@PlanetBrandee – Thriftness

@PlanetBrandee – Thriftness

The Power of reusing and recycling

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 1.59.13 PMListen: Life is a lot like a treasure hunt. We go searching and ambling through adventures, under rocks and over mountains, seeking the moment when it all suddenly comes together in a wild revelatory splash of WOW! Sometimes we get it, and sometimes, well, we don’t. So on those days when it’s not so “Wow!” I highly suggest slapping on your big kid boots and going thrifting.

Yes. I said thrifting.

Why you ask?

Well, for one, you’re reusing and recycling, which in and of itself is a powerful thing. Each year, consumers throw out and discard literally TONS of clothing, housewares and textiles. In fact, the average American throws away about 65 pounds of clothing per year. Along with other textiles that get tossed, like sheets and bedding, the total comes out to 14.3 million tons of textile waste per year. Thrifting saves items from a landfill and makes you feel a little better about your day.

So get inspired already! Take a trip with me on the magical interwebs and discover some FUN and FRESH ways to reuse what you find on the racks and floor at Goodwill NYNJ. Here’s a proverbial laundry list of inspo below – share your favorite and post pics of your own DIY recycle project.

221 Upcycling Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind – try diving into this hack list of ways to reuse everyday items you find around the house. Or read this super cool list of 30 ways to recycle your stuff! Or how about:  50 Creative Ways to Repurpose, Reuse and Upcycle Old Things.

And if that’s not enough, consider just downsizing as an art form. Take a moment to listen to this fab TED talk with the very queen of organization, the enchanting Marie Kondo. Her book is a MUST have if you have a habit of collecting but not using, so slate this for your next coffee break and tune in.

From the recycling bin to the closet, you’re STILL meaning to clean out before the fall season. Get inspired! Clean out that summer closet, and start prepping for your fall wardrobe.

Follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!!

Note from the editor:

Last year, Goodwill NYNJ helped residents keep more than 112 million pounds of unwanted but still usable clothing and household goods out of local landfills.

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Late summer closet purge plus tweed redux

Late summer closet purge plus tweed redux

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 3.11.12 PMThe annual summer closet purge is complete. The donations are out and the wedge heels are almost ready to be wrapped into the closet to prepare for: FALL.

That’s right, I said it, FALL!

And you know what that means, right? Late summer into early fall means we go look for TWEED indeed my good little fashionistas! Brace for maximum tweedom impact! Now, I’m not going to lie, I have a history AND closet FULL of tweed – tweed jackets, tweed hat, tweed knee socks, even a tweed pencil skirt, and most of it from Goodwill.

Wearing tweed makes you feel like having a walk on role in Downtown Abbey, even if you’re just hailing a cab. From Alice+Olivia tweed shorts originally priced at $198, scored for $14.99, to a beautiful vintage jacket for only $19.99. Life just looks cooler in tweed, which is MEGA-Instagram worthy! It’s prep without the pretension, and flattering across the board for all shapes and sizes.

The easiest ways to work this VERY early fall closet planning are the standby classic tweed pants, go high waisted and wide legged to instantly invoke the hot runway trend of cool androgyny and keep with a textured tank for the late summer. Dressing for the subway requires about 1,348 layers as all New Yorkers know. Personally, I prefer tweed shorts with a breezy silk chemise, chunky statement necklace, and a nice pair of well-worn in oxfords. Focus on: Less Sherlock Holmes, more sophisticated Ivy League gal. It’s still summer, but let’s be ready for those late night chilly breezes to start anytime now.

The versatility with tweed is that it’s dressy, but at the same time, outdoorsy. Originally created for 19th Century elite and later adapted into classic winter wear, you can pair it with a vintage pencil skirt, or a simple crisp white dress shirt/bowtie combo which all the Jazz Age kids go crazy for!

If you’re aiming for workplace appropriate, make things fun with chunky knit sweaters over a tweed dress or statement necklaces topping a tweed blazer with a pop of color in a silk chemise peeking out from beneath. I can’t fail to mention, tweed is a travel WIN! Tweed when you travel is the height of class, and keeps you looking like you’re returning from a grand voyage abroad, even if it’s just from a Greyhound bus station in Newark, NJ. (Sorry, NJ, we love you? Kinda?). Focus on: Less sweatpants on a late summer plane jaunt and more tweed jackets on a train!

