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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Guest Blogger Shaunya: Why January is One of the Best Months for Thrift Store Shopping

Thrift Shop CollageJanuary is not only the time of the year when we kick-off New Year’s Resolutions; it is also one of the months when the inventory of thrift stores is more plentiful. Thrifters, vintage collectors and professional shoppers know that in January, thrift stores carry the cream of the crop. We’re not only talking about clothes, as this week between Christmas and New Year’s people are usually off from work and they use this time to do massive purges, not just clothing but books, toys and even furniture.

As we wind down 2013, many of us are clearing out our closets, donating our gently worn clothing that is too tight, too big or maybe too hard to fill in the blank.

Also, you can get tax receipts when you donate to nonprofit thrift stores like Goodwill. Tax receipts that we can use when we file our 2013 taxes as late as April. These last minute tax deductions have many creative folks dropping off bags of unwanted new or still usable clothing and household goods to their local Goodwill’s, making the local stores racks bursting at the seams with new found treasures.

In January, I go on the hunt for coats and evening wear. My aunt looks for crystal and china, a college friend seeks large pieces of furniture like armoires and rocking chairs. Also, if you know someone who claims that can never find anything in a thrift store, January is the month to introduce a weary companion to the joy of thrifting. It can be the introduction to spendthrifts too. Start the New Year off right, shopping thrift. You’ll donate to a good cause, but most importantly, save money and the planet!

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun


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Happy Holiday Window Sales!

Holiday Hunters, take note: we’ve got two Window Sales this Friday, December 9th packed with goodies! Join us at the Livingston Window Sale or the Steinway Sale (or call the reindeer and be at both).


The Brooklyn Goodwill Livingston Store (258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 718-923-9037): The Window Sale on Friday, December 9 begins when doors open at 9 a.m. The sale begins immediately after and purchases are limited to two items per person.

The Queens Goodwill Steinway Store (32-36 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103; 718-932-0418): The Window Sale on Friday, December 9 begins when doors open at 9 a.m. The sale begins immediately after and purchases are limited to two items per person.

Just in case you’re not in the know yet, a Goodwill Window Sale is when the best items in the store (which have been displayed in the window for days if not weeks) go on sale. There are often designer items and high-priced toys in the mix. We’ve seen everything from an XBox to a Prada suit to a gorgeous electric guitar. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.

For planning, visit our website at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx to map the location (and nearby coffee stops, night owls…). Have fun and Happy Holidays!

Treats for All: 3 Window Sales This Halloween Weekend

Prefer treats to tricks? We do too. That’s why we’re throwing not one, not two, but three Window Sales this Halloween weekend (along with our big Halloween sales, too!) – from the Bronx to Downtown Brooklyn to Greenwich Village, we’ve got something for every NYC deal-seeker this ooky, spooky holiday weekend.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011:

This Friday, October 28th at the Bronx 149th Street Goodwill (361 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455), tickets are distributed to customers on line by 7:45 a.m., and the doors open at 8:00 a.m. for window items only. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two items per person. At 9:00 a.m., the store opens to everyone unless there are still ticket-holders on line. Once they’ve made their purchases, any remaining window merchandise is up for grabs.

Also this Friday, the Brooklyn Livingston Street Goodwill (258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 10021) opens its doors at 9:00 a.m., and the Window Sale starts immediately. Purchases are limited to two items per person.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2011

Come Saturday, October 29th at the Greenwich Village Goodwill Boutique (44 West 8th Street, NY, NY 10011), doors open at 9:00 a.m., and the sale starts immediately. Purchases are limited to two items per person.

Just in case you’re not in the know yet, a Goodwill Window Sale is when the best items in the store (which have been displayed in the window for days if not weeks) go on sale. There are often designer items and high-priced toys in the mix. We’ve seen everything from an XBox to a Prada suit to a gorgeous electric guitar. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.

For planning, visit our website at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx to map the location (and nearby coffee stops, night owls…). Have fun and Happy Halloween!

Saturday Window Sale in Washington Heights

You never know where you might find your costume inspiration – so why not try a Window Sale at the Washington Heights Goodwill this Saturday, October 22 at 9 a.m.?

This Saturday at the Washington Heights Goodwill (512 West 181st Street, New York, NY 10033), the doors open at 9 a.m. for window items only. The store admits three customers on line at a time, who make their purchases. At 10, the store opens to everyone, and any remaining window merchandise is sold on a first come-first served basis.

Just in case you’re not in the know yet, a Goodwill Window Sale is when the best items in the store (which have been displayed in the window for days if not weeks) go on sale. There are often designer items and high-priced toys in the mix. We’ve seen everything from an XBox to a Prada suit to a gorgeous electric guitar. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.

For planning, visit our website at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx to map the location (and nearby coffee stops, night owls…). Have fun at the sale!

Friday, Saturday, Window Sale!

Leaves are changing and so are our windows! To get ready for the upcoming Goodwill Halloween Windows, we’re holding a ton of window sales this Friday and Saturday. Out with the Gucci, in with the ghosts… Want to grab those high-value items before the holiday kicks in? Here’s your chance:

Friday, October 14:

  • Goodwill Livingston Store Window Sale :: 258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201 :: Doors open at 9 a.m., and the sale starts immediately. Purchases are limited to two items per person.
  • Goodwill 23rd Street Store Window Sale :: 220 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 :: Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and the sale starts immediately. Purchases are limited to two items per person.

Saturday, October 15:

  • Goodwill Greenwich Village Boutique‘s Window Sale :: 44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 :: Doors open at 9 a.m., and the sale starts immediately. Purchases are limited to two items per person.
  • Goodwill East Harlem Store‘s Window Sale :: 2231 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035 :: Tickets are distributed to customers on line at 8:15 a.m., and the doors open at 8:30 for window items only. The store admits three customers at a time. Purchases are limited to one item per person. At 9:30, the store opens to everyone and any remaining window merchandise is up for grabs.

Just in case you’re not in the know yet, a Goodwill Window Sale is when the best items in the store (which have been displayed in the window for days if not weeks) go on sale. There are often designer items and high-priced toys in the mix. We’ve seen everything from an XBox to a Prada suit to a gorgeous electric guitar. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.

For planning, visit our website at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx to map the location (and nearby coffee stops, night owls…). And most of all, enjoy the sale!

Goodbye September, Hello Window Sales!

Tough month? Treat yourself to our window sale at Goodwill’s Livingston store in Downtown Brooklyn, Goodwill’s 79th Street store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, or Goodwill’s 23rd street store in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park this Friday, September 30!

Doors open at 9 a.m. for the Brooklyn Livingston sale and at 9:30 a.m. for Manhattan’s 23rd Street and 79th Street sales. Once the doors are open, the sale starts immediately and purchases are limited to two items per person. Visit our website at http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx to map the location. And most of all, enjoy the sale!

Just in case you’re not in the know yet, a Goodwill Window Sale is when the best items in the store (which have been displayed in the window for days if not weeks) go on sale. There are often designer items and high-priced toys in the mix.

We’ve seen everything from an XBox to a Prada suit to a gorgeous electric guitar. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open. Good luck to you all!

Father’s Day at Goodwill!


Show your father a little love and plan some quality time together with a Goodwill Good Deal Safari. Take dad hunting for the best finds at your local Goodwill – all men’s apparel, footwear and accessories are 30% off all day long on Sunday, June 20th.