Is Brooklyn Really the Coolest City Ever?

Brooklyn Bridge East River New York City

Disclaimer: I’m a native Brooklynite, born in Brooklyn Hospital. I attended Brooklyn Tech High School and in the words of Jay-Z, “Brooklyn till I die.”

Nonetheless, in the past five years -or ten if you’re a native- Brooklyn has had a renaissance. Gone are the scathing comments when you travel away from New York City, “Have you ever been shot?” Or still funny but not as harsh, “Did you know Biggie?” Instead, when you say you’re from Brooklyn, it’s as if this automatic halo of coolness surrounds you. Brooklyn transplants start to envy you and get nervous as though they will never tell their children how they inherited the cool package they give you in the delivery room.

The Brooklyn effect is a global phenomenon. Urban planning and real estate developers in the Midwest are marketing converted warehouses as “Brooklyn-style lofts.” Young women like Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City” fame, who a generation ago wanted to move to Manhattan and wouldn’t be seen in Brooklyn, are now creating vision boards based on Bushwick, the Brooklyn neighborhood where the cast of HBO’s “Girls resides. Across the Atlantic in Sweden, if you slap the world “Brooklyn” onto anything, people will buy it. There’s even a restaurant named “Bar Brooklyn,” modeled after hipster-filled bars in Williamsburg, at the original Kings County.

Recently, I stopped by the Goodwill at Livingston Street, in what natives call downtown Brooklyn. The store is located on the cusp of Fort Greene and Cobble Hill, two areas recently crowned as affluent due to rocketing real estate that has been there since the 1800s. I saw the melting pot that makes Brooklyn so cool. Little old ladies dropping off coats from decades past, hipsters buying up all things flannel, an older gentlemen looking for a suit for work, college students looking for early nineties “retro goods,” And then me, a fashion stylist who dreads department stores. For one moment, I took it all in, the different walks of life, the different reasons everyone was here: donating, shopping, and finding career wear. I realized that in no other city would I see true coolness but in a Goodwill in Brooklyn.

What made Brooklyn so cool? Was it the once cheap rents? Could it be the non-pretentious natives or slower pace? Was it the ability to zone commercial and residential as such to live, play and work without the fast-pace of Manhattan? Do the Barclay’s Center or the artisanal shops opening every five minutes make Brooklyn now cool? Or has Brooklyn always been cool and those seeking a cool factor just discovered it?

What do you think? Include your comments below and let me know!

And if you have not been in Brooklyn, let me be your tour guide. Write any questions about anything Brooklyn!

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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Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day and Weekend Window Sales!

25% off red items and tags January 31
Goodwill wishes you a happy Chinese New Year! On Friday, January 31 receive 25% off all red items and tags.

25% off outwear

Just in case Punxsutawney Phil does see his shadow we want you to stay warm! Receive 25% off outerwear Sunday, February 2 in New York & New Jersey and Tuesday, February 4 in Paramus.

windowsaleheaderGeneral Rules:

  • Tickets are distributed to customers in line, first come-first serve 
  • Customers may enter the store in numerical order once the doors open to the public
  • Customers may purchase a limited number of window items, check each store for specific details
  • 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
  • Check for specific store rules


New York City

72nd Street Store: Saturday 2/1 sale 9 am
79th Street Store: Friday 1/31 sale 10 am
Fulton Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am
Harlem Store: Saturday 2/1 sale 9 am
Livingston Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:30 am; sale 9 am

Long Island
Bellmore Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
Centereach Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am
East Northport Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:45 am;  sale 9 am

Massapequa Store: Friday 1/31 tickets 8:45 am; sale 9 am

Hudson Valley
Elmsford: Saturday 2/1 sale 10 am

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GoodwillNyNj’s Weekend Window Sales: June 21-23

Looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous weekend! Here’s the GoodwillNyNj Window Sales forecast to help you plan it right:

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FRIDAY, JUNE 21st:

  • The Massapequa Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 8:45 a.m., and the doors open at 9. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. To keep the sale moving, customers are asked to make their selections quickly without examining each individual window item. Once they have made their choice, they are free to shop the rest of the store. At 9:30, the store opens to the general public. You’ll find the Massapequa Goodwill at 814 Hicksville Road, Massapequa, NY 11758 (516-795-0237).

SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd:

  • The Goodwill Village Boutique Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:50 a.m., first come first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. If they want more, they must go to the back of the line and get another ticket. Store opens to the general public when the window sale is over, usually 10-10:15. You’ll find the Goodwill Village Boutique at 44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 (212-477-7024).
  • The East Harlem Third Avenue Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The store admits three customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. At 9:30, the store opens to everyone and any remaining window merchandise is available to all. You’ll find the Goodwill East Harlem Store at 2231 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035 (212-410-0973).
  • The East Northport Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m., first come-first serve. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. Store opens at 9:30 unless there are still ticket-holders in line. Once they are done, window merchandise is available to everyone. You’ll find the East Northport Goodwill at 1900 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731 (631-462-4219).
  • The Springfield Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis as window sale customers enter the store at 9:30 a.m. Each customer may pick up to four window items to buy. The store opens to regular customers at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Springfield Goodwill at 126 Route 22 West, Springfield, NJ 07081 (973-912-0156).
  • The Wappingers Falls Goodwill Window Sale: The sale begins at 8 a.m., and is first come-first serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrive. The store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase three window items. When all the ticketed purchasers are done, the merchandise is available to other customers after the store opens at 9. You’ll find the Wappingers Falls Goodwill at 1488 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845-298-0311).

SUNDAY, JUNE 23rd:

  • The Bellmore Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:45 a.m., first come first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. Store opens to the general public at 9:30. You’ll find the Bellmore Goodwill at 2736 Merrick Road, Bellmore, NY 11710 (516-409-5951).

And don’t forget – as of TODAY, June 20th – the Goodwill Uptown Boutique is officially open! For all the info on the newest place to get designer finds for less, check out our recent post:
Introducing GoodwillNyNj’s Uptown Manhattan Boutique.”

To find your nearest Goodwill, visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/shop/goodwill-store-locations/all. Hope to see you soon, Goodwill fans!

P.S. 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 red lacquered Chinese lions to a Ferragamo heels to pristine electric guitars. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.

Introducing: GoodwillNyNj’s Uptown Manhattan Boutique!

UWS, we’ve got great news!: Goodwill’s first Uptown Manhattan Boutique will open this Thursday, June 20th!

Come join us
Come join us at 157 West 72nd Street for our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 20th, starting at 10am!

Housed in the commercial base of a landmark brownstone with neo-Greco ornamentation built at the turn of the 20th century, Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique and donation center is located at 157 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Continuing in the tradition of our two downtown boutiques in Greenwich Village and Chelsea, the 4,000 sq. ft. 72nd Street boutique will offer stylish, quality clothing and small household items at affordable prices. Customers may become Goodwill Rewards Card members to receive additional discounts.

Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique will provide full- and part-time employment for up to 12 people, some of them persons with disabilities.

Goodwill stores offer local residents the opportunity to contribute to organization’s mission by donating unwanted belongings. Because Goodwill is a not-for-profit, contributed items in good condition are tax-deductible, and receipts are provided upon request.

Goodwill stores and DonationXpress, our attended donation centers, offer training and employment for individuals who are underserved or lack education or work experience. Some of them are people with physical, developmental and psychiatric disabilities. In Manhattan, Goodwill also works with the Department of Education to provide retail and job experience for students aging out of special education.

Be the first to learn about sales and promotions at Goodwill’s social media Facebook page and Twitter – and by checking back right here, of course! Thank you for all your support and we can’t wait to see you at the brand-new Uptown Manhattan Boutique!