And lastly, if all this tweed talk sounds too intimidating, and head to toe huntress/hunter isn’t your bag of Earl Grey tea, try dipping your toes in with a smaller, upcoming seasonal appropriate piece like a tweed pageboy cap, pocket square, tweed bowtie or a nice pair of tweed socks peeking under some leather oxfords for the gents. Tweed is an equal opportunity dresser, so the guys have a chance to get on board with this fun too!

So from the streets to the stables, get inspired! Clean out that summer closet, and start prepping your fall wardrobe NOW! Freshen up your gear for late August and get your avant garde going for September. Annnnnnd keep your eyes peeled for a potentially fun video series I’ll be helming this Fall on fashion! And follow my food, fun and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!!

Score an amazing #Goodwill find?! Know of an awesome window sale you’re going to be at? Let me know! And follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till then, see you on the streets!!

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Shyp Collects Donations for Goodwill NYNJ

BannerStarting this Monday, July 13, Shyp will make donating to Goodwill NYNJ much easier!

For a whole month, you can donate for FREE. Shyp partnered up with your local Goodwill to take the hassle out of donating. You can donate as many times as you want from July 13 through August 13.

Select Goodwill as the recipient at the Shyp app and there will be no $5 pickup fee. It only takes a minute to click and Shyp will be there in 20 minutes to do the rest for you.

With the help of Shyp, Goodwill will turn your donations into jobs and job training services for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment who live in your community.

HOW TO DONATE:

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Download Shyp app to get started
open the Shyp app
add a shipment
select Goodwill
take a photo of your donations
and request a pickup.

*Please limit your donations to clothes, personal items, and things that can fit in the back seat of a four door car. Our couriers will not be able to pick up oversized items. Shyp will accept two 13 gallon bags.

Thank you for your donation!

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@PlanetBrandee – NEW Millennials and Thrifting Part 3

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Special Report Series – Chase Springer

Welcome to part 3 of the @PlanetBrandee series on the millennial mindset and thrifting! We’ll look at the changing face of an entire generation, from fashion, thrifting, to eco-living and no trace left behind cultural mindset! Join me now through July as I interview and chat with Goodwill loving millennials who have embraced the up-cycling lifestyle. From performers, fashion designers and women in tech who love vintage, we’ll be diving into what attracts so many people to the NEW millennial mindset and shopping secondhand.

My third interview is with Chase Springer, a New York based millennial. His work in writing has him wear many hats, and as a creative person he frequents Goodwill and other secondhand sources for inspiration. Join us as we chat in Bushwick, Brooklyn about what it means to be a millennial.

@PlanetBrandee: Chase, firstly, thank you for taking some time today to chat with me about the millennial mindset. You’re a fantastic and creative individual. I think you have a very unique viewpoint on what it means to be living in this particular space assigned to millennial, yes?

Chase Springer: It’s a weird time, and the attention span of the Average American lasts 15 seconds (thanks, Vine!). Being a millennial means dealing with the status quo and trying to fight it and change it.

PB: Agreed, based on my experience working in tech, we’ve got maybe about 6 seconds to win people over these days. It’s hard to feel connected or tuned in with so many virtual and unnecessary swipe left distractions, right?

CS: We’ve over-farmed and over-consumed enough. Being able to put more use into someone else’s trash is an incredible way to lessen the consumer demand for new, destructive productions. Plus the styles of decades past oftentimes far surpass our current trends. So I love the looks I find in thrift stores.

PB: Yes, and it’s easy to see a counter movement happening where people say “hey, I don’t need 3 SUV’s and a double wide townhouse, I don’t need debt. I need experiences, not things.” It’s not just a buzzword trend, it’s becoming a reality for many millennials.

Follow my fashion, food and travel treks on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetBrandee – till next time, see you on the streets!!

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Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

NYU Holds 7th Successful Drive for Goodwill

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New York University’s seventh annual “Green Apple Move Out” (GAMO) collection project for NYU Residence Halls has been a huge success so far. Students moving out this spring are able to drop off their unwanted and gently used items at designated bins for collection and donation to Goodwill NY-NJ up until May 29th. This year we have placed bins in 17 dorms throughout the campus.

Since 2008, we have collected nearly 400,000 pounds of reusable goods. This equals roughly $920,000 and with that we are able to provide Robotics workshops for elementary children, adaptive technology to train individuals who are visually impaired, art supplies for individuals with psychiatric disabilities, social and safety skills training for individuals with autism, interview clothing for job-seekers and more.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to NYU and students both past and present. Not only are you improving your future and environment, through your donations you are helping to improve the present for so many in our community.

