#BreakFreeFromPlastic with Goodwill NYNJ

By Goodwill NYNJ

You may have missed it, but Monday July 3rd, 2017 was International Plastic Bag Free Day. Don’t be too upset though, it’s a holiday where you’re encouraged to celebrate it before, during, and after its established date. We, here at Goodwill NYNJ, want to help relish in the holiday for at least a little while longer.

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Don’t Throw Out the Old; Rehab It!

4 Fantastic Ways to Rehab an Old Dresser

Old dressers seem to be a staple of the thrifting world, probably because of how many shapes and sizes there are available. If you’re all set with your clothes storage, though, don’t discount that dresser you’ve found at Goodwill, as there may be a way to repurpose it into something totally new! Check out these four fabulous ways to makeover an old dresser:

 

1. Turn it into a bookcase.

 

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TV consoles and bookcases are incredibly easy ways to repurpose old dressers, especially if you’re trying to save money, as those pieces can be incredibly expensive! The Domestic Heart shows us how it’s done with a dresser she thrifted for only $10

 

2. Turn it into a dollhouse.

 

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I actually stumbled on this idea while researching this article, and I was blown away at how clever this is! Using a few methods borrowed from the DIY bookcase, you too can create a dollhouse for your child (or yourself, no judgement!).

 

3. Repaint it and replace the knobs.

 

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If you’re not willing to part with the original function of your dresser, give it a quick and easy revamp using paint and new knobs. Or if you want to get really fancy, dress it up with spray paint and lace like Uniquely Chic Furniture did.

 

4. Use the drawers as shelves.

 

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Don’t throw those old drawers out after your makeover! I’ve seen the drawers used for wall shelves, craft show displays, and even this jaw-dropping cubby organizer (which, yes, I am definitely doing soon!)
Rehabbing a piece as large as a dresser doesn’t have to be difficult — there are a ton of different ways to reuse this one piece. Give one of these four ideas a shot and if you do, leave a comment below to share your results!

 

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!

 

megan face 2016Megan Brame is an award-winning entrepreneur, writer, and DIY nerd. Follow her on Twitter @meganpluscoffee or check out her different DIY adventures at The Beige House.

Makespace + GoodwillNYNJ

Makespace + GoodwillNYNJ = The Perfect Partnership!

We are very excited to share that the partnership between MakeSpace and Goodwill is still in place — and we’re working together better than ever to help you get rid of the clothing you no longer need or wear!

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If you’ve never used Makespace before, here’s what you need to know: Makespace is a company that makes storing your stuff easy by offering pickups, delivery and free reusable storage bins. When you schedule your first free empty MakeSpace bin drop-off, you will receive a shiny blue MakeSpace + Goodwill bag included. While you pack your bins, toss any unwanted items you’d like to donate to Goodwill in the bag. Then hand it to the MakeSpace Upload Team when they pick up your bins. They will take care of the rest.

 

That’s how simple it is to make your home feel bigger, brighter and cleaner — and contribute to making the world a better place at the same time!

 

Your donations make an enormous impact — when you donate to Goodwill, you not only get rid of things you no longer need. You create jobs and enhance the lives of families living in your community.

 

You also have a positive impact on the environment. Last year, Goodwill NYNJ helped residents keep more than 117 million pounds of unwanted goods out of local landfills.

Special edition: Free pickups of unwanted electronics this Sat. 11/14

Free pickups of unwanted electronics this Sat. 11/14

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With rapid and constant innovation in technology, we end up with obsolete electronics in our homes. We know you want to responsibly recycle them, not dump them in local landfills. So, while you find a way to get rid of them, they end up collecting dust and taking space in your place for months!

What to do? You drop them at your nearest Goodwill NYNJ store.

But we have a better option for you this week! You can responsibly recycle electronics from the comfort of your home.

On Saturday, November 14, in honor of America Recycles Day (November 15) Uber is teaming up with Dell and Goodwill® NYNJ, to help you get rid of and recycle that used technology you no longer use—and keep them out of landfills.

By simply tapping the RECONNECT option in your Uber app, you’ll be able to recycle your used electronics responsibly and donate to Goodwill NYNJ via the Dell Reconnect program.

Enter the code TECHTAKEBACK and request RECONNECT on November 14 to donate and recycle your used technology to Goodwill NYNJ

Anyone who recycles on November 14 will also have the chance to meet Dell’s Social Good Advocate, Adrian Grenier, who will be riding with Uber making pickups, and thanking New Yorkers for recycling.

How It Works:

  1. OPEN your Uber app
  2. TAP the profile icon and select ‘Promotions’
  3. ENTER code TECHTAKEBACK to unlock the ‘RECONNECT’ view
  4. REQUEST ‘RECONNECT’ between 10am – 4pm on Saturday, November 14, for an Uber driver-partner (or Adrian Grenier!) to arrive, pick up your donations, and bring them to a local Goodwill NYNJ location.

The Details:

  • NYC Tech Takeback Day is on Saturday, November 14. Donating will be available via the Uber app between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Manhattan and areas of Brooklyn and Queens.
  • Donating your technology is totally FREE.
  • All vehicles on the road making pickups for NYC Tech Takeback Day will be energy efficient hybrids.
  • Click here for Goodwill NYNJ’s list of approved items that may be donated.
  • Donations made as part of NYC Tech Takeback Day are tax deductible. All proceeds go directly to Goodwill NYNJ, so your donations will not only keep used electronics out of landfills, but every donation helps someone in your community with disabilities or disadvantages receive work and life skills.
  • Some items may require extra preparation before customers donate, as Dell and Goodwill are not responsible for data left on any donated equipment. Please remember to remove personal data from hard drives or other storage media before having them picked up by Uber.