Goodwill 72nd Street Boutique:
157 W. 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 799-2723

GoodwillNyNj’s Weekly Window Sales Update

It’s heating up, and so are our sales! Join us this weekend as we welcome the upcoming summer season with a great new spread of sales. Here’s the weekly Window Sale line-up for all our favorite fashion-loving thrifters out there:

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Friday, May 31st:

  • The 79th Street Goodwill Window Sale: The weekly sale begins at 10 a.m. and is first come, first serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrived. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchase is made, customers may rejoin the line to make another selection. You’ll find the 79th Street Store at 217 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024 (212-874-5050).
  • The Brooklyn Livingston Street Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:30 AM, first come-first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two items per customer; rejoin line for another chance. You’ll find the Goodwill Livingston Store at 258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718-923-9037).
  • The Astoria Steinway Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets at the weekly sale are distributed at 9:15 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 10 a.m. to all customers, who are taken in numerical order. Purchases are limited to two window items per customer. Once their window transaction is complete, customers are free to shop the store. You’ll find the Goodwill Steinway Store at 32-36 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103 (718-932-0418).
  • The Bronx Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 7:45 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 8 a.m. The store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. At 9, the store opens to everyone unless there are still ticket-holders in line. Once they’re through, any remaining window merchandise is available to everyone. You’ll find the Bronx Store at 361 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 (718-292-1083).

Saturday, June 1st:

  • The West Harlem Fifth Avenue Goodwill Window Sale: The weekly sale starts at 9 a.m., and is first-come, first-serve. Each customer is given a number in the order they arrive. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchases are made, they may rejoin the line to make additional selections. You’ll find the Goodwill West Harlem Store at 2196 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10037 (212-862-0020).
  • The Brooklyn Fulton Street Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:30 AM, first come-first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two items per customer; rejoin line for another chance. You’ll find the Goodwill Fulton Store at 1100-1104 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718-789-0856).

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 red lacquered Chinese lions to a Ferragamo heels to pristine electric guitars. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.

GoodwillNyNj’s Memorial Day & Weekend Window Sales!

Did someone say Holiday Weekend? We think so! To celebrate Memorial Day, here’s a Weekend Window Sale Update and 25%-Off Memorial Day Special you won’t want to miss:

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Friday, May 24th:

  • The 23rd Street Goodwill Window Sale: The sale begins at 9 a.m., and is first-come, first-serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they enter the store. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchase is made, they may rejoin the line to make another selection. You’ll find the 23rd Street Goodwill at 220 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 (212-447-7270).

Saturday, May 25th:

  • The Goodwill Village Boutique Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:50 a.m., first come first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. If they want more, they must go to the back of the line and get another ticket. Store opens to the general public when the window sale is over, usually 10-10:15. You’ll find the Goodwill Village Boutique at 44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 (212-477-7024).
  • The Upper East Side Stuyvesant Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 9:30 a.m., just before the doors open. The store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. They may rejoin the line when they’re done if they want to buy more window merchandise. The store opens to everyone at 10, but the window line continues inside until the sale is over. You’ll find the Stuyvesant Store at 1704 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (212-831-1830).
  • The East Harlem Third Avenue Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The store admits three customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. At 9:30, the store opens to everyone and any remaining window merchandise is available to all. You’ll find the Goodwill East Harlem Store at 2231 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035 (212-410-0973).
  • The Wappingers Falls Goodwill Window Sale: The sale begins at 8 a.m., and is first come-first serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrive. The store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase three window items. When all the ticketed purchasers are done, the merchandise is available to other customers after the store opens at 9. You’ll find the Wappingers Falls Goodwill at 1488 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845-298-0311).
  • The East Northport Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m., first come-first serve. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. Store opens at 9:30 unless there are still ticket-holders in line. Once they are done, window merchandise is available to everyone. You’ll find the East Northport Goodwill at 1900 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731 (631-462-4219).
  • The Massapequa Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 8:45 a.m., and the doors open at 9. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. To keep the sale moving, customers are asked to make their selections quickly without examining each individual window item. Once they have made their choice, they are free to shop the rest of the store. At 9:30, the store opens to the general public. You’ll find the Massapequa Goodwill at 814 Hicksville Road, Massapequa, NY 11758 (516-795-0237).