For more information on NYU-GAMO, come visit www.nyu.edu/recycling

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Goodwill Industries Week Sale & Uber Update

Goodwill Industries Week Sale

Today starts Goodwill Industries Week

Every year during the first full week of May, all 165 Goodwill’s across the world come together to celebrate Goodwill Industries Week. Goodwill Industries Week was first celebrated in May 1951 to mark the birth of Edgar J. Helms, the founder of the Goodwill philosophy and to encourage local Goodwill agencies to educate their communities about the mission of “helping people with disabilities help themselves.” This year, Goodwill NY-NJ will celebrate with a week long sale!

From Monday 5/5 to Friday 5/9 receive 15% off storewide in our New York stores.

From Tuesday 5/6 to Friday 5/9 receive 15% off storewide in our New Jersey stores.

#UberSpringCleaning

#UberSpringCleaning Update

A huge thank you goes out to Uber and to all of you who participated in #UberSpringCleaning. The Uber drivers were kept busy on Saturday; there were over 750 pick-ups between 10am and 6pm. Pickups were extended for two extra hours due to demand. We are so grateful to the Uber drivers and of course to you our donors for cleaning up your closets and donating to Goodwill! In total we received over 2,200 bags of donations – that is almost 300 bags every hour!

Since 2012, Goodwill has been able to divert more than six billion bounds of goods from landfills nationally thanks to donors like you. Locally, Goodwill NY-NJ helped resident’s keep more than 87 million pounds of unwanted goods from local landfills last year. Not only are you making an impact in your closet, you are making an impact on the planet.

To thank you for your participation, Uber offers promo code GoodwillNYNJ to receive $25 off your first trip with them.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

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FREE Uber Donation Pickups in Manhattan

#UberSpringCleaning

We are excited to announce Uber and Goodwill have teamed up to make your spring cleaning as painless as possible. Tomorrow, Saturday May 3 you can request an Uber SUV to come and pick up your gently used clothing between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Uber driver will drop off your donation to a local Goodwill at no cost to you.

Here is how it works:

1. Download the Uber app (Android here, iPhone here, Blackberry here)
2. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. request the Spring option on the bottom of the screen.
3. Once your driver is confirmed, you will see an ETA for their arrival and have your donations bagged up and ready.
4. Once your driver has arrived, you will receive a text message confirmation and bring your bags to the car.
5. You’ve just successfully participated in #UberSpringCleaning!

Please Note: Pickups will only be available in Manhattan. 

Since 2012, Goodwill has been able to divert more than six billion bounds of goods from landfills nationally thanks to donors like you. Locally, Goodwill NY-NJ helped residents keep more than 87 million pounds of unwanted goods from local landfills last year. Not only are you making an impact in your closet, you are making an impact on the planet. To thank you for your participation, use promo code GoodwillNYNJ to receive $25 off your first Uber trip.

Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill.
To learn how we serve the community, please read our industry blog Where The Goodwill Goes

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What’s Your Clothing Personality?

Have you ever been called a shopaholic?

Do you consider yourself a fashionista?

Do you refuse to get rid of a scarf because it happened to be in your purse that one time when you thought you saw someone who perhaps looked exactly like Aaron Paul?

Do you have such extreme team pride that you have a separate Jersey to rep them every day of the week?

If you are reading these questions and thinking: “Man, all of these sound like me!”

Well, if you answered yes, it sounds like it is time for you to take the “What’s Your Clothing Personality” quiz!

Each season, we fill our closets with new clothing rather than taking the time to really think about what we should keep and what we should donate. Take this quiz to assess your clothing personality and learn how best to declutter your closet this spring and make a difference in your community!

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Spring Cleaning: A Step-by-Step Guide

Time for Spring Cleaning
You’ve finally decided to take the leap. You are nervous, hesitant and keep second-guessing yourself. It’s not as easy as they make it look on T.V. you think to yourself.

Never fear we are here to help.

More than 70 percent of Americans engage in the annual tradition of spring cleaning, according to a 2013 survey by the American Cleaning Institute. To get this year’s spring cleaning season off to a fresh start, we’ve compiled the Seven Days of Spring Cleaning Guide, making it easier than ever to clean out your home and make a difference in your community by donating used goods. The beauty of this guide is that you can customize it to your needs. Don’t have the time to do these seven days in a row? Spread it out across seven weekends!

