Something New, Borrowed, Old, and Goodwill Blue

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.


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.


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.


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!


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

By Christina,

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.

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

Buttons and Time

Good news, dear gentlemen readers: we’ll be featuring a weekly column by GoodwillNyNj Style Icon David Morgan all about secondhand fashion for men. This week: quick thrift picks & DIY tricks. Enjoy!

Fifteen minutes is all you need to score the ideal Goodwill find.

On two occasions this week, I walked into two different Goodwills exactly 15 minutes before they were supposed to close. I’m not sure how this happened, as both days I thought I had given myself enough time to make it. Yet somehow, I barely did.

Perhaps this was fate, since at each store I had only enough time to find exactly one amazing item and pay for it. While I am not necessarily an advocate of waiting until the last minute, I do believe in making the most out of what you have, even with time. So with all the determination and skillful shopping I could muster, I ran to the Men’s section and hunted for a bargain like a mad man.

When the announcer gave the impending warning, I emerged, proudly holding a cool tuxedo vest on the first day, and a pair of new American Apparel slacks on the other. The Goodwill Gods were certainly smiling.

While my new vest was cool enough as it was, I decided to add a little of my DIY-style to it. A few weeks ago, I had created a button collage on one of my old hats (shown on my personal blog, Yes, David Is Here), so with a bit of buttons left over, I decided to do a similar design on my vest.

A touch of DIY turns this last-minute bargain into a one-of-a-kind treasure.

This is an incredibly easy project, and can be done under an hour with a few buttons, needle and thread. I love how this once-formal vest is transformed into something completely casual! Still, I feel compelled to remind you:

  • A button covered vest is one thing, and a button covered outfit is another. Please don’t go overboard with your DIY creativity. One of the most challenging skills any of us creative types must master is the art of restraint. While Goodwill finds are a great way to dip, dabble and experiment with various restyling and remaking techniques to our crafty heart’s content, be selective with how much you decide to do. It’s important to look fashionable, not like a school craft project.J

I left the pants as they were (I was in desperate need of basic pants), and paired the two finds with thrifted handmade, leather shoes and a thrifted button-down shirt. A simple outfit indeed, but one that I really love! My shopping time at Goodwill never fails, even when down to the last minute.

Snow Shoes, Goodwill Style

Here at Goodwill, we’re practical so much of the time. We donate our clothes for tax deductions; we shop Goodwill to support sustainability and prevent carbon emissions that creating new clothes causes; we de-clutter our closets and garages and ex-boyfriends drawers so that our lightly-used goods can be sold for money that supports work rehabilitation programs.

This poster may be vintage, but our goals are the same. (And check out that Goodwill Girl's great 1920s style!)

We’re practical, practical people, right? So why is it that with this storm looming, all we want to do is fantasize about the ridiculous, awesome, incredible shoes at the Goodwill 23rd Street Store?

Because we love our environment, our community, our fellow man, and (to be honest) our account balance. But we also love STYLE. Glorious, eye-catching, draw-dropping style. Even in the snow. And just in case you do too, we’ve made up special impracticable post all about shoes.* Enjoy!:

Imagine these $20 Steve Madden babies glittering against all the fresh white snowfall. Divine!
A demure touch of color peeking out under jeans... or a wild streak paired with a little black dress & matte black tights?
"She wore blue velvet..." but we're partial to these heavenly $40 Stuart Weitzman satin pumps.
There's just enough Mad Men fever in our fashion sense to make us want these $30 Brooks Brothers babies bad. Pencil skirts & cocoa pumps? Secretary style never looked so good!
These $15 Nine West boots would be perfect for the big city streets - once the snow plow's done it's thing...

*…shoes whose sale, by the way, that just happen to support our environment, our community, our fellow man and (icing on the cake here) our account balance. Enjoy!