Sunday. May 26th:

  • The Bellmore Goodwill Window Sale: Ticket distribution will be at 9:15, and the doors will open at 9:30. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two showcase items per person. To keep the sale moving, customers are asked to make their selections quickly without examining each individual showcase item. Once they have made their choice, they are free to shop the rest of the store, which opens to the public at 10. You’ll find the Bellmore Goodwill at 2736 Merrick Road, Bellmore, NY 11710 (516-409-5951).

Monday, May 27th:

  • All Stores (excepting the pay-by-the-pound Van Dam Outlet in Long Island City): Drop by Goodwill, and shop for 25% off at our storewide Memorial Day sale. Note: The sale will be held Saturday, May 25, in Bergen County, NJ and Sunday, May 26, at our other Northern New Jersey stores.

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FYI: For your convenience, our stores will open this Memorial Day weekend. Get ready for summer! Saturday and Sunday, all stores open regular hours. Monday, May 27, * all stores open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. (Bergenfield and Paramus stores in New Jersey will be closed on Sunday as usual.)

To find your nearest Goodwill, visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx. Hope to see you soon, Goodwill fans!

GoodwillNyNj’s Weekend Window Sale Update!

Hey there weekend, you’re just a few days away! To celebrate Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s around-the-corner arrival we’ve got a Weekend Window Sales Rundown perfect for shaping your Goodwill hunting plans:

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Friday, May 17th:

  • The 79th Street Goodwill Window Sale: The weekly sale begins at 10 a.m. and is first come, first serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrived. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchase is made, customers may rejoin the line to make another selection. You’ll find the 79th Street Store at 217 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024 (212-874-5050).
  • The Brooklyn Livingston Street Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:30 a.m., first come-first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two items per customer; rejoin line for another chance. You’ll find the Goodwill Livingston Store at 258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718-923-9037).
  • The Astoria Steinway Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets at the weekly sale are distributed at 9:15 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 10 a.m. to all customers, who are taken in numerical order. Purchases are limited to two window items per customer. Once their window transaction is complete, customers are free to shop the store. You’ll find the Goodwill Steinway Store at 32-36 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103 (718-932-0418).

Saturday, May 18th:

  • The West Harlem Fifth Avenue Goodwill Window Sale: The weekly sale starts at 9 a.m., and is first-come, first-serve. Each customer is given a number in the order they arrive. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchases are made, they may rejoin the line to make additional selections. You’ll find the Goodwill West Harlem Store at 2196 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10037 (212-862-0020).
  • The Brooklyn Fulton Street Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:30 a.m., first come-first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two items per customer; rejoin line for another chance. You’ll find the Goodwill Fulton Store at 1100-1104 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718-789-0856).
  • The Rockaway Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis as window sale customers enter the store at 9:30 a.m. Each customer may pick up to four window items to buy. The store opens to regular customers at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Rockaway Store at 226 Highway 46, Rockaway, NJ 07866 (973-983-5693).
  • The Springfield Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis as window sale customers enter the store at 9:30 a.m. Each customer may pick up to four window items to buy. The store opens to regular customers at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Springfield Goodwill at 126 Route 22 West, Springfield, NJ 07081 (973-912-0156).
  • Binghamton Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis as window sale customers enter the store at 9:30 a.m. Each customer may pick up to four window items to buy. The store opens to regular customers at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Binghamton Goodwill at 12 Glenwood Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13905 (607-729-2451).

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 red lacquered Chinese lions to a Ferragamo heels to pristine electric guitars. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.

To find your nearest Goodwill, visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx. And if you haven’t donated to Goodwill recently, now would be a great time – not only will you be helping your community, if you donate this April, you’ll get a free tote bag in the process!

Your donations make a difference. The more donations we get, the more for everyone to buy, and the more funding for our programs and services to keep changing lives.

Window Sales, Cinco de Mayo & Goodwill Industries Week: Oh My!