Day 1: The biggest spot that tends to need cleaning is the closets. Here’s a good rule: if you haven’t worn it in the last 365 days, you probably don’t need it!

Day 2: As you’re cooking dinner, take 15 minutes to go through your kitchen cabinets and find things you don’t use. Goodwill accepts used kitchenware items and household goods.

Day 3: Go through your seasonal holiday décor and donate what you no longer use. That Halloween ghost statue you haven’t displayed since the late 90’s? It’s time to let it go. While you’re going through seasonal items, don’t forget to look through your family’s old Halloween costumes too.

Day 4: Technology changes fast and many people have tech toys, used computers and computer accessories lying around the house. Goodwill accepts working e-readers, tablets and other electronic items as donations, and our Reconnect partnership with Dell gives you a way to recycle of non-working computers.

Day 5: If you have a home office, see if you have any office supplies that you don’t need. Clear your desk of unneeded backpacks, notebooks or binders.

Day 6: Take a deep breath; the seven days are almost done! But before you congratulate your decluttering efforts, take a minute to investigate the rest and relaxation or entertainment area in your home. How many DVDs do you own that you’ll probably never watch again? There are many CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs and video games probably just sitting there collecting dust.

Day 7: Finally, take one last look at your bookshelf. If your paperbacks have gone the way of the printing press time to say bye bye.

See…that wasn’t so bad, was it? When we take the right approach, spring cleaning can actually be fun. But one of the most common dilemmas for spring cleaners is what to do with all that stuff. At Goodwill NY-NJ, we collect used or new items and put the revenues from their sales toward job training programs and community-based services that can lead to fresh starts for people who are unemployed or underemployed. But more importantly, know that by donating your used items, you’re helping your neighbors set out on a path toward employment.

Also, don’t forget to request your tax receipt when you donate to Goodwill.

So, what did we miss? Shout back in the comments and tell us what you’re donating this spring!

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3 Chic & Easy Ways to Upcycle Your Clothes

Earth Day is April 22nd and to honor this day I want to share with you three easy and fun ways you can take your old, unused or unwanted clothing and upcycle or turn it into something new!

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1. Tee shirt tote bags
You probably have a ton of old tee shirts sitting in your drawers. You may be holding on to some of them for sentimental value or in hopes to one day wear again, but if its been a few years already it may be time to find other uses for your favorite tees. A tote bag is an easy and fun way to turn your old concert tee into a shopping, gym, grocery or beach bag! Here are easy to follow step by step instructions and if you want a no sewing required option then you can watch this easy video tutorial
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2. Recover a lampshade
Giving your home a makeover doesn’t have to be costly and sometimes all you need is a few small changes to spruce things up. You can change the look of your lampshade by recovering it with a new fabric that can be found right in your own closet! You can use a dress, top or skirt in whatever print you would like to easily give your lampshade a new look. Here are the step-by-step instructions.

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3. Turn a top that’s too small into a cardigan
If you’re like me you probably hold onto pieces of clothing hoping to one day wear it again and then before you know it, it doesn’t fit you anymore! Now you can take those old tops and turn them into long or short sleeved cardigans with no sewing required!  This idea is also great for kids since they outgrow their clothing so quickly. You can find the instructions here.

If DIY (do it yourself) projects aren’t your thing then you can always donate your clothing to your local Goodwill. You are not only making a charitable contribution, but by donating your old garments you are helping to eliminate waste. Goodwill will offload clothes or shoes that are not suitable for sale at Goodwill stores to textile recyclers. Goodwill knows that its customers expect a certain level of quality clothing. In an effort to keep usable goods out of local landfills, these vendors either ship them to Third World countries where they are given a second life or sort and resell them to textile “de-manufacturers” who turn them into other usable materials such as insulation or industrial carpeting. At the end, all donations fund Goodwill programs to empower individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. No waste is equal to financial support for Goodwill services – all contribute to help the community.

Forty-five percent of recycled clothes are sold to other countries, 30% are turned into cleaning rags and 25% are turned into fibers for stuffing insulation, according to the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textile Association. So think twice before you decide what to do with your old clothing!

Find the nearest Goodwill Store to you here.

xoxo
Nicole

Nicole Colon is a lifestyle blogger and designer from Long Island, NY, who is reinventing what it means to be “bad” by empowering women to discover their inner B.A.D. Girl and be Beautiful, Authentic and Determined. She provides her readers with tips, advice and fashion that aim to inspire them to get what they want out of life. Check out Nicole’s blog at www.stylemebad.com

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