lucky you, she is actually available in-person to help you too, since she works at the Goodwill Harrison NJ store.

Introducing GoodwillNyNj's Low-Cost Costume Maven 2009!
Introducing GoodwillNyNj's Low-Cost Costume Maven 2009!

Our second-place Low-Cost Costume props go out to both David and Tara. The Pizza-Lovin’ President and Little Miss American Gladiator were both amazing costumes. Well done, you two!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Low-Cost Costume Online Photo Competition. We look forward to sharing our new Low-Cost Costume Maven’s advice with you as the year continues.

And don’t forget!: If you don’t have your Halloween costume perfected yet (or you’re just looking to improve your wardrobe), stop by our Clothing Swap and Low-Cost Costume Design Party today, Sunday, Oct 25th, from 3pm-7pm at Boxcar Lounge (168 Avenue B between East 10th and East 11th Streets). Just bring one bag of lightly-used, freshly-laundered clothes or a $5 donation and enjoy a whole weekend afternoon of good tunes, good drinks, and good people. Our Clothing Swap lets you browse, claim and keep any clothes you discover in the Boxcar Lounge garden –  and with I Love to Create‘s crafts, you can make your own one-of-a-kind, pro-sustainability, super-affordable, creative costume just in time for Halloween!

See you soon!

Party Tomorrow!

It’s almost time!

Come create the perfect Low-Cost Costume at our Clothing Swap and Costume Design Party tomorrow!!
Come create the perfect Low-Cost Costume at our Clothing Swap and Costume Design Party tomorrow!!

Our Halloween Clothing Swap and Costume Design Party is TOMORROW (!). That’s right – the creativity celebration is set for Oct 25 from 3pm-7pm at Boxcar Lounge in Manhattan (168 Ave B between E 10 and E 11 Streets*).

Don’t forget to bring  one bag of lightly-used, freshly-laundered clothes and you can trade them (or a $5 donation to GoodwillNyNj) at Boxcar Lounge for any other clothes or crafts you see & like in the space.

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We’ll have drink specials, too – and pretty darn good ones, with $5 Halloween martinis, $5 well drinks, and $4 sangria for all our GoodwillNyNj guests.

So you see, you bring the clothes – and we’ll bring the crafts, courtesy of the awesome people over at I Love to Create.

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Hope to see you there!

*The easiest way to get to Boxcar Lounge is to take the L train to 1st Avenue (and 14th Street) and walk south to East 11th, then east to Avenue B. It’s about a 5-10 minute walk. You can also take the F, J, M, or Z train to Delancey and Essex and walk north to East 10th St, then one block east to Avenue B.

Nonsense NYC

Nonsense NYC makes our world go round.

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Well, that may be a little hyperbolic, but we love a site that says, “We admire the handmade, the recycled. And we’re generally suspicious of commercial entertainment. That doesn’t mean we reflexively hate television or anything. It’s just that we genuinely believe that everyone has something to contribute, and that life is much richer when people stop treating each other like walking wallets.”

Indeed. So when NonsenseNYC listed our Halloween Clothing Swap and Low-Cost Costume Design Party this Sunday from 3-7pm at Boxcar Lounge (168 Ave B b/t E 10th and E 11th Sts), we were pretty thrilled.

You can see their whole week’s recommendations here, or simply read on for the GoodwillNyNj mention:

Why add to landfills with a generic plastic costume when you can come together with neighbors, learn a few crafting skills, and make a one-of-a-kind costume everyone will envy anyway? The swap gives us all more options of just what lightly-used clothes to base our costumes from, and encourages people in the neighborhood to share their skills and fashion.

With crafters and stylists on-hand to help out with ideas and free craft material donated by I Love to Create.

Boxcar Lounge
168 Avenue B, between East 10th and 11th streets, Manhattan
3-7p; $5 donation to Goodwill or one bag of lightly used, freshly laundered clothes
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This Week in New York

One of our favorite city events sites, This Week in New York, gave our party a little shout-out in this week’s e-newsletter.

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You can see the whole post here (though, if you’re set on finding out more about our Clothing Swap and Low-Cost Costume Party at Boxcar Sunday from 3-7pm, scroll on down to Sunday’s listings). In the meantime, though, here is their write-up:

GOODWILL NY/NJ COSTUME DESIGN CLOTHING SWAP
Boxcar Lounge
168 Ave. B between East Tenth & Eleventh Sts.
Admission: $5 Goodwill donation or one bag of lightly used, freshly laundered clothing
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Sunday, October 25 Crafters from I Love to Create will be on hand to help people make low-cost, environmentally friendly costumes for Halloween, with music, drink specials, 3:00 – 7:00

The Skint

The Skint was kind enough to spread the word about Sunday’s amazing Halloween Clothing Swap and Low-Cost Costume Design Party at the charming Boxcar Lounge from 3pm-7pm. Stop by 168 Avenue B (between East 10th and East 11th Street) and enjoy flattering drink specials ($5 Halloween martinis, $5 well drinks and $4 sangrias), fun tunes, and all the clothes & crafts you can stuff in a shopping bag.

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Don’t take our word for it, though – take The Skint’s. Or lookie here for our choice excerpt of their coverage:

Sunday: 3-7pm: goodwill’s low-cost costume clothing swap + costume-making party @ boxcar lounge, free with clothing donation ($5 without)

Hope to see you there!

GoodwillNyNj Party at Boxcar Lounge!

Our Halloween Clothing Swap and Costume Design Party is this Sunday, Oct 25 from 3pm-7pm at Boxcar Lounge (168 Ave B between E 10 and E 11 Streets*), so gather up one bag of your lightly-used, freshly-laundered clothes and you can trade them (or a $5 donation to GoodwillNyNj) at the Boxcar door for any other clothes or crafts you see & like in the space.

With a friendly vibe and an outdoor garden, Boxcar Lounge (168 Ave B) is the perfect spot for our party Sunday. Thanks, Boxcar, for having us!
With a friendly vibe and an outdoor garden, Boxcar Lounge (168 Ave B) is the perfect spot for our party Sunday. Thanks, Boxcar, for having us!

Enjoy 4 hours of $5 well drinks, $5 Halloween martinis, and $4 sangria in the company of other New York and New Jersey creatives who’d rather support sustainability, creativity and fun Sundays with friends than another plastic-wrapped carbon-emitting brand-new big-box costume.

We’ll have a few stylish helpers on-hand if you need some costume ideas, and we’ll have a ton of crafting supplies donated by the wonderful people at ILovetoCreate.com.

Hope to see you there! And Happy Halloween!

*The easiest way to get to Boxcar Lounge is to take the L train to 1st Avenue (and 14th Street) and walk south to East 11th, then east to Avenue B. It’s about a 5-10 minute walk. You can also take the F, J, M, or Z train to Delancey and Essex and walk north to East 10th St, then one block east to Avenue B.

Metromix

Thanks to Metromix, Sven (of the super-creative www.happyviper.com) and his homemade LEGEND costume are now famous! And you can be too – just upload your homemade halloween costume pics to our Facebook Fan Page as part of our Online Low-Cost Costume Competition, vote for your favorites, and wait for the fame to come a-rollin’ in.

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As for Metromix, they’ve done up a stunning post on our upcoming Clothing Swap and Costume Design Party. You can see the full thing HERE, or read our favorite bits and pieces below:

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey is holding a Halloween Clothing Swap and Low-Cost CostumeDesign Party at Boxcar today, complete with crafters and stylists on-hand to help out with ideas and free craft material donated by I Love to Create.