Welcome to the nearly-weekend! (Can you tell we’re excited for sunshine and thrift finds?) Better get your schedule’s out – it’s the GoodwillNyNj Weekend Window Sale Line-Up ready and waiting to turn your Friday, Saturday and Cinco de Mayo Sunday into three great days of deals!

And don’t forget next week is Goodwill Industries Week! We’ll have a sale a day starting Monday just for that celebration, so get excited – there’s nothing but good things and Goodwill ahead!

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Friday, May 3th:

  • The Chelsea Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line at 8:45 a.m., and the doors open at 9. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. Once their transaction is complete, window sale shoppers must leave the store until it opens to everyone at 10. You’ll find the Goodwill Chelsea Store at 103 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001 (646-638-1725).
  • The 79th Street Goodwill Window Sale: The weekly sale begins at 10 a.m. and is first come, first serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrived. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchase is made, customers may rejoin the line to make another selection. You’ll find the Goodwill 79th Street Store at 217 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024 (212-874-5050).
  • The Brooklyn Livingston Street Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:30 AM, first come-first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two items per customer; rejoin line for another chance. You’ll find the Goodwill Livingston Store at 258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718-923-9037).
  • The Astoria Steinway Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets at the weekly sale are distributed at 9:15 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 10 a.m. to all customers, who are taken in numerical order. Purchases are limited to two window items per customer. Once their window transaction is complete, customers are free to shop the store. You’ll find the Goodwill Steinway Store at 32-36 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103 (718-932-0418).

Saturday, May 4th:

  • The West Harlem Fifth Avenue Goodwill Window Sale: The weekly sale starts at 9 a.m., and is first-come, first-serve. Each customer is given a number in the order they arrive. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchases are made, they may rejoin the line to make additional selections. You’ll find the Goodwill West Harlem Store at 2196 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10037 (212-862-0020).
  • The East Harlem Third Avenue Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The store admits three customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. At 9:30, the store opens to everyone and any remaining window merchandise is available to all. You’ll find the Goodwill East Harlem Store at 2231 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035 (212-410-0973).
  • The Brooklyn Fulton Street Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:30 AM, first come-first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two items per customer; rejoin line for another chance. You’ll find the Goodwill Fulton Store at 1100-1104 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718-789-0856).

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 red lacquered Chinese lions to a Ferragamo heels to pristine electric guitars. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.

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Sunday, May 5th:

  • Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Goodwill Glassware & Dishware sale! Drop by Goodwill on Sunday, May 5, and get 50% off glassware and dishware. Available while supplies last. No grey-tag items.

To find your nearest Goodwill, visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx. Hope to see you soon, Goodwill fans!

All Thrifty States & GoodwillNyNj’s Window Sales!

This just in: All Thrifty States’ Jenna Isaacson will be stopping by Goodwill’s Village Boutique at 44 W 8th St 10011 this Friday morning!

Swing by the Goodwill Boutique this Friday morning and you might end up part of an awesome photography project celebrating reuse and second-hand living!
Swing by the Goodwill Boutique this Friday morning and you might end up part of an awesome photography project celebrating reuse and second-hand living!

Jenna’s All Thrifty States: A Visual Journey through America’s Collective Closets is a photo project and upcoming book that takes an investigative look into the significance of second-hand shopping, and how consumers’ purchases of previously used items can be not only a choice that is healthy for the planet, but an answer to the consumerism that has pushed Americans’ spending habits to the max.

We hope you stop by the Goodwill Boutique to say hello, talk second-hand finds and celebrate reuse with us this Friday a.m.! And speaking of Friday (and Saturday and Sunday) a.m….. Here is our long-awaited, deal-filled Weekend Window Sale line-up for the coming days!:

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Friday, April 26th:

  • The 23rd Street Goodwill Window Sale: The sale begins at 9 a.m., and is first-come, first-serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they enter the store. They may pick two window items to buy. When the purchase is made, they may rejoin the line to make another selection. You’ll find the 23rd Street Goodwill at 220 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 (212-447-7270).
  • The Bronx Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 7:45 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 8 a.m. The store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. At 9, the store opens to everyone unless there are still ticket-holders in line. Once they’re through, any remaining window merchandise is available to everyone. You’ll find the Bronx Goodwill at 361 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 (718-292-1083).

