Sporting Your Goodwill Finds


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Christina Shanker

Goodwill NYNJ Staff


 

It’s summer! School’s out, the sun’s out, and everyone wants to go out… to the ball game. It is prime sports season and whether it’s your own freewill or not, you will most likely find yourself watching a game. For fans, sporting events can be a joyous occasion. The suspense of the game and the rigor of the crowd are what you wait for all year. You’re in your element. However, if you’re anything but a sports fan, you’re in your worst nightmare. The suspense of the game is like watching paint dry and the rigor of the crowd scares you. Whether you love or despise the game, you still want to look your best. That can be hard to do when you’re trying to dress for the sporting occasion. Over-sized t-shirts and unisex jerseys are tricky to feel your absolute best in. If you’re a sports fan, you won’t be able to enjoy the game as much as you would if you don’t feel confident in your attire. If you’re anything but a sports fan, sometimes your outfit (and the food) are the only thing you’ll be looking forward to on the big game day. Either way, we’ve provided two different ways you can style your sporting goods. Checkout the lineup!

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This outfit is perfect for one of two people: the avid sports game goer or the completely clueless about sports but still goes-er. The signed ESPN shirt is perfect for these very different people. You can turn up to any sporting event and still be on par, considering that ESPN is a sports network that covers a wide variety of sports. The t-shirt is over-sized, but that can work in your favor if you roll up the sleeves and tuck it into whatever bottoms you decide to wear. We’ve decided to create a feminine look, playing with the indicative red ESPN logo. We’ve complemented the tee with a short red skirt and matching heels. You might even want to wear red lipstick. The cased baseball is optional. This outfit is perfect for any sporting occasion, ranging from baseball games to football viewing’s at your parents’ house.

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This is for anyone that is a team player, but doesn’t want to look like one. At a game, you’ll probably see many people wearing your favorite player’s jersey. Make yourself stand out by incorporating your own style, or at least our style. We’ve combined this Laker’s jersey with high waisted flair jeans. You may also want to include a funky belt like this chained one. Whether or not you want to BYOB (bring your own basketball) is up to you.

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All items in the photos can or could’ve been found at ShopGoodwill. Sports is all about bringing people together and routing to win. Shopping at goodwill is a win-win situation. Your purchases help the community, which is an ultimate score.

When you #ShopGoodwill , not only will you look good, you’ll feel good, too! Because your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!

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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! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. 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! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. 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! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. 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.

Naming Our Sorrow: This Week on Inside the Prop Closet

Names

 

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I like my name. My parents named me after David in the Bible. Me and biblical David have a lot of things in common: We’re both poetic, musically inclined and are brave enough to try and tackle problems (and people) that are twice our size.

 

I prefer David over Dave, though my late Nana would often call me Davey Poo. She’s the only one who called me that.

 

Names are important for many reasons. They suggest human characteristics like assigned genders and cultural heritage. Unique names may imply that your parents wanted you to be a one-of-a-kind star (Beyoncé, anyone?). And culturally classic names could mean that they wanted you to be a part of a well-respected lineage. Think: Lincoln, or Harriet.

 

Above all, names are important because they humanize us. They give people a way to address us and know us. Everyone must have a name. If they don’t, we give them one. Jane Doe or John Doe – even those names suggest a story.

 

This week, two names entered our collective conscience and made many people hurt: Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. These two men likely did not know each other, but they shared a few things in common: They were black and they were killed by police officers.

 

Their names are important. They’re actually quite beautiful, unique and strong. I like them a lot.

 

A few weeks ago, I found a vintage rubber stamp kit in my local thrift store. I had a sneaking suspicion that all of the letters wouldn’t be inside, but I bought it anyway. When I got home, I was sad to discover that I was right. Luckily, the letters “ALTON” and “PHILANDO” were there.

 

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This week, I pressed the stamp on a piece of paper to see the names of these two men. It did nothing for the pain, confusion and grief over the fact that they were more names added to the long list of black lives murdered by police officers. Pressing the stamp harder didn’t suppress the hurt. But their names were there, on that paper, and they looked beautiful.

 

Yes, they were men. Yes, they were black men. But, first and foremost, they were Alton and Philando. They had names. And they didn’t deserve to be killed.

 

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Remember their names.

 

 

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David 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! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. 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! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. 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! 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.

The Charm of Old Books: This Week on Inside the Prop Closet

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My favorite section in any thrift store is the books section. There’s just something about the smell of old book pages. It’s such a comforting smell! I especially love when there are handwritten notes in the margins. It’s as if I’m getting a glimpse into someone’s inner thoughts. It feels sacred.

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I do have one very unfortunate issue with the books section: I’m not an avid book reader. Sure, I love the act of reading — give me an engaging online article or (for better or worse) the comments on a Facebook post, and I’m usually hooked. But when it comes to sitting down to read a long novel in a physical book, I can’t seem to sit still.

But I want to change this. Really, I do. I want to have a growing library of old books in my home. Yes, I could get an e-reader like the Kindle, but the charm of old books is too attractive. I think I can convert my millennial brain from the digital to the tactile – I have faith. Starting today (as in the day that I’m writing this), my goal is read one printed book page a day — just one, at least until opening up a good book becomes second nature to me.

Until then, they make great props for me to use in my Photoshop exercises! The image above (the one with my severed head, of course) required me to use new tools that I wasn’t familiar with. It was a good way for me to learn new techniques, though admittedly I still need a lot of practice. Maybe I should add a Photoshop instructional to my new book journey? I’ll include it in my growing pile of thrifted books just waiting for me to enjoy them.

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The original images used to make the severed head image at top.

 

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!

 

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

Independence Day Sale!

July 4th Holiday Hours

Goodwill is open July 4! Stop by and see us at any of our retail store locations between 9 am – 6 pm on Monday, July 4, 2016, to get our great, everyday deals on new beach attire and breezy summer essentials.

 

Come to Our July 4th Sale & Take 25% OFF Storewide!

Shop at Goodwill on Monday, 7/4 and get 25% off. Available at all Goodwill stores from 9 am-6 pm except the Van Dam outlet in Queens.

 

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!

Rock a Fun, Fearless Print with @PlanetBrandee

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@PlanetBrandee: Fun Prints go Viral!

So last week we learned how to freestyle our hot summer days! And this week, we’re going to have fun with SO: Who can show us THE best ways to combine, rework and upgrade our fabulously thrifted Goodwill gear? As always, we turn the hottest faces on YT for that Pinterest-inspired fashion remix!

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First up, the super cute, talking in sync Nik and Gabi who spin that fierce wheeeeee of fashion and mix those patterns like a boss!

 

 

Second up, we get the insanely gorgeous and down-to-earth Chriselle Lim!

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She guides us through color as key, and pairing bold on bold with taste without getting too “busy”. We sourced a boxy jacket that was super busy (like Lims!) and layered over a light floral dress for a fun look!

 

 

And lastly, the funky Meredith (aka Stilababe09) shows us how to NOT be a hot mess and pull off the best of mixing patterns!

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SO! How do you mix your patterns? Bright? Bold? Totally Simpsons cat lady?! Snap a pic of yourself looking cute and share it 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! Your purchases support Goodwill’s programs and services. Head here to find GoodwillNYNJ store locations near you!