Something New, Borrowed, Old, and Goodwill Blue


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Christina Shanker

Goodwill NYNJ Staff


 

Finding the love of your life is a lot like thrifting. First you enter without knowing what you’re looking for. All you know is that once you see it, you’ll know it’s the one. Everything in the store is unique; each item is different and has its own history. You scour through countless racks and bins in search of what would fit perfectly into your life. You never lose hope, despite all the far and near misses.

But you’ve managed to do what some people deem impossible. You’ve found the needle in the haystack… Waldo… your soul mate! Now all that is left to do is marry him/her. This is where you’ll find yourself back at the thrift store. Not the metaphorical one about love. That part is thankfully over. We’re talking the real physical thrift store, your local Goodwill.

Goodwill can help you find the most important thing you’re ever going to wear, your wedding dress! The gravity and seriousness of finding a great gown does not equate having to spend a hefty dime. Goodwill’s bridal selection gives you an immense variety for a fraction of the cost. We’ve listed a few frocks to woo you.

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This is a floor length Judd Waddell dress in the size 6.  The silhouette is ballgown with a fitted bodice and a full skirt. It has sweetheart neckline, beaded natural waist, and a tulle skirt.

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This is a floor length Allure Bridals dress in the size 10. It has a trumpet silhouette and a v-neckline. The details on this dress are immense, having everything ranging from lace to a textured skirt and train. It comes with a partially beaded belt for an extra amount of sparkle.

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This is a floor length Kelly Faetanini dress in the size 6. This dress is the perfect about of subtly and drama. The floral-eqsue pattern wrapped around the classic plain satin is both elegant and fashion forward.

Visit Goodwill when you’re on the prowl for your wedding dress. You won’t only be saying yes to a dress. You’ll also be saying yes to sustainable fashion and helping the community. It’s everything you could want in a dress and then some more.

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!

Top 4 Bridesmaids Gift Ideas

MsSomethingBlue, Contributor

Best friends. Soulmates. Girlfriends. Whatever you call them, your bridesmaid are some of the most important women in your life. Why not make them feel special with a really great gift? Gone are the days of bridesmaid to bride only gifts. Brides are starting a new tradition of gifts for their bridesmaids.

  1. The DIY. Weddings can be pricey, from the dress to the cake to the photographer. For our budget friendly brides we recommend doing it yourself! D-I-Y doesn’t mean cheap but affordable. D-I-Y gifts can be some of the most thoughtful gifts people receive. I recommend wine glasses with painted sayings or designs. Like this DIY by Mommy Like Whoa. It’s fun, cute and who doesn’t love a glass of wine? You can even thrift your glasses for as low as $1 at a Goodwill storeDIY-decorated-wine-glasses-mommylikewhoa.com_.jpg Continue reading “Top 4 Bridesmaids Gift Ideas”

What do Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Prada All Have in Common? Goodwill.

By Christina, goodwillnynj.org

Shop Goodwill Online is like a box of chocolates…

…you never know what you’re gonna get.

Shop Goodwill allows you to scroll through an immense selection of vintage pieces. Your eyes may widen when you come across a designer item and then shortly scrunch up when you glance at the surprisingly low starting price. A recent trip to Goodwill NYNJ’s warehouse in Astoria proved that we have the tools to help you assemble a good look for a great deal. All you have to do is find them.

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#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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Spring Is That You? w/ @aldotg

By Al Green, stylsingstingy.com
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This week I decided to finally transition my wardrobe from Winter to Spring. With the sun gleaming, and the weather getting a bit more warmer, I felt as though it was definitely time. My transition pretty much included; gathering old sweaters & coats, purchasing new pairs of jeans, and purchasing new shirts. I am avid supporter of the Goodwill, so all of those winter pieces were donated to them with no hesitation. 

If You Give a Girl a Men’s Shirt…

By Goodwill NYNJ, goodwillnynj.org

Goodwill is no stranger to Do-It-Yourself fashion. We ❤️  a good DIY. Our stores are a treasure trove of goodies for those who like to get their hands messy with threads, scissors and glue.

This past month, students from Parsons School of Design reconstructed an array of men’s shirts into high fashion women’s attire. For their thesis project, the students from Parsons focused on the “anonymous women” behind the seams and design of men’s wear clothing, Below you will find photos taken in the warehouse at Goodwill NYNJ headquarters.

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Everyday Pieces w/ @StylingStingy

By Al Green, stylingstingy.com

For my online brand Styling Stingy, I decided to go on a mini shopping spree for my spring inventory, just to see what I could find. The Goodwill within the city of Lumberton was a major hit. I found everything from straw hats, to silk robes, denim shorts, denim vests, and even body suits.

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