Saturday, April 27th:

  • The Goodwill Village Boutique Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:50 a.m., first come first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. If they want more, they must go to the back of the line and get another ticket. Store opens to the general public when the window sale is over, usually 10-10:15. You’ll find the Goodwill Village Boutique at 44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 (212-477-7024).
  • The Washington Heights Goodwill Window Sale: The sale begins at 9 a.m., and is first-come, first-serve. Three customers come in at a time and may choose three items each to purchase. If they want more, they must go to the back of the line after the transaction. The doors open for everyone at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Washington Heights Goodwill at 512 West 181st Street, New York, NY 10033 (212-923-7910).
  • The East Northport Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m., first come-first serve. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. Store opens at 9:30 unless there are still ticket-holders in line. Once they are done, window merchandise is available to everyone. You’ll find the East Northport Goodwill at 1900 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731 (631-462-4219).
  • The Binghamton Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis as window sale customers enter the store at 9:30 a.m. Each customer may pick up to four window items to buy. The store opens to regular customers at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Binghamton Goodwill at 12 Glenwood Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13905 (607-729-2451).
  • The Wappingers Falls Goodwill Window Sale: The sale begins at 8 a.m., and is first come-first serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrive. The store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase three window items. When all the ticketed purchasers are done, the merchandise is available to other customers after the store opens at 9. You’ll find the Wappingers Falls Goodwill at 1488 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845-298-0311).
  • The Springfield Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis as window sale customers enter the store at 9:30 a.m. Each customer may pick up to four window items to buy. The store opens to regular customers at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Springfield Goodwill at 126 Route 22 West, Springfield, NJ 07081 (973-912-0156).

Sunday, April 26th

  • The Bellmore Goodwill Window Sale: Ticket distribution will be at 9:15 a.m., and the doors will open at 9:30. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two showcase items per person. To keep the sale moving, customers are asked to make their selections quickly without examining each individual showcase item. Once they have made their choice, they are free to shop the rest of the store. You’ll find the Bellmore Goodwill at 2736 Merrick Road, Bellmore, NY 11710 (516-409-5951).

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 red lacquered Chinese lions to a Ferragamo heels to pristine electric guitars. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.

To find your nearest Goodwill, visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx. And if you haven’t donated to Goodwill recently, now would be a great time – not only will you be helping your community, if you donate this April, you’ll get a free tote bag in the process!

Your donations make a difference. The more donations we get, the more for everyone to buy, and the more funding for our programs and services to keep changing lives.

The 79th Street Goodwill Reopens! (+ Our Weekend Window Sales Update)

Spring has Sprung! To celebrate the new season, our 79th Street is now officially OPEN to customers. Come see our remodeled store! We’re open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, located at 217 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024 (212-874-5050).

Our Spring celebration goes even further than unveiling our new-and-improved 79th Street store – we’ve also planned a whole bouquet of Weekend Window Sales to get your season started right. Take a look!

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Friday, March 22th:

