Style Evolutions: This Week on Inside the Prop Closet

The Uniform

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My style has gone through a few evolutions in the past, but none as drastic as this year’s change. Maybe it was because I took a leap of faith in January, leaving a full-time job to start life as a freelance entrepreneur. Maybe it was because I was going to the gym regularly, and my old clothes fit me differently. Or maybe it was a combination of both.

Regardless of the reason, earlier this year I donated a large portion of my wardrobe to various thrift stores and primarily opted for three basic pieces, instead: white T-shirts, jeans and boots. It’s classic, it’s simple, it’s utilitarian — everything about this uniform fits where I am right now.

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Up until this point, I was obsessed with color and patterns. My closet was one eclectic gumbo, which fit the creative nature of my life. But things change, sometimes suddenly. I’m still wildly creative, but more streamlined, pointed, minimal. Creative entrepreneurship requires a focus that I’m still grasping. And that focus isn’t just limited to office hours — everything in my life needs to speak to it.

But I’ve always been one to unabashedly wear my genuine personality on my sleeves. I’m still doing that, and could never give that up. It just so happens that right now, thrift store shopping trips often end up with a few T-shirts and vintage jeans. Tomorrow, it could be different. Who knows? That’s the great thing about fashion: It’s as fluid as you let it.

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072115_SelfieDavid Leon Morgan is a Bronx-based creative storyteller and crafter. He loves to crochet, sing extremely loudly in the shower and help others share their story in creative ways. Learn more about him and his work at http://davidleonmorgan.com

 

 

 

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services, and 92 cents of every dollar earned supports our mission. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

 

WEEKEND WINDOW SALE + Goodwill’s Two-Color Sales!

VISIT GOODWILL’S TWO-COLOR SALES WEDNESDAYS OR SUNDAYS

Goodwill has set weekly two-color sales for 50% off at all of our stores. The schedule is below. We hope you’ll join us.

Goodwill has set weekly two-color sales for 50% off at all of our stores. The schedule is below. We hope you’ll join us.

Come to Our Two-Color Sales

Wednesdays
* NYC except Livingston
* Long Island
* Hudson Valley except Wappingers Falls, Kingston & Nanuet
* Broome County
* Northern New Jersey

Sundays
* Brooklyn Livingston Store
* Capital District
* Wappingers Falls, Kingston & Nanuet in Hudson Valley

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 our participating location below to take part in our window sale this weekend! This listing includes information for Goodwill NYNJ store window sales for Saturday 7/9.

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

Northern New Jersey
Paramus, NJ Store: Saturday 7/23, 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! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services, and 92 cents of every dollar earned supports our mission. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Multi-Functional Thrift Store Finds

3 Smart Ways to Use a Picture Frame (Besides for Pictures!)

One of the things I always look for when I’m thrift shopping is picture frames. These little beauties are great for displaying my cherished moments, yes, but I love them for more than that. In trying to DIY our home by renovating thrift store finds, and I’ve found picture frames to be one of the most versatile tools around. They can do so much for your home, and the best part is that they’re the perfect item for all skill levels! Here are three of my favorite uses:

 

1. Create Wainscoting on Your Wall

 

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Revamp your walls by using picture frames as a quick and easy way to create a wainscoting effect, like Charming Zebra did with this super easy method. You can even go one step further and add thin plywood sheets first, so that you’ll have a fully paneled wall, which Centsational Girl did.

 

2. Create a Centerpiece for Your Table

 

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One of my favorite ways to use picture frames is for a quick and easy centerpiece for my coffee and dining tables. The simplest way I’ve found is to spray the glass of the frame with spray paint (“looking glass” is my personal favorite), paint the frame, and add candles or decorations to the “mirror” once they’ve dried.

 

3. Turn a Drab Door into a Paneled Beauty

 

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This is one of my all-time favorite hacks to a more beautiful home, and it’s so easy! It seems we’re constantly cursed with the flat, boring builder-grade doors, but thanks to this amazing idea I’m now ready to turn our doors into something much more elegant.

Updating your home’s aesthetic with picture frames isn’t just relegated to family photos any longer! Try one of these three ideas the next time you pick up a set of frames on your next thrifting spree and show us your work!

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services, and 92 cents of every dollar earned supports our mission. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

 

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

Weekend Window Sales + JOB FAIRS 7/16!

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Stop by Goodwill NYNJ’s Job Fairs This Weekend!

Please stop by three of our store locations to take part in our job fairs this Saturday, 7/16! Job fair events will take place at our Washington Heights store from 9 am-3 pm, and at our Wappinger’s Falls and Vail’s Gate locations from 10 am-4 pm.

Additional job fairs will be held on Monday, July 25 at our East Harlem store and on Monday, August 1 at our Brooklyn, Livingston St. store.

Full-time and part-time positions are available at multiple store locations. Please bring identification and your resume with you to the event.

Don’t Miss Out on This Weekend’s Fabulous Window Sale!

Please stop by our participating location below to take part in our window sale this weekend! This listing includes information for Goodwill NYNJ store window sales for Saturday 7/9.

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 7/15, tickets 8 am; sale 9 am
Stuyvesant, 2nd Ave. Store: Saturday 7/16, tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am

To find a Goodwill Store near you, click here.

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services, and 92 cents of every dollar earned supports our mission. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Summer Sequin Spectacular! with @PlanetBrandee

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@PlanetBrandee: Get SEQUIN SPECTACULAR!

So last time we learned how to mix and match like a pattern master! And this week, we’re going to have fun with those post-July 4th sparkles we ALL LIVE FOR! Sequins!!!

‘Tis the season, and we don’t mean ho ho ho! It’s shining under festival lights, or sporting daytime sequins has you work it like a BOSS! And while we’re at, it I’m making sequins our new GW bestie! They’re always on the rack!

First up, the super chilled Sina.Matilda shows us how to casualize (yup, we’re capitalizing casually, and that should SO already be a thing!) on the sequins and make them work for everyday attire, and not just gala awards! PS: we can NOT stop listening to her soundtrack!

 

Second up – we go PRO level with the “Dressed to Kill” Glam team showing us how to style sequins for the workday and under-the-clock rush fun! Watch these pros slay the racks in record time, layer for their lives and deliver sequins fierceness!

Look at that body language ladies, these pros came to own it!

 

And lastly, with a touch of Southern charm (and the cutest accent we’ve heard in years), TipsByChrissy, we get schooled on the love of sequins and celebrity style from this belle!

 

SO! How do you get your GLITTER and sequins ON? Snap a pic of yourself looking extra extra SEQUINY, and share it on social media with us for a chance to be featured next month!

And as always, stay tuned for my next #travel #adventure, till then, follow my #food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee and see you on the streets!

 

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services, and 92 cents of every dollar earned supports our mission. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

Window Sale This Weekend, 7/9!

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Don’t Miss Out on This Weekend’s Fabulous Window Sale!

Please stop by our participating location below to take part in our window sale this weekend! This listing includes information for Goodwill NYNJ store window sales for Saturday 7/9.

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

Northern New Jersey
Fairfield Store: Saturday 7/9, 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! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services, and 92 cents of every dollar earned supports our mission. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

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! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services, and 92 cents of every dollar earned supports our mission. 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.