  • The Chelsea Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line at 8:45 a.m., and the doors open at 9. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. Once their transaction is complete, window sale shoppers must leave the store until it opens to everyone at 10. You’ll find the Chelsea Store at 103 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001 (646-638-1725).
  • The Brooklyn Livingston Street Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:30 AM, first come-first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two items per customer; rejoin line for another chance. You’ll find the Livingston Store at 258 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718-923-9037)
  • The Steinway Astoria Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. to all customers, who are taken in numerical order. Purchases are limited to two window items per customer. Once their window transaction is complete, customers are free to shop the store. You’ll find the Steinway Store at 32-36 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103 (718-932-0418).
  • The Bronx Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 7:45 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 8 a.m. The store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. At 9, the store opens to everyone unless there are still ticket-holders in line. Once they’re through, any remaining window merchandise is available to everyone. You’ll find the Bronx Store at 361 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 (718-292-1083).
  • The Paramus Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 9:45 a.m. The doors open at 10 for both ticket-holders and regular customers, who will use different entry points. Purchases are limited to two window items per person, and ticket-holders are asked to select and pay immediately to keep the line moving. Once they’ve made their purchases, customers may get back in line to select again. Once all ticket-holders are done, window items will be available to regular customers. You’ll find the Paramus Store at 809 State Route 17, Paramus, NJ 07652 (201-444-0596).

Saturday, March 23rd:

  • The Greenwich Village Goodwill Boutique Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:50 a.m., first come first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. If they want more, they must go to the back of the line and get another ticket. Store opens to the general public when the window sale is over, usually 10-10:15. You’ll find the Village Store at 44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 (212-477-7024).
  • The Upper East Side Stuyvesant Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 9:30 a.m., just before the doors open. The store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. They may rejoin the line when they’re done if they want to buy more window merchandise. The store opens to everyone at 10, but the window line continues inside until the sale is over. You’ll find the Stuyvesant Store at 1704 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (212-831-1830).
  • The Washington Heights Goodwill Window Sale: The sale begins at 9 a.m., and is first-come, first-serve. Three customers come in at a time and may choose three items each to purchase. If they want more, they must go to the back of the line after the transaction. The doors open for everyone at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Washington Heights Store at 512 West 181st Street, New York, NY 10033 (212-923-7910).
  • The Third Avenue East Harlem Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:15 a.m. to customers in line, first come-first serve. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The store admits three customers at a time, who may purchase two window items. At 9:30, the store opens to everyone and any remaining window merchandise is available to all. You’ll find the
    East Harlem Store at 2231 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035 (212-410-0973).
  • The Brooklyn Fulton Street Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:30 AM, first come-first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two items per customer; rejoin line for another chance. You’ll find the Fulton Store at 1100-1104 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718-789-0856).
  • The Wappingers Falls Goodwill Window Sale: The sale begins at 8 a.m., and is first come-first serve. Each customer is given a ticket in the order they arrive. The store admits two customers at a time, who may purchase three window items. When all the ticketed purchasers are done, the merchandise is available to other customers after the store opens at 9. You’ll find the Wappingers Falls Store at 1488 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845-298-0311).
  • The Bellmore Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 8:45 a.m., first come first serve. Doors open at 9 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. Store opens to the general public at 9:30. You’ll find the Bellmore Store at 2736 Merrick Road, Bellmore, NY 11710 (516-409-5951).
  • The Centereach Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed to customers on line by 8:15 a.m., and the doors open at 8:30. The store admits two customers at a time. Purchases are limited to two window items per person. At 9:30, 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. You’ll find the Centereach Store at 1500 Middle Country Road, Centereach, NY 11720 (631-698-0860).
  • The Fairfield Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis as window sale customers enter the store at 9:30 a.m. Each customer may pick up to four window items to buy. The store opens to regular customers at 10 a.m. You’ll find the Fairfield Store at 423 Route 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004 (973-227-1842).

Sunday, March 24th:

  • The East Northport Goodwill Window Sale: Tickets are distributed at 9:15 a.m., first come-first serve. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Two customers are admitted at a time, who may select two items each. Store opens at 10 unless there are still ticket-holders in line. Once they are done, window merchandise is available to everyone. You’ll find the East Northport Store at 1900 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731 (631-462-4219).

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 red lacquered Chinese lions to a Ferragamo heels to pristine electric guitars. Crowds form early, so try to get to the store well before doors open.

To find your nearest Goodwill, visit http://www.goodwillnynj.org/findgoodwill.aspx. And if you haven’t donated to Goodwill recently, now would be a great time. The more donations we get, the more for everyone to buy, and the more funding for our programs and services to keep